First European Conference on Intelligent Design Will Feature Scientists Presenting Evidence for Design From Biology, Paleontology and Astrophysics

Oct 19, 2005, 01:00 ET from Discovery Institute

    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
 ( -- 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

SOURCE Discovery Institute