In an important sense, ethics as we understand it is an illusion fobbed of on us by our genes to get us to cooperate.
Michael Ruse and E.O. Wilson
Biography of John West
Dr. John G. West is a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, where he is Associate Director of Discovery's Center for Science & Culture and Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs. His current research examines the impact of Darwinian science on public policy and culture during the past century. His other areas of expertise include constitutional law, American government and institutions, and religion and politics.
Dr. West was previously an Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle Pacific University where he chaired the Department of Political Science and Geography, and he has taught political science and history courses at California State University, San Bernardino and Azusa Pacific University. From 1986-1989, Dr. West served as Managing Editor of Public Research, Syndicated, which distributed essays on public affairs to more than 700 daily and weekly newspapers.
Listed in Who’s Who in America, Dr. West has written or edited numerous books, including Darwin’s Conservatives: The Misguided Quest, Traipsing Into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Decision, The Politics of Revelation & Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation, The Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics, The Theology of Welfare, The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia, and Celebrating Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization. In addition, he has contributed essays or chapters to a number of other books, including Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design, Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition, The Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, and The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science.
Dr. West is regularly interviewed by the newsmedia on science education policy issues involving evolution and intelligent design, and his comments have been featured in such publications as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and C-SPAN, and his articles have been published by USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Indianapolis Star, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, National Review Online, FoxNews.com, Policy Review, and many other publications.
Dr. West holds a Ph.D in Government from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington. He is a recipient of several academic fellowships, including a Haynes Foundation Dissertation Grant, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, a Richard Weaver Fellowship, and a Chevron Journalism/Economics Scholarship. Dr. West is a member of the American Political Science Association, Pi Sigma Alpha (the national political science honor society), and Phi Beta Kappa.
Articles and Blogs by John West
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Books by John West
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Podcasts by John West
John West Reads from Darwin Day in America
What Does it Mean to be Denied Tenure? The Case of ID Scientist Guillermo Gonzalez
Should the "Consensus View of Science" Always Prevail?
Three Things to Know about Intelligent Design
A Year After Dover, Debate Over Darwin Continues
A Year After Dover, Some States Still Encourage Teaching of Debate Over Darwin
Videos Featuring John West
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: The Disturbing Legacy of America's Eugenics Crusade (Lecture at Seattle Pacific University)
Darwinism and Conservatism: Friends or Foes? (Panel Discussion at American Enterprise Institute)
Darwin Day and the Deification of Charles Darwin
Does Darwinism Lead to Moral Relativism?