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Antievolution After Dover

Date:
July 11, 2007
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: (616) 706-2029
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.net

Description:

A look at the antievolution movement following the Dover trial, covering other legal action that has occurred since then and the likely ways in which the antievolution movement will proceed in the future. While “intelligent design” is dead as a term to fit the leading edge of the “wedge”, antievolution itself continues with a committed and well-funded movement to make science safe for a narrow sectarian brand of theism. Unable to establish any remotely non-infringing positive statement of their views, antievolutionists are reduced to offering stale and long-rebutted criticisms of evolutionary science. Some of the social factors at work indicate that there is a great need for scientists to do more to communicate what science is and why the integrity of science education must be upheld.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Wesley Elsberry, PhD

Visiting Research Associate, Michigan State University, Lyman Briggs School

Dr. Wesley Royce Elsberry is a marine biologist with an interdisciplinary background in zoology, computer science, and wildlife and fisheries sciences. Elsberry was born in Lakeland, Florida. He was brought up in the Evangelical United Brethren church, which merged with the Methodists in 1968 toform the United Methodist Church. He attended a public elementary school, an evangelical junior high, and a Catholic high school. He received a National Merit Scholarship and earned a B.S. in zoology from the University of Florida in 1982. During that period, he worked as a staff photographer for the Independent Florida Alligator newspaper. After graduating, he worked for Media Image Photography in Gainesville, Florida. In 1983, he became a lab technologist for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. In 1984, he married Diane J. Blackwood. In 1985, he became a biologist in the Department of Physiological Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine there, working with Professor Richard H. Lambertsen on the histology, physiology, and epidemiology of fin whales. He then entered a program in artificial intelligence, obtaining an M.S.C.S. in computer science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989. Following graduation, he was employed by General Dynamics Data Systems Division, programming fire-control computers for F-16 fighters. In 1991, he became a research scientist at the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, working on a mapping system for the U.S. Air Force. In 1993, he began his doctoral studies in wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University. He collaborated with the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in 1995 to investigate marine mammal hearing at depth. He periodically travelled to San Diego to continue collaboration on temporary threshold shift in marine mammals, until he was employed as a Behavioral Research Programmer for Science Applications International Corporation. He collaborated with Ted W. Cranford on a study of dolphin biosonar sound production in 1999. In 2001, he was awarded the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Fred Fairfield Award for Innovation in Marine Mammal Research. He completed his Ph.D. in 2003. In 2003, he joined the National Center for Science Education as its Information Project Director. Elsberry has been involved in the creation-evolution controversy since 1986 and since then he has contributed to a number of projects defending science. He was responsible for the creation of the Antievolution.org site in 2001, as a place to collect critical information on the antievolution movement. In 2002, he presented at the “Evolution and Intelligent Design” session of the CSICOP 4th World Skeptics conference in Burbank, California, along with Massimo Pigliucci, Kenneth Miller, Paul Nelson, and William A. Dembski. Currently Wesley is Visiting Research Associate at Michigan State University with Rob Pennock at the Lyman Briggs School, working on a project to investigate the evolution of intelligence using the Avida artificial life platform.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_R._Elsberry