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Zachary Kopplin
is an American science education activist from Louisiana. Kopplin is known
for his campaigns to keep creationism out of public schools and focuses on the separation of
church and state. He has been involved in school voucher, science curriculum, and textbook
policy. As a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Louisiana, he launched a campaign to
repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which has been described by the international
science community as a creationism law. Kopplin ran his campaign through his
RepealCreationism website. Zack currently is a history student at Rice University in Houston,
Texas. Kopplin is the National Center for Science Education’s 2012 Friend of Darwin Award
Winner with Judy Scotchmoor and also the winner of the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First
Amendment Award in Education.
William Wimsatt
is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, the Committee on
Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (previously Conceptual Foundations of Science),
and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. He is currently a
Winton Professor of the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and Residential Fellow of
the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. He specializes in the philosophy of biology,
where his areas of interest include reductionism, heuristics, emergence, scientific modeling,
heredity, and cultural evolution. His work centers on the philosophy of the special sciences (e.g.
biology, psychology, and the social sciences), the history of biology, and the study of complex
systems.
Stanley Salthe
is an evolutionary biologist, now retired from teaching at the City University of
New York. He is Professor Emeritus in the Biology Department at Brooklyn College of the City
University of New York. He is also a Visiting Scientist in Biological Sciences at Binghamton
University, and an Associate Researcher at the Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science
Studies of the University of Copenhagen. Professor Salthe is the author of several books,
including a textbook (Evolutionary Biology), a work on hierarchy theory (Evolving Hierarchical
Systems: Their Structure and Representation) and a work on complex adaptive systems
(Development and Evolution: Complexity and Change in Biology).
Kevin Kelley
is Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests
include epistemology, philosophy of science, formal learning theory, and computability. He is
the author of The Logic of Reliable Inquiry (Oxford University Press) and of numerous articles
on such computational and methodological topics as the problem of induction, causal discovery,
Ockham's razor as a guide to truth, infinite epistemic regresses, belief revision, and analogies
between induction and computability.
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