Debate: "Is there good evidence for evolution?"

The Westside Science & Religion Discussion Group is pairing up with PSU Freethinkers and having a discussion. They invited us to join.

Debate Topic: "Is there good evidence for evolution?"
Date/Time: May 30, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm
Venue: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) building, room #296

Cost: Free
1. Dr. Bart Rask (anti-evolutionist and Christian)
2. Truman Ardent Smith (evolutionist, atheist, and humanist minister)
Moderator: Steve Balogh, a student leader in the PSU Freethinker's group
Debate Sponsor: The Portland State University Freethinkers

This is a community event. Kids are welcome, if they are behaved and supervised by an adult. This could be a great learning opportunity for them, especially for teens and preteens.

The presenters may or may not reflect the views of those in the Freethinker's group. The event is intended to provoke community dialogue, so the audience is encouraged to grill both presenters with the best questions they can think of.

(If you want to help by posting flyers, you can print it out from the pdf file here: . There's also a version of the Powerpoint source if you want to edit it.)

The rsvp is not required; just to gauge interest. Please rsvp if you plan to attend, to help the organizers.

Format overview:

Content-wise, the debate will focus on two of Bart's claims:
1. Statistically, it is impossible that evolution could happen.
2. There is no good evidence for evolution.

Truman will present information supporting modern evolutionary theory, and Bart will counter with his criticisms of evolutionary theory. Bart supports an alternate hypothesis of ID (Intelligent Design). Presentations will be short to enable time for the presenters to cross-examine each other, and there will be plenty of time for audience Q&A. See below for a more detailed format.

The room will hold about 50 or 60 people. RSVP'ing will not save you a seat; it is only to gauge the interest of the community. Plan on arriving early to get a seat.

More about the speakers:

Bart Rask, M.D. (orthopedic surgeon), is the author of a new book entitled "Evolution By Affirming the Consequent: Scientific Challenges to Darwin's Theory of Evolution" . Bart earned his MD from OHSU in 1989, and a BS in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1983.

Truman Ardent Smith is a former evangelical Christian and author of a new booklet called "Modern Science and Philosophy Destroys Christian Theology"

Truman has a BSEET degree from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1984 and a Masters in Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in 2007. He has been working in the computer industry since 1984.



Free parking after 7 pm in PSU Parking Structure 1 (near the SMSU building). Parking is $4 per hour prior to 7 pm; just pay the attendant when you enter the parking garage. (If you arrive at 6:30 pm, you still pay $4 for 1 hr. min. fee.)
Address: 1872 Southwest BroadwayPortland, OR 97201
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Agenda (details)

7:00-8:00 pm: Part 1 (presentations)
-- Truman's pro-evolution presentation (15 min.)
-- Bart's anti-evolution presentation (15 min.)
-- Truman cross-examines Bart (10 min.)
-- Bart cross-examines Truman (10 min.)
-- Truman comments on Bart’s main presentation (5 min.)
-- Bart’s comments on Truman’s main presentation (5 min.)

8:00-9:00 pm: Part 2
-- Audience Q&A (60 min.)

No goods nor services will be sold.


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  • Andrew R.

    The moderator did not do a good job during the Q&A portion.

    May 30, 2013

  • Andrea

    Stupid work.

    May 27, 2013

  • John R

    I've seen this one before. The creationist loses.

    2 · May 27, 2013

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