‘Design in Nature’ theme proves a big draw at Cambridge conference | Print |

‘Probably the biggest one-day philosophy conference in the UK this year’ was how Dr Daniel Hill of the University of Liverpool described a recent seminar on design in the natural world.

Saturday 14 July saw over 90 delegates, including a Nobel Laureate, cram into the Pavilion Room at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, for Tyndale Philosophy's `Design in Nature? Perspectives from Science and Philosophy' conference.

Taking as its theme the controversial idea that neo-Darwinism has not, after all, refuted the arguments for design in nature, the conference attracted one of the world’s leading speakers on Intelligent Design – Dr Stephen Meyer.

Dr Meyer, who earned his PhD in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge, held a packed academic audience spellbound as he described the awesome complexity of the living cell. His talk, ‘Intelligent Design – the Most Credible Idea?’, highlighted the information content in DNA and the breathtaking nano-technology of biological molecular machinery. He argued that the scientifically most credible explanation is not neo-Darwinism but Intelligent Design.

Also speaking were Professor Steve Fuller of Warwick University on ‘Why some people like the idea of design in nature – and others don’t’, Professor Stephen Clark of Liverpool University on `Does Darwinism make it difficult to establish objective truth and morals?', and Dr David Glass of the University of Ulster on `Design in Biology and Physics – strengths and weaknesses'.

One delegate commented: `It was good to hear corrected some misunderstandings about the modern argument from design, and to learn that a number of criticisms were beside the mark.’

A video of the conference will be posted on YouTube.

For biographies of the speakers see:
Dr Stephen Meyer – http://www.discovery.org/p/11
Prof Steve Fuller – http://homepages.warwick.ac.uk/~sysdt/Index.html
Professor Stephen Clark – http://www.liv.ac.uk/info/staff/A639849
Dr David Glass – http://www.infj.ulst.ac.uk/~dvglass/research_interests.html