|We're all Homo here
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“”Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry. Although there are legitimate scientific debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt about whether or not evolution occurred (or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence). It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to "intelligent design", to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation's public schools.
|—The project statement
Creationists love to claim that famous scientists like Isaac Newton "didn't believe" in evolution — and more importantly, he was a Christian! Of course, it's incorrect to say that Newton didn't "believe" in evolution; he probably had no knowledge about it, as he died 82 years before Charles Darwin was even born.
Naming and purpose
Stephen was chosen in honour of Stephen Jay Gould, who died about a year before the list began.
Some slight variations of that name are also included, such as Steven, Steve, Stefan, or Stephanie, or the same name in languages other than English, including three Etiennes, three Estebans, one Istvan, and one Tapani, which is the Finnish equivalent.
The list was invented entirely for the lulz and was not intended to be an argumentum ad populum, or any other argumentum — as evolutionary theory is already proven scientifically, the only remaining use for lists like these is really trolling creationists.
As of 18 September 2023, the Steve-o-meter numbers 1,491 scientists on its list. The NCSE notes that "'Steves' are only about 1% of scientists", making the point that "tens of thousands of scientists support evolution".
The twelve constitute a motley crew that contains at least some non-scientists (Meyer, Cheesman), certified crackpots (Gift), and one single biologist, C. Steven Murphree, who — to add insult to injury — later repudiated his involvement with the creationist movement and signed Project Steve instead.
- CMI list of scientists alive today who accept the biblical account of creation — the sort of thing this responds to