Saturday, February 20, 2010

Battle of the lists

The Dissent From Darwinism list is an attempt by the Discovery Institute to convince people that there is a real scientific controversy about whether or not evolution occurred. It's a list of scientists that "are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life." As of today, it has about 850 signatories.

Contrast that to Project Steve, the NCSE's answer to the Dissent from Darwinism list. It is a list of scientists who fully support the theory of evolution. But you can only sign it if your name is "Steve", "Stephen", "Stephanie", or some derivative thereof. As of Feb. 11, 2010, they have 1134 signatories.

Science should not be decided by popular vote. But this case goes to show how insignificant the controversy really is.

1 comment:

  1. I just did a text search on the "Dissent..." list for "steve", "steph", and "stef". I found a total of 13 hits. Wow. In the Steve category, the score is 13 for the creationists, and 1134 for the evolutionists.