How Many Steves?

Another item from Cynical-C (I’m catching up on my reading), it’s Project Steve. A list of scientists named Steve who support evolution.

The catch is that the NCSE tied an arm and two legs behind its back by making an arbitrary requirement that the scientists be named “Steve,” “Stephanie,” “Stefan,” or some other form of “Stephen.” It estimates that about one percent of the population of the United States has such a name. When the Project was first publicly announced on February 16, 2003 it had 220 Steves, which corresponds to about 22,000 scientists with doctorates agreeing with the statement. By May 23, 2003 that number had increased to 367 Steves which corresponds to about 36,700 scientists. The current total can be found by consulting the Steve-o-meter. The NCSE expresses the hope that in the future when lists of “scientists who doubt evolution” are presented that it will be asked “but how many Steves are on your list!?”

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