On this page you can view a short video introduction to the Summer School speakers.....

Academic Freedom - Attacks ID?

After a very tough ride at his University in Iowa, and with nearly 70 academic publications credited to his name, including a co-authored work by Cambridge University Press, it's a particular honour to welcome astrophysicist Prof Guillermo Gonzalez as a speaker and friend at the Summer School.

But why the tough ride?

It seems that his conviction that intelligent design is valid science wasn't popular with some at his University and eventually Guillermo moved to take up a research post at another institution.

The Background - After the release of Privileged Planet, Iowa State University (ISU) religious studies Professor Hector Avalos - faculty advisor to the campus Atheist and Agnostic Society - began publicly campaigning against Dr. Gonzalez and his work.  Although Dr. Gonzalez had never introduced intelligent design into his classes, Avalos helped spearhead a faculty petition urging "all faculty" at ISU to "uphold the integrity of our university" by "reject[ing] efforts to portray Intelligent Design as science." Avalos later conceded to a local newspaper that Gonzalez was the key motive for the petition. The logical conclusion of this campaign against Dr. Gonzalez came in the spring of 2007 when ISU President Gregory Geoffroy denied Dr. Gonzalez's application for tenure. [1]

Guillermo Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Physics at Grove City College, Pennsylvania.

He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington. He has done post-doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and at the University of Washington and has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA, the University of Washington, the Templeton Foundation, Sigma Xi (scientific research society) and the National Science Foundation.

Gonzalez has extensive experience in observing and analyzing data from ground-based observatories, including work at McDonald Observatory [2], Apache Point Observatory [3] and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory [4]. He is a world-class expert on the astrophysical requirements for habitability and on habitable zones and a co-founder of the "Galactic Habitable Zone" concept, which captured the October 2001 cover story of Scientific American. Astronomers and astrobiologists around the world are pursuing research based on his work on exoplanet host stars, the Galactic Habitable Zone and red giants.

Gonzalez has also published nearly 70 articles in refereed astronomy and astrophysical journals including The Astrophysical Journal, The Astronomical Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Icarus and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. He also is the co-author of the second edition of Observational Astronomy, an advanced college astronomy textbook.  In 2004 he co-authored with Dr Jay W. Richards The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. [5]

Meet Prof Guillermo Gonzalez here as he speaks for about a minute concluding that 'our case will become stronger as our knowledge increases'.

Darwinism - a Science-Stopper?

Click on the photo above to watch a video clip introducing Dr Jonathan Wells.  In this clip he makes the provocative claim that Darwinism is a science-stopper. But he makes this claim from the standpoint of considerable scholarship - he has two earned doctorates and these from what may be fairly claimed as prestigious universities.

Jonathan will introduce us to the scientific evidence undergirding his new book - The Myth of Junk DNA - only now becoming available in the UK having been published a few weeks ago in the USA.  He will prove to be an exhilarating speaker, stretching minds as we're brought up to date, almost, in this explosive and fruitful field of research.  Junk DNA is now a junk relic of Darwinian ideology.

His latest book, The Myth of Junk DNA (Discovery Institute Press, 2011), dismantles a new favorite Darwinian icon by showing that much of our non-protein-coding DNA performs essential biological functions.



But Jonathan is far more than a one-subject speaker - he has published articles in Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, BioSystems, The Scientist and The American Biology Teacher.

He is also author of Charles Hodge's Critique of Darwinism (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988) and Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong (Regnery Publishing, 2000). He is also co-author with William Dembski of The Design of Life(FTE, 2008) and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (Regnery, 2006).

Very Brief CV

Jonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a post-doctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California.  He has also taught biology at California State University in Hayward.

Prof Steve Fuller, Warwick University, UK

Prof Steve Fuller

ID a Science-Stopper?

To give you a feel of how that will be answered at the Summer School we're excited to introduce to you now Prof Steve Fuller - Professor of Sociology at Warwick University.  Steve's training is in the History and Philosophy of Science and was awarded his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

It's become a mantra for Darwinists to claim that ID isn't science. That's used as a put-down from the start as a device to ignore the gathering weight of empirical evidence that challenges Darwinism.  Steve brings a stimulating and lively style and world-class scholarship to this discussion. His perspective as a professional philosopher of science spans the long history of ideas and counter ideas, paradigms and theories.

Click on the photo above to watch a 90 second clip from the upcoming release from the DVD of the ID Conference in Oxford, November 2010 where Prof Fuller addresses the question:-

" Is Intelligent Design really a science-stopper? What does the philosophy really say?"