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Tag-Team ID Debate in Beverly Hills

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s seminal work, The Origin of Species, the American Freedom Alliance is pleased to present a series of events in Los Angeles devoted to an examination of issues surrounding the debate on the origins of life.

The Origins of Life Debate

A Public Debate featuring:
Stephen Meyer, Rick Sternberg, Michael Shermer and Don Prothero

Two Advocates of Intelligent Design vs Two Advocates of Evolutionary Theory

Monday, November 30, 2009 7:30 PM
Saban Theater
8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Admission: $20.00 Students: $10.00

Dr. Stephen Meyer
Stephen Meyer is Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. Formerly a geophysicist with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), Dr. Meyer earned his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University as a Rotary International Scholar. From 1990-2002, he was on the faculty of Whitworth College. Dr. Meyer is author of peer-reviewed publications in technical, scientific, philosophical and other books and journals. His latest book is Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. His other books include Darwinism, Design and Public Education and Explore Evolution.

Dr. Donald R. Prothero
Dr. Donald R. Prothero is Professor of Geology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He is currently the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 21 books and almost 200 scientific papers, including five leading geology textbooks and three trade books. He is on the editorial board of Skeptic magazine, and in the past has served as an associate or technical editor for Geology, Paleobiology and Journal of Paleontology. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Paleontological Society, and the Linnaean Society of London, and has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He has also been featured on several television documentaries, including episodes of Paleoworld and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts.

Dr. Michael Shermer
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Shermer’s latest book is The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics. His last book was Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and he is the author of The Science of Good and Evil and of Why People Believe Weird Things. Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He was a college professor for 20 years, and since his creation of Skeptic magazine he has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.

Dr. Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg is a Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute and a Research Collaborator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He is an evolutionary biologist with interests in the relation between genes and morphological homologies, and the nature of genomic “information.” He holds a Ph.D. in Biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. From 2001-2007, he served as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and from 2001-2007 he was a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

For further information, call the AFA office (310) 444 3085

Cosponosored by Temple for the Arts, Saban Theater, Skeptic Magazine, Skeptic.com, Center for Inquiry (Los Angeles)

For the full schedule of The Darwin Debates please visit The Darwin Debates Website:

www.americanfreedomalliance.org/microsite/darwindebates

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12 Responses to Tag-Team ID Debate in Beverly Hills

  1. Dear Dr. W. Dembski –
    à propos publication of a seminal work: what’s the status of the peer-review of your article “The Search for as Search?”

  2. DiEb: It was accepted at a peer-reviewed journal that was a year behind in its publication schedule. We waited and waited … and waited, and now the journal is two years behind. So we withdrew it and resubmitted to another journal.

  3. Will this debate be recorded and put online for the benefit of those who can’t be there?

  4. Dear Dr. W. Dembski –
    did you address the concerns regarding the ”Horizontal No Free Lunch” theorem?

  5. Dear Dr. W. Dembski –
    Prof. P. Olofsson, ROb and I are talking about these concern in this thread

  6. DiEb:

    Why don’t you write a scientific paper on this subject?

  7. Enezio,

    I’ve wondered that myself since he is so “concerned.”

  8. It was accepted at a peer-reviewed journal that was a year behind in its publication schedule. We waited and waited … and waited, and now the journal is two years behind. So we withdrew it and resubmitted to another journal.

    Dear Dr. Dembski,

    I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to see you respond to this. The implication all along has been that you’ve been hiding something.

    I would think that even those who are critical of your work might find it of some interest and present more of a helpful attitude and less “gotcha!”

    Haha, haha! I know, what have I been smoking?

    Here’s a suggestion for your next book:

    The Benign Inference: The Bridge Between Mathematics and Real People.

    ;)

  9. and now the journal is two years behind.

    Accepting publications and then delaying the publishing process is annoying and can not be accepted. Thus, it would be appreciable if the name of the journal in question could be disclosed. Other researcher would then have the chance to omit it.

  10. @Enezio E. De Almeida Filho:
    I don’t understand your question: R. Marks’s and W. Dembski’s paper isn’t even published, but you except a scientific paper as an answer to them already?
    After reading their draft, I tried to make R. Marks and W. Dembski aware of a problem with their concept of guess/search. I suppose that any reviewer will stumble upon the same thing – whether you want to call it a concern, a problem, or a gotcha is up to you.

  11. DiEb, this was you, right?

    you are right about the vector-valued integration – and therefore, I was wrong: I saw a problem where none was. My apologies to you, and to P. Olofsson whom I may have lead astray with my previous comment.

  12. @Mung,
    indeed, that was me, my problem with the vector-valued integration (section IV) only plays a role for the calculation of Θ_0 – and no one wants to calculate that, as Theorem IV implicitly starts with Θ_1. W. Dembski swiftly addressed this concern, I saw my error, and apologized for the inconveniences I caused.
    That leaves my main problem with the article unanswered: the definition of a search (section I-III) – for me, looking for arbitrary sets in Ω^m describes guesses and not searches, and my concerns about the HNFL theorem stem from this.

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