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Lane Anderson Award Winners Announced

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Lane Anderson Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to John Theberge, Mary Theberge and Daniel Loxton, the three winners of the prestigious Lane Anderson Award! The annual award honours two jury-selected books, in the categories of adult and young reader, published in the field of science and written by a Canadian. The winner of each category is awarded $10,000.

Wildlife biologists John Theberge and Mary Theberge received the Lane Anderson Award in the Adult category for The Ptarmigan's Dilemma: An Ecological Exploration into the Mysteries of Life (McCelland & Stewart). Marrying "the separate sciences of ecology and genetics" the book examines "what the mechanisms of evolution are and how they work." The jury says of The Ptarmigan's Dilemma, “The writing is superb, and the authors’ command of the material is very impressive — this is a genuinely original and impressive effort at public education."

The Lane Anderson Award in the Young Reader category has been awarded to Daniel Loxton for his book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be (Kids Can Press). Deemed too controversial by US publishers, Loxton's book has been very well-received in Canada. The award jury calls Evolution a "tour-de-force of science writing" that will "spark the imagination of readers as they contemplate how we and other creatures came to be."

Read more about the Lane Anderson Awards at
View the 2010 shortlist for the Lane Anderson Awards
Read more about science writing and the Lane Anderson Awards on John Oughton's Open Book blog.

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Daniel Loxton is also editor of Junior Skeptic magazine, a youth supplement included in each issue of Skeptic, a magazine that "examines extraordinary claims."

Why is evolution the one subject skeptics aren't skeptical about?

From Loxton's book:

Page 13:

"On one island, the [Galapagos] finches had large beaks for cracking tough
seeds. On another, they had long thin beaks for catching insects and so
on. But if that was true--if one species could turn into several new
species--how did it happen?"

Jonathan Weiner ("The Beak of the Finch", 1994) said beak changes during a
severe drought (1977) was "evolution in action", even though the changes
were reversed after the drought ended, and no net evolution occurred. The
beak changes can be more accurately described as "minor variation in

Page 21:

"Most of these insects [peppered moth] were light colored with dark
pepperlike speckles, while a rare few were dark all over....Within a
hundred years, almost all the moths were dark colored. A change in the
environment led to a physical adaptation in the moths. That's natural
selection and evolution in action!"

Edward Blyth, English chemist/zoologist (and creationist), wrote his first
of three major articles on natural selection--although not using the
specific term--in The Magazine of Natural History, 24 years before
Darwin's "Origin of Species" was published. Why then do evolutionists
think of natural selection as Darwin's idea?

As for peppered moths, did a new species emerge, or did it already
preexist? Is this macroevolution (information-building evolution)?

Page 44:

"How could evolution produce something as complicated as my eyes?.... It's
just not true that eyes need all those parts [lens, iris, muscles, etc.]
to work. As Darwin pointed out, nature today is full of eye designs much
simpler than ours."

Ian T. Taylor writes: "If Darwin turned cold at the thought of the human
eye at the end of the evolutionary cycle, what, one wonders, would he have
thought of the trilobite eye near the beginning?" ("In the Minds of Men",
Fifth Edition, 2003)

For Loxton not to include scientific information that questions evolution
is to teach evolution as dogma.

See the online article "Evolution: The Creation Myth of Our Culture"

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