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For Students of Duke Biologist Mohamed Noor, a Special Invitation to Apply for CSC's Summer Seminar, July 11-19 in Seattle

Sum-Sum-ad-ID.JPGI mentioned that ID persecutor Jerry Coyne taught (by Skype) a class of Mohamed Noor's evolution and genetics students at Duke about intelligent design, the intersection of faith and science, and more. From Coyne's account, some in the class were up on ID, having read books on it, and were familiar with the demolition job we've done on icons of evolution like the Haeckel embryo drawings. Nice!

Sum-Sum-ad-CSL.JPGWho knows what Coyne actually told the class about ID, since his critiques of the theory on his website, Why Evolution Is True, have been uniformly lame and primitive and he has chickened out of every invitation to a debate. So for a more sophisticated perspective, Dr. Noor's students may want to consider applying for this year's Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, a selective and intensive nine-day program offered by Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture and taught by some of the leading scientists and scholars in the ID field. That's July 11-19 in Seattle. NB: No season anywhere is lovelier than Seattle in July.

From the description on the CSC website:

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. This seminar is open to students who intend to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences or the philosophy of science. Applicants must be college juniors or seniors or already in graduate school.

Of course curious, thoughtful students from all universities are welcome to apply! This is an excellent deal. Costs are covered by the Center for Science & Culture and by scholarships as needed:

Students selected for these seminars will be provided with course materials, lodging, and most meals. Travel scholarships are available and will be awarded based upon need after acceptance into the program.

As an alternative, there is also the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society, which runs concurrently (and in which in past years I've had the pleasure of teaching). For more information, see here and here for details and registration. Or email seminar coordinator Janine Dixon directly.