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2/26/16 at 09:52 AM 4 Comments

New Online Video & Intensive 9-Day Seminars on Intelligent Design

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Before I tell you about Discovery Institute's two intensive 9-day seminars, watch this new video about intelligent design. Ever thought of excessive beauty as a sign of genius in design? Watch it here

This is the sort of thing you will learn at Discovery Institute's Summer Seminars.

The video asks:

Why do centipedes always have an odd number of body segments? How did that help the survive? Why do nearly all mammals, from mice to giraffes, have seven bones in their cervical vertebrae? All octopi have eight tentacles. Why not six, or ten? Jellyfish have a mesmerizing radial symmetry. Sand dollars and starfish both display a star-like pattern. Nature seems to have plenty of room to develop order and patterns that do no serve an immediate survival purpose.

Each summer Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture sponsors two intensive 9-day seminars. The next session is from July 8-16, 2016 in Seattle, at the height of the most beautiful time of year in the Pacific Northwest, when you can study the mystery of nature while enjoying its splendor as well.

The seminars are primarily designed 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. If that sounds right for you, consider applying.

There's still some time left to apply for these Summer Seminars, with two parallel 9-day sessions -- one on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, along with the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society. The deadline is April 7, but the program, running July 8-16, is quite selective so this is not something to enter upon casually at the last minute.

Here are what some graduates of last year's Seminars have said about their experience:

One wrote:

I would classify the ID seminar as a bit of a mini-revelation for me. I had become disillusioned and cynical about science, especially the academic component. I was contemplating switching to a different discipline entirely, but after meeting many highly qualified, engaging, and extremely pleasant seminar staff and participants, I bring new rigor to my research. This seminar has the potential to create lifelong friendships, as well as stimulate the next generation of excellent scientists/scholars. Long may it continue.


Thank you so much for giving me the scholarship to attend this seminar. My eyes were opened widely by each lecture because I had not thought so deeply about cosmology, literature, psychology, etc., before. My major at [my] home university is biochemistry and medical humanities... [T]his seminar week helped me prepare my future to be a better scientist, student, educator, doctor, and especially a more well-rounded person.


This seminar has had a huge impact on my academic studies. I greatly enjoyed discussing the various topics with students and professionals from different fields. It is my hope that the summer program continues admitting students from different backgrounds. I believe the future of ID depends on encouraging and stimulating a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach.

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