The mission of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture is to advance the understanding that human beings and nature are the result of intelligent design rather than a blind and undirected process. We seek long-term scientific and cultural change through cutting-edge scientific research and scholarship; education and training of young leaders; communication to the general public; and advocacy of academic freedom and free speech for scientists, teachers, and students.
Research & Scholarship
- Books, Articles and Research by scientists and scholars.
- The Biologic Institute, a research lab to demonstrate the value of intelligent design for the practice of biology and to test the empirical claims of Neo-Darwinism, intelligent design, and other theories of biological origins.
Education & Outreach
- Student Seminars to mentor future leaders in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
- Science and Faith Resources for churches, pastors, students, and others exploring how science and faith are compatible.
- Curriculum for private schools and families, including Explore Evolution and Discovering Intelligent Design.
Media & Communications
- Web-Based Mass Media, including the daily news service Evolution News and Views, the podcast ID the Future, and the web portal IntelligentDesign.org.
- Documentaries for distribution to schools, families, and educational and commercial television.
- Public Policy Advice, including providing advice to parents and school boards in regard to science education policy, and model academic freedom legislation for use at the state level.
- Academic Freedom and Free Speech, advocating for academic freedom and publicizing discrimination cases.
The Center has 40 affiliated academic Fellows representing disciplines such as physics, astronomy, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, mathematics, history and philosophy of science, law and political science. Our Fellows are scholars who do research, writing, and speaking on topics relating to the Center. Some Fellows are provided full or part-time financial support by the Center, but most are unpaid. Many hold full-time research or teaching appointments at universities and colleges. The Center also funds scientists at our affiliated research organization, the Biologic Institute. In addition to scientists and other scholars, the Center has administrative staff who administer and carry out its programs.
The Center is a program of Discovery Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan educational and research organization headquartered in Seattle. Instead of taxpayer funds, the Center relies on the generosity of public-spirited private donors who want to make a difference.