|Exhibit at Creation Museum|
Project Steve is a playful response to creationists amassing lists of “scientists who doubt evolution.” Created by the National Center for Science Education, Project Steve is named in honor of the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould.
Signatories to Project Steve endorse a statement describing evolution as “a vital,
well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences,”
affirming that “there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution
occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its
occurrence,” and characterizing the inclusion of creationism in the
public schools as “scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically
Only scientists with PhDs (or the equivalent) who share Mr. Gould’s first name —
Steve, Steven, or Stephen, or cognates such as Stephanie, Stefan,
Esteban, and so on — are allowed to endorse the Project Steve statement.
After ten years, the official Steveometer reads 1239, and because only
about 1% of the population possesses a qualifying first name, that
implies that at least 123,900 scientists would agree with the statement,
dwarfing any creationist list.