Fellow Stargazers, It was suggested by Tom Polakis that I post this here, in addition to the notices previously sent to Valley area clubs. So here it is: Monday, Jan 26th, 6:30-8:30 pm, in Classroom #1 at the North Valley Regional Library in Anthem, DFAC will host Fr. George Coyne, S.J., of the Vatican Observatory for a special presentation about ID (intelligent design) as seen through the perspective of a professional astronomer who is also a Jesuit. Given the coverage of ID in the popular media, this is a topic all scientists should be familiar with. Fr. Coyne's perspective should afford some unique insights. This meeting is open to the public. Maps are available on our website at: http://www.dfacaz.org/maps.html Below is the abstract supplied by Fr. Coyne: THE DANCE OF THE FERTILE UNIVERSE: DID GOD DO IT? George V. Coyne, S.J. Vatican Observatory Abstract Did we come about by chance or by necessity in the evolving universe? Did God make us? Can we conclude that there is an Intelligent Design to the universe? To what extent can the natural sciences address these questions. As to chance or necessity the first thing to be said is that the problem is not formulated correctly. It is not just a question of chance or necessity because, first of all, it is both. Furthermore, there is a third element here that is very important. It is what we might call the "fertility" of the universe. So the dance of the fertile universe is a ballet with three ballerinas: chance, necessity and fertility. What this means is that the universe is so fertile in offering the opportunity for the success of both chance and necessary processes that such a character of the universe must be included in the search for our origins in the universe. In this light I am going to try to present in broad strokes what I think is some of the best of our modern scientific understanding of the universe and then return to the questions above. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.