|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
The DI held a closed conference in SoCal in 1996 (collection of essays published as "Mere Creation"). They followed that up with a conference in Austin, Texas early in 1997 where they issued a public call for papers and solicited participation of people they believed would hold views counter to their own. The CFP failed to mention "intelligent design". The essays to that conference were posted online, but never collected and formally published.
IIRC, it was in 2000 that the "Polanyi Center" at Baylor hosted the "Nature of Nature" conference that invited in a bunch of big name philosophers. They didn't bother to mention their grinding ax then, either, and still hold a grudge against Barbara Forrest, who wrote a letter to various participants letting them know what they were getting themselves into. A volume finally got published with essays from that conference, but not solely material presented at the conference (again, IIRC).
In 2002, I was denied permission to attend a closed conference at Biola (the "RAPID" conference).
The IDC advocates seem to shift between including and excluding critics. I don't know that we can identify any trend in this from this latest scam.
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker