Re: NCSE Contacts Every Living Scientist

From: Howard J. Van Till (
Date: Tue Oct 16 2001 - 19:44:36 EDT

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    I hesitate to admit it, but I have no idea what the point of this bit of
    tongue-in-cheek text is about. Please enlighten me.

    Howard Van Till

    >From: "Allen Roy" <>
    >To: <>
    >Subject: NCSE Contacts Every Living Scientist
    >Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2001, 12:51 PM

    > 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.
    > <> "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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