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Discovery Institute is an inter-disciplinary community of scholars and policy advocates dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued. Discovery Institute has a special concern for the role that science and technology play in our culture and how they can advance free markets, illuminate public policy and support the theistic foundations of the West.
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.
George Gilder at FreedomFest 2016: The Scandal of Money
It's time for a new paradigm of economic thought. The key to understanding--and instigating--economic growth, Gilder argues, lies in information theory.
Hear from economist and NYT bestselling author George Gilder as he expounds on the key messages of his latest book The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does at the 2016 FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas.
A Special Message From George Gilder
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The HHS Mandate’s Threat to Religious Liberty
On this episode of the Center on Human Exceptionalism Podcast, constitutional attorney Steve O’Ban joins host David Boze to discuss the legal concerns surrounding the HHS mandate. The Obama administration's healthcare initiative would force all religious organizations to provide their employees with free contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations--regardless of any religious or ethical objections. Listen in and learn how health care reform erodes freedom of religion and U.S. constitutional rights.
Inventing the Crime of Ecocide
On this episode of the Center on Human Exceptionalism Podcast, host David Boze and senior fellow Wesley J. Smith discuss a recent environmental movement that is pushing for the international recognition of "ecocide" as a crime against peace. The promoters of the concept of "ecocide" seek to thwart human development of resources in order to protect the flora and fauna as equal to human beings. Smith discusses his concern over the rejection of the notion of conservation for the sake of the pursuit of environmental policies that would put an end to the modern world as we know it.
The Anti-Human Ethics of Animal Abolitionism
On this episode of the Center on Human Exceptionalism Podcast, host David Boze and senior fellow Wesley J. Smith explore PETA's recent failure to convince the courts to define Sea World killer whales as slaves. Smith explains that while PETA’s efforts doubtfully amount to more than a publicity stunt, it is important to recognize the dangers of the ideological anti-human agenda that the organization promotes.