Project Steve is a campaign that promotes evolution and attacks biblical creation. It was begin in 2003 by the anti-creationist, and pro-evolution/climate change, group the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).
Project Steve describes itself as "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.'" (see "Proof by numbers" fallacy). Project Steve is named after the late Stephen Jay Gould, and is a list of over 1400 scientists named Steve or variations thereof (including Stephanie) who agree with a statement supporting evolution. Approximately 1% of U.S. residents have first names that qualify. The New York Times reported in 2006 that 54 percent of the then 700+ Steves work in biology.
As of June 30, 2017, 1,417 Steves have signed the statement. The statement reads:
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.
Significant problems with Project Steve
Project Steve is illegitimate for two reasons. First, the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and the book Slaughter of the Dissidents have shown that evolutionists have used illegitimate means to bully opponents. So any surveys of scientists are questionable at best given the reluctance of evolution skeptics to participate in such surveys given the potential harmful impact such surveys may have on their careers. Secondly, legitimate science is not dependent on consensus/voting, but by empirical evidence and replication of experiments. Adaption/microevolution occurs in nature, but there is no experimental evidence supporting macroevolution. By relying on voting/consensus rather than empirical evidence and replicated science, evolutionists are confusing political endeavors with scientific endeavors.
Dr. Nils Heribert-Nilsson, Professor of Botany at the University of Lund in Sweden and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, stated: "My attempts to demonstrate Evolution by an experiment carried on for more than 40 years have completely failed. At least, I should hardly be accused of having started from a preconceived antievolutionary standpoint." For more information, please see: Microevolution vs. macroevolution.
- National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Project Steve FAQ
- National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Project Steve
- Chang, Kenneth. "Few Biologists but Many Evangelicals Sign Anti-Evolution Petition", New York Times, Ask Science, February 21, 2006.
- Book Review: Slaughter of the Dissidents by Brian Thomas, M.S. *
- Nilsson, Heribert, Synthetische Artbildung, Verlag CWK Gleerup, Lund, Sweden, 1953, page 1185
- Quotes to note