Design network, inc.
P.O. Box 14702, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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PRESS RELEASE _ August 15, 2003
Intelligent Design network, inc.
Contact: John H. Calvert, Managing Director
(913) 268-0852; IDnet@att.net
The MacLaurin Institute
Contact: Robert Osburn, President
IDnet and The MacLaurin Institute Announce
FOURTH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON INTELLIGENT DESIGN
November 15, 2003, Willey
Hall, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN. Intelligent Design network and The
MacLaurin Institute jointly announced Darwin, Design & Democracy
IV, an all day program that explores Intelligent Design, a theory of
origins that is causing quite
a stir around the country.
Twenty experts in science, philosophy, theology and the law will gather
in Willey Hall, on the University of Minnesota campus to respond to a recent
pronouncement by a leading science institution that seeks to ban any discussion
of Intelligent Design in public schools.
Intelligent design is a scientific disagreement with prevailing naturalistic
theories of origin that rule out intelligence as a possible cause of any
natural phenomena. Naturalists seek to explain all natural phenomena via
only material causes.
Michael Behe, the internationally known biochemist will share the stage
with Jeffrey Schwartz, a neuroscientist who is revolutionizing scientific
thinking about the relationship between the mind and the brain. Dr. Behe's
best selling book Darwin's Black Box is the most significant challenge
to Darwin's theory of natural selection since its publication 150 years
ago. Dr. Schwartz's book The Mind and the Brain explains why the mind can
not be reduced to the material. His talk will explain why the mind and
materialism don't mix.
The Symposium is timely for Minnesotans since we are currently engaged
in writing new science standards, which will address this very issue," remarked
Bob Osburn, executive director of the MacLaurin Institute, who is also
co-hosting the event. The intelligent design issue is a significant debate--and
one in which students, teachers and others should be allowed to discuss."
The line up of speakers will just knock your socks off," said John
Calvert, a Managing Director of IDnet. "Ben Wiker, Ph.D. the author
of Moral Darwinism: Why We Have Become Hedonists, will explain the history
of the debate. Bill Harris, Ph.D., the humorous, internationally recognized
research biochemist will explain the scientific nature and utility of design
theory. Jed Macosko, Ph.D. and Paul Nelson, Ph.D. will take the audience
inside a cell through computer animation and show why more and more scientists
are moving into the ID camp. Michael Keas, Ph.D., will showcase a curriculum
module for introducing the controversy to students in a scientifically." Calvert,
said, "This is just the tip of the iceberg. Twelve other presentations
in "break-out" sessions will offer the audience a virtual smorgasboard
of views about all sides of that all important question: Where do we come
from?" Calvert is a lawyer and geologist who will explore the constitutionality
of state suppression of ID theory in one of these sessions.
The all day program is the fourth in a series that is designed to appeal
to the public and specifically to students, teachers, school administrators,
and parents. The program that starts at 8 am Saturday morning and ends
that evening, is interspersed with music, laughs and many opportunities
to meet and talk with the 20 speakers. Participants can chat with Dr. Behe
and others over a box lunch and each presentation includes Q&A from
Advance Registrations range from $15 for students to $55 for the entire
To learn more and to register go to: http://www.intelligentdesignnetwork.org/june_symposim.htm
Intelligent Design network, inc. is a nonprofit
organization that seeks objectivity in origins science. Objectivity results
use of the
scientific method without philosophic or religious assumptions in seeking
answers to the question: Where do we come from? We believe objectivity
will lead not only to good science, but also to constitutional neutrality
in this subjective, historical science that unavoidably impacts religion. We
promote the scientific evidence of intelligent design because proper consideration
of that evidence is necessary to achieve not only scientific objectivity
but also constitutional neutrality.
The MacLaurin Institute is a Christian
study center based on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The
Institute works to enhance dialogue
between religion and academia.
Intelligent Design is a scientific disagreement with the claim of evolutionary
theory that natural phenomena are not designed. ID claims that natural
laws and chance alone are not adequate to explain all natural phenomena.
Evidence that is empirically detectable in nature suggests that design
is the best current explanation for a variety of natural systems, particularly
irreducibly complex living systems. Intelligent Design is an intellectual
movement that includes a scientific research program for investigating
intelligent causes and that challenges naturalistic explanations of origins
which currently drive science education and research.