16 October 2001
NCSE Contacts Every Living Scientist to Say That Discovery Institute Quoted
Them Out of Context (From newswire reports)--BERKELEY, California.
In a stunning, unprecedented move this week, the National Center for
Science Education (NCSE), a pro-science organization based in Berkeley,
contacted every living scientist on Earth to warn them that the Discovery
Institute had quoted them out of context, or would soon do so. The
Discovery Institute is a Seattle-based "intelligent design" think-tank that
recently criticized programs such as the PBS Evolution series.
<www.reviewevolution.com> "It took us a while to phone or e-mail every
living scientist," said NCSE Executive Director Eugenie Scott, "but we did
it. We've needed this sort of comprehensive response for some time. Now
absolutely every scientist, anywhere on the planet, knows that anything the
Discovery Institute writes, in the past, present, or future, is out of
context." NCSE staffer Skip Evans added that the organization was still
trying to contact deceased, still-unborn, and extraterrestrial scientists
to obtain their condemnations as well. "We're making every effort to
contact Charles Darwin, T.H. Huxley, and George Gaylord Simpson," Evans
said. "Yes, these dead guys are kind of hard to reach, but it's important
that we try. We have to protect science." The NCSE would not elaborate
on their plans to contact fetal or extraterrestrial scientists.
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