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Intelligent Design & Artificial Intelligence:
The Ghost in the Machine?

HILTON, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, USA, 30 July - 2 August 2009

    We invite papers addressing a fascinating area of interdisciplinary research: science-theology dialogue.  From emergence to cosmology, from mathematics to computers, from information to intelligence, there are many unanswered questions. While physicists search for the "God particle" and a unified theory of everything, others are fascinated by a designer universe permeated with fractals. Yet, on the cusp of a grand theory explaining everything, new scientific findings suggest that most of the universe is still unknown, given dark matter and black holes, the Big Bang, and the riddle of life's origins. Some scientists, philosophers, and theologians seek to bridge the cognitive gap between natural science and religion, evolution and creation, by the notion of "emergence"--an energy, force, or blueprint inherent in nature. What is meant by "emergence," and what is its relationship to evolution and creation?  Can emergence be understood as "cosmic genesis," the work of a Creator-God Who is also a Master Programmer? What is the nature of fractals? Why does design go "all the way down," hence pointing to an Intelligent Designer? And what is the relationship between intelligent design and artificial intelligence? Presenters are encouraged to connect with relevant ideas in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Keynote: "Simulated Worlds, Creatures and Creators"
Dr. Wayne Iba
, Westmont College

Symposium Special: Forum: "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed"

Review of documentary featuring proponents & critics of ID


   ID-AI interdisciplinary theme endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations. We invite all colleagues for an exciting conference which takes both scholarship and faith seriously. Symposium Venue: ID-AI is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses--the world-famous Tournament of Roses, in sunny Southern California, with many cultural/sightseeing opportunities.  Abstracts (250 words) due: 1 June 2009: c/o Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) to: ID-AI (click). Include: First & Last Name, faculty or student, mailing address, phone & e-mail. Publication: Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXII 2010. Conference Web:  Registration: Symposium participants must preregister: $75 by 1 June 2009; $100 after 1 June 2009; $150 after 1 July 2009.


     Check-In: Thursday, 30 July, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Hilton Pasadena. Reception: Thursday, 30 July, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Main Congress Program: Friday - Saturday, 31 July - 1 August, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Keynote: Friday, 31 July, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Format: Multidisciplinary panels and papers. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire conference to enhance dialogue, synergy, and synthesis, as well as fellowship. Presenting a paper is not a prerequisite for participation. Indicate if you prefer to serve as discussant. Family members enjoy the reduced student registration rate. Audio-Visual Equipment: Bring laptop if desired for PowerPoint presentation. Cultural/Sightseeing: Before or after the conference. Optional Field Trip: Griffith Observatory, 2 August.

Co-Sponsored by: IIR-ICSA-JIS; Institutional Co-Sponsors Welcome

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