Regarding the purpose of this seminar, it is simply this: to supply the need in our educational system for instruction on that often misunderstood but fascinating subject of mankind’s and the earth’s beginnings. The approach taken in the seminar is to show, through scientific evidence and theory, how the natural world itself points to a very clear understanding of what really happened in ages gone by. In addition, ethical values are woven into the presentation.
Ideally, the presentation would go on for an hour and a half. It is done in power-point form and includes pictures and video clips. We also use three or four songs (sung live) by the young people who accompany me. I’ve found this helps greatly to keep up the attention of the students, especially younger ones.
Below is an outline of the different aspects covered in the presentation:
I. THE WORLD OF PREHISTORY
A. Large size of plants and animals
B. Warm climate throughout the Earth
C. What about prehistoric man?
D. Explanation for the prehistoric world’s environment
II. FROM ONE ENVIRONMENT TO ANOTHER
A. The Cataclysm that rocked the old Earth
B. Scientific and cultural evidence
C. Re-creation of the Earth
III. DID WE EVOLVE BY CHANCE, OR WERE WE CREATED?
A. Complexity of biological life
B. Latest scientific discoveries (marvel of DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid structures)
C. What about “missing link” discoveries?
D. Genetic barriers in the natural world
(For those students who are interested, a CD of the “Our Origins” contents with explanatory notes and video clips is available.)
REGARDING FEE STRUCTURE:
The program has been done several times free of charge at schools that could not afford to give anything for it. I believe the subject is important enough that it would be a shame to deny it just for lack of money. However, if your institution can afford it, a gift of Rs 3,000 per presentation would be appreciated. For example, there could be one program for the P-U students (or class 11 and 12) and another for the class 8, 9, and 10 students (and maybe even another for class 6 and 7). If that were the case, then three separate presentations would come to Rs 9,000.
For students who are interested, there is a CD available (usually right after the program), containing the same material covered in the seminar presentation but with a good deal of extra information. The price asked for the CD would be Rs 20.
I hope this provides you with sufficient information. But feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss anything more.