|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
I'll be on a panel to discuss "intelligent design" at CSICOP's Fourth World Skeptics Conference, June 21, 2002, in Burbank, California.
The panel will be moderated by Massimo Pigliucci. Other panelists are Kenneth Miller of Brown University, William Dembski of the Discovery Institute's Center for Renewal of Science and Culture, and Paul Nelson, also of the DI CRSC.
My abstract for my set 15-minute presentation was printed in the conference program, so it's public knowledge now.
|Title of talk: "Beyond the 'wedge': Intelligent design, science, and culture|
Abstract: The "intelligent design" movement is primarily coordinated by the Discovery Institute's Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (DI CRSC). While the highest-profile activity of the DI CRSC so far has been its anti-evolutionary activism, its long-term goals are far more ambitious. As promulgated in the "wedge" document, early versions of the DI CRSC web site, and seen in the actions of the Fellows of the CRSC, no less than the re-definition of science itself is intended. Despite statements that ID is primarily a scientific research program, the fact is that most of the effort of the CRSC Fellows is directed into political action. While scientific justification was one of the primary goals outlined in the "wedge" document, this area remains little-developed and apparently has been abandoned. The current and projected activities of the DI CRSC indicate that the next 25 years will be filled with more confrontation with mainstream science.
CSICOP Fourth World Skeptics Conference
The DI CRSC "Wedge" document
I would appreciate comments on things to bring up during the panel session.
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker