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Stephen Meyer Speaks to Packed House at “Socrates in the City” Event in Nation’s Capital


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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”–Socrates

As best-selling author and host Eric Metaxas explained in his characteristically humorous introduction, “Socrates in the City” is a program designed to give people a chance to have respectful discourse on important topics. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday night here in the nation’s capital when Dr. Stephen Meyer presented his talk, “Why are we still talking about Darwin, and why does it matter?” to a packed room of over 150 attendees at the University Club.

Meyer began by highlighting quotes that suggest there is no controversy over Darwinian evolution. Then he proceeded to explain how Darwin’s theory presupposes information but does not explain it. He presented the mathematical improbability that the Darwinian mechanism could randomly produce functional proteins, let alone whole body plans. He stressed the need for a better explanation for the origin of biological information and presented intelligent design as the alternative that best matches the scientific evidence.

One journalist who attended the event noted afterwards, “it was several cuts above the normal think-tank event in D.C.”metaxasdc.jpg

An engaging Q&A followed Meyer’s talk, with a variety of thoughtful questions. The evening concluded with Meyer signing copies of Signature in the Cell and the companion Signature of Controversy. Through the talk and the stimulating questions and discussion that followed, many were reminded that the debate over Darwin is far from settled.

Andrew McDiarmid

Director of Podcasting and Senior Fellow
Andrew McDiarmid is Director of Podcasting and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is also a contributing writer to MindMatters.ai. He produces ID The Future, a podcast from the Center for Science & Culture that presents the case, research, and implications of intelligent design and explores the debate over evolution. He writes and speaks regularly on the impact of technology on human living. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Post, Houston Chronicle, The Daily Wire, San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, Newsmax, The American Spectator, The Federalist, and Technoskeptic Magazine. In addition to his roles at the Discovery Institute, he promotes his homeland as host of the Scottish culture and music podcast Simply Scottish, available anywhere podcasts are found. Andrew holds an MA in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University and a BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Learn more about his work at andrewmcdiarmid.org.

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