SEATTLE, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The theory of intelligent design will have its first major European showing at a international, scientific conference in Prague, Czech Republic next Saturday, October 21. Promoters of the conference -- Darwin and Design: A Challenge for 21st Century Science (www.darwinanddesign.org) -- say that attendance at the Congress Centrum in Prague could reach 1,000 attendees, including scientists from Europe and the United States, teachers, students and the general public. "The conference will clearly demonstrate that the theory of intelligent design is based upon scientific evidence and discoveries in fields such as biochemistry, molecular biology, paleontology and astrophysics," said speaker Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, himself an Oxford educated philosopher of science. "Many in Europe know intelligent design and the case against Darwin's theory of evolution only through inaccurate accounts they have received from the media, and this conference will help educate them on what intelligent design is really about." Discovery Institute is home to many of the leading scientists and scholars researching the theory of intelligent design. Intelligent design holds that an intelligent cause rather than an unguided process such as natural selection can best explain certain features of the universe and living things. Design scientists do not base their theory on religious authority, but instead on scientific evidences and well-established principles of scientific reasoning. They do not support the creationist view that the Earth is only 6,000 or so years old. Charles Thaxton, a biochemist who has taught at Charles University in Prague, and a fellow of the Discovery Institute, is the chief organizer of the conference. Thaxton wrote a seminal book on the theory of intelligent design titled, "The Mystery of Life's Origins" in 1984. In addition to Meyer, Thaxton has arranged for notable European scientist Cees Dekker, a biophysics professor at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and John Lennox, an Oxford mathematician, to speak, along with Discovery Institute senior fellows David Berlinski (author of Infinite Ascent, Tour of the Calculus and Advent of the Algorithm), biochemist Michael Behe and biologist Jonathan Wells. Representatives of Christoph Cardinal Schonborn of Vienna, Austria will attend the conference. Cardinal Schonborn, former lead editor of The Catechism of the Catholic Church, has recently challenged claims of Darwinists that the Catholic Church accepts the broad anti-design implications drawn by proponents of Darwin's theory. For more information please visit the conference website at www.darwinanddesign.org.
SOURCE Discovery Institute