In his first inaugural address, President Obama pledged to “restore science to its rightful place." But has the Obama Administration restored science or abused it? In this talk based on the expanded paperback edition of his book Darwin Day in America (ISI Books, 2015), political scientist John G. West will examine how the Obama Administration has illegitimately invoked “science” to curtail basic freedoms, undercut ethical protections, and circumvent democratic accountability. He also will explore how during the Obama years free speech is being increasingly restricted in the name of science and how science is being misused to attack religion, especially in educational institutions. West will argue that science has produced great blessings, but its current abuse is bad for both science and a free society.
John G. West is Vice President of Discovery Institute in Seattle and Associate Director of the Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He is author or editor of twelve books, including Darwin’s Conservatives: The Misguided Quest, The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and The Politics of Revelation and Reason. The former Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West holds a Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University. His writings have appeared in USA Today, National Review Online, First Things, and other publications, and he has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, and other news outlets.
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John G. West, Ph.D.
Vice President and Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute
Becky Norton Dunlop
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow