Darwin vs. Design: An Engaging Debate Topic
From the very beginning, the Darwin vs Design conferences organized by Discovery's Center for Science & Culture were always envisioned as educational endeavors. Many people don't understand what intellligent design is, and they don't understand what it is that scientists and scholars at the Discovery Institute are arguing for in the ongoing debate over Darwinian evolution and ID. These conferences are a chance for us to present some of the work and research we've done on these subjects.
When some of the science faculty at SMU demanded that the conference planned for their campus be cancelled we decided to issue an invitation to them to come and air their objections to intelligent design in public, and to ask their most challenging questions of the conference speakers. We made the necessary plans to drastically rearrange the first evening of our conference in order to accomodate this. That turns out to have been unnecessary as the faculty don't want to engage in public debate on the issue. Fine, we'll proceed as originally planned. Likewise at future conferences we will plan them as educational events primarily, but will remain open to considering options to include public debates.
These conferences were never planned to be debates. We do a LOT of debating with Darwinists. Just this week we were notified that PBS's Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg has posted a two-part series that features Dr. Stephen Meyer debating Dr. Michael Ruse.
- Think Tank Part 1: http://thinktanktv.com/media/index.php?m=243
- Think Tank Part 2: http://thinktanktv.com/media/index.php?m=242