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Discovery Institute Announces 2013 Summer Seminar For University Students

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Evolution News & Views announces the 2013 summer seminar for University students in both the natural and social sciences. Want to spend a free (all-expenses-paid) nine  days in Seattle learning about ID and interacting with top scientists and scholars in the field? Don’t delay; getting applying today!

ENV reports,

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture is announcing two intensive nine-day seminars on intelligent design for college and graduate students during the summer of 2013.

“We’re fully aware that ardent defenders of long-entrenched ideas like Darwinism aren’t likely to change their minds,” says senior fellow Dr. Jay Richards who oversees the seminar series. “So we’re investing in the next generation of scientists and scholars. This year we’ll welcome 40 students from all over the world, focusing on two distinct study tracks.”

The first study track, the CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, will prepare students to make research contributions advancing the growing science of intelligent design (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.

The second study track, 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.

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3 Replies to “Discovery Institute Announces 2013 Summer Seminar For University Students

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    Mung says:

    News, the link at the bottom of the linked page is self-referential. 🙂

    Further details about the program, admission requirements and the admission process can be found online at http://www.discovery.org/summerseminar.

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    Gregory says:

    When I read “two intensive nine-day seminars on intelligent design” it appeared they might be held at different dates and perhaps even different sites. Yet there is one period and location for the DI’s Summer Program/Seminar and at some points, the two ‘tracks’ come together, e.g. both will start and finish together in banquets and both will attend common panels for certain keynote speakers.

    C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is perhaps equally as well known as a specifically Christian apologist than he is as a ‘British writer.’ Thus, it should be expected that in one way or another Lewis’ Christian theology will be included in “the second study track”.

    Here is an article from the C.S. Lewis Foundation website, by a Christian who is also a biologist, giving an evangelical Christian view of C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design.

    The British scholar J.D. Bernal (1901-1971), one of the main western founders of the field now known as history and sociology of science (cf. ‘science studies’), along with American Robert Merton, was much more advanced and focussed than Lewis on exploring “the growing impact of science on politics, economics, social policy, bioethics, theology, and the arts.” His non-fiction books “The Social Function of Science” (1939) and four-volume “Science in History” (1954) attest to this. Well, of course, as an atheist, Bernal wasn’t much interested in theology. And for Lewis, science wasn’t much more than a writer’s hobby.

    Some factual information, reporting from experience: when I was at the Summer Program (2008), “all over the world” meant 4 countries, and only 2 persons from the 2 countries other than the USA (95%) and Canada (5%).

    It was a worthwhile experience nonetheless.

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    Mung says:

    Perhaps Gregory missed this part of the announcement, or just chose to ignore it:

    The Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute announces two intensive 9-day seminars for college students during the summer of 2013.

    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…

    Bang that drum Gregory.

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