Meeting Scott in Vienna
Vienna, Virginia, that is. Had a pleasant drive down I-66 to catch Eugenie Scott's presentation, mentioned yesterday. Genie spoke for close to two hours to an audience of roughly 125 people. She provided an excellent overview of the history of creationism and ID, discussed a few standard anti-evolution arguments, and mentioned a few of the important court decisions in this regard. The talk seemed to go over well. She had no trouble unloading the copies of her excellent book Evolution vs. Creationism.
One insight, attributed to Nick Matzke of the NCSE, that I found especially interesting was the following: The first use of the term Intelligent Design to refer to a scientific theory came in the book Of Pandas and People. That's intended as a high school biology text. How many scientific theories can you name whose first mention came in the form of a high school biology text? The usual procedure is for a scientific theory to be kicked around among scientists for a while, gradually gain acceptance via proven usefulness, and only then trickle down into the science texts.
I got to speak to Genie after the talk. Very exciting! We had met previously after some presentations she gave in Kansas (my former home) but it had been a while. It was also nice to meet the excellent people from The Alliance for Science. The organization for the event was flawless. I'd like to personally thank Dick Lessard both for letting me know about the talk, and for providing flawless driving directions for how to get there.
I also got to meet some actual living, breathing people who read my blog. Assuming that they are still reading (and that the reality behind the blog persona wasn't too disappointing), thanks for coming over to introduce yourselves. The pleasure was all mine.
An excellent evening all around.