Project Steve and Evolution
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has embarked on Project Steve to convince evolution deniers that their list of scientists endorsing such beliefs is shall we say...deficient. To counter their list, the NCSE has attempted to compile a similar list of evolution adherents.
To be a signatory, one must have a doctorate (can be an M.D.) and be willing to sign the following statement endorsing evolution:
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.Oh, and you have to be named Steve or some variant thereof (Stephen, Stephanie, Esteban, etc.)
So far, Project Steve has 860 signatories the most recent of whom is Steve Vance. Within the U.S., this would correspond to almost 54,000 scientists (1.6% Steve variants according to census figures). Two thirds of them are biologists. This is a far higher proportion than is on any list of deniers. It is also a far more prestigious group. The majority are working scientists. Many on the denier lists are not.
The NCSE hopes that when anyone shows you a list of evolution deniers, your response should be "but how many Steves are on your list!?"