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Science, Scientism, and Society

May 16, 2020 at 03:00:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

Genetics, artificial intelligence, climate change, flu vaccinations . . . There’s a lot of scientific debate, both for and against. 

But is science being used for the benefit of human beings, or against them? 

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis writes that “the serious magical endeavour and the serious scientific endeavour are twins.”

Like any other discipline of study, science is a tool of understanding. And like any tool, it can serve—or harm—human flourishing.

Join brilliant students and scholars in exploring Lewis’s theme and understanding the role of science in human flourishing.

This event is free, but spots are limited. Reserve yours now!

Agenda
  • “Science and Scientism in the Age of COVID-19: Wisdom from CS Lewis,” John West
  • “AI: Menace or Savior?” Bob Marks
  • “Hope from Science: Evidence for a Purposeful Universe,” Brian Miller
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Vice President, The Discovery Institute
John West is author or editor of a dozen books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science; The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society; The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia; Celebrating Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization; The Politics of Revelation and Reason; and Walt Disney and Live Action. He is also the writer/director of multiple documentaries, including Human Zoos, Revolutionary, The Biology of the Second Reich, and Privileged Species. He has been interviewed by Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and he has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. The former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Seattle Pacific University, West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University.
Webinar hosting presenter
Research Coordinator, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute
Brian Miller holds a PhD in Physics from Duke University. He speaks internationally on the topics of intelligent design and the impact of worldviews on society. He also has consulted on organizational development and strategic planning, and he is a technical consultant for TheStartup, a virtual incubator dedicated to bringing innovation to the marketplace.
Webinar hosting presenter
Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Discovery Institute
Robert J. Marks is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. His research has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Boeing, General Electric, and other organizations. He previously was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. Marks is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America. He was Charter President of the IEEE Neural Networks Council and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. He is co-author of the books Neural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks (MIT Press) and Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics (World Scientific); and author of The Case for Killer Robots (DI Press, 2020). Marks holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech.
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