Why would you want one?
Because it puts you in the company of distinguished scientists who stoutly defend the teaching of good science to children, so they can go on to become great scientists themselves.
Plus, it’s a poke in the eye to the Texas State Board of Education, none of whom are named Steve, and few of whom would be invited to sign on if they were.
Here’s the back of the shirt:
A kilosteve is a thousand Steves.
Creationists fondly distributed a list of scientists who, they claimed, question whether the theory of evolution is accurate. The anti-science Discovery Institute in Seattle distributed the list starting in about 2001, with a few hundred names.
To claims that many scientists opposed teaching evolution, NCSE created a list of scientists who support teaching evolution theory — but limiting that list to scientists with the first name “Steve,” or a derivative of Steve. About 1% of people in the English-speaking world have such a name — so the fact that more scientists named Steve sign the list supporting evolution, than those of all names who sign the list denying it, means that the Discovery Institute list represents less than 1% of all scientists.
A comparison of the lists is always instructive. In 2003 I started phoning people listed on the Discovery Institute list; of the first 20 I called, ten denied having signed any petition against evolution. One demanded his name be removed. Five made a modest defense of being skeptical of evolution, but none of them were biologists, and none had any publications which questioned any part of evolution in any way.
NCSE started the project in 2003, not long after the death of Stephen Jay Gould, the staunch defender of science and evolution who was the main witness in the first creationism trial, in Arkansas in 1981. It’s a fitting memorial to a fine teacher.
Eugenie Scott heads up NCSE. In an e-mail this week to members of Texas Citizens for Science, who were discussing the kilosteve shirt, she noted it has already spread overseas.
Just wanted you to know that when I gave my talk at Cambridge University Tuesday, Steve #800 walked into the lecture room wearing his kilosteve shirt.
A proud moment!
(Of course I threw open my arms and said in a cheery voice, “STEVE!!!”)
It almost makes one wish one’s name were Steve. (One also may wonder, who is Steve #800?) The shirt’s a great buy, especially considering that for the price of a kilosteve, one actually gets 1.099 kilosteves. (As of today, there are 1,118 Steves who have signed the list.)
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