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Date: Tue Jan 25 2000 - 19:06:16 EST

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    Title: THE NATURE OF NATURE (current status 01.22.2000)
    Subtitle: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Role of Naturalism in
    Date: April 12-15, 2000
    Place: Baylor University
    Web: http://www.baylor.edu/~polanyi/natconf.htm

    OVERVIEW: Is the universe self-contained or does it require something beyond
    itself to explain its existence and internal function? Philosophical
    naturalism takes the universe to be self-contained, and it is widely
    presupposed throughout science. Even so, the idea that nature points beyond
    itself has recently been reformulated with respect to a number of issues.
    Consciousness, the origin of life, the unreasonable effectiveness of
    mathematics at modeling the physical world, and the fine-tuning of universal
    constants are just a few of the problems that critics have claimed are
    incapable of purely naturalistic explanation. Do such assertions constitute
    arguments from incredulity -- an unwarranted appeal to ignorance? If not, is
    the explanation of such phenomena beyond the pale of science? Is it,
    perhaps, possible to offer cogent philosophical and even scientific
    arguments that nature does point beyond itself? The aim of this conference
    is to examine such questions.

    CALL FOR PAPERS: Concurrent sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of
    the conference are intended to give scholars an opportunity to present their
    views on the topic of this conference. Please submit an abstract of the talk
    you would like to give as well as a current CV and a paper representative of
    your work in the area of naturalism (preferably the paper you would like to
    present at the conference). Please send these three items to The Michael
    Polanyi Center, Baylor University, P.O. Box 97130, Waco, TX 76798-7130,
    Attn.: Conference Submission. These items must be received no later than
    March 1st.

    REGISTRATION: The conference registration fee is $95 for non-students, $55
    for students if received before March 1st. Thereafter add another $10 to the
    registration fee. Please make out a check or money order to Baylor
    University and address it to The Michael Polanyi Center, Baylor University,
    P.O. Box 97130, Waco, TX 76798-7130, Attn.: Conference Registration.
    Information about travel, lodging, and meals will be made available on this
    page shortly. Except for the banquet lecture Friday evening (4.14.2000),
    Baylor students, faculty, and staff may attend the conference without

    ***WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2000***

    Conferees arrive late afternoon. Buffet dinner served.

    EVENING PLENARY 7:00-9:30pm: The Nature of Nature
    Moderator: TBA
    Michael Williams, Northwestern University (confirmed)
    Michael Tooley, University of Colorado, Boulder (confirmed)
    Robert Koons, University of Texas, Austin (confirmed)

    ***THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2000***

    PLENARY SESSION 8:00-10:00am: Metaphysics: Are Evolution and Naturalism
    Moderator: Bruce Gordon, Baylor University (confirmed)
    Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame (confirmed)
    William Talbott, University of Washington, Seattle (confirmed)

    BREAK 10:00-10:30am

    PLENARY SESSION 10:30am-12:30pm: Naturalism and the History of Science
    Moderator: Stuart Rosenbaum, Baylor University (confirmed)
    Everett Mendelsohn, Harvard University (confirmed)
    Ronald Numbers, University of Wisconsin, Madison (confirmed)

    LUNCH 12:30-1:30pm


    BREAK 3:30-4:00pm

    PLENARY SESSION 4:00-6:00pm: Does Science Support Naturalism?
    Moderator: Robert Koons, UT Austin (confirmed)
    Henry F. Schaefer III, University of Georgia, Athens (confirmed)
    Other speaker TBA

    DINNER 6:00-7:30pm

    ***FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2000***

    PLENARY SESSION 8:00-10:00am: Biological Complexity
    Moderator: TBA
    Michael Behe, Lehigh University (confirmed)
    Other Speaker TBA

    BREAK 10:00-10:30am

    PLENARY SESSION 10:30am-12:30pm: The Origin of Biological Information
    Moderator: TBA
    Stephen Meyer, Whitworth College (confirmed)
    Sahotra Sarkar, UT Austin (confirmed)

    LUNCH 12:30-1:30pm

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:30-3:30pm:

    BREAK 3:30-4:00pm

    PLENARY SESSION 4:00-6:00pm: Cosmology
    Moderator: TBA
    Howard Van Till, Calvin College (confirmed)
    William Lane Craig, Biola University (confirmed)
    Alan Guth, MIT, (confirmed)

    Keynote Speaker TBA

    ***SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2000***

    PLENARY SESSION 8:00-10:00am: Naturalism and the Effectiveness of
    Moderator: William Dembski, Baylor University (confirmed)
    Edward Zalta, Stanford University (confirmed)
    Geoffrey Hellman, University of Minnesota (confirmed)

    BREAK 10:00-10:30am

    PLENARY SESSION 10:30am-12:30pm: Naturalism and Ethics
    Moderator: J. Budziszewski, UT Austin (confirmed)
    Dallas Willard, USC (confirmed)
    Simon Blackburn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (confirmed)

    LUNCH 12:30-1:30pm

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:30-3:30pm:

    BREAK 3:30-4:00pm

    PLENARY SESSION 4:00-6:00pm: Neuroscience and Consciousness
    Moderator: TBA
    Nancey Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary (confirmed)
    John Searle, University of California, Berkeley (confirmed)
    Howard Ducharme, University of Akron, Ohio (confirmed)

    DINNER 6:00-7:30pm

    End of Conference
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