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Speakers and Expert Analysis

Discovery Institute’s experts, scientists, and scholars provide pointed commentary and analysis. Many are available for select speaking engagements. Speaker requests can be submitted here.

In the Sciences

Scientists

Casey Luskin

Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.
Expertise
intelligent design; human origins (hominid fossils, human genetics, and psychology); evolutionary science; fossil record; geology; law; science education policy and academic freedom
Talks
"Introduction to Intelligent Design and Evolution"
"ID Research and the Positive Case for Design"
"The Design of Humanity: What Do Fossils, Genetics, and Psychology Tell Us about Human Origins?"
"Codes within Codes: How Information in Biology and 'Junk DNA' Point to Design"
"The Fossil Record: A Challenge to Darwinism and Support for Intelligent Design"
"The Good Earth: How Our Planet Shows Evidence of Design"
"A Scientific Critique of Common Ancestry"
"Theistic Evolution: Why Go There?"
"Why Intelligent Design Was Not Over at Dover"
"Intelligent Design, Academic Freedom, Evolution Education, and the Law"
"Introduction to Chemical Evolution: History, Problems, and Intelligent Design"
"Evolution’s Failed Predictions"

Brian Miller

Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Brian Miller is Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow for the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He speaks internationally on the topics of intelligent design and the impact of worldviews on society. He also has consulted on organizational development and strategic planning, and he is a technical consultant for Ideashares, a virtual incubator dedicated to bringing innovation to the marketplace.
Expertise
origin of the universe; fine tuning of the laws of nature; design behind our planet; thermodynamics; origin of life and information; the application of engineering to biology
Talks
"Evidence for Design in Cosmology, Physics, and Our Planet"
"How Engineering Principles Are Transforming Biology and Pointing to a Creator"
"Detecting Design in Biology, Including in the Origin of Life"
"Explaining the Evidence for Design to Students"
"Understanding the History of the Design Debate and How the Assumption of Design Is Returning to the Sciences"

Douglas Axe

Maxwell Professor of Molecular Biology at Biola University, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Douglas Axe is the Maxwell Professor of Molecular Biology at Biola University, the founding Director of Biologic Institute, the founding Editor of BIO-Complexity, and the author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed. After completing his PhD at Caltech, he held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Medical Research Council Centre. His research, which examines the functional and structural constraints on the evolution of proteins and protein systems, has been featured in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Molecular Biology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, BIO-Complexity, and Nature, and in such books as Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen Meyer and Life’s Solution by Simon Conway Morris.
Expertise
limitations of molecular evolution; patterns of design in life; inadequacy of physicalism; how worldview affects science; how God reveals himself through his creation
Talks
"How We Know Humans Were Designed"
"How We Know Humans Aren't Just Physical Things"
"What Faith Is, and Why Science Is Completely Dependent on It"
"How Biology Lost Awe, and How to Get It Back"

Michael J. Behe

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Behe's current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures. In his career he has authored over 40 technical papers and three books, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA that Challenges Evolution, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, which argue that living system at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design.
Expertise
biochemistry; the facade that is Darwinism; Catholicism and evolution
Talks
"Science Stumbles on Design: The Argument for Design from Biochemistry"
"Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: King David Didn't Know the Half of It"
"How a Consilience of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Points to Purpose for Life"

Raymond Bohlin

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Raymond Bohlin received his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently Vice-President of Vision Outreach for Probe Ministries and a Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has lectured on more than two dozen college and university campuses, addressing origins issues as well as other science-related topics such as the environment, genetic engineering, medical ethics, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Bohlin's work has been published in the Journal of Thermal Biology, Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation and the Journal of Mammalogy. He is the author of The Natural Limits to Biological Change (Probe Books 1984), which he is currently revising and updating, and edited the book Creation, Evolution and Modern Science (Kregel, 2000).
Expertise
molecular biology; evolutionary biology
Talks
“The Biology of Human Uniqueness”
“Is Intelligent Design Science?”
“The Myth of Junk DNA”
“The Inevitable Ethical Quagmire of Human Genetic Engineering”

Michael Egnor

Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Michael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and is an award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Expertise
neuroscience, natural theology (proofs for God's existence); intelligent design science; medical ethics
Talks
"Neuroscience and the Human Soul"
"10 Proofs of God's Existence"
"Intelligent Design Science: Theory and Application"
"A Pro-Life Perspective on Medical Ethics: Abortion, Gender Surgery, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and Euthanasia"

Ann Gauger

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Ann Gauger is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, and Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor's degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Zoology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where her work was on the molecular motor kinesin.
Expertise
evolution, intelligent design, biology, zoology, faith and science, human uniqueness

Robert J. Marks II

Director, Senior Fellow, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Robert J. Marks Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and Director of the Bradley Center and is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. Marks is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America). He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and is the current Editor-in-Chief of BIO-Complexity. Marks is author of the books Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will Never Do and The Case For Killer Robots. He is co-author of the books For a Greater Purpose: The Life and Legacy of Walter BradleyNeural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks and Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics. For more information, see Dr. Marks’s expanded bio.
Expertise
artificial intelligence; relationship between Christian faith and science; science-based apologetics (including intelligent design)
Talks
"Non-Computable You: What You Do Artificial Intelligence Never Will"
"Higher Dimensions, Infinities, Biblical Miracles, and God"
"The Mind-Brain Problem: Are We Computers Made Out of Meat?"
"How Christianity Sparked the Origin of Modern Science in Western Europe"
"How to Live Out Loud as a Christian: Lessons from My Hero Walter Bradley"

Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Paul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.
Expertise
philosophy of science; apologetics; evolution; intelligent design
Talks
"The Case Against Universal Common Descent"
"New Developments in Biology That Point to Intelligent Design"
"Why Intelligent Design Is Good Science"

Emily Reeves

Research Scientist, Center for Science and Culture
Emily Reeves is a biochemist, metabolic nutritionist, and aspiring systems biologist. Her doctoral studies were completed at Texas A&M University in Biochemistry and Biophysics. Emily is currently an active clinician for metabolic nutrition and nutritional genomics at Nutriplexity. She enjoys identifying and designing nutritional intervention for subtle inborn errors of metabolism. She is also working with fellows of Discovery Institute and the greater scientific community to promote integration of engineering and biology. She spends her weekends adventuring with her husband, brewing kombucha, and running near Puget Sound.
Expertise
biochemistry; metabolism; systems biology; biology and engineering
Talks
"Systems Biology and the Case for Intelligent Design"
"Signatures of Design in Nature’s Energy Pipeline"
"The Amazing Design of How Blood Sugar is Controlled"
"Blood Sugar Regulation: A Case Study in Systems Biology"
"Complex I: An Amazing Molecular Pump"

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow at Discovery, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.
Expertise
artificial intelligence and intelligent design; economics, wealth, and Christian faith; public policy and natural science; climate change and the environment; the social and theological impact of gender ideology; biology of sex differences
Talks
"Gender Ideology: What It Is, What It’s Doing, and How to Defeat It"
"How an Alliance of Faith and Reason Can Win the Culture War"
"Anti-Human Ideologies: Transhumanism, Gender Ideology, and Deep Ecology"
"The Tyranny of Expertise: The COVID Lockdowns, Climate Catastrophism, and Gender Ideology"
"Why Smart Machines Won’t Replace Us (or: Will Robots Replace Us?)"
"Myths of the Market"
"The Christian Case for Free Enterprise"
"How Cultures Eradicate Poverty and Create Wealth"
"Adam Smith and the Complex Moral Structure of Markets"
"Economics, Materialism, and Purpose in the Universe"
"Why Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough"
"Can Catholics Defend Free Enterprise?"
"Eat, Fast, Feast: How to Develop a Fasting Lifestyle"
"J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision of Freedom and Flourishing"
"Why Libertarians Need God"
"Defending the Free Exercise of Religion"
"The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Universe Is Designed for Discovery"
"God and Evolution: Are They Compatible?"
"Seven Scientific Signs of Purpose in the Universe (or, Seven Reasons to Believe in God)"
"How to Think Clearly About Climate Change"
"Economics and the Good Life: What Does Money Have to Do With Happiness?"
"Two Forms of Courage"
"Why Economic Conservatism Needs Social Conservatism, and Vice Versa"
"Why Economic and Religious Liberty Stand or Fall Together"
"Don’t Follow Your Passion"
"How to Boost Your Spiritual Superpower"

Geoffrey Simmons

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Geoffrey Simmons is a retired internist in Eugene, Oregon, as well as an author, lecturer, and Fellow of Discovery Institute. He is the author of What Darwin Didn't Know and Billions of Missing Links, as well as other non-fiction books and six novels (including two medical satires). He is a former governor of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, a past member of Sacred Heart Medical Center's Emergency Preparedness Committee, and a past president of his local medical society. He has lectured widely on disaster preparedness, and has been a medical correspondent for KABC in Los Angeles and KPNW in Eugene.
Expertise
the human body; modern medicine
Talks
"What Darwin Didn't Know About Nature and the Human Body"
"Billions of Missing Links in Nature and the Human Body"
"If One Knows Darwin's Modern Theories Are Wrong and One Doesn't Believe God Did It, Let's Talk About How Extraterrestrials Might Have Done It?"
"Are We Here to Eventually Re-create Ourselves?"

Jonathan Wells

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. A Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, he has previously worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. He also taught biology at California State University in Hayward and continues to lecture on the subject.
Expertise
biology, genetics and ontogenetics, religion, evolution, intelligent design

On Culture

Scholars

Raymond Bohlin

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Raymond Bohlin received his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently Vice-President of Vision Outreach for Probe Ministries and a Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has lectured on more than two dozen college and university campuses, addressing origins issues as well as other science-related topics such as the environment, genetic engineering, medical ethics, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Bohlin's work has been published in the Journal of Thermal Biology, Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation and the Journal of Mammalogy. He is the author of The Natural Limits to Biological Change (Probe Books 1984), which he is currently revising and updating, and edited the book Creation, Evolution and Modern Science (Kregel, 2000).
Expertise
molecular biology; evolutionary biology
Talks
“The Biology of Human Uniqueness”
“Is Intelligent Design Science?”
“The Myth of Junk DNA”
“The Inevitable Ethical Quagmire of Human Genetic Engineering”

David K. DeWolf

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
David K. DeWolf is a Professor of Law at Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane, Washington and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, Professor DeWolf has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Bistline of the Idaho Supreme Court. He has written a briefing book for public school administrators, Teaching the Controversy: Darwinism, Design and the Public School Curriculum.
Expertise
first amendment law; evolution; intelligent design; academic freedom

Michael Newton Keas

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
After earning a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma, Mike Keas won research grants from such organizations as the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He experienced some of the last historic moments behind the Berlin Wall as a Fulbright scholar in East Germany. Keas serves as lecturer in the history and philosophy of science at Biola University and on the board of directors of Ratio Christi, an alliance of apologetics clubs on college campuses. He has written numerous articles, including “Systematizing the Theoretical Virtues” in the top-tier philosophy journal Synthese. This essay analyzes twelve traits of reputable theories, and has generated dialogue across many fields. With a quarter-century of experience teaching science and its history to college students, Keas is qualified to lay out the facts to show how far the conventional wisdom about science and religion departs from reality. He has done so in the ISI book Unbelievable: 7 Myths about the History and Future of Science and Religion.
Expertise
history of science; philosophy of science; biblical theology in relation to science; logic and critical thinking in relation to debates about God’s existence
Talks
"The Greatest Myths About Science and Faith"
"How the Judeo-Christian Tradition Helped Give Birth to Modern Science"
"The Extraterrestrial Enlightenment Myth: A Critique of Naturalistic Deity"
"How to Integrate Science With Genesis 1-3: Accurately Interpreting Nature and Scripture"
"The Case Against Scientism—The Belief That Only Science (Not Religion) Is Reasonable"

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.
Expertise
evolution; intelligent design; faith and science; culture; rhetoric; media

Robert J. Marks II

Director, Senior Fellow, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Robert J. Marks Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and Director of the Bradley Center and is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. Marks is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America). He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and is the current Editor-in-Chief of BIO-Complexity. Marks is author of the books Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will Never Do and The Case For Killer Robots. He is co-author of the books For a Greater Purpose: The Life and Legacy of Walter BradleyNeural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks and Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics. For more information, see Dr. Marks’s expanded bio.
Expertise
artificial intelligence; relationship between Christian faith and science; science-based apologetics (including intelligent design)
Talks
"Non-Computable You: What You Do Artificial Intelligence Never Will"
"Higher Dimensions, Infinities, Biblical Miracles, and God"
"The Mind-Brain Problem: Are We Computers Made Out of Meat?"
"How Christianity Sparked the Origin of Modern Science in Western Europe"
"How to Live Out Loud as a Christian: Lessons from My Hero Walter Bradley"

Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Paul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.
Expertise
philosophy of science; apologetics; evolution; intelligent design
Talks
"The Case Against Universal Common Descent"
"New Developments in Biology That Point to Intelligent Design"
"Why Intelligent Design Is Good Science"

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow at Discovery, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.
Expertise
artificial intelligence and intelligent design; economics, wealth, and Christian faith; public policy and natural science; climate change and the environment; the social and theological impact of gender ideology; biology of sex differences
Talks
"Gender Ideology: What It Is, What It’s Doing, and How to Defeat It"
"How an Alliance of Faith and Reason Can Win the Culture War"
"Anti-Human Ideologies: Transhumanism, Gender Ideology, and Deep Ecology"
"The Tyranny of Expertise: The COVID Lockdowns, Climate Catastrophism, and Gender Ideology"
"Why Smart Machines Won’t Replace Us (or: Will Robots Replace Us?)"
"Myths of the Market"
"The Christian Case for Free Enterprise"
"How Cultures Eradicate Poverty and Create Wealth"
"Adam Smith and the Complex Moral Structure of Markets"
"Economics, Materialism, and Purpose in the Universe"
"Why Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough"
"Can Catholics Defend Free Enterprise?"
"Eat, Fast, Feast: How to Develop a Fasting Lifestyle"
"J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision of Freedom and Flourishing"
"Why Libertarians Need God"
"Defending the Free Exercise of Religion"
"The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Universe Is Designed for Discovery"
"God and Evolution: Are They Compatible?"
"Seven Scientific Signs of Purpose in the Universe (or, Seven Reasons to Believe in God)"
"How to Think Clearly About Climate Change"
"Economics and the Good Life: What Does Money Have to Do With Happiness?"
"Two Forms of Courage"
"Why Economic Conservatism Needs Social Conservatism, and Vice Versa"
"Why Economic and Religious Liberty Stand or Fall Together"
"Don’t Follow Your Passion"
"How to Boost Your Spiritual Superpower"

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.
Expertise
bioethics; euthanasia/assisted suicide; distinction between animal welfare and animal rights; radical environmentalism and “nature rights”
Talks
"The Danger of 'Undignified Bioethics'"
"Euthanasia Destroys the Morality of Society"
"Animal Welfare Yes, Animal Rights, No"
"The Importance of Medical Conscience"
"Only Human Beings Should Have Rights"
"Human Exceptionalism Is the Necessary Predicate to Universal Human Rights."

Richard Weikart

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Richard Weikart is Emeritus Professor of History, California State University, Stanislaus, and author of seven books, including From Darwin to Hitler, Hitler’s Ethic, The Death of Humanity, and Hitler’s Religion. His most recent book is Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism (2022). His PhD dissertation, Socialist Darwinism, earned the biennial prize of the Forum for History of Human Sciences as best dissertation in that field. He has lectured at many universities and other venues in the US and Europe. He also has been interviewed on dozens of radio shows, podcasts, and TV, and appeared in seven documentaries, including Expelled. Some of his lectures and interviews are available on YouTube.
Expertise
modern European intellectual history; history of social Darwinism and evolutionary ethics; history of Nazism
Talks
"Are You the Image of God or a Cosmic Accident?: How the Value of Human Life Points to God"
"Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism"
"Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?"
"Hitler’s Religion"
"The Dehumanizing Impact of Modern Thought: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche"

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
Expertise
the impact of Darwinian theory on culture (racism, medicine, free speech, religion, morality, sex, and more); the rise of authoritarianism in the name of science; the debate over intelligent design, past and present; the life and works of C.S. Lewis; public school science education policy
Talks
“Scientocracy: The Growing Threat of Authoritarianism in the Name of Science”
“Darwin, Racism, and the Devaluation of Human Life”
“Darwin’s Three Big Ideas That Impacted Society”
“God and Evolution: Are They Compatible?”
“Intelligent Design: Why It Matters to Science and Society”
“The Debate Over Intelligent Design in the Early Church”
“Seven Myths About the Debate Over Evolution”
“The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society”
“C.S. Lewis and Evolution”
“C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design”
“Junk Science in the Bedroom: How Alfred Kinsey Degraded Human Sexuality in the Name of Science”

Jonathan Witt

Executive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture. His co-authored books include Intelligent Design Uncensored (IVP), A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature (IVP), and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot (Ignatius Press). Witt is also the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors. His latest book is a YA novel co-authored with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, The Farm at the Center of the Universe.
Expertise
the interrelationship between science and culture, with an emphasis on the destructive impact of Darwinism and the positive cultural impact of intelligent design and Judeo-Christian theism; the relationship between Darwinism on the one hand and Romanticism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism on the other hand; how the arts and sciences jointly point to a designing genius behind nature; J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth novels as a defense of Christianity, political freedom, and limited government
Talks
“A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature"
“Darwinism and Intelligent Design in Literature and Film"
"The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot"

On Bioethics

Fellows

Arina Grossu Agnew

Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Arina Grossu Agnew is a Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Arina focuses on human dignity, human rights, and the sanctity of human life from fertilization to natural death. Arina's areas of expertise include abortion, women’s health, bioethics, conscience, pornography, sex trafficking, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Arina is the founder and principal at Areté Global Consulting where she works on policy, bioethics, communications, and strategic partnerships.

Tom Shakely

Research Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Tom Shakely is a Research Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism where he focuses on human dignity, human rights, and law and policy. Tom has spoken on human rights issues at the United Nations, testified to the District of Columbia City Council on conscience rights, and advised on testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. House of Representatives.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.
Expertise
bioethics; euthanasia/assisted suicide; distinction between animal welfare and animal rights; radical environmentalism and “nature rights”
Talks
"The Danger of 'Undignified Bioethics'"
"Euthanasia Destroys the Morality of Society"
"Animal Welfare Yes, Animal Rights, No"
"The Importance of Medical Conscience"
"Only Human Beings Should Have Rights"
"Human Exceptionalism Is the Necessary Predicate to Universal Human Rights."

On Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Fellows

Jonathan Bartlett

Senior Fellow, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Jonathan Bartlett is a senior software R&D engineer at Specialized Bicycle Components, where he focuses on solving problems that span multiple software teams. Previously he was a senior developer at ITX, where he developed applications for companies across the US. He also offers his time as the Director of The Blyth Institute, focusing on the interplay between mathematics, philosophy, engineering, and science. Jonathan is the author of several textbooks and edited volumes which have been used by universities as diverse as Princeton and DeVry.

Michael Egnor

Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Michael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and is an award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Expertise
neuroscience, natural theology (proofs for God's existence); intelligent design science; medical ethics
Talks
"Neuroscience and the Human Soul"
"10 Proofs of God's Existence"
"Intelligent Design Science: Theory and Application"
"A Pro-Life Perspective on Medical Ethics: Abortion, Gender Surgery, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and Euthanasia"

Winston Ewert

Senior Fellow, Senior Research Scientist, Software Engineer
Winston Ewert is a software engineer and intelligent design researcher. He received his PhD from Baylor University in electrical and computer engineering. He specializes in computer simulations of evolution, genomic design patterns, and information theory. A Google alum, he is a Senior Research Scientist at Biologic Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.

Eric Holloway

Senior Fellow, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Eric Holloway is a Senior Fellow with the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence, and holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Baylor University. A Captain in the United States Air Force, he served in the US and Afghanistan. He is the co-editor of Naturalism and Its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies.

Robert J. Marks II

Director, Senior Fellow, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Robert J. Marks Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and Director of the Bradley Center and is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. Marks is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America). He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and is the current Editor-in-Chief of BIO-Complexity. Marks is author of the books Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will Never Do and The Case For Killer Robots. He is co-author of the books For a Greater Purpose: The Life and Legacy of Walter BradleyNeural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks and Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics. For more information, see Dr. Marks’s expanded bio.
Expertise
artificial intelligence; relationship between Christian faith and science; science-based apologetics (including intelligent design)
Talks
"Non-Computable You: What You Do Artificial Intelligence Never Will"
"Higher Dimensions, Infinities, Biblical Miracles, and God"
"The Mind-Brain Problem: Are We Computers Made Out of Meat?"
"How Christianity Sparked the Origin of Modern Science in Western Europe"
"How to Live Out Loud as a Christian: Lessons from My Hero Walter Bradley"

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow at Discovery, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.
Expertise
artificial intelligence and intelligent design; economics, wealth, and Christian faith; public policy and natural science; climate change and the environment; the social and theological impact of gender ideology; biology of sex differences
Talks
"Gender Ideology: What It Is, What It’s Doing, and How to Defeat It"
"How an Alliance of Faith and Reason Can Win the Culture War"
"Anti-Human Ideologies: Transhumanism, Gender Ideology, and Deep Ecology"
"The Tyranny of Expertise: The COVID Lockdowns, Climate Catastrophism, and Gender Ideology"
"Why Smart Machines Won’t Replace Us (or: Will Robots Replace Us?)"
"Myths of the Market"
"The Christian Case for Free Enterprise"
"How Cultures Eradicate Poverty and Create Wealth"
"Adam Smith and the Complex Moral Structure of Markets"
"Economics, Materialism, and Purpose in the Universe"
"Why Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough"
"Can Catholics Defend Free Enterprise?"
"Eat, Fast, Feast: How to Develop a Fasting Lifestyle"
"J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision of Freedom and Flourishing"
"Why Libertarians Need God"
"Defending the Free Exercise of Religion"
"The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Universe Is Designed for Discovery"
"God and Evolution: Are They Compatible?"
"Seven Scientific Signs of Purpose in the Universe (or, Seven Reasons to Believe in God)"
"How to Think Clearly About Climate Change"
"Economics and the Good Life: What Does Money Have to Do With Happiness?"
"Two Forms of Courage"
"Why Economic Conservatism Needs Social Conservatism, and Vice Versa"
"Why Economic and Religious Liberty Stand or Fall Together"
"Don’t Follow Your Passion"
"How to Boost Your Spiritual Superpower"

On Economics

Economists

George Gilder

Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Discovery Institute
George Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A co-founder of Discovery Institute, Mr. Gilder is a Senior Fellow of the Center on Wealth & Poverty, and also directs Discovery's Technology and Democracy Project. His latest book, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy (2018), Gilder waves goodbye to today's Internet.  In a rocketing journey into the very near-future, he argues that Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.
Expertise
supply-side economics, free-markets, international politics, Israel, information theory, high-tech, entrepreneurship

Scott S. Powell

Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Scott Powell has enjoyed a career split between theory and practice with over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and rainmaker in several industries. He joins the Discovery Institute after having been a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution for six years and serving as a managing partner at a consulting firm, RemingtonRand. His research and writing has resulted in over 250 published articles on economics, business and regulation. Scott Powell graduated from the University of Chicago with honors (B.A. and M.A.) and received his Ph.D. in political and economic theory from Boston University in 1987, writing his dissertation on the determinants of entrepreneurial activity and economic growth.
Expertise
economics, the Federal Reserve, monetary policy, fiscal cliffs, American founding, government regulation, financial trends

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow at Discovery, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.
Expertise
artificial intelligence and intelligent design; economics, wealth, and Christian faith; public policy and natural science; climate change and the environment; the social and theological impact of gender ideology; biology of sex differences
Talks
"Gender Ideology: What It Is, What It’s Doing, and How to Defeat It"
"How an Alliance of Faith and Reason Can Win the Culture War"
"Anti-Human Ideologies: Transhumanism, Gender Ideology, and Deep Ecology"
"The Tyranny of Expertise: The COVID Lockdowns, Climate Catastrophism, and Gender Ideology"
"Why Smart Machines Won’t Replace Us (or: Will Robots Replace Us?)"
"Myths of the Market"
"The Christian Case for Free Enterprise"
"How Cultures Eradicate Poverty and Create Wealth"
"Adam Smith and the Complex Moral Structure of Markets"
"Economics, Materialism, and Purpose in the Universe"
"Why Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough"
"Can Catholics Defend Free Enterprise?"
"Eat, Fast, Feast: How to Develop a Fasting Lifestyle"
"J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision of Freedom and Flourishing"
"Why Libertarians Need God"
"Defending the Free Exercise of Religion"
"The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Universe Is Designed for Discovery"
"God and Evolution: Are They Compatible?"
"Seven Scientific Signs of Purpose in the Universe (or, Seven Reasons to Believe in God)"
"How to Think Clearly About Climate Change"
"Economics and the Good Life: What Does Money Have to Do With Happiness?"
"Two Forms of Courage"
"Why Economic Conservatism Needs Social Conservatism, and Vice Versa"
"Why Economic and Religious Liberty Stand or Fall Together"
"Don’t Follow Your Passion"
"How to Boost Your Spiritual Superpower"

On Education

Experts

Keri D. Ingraham

Senior Fellow and Director, American Center for Transforming Education
Dr. Keri D. Ingraham is a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute and Director of the Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education. She is also a Senior Fellow at Independent Women’s Forum. Dr. Ingraham has been a guest on Fox News multiple times. Her articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Federalist, Real Clear Education, The Washington Times, National Review, The American Spectator, Washington Examiner, The Epoch Times, The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, The Daily Signal, and a host of other media outlets. Fox News has featured her work. Prior to joining Discovery Institute, she spent nearly two decades leading within the field of education as a national consultant, requested conference speaker, head of school, virtual and hybrid academy director, administrator, classroom teacher, and athletic coach. She authored multiple chapters for the book, Sketching a New Conservative Education Agenda, published in 2022. In 2019, she was invited as a contributing author for the book, MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education and co-authored “From Gutenberg to 5G.” Dr. Ingraham was awarded the George W. Selig Doctoral Fellowship in 2013. The following year she received the “World Changer in the Field of Education” award from Regent University.

Donald Nielsen

Senior Fellow and Chairman, American Center for Transforming Education
Donald P. Nielsen is a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute and Chairman of the Institute's program on public education reform. For nearly 30 years, he has devoted his life work to transforming public education. For two years, he traveled the country studying America's public education system and authored, Every School: One Citizen’s Guide to Transforming Education. Mr. Nielsen was awarded the Harvard Business School's 2004 Alumni Achievement Award. In 2009, he received the Leadership Award from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Expertise
education, business, public schools, school choice, early education, business, biological research, finance, Seattle school districts

On Homelessness

Experts and Journalists

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.

Robert Marbut

Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth & Poverty
Robert Marbut is a renowned expert on homelessness and a senior fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty. Marbut has a PhD in Political Behavior and American Political Institutions and his career has been marked by bipartisanship having served as Chief of Staff for San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros in the 1980s, as a White House Fellow under George H. W. Bush, and most recently as the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness from 2019 to 2021 under both the Trump and Biden administrations. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee from 1992 to 2004.

Marvin Olasky

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Marvin Olasky is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute and its Center for Science and Culture. He taught at The University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 2008 and edited WORLD magazine from 1992 through 2021. He is the author of 28 books including Fighting for Liberty and Virtue and The Tragedy of American Compassion.

On Transportation

Experts

Bruce Agnew

Director, Cascadia Center
Since 2017, Bruce has served as Director of the ACES NW Network based in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. The Network is dedicated to the acceleration of ACES (Autonomous-Connected-Electric-Shared) technology in Northwest transportation for the movement of people and goods. ACES is co-chaired by Tom Alberg, Co-Founder and managing partner of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle and Bryan Mistele, CEO/Co-Founder of INRIX global technology in Kirkland. In 2022, Bruce became the director of the newly created Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Regional Infrastructure Accelerator. Initial funding for the Accelerator has come from the Build America Bureau of the USDOT. PNWER is a statutory public/private nonprofit created in 1991 by the U.S. states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan and the territories of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. PNWER has 16 cross-border working groups for common economic and environmental initiatives.

Scott Kuznicki

Research Fellow, Cascadia Center for Regional Development
Scott O. Kuznicki is the two-time recipient of the Transportation Futures Fellowship with the Discovery Institute's Cascadia Center for Regional Development. Across the six-year program, Scott is conducting research related to transportation policy and operations with an emphasis on human factors and machine learning, technology integration related to automated vehicle operations, and the long-term sustainability of the transportation system overall. His particular research focus is the economic opportunity and sustainability afforded by world-class motorway systems. Scott is the President and Managing Engineer at Modern Traffic Consultants, the Associate Director of the ACES Northwest Network, and the founder of the International Motorway Institute.

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