Introduction

The Center for Inquiry's 12th World Congress:

  Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

April 9-12, 2009

Bethesda, MD Hyatt Hotel (just outside of Washington, DC)  

2009 marks the bicentennial of both Charles Darwin's and Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. There can be no more fitting opportunity to discuss and consider the appropriate relationship between science and public policy. Please join us as scientists and scholars from around the world analyze the role of science, explain how it works, explore its connection to public policy, and examine its significance for the global community.

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Speakers already confirmed include NASA climatologist Drew Shindell, Roger Bonnet from the International Space Science Institute, acknowledged authority on evolutionary biology Michael Ruse, skeptical investigators James Randi and Joe Nickell, renowned psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, and many others.

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*All times, events and programming subject to change at any time.