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:

 The Tenth Anniversary of the Louisiana Science Education Act -- and Why It Matters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 892

On this episode of ID the Future, host Sarah Chaffee talks with Center for Science and Culture co-founder Dr. John West about the Louisiana Science Education Act, passed ten years ago this week. Dr. West explains why it mattered then for academic freedom, how it's stood up to criticism in the ten years since then, and why it matters today — including the example it sets for other states as well-crafted, resilient, and science-friendly legislation, that even the ACLU has recognized it needs to support! Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Academic Freedom in Louisiana Public Schools | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 996

On this episode of ID the Future, Sarah Chaffee interviews Dr. Wade Warren, zoologist and holder of the C.J. Cavanaugh Endowed Chair in Biology at Louisiana College, on the ten year anniversary of the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act. This act gave teachers freedom to teach both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of evolution — not including intelligent design or religion — without fear of reprisal. Dr. Warren recalls the reasons he advocated for its passage, and discusses pluses and minuses with the more recent Louisiana state science standards — including some scientists’ strange “discomfort” with some facts, even though they don’t disagree with them. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Morality in a Meaningless World: An Interview With Rabbi Moshe Averick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 789

What happens to morality when the world has no meaning? On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Discovery Institute fellow Paul Nelson interviews Rabbi Moshe Averick, who discusses his book, Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. Rabbi Averick ran educational programs at UCLA and Northridge University in Los Angeles, and then became one of the founding faculty members of Aish Toronto and later at the Shaalvim Rabbinical Seminary in Israel. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Information in Nature, Intelligence Detecting and Creating It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 885

On this episode of ID the Future, engineer, lawyer, and computer expert Eric Anderson continues his discussion hosted by Mike Keas on what it means that there’s information in DNA as opposed to most other physical objects. He talks about what intelligence really is and does — and why we know it’s involved in creating the unique information in DNA. And he recommends an answer we can give to those who “dig their heels in” and disagree on what information is about. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Darwinism and Politics: Bruce Chapman’s New Book Politicians | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 698

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads from chapter 12 of Discovery Institute co-founder Bruce Chapman’s new book, Politicians: The Worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for All the Others. In this excerpt, Chapman argues that Darwinism has disfigured and demoralized political life in Europe and America for more than a century. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Intelligent Design Uncensored | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 988

In this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Jay Richards interviews Jonathan Witt about Witt's book, co-authored with William Dembski, titled Intelligent Design Uncensored. What is ID? Why is it controversial? This book breaks down the science of intelligent design into easy to understand terms and looks at other key cultural questions. Read a full review of the book here. In addition to discussing the book itself, Richards and Witt reveal autobiographical details of how they got involved with intelligent design. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Getting Un-Confused About Information In Versus Information About | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 868

In this episode of ID the Future, Mike Keas interviews engineer Eric Anderson about the first of two mistakes ID antagonists often make regarding information in nature. There is information to be gained about natural phenomena, like Saturn's rings for example, but is there information actually in Saturn's rings, or is that information produced by intelligent agents studying Saturn's rings? The answer to that question should be clear — and it makes a huge difference in how we understand information and intelligence. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Infinity War, Human Exceptionalism, and the Ultimate Resource | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 768

On this episode of ID the Future, host Robert Crowther talks with Rachel Adams, special projects coordinator at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, about Thanos, the arch-villain from the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, and a couple of real-life thinkers, Eric Pianka and Paul Ehrlich, who share the villain’s view that the world would be a better place with far fewer humans. Thanos, Pianka, and Ehrlich appear to share a materialistic view of the human person, one that ignores the inherent dignity and worth of every person as well as humanity’s capacity to create solutions and new resources, growing the resource pie. Thanks to this, life is not a zero-sum game. The human species is, as Julian Simon put it, the ultimate resource. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Dr. Stephen Meyer on Faith Under Fire | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 744

On this ID the Future episode from the vault, Dr. Stephen Meyer debates Michael Shermer on Lee Strobel’s show, Faith under Fire. The debate ranges from anthropic fine-tuning to DNA and the metaphysical implications of either worldview. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Kissinger and AI, Pt. 2: Jay Richards Presses Pause on the Robot Apocalypse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 867

On this episode of ID the Future, philosopher Jay Richards continues his conversation with host and historian of science Mike Keas about Henry Kissinger's recent Atlantic article on "The End of the Enlightenment." In the piece, Kissinger sounds an alarm over artificial intelligence, and raises questions about machine ethics and the possibility that humans may learn we're not so special after all. Richards, author of the new book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work In an Age of Smart Machines, pushes back, explaining how we can continue to use artificial intelligence to our advantage, prudently but without fear of the robot apocalypse or of computers becoming conscious and free. No, Richards argues, those qualities cannot be programmed. They are, and will remain, the human advantage. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Jay Richards Responds to Henry Kissinger on the New World of Artificial Intelligence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1007

On this episode of ID the Future, Jay Richards talks with host Mike Keas about a recent Atlantic article from former National Security Advisor Henry A. Kissinger on “How the Enlightenment Ends” with the rise of artificial intelligence. Richards, whose forthcoming book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work In an Age of Smart Machines, covers this territory and more, explains that AI is about statistical processing, not budding consciousness; and the ethical concerns it raises are both important yet in some ways not so new. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1208

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Jay Richards interviews Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Wiker on his book, 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Impostor. Listen in as they examine the role of materialism in politics, particularly in C. S. Lewis’s prophetic book, The Abolition of Man, and Wiker explains how moral argument has been replaced by technological manipulation of human nature. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 New Michael Chaberek Book Is a Debate-Changer on Thomistic Evolution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 512

On this episode of ID the Future, philosopher Logan Gage speaks with Sarah Chaffee about the new book Aquinas and Evolution by Fr. Michael Chaberek. Philosophers in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas — Thomistic evolutionists — have pressured Intelligent Design theorists, saying that it gets Aquinas wrong, in fact it even gets God wrong. Dr. Gage says Fr. Chaberek’s book counters that pressure and shows how “Thomistic” evolution contradicts Aquinas. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 The Limit to Self-Organization | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 792

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, University of British Columbia at Vancouver philosophy faculty member Richard Johns discusses his paper in the journal Synthese titled "Self-organisation in dynamical systems: a limiting result." In the paper, Dr. Johns argues that there are limits to the complexity of structures that can be produced by self-organization. Johns shows that Darwinian evolution is actually a type of a self-organizing process, and that it too is limited in the types of biological structures it can produce. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Stephen Meyer: Yes, Intelligent Design is Detectable in Nature | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1138

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads a popular essay by philosopher of science Stephen Meyer on the detectability of intelligent design in nature. The article recently appeared in Sapientia, and here at Evolution News. In the piece, Meyer explains the logic by which we routinely know there’s been a creative intelligence at work. Meyer unpacks this logic in terms of information, which we can see clearly in the cell, but elsewhere in nature, too. He also shows how this detection method is an established part of the historical sciences. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

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