National Center for Science Education is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog

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NCSE's award-winning scientists and policy staffers have written regularly for publications ranging from Nature to The Washington Post. Now we've got this brain trust in one place, posting commentary, analysis, advice, reviews, and more, every day.

"We named the blog in honor of Maynard Shipley's Science League of America, formed in 1924", says Josh Rosenau, a programs and policy director at NCSE. "The League's mission was eerily similar to NCSE's. We, too, 'go directly to the people…[and] make them acquainted with…the vast accumulation of facts upon which the theory of evolution is based; and to oppose…the campaign to substitute the Book of Genesis for the Book of Nature.'"

Premiere posts include Executive Director Genie Scott on "John D. Morris, Evolutionary Creationist", geologist Steve Newton on our "Runaway Climate" (in which he manages to cite Jimi Hendrix), climate maven Mark McCaffrey on Exxon Mobil's two-faced approach to climate change, and more.

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  1. The logo needs a little work.

    1. The woman is holding an Erlenmeyer like a waitress carrying a tray. That would be very dangerous.

    2. the guy with the bone is staring off into space, and seems to by trying analyse the bone sample by feel.

    3. I don’t know what that thing is in the dark haired guy’s left hand. Whatever it is, it seems somewhat oversized for filling the test tube.

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      Based on the caption, they must be in a defensive posture with their eyes on the enemy. She will hurl the flask, he will use the bone as a weapon and I also don’t know what that other object is. A turkey baster? She has her hand on his shoulder but other than that there’s no evidence of social skills.

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      The logo needs a little work.

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s a bit too cartoonish for an organization that absolutely NEEDS to project an image of impeccable credibility. My take is: let the creationists use the cartoon-like logos and adopt something a bit more classy and stylish for the science gang. This an opportunity to project a better image than the “religious gang” and it shouldn’t be wasted. It’s also important to NOT give the impression that science is not just another “belief system”.

      Those cartoon characters and look strangely similar (drawing style and colors) to the ones in those goofy creationist and mormon cartoons on YouTube. This may seem like a trivial detail but when you’re dealing with masses, the underlying psychology behind those small details can make a big difference on the impact you’re trying to make. The devil lies in the details.

      I don’t know what that thing is in the dark haired guy’s left hand. Whatever it is, it seems somewhat oversized for filling the test tube.

      It looks like a cross between a pistol and a turkey baster. Somewhat suggestive of a scientist/soldier ready to wage war on ignorance and superstition with his “science ray gun”. A most childish and naive image and it should be scratched entirely IMO as it doesn’t do the organization or the cause any favors.

  2. Roedy; LaurieB: I couldn’t agree more. Well, actually, I could.

    The woman is holding a bubbling test tube almost directly above her colleague’s head. None of them is wearing protective gear (goggles/gloves), apart from lab coats. Health and Safety will not be too impressed by that.

    The woman also seems to be overly made-up, and the guys look like buttoned-down, tie-wearing bores, which may re-enforce out-dated gender/profession biases on aspiring girl and boy scientists.

    As for all of them staring off into the mid-distance: surely this will only re-enforce the Enlightenment era myth, subsequently de/Bunked by Postmodernism, that science is synonymous with progress!

    This poster needs a root and branch overhaul!

  3. From the link, I’m re-posting the the 1924 Preamble of the Constitution and By-Laws for the Science League. Little seems to have changed. A beautiful, “strident” preamble which would never be uttered, sigh, in a State of the Union Address.

    It is a truism that there can be no real solution of the problem of man’s origin, development and destiny without freedom in research and in teaching.

    One of the most fruitful theories so far advanced by men of science is the general theory of evolution.

    This theory of development is now being vigorously assailed by various groups of laymen, on the ostensible ground that it rests upon no better foundation than “the unsupported guesses of biologists and psychologists”, and on the actual ground that the theory of evolution is contrary to Biblical doctrines–”the revealed will of God”–as interpreted by certain religious sects.

    Political pressure, as well as misleading propaganda, is being widely utilized for the avowed purpose of having all text-books endorsing the theory of evolution excluded from publicly supported educational institutions.

    Realizing that this movement for suppression of all scientific teaching which is in contradiction to certain theological doctrines, is a menace to the schools and colleges of America, as well as to the higher cultural development of our nation as a whole, and that the time is ripe for organized opposition to this reactionary movement, we established the Constitution of the Science League of America.

    Mike

  4. The woman has her hand on that man’s shoulder, forcing him to his knees and clearly showing that tables have turned and that white males are now owned and oppressed – treated little more than pets, in fact – by ethnic females.

    Or maybe it’s being over-analysed…

    • In reply to #14 by bluebird:

      Guy on left is holding a power drill.
      If it is, it has a transparent barrel. I think it is supposed to be some heavy duty syringe. A cartoon should be composed of easily recognised elements.

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