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New Book Explores the Case for Purpose and Meaning in Our World

SEATTLE–Standing in stark contrast to contemporary claims that the world is meaningless, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature reveals a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. Written by Dr. Benjamin Wiker and Dr. Jonathan Witt of the Center for Science & Culture, the groundbreaking new book shows that nature offers all of the challenges and surprises and all of the mystery and elegance we associate with design and with artistic genius.

Discovery Institute will host a release party for A Meaningful World on Tuesday, August 22 at 4:30pm. Please join us as Wiker and Witt take us through the evidence for purpose and meaning in the world around us. Their arguments begin in Shakespeare and range through the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the Periodic Table of Elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the drama of scientific exploration itself.

Through these intriguing examples, Wiker and Witt have created what noted author and scholar Phillip Johnson calls “a wise and witty romp through the fallacies of reductionism.” With its sparkling prose, A Meaningful World fashions a robust argument from evidence in nature, one that rests neither on religious presuppositions nor on a simplistic view of nature as the best of all possible worlds.

The event will be held at Discovery Institute, located at 1511 Third Avenue, Suite 808, on Tuesday, August 22nd, from 4:30 – 6pm. There will be a reception, copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the authors will be available to sign books at the end of the program.

To register, contact Annelise Davis at or call (206) 292-0401, ext. 153.

Discovery Institute

Discovery Institute promotes thoughtful analysis and effective action on local, regional, national and international issues. The Institute is home to an inter-disciplinary community of scholars and policy advocates dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued.