Bringing in the Steves

Select group of scientists sign-up to support teaching evolution.

Steve Mirsky(
Feb 16, 2003

Charles Darwin has been dead for more than 120 years, but the battle over teaching the theory of evolution is very much alive. Its most recent salvo was fired in Denver on Sunday, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE), an Oakland, California-based nonprofit organization affiliated with AAAS, issued a 90-word statement firmly supporting evolution education and asserting that "there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred" within the scientific community. The mini-manifesto was signed by 220 scientists. And in a clear case of intelligent design, every one of them is named Steve.

The list, which includes Steves, Stevens, Stephens, Stefans and Stephanies, is in part homage to the late Stephen Jay Gould. And as Steves make up about one percent of the US population according to the Census Bureau, the assumption is that the...