Discovery Institute will be partnering with BioCosmos Africa to offer an online seminar on Intelligent Design (ID) specifically for English-speaking African scientists and scholars. This Africa-Focused Seminar on ID will have a special focus on topics of interest to an African perspective, including the evidence for design in the origin and fine-tuning of the universe, the origin of life, the origin of biodiversity, common descent, and the origin and uniqueness of humanity. We also hope to be able to include sessions covering connections between Darwinism and colonialism, investigating the social evils perpetrated because of Darwinian ideas.
The seminar will officially begin on October 4, 2021, when participants will be given access to an online learning platform at DiscoveryU where they can watch prerecorded lectures and download a selection of readings. On November 4 and 5, live sessions will be hosted on Zoom from 6:00–10:00 pm (Nairobi, Kenya time) where participants can ask questions of select faculty and dive deeper into the material.
Note: Participants will be expected to complete the required readings and lectures before the live sessions on November 4–5.
The primary textbook for the course will be Discovering Intelligent Design, with a few other supplemental readings. Overall, the seminar will be run by Dr. Casey Luskin and Dr. Brian Miller, who will be hosting the live sessions and answering questions during the same. The final live session on the implications of Darwinism on society will be led by Dr. John West.
Topics covered will be organized into the following eight units. There will be a 1-hour live session for each unit on November 4–5; the faculty member(s) hosting those live sessions are shown in parenthesis below:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Intelligent Design (Casey Luskin)
- Unit 2: Origin of the Universe (Brian Miller)
- Unit 3: Fine-tuning of the Universe (Brian Miller)
- Unit 4: Origin of Life (Brian Miller and Casey Luskin)
- Unit 5: Origin of Biodiversity (Casey Luskin and Brian Miller)
- Unit 6: Common Descent (Casey Luskin)
- Unit 7: Human Origins & Human Uniqueness (Casey Luskin)
- Unit 8: Darwinism & Implications for Society (John West)
For each of the eight units, the participants will watch one or more prerecorded lectures and have one or more readings to complete. Prerecorded lectures and readings will be provided by faculty from the Summer Seminar, including Stephen Meyer, Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, Jay Richards, Guillermo Gonzalez, Günter Bechly, Doug Axe, John West, Brian Miller, and Casey Luskin.
Participants will be selected for the seminar by invitation, and once invited they can register online at the link provided. Participants will be issued a certificate of participation after the completion of the seminar.
Online Course Opens:
October 4, 2021
Online Live Sessions:
November 4–5, 2021
6:00–10:00 pm EAT (Nairobi, Kenya)
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