- Although there are some scientists who have doubts about the theory of evolution by natural selection, and some who are even strict biblical creationists, the vast majority of scientists, especially biologists, firmly believe evolution is a fact and the theory of natural selection is one of the most powerful tools of modern science, and
- Some scientists have a sense of humor.
While holding that the usefulness or validity of scientific theories cannot be decided by dueling lists of adherents, the parodists sought to demonstrate that evolution deniers were but a tiny minority of practicing scientists. They launched "Project Steve". To be listed, a scientist had to subscribe to the statement below, and be named Steve (or Stephen, Steven, Stephanie, Esteban, or a similar cognate name.) (The name Steve was chosen to honor the great evolutionary biologist, paleontologist and essayist Stephen Jay Gould.)
Check out the "Steve-o-Meter" to see how many Steves have subscribed so far. As of this writing there are about 630 Steves on the list.
The Statement"Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry. Although there are legitimate debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to "intelligent design," to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation's public schools."
To be fair, here are links to some of the lists of scientists and others who doubt, or doubted, evolution:
- Article at the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Club page. Includes hundreds of scientists and others who have publicly expressed doubts about Darwin's theory.
- "100 Scientists, National Poll Challenge Darwinism" article from the Discovery Institute (Institute's home page here). These scientists subscribed to the following statement: "I am skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged."
- The Institute for Creation Science's list of Creation Scientists who "are creationists and who repudiate any form of molecules-to-man evolution in their analysis and use of scientific data."
Additional ResourcesThe Project Steve page at the National Center for Science Education
Geotimes article on Project Steve
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