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.
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski and Casey Luskin continue their talk on some of the big topics that Berliski explores in his book The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. Listen in as they discuss theistic and materialistic arguments about cosmic fine-tuning, Richard Dawkin’s conclusions about the improbability of God, and whether humans are just another type of ape.
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Stephen Meyer and Eric Metaxas continue their conversation on Dr. Meyer’s New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. Tune in as Dr. Meyer explains the Cambrian Explosion, discussing how it has become an even more acute problem for evolutionary theory since Darwin’s day, and examines the effects of a materialistic bias on the scientific process. Visit www.SocratesintheCity.com to watch the complete interview.
On this episode of ID the Future, hear about a recent study from scientists at Yale that found that "human brain development is a symphony in three movements." The human brain develops through distinct patterns in gene activity at different stages in the life span, which these researchers have likened to the choreography of an orchestra or ballet. Listen in!
On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer reports on our recent special live edition of the Michael Medved Show’s Science and Culture Update, broadcast live from the Discovery Institute office in Seattle. The focus of the hour was the persecution of scientists and scholars that challenge Darwinian evolution, with a discussion featuring Dr. Richard Sternberg, Dr. Doug Axe, and Dr. Stephen Meyer.
This episode of ID the Future features part of a lecture given by Biologic Institute scientist Doug Axe on his research on the molecule lignin. Lignin provides a paradoxical case for the Darwinian method of evolution, but fits perfectly into a design oriented scientific paradigm. Thirty percent of non-fossil organic carbon on the planet is lignin, so in a Darwinian world, something should have developed the ability to consume lignin--but it hasn't. Lignin binds together and protects plant cellulose, which is vital to all types of large plant life; "The peculiar properties of lignin therefore make perfect sense when seen as part of a coherent design for the entire ecosystem of our planet."
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski talks with Casey Luskin about a key topic of his book The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions: the first cause of the universe. Berlinski compares materialist and theistic explanations for the origin of the universe, discussing big bang cosmology and religious accounts of creation.
On this episode of ID the Future, hear the second segment of an engaging discussion between acclaimed author Eric Metaxas and Dr. Stephen Meyer at Socrates in the City in New York. Dr. Meyer discusses backlash to the publication of his book Darwin’s Doubt and delves into key points of the positive scientific case for intelligent design, including irreducible complexity and the digital information in our DNA. Visit www.SocratesintheCity.com to watch the complete interview.
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski continues his conversation with Casey Luskin as they examine Steven Pinker's claim that humanity is becoming less violent. Listen in as Berlinski and Luskin discuss war trends and crime rates and consider the question: are humans fundamentally good or evil?
On this episode of ID the Future, hear the first segment of an engaging discussion between acclaimed author Eric Metaxas and Dr. Stephen Meyer at Socrates in the City in New York. Tune in as Dr. Meyer defines the theory of intelligent design and explains how it is challenging neo-Darwinism. Visit www.SocratesintheCity.com to watch the complete interview.
On this episode of ID the Future, hear about a few cases of scientism acting as a quasi-religion. For many people, science— and evolution in particular—gives their lives a sense of meaning, providing an overarching vision of something larger than themselves. These recent pieces of science news illustrate exactly how evolutionary thinking can serve in the role of religious faith as scientific claims are made that go far beyond the evidence. For more on C.S. Lewis’ warnings against scientism, watch the short documentary The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism
On this episode of ID the Future, Senior Fellow Dr. David Berlinski and Casey Luskin discuss Steven Pinker’s argument from his recent book The Better Angels of Our Nature that human nature is improving. Tune in to this first segment as Dr. Berlinski examines statistical evidence used in support of Pinker’s argument and explains why he has doubts about Pinker’s claim that violence is on the decline.
On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin sits down with Joshua Youngkin, Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs, to discuss how Amarillo College recently cancelled a non-science, non-credit, intelligent design course after receiving threats from atheist activists. Listen in as Luskin and Youngkin talk about their investigation and give background on the situation.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Biologic Institute Director Douglas Axe about his response to critics of his peer-reviewed paper in Journal of Molecular Biology. Critics such as Arthur Hunt and Steve Matheson, have argued that Dr. Axe's paper should not be seen as supporting intelligent design. Of course, the author of the paper in question should be trusted to have the best perspective on the subject. Tune in and hear what Dr. Axe has to say as he corrects the misconceptions for us.
On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin finishes his interview with Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig on the law of recurrent variation and the problems it poses for Darwinian evolution. Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig is a recently retired geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany.
On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin again sits down with Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig to continue their talk on the law of recurrent variation and the problems it poses for Darwinian evolution. In this segment, Dr. Lönnig describes how mutation breeding has largely stopped worldwide, even as belief and faith in accidental mutations as the basis for all life forms is still flourishing. Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig is a recently retired geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany.