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1/30/15 at 09:35 PM 3 Comments

Intelligent Design & Science/Faith Resources & Events: Videos, Conferences, Research

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Let's survey some important recent resources that will help you explore the theory of intelligent design and the theistic religious implications of these scientific discoveries.

  1. The top intelligent design research story of 2014 is: New Paper from Biologic Institute, "Shared Evolutionary History or Shared Design?". If you find this story beyond your level of scientific literacy, you can't miss the design implications of the animations (#2 on my list). Or, here is a more accessible explanation of the significance of the top 2014 ID story: Biologic Institute's Groundbreaking Peer-Reviewed Science Has Now Demonstrated the Implausibility of Evolving New Proteins. As a college science professor, I can attest to just how important this new research is for biology and the theory of intelligent design.
  2. Some of the best online animations of cellular features that dramatically illustrate intelligent design have been produce by Discovery Institute. These include the new animation The Workhorse of the Cell: Kinesin and two older animations linked near the bottom of that webpage that are equally impressive. Such animations help you to simply see that they are designed systems.
  3. Finally, check out the upcoming conferences described below.

2015 Westminster Conference on Science and Faith

Bill Nye draws on his reputation as the "Science Guy" to inform us that humans are "insignificant" specks living on a planet that orbits "an unremarkable star," while astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, of Cosmos fame, describes God as "an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance."

Are they right? Are humans really the insignificant products of a blind, uncaring cosmos that did not have us in mind? Is belief in God the enemy of scientific progress? What is the true nature of scientific inquiry and its relationship to faith? Explore these questions and more at the sixth annual Westminster Conference on Science and Faith, March 20-21, near Philadelphia.

Register now at a reduced cost by taking advantage of the early bird deadline through February 20. Details here.

Studying Intelligent Design, in Seattle in July 2015: Summer Seminars

Arguably, no season anywhere on the planet is more lovely than summer in the Pacific Northwest. That's why each year Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture sponsors two intensive nine-day seminars, combining intellectual stimulation at the highest level with an idyllic seasonal setting, right here in Seattle.

Our next summer seminars are from July 10-18, 2015. If you're a match for this outstanding program, consider applying now.

The seminars are designed primarily for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students, but each year we try to reserve a few spaces for a special cohort of professors, scientists, teachers, pastors, and other professionals. Applicants may choose from two tracks.

The CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences will prepare students to make research contributions advancing the growing science of intelligent design. The seminar will explore cutting-edge ID work in fields such as molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology, developmental biology, paleontology, computational biology, ID-theoretic mathematics, cosmology, physics, and the history and philosophy of science. This seminar is open to students who intend to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences or the philosophy of science. Applicants must be college juniors or seniors or already in graduate school.

Find out more about this seminar, and another one for those in the humanities (rather than the hard sciences)

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