Discovery Institute offering free student seminar on Intelligent Design

The pro-Creationism organization, Discovery Institute pays for college students to attend a summer program on Intelligent Design.

Summer in Seattle, FREE? Yes, Science/Society Seminars Application Deadline Extended by One Week! – Evolution News & Views.

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture announced today that we will be extending the deadline for applications for this year’s two intensive nine-day seminars on science, society and intelligent design for college and graduate students. The official deadline fell yesterday, April 15, but applications will still be accepted through Monday, April 22.

The seminars will run concurrently, July 12-20, 2013. The first study track, 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 second study track, 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.

I would like to attend such an event and see what is taught. It sounds like a form of indoctrination since Intelligent Design is NOT natural and NOT science. So, that’s confusing…On purpose, I suspect.

I’d be interested to know if any other organizations pay the lodging, meals and travel costs for students. Here is more information.  2013 Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design In the natural sciences

Have a look at the requirements:

You must be currently enrolled in a college or university as a junior, senior, or graduate student. Required application materials include (1) a resume/cv, (2) a copy of your academic transcript, (3) a short statement of your interest in intelligent design and its perceived relationship to your career plans and field of study, and (4) either a letter of recommendation from a professor who knows your work and is friendly toward ID, or a phone interview with the seminar director.

They are trying to spread the word, and they have the funding to do it. I’m curious how many attend. Thanks to Jack Scanlan to pointing this out to me and his comment that he hopes they have extended the deadline because no one wants to come.

  9 comments for “Discovery Institute offering free student seminar on Intelligent Design

  1. April 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    It seems that putting on this show is at least worth getting a list of ID friendly professors. Like getting contact information for a contest just for a sellable database. Also, it doesn’t seem like they want people with a difference of opinion there. I have a set of Ken Ham’s lecture DVDs (they were a $1 in a bargin bin at my local used book store) and they are pretty hard on the stomach to sit through. I can’t imagine anyone with a high school level understanding of evolution sitting through that without passing out from hysterical laughter.

  2. Peter Robinson
    April 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Two reasons for optimism. First, it’s free which means that they cannot sell this a big market. Second, the deadline extension, which, while not suggesting no demand, certainly indicates take up has not been as good as hoped (guess the intelligence creator cannot create demand for bs).

    One other thought. Would it not be possible to sue them for fraud by misrepresentation i.e. that they claim to be doing science? For the DI to be claiming what they peddle is science is a blatant lie. Could the real scientists of America not be motivated to institute some form of legal case on such grounds, perhaps throwing in bringing real science into disrepute?

  3. One Eyed Jack
    April 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Will they be trying to sell time share condos as well?

  4. April 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Seriously? Nine days to learn convoluted ways to say “Goddidit”?

  5. Luke
    April 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Are there many American science professors who believe in ID? I can’t see the fourth criterion being met by most people. Also, I know the discovery institute is really pushing the ‘real science’ angle, but why would any academic write about ID? Evolution is so utterly ingrained and essential in bioinformatics (think BLAST and phylogenetic tree’s) that all the selling points about complexity will just make you look like an idiot to people who are informed on the subject (your peers).

    This act can’t just be a publicity stunt, whoever organized it must actually believe that ID has a chance against evolution.

  6. One Eyed Jack
    April 17, 2013 at 6:35 AM


    Sadly, there are entire universities (like Liberty University) that do nothing but crank out creationists, including creationist “scientists”.

  7. Eve
    April 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    “The second study track, 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.”

    Poor C.S. Lewis. He wasn’t an anti-science loon, was he?

  8. April 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Never mind ‘Intelligent Design’, why do most of the world’s brightest intellectuals, scientists and philosophers, not accept the full implications of evolution by natural selection? Almost all of you seem to have a blind spot where simple logic is involved.

  9. April 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    For more on the comment above, try my name for a link.

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