Intelligent Design The Future show

Intelligent Design The Future

Summary: The ID The Future (IDTF) podcast carries on Discovery Institute's mission of exploring the issues central to evolution and intelligent design. IDTF is a short podcast providing you with the most current news and views on evolution and ID. IDTF delivers brief interviews with key scientists and scholars developing the theory of ID, as well as insightful commentary from Discovery Institute senior fellows and staff on the scientific, educational and legal aspects of the debate.

Podcasts:

 Chaberek: Why Thomas Aquinas Would Have Loved Intelligent Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1337

On this episode of ID the Future, Father Michael Chaberek, author of the books Catholicism and Evolution and Aquinas and Evolution, explains why the theory of intelligent design meshes well with the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. In his conversation with host Jay Richards, Chaberek, creator of the site Aquinas.Design, notes that some Thomists complain about ID, but he argues that they misunderstand what ID is and isn’t. As for criticism that ID is a “God of the Gaps” argument, Chaberek urges Thomists to consider where that complaint leads: For Catholics, and Christians generally, that complaint proves way too much, he argues. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Dr. Richard Sternberg: Whale Evolution and Living Waters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1125

In this episode of ID the Future from the vault, hear an interview with Dr. Richard Sternberg, evolutionary biologist and CSC Senior Fellow, whose discussion of whale origins is featured in Illustra Media’s documentary, Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth.  Sternberg critiques whale evolution, noting that the timespan is too short for the bodyplan modifications needed to transition from a land mammal to a whale. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Bill Dembski on the AI Boogeyman, and the Real AI Danger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 871

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads an excerpt from a speech prepared by philosopher, mathematician, and trailblazing design theorist William Dembski for the launch of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Dembski asks whether we need worry about an AI takeover, and says no, there’s no evidence that artificial intelligence (AI) could reach that level, or achieve consciousness, and there’s mounting evidence from both philosophy and the field of artificial intelligence technology that it cannot and will not. “The real worry,” Dembski says, “isn’t that we’ll raise machines to our level, but that we’ll lower humanity to the level of machines.” Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Why Aquinas and Darwin Don’t Mix | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1241

On this episode of ID the Future, host Jay Richards talks with Michael Chaberek about Charles Darwin and medieval scholar Thomas Aquinas, one of the most influential of all Western philosophers, and especially central in Roman Catholic thinking. Many Catholic scholars support neo-Darwinism and insist that Aquinas’s work nicely harmonizes with neo-Darwinism. Chaberek, author of the recent book Aquinas and Evolution, and creator of the new website Aquinas.design, offers several reasons to conclude otherwise. A clarifying note on terminology: When Chaberek and Richards speak of “accidents” and “accidental changes,” they don’t mean it in the common sense of “not on purpose.” In Thomistic philosophy, an “accident” is a feature of some being that’s not essential to its nature--for example, the height of a tree or the length of a horse’s tail. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Billions of Missing Links: Electricity and Bioluminescence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 657

In this episode of ID the Future, hear about electricity and bioluminescence, as highlighted in Dr. Geoffrey Simmons’ book, Billions of Missing Links.  Listen in to learn about how a knee jerk reaction, eels, and the knife fish all use electrical impulses. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Humanity, Teleology and Debate: Darwin, Wallace and Lyell on Natural Selection | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1161

On this episode of ID the Future, Michael Flannery, historian of science and emeritus professor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses Alfred Russel Wallace’s views on humanity, and Lyell’s embrace of this viewpoint (to Darwin’s dismay!). Listen in to learn more about the idea of uniformity, the pro-Darwinian origins of the journal Nature, and professional dissent to evolutionary theory that existed and persisted ever since Darwin. Read Flannery's new book on Wallace, Nature's Prophet, for more!

 Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace: Darwin’s Pattern for Scientific Dialogue that Darwinists Could Stand to Follow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 901

On this episode of ID the Future host Mike Keas talks a third time with Michael Flannery about Flannery’s new book Nature’s Prophet: Alfred Russel Wallace and His Evolution from Natural Selection to Natural Theology. The surprising word come out of this conversation is how open Darwin was to Wallace’s opposing viewpoint — unlike many Darwinists today. Some of Flannery’s recent experience with historians of science, though, shows there is at least hope in some quarters for increasing academic openness today. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Dr. Cornelius Hunter: False Predictions of Darwinian Evolution, pt. 4 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 402

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Dr. Cornelius Hunter talks about his website Darwin’s Predictions, which critically examines 22 fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory. In this fourth and final podcast of the series, Dr. Hunter discusses evolution's failed prediction that competition should be greatest between neighbors.

 Omega-3 Nutrition Pioneer Tells How He Saw Irreducible Complexity in Cells 40 Years Ago | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 626

On this episode of ID the Future, Jorn Dyerberg, the Danish biologist and co-discoverer of the role of omega-3 fatty acids in human health and nutrition, talks with Brian Miller about finding irreducible complexity in cells 40 years ago. It wasn’t until he encountered ID researchers like Michael Behe that he gave it that name — but he saw how many enzymes and co-enzymes it took working together to make metabolism work in every living cell. And if neo-Darwinism is true, and these enzymes showed up one at a time, “And over these eons, the other enzymes would just be sitting there waiting for the next one to come.” Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Nature’s Prophet, Pt. 2: Alfred Russel Wallace’s Case for an “Overruling Intelligence” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 533

On this episode of ID the Future historian Michael Flannery continues discussion of his new book Nature’s Prophet: Alfred Russel Wallace and His Evolution from Natural Selection to Natural Theology. Flannery tells how Wallace became convinced of some “overruling intelligence” in nature — not because of “gaps” in what he knew, but because so many human attributes demand a better explanation than Darwin’s own “utility principle.” They called for a cause adequate to the effects. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Dr. Cornelius Hunter: False Predictions of Darwinian Evolution, pt. 3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 694

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with Dr. Cornelius Hunter—a Discovery Institute Fellow, adjunct professor, and author—about his website Darwin’s Predictions, which critically examines 22 fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory.  In this third podcast of the series, Dr. Hunter discusses how mutations are adaptive and features of James Shapiro’s natural genetic engineering model.

 Nature’s Prophet, Pt. 1: How Alfred Russel Wallace Embraced Intelligent Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 766

On this episode of ID the Future, historian Michael Flannery discusses his just-released book Nature’s Prophet: Alfred Russel Wallace and His Evolution from Natural Selection to Natural Theology. It’s the intellectual history of Wallace, who is credited with independently propounding the the theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin insisted on a purely materialistic version of the theory, but as Wallace studied the evidence, he grew convinced that intelligent design also played a role in the history of life, particularly in the origin of humans. Though not a religious person, he broke with the rising scientism of his day to argue that there must be some “overruling intelligence” behind nature. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Nancy Pearcey Urges Inconsistent Materialists: Love Thy Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1248

On this episode of ID the Future, author and professor Nancy Pearcey draws on her new book Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality to explore two inconsistencies she sees with philosophical materialists. One inconsistency is their unlivable claim that “we have no free will.” The other is the materialist credo to take our cues from nature — except when it comes to the male or female sexual makeup of one’s body.

 Dr. Cornelius Hunter: False Predictions of Darwinian Evolution, pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 654

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Dr. Cornelius Hunter shares about his website Darwin’s Predictions, which critically examines 22 fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory.  In this second podcast of the series, Dr. Hunter discusses the uniqueness of DNA code and differences in fundamental molecules. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Jay Richards’ ‘The Human Advantage’: Machines Aren’t Us, and They Aren’t Replacing Us, Either | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1070

On this episode of ID the Future, Robert Crowther talks with author Jay Richards about Richards’ new book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines. Science fiction tantalizes us — and pundits terrorize us — with images of  intelligent machines taking over for humans. Really taking over, as in replacing us. Some thinkers even say that’s just the next phase, since we’re machines ourselves. Jay Richards explains how that’s wrong, and there’s a lot more to hope for than to fear in our future with our new smart machines. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

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