Speaker Se­ries ex­plores rhetoric used in cre­ation­ist de­bate

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

The April 7 ses­sion of the 2016 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Christine Shell­ska en­ti­tled “The Rhetoric of In­tel­li­gent De­sign.”

Shell­ska is a Ph.D. stu­dent in the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Me­dia and Film, Fac­ulty of Arts, at the Univer­sity of Calgary. Her ar­eas of study in­clude the his­tory, phi­los­o­phy, and so­ci­ol­ogy of sci­ence and rhetor­i­cal meth­ods.

In this pre­sen­ta­tion of com­pet­ing cul­tural per­spec­tives, Shell­ska uses rhetor­i­cal anal­y­sis, as well as con­tem­po­rary and clas­sic de­bate the­ory, to ex­am­ine some re­cent and high pro­file sci­ence-ver­sus-re­li­gion de­bates be­tween prom­i­nent sci­ence sup­port­ers and re­li­gious apol­o­gists.

Some of the de­bate exam- ples pre­sented will in­clude Bill Nye ver­sus Ken Ham (2014), Christo­pher Hitchens ver­sus Wil­liam Lane Craig (2009), and Michael Sher­mer and Sam Harris ver­sus Deepak Cho­pra and Jean Hous­ton (2010).

By ex­am­in­ing a group of de­bates, com­mon­al­i­ties and dif­fer­ences can be iden­ti­fied in the claims and de­bat­ing tac­tics em­ployed by Cre­ation­ists, In­tel­li­gent De­sign Pro­po­nents, and New Agers. Although the pre­sen­ta­tion will fo­cus pri­mar­ily on the rhetoric, logic, and styles of Ham, Craig, and Cho­pra — prom­i­nent spokesper­sons for cre­ation­ist, re­li­gious, and new age be­liefs, re­spec­tively — Shell­ska also com­ments on the meth­ods, styles, and counter-ar­gu­ments used by the other de­baters.

The pri­mary pur­pose of this pre­sen­ta­tion is to ex­plore rhetor­i­cal strate­gies used to de­bate cul­tural is­sues, es­pe­cially claims that are in­con­sis­tent and / or in­com­pat­i­ble with sci­en­tific find­ings. Shell­ska also ex­plores dis­cus­sion tech­niques em­ployed by sci­en­tists and oth­ers when en­coun­ter­ing those who re­ject sci­en­tific find­ings.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. The se­ries is held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Past pre­sen­ta­tions are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube. com/ user/ Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tyrrell­mu­seum.com.

Christine Shell­ska willbe de­liv­er­ing a talk called “The Rhetoric of In­tel­li­gent De­sign” at this week’s Speaker Se­ries.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.