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Another Great Debate on ID at Freedomfest in Las Vegas This Weekend

Saturday night in Las Vegas will be hot. Outside it will be 100+ degrees. Inside Bally's will be hot too, when CSC Director Stephen Meyer and Discovery senior fellow George Gilder face off with Darwinists Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic Magazine, and Ronald Bailey, science writer for Reason. The debate question: "Is there scientific evidence of intelligent design in nature?"

The debate is the closer of a three day conference, Freedomfest that will feature other speakers like Steve Forbes and Ron Paul, as well as other debates, such as Friday night's between Dinesh D'souza and Christopher Hitchens.

C-SPAN is scheduled to cover the debate and we'll let you know when they plan to air as soon as that is announced.


George Gilder
Steve Meyer
Discovery Institute
Michael Shermer
Publisher, Skeptic Magazine, columnist,
Scientific American
Chip Wood (moderator)

"Is There Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design in Nature?"

George Gilder, Editor in Chief of Gilder Technology Report, is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC. He is also a co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute where he directs Discovery's program on high technology and public policy. Mr. Gilder pioneered the formulation of supply-side economics when he served as Chairman of the Lehrman Institute's Economic Roundtable, as Program Director for the Manhattan Institute, and as a frequent contributor to A.B. Laffer's economic reports and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. In the 1980s he also consulted leaders of America's high technology businesses. According to a study of presidential speeches, Mr. Gilder was President Reagan's most frequently quoted living author. In 1986, President Reagan gave George Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. He is the author of numerous books including The Spirit of Enterprise (1986), Microcosm (1989), Life After Television (1991), Telecosm (2000) and The Silicon Eye (2005). Mr. Gilder is a founder of and contributor to Forbes ASAP, and a contributing editor of Forbes magazine. He is a frequent writer for The Economist, the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

Stephen C. Meyer is director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. Dr. Meyer is internationally recognized for his work on the scientific and philosophical aspects of the biological origins controversy. He earned his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University for a dissertation on the history of origin of life biology and the methodology of the historical sciences. Previously he worked as a geophysicist with the Atlantic Richfield Company after earning his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Geology. Dr. Meyer has co-written two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education (Michigan State University Press 2004) and Science and Evidence of Design in the Universe (Ignatius 2000). His next book, The Signature in the Cell, will be published in 2009 by Harper Collins. He has authored numerous technical articles as well as opinion pieces in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, First Things and National Review.