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ID Colloquium At UC Irvine

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I had a great time last night at the ID colloquium on the UC Irvine campus, and had the opportunity to meet Paul Nelson for the first time. He is an extraordinarily bright, articulate, insightful, and congenial fellow.

The thought-provoking and information-filled seminar was excellent in every way, and I was particularly impressed with the UC Irvine professors on the opposing side (Walter Fitch, Timothy Bradley and Gregory Weiss). The debate focused on science, logical inference from the evidence, and state-of-the-art scientific research — with, of course, occasional and inevitable detours into the philosophical and theological implications of the issues — but always in a very respectful and civilized manner. Would that the ID/Darwinism debate be this civilized and informative in general!

Special kudos must go to Arthur Asuncion and those at iDesign UCI for organizing the event. I’ve asked Arthur to write up a news release which I’ll post at UD, should he take me up on my offer.

I chatted with a number of UCI students, and the sense I got was that, in general, the students are open-minded about ID and interested. A couple of them commented that they feel some hostility from the faculty, although I did not get this message from the three professors mentioned above.

I did notice a preponderance of young Asian students. 🙂 I spoke with a couple of them (one a double major in biology and philosophy, the other a computer science major).

Those pesky Asian college students are asking too many questions that shouldn’t be asked!

The Intelligent Design Community While researching my interview with Stephen DarkSyde, I discovered plenty of intelligent design devotees attacking evolutionary science on web.  Like DarkSyde, I do not endorse intelligent design. However, I love watching these sprawling debates.... ThePublishingSpot
Haha Asian students. :P jasonng
I myself graduated from UCI, and the amount of asian students is no surprise to me; Me and my (Asian) friends used to call it the University of Chinese Immigrants because of the large quantity of (predominantly Chinese) Asian students. Maleldil
I don't mean to tease, but ... http://www.flatlandthemovie.com/FlatlandTeaser.html It's been one of those weeks. Collin DuCrâne
Was E. A. Abbott the original Intelligent Design Apologete? Read his seminal work "Flatland" here: http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/eaa/FL.HTM "Fie, fie how franticly I square my talk!" - E. A. Abbott Collin DuCrâne
Wow, how refreshing! Is there any chance that an audio (preferred) or a transcript of the event could be published. I would be particularly interested in the "state-of-the-art scientific research". bFast

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