Location: Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh campus (see map below)
Friday Night, May 17
6:00 Registration and reception
7:00 Opening Session. David Snoke, University of Pittsburgh “What is the Christian Scientific Society?”
8:00 Plenary Session
A friendly debate on Intelligent Design.
Prof. Martin Poenie, Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Jed Macosko, Department of Physics, Wake Forest University
Some objections to Intelligent Design (ID) are philosophical in nature– for example, objections to any invoking of the language of miracle, or objections to saying that anything unknown can not be found out by science eventually. But sometimes ID advocates have been accused of getting the science wrong; that many of the mechanisms which they point to as evidence of miracle are easily understood by known mechanisms of biology. The debate therefore moves from general philosophy to the facts. In this friendly debate, Martie Poenie and Jed Macosko will look at this narrower topic, addressing the questions 1) Are there examples of things claimed by evolutionary theory that are statistically impossible by known present laws? (Leaving aside the question of hypothetical, unknown laws.) 2) Are there examples of claims made in the ID literature which are simply wrong by modern scientific understanding?
11:00 AM Can Darwin-Doubting Scientists Experience Academic Freedom?
Casey Luskin, Discovery Institute (California Bar, active member)
Intellectual freedom to hold, express, and investigate non-Darwinian views in the academy is highly limited. Since the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in 2005, there has been a dramatic increase in discrimination against scientists who doubt Darwinism and/or support intelligent design (ID). Negative actions taken include (but are not limited to): denial of hiring opportunities, employment demotion or termination, non-renewal of contracts, denial of tenure, loss of funding, loss of research space, imposition of speech-codes, reprimands and other forms of “discipline,” and imposition of disclaimers and other forms of isolation and ostracization. Academics who hold minority scientific viewpoints may wish to defend their academic freedom, but may not know how to do so. This talk will give general advice, tips, and Do’s and Don’ts for Darwin-doubting scientists seeking to navigate the tricky waters of academic freedom.
1:30 PM Uses and Abuses of Quantum Mechanics
Prof. David Snoke, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
Neo-pagan (“new age”) religion is on the rise in the US and invokes as a justification of its tenets the discoveries of Quantum Mechanics. This view has been made popular by books such as The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, and in a recent move What the Bleep Do We Know About Anything? Some Christians also invoke quantum mechanics to argue for Christianity and the existence of a spirit world. I will summarize what we know from quantum mechanics and what is mere wild speculation.
2:30 PM Entropy: God’s Gift to Humankind
Prof. Gary Patterson, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie-Mellon University
3:00 PM Were the cave paintings at Lascaux astronomical charts?
David Bossard, Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute, Hatfield, PA)
See this page for the full details of the schedule.
Pass on the info about the upcoming meeting to others! May is a great time of year in Pittsburgh, and the conference will be held in walking distance of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Carnegie Museums, and Nationality Rooms of the Cathedral of Learning.
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Location of the Frick Fine Arts Building:
Note also this event in Philadelphia, April 5-6, 2013
“How did it all begin?”
with Prof. John Lennox, Department of Mathematics, Cambridge University
and Dr. Steven Meyer, the Discovery Institute, Seattle