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IDEA Conference Speaker Information

Conference Speakers:

Conference speakers include scientists, authors, and scholars from the intelligent design movement such as:
  • Michael Behe, Ph.D.
    Research biochemist at Lehigh University and author of Darwin's Black Box.

    Conference Talk: Plenary Session VII: Irreducible Complexity and Biological Design
  • Paul Chien, Ph.D.
    Biologist and expert in the "Cambrian Explosion," as well as faculty member of the Department of Biology at USF.

    Conference Talk: Plenary Session VI: Intelligent Design and the Origin of Animal Phyla
  • Eddie Colanter, M.A. (doctoral student)
    Doctoral student of theology, ethics and culture at Claremont Graduate University, assistant professor at Faith Seminary, director of bioethics for the Newport Institute, and co-president of the IDEA Center.

    Conference Talks: Concurrrent Session I: The Philosophical Implications of Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism: Bioethics and Personhood, Concurrent Session II: (Same as Session I)
  • Cornelius Hunter, Ph.D.
    Graduate of University of Illinois Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, former technology company executive, and author of Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil.

    Conference Talks: Concurrent Session I: One Long Argument: the implicit religion in Darwinism, Concurrent Session II: Preparing the Way: the explicit religion in Darwinism
  • Casey Luskin, M.S. (law student)
    Law student (incoming fall, 2002) at the University of San Diego, former geological researcher, lecturer of intelligent design at Faith Seminary, and co-president of the IDEA Center.

    Conference Talks: Concurrent Session I: Promoting Design on a College Campus: How to start an "IDEA Club", Concurrent Session II: (Same as Session I)
  • Paul Nelson, Ph.D.
    Doctorate in Philosophy of Biology from University of Chicago Department of Philosophy, and author of the forthcoming, On Common Descent, and editor of Access Research Network's journal Origins and Design.

    Conference Talks: Plenary Session II: Can Design Become A Pathway to Discovery?, Concurrent Session I: Ontogenetic Depth as a Complexity Metric for the Cambrian Explosion, Concurrent Session II: (Same as Session I)
  • Edward Peltzer, Ph.D.
    Senior researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and expert in the origins of life who studied under experts such as Stanley Miller and Jeffrey Bada.

    Conference Talk: Plenary Session V: Intelligent Design and the Origin of Life
  • Jay Wesley Richards, Ph.D.
    Senior fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and co-author of Unapologetic Apologetics and of the forthcoming, The Privileged Planet.

    Conference Talks: Plenary Session III: The Apologetic Value of Intelligent Design, Plenary Session IV: Cosmic Design

  • And more to be listed as the conference comes together!

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