Design in Nature? Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives

July 14, 2012
Hughes Hall, Cambridge University

United Kingdom

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The natural world appears to be full of order from the macro-scale of the apparent ‘fine-tuning’ of the universe to the inside of the cell. Is this apparent order real and, if so, how did it get there? This one-day Cambridge Conference will feature four perspectives on different aspects of the question as to whether this apparent order should lead us to think there is intelligent design, or if it can be explained in purely naturalistic terms (e.g., in the case of biology, Darwinism).  


  • Dr Stephen C. Meyer (Director, Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture): `Intelligent Design: The Most Credible Idea?'
  • Prof. Steve Fuller (Professor of Sociology, Warwick): `Why some people like the idea of design in nature – and others don’t’
  • Prof. Stephen Clark (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Liverpool): `How Darwin Destroyed Reason: Formal and final causes'
  • Dr David Glass (Lecturer, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster): `Design in Biology and Physics: Strengths and weaknesses'

The conference is organised by Tyndale Philosophy. For more information on the conference or the group, please contact: Dr Daniel Hill ([email protected]) or Dr Harry Bunting ([email protected]).

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Standard rate £40 includes morning and afternoon refreshments and Cafeteria lunch.

Student rate £20 with identification validated on entry. 

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