NCSE’s "Project Steve" is a tongue-in-cheek parody of a long-standing creationist tradition
of amassing lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" or "scientists who dissent from Darwinism."
Creationists draw up these lists to convince the public that evolution is somehow being rejected
by scientists, that it is a "theory in crisis." Most members of the public lack sufficient contact
with the scientific community to know that this claim is totally unfounded. NCSE has been exhorted
by its members to compile a list of thousands of scientists affirming the validity of the theory of
evolution, but although we easily could have done so, we have resisted such pressure. We did not
wish to mislead the public into thinking that scientific issues are decided by who has
the longer list of scientists!
Project Steve mocks this practice with a bit of humor, and because "Steves" are only about 1%
of scientists, it incidentally makes the point that tens of thousands of scientists support
As of September 28, there are 628 scientists named Steve who support the following statement:
Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the
biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in
favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry.
Although there are legitimate debates about the patterns and processes
of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution
occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its
occurrence. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically
irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited
to "intelligent design," to be introduced into the science curricula of
our nation’s public schools.
Now, of course, I have no dog in the fight between what should and should not be taught in public schools. Any moral sanction I grant to public schools is to individual teachers and principals who do a good job. Period. And I know some. I don’t support stealing in the form of taxation for any cause. So, all schools should be private schools.
Still, whether public or private, if you’re going to call it science class, then it’s science you ought to be teaching, not fairy tales.