Discovery Institute

The mission of Discovery Institute is to advance a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation.

Discovery Institute Study and Activity Areas:

Science and Culture. Scientific research and experimentation have produced staggering advances in our knowledge about the natural world, but they have also led to increasing abuse of science as the so-called “new atheists” have enlisted science to promote a materialistic worldview, to deny human freedom and dignity and to smother free inquiry. Our Center for Science and Culture works to defend free inquiry. It also seeks to counter the materialistic interpretation of science by demonstrating that life and the universe are the products of intelligent design and by challenging the materialistic conception of a self-existent, self-organizing universe and the Darwinian view that life developed through a blind and purposeless process.

Economics and Business. Technological innovation has become the engine of economic progress, but it also has attracted new efforts by government to take over areas traditionally handled by private enterprise; at the same time, it has fueled a technocratic mindset that believes morality is somehow irrelevant to wealth creation. Our program on Technology and Democracy examines the destructive consequences of the over-regulation of new technologies, while our Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality explores how free enterprise and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition create a culture of entrepreneurship that makes technological innovation, and thus economic prosperity, possible.

Center on Human Exceptionalism. New medical technologies have dramatically improved human health and extended human life, yet these same technologies have been misused to efface human dignity. Similarly, while modern discoveries in biology and ecology have given us a greater appreciation for the importance of other creatures, these same discoveries are sometimes misused to promote an extreme vision of “animal rights” that places animal welfare above the welfare of human beings. Our Center on Human Exceptionalism counters pseudo-scientific attacks on human dignity by defending the unique dignity of persons, what we call human exceptionalism, in health care policy and practice, environmental stewardship, and scientific research.

International Affairs. The discoveries of science have enabled huge advances in prosperity and freedom around the world. At the same time, they have provided new methods for mass destruction, the abridgement of human dignity and the spread of misinformation and hatred. Our programs on international affairs explore the dynamic role science and technology play in many international issues as well. These programs promote such enduring Western values and institutions as the rule of law, religious liberty, free markets, liberal democracy and non-governmental associations.

Local Government and Communities. The invention of the automobile has led to unparalleled freedom of movement for people, goods, and services; but it also has disrupted traditional social and political patterns in ways we are only now beginning to understand. Our Cascadia Center for Regional Development shows how new transportation technologies and building techniques can build more vibrant, human scale communities.

Religion and Public Life. The worldview of scientific materialism has been pitted against traditional beliefs in the existence of God, Judeo-Christian ethics and the intrinsic dignity and freedom of man. Because it denies the reality of God, the idea of the Imago Dei in man, and an objective moral order, it also denies the relevance of religion to public life and policy. Our program on Religion and Civic Life defends the continuing relevance of traditional religious faith to public life within a pluralistic democracy. Specifically, it seeks to defend the importance of Judeo-Christian conceptions of the rule of law, the nature of man and the necessity of limiting the power of government. Thus, it also seeks to protect religious liberty, including its public expression in pluralistic democracies.

Philosophy:

Mind, not matter, is the source and crown of creation, the wellspring of human achievement. Conceived by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks and Christians, and elaborated in the American Founding, Western culture has encouraged creativity, enabled discovery and upheld the uniqueness and dignity of human beings.

Linking religious, political, and economic liberty, the Judeo-Christian culture has established the rule of law, codified respect for human rights and conceived constitutional democracy. It has engendered development of science and technology, as well as economic creativity and innovation.

In contrast, the contemporary materialistic worldview denies the intrinsic dignity and freedom of human beings and enfeebles scientific creativity and technological innovation. Its vision of a closing circle of human possibilities on a planet of limited horizons summons instead the deadening ideologies of scarcity, conflict, mutual suspicion and despair.

Prediction: Betsy DeVos Will Attract More Liberal Venom than Any Other...

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The accusation will be that she is "anti-science." Of course, there's zero evidence for the charge. http://ow.ly/mO3v307XeEz

evolutionnews.org They will ask her how old she thinks the Earth is, whether human beings rode on dinosaurs, whether she has visited Ken Ham's Ark Park lately. If...

Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design Offer the Opportunity to Join the...

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Especially for rising scientists and scholars, there's no substitute for these personal interactions. http://ow.ly/ISjE307ULQ4

evolutionnews.org The next Seminar will take place in Seattle from July 7 to 15. The Seminar comprises two tracks, the CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the...

Cornell Researchers Find Another Epigenetic Code that Affects...

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What we see here is another Signature in the Cell. Intelligent design advocates are not surprised to find codes and switches in irreducibly complex systems. In fact, we expect that this finding will stimulate the discovery of additional codes, such as those that decide which mRNA transcripts should be treated as more important than others. http://ow.ly/sD3H307RUKH

evolutionnews.org Information encoded at the tip of a messenger RNA molecule affects how much protein will be produced.

Bioethics in 2017 | Wesley J. Smith

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Discovery senior fellow and bioethicist Wesley J. Smith highlights five bioethical issues that have the potential to explode into controversy in 2017. http://ow.ly/opmn307PUrL

firstthings.com Aside from Donald Trump’s call to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and Hillary Clinton’s promise to repeal the Hyde Amendment, bioethical issues were...

Nat Hentoff, Memory Eternal

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We have lost a great writer, civil libertarian, free speech absolutist, jazz historian, and pro-life advocate, Nat Hentoff.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443649/nat-hentoff-memory-eternal

nationalreview.com In fact, he may have lost prime writing gigs in the Village Voice and other prominent liberal newspapers and magazines, he believed, because of his...

#2 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Douglas Axe Liberates Readers from...

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If only evolutionists would quit spinning their theory for a moment, read a serious critic, and answer him. If only! One of the most striking features of the Darwin "debate" is the signal refusal of Darwin's defenders to register scientific critiques and offer a worthy reply. http://ow.ly/bver307A6RF

evolutionnews.org The design intuition is suppressed by many of us, unnaturally so, and that is the dirty little secret of evolutionary biology. In a nutshell,...

#3 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching...

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79 percent of Democrats support teaching the evidence for and against Darwin's theory, and so do 82 percent of independents and 85 percent of Republicans. http://ow.ly/9BV1307z2k2

evolutionnews.org "Americans agree by an overwhelming margin that students should learn about all of the scientific evidence relating to Darwinian evolution, pro and...

#4 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Denton's Evolution: Still a Theory in...

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Wow, congratulations to Discovery Institute biologist Michael Denton! He has won richly deserved praise in the London Spectator. In a feature highlighting "The best and worst books of 2016," with choices from a panel of contributors, the distinguished literary critic A.N. Wilson selects Denton's Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis as his best nonfiction work of the year. http://ow.ly/TwnY307xjRd

evolutionnews.org About Denton's Evolution Still A Theory In Crisis, says A.N. Wilson in the London Spectator, "A truly great book...Fascinatingly clear...Destroys...

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