4th Annual Discovery Society Insiders Briefing on Intelligent Design

August 8-9, 2008
Past Event August 8, 2008 - August 9, 2008
Discovery Society Members are invited to attend the Discovery Society's Fourth Annual Insiders Briefing on Intelligent Design -- the nation's foremost gathering of intelligent design scientists, scholars and supporters. Society members will have the chance to meet and talk with CSC scientists and senior staff about recent developments relating to intelligent design, as well as preview upcoming initiatives.

This year's conference is timed to allow attendees to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Seattle in the summer. In addition to interacting with intelligent design enthusiasts from around the country, attendees will have the chance to take in the pristine beauty of all that Seattle and Western Washington have to offer, such as Mt. Rainier, Lake Washington, Puget Sound, world famous local attractions and more. There's nothing more beautiful than Seattle in the summer!

Costs and Registration
The event is by invitation only. Discovery Society members will receive a personal invitation with full details of event locations in the mail by the middle of May.

The cost to attend the conference is $300 per person until 5:00pm on July 18th. After that time, the cost will be $365 per person.

If you are a Discovery Society Member and would like to register for this event online, CLICK HERE.

If you are not a Discovery Society Member you must join the Society to register for the conference. Utilizing the above link will allow you to join the Society and register for the conference at the same time.

General Conference Agenda

Friday, August 8th
4:30 to 5:30pm - Pre-conference reception at Discovery Institute's office

6:30pm-9:30pm - Opening Dinner
As you enjoy dinner in the elegant surroundings of a legendary Seattle landmark, CSC Director Dr. Stephen C. Meyer will preview his important new book Signature in the Cell: Intelligent Design and the DNA Enigma to be published in 2009 by HarperOne.

Saturday, August 9th, 9:00am-3pm - All-Day Conference
The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of Darwin's The Origin of Species. Learn about our exciting plans to use these anniversaries as a springboard to take the Darwin-ID debate to a whole new level. During the day you will hear about our exciting initiatives for the coming year. You'll also get to meet leading scientists and thinkers featured in the movie Expelled, including: evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg, who will present research on "The Immaterial Gene" UCLA neuroscientist Jeffrey Schwartz and SUNY neurosurgeon Michael Egnor, who will explore an ID approach to the brain; and historian Richard Weikart, who will preview the provocative sequel to his controversial book From Darwin to Hitler.

Saturday, August 9th, 6pm-8pm- Closing Dinner
After a break, we'll gather at another Seattle landmark where, you'll enjoy a memorable meal surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising on Lake Union with the city skyline in the background. To wrap up the evening, attendees will be treated to a "members-only sneak preview" of upcoming film projects.

Confirmed Speakers

Michael Egnor MD - Professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, Michael Egnor, M.D. is an award-winning brain surgeon who has been named one of New York's best doctors by New York Magazine. Dr. Egnor has published numerous research papers, and is currently engaged in research on the flow of blood in brain capillaries and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in and around the brain. He is also a frequent contributor to the Discovery Institute's Evolution News and Views blog.

Stephen Meyer PhD - Currently the Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Dr Meyer earned his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University. In addition to numerous articles and editorials, Dr. Meyer has most recently co-written two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education with Michigan State University Press (2004) and Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism (Hill House Publishers, 2007).

Jeffrey Schwartz MD - Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Schwartz is a seminal thinker and researcher in the field of self-directed neuroplasticity. He is the author of almost 100 scientific publications in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, and several popular books including The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the bestseller Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the seminal book on OCD.

Richard Sternberg PhD - An evolutionary biologist working with the Biologic Institute, Dr. Sternberg holds a PhD in molecular evolution and another in systems theory and theoretical biology. Prior to joining Biologic, he held positions with the National Institute of Health and at the Smithsonian Institute. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles in the areas of evolutionary theory and systematics, and is currently working on two books that will raise major challenges to macro-evolutionary theory.

Richard Weikart PhD - Professor of History at CalState-Stanislaus, Dr. Weikart completed his PhD in modern European history at the University of Iowa . His book, From Darwin to Hitler (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), documents the influence of naturalistic evolution on ethical thought, euthanasia, militarism, and racism´┐Żand ultimately Hitler's ideology. He has published extensively in journals such as Isis, Journal of the History of Ideas, German Studies Review, History of European Ideas, European Legacy, and Fides et Historia.

Hotel Accommodations and Transportation
Attendees are responsible for securing their own hotel and transportation. When you register for the event you will be provided with information on various hotels in the area.