Saturday, January 15, 2011

A list of scientific organizations who defend the teaching of evolutionary biology.

Here's one example:

American Society for Microbiology

Statement on the Scientific Basis for Evolution

Knowledge of the microbial world is essential to understanding the evolution of life on Earth. The characteristics of microorganisms — small size, rapid reproduction, mobility, and facility in exchanging genetic information — allow them to adapt rapidly to environmental influences. In microbiology, the validity of evolutionary principles is supported by [1] readily demonstrated mutation, recombination and selection, which are the fundamental mechanisms of evolution; [2] comparisons based on genomic data that support a common ancestry of life; and [3] observable rates of genetic change and the extent of genomic diversity which indicate that divergence has occurred over a very long scale of geologic time, and testify to the great antiquity of life on Earth. Thus, microorganisms illustrate evolution in action, and microbiologists have been able to make use of the microbes’ evolutionary capacity in the development of life-improving and life-saving innovations in medicine, agriculture, and for the environment. By contrast, proposed alternatives to evolution, such as intelligent design and other forms of creationism, are not scientific, in part because they fail to provide a framework for useful, testable predictions.

The use of the supposed “irreducible complexity” of the bacterial flagellum as an

argument to endow nonscientific concepts with what appears to be legitimacy, is

spurious and not based on fact.

Evolution is not mere conjecture, but a conclusive discovery supported by a coherent body of integrated evidence. Overwhelmingly, the scientific community, regardless of religious belief, accepts evolution as central to an understanding of life and the life sciences. A fundamental aspect of the practice of science is to separate one’s personal beliefs from the pursuit of understanding of the natural world. It is important that society and future generations recognize the legitimacy of testable, verified, fact-based learning about the origins and diversity of life.


Brief of Amici Curiae by 56 Scientific Organizations in Selman v. Cobb County

Alabama Academy of Science (1981)

Alabama Academy of Science (1994)

American Anthropological Association (1980)

American Anthropological Association (2000)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (1923)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (1972)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (1982)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002)

American Association for the Advancement of Science Commission on Science Education

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Astronomical Society (1982)

American Astronomical Society (2000)

American Astronomical Society (2005)

American Chemical Society (1981)

American Chemical Society (2005)

American Geological Institute

American Geophysical Union

American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Physical Society

American Psychological Association (1982)

American Psychological Association (2007)

American Society of Biological Chemists

American Society for Microbiology

American Society of Parasitologists

American Sociological Association

Association of Southeastern Biologists

Association for Women Geoscientists

Australian Academy of Science

Biophysical Society

Botanical Society of America

California Academy of Sciences

Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing

Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal

Ecological Society of America

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Genetics Society of America

Geological Society of America (1983)

Geological Society of America (2001)

Geological Society of Australia

Georgia Academy of Science (1980)

Georgia Academy of Science (1982)

Georgia Academy of Science (2003)

History of Science Society

Idaho Scientists for Quality Science Education

InterAcademy Panel

Iowa Academy of Science (1986)

Iowa Academy of Science (2000)

Kansas Academy of Science

Kentucky Academy of Science

Kentucky Paleontological Society

Louisiana Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences (1972)

National Academy of Sciences (1984)

National Academy of Sciences (1999)

New Mexico Academy of Science

New Orleans Geological Society

New York Academy of Sciences

North American Benthological Society

North Carolina Academy of Science

Ohio Math and Science Coalition

The Paleontological Society

Pennsylvania Academy of Science

Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists

Philosophy of Science Association


Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Ottawa Centre

Royal Society

Royal Society of Canada

Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science

Sigma Xi, Louisiana State University Chapter

Society for Amateur Scientists

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Society for Neuroscience

Society of Physics Students

Society for the Study of Evolution

Society of Systematic Biologists

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (1986)

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (1994)

Southern Anthropological Society

Tallahassee Scientific Society

Tennessee Darwin Coalition

Virginia Academy of Science

West Virginia Academy of Science

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