Discovery Institute

The mission of Discovery Institute is to advance a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation.

Discovery Institute Study and Activity Areas:

Science and Culture. Scientific research and experimentation have produced staggering advances in our knowledge about the natural world, but they have also led to increasing abuse of science as the so-called “new atheists” have enlisted science to promote a materialistic worldview, to deny human freedom and dignity and to smother free inquiry. Our Center for Science and Culture works to defend free inquiry. It also seeks to counter the materialistic interpretation of science by demonstrating that life and the universe are the products of intelligent design and by challenging the materialistic conception of a self-existent, self-organizing universe and the Darwinian view that life developed through a blind and purposeless process.

Economics and Business. Technological innovation has become the engine of economic progress, but it also has attracted new efforts by government to take over areas traditionally handled by private enterprise; at the same time, it has fueled a technocratic mindset that believes morality is somehow irrelevant to wealth creation. Our program on Technology and Democracy examines the destructive consequences of the over-regulation of new technologies, while our Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality explores how free enterprise and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition create a culture of entrepreneurship that makes technological innovation, and thus economic prosperity, possible.

Center on Human Exceptionalism. New medical technologies have dramatically improved human health and extended human life, yet these same technologies have been misused to efface human dignity. Similarly, while modern discoveries in biology and ecology have given us a greater appreciation for the importance of other creatures, these same discoveries are sometimes misused to promote an extreme vision of “animal rights” that places animal welfare above the welfare of human beings. Our Center on Human Exceptionalism counters pseudo-scientific attacks on human dignity by defending the unique dignity of persons, what we call human exceptionalism, in health care policy and practice, environmental stewardship, and scientific research.

International Affairs. The discoveries of science have enabled huge advances in prosperity and freedom around the world. At the same time, they have provided new methods for mass destruction, the abridgement of human dignity and the spread of misinformation and hatred. Our programs on international affairs explore the dynamic role science and technology play in many international issues as well. These programs promote such enduring Western values and institutions as the rule of law, religious liberty, free markets, liberal democracy and non-governmental associations.

Local Government and Communities. The invention of the automobile has led to unparalleled freedom of movement for people, goods, and services; but it also has disrupted traditional social and political patterns in ways we are only now beginning to understand. Our Cascadia Center for Regional Development shows how new transportation technologies and building techniques can build more vibrant, human scale communities.

Religion and Public Life. The worldview of scientific materialism has been pitted against traditional beliefs in the existence of God, Judeo-Christian ethics and the intrinsic dignity and freedom of man. Because it denies the reality of God, the idea of the Imago Dei in man, and an objective moral order, it also denies the relevance of religion to public life and policy. Our program on Religion and Civic Life defends the continuing relevance of traditional religious faith to public life within a pluralistic democracy. Specifically, it seeks to defend the importance of Judeo-Christian conceptions of the rule of law, the nature of man and the necessity of limiting the power of government. Thus, it also seeks to protect religious liberty, including its public expression in pluralistic democracies.


Mind, not matter, is the source and crown of creation, the wellspring of human achievement. Conceived by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks and Christians, and elaborated in the American Founding, Western culture has encouraged creativity, enabled discovery and upheld the uniqueness and dignity of human beings.

Linking religious, political, and economic liberty, the Judeo-Christian culture has established the rule of law, codified respect for human rights and conceived constitutional democracy. It has engendered development of science and technology, as well as economic creativity and innovation.

In contrast, the contemporary materialistic worldview denies the intrinsic dignity and freedom of human beings and enfeebles scientific creativity and technological innovation. Its vision of a closing circle of human possibilities on a planet of limited horizons summons instead the deadening ideologies of scarcity, conflict, mutual suspicion and despair.

Intelligent Design

Intelligent design refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature. So what exactly is intelligent design? is a gateway website introducing people to the scientific debate over intelligent design and Darwinian evolution. The site...

Jonathan Wells: Biologist, Author of Zombie Science, and…Ex-Con?

Because in assessing anyone as a guide to anything, integrity must count for a great deal. Ask yourself: In defending principle, how far is this person willing to go? What cost is he willing to pay rather than compromise on what his reasoning tells him is right?

Biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Zombie Science and Icons of Evolution, opens up about his likes, dislikes, and college years, in this Up Close...

Why Are You Hopeful for America? George Gilder author of Knowledge & Power

In this short clip bestselling author and influential thinker George Gilder discusses why he is hopeful for America, her future economy, and her place in the world market.

In his new book Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How It Is Revolutionizing Our World, Gilder synthesizes his analysis...

March for (Political) Science: Earth Day rally doubles as latest...

“They’re conflating political claims about the need to fund the EPA or to prevent the Keystone pipeline with science,” said Mr. Meyer. “They’re conflating religious and philosophical claims about materialism with science. And then they’re conflating particular theories with the practice of science itself, such that if you disagree with those theories, you’re deemed a ‘science denier.’” Take the Women’s March on Washington, slash its attendance, throw in Bill Nye “the science guy,” and you have the formula for Saturday’s March for...

Revisiting The Reagan Revolution -- Steven Hayward at Discovery Institute

For #TBT a short clip of Steven Hayward's presentation to Discovery Insitute. Hayward is the author of The Age of Reagan whic the rise of conservatism and provides a narrative history of the Reagan presidency and its aftermath, covering both domestic and foreign policy.

Revisiting the Reagan Revolution -- A Book Release Party Featuring Dr. Steven Hayward This is a clip from the Nov. 9th book party hosted by...

Don't forget to tune in to the live stream of Jonathan Wells' presentation at the Zombie Science national book release party. Tonight, Apr. 18 at 7:30pm PDT on the CSC page at Tell your friends!

Jonathan Wells and Zombie Science, Out Today, Could Not Be Timelier | Evolution News

Dr. Wells examines widespread falsehoods that evolutionists use to sway, and fool, the rest of us. In Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution, he smartly counters the idea that science consumers need, above all, to stop questioning Darwinism. The highlight of the book, however, are the series of all-new icons he weighs and finds wanting — including DNA as the “secret of life,” the myth of whale evolution, the human appendix and other organs as “junk” evolutionary relics of our anatomy, an

John West: March for Science or March for Secularism? | Evolution News

CSC's John West writing as part of's Science For All essay series this week in advance of the March For Science: "March for Science organizers fret about “underrepresented” groups in the sciences. But the biggest underrepresented group among scientific elites by far may be theists. ... If March for Science organizers were truly concerned about not advancing worldviews beyond science, they should have thought twice about partnering with groups that use science to bash God." If "science works best when scientists come from diverse perspectives," why did the March for Science organizers ban an intelligent design group as...

Scientists and Scholars Team Up to Set Straight the March For Science |... will feature science essays from Center for Science & Culture Fellows throughout the week of Apr. 17-21 in the run up to the March for Science. The March For Science, slated for April 22, a.k.a. Earth Day, was supposedly conceived as a way to save science from its legions of alleged...

Stephen Meyer: Bill Nye Is "Perfect Talking Head for a March Against...

Writing in advance of this coming Saturday’s March for Science in Washington, D.C., Stephen Meyer notes that Bill Nye is the perfect front man for the event. The March is about demanding that science, and the public, conform to expectations and embrace only orthodox ideas on evolution, climate change, and more. "Nye may not be a scientist. But he used to play one on TV."




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