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Renowned Synthetic Chemist Speaks on "The Mystery of the Origin of Life"

A world-renowned synthetic chemist at Rice University, Dr. James Tour, has caused quite a stir in both the field of chemistry and culture at large by challenging the “just-so” stories that materialist scientists tell regarding the origin of life. His fascinating research into nanomachines, and their potential use in treating cancer and other diseases, has helped him to see the Read More ›

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The Origin of Life: The Basic Building Blocks

We’re often told that origin of life experiments have simulated the production of life’s building blocks under conditions that mimicked the early earth. Or at least that’s what many textbooks say. But is this really true? This video shows how origin of life researchers “cheat” by using purified chemicals that don’t reproduce actual natural conditions. Another dirty little secret is Read More ›

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First Annual Ibero-American Conference on Intelligent Design

Discovery Institute is pleased to announce that our friends at the Brazilian Society for Intelligent Design (or, “Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente”) will be hosting their first annual Spanish-language conference via livestream. Here is a message from the organizers: Have you heard about the theory which is revolutionizing science, known as the theory of intelligent design? This theory reveals — Read More ›

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Steven Weinberg and the Twilight of the Godless Universe

With the passing last month of Steven Weinberg, the world lost a great theoretical physicist. Born to Jewish parents in New York in 1933, Weinberg received the Nobel Prize in 1979 for unifying two of the four fundamental forces of physics, the electromagnetic and weak nuclear forces. His proposed unification, later confirmed by experiment, proved key to the development of the Standard Model of particle physics, the best current theory of fundamental physics and our guide to the strange world of elementary particles. In addition, Weinberg made seminal contributions to quantum theory, general relativity and cosmology.

His death also marks the twilight of an increasingly dated view of the relationship between science and religion. Though Weinberg was a friend to the State of Israel, he was not sympathetic to Judaism or any theistic belief. Weinberg wrote many popular books about physics in which he often asserted that scientific advance had undermined belief in God – and, consequently, any ultimate meaning for human existence. The First Three Minutes, his most popular book published in 1977, famously concluded: “the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.”

Weinberg’s aggressive science-based atheism now seems an increasingly spent force. Since 1977, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Victor Stenger, Lawrence Krauss and many other scientists have published popular anti-theistic broadsides. Many of these stalwarts have since passed from the scene. Others have so overplayed their hands with overt attacks on religion that they have provoked even fellow atheists and agnostics to recoil.

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The Basic Building Blocks & Origin of Life

Homology, whale evolution, antibiotic resistance, and more. These are some of the subjects, sacred to Darwinists, that receive unique treatment from our animated “Long Story Short” series. Clever, humorous, substantive, brief, “Long Story Short” now turns its attention to the origin of life — a most uncomfortable riddle for proponents of materialism. Episode 4, “The Basic Building Blocks & the Read More ›

2021 Science & Faith Simulcast

Does our universe point to God? Do molecules show evidence of foresight? Were humans produced through an unguided evolutionary process or by intelligent design? Explore these questions and more by joining or hosting the 2021 Science & Faith Simulcast, sponsored by Discovery Institute and organized by In:ciite Events. You’ll have an opportunity to begin the conversation of science & faith in Read More ›

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How Science Points Us To God

Steve Buri and Dan and Cindi Mader are delighted to invite you to an event benefiting Discovery Institute and featuring Dr. Stephen Meyer. Dr. Meyer will discuss the intersection of science and faith, as presented in his best-selling book, Return of the God Hypothesis. Read More ›
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A Portentous Collapse

For generations, “Darwin’s Arch” in the Galápagos Islands stood as an unmovable monument to the life and work of Charles Darwin. A few weeks ago, on May 17, the arch collapsed. While the loss of this landmark is sad, it’s also fitting — for Darwinism as a scientific and social theory is collapsing as well. Read More ›