Startling idea for a debate: Evidence really matters ...
Here's the basic idea:
.... four world renowned participants who will address this significant issue from different viewpoints; specifically, a Pro-Intelligent Design Theist and Atheist, and an Anti-Intelligent Design Theist and Atheist.Remember that born-again physics nerd with the weird haircut versus that atheist religion prof with the vasectomy tie? Well, forget them.
Here's the lineup:
I'm glad someone had the wit to see that questions about whether God - the Western monotheistic God - exists are different from questions about whether patterns in nature, like the fine tuning of the universe, are best interpreted as evidence of design.
Faraday Institute head Denis Alexander - he believes in God but not in design in the universe
Mathematician David Berlinski - he doesn't believe in God but entertains the idea of design in the universe
Physicist Lawrence Krauss - he doesn't believe in God or design
Philosopher Bradley Monton (From his site: "One of his main research areas nowadays involves science-based arguments for the existence of God.")
(The first three are pictured in order above. )
Of course some advocates have a massive interest in confusing these two questions, but they are actually separate.
Here are the venues:
Friday November 7, 2008I certainly hope this morphs into an online video.
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Will Rogers Auditorium
3401 W. Lancaster Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas
Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Students
with follow up the next morning
Saturday November 8, 2008
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
917 Lamar St., Fort Worth, Texas
Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy: