Apparently there is a list of (so-called) scientists who are backing the concept of ID (Intelligent Design). The reason for this, is that they would like to see ID taught at schools in biology class. This would, obviously, be a bad idea. As an attempt to fool the general public into believing that there is any scientific ground for an ID theory they made a list of scientist that believe in ID. These are usually scientists that have no expertise in any relevant field, but whatever.
The American National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has started a the Project Steve as a response to this. The NCSE does not believe that the length of a list of scientists who agree on any given subject decides on the scientific value of that subject, their ‘list of Steves’ should be regarded as a “tongue in cheek parody” of the”‘long standing creationist tradition” of amassing such lists. (Creationists, being not proper scientists, do feel that there is any scientific value to be found in the number of scientist are misled by any given belief. ) In honour of the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould they started a list consisting of all scientist named ‘Steve’ that agree with NCSE’s 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.
(taken from NCSE website)
Currently, the list has been signed by more than one thousand Steves (and Stepehens, Stephanies etc.) which led the British popular scientific magazine NewScientist to introducing a new standard measurement: the KiloSteve (kS). The probability of the accuracy of Intelligent Design is currently less than 1 kS or: ID < 1kS. Whoever said scientists don;t know how to have fun?