Key Lectures on Evolution
The USA Science and Engineering Festival, the first of its kind, will be held on the Mall and in surrounding venues in Washington, DC from October 10th to October 24th. Judging from the web site, the festival is intended to be enjoyed both by those seriously interested in learning more about science and engineering and by those looking for a pleasant Fall outing for the whole family.
This is a little outside CatholicCulture.org’s wheelhouse, of course, but it does provide those in the area with a rare opportunity to hear two lectures by Thomas B. Fowler, Sc.D., co-author of The Evolution Controversy, which I so favorably reviewed in late 2007. Dr. Fowler’s first lecture will cover the four major schools of thought on human origins and related public policy issues. In other words, he'll be examining Neo-Darwinism, Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Meta-Darwinism. His second lecture will discuss in greater detail the wide range of interpretations of evolutionary theory offered today by atheists, agnostics and theists.
Thomas Fowler is the most luminous analyst I know on this complex issue. Those who wish to rise above the preconceived notions and even name-calling that too often characterize the evolution debate in order to seriously engage the relevant scientific and philosophical issues will not want to miss these lectures. Both will be presented on the same evening, October 17th between 7 and 9 pm, with intermission and refreshments between. The venue is Our Lady of Victory Church, 4835 MacArthur Blvd, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Free parking is available in the lot off of U Street. Admission is also free but you must register in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, call 202-337-4835. Highly recommended.
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