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Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture Launches Provocative New YouTube Series Titled "Science Uprising"

“This is unlike any film project we’ve done before,” said Discovery Institute vice president John. G. West. “Science Uprising directly confronts the false views of science held by the growing number of science popularizers like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.” The episodes are 6-8 minutes long each and address issues such as the existence of an immaterial mind, the origin of life from non-life, the fine-tuning of nature that allows life to flourish, the destructive power of mutations, claims about human evolution, and whether science has disproved free will. Episodes feature original interviews not only with top Discovery Institute Fellows such as Stephen Meyer and Michael Behe, but also with leading scientists such as renowned research chemist James Tour at Rice

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ID the Future

How Chimps and Humans are Different, Pt. 1: The Genome

Do we have 99% of our DNA in common with chimps? On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Dr. Ann Gauger discusses human and chimpanzee genomes.  What is a genome? How is it sequenced? And what is a better estimate of the similarity between our genome and that of chimps? For more on this topic, see the book Science and Human

Edward Feser on the Question of Mind Behind the Universe

On this episode of ID the Future, Michael Egnor continues his discussion with philosopher and professor Edward Feser about Feser’s new book Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science. The question this time is whether evolution is compatible with an Aristotelian understanding of reality. Feser says it could be — but he argues against naturalistic evolution anyway. While Feser differs from intelligent design theorists on his approach to the question, he agrees with the conclusion that nature evidences the existence of a mind instilling purpose, goal-directedness, and function within

Edward Feser on Aristotle’s Revenge: Purpose and Essence in Nature

On this episode of ID the Future, Michael Egnor interviews philosopher Edward Feser about Feser’s new book Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science. Scientists can get along without Aristotle’s metaphysics, says Feser, but science can’t; in fact science presupposes Aristotle. Mechanistic views of nature have tried to make nature nothing but particles interacting, but a full understanding of nature requires that we include Aristotelian purpose, or teleology, and essences as well. Ultimately, Feser suggests, this leads us toward evidence for a divine mind behind it

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Setting the Record Straight: From Copernicus to Orphan Genes

A science and faith doubleheader featuring Dr. Michael Keas and Dr. Paul Nelson
Michael Newton Keas
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June
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2019
Moats Auditorium, Biola University
La Mirada, CA
Scientists love to tell stories about the quest to understand the universe — stories that often have profound implications for belief or disbelief in God. But more often than not, the stories are nothing but myths. Join us as Michael Keas, a historian of science and Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, explodes some of the most popular and pernicious myths about science and religion. Paul Nelson, philosopher of biology and Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science, will follow up with a presentation on "How the Orphan Genes Revolution is Shaking Up Biology."
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October
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2019

Intelligent Design Action Network Meeting

An activist meeting featuring Michael Denton, David Berlinski, and other ID scholars
Michael J. Behe
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October
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Discovery Institute
Seattle, WA
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
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2019

Darwin Devolves Book Party

Michael Behe presents new challenges to evolution from recent studies of DNA
Michael J. Behe
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July
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2019
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA
While Stephen Colbert has called Michael J. Behe the “Father of Intelligent Design,” Behe’s arguments have been called “close to heretical” by the New York Times Book Review, and Richard Dawkins has publicly taken him to task for his “maverick” views. Wherever he goes, Behe makes waves, but has remained singularly focused on doing rigorous scientific analysis that points to controversial but incredible results that other scientists won’t touch.