Eugenie Scott Quotes

Eugenie Carol Scott (born October 24, 1945) is an American physical anthropologist, a former university professor and an activist opposing the teaching of young earth creationism and intelligent design in schools. From 1986 to 2014, Scott served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a pro-evolution nonprofit science education organization. She holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Missouri. A human biologist, her research has been in medical anthropology and skeletal biology. Scott serves on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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People don't show up here (at the courtroom) because they believe evolution is bad science. They show up because they believe that if they accept evolution, then they are abandoning their religious beliefs. They see it as an either/or proposition: Either evolution happened, or God loves you.

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I learned very early on that it's necessary but not sufficient for scientists to go to school board meetings and say, "We shouldn't be teaching creationism." Being right doesn't mean it'll pass.

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Evolution is not controversial in the field of science. It's controversial in the public sphere because public education is highly politicized.

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“Lawsuits, from my standpoint, are a sign of failure. We're hoping the lessons of Dover can be communicated throughout the rest of the country.”

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“The most toxic thing about this whole discussion is the impression that most of the public has, that there's a line in the sand, and you have to be on one side or the other.”

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“This is actually, I think, key to understanding this whole controversy in this country: people think that because science restricts itself to a natural cause, it's therefore saying that God had nothing to do with it.”

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“I think we should pay attention to him. We ignore public understanding of science at our peril.”

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“This decision is a major victory for science, and a major victory for science education.”

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“But no one is using irreducible complexity as a research strategy, and with very good reason ... because it's completely fruitless.”

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“We can predict this fight happening elsewhere.”

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“This is neo-creationism, trying to avoid the legal morass of trying to teach creationism overtly and slip it in through the backdoor.”

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“When they say 'teach the controversy' — their ringing phrase — they want us to pretend to students that scientists are arguing whether evolution took place. This argument is not taking place.”

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“It is already clear that the new slogan for the ID movement is going to be 'Teach the Controversy!' -- even though there is no scientific controversy over the validity of evolution in biology.”

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“Intelligent design is ultimately a science stopper.”

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“As a legal strategy intelligent design is dead. It will be very difficult for any school district in the future to successfully survive a legal challenge. That doesn't mean intelligent design is dead as a very popular social movement. This is an idea that has got legs.”

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