Information on the forthcoming five-day UK intelligent design conference, which runs from July 18th to 22nd in Malvern, Worcestershire, and details on how to apply, can be located here.
The programme is aimed primarily at a generalist audience with expertise across the relevant disciplines. Students or graduates in education, engineering, medicine, law, business, IT, theology, the arts and related disciplines are also encouraged to apply. Participants do not need to have a specialist background in science.
The summer school will run from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime. There will be three presentations each day and an evening seminar which will feature a current issue related to Intelligent Design. The afternoons from Tuesday to Thursday will provide free time for sightseeing and other activities. A detailed programme will be available in due course.
The sessions will focus on:
- The recent re-emergence of ID and key areas of design detection.
- The longer history of the design hypothesis, its role in the emergence of modern science, and its wider religious and philosophical implication.
- The real story of ID and the Dover Trial in Pennsylvania, USA
- The major challenge for contemporary science of how first life emerged, together with the clear chemical evidence for intelligent causation of life and of design in a variety of biochemical systems.
- The overwhelming evidence of design in living systems, together with the implications of Intelligent Design for Darwinian evolution.
- Whether neo-Darwinism is really science.
- The current strength of the evidence for ID in cosmology which has provided, from Galileo to Einstein, the most obvious evidences of design.
- Mysteries of mind, brain and consciousness
- The key implications of Intelligent Design in public, professional and personal life and strategies for promoting ID alongside the personal and professional hazards involved.
Presenters will include:
Prof Steve Fuller, Warwick University
Prof Guillermo Gonzales, Grove City College, Pennsylvania, USA
Dr David Galloway, Vice President Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow
John Langlois, Barrister
Dr Alastair Noble, Director, Centre for Intelligent Design, Glasgow.
Prof Chris Shaw, Queens University, Belfast.
Dr Jonathan Wells, Discovery Institute, Seattle, USA
David Williams, Lawyer
Other Tutors to be advised.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the design argument. One purpose of the school is to build a network of emerging professionals across the disciplines who are conversant with the arguments for intelligent design. Because of professional sensitivities, participation in the conference will be handled in strict confidence and with anonymity.
Do you have a commitment to following the evidence where it leads? Do you have the desire, the vision and the determination necessary to breathe new purpose into the scientific enterprise and influence its self-understanding in ways that could benefit both science and humanity? Apply to become one of a select group participating in this exciting Summer School.
You must be able to demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the design argument. Required application materials include (1) a résumé or C.V. (2) a short statement of your interest in intelligent design and its perceived relationship to your area of work and life and (3) a letter of recommendation from a person of standing who knows your work and is friendly towards ID.
The maximum cost of the week is £300. Some lower priced places are available – see here for full details of costs. For the lower-priced places preference will be given to students, post-graduates and those working in areas of academic, political or professional influence.
As places are limited to around 50, early application is recommended.
Application to join the Summer School is a two-part process: 1: a preliminary application involving no cost; 2: final application with full agreed payment being made at the time of application.
1. You should apply by email as indicated above. Required application materials include (1) a résumé or c.v. (2) a short statement of your interest in intelligent design and its perceived relationship to your area of work and life and (3) a letter of recommendation from a person of standing who knows your work and is friendly towards ID.
After applying you will receive by email a timely decision on your application. If accepted for the Summer School you will be issued with a unique coupon code which you should use in connection with part 2 of the process.
2: Final application – here you will register online via this website for the Summer School and make your payment in full according to the unique code issued to you.
The closing date for applications which may require bursary funding is May 31st 2011.