The 12th Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design — I Will Remember the Faces

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Intelligent Design The 12th Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design — I Will Remember the FacesAnn GaugerJuly 17, 2018, 1:57 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos TagsBig BangCambrian Explosioncausal circularityCenter for Science & CulturecosmosDiscovery Instituteeducationevolutionfine tuningintelligent designIrreducible ComplexityJay RichardsJonathan Wellslecturenatural worldorigin of lifephotoprotein evolutionscienceSeattleStephen MeyerstudentsSummer Seminarswomen,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Ann GaugerSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureDr. Ann Gauger is Director of Science Communication and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, and Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Zoology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where her work was on the molecular motor kinesin.Follow AnnProfile Share As always, the push to prepare for the nine-day Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design, which concluded this past weekend, was intense. The Seminar, our 12th year running, opened as fifty students from around the world gathered on a Friday night at Discovery Institute for a welcome and introduction to the work of the Center for Science & Culture.Packed with InformationWhat followed were days and evenings packed with information about design in the natural world. We heard about the cosmos, fine-tuning, the Big Bang, the problems of the first life, the Cambrian explosion, irreducible complexity, causal circularity, limits to protein evolution, and that was just up through Wednesday morning.The students asked good questions and were not afraid to challenge a lecturer’s conclusions. And from all accounts, they found it rewarding, even the ones who disagreed with one lecture or another.I could tell as the week went on that things were going well, based on the volume of the conversation before each session. Students got to know each other quickly, finding common ground, yet also being astonished by each other’s accomplishments. This happens most years, but this year was special.Women in ScienceOne thing I noticed in particular was the number of women that were there.At their request we had a round table discussion on women in science, and the unique challenges we face. I look forward to watching these women flourish as they move forward in life.Unfortunately, the pictures we have of the Seminar need to be severely cropped, so as to protect the students’ identities. But their faces I will remember for a long time.Photos: Stephen Meyer, Jonathan Wells, and Jay Richards teaching at the 2018 Summer Seminar, Seattle, by Daniel Reeves.last_img read more