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:

 Let’s Stop Revering Anti-Human Scientists as Humanistic Shamans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1168

On this episode of ID the Future, host Ira Berkowitz talks with Rabbi Moshe Averick about his recent Times of Israel article, “From the People Who Brought You the Hydrogen Bomb.” Yes, it’s pointed — straight at scientists. It’s about scientists who jump out of their disciplines, taking the place of priests and shamans and pronouncing upon the place of mankind in the universe. It’s about scientists who say we’re nothing, mere specks on a speck of a planet, yet these scientists consider themselves “humanists” in spite of this outlook. Averick is the author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism.Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Empowerment or Exploitation? P.T. Barnum and the “Man Monkey” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 373

On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Associate Director John West exposes the darker side of P.T. Barnum. Maybe you’ve watched The Greatest Showman – but have you heard of Barnum’s “What Is It?” exhibit? Listen in for more about racist displays of human freaks and how science of the day endorsed Social Darwinism. For more, watch the newly released documentary, Human Zoos, and visit HumanZoos.org. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 The BICEP2 Consortium's Big Bang "Discovery": A Look Back | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 657

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, physicist Rob Sheldon discusses the BICEP2 Consortium's apparent discovery of evidence for the inflationary model of the Big Bang, and the annoucement's impact on questions of cosmic fine-tuning. The consortium later withdrew their claim to have found the first evidence for the primordial “B-mode” polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Dr. Sheldon's initial reaction to the announcement provides a model of scientific caution. In Pt. 1 and the subsequent Pt. 2 of this podcast conversation, Sheldon explains some of the underlying assumptions guiding BICEP2, and various things that could have led the astronomers astray. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 1906: Scientists Cage Man in Zoo Monkey House | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 494

On this episode of ID the Future, John West shares about pygmy Ota Benga, put on display in 1906 in the Bronx Zoo’s monkey house. Listen in to learn about how the New York Times, scientists, and ministers responded. Was Benga the only one treated like this? For more, watch the newly released documentary, Human Zoos, and visit HumanZoos.org. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Dead Peppered Moths Can’t Evolve, and the Myth About Them Hasn’t Changed Much, Either | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 808

On this episode of ID the Future biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong and Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution tells how, in many textbooks, the myth of peppered moths “evolving” from light to dark still lives on, in the same form many parents probably remember from their school days. Dr. Wells and others have shown that many of these pictures used dead moths, pinned in places live ones never roost. The supposed science of these moths’ evolution has been shown to be false. But the pictures are persuasive, so some textbooks still use them. Which leads the important question podcast host Robert Crowther asks Dr. Wells: What can parents do to help their kids know the truth? Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Dr. Richard Sternberg: Whale Evolution and Living Waters, Pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1090

Today’s episode of ID the Future from the vault continues a discussion of why the idea of land-to-sea whale evolution doesn’t wash. CSC Senior Fellow and evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg’s focuses on material from the documentary Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth, and explains why neither natural selection nor neutral drift cannot explain the transition from a land mammal to a fully aquatic whale. Standard evolutionary models would either require implausibly large breeding populations (greater than that of any mammal species) or a waiting period far longer than the given 8-9 million years. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 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.

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