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Dr. Eugenie Scott at the Houston Museum of Nat Sci - Update for meeting location

If you wish to sit with the group, be at the museum at 6:00 p.m. With this number of registrations, we can obtain the group rate pf $13, if everyone is there. Please look for Sam Ogden near the ticket office. Sam is the tall, devilishly handsome guy, whose picture you can see in our list of members. For those unable to be there by 6:00 p.m., look for Sam and others when you arrive at the lecture hall. You may also email Sam through this site (send email to a member) but he will be away from his computer most of Wednesday and may not receive your message. As part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science
lecture series, Dr. Eugenie Scott will be
the guest speaker on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 6:30pm. Houston Museum of Natural Science One Hermann Circle Drive Houston, TX 77030 From creationism to creation science to intelligent design to the present day “evidence against evolution” approach, antievolutionists have consistently changed their strategy in response to legal decisions. Evolution traditionally has been presented as weak or invalid science, and as incompatible with Christian faith. Currently, the teaching of antievolutionary ideas in science class is framed as having pedagogical value – yet there is little academic value in teaching as science ideas that are not scientific. These culture wars are too frequently brought into the classroom, hampering the science education of the next generation of Americans. Dr. Eugenie Scott is the Executive Director of National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that supports evolution in science education. She began her career as a physical anthropologist. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years. This March Dr. Scott addressed the Texas Board of Education in Austin when they met to revise science standards. Following the program, Dr. Scott will sign copies of her books Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools. And there will be copies available at the museum for purchase. Tickets available online at: Or you can call the box office at 713/[masked], or purchase ticket at the museum box office. Ticket prices: $12 museum members, $17 nonmembers If we get at least 20, we can get a group rate of $13 per ticket.

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  • Ariel

    Fascinating. Educational.

    October 5, 2009

  • Lyle S.

    I really liked the going forward solution emphasis on the need to universally educate ALL school students in the US regarding what the scientific definition of a 'theory' is and contrast it to the layperson's common understanding and typical use in casual conversations.

    October 1, 2009

  • Ben H.

    Who do I owe for the extra ticket that I was handed by some of you as I walked through the door?

    October 1, 2009

  • Robert T. G.

    I am not sure how many Skeptics showed up. There were others there from other groups that I know. Dr. Eugenie Scott covered well the complexity of the Creationist movement, its subtle legal maneuverings and specious arguments. Her presentation was lively and provocative. I do not know how many were in the audience, but the attendance appeared to be about 75% of capacity. Bob Gross <[masked]>

    October 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a perfect way to spend an evening. The event was pleasant throughout. Dr. Scott was in rare form (although watching a PowerPoint presentation on an IMAX screen was something of a challenge from the second row, but then that wasn't Dr. Scott's fault). Her book, just out in trade, "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction" was available for sale and after the lecture she signed copies.

    October 1, 2009

  • Sam O.

    Great speaker, totally in her element. Greate talk, subject matter, and presentation. However, as awesome as the Imax theater at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is, it isn't the best venue for a speaker. To make it better, they would have to build a stage/podium in the middle, instead of having it off to the side.

    October 1, 2009

  • Paula F.

    My daughter and I really enjoyed it!

    September 30, 2009

  • TinRinnie

    So how would it work if we did get 20 Yeses? Identify ourselves as Skeptics at the ticket office or would we need to purchase tickets as a group?

    September 20, 2009

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