BU philosophy professor explains Intelligent Design

For Immediate Release

Date:  April 4, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Gary Hardcastle, assistant professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will discuss Intelligent Design as part of BU’s High Noon Talk Series. The program will be held Tuesday, April 12, at noon in Luzerne Hall, Fireside Lounge and is open to the public free of charge.

Intelligent Design (ID) suggests that there is now evidence, particularly in various biological forms, for the presence of an intelligent designer. The concept of Intelligent Design is built on evidence supporting the theory that initial life on earth and some of its present details were deliberately designed by one or more intelligent agents. During his presentation, Hardcastle will offer an overview of ID and the debates surrounding it, drawing attention to questions about the scientific status of ID and its place in public high school science curricula.

Hardcastle earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He taught philosophy at Virginia Tech, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Bucknell University before coming to BU. His research focuses on the philosophy of science and its history, and he is the author of several journal articles and he co-served as an editor of “Logical Empiricism in North America” and several journal articles.

BU’s High Noon Talk Series is sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women. Psychology professor Eileen Astor-Stetson will present the semester’s final series program, “Surviving Adolescents,” Thursday, April 21, at noon in Luzerne Hall, Fireside Lounge.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.