A new Centre for Intelligent Design has opened in Glasgow and its president is Professor Norman Nevin OBE, emeritus professor of medical genetics at Queen's University Belfast, and the vice-president is Dr David Galloway, vice president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.�

The director of the centre is�Dr Alastair Noble and Its specific objectives are to:
  • promote the professional investigation and public debate of Intelligent Design
  • challenge, on the scientific evidence, the neo-Darwinian claim that the development of life is purely the result of undirected forces
  • encourage consideration of the wider implications of Intelligent Design.

Further information about the new centre and about Intelligent Design�is available at http://ping.fm/cyp8bor http://ping.fm/rvNSK.

Professor Michael Behe, who is the professor of chemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and one of the leading advocates of Intelligent Design,�will be in the United Kingdom from 20 to 27 November and will be speaking at venues in Leamington Spa, London, Glasgow, Belfast, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Oxford.� His lecture in Belfast will be in the Crescent Church on Wednesday 24 November.� Professor Behe is the author of Darwin's Black Box and The Edge of Evolution.

The opening of the centre and the visit by Professor Behe provide an opportunity for a calm and reasoned consideration of Intelligent Design.� However the initial and irrational reaction from some sctions of the media suggest that in some circles there is no appetite for reasoned consideration.