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What Discovery Institute Means to Me: A Reflection

Ann Gauger

I think it was in 2004 that I first heard of Discovery Institute. I was reading everything I could find about intelligent design, and one of the books mentioned Discovery Institute in Seattle. How interesting and how odd, I thought. I am in Seattle. But what’s a think tank that supports intelligent design doing in Seattle?

Months later Steve Meyer published his paper, “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories,” in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. I was sent a newsletter called Nota Bene by a friend, in which  the paper and the resulting fracas were described. Intrigued, I decided to make contact with Discovery Institute, so I got on the list for the newsletter, signing my name Ann Gauger, PhD.

That was 14 years ago.

A Profound Impact

Discovery Institute has had a profound impact on my life. I have met wonderful people who seek truth, who step out, put their careers on the line, and then endure the verbal assaults of those who see intelligent design as a threat. I was deeply moved by the stories of the people I met. But it has not stopped there. I continue to meet wonderful people who are dedicated and care deeply about what they do. Many of them have also paid a price for their support of intelligent design. That courage is important if we are to make a difference in the debate about origins and intelligent design. In fact, without your courage and commitment, we could not do anything at all.

In this holiday season of giving, might you help us continue our commitment by showing your own commitment? It means a great deal to know that you care about what we do. So please, come alongside us in our pursuit of the truth. Help us make a difference by going here.

Photo: Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, home of Discovery Institute (which to be candid is not actually shown in this evocative photo), by Luka Reedy via Unsplash.