The televised Democratic presidential sound byte pageants will not be true debates by any realistic standard. They are reminiscent of the 2016 Republican primaries that started with 16 candidates preening on a platform and enduring “gotcha” questions by reporters/moderators trying to get themselves into the news story. Until the nominee field narrows, these shows are almost a parody of real debates in the Lincoln-Douglas or Oxford Union manner.
That’s too bad. We need to bring back real debates in America, and not just among candidates. Name the issue (climate change, foreign interference in our elections, abortion, immigration, tariffs, privacy online, the future of artificial intelligence, the meaning of “free speech,” whatever): Americans are badly divided. Since media and politicians often operate in inward-looking communities, they tend to ignore or distort views that differ from their own. In this environment, mere calls for greater civility don’t work. What can work is facing issues straight on and together.
The Gilder Fellows Seminar is an intimate study experience with Discovery Institute Fellows in Seattle, Washington, in August 2019. At the Gilder Fellows Seminar, you'll have the chance to interact with scholars George Gilder, Michael Medved, Jay Richards, John West, and others.
An activist meeting featuring Michael Denton, David Berlinski, and other ID scholars
Michael J. Behe
Want to promote intelligent design as an activist, doctor, donor, scientist, writer, educator, student, or ministry leader? Plan now to attend Discovery Institute’s third Intelligent Design Action Network Meeting in Seattle on October 18-19, 2019. Hear about the current state of the debate from the leaders of the movement; talk with David Berlinski by video-link about his forthcoming book; meet geneticist Michael Denton and learn about his next two books; discover what scientific and educational projects are currently in the pipeline; explore new tools to promote intelligent design as a scientist, doctor, educator, or citizen activist; and brainstorm about what we should be doing in the future. Plus see a sneak preview of new video projects. Cost is only $100 if you register by …
A National Technology Summit on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, and Life After Google
The Westin Bellevue
The COSM Conference is a premier national summit on the converging future of technology. Held in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, COSM highlights the interplay between global innovations and the pullulating Seattle scene of some of the world’s leading tech companies confronting the fastest moving opportunities. Focusing on the “systems of the world” competing to shape our economy and society, the mission of the conference is to stimulate debate and deliberation on the cosmic unities animating an array of apparently divergent technology areas. From artificial intelligence and blockchain to 5G and crypto-currency, from autonomous vehicles and cloud computing to the biotech revolution and to internet commerce, it is all converging in Seattle and …