Stephen C. Meyer Philosopher of Science

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Spanning three decades, Steve Meyer has spoken at hundreds of universities, classrooms, churches, and public fora. Stay tuned for upcoming lectures, debates, and online webinars. Or, browse past events and view videos of recorded events. To request that Stephen Meyer speak at your event, submit a speaker request.

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May
05
May
14
14
2022

How Biology Lost Awe, and How to Get It Back

A Lecture with Douglas Axe Hosted by the Science & Culture Network Chapter in Southern California
John Felts
Date
May
05
May
14
14
2022
Orange County First Assembly
Santa Ana, CA
The Southern California Chapter of the Science & Culture Network is hosting an in-person event with Dr. Douglas Axe on the magnificence of life. Read below for a brief word provided by the chapter. If this interests you, be sure to register via Eventbrite by clicking the button to the right. Psychologists have observed that, regardless of upbringing, young children intuit that life was made by a god-like designer. Many educators think it is their duty to replace that natural view with the Darwinian alternative. They never fully succeed, but even partial success seriously undermines our view of ourselves. At this special event, Dr. Axe will share highlights from a course he teaches at Biola University that aims to restore a high view of life. He will give a glimpse of one of
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April
04
Apr
28
28
2022

Bacteria — Superheroes of the Microbial World

Join the YouTube Premiere of Secrets of the Cell, Episode 6
John Felts
Date
April
04
Apr
28
28
2022
Online Event
We invite you to join biochemist Michael Behe as he explores marvels of the microscopic world, including bacteria with their own navigation systems, microbes that eat plastic waste, and microscopic bugs that can shoot 60 molecular “bullets” per second. This is Episode 6 of Behe’s popular video series Secrets of the Cell. Learn all about these heroes of the microscopic world, and how they provide compelling evidence for intelligent design. If you haven’t seen the other episodes of Secrets of the Cell, check out our YouTube playlist with the previous 5 episodes here. When Thursday, April 28, 5:00 PM PTNeed to convert time zones? Contact John Feltsjfelts@discovery.org Join
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April
04
Apr
9
09
2022

Tour of a Tiny City — An Excursion Into the Biological Cell

A Webinar Hosted by the Science & Culture Network Chapter of Colorado
John Felts
Date
April
04
Apr
9
09
2022
Online Event
The Colorado Chapter of the Science & Culture Network invites you to join another webinar on one of the greatest challenges to Darwinism. Read below for a brief word provided by the chapter. In the 1800s, when evolutionary theory was being developed, the cell was thought to be a simple bag of protoplasm. There was nothing known about the mode of inheritance; they didn’t know about DNA; they thought that life was simple. When Darwin published his book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in 1859, his theory seemed reasonable. Since then, knowledge of cell biology advanced slowly. However, since the long-sought-after structure of DNA was published by Watson and Crick in 1953, the
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April
04
Apr
8
08
2022

Richard Weikart on Darwinian Racism at SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics

John Felts
Date
April
04
Apr
8
08
2022
First Baptist Church Rock Hill
Rock Hill, SC
One of our senior fellows at the Center for Science & Culture, Richard Weikart, has been invited to speak on the subject of his new book, Darwinian Racism, at this year’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary. He will be featured in two breakout sessions, on April 8 and 9. Read on for more information taken from the NCCA website. Remaining Steadfast in an Upside Down World In a world of pandemics, violence, civil unrest, natural disasters, and utter confusion, how can we believe in and uphold the truth and goodness of Christianity? Join world-class scholars at FBC Rock Hill, in Rock Hill, SC, for the 28th annual SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics as we become more equipped to defend the truth and
Date
February
02
Feb
21
21
2022

The Design of the Human Eye with Jonathan Wells

by The Centre for Intelligent Design
John Felts
Date
February
02
Feb
21
21
2022
Online Event
Our friends at The Centre for Intelligent Design in the U.K. are hosting a webinar featuring Jonathan Wells on the design of the human eye. On the day of the webinar, simply click the button on the right to watch the live event on YouTube. Read their message below for further information. The Centre for Intelligent Design Our webinar series in 2022 continues with a presentation from Dr. Jonathan Wells. Dr. Wells holds two PhDs, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Centre for Science and Culture. In his 2000 controversial book Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong, Wells claimed that ten
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February
02
Feb
12
12
2022

Topoisomerase Webinar with Joe Deweese

John Felts
Date
February
02
Feb
12
12
2022
Online
Topoisomerase II is an extremely important enzyme in your cells that is designed to untangle knots and supercoils in DNA strands that arise during replication and transcription. It does this by grabbing two tangled DNA segments, holding one steady while it breaks the other segment in two, and then passing the first segment through the break. The second segment is then reconnected, and the two DNA segments are released, having been successfully untangled. Without topoisomerases, chromosomes would become an impossible mess, making DNA replication, transcription, and cell duplication impossible. The carefully orchestrated untangling activity of topoisomerase II doesn’t happen by accident. This enzyme is a molecular machine that only works because its amino acid sequence is highly
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February
02
Feb
3
03
2022

Darwinian Racism Webinar with Author Richard Weikart

John Felts
Date
February
02
Feb
3
03
2022
Online
According to historians and scientists alike, Adolf Hitler was a Christian creationist who rejected Darwinian evolution. Award-winning historian Richard Weikart says otherwise. According to Weikart, Darwinian evolution crucially influenced Hitler and the Nazis. The Nazis zealously propagated evolutionary theory during the Third Reich. ​​​​Inspired by arguments from both Darwin and early Darwinists, the Nazis viewed the “Nordic race” as superior to other races and set about advancing human evolution by ridding the world of “inferior” races and individuals. As Weikart shows in his new book Darwinian Racism, these ideas circulate today among white nationalists and neo-Nazis, who routinely use Darwinian theory in their propaganda to advance a racist agenda. Darwinian
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January
01
Jan
29
29
2022

Metamorphosis — A Serious Challenge to Darwinian Evolution

A (Rescheduled) Webinar Hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the Science & Culture Network
John Felts
Date
January
01
Jan
29
29
2022
Online Event

Metamorphosis (from caterpillar to butterfly) is a roadblock that seems an insurmountable hurdle to the Darwinian model. The complete list of changes that occur in one to two weeks is astounding. Join us in exploring this phenomenon and more with our speaker Tom Siewert.

Date
December
12
Dec
13
13
2021

The Evidence for Dualism in Neuroscience with Michael Egnor

Michael Egnor
Date
December
12
Dec
13
13
2021
Online Event
Our friends at The Centre for Intelligent Design in the U.K are hosting another amazing webinar. Check out their message below and consider joining us for what should be an incredible discussion on the neuroscientific evidence for dualism. On Monday, December 13th, Michael Egnor, Professor of Neurosurgery and Paediatrics at Stony Brook University of New York will be speaking at our next webinar. He is an award-winning brain surgeon and was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including the Journal of Neurosurgery, Paediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is
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December
12
Dec
9
09
2021

"Animal Algorithms" Webinar with Author Eric Cassell

John Felts
Date
December
12
Dec
9
09
2021
Online
How do some birds, turtles, and insects possess navigational abilities that rival the best manmade navigational technologies? Who or what taught the honey bee its dance, or its hive mates how to read the complex message of the dance? How do blind mound-building termites master passive heating and cooling strategies that dazzle skilled human architects? In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin conceded that such instincts are “so wonderful” that the mystery of their origin would strike many as “a difficulty sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.” In Animal Algorithms, Eric Cassell surveys recent evidence and concludes that the difficulty remains, and indeed, is a far more potent challenge to evolutionary theory than Darwin imagined. Buy “Animal
Date
November
11
Nov
30
30
2021

YouTube Premiere of "Long Story Short" Episode on the Origin of Life — Part 2: Polymerization

John Felts
Date
November
11
Nov
30
30
2021
YouTube
It’s finally here — part 2 of Long Story Short’s Origin of Life series! In this upcoming episode, the extraordinary process of polymerization will be exposed for what it really is — an incredibly complex system indispensable to all life. What explanations have been offered from a Darwinian framework regarding the origin of this process? Have they missed some crucial details that, perhaps, would instead lead us to conclusions of design? We’re often told that origin of life experiments have simulated the production of life’s building blocks under conditions that mimicked the early earth. Or at least, that’s what many textbooks say. But is this really true? This video deals with one particular challenge to the evolution of life from chemicals — the challenge of
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November
11
Nov
15
15
2021

Return of the God Hypothesis Webinar

by The Centre for Intelligent Design
John Felts
Date
November
11
Nov
15
15
2021
Online Event
Our friends at The Centre for Intelligent Design in the U.K. are hosting a webinar featuring Stephen Meyer on his latest book, Return of the God Hypothesis. Read their message below concerning the new webinar series. On the day of, simply click the link at right to watch the YouTube live event. The first webinar of the series will be held with philosopher of science Dr. Stephen Meyer, Director of the Centre for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, Seattle, USA, and one of the key figures in the development of the modern Intelligent Design movement. Adding to his two best-selling and widely praised books, Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, Dr. Meyer has now added a third, ground-breaking volume, Return of the God Hypothesis. In this webinar, Dr. Meyer will
Date
September
09
Sep
23
23
2021

Unpacking "Return of the God Hypothesis" with Dr. Ray Bohlin

The Center for Science and Culture
Date
September
09
Sep
23
23
2021
The Hope Center
Plano, TX
Are there scientific arguments for the existence of God? Dr. Stephen Meyer thinks so, which he explains in his new book Return of the God Hypothesis. A hefty read indeed, covering three broad but important topics: The beginnings of the universeThe fine-tuning of the universeThe intricate world of molecular biologyMany are interested in these topics but just aren’t familiar enough with such subjects. This is where Dr. Ray Bohlin would like to assist. Making the research and study of Dr. Stephen Meyer even more accessible to the layman, Dr. Bohlin will be speaking at The Hope Center on September 23rd. In this in-person seminar, Dr. Bohlin will be summarizing the main points of Dr. Meyer’s book and answering as many questions as time permits. If you have been meaning to
Date
September
09
Sep
11
11
2021

First Annual Ibero-American Conference on Intelligent Design

The Center for Science and Culture
Date
September
09
Sep
11
11
2021
N/A
Online Event
Discovery Institute is pleased to announce that our friends at the Brazilian Society for Intelligent Design (or, “Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente”) will be hosting their first annual Spanish-language conference via livestream. Here is a message from the organizers: Have you heard about the theory which is revolutionizing science, known as the theory of intelligent design? This theory reveals — mainly from the field of molecular biology — the true cause of life and its forms, using strict scientific methodologies. The origin of life is not explained by either unguided natural processes nor by chance. On the contrary, we find sufficient explanation in the action of transcendent intelligence. And yes, this can be studied and scientifically demonstrated
Date
August
08
Aug
17
17
2021

The Basic Building Blocks & Origin of Life

John Felts
Date
August
08
Aug
17
17
2021
YouTube
Homology, whale evolution, antibiotic resistance, and more. These are some of the subjects, sacred to Darwinists, that receive unique treatment from our animated “Long Story Short” series. Clever, humorous, substantive, brief, “Long Story Short” now turns its attention to the origin of life — a most uncomfortable riddle for proponents of materialism. Episode 4, “The Basic Building Blocks & the Origin of Life,” will premiere on Tuesday, August 17, at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, on YouTube. It’s just a little over 10 minutes long. You can participate in a live discussion with other viewers, including two scientists with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, geologist Casey Luskin and physicist Brian Miller. Dr. Miller has been one of our leading debaters on
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June
06
Jun
3
03
2021

Conference on Engineering in Living Systems

Daniel Reeves
Date
June
06
Jun
3
03
2021
Camp Copass
Denton, TX

CELS 2021 brings together leading engineers and biologists in order to: (1) apply engineering principles to better understand biological systems, (2) craft a design-based theoretical framework that explains and predicts the behaviors of living systems, and (3) develop research programs that demonstrate the engineering principles at work in living systems.

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June
06
Jun
1
01
2021

C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society

The Center for Science and Culture
Date
June
06
Jun
1
01
2021
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society will explore the growing impact of science on politics, economics, social policy, bioethics, theology, and the arts during the past century. The program is named after celebrated British writer C.S. Lewis, a perceptive critic of both scientism and technocracy in books such as The Abolition of Man and That Hideous Strength. Topics to be addressed include the history of science, the relationship between faith and science, the rise of scientific materialism, the debate over Darwinian theory and intelligent design, evolutionary conceptions of ethics, science and economics, science and criminal justice, stem cell research and abortion, eugenics, family life and sexuality, ecology and animal rights, climate
Date
June
06
Jun
1
01
2021

The CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences

The Center for Science and Culture
Date
June
06
Jun
1
01
2021
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX

The CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences will prepare students to make research contributions advancing the growing science of intelligent design (ID). 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.

Date
May
05
May
10
10
2021

Evolution: How Long Would It Take?

An Engineer’s Perspective
Colorado Chapter of Science and Culture Network
Date
May
05
May
10
10
2021
Online Event

Many engineers intuitively see design behind the incredible complexity of even simple organisms. We will take some biological data and combine it with some simple statistics to try to understand how long evolution would take.

Date
April
04
Apr
10
10
2021

Evidence Against Neo-Darwinian Evolution from the Fossil Record

The Center for Science and Culture
Date
April
04
Apr
10
10
2021
Online Event
The Science and Culture Network Chapter in Southern California invites you to join the latest in a series of webinars on intelligent design featuring a variety of Center for Science & Culture scientists and scholars. Renowned German paleontologist Dr. Gunter Bechly will present a talk on how the Neo-Darwinian theory of evolution predicts a gradual bottom-up pattern of appearances of new biological kinds and body plans in the fossil record. The actual fossil record strongly contradicts this prediction and consistently features discontinuities and abrupt appearances in all groups and all geological eras. To demonstrate that this is not restricted to the famous Cambrian Explosion, 20 more examples are provided from the origin of life to the “Big Bang” of the genus Homo. This
Date
January
01
Jan
8
08
2021

Celebrate Alfred Wallace’s Birthday on Jan. 8 with Historian Michael Flannery

The Center for Science and Culture
Date
January
01
Jan
8
08
2021
Zoom

One of the greatest naturalists of the nineteenth century, Alfred Russel Wallace co-discovered evolution by natural selection. Unlike Darwin, Wallace became convinced that life and the universe displayed clear evidence of purposeful design. Join us for an online birthday party as we celebrate the life and legacy of Wallace with historian Michael Flannery.

Date
December
12
Dec
4
04
2020

Dr. Gunasekera on the Emerging Field of Nanomedicine

A Webinar Hosted by the Science & Culture Network
The Center for Science and Culture
Date
December
12
Dec
4
04
2020
Online Event
Nanotech has quickly become a fascinating and extensive area of scientific research. This emerging field is blossoming with opportunity and great promise — from nanoscopic cars to a wide variety of other nanomachines including drills that can be used in targeted cancer treatments. By operating on the same nanoscale as chemistry and biology, new levels of miniaturization and efficiency are being achieved, enabling human technologies to interact directly with sophisticated networks of biological machines in nature. As is the case with nanomachines that have long existed in the biological cell, so these human innovations exhibit the brilliance and creativity of their corresponding designers. The Science & Culture Network Chapter in Southern California invites you to join
Date
November
11
Nov
21
21
2020

Online Event Launching Michael Behe's Latest Book — A Mousetrap for Darwin

Global Webinar Featuring an Interview and Q&A with the Author
Daniel Reeves
Date
November
11
Nov
21
21
2020
Online Event

According to Behe, one of the most powerful arguments that he is on the right track is the sheer vacuity of the attacks leveled against him, many offered by undeniably brilliant scientists. But are those criticisms really as empty as he thinks?

Date
November
11
Nov
12
12
2020

Antibiotic Resistance & Bacterial Evolution — What’s the Real Story?

Online Premiere of Latest "Long Story Short" Episode
Daniel Reeves
Date
November
11
Nov
12
12
2020
Online Event
We’re excited to announce a live premiere of the latest episode of the Long Story Short YouTube video series. Perhaps you’ve already seen the first two episodes on homology and whale evolution? In this latest episode, our talented animator tackles yet another supposed linchpin of Neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory. Bacterial evolution and antibiotic resistance is one of the all-time greatest hits regarding evidence for Darwinian evolution. It’s true that antibiotics do stop working sometimes, and that antibiotic resistance is a form of evolution…but is this a demonstration of the creative power of Darwinian evolution, or is there something else going on? No registration or YouTube account is required to watch the live premiere, however, logging into to your
Date
October
10
Oct
21
21
2020

Official Launch of The Miracle of the Cell by Michael Denton

Global Webinar Featuring an Interview and Q&A with the Author
Daniel Reeves
Date
October
10
Oct
21
21
2020
n/a
Online Event

The Miracle of the Cell will explore yet another set of narrowly fine-tuned parameters that make human life — and all life — possible in an otherwise inhospitable universe. Dr. Denton will be interviewed on the subject of his new book and will answer audience questions submitted by readers like yourself.

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