Darwin, Design and Democracy V:

Science Converges on Design - from Cosmology to Paleontology to Biology

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September 24-25, 2004
Woodward Hall, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

                          

Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, PhD and Philosopher Jay Richards, PhD will discuss their new book and show the movie it spawned.  


Key design theorists and many others will lead you from the origin of life through the remarkable "recurrence of similar design solutions in different phylogenetic lineages, despite their absence in a common ancestor."  A prominent question in biology today is "what drives this convergence?"  Biochemist Michael Behe, PhD, Mathematician William Dembski, PhD and  Chemist, Fazale Rana, Ph.D. and many others will discuss the data and why it seems to converge on design rather than a chance driven Darwinian process.

William Dembski, PhD

Mike Behe, PhD

Fazale Rana, PhD

& many more !


Co-Sponsored by:
The New Mexico Division
of the Intelligent Design network
http://www.nmidnet.org

Converge means to "tend toward a common result or conclusion ." Biological convergence means "the recurrence of similar design solutions in different phylogenetic lineages, despite their absence in a common ancestor" [Gerd B. Muller and Stuart A. Newman, Origination of Organismal Form: Beyond the Gene in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology, (MIT Press 2003)] The eye of an octopus and that of a vertebrate are extraordinarily similar, yet they appear to have developed independently without a common ancestor.

According to paleontologist Simon Conway Morris, in Life's Solution (2003), convergence is ubiquitous - it shows up everywhere in the history of life - it is the norm rather than an evolutionary fluke.

As we look at the data throughout the universe the picture that emerges is a number of "design solutions" all converging on the conclusion that complex life, especially intelligent life, is rare —even special. The authors of The Privileged Planet (Regnery, 2004) bring this to light.

What causes this convergence?
Is it actual intelligence, some yet unexplained law of nature or a vast number of
extraordinary evolutionary coincidences?

This is the central question that 19 experts will explore at DDD V.

The other is whether this fascinating subject is one that should be hidden from the view of rising young naturalists that are attending public schools. Should those institutions seek to inform students about this intellectually stimulating scientific controversy, or should they be provided only with a bland diet of information which supports a naturalistic world view that happens to support non-theistic religions and belief systems. A number of educators will discuss education models that will bring students into the discussion so that they will truly be informed rather than indoctrinated and two lawyers will address the legal issues.
Consistent with objectivity, we will also hear the other side of the argument - why some think that science education should exclude critical analysis of evolution and limit its offering to ideas and theories embraced by recognized institutions of science.


Plenary Sessions:

Cosmology converges on design - The Privileged Planet - Watch the Movie and learn about the Book (Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, PhD and philosopher Jay Richards, PhD)

From goo to you via the zoo - why origin of life analyses converge on design (biochemist William S. Harris, PhD.)

Convergence and common descent. (Philosopher of Science, Paul Nelson, PhD)

A new curriculum module for the Cambrian Explosion. (Professor of Natural Science, Michael Keas, PhD)

Why convergence is not consistent with natural selection (Chemist Fazale Rana, PhD)

Evolution claims that design is an illusion. Why teaching the scientific disagreement is legal (Law Professor, David DeWolf, JD) and why officially suppressing it is illegal (Practicing lawyer, John H. Calvert, Esq.)

The State of the Science:  Is ID Making a Genuine Contribution to Science?
 (Mathematician and Philosopher William Dembski, PhD and Biochemist, Michael Behe, PhD)


Concurrent Sessions:

Convergence: a biological enigma (Candidate for doctorate in biology, John Bracht)
The New Wave on Campus - Intelligent design clubs on college campuses around the country are opening minds and challenging tradition. (Law student and founder of IDEA Clubs, Casey Luskin)
Methodological Naturalism and the Integrity of Science (Research Scientist Michael Kent, PhD)
Darwin, Design and Academic Freedom (Professor of psychology Harold Delaney, PhD )
Science Education in Public Schools:
Science in the classroom - What do we teach the children? (Biophysical Chemist and Author of Real Science 4-Kids, Rebecca Keller, PhD)
Teach the Controversy: A Guide to New and Future Curricula (Michael Keas, PhD, Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, Associate Professor of Natural Science, Oklahoma Baptist University)
  A Workshop for Science Teachers, (Engineer, Michael Edenburn, MS)
  A Science Teacher's Perspectives on the Teaching Origins Science (High School Science Teacher, Rick Cole, MS)
  Standards for State Science Education Standards (Research Scientist and member of New Mexico Science Writing Committee, Joseph Renick, MS)
The Opposing View:
Dave Thomas, An Opposing View: Top 10 Myths of the Intelligent Design Movement

Evaluations of our past symposia have been superlative. Presentations are interspersed with music and laughter and are designed for students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and the general public. Come for all or just part of the day and have a box lunch with the speakers.

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We're here to explore a fascinating subject.  We hope you will join us!


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