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Discovery Institute 2011 Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design

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Last summer, I had the tremendous opportunity to travel to Seattle, Washington, and take part in Discovery Institute’s yearly summer seminar for undergraduate and graduate students. Truth be told, it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I had the chance to interact at a one-on-one level with key ID scholars including William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Paul Nelson, Richard Sternberg, Stephen C. Meyer, Scott Minnich, Michael Behe, Douglas Axe, Ann Gauger, Jay Richards, and Bruce Gordon (and more!). I also made many good friends from all over the world, most of whom I have remained in contact with even until now. If you are a postgraduate or undergraduate student who is keen on ID and is swithering on whether or not this is for you, then I strongly encourage you to apply! Not only will you get connected with many phenomenal like-minded people, you will never think the same way about ID and evolution ever again! Best of all, if you are accepted for the program, you needn’t pay a cent! Travel expenses, lodging, meals, the lot, are fully funded.

Even if your academic discipline isn’t in the natural sciences, you needn’t worry — there is a program which is specifically geared towards those with a background in social sciences, humanities, law or theology!

Below are the details and information you need to APPLY.


Discovery Institute’s Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design is an 8-9 day program where students can come to Seattle and learn about intelligent design (ID) from the scholars and scientists in the field.  The program goes from July 8-16 and it is FREE (including travel, meals, and lodging) for all who are accepted and attend. The details may be found at: www.discovery.org/sem

The program is for undergraduates (junior class level and higher), or graduate students. It focuses primarily on the science, but it also covers philosophical / social / legal dimensions of the debate. In fact, there are 2 tracks in the program, one for students studying the sciences and the other for those in the humanities.  Here’s a brief summary:

(1)    A science-focused track, the “CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences,” will prepare students to make research contributions advancing the growing science of ID. The seminar will explore cutting-edge ID work in fields such as molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology, developmental biology, paleontology, computational biology, ID-theoretic mathematics, cosmology, physics, and the history and philosophy of science. This seminar is open to students who intend to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences or the philosophy of science. Applicants must be college juniors or seniors or already in graduate school.

(2)    A track for those studying the humanities, “The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society,” will explore the growing impact of science on politics, economics, social policy, bioethics, theology, and the arts. The program is named after celebrated British writer C.S. Lewis, a perceptive critic of both scientism and technocracy in books such as The Abolition of Man and That Hideous Strength. This seminar is open to college/university students who intend careers in the social sciences, humanities, law, or theology.

Again, more information on both programs, including an online application, can be found at: www.discovery.org/sem

Students must apply to be accepted into the program.  More applications are usually submitted than there are spots available, so it’s best to applications in as soon as possible as earlier applications may receive priority consideration. Applications are required to be submitted online at https://www.tfaforms.com/190573.

Applications are due by April 22 and there also is an online application at the link above (www.discovery.org/sem).  Questions or requests for more information should be directed to cscseminar@discovery.org.


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