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.


 The Mind-Body Problem and Promissory Materialism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 659

On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage interviews Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery at SUNY Stony Brook, on the mind-body problem and promissory materialism.Dr. Egnor explains how materialism has not been able to answer the "hard problem of consciousness." Instead, as promissory materialism, it claims that materialism as a theory will eventually be able to explain what it has yet to explain at all.

 A Beautifully Engineered Universe: Peer-Reviewed Paper Argues for Intelligent Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 956

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Dominic Halsmer, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University, continues the discussion of his peer-reviewed paper, "The Coherence Of An Engineered World," published in the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics. Listen in as Dr. Halsmer explains some of the aesthetic arguments for design from beauty in science, engineering, and the study of humanity. How do modularity, specificity, adaptability, durability, and other aspects of engineering systems argue for intelligent design in nature? Tune in to find out.

 Mr. President: Protect Academic Freedom and Advance Science Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 350

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses the two major problems of U.S. science education: first, that students are not adequately taught critical thinking skills; and second, that insufficient numbers of students are inspired to pursue careers in science. Tune in as Casey explains how allowing teachers to address both the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution in the classroom would advance science education and improve the scientific competency of our students.

 The Dark Darwinian History of Eugenics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1361

On this episode of ID the Future, John West takes a look at the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century and how it drew direct inspiration from Darwinian biology and the writings of Charles Darwin himself. The eugenics movement was no fringe effort, but was the view of mainstream science and espoused by those at Harvard, Princeton, and the National Academy of Science.Also see Dr. West's new book, The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, which explores C.S. Lewis' views on eugenics and other issues.

 Pt. 3: David Berlinski at "Socrates in the City" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 581

On this episode of ID the Future, David Berlinski continues his examination of modern scientism. In the previous segment, Berlinski addressed the shortcomings of New Atheism; tune in as he closes his talk by discussing the "arrogance of the scientific community."

 Pt. 2: David Berlinski at "Socrates in the City" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1185

On this episode of ID the Future, hear more of David Berlinski's talk at a Socrates in the City event in Manhattan. In the following segment, Berlinski discusses the impact of modern scientism and evaluates the social phenomena of New Atheism.

 Pt. 1: David Berlinski at "Socrates in the City" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1220

On this episode of ID the Future, listen to the first segment of CSC Sr. Fellow David Berlinski's talk at Socrates in the City, hosted by biographer and humorist Eric Metaxas. Tune in as Dr. Berlinski traces modern scientism, and its antipathy to religious belief, to the dawn of the Enlightenment.

 What Does Evolution Have to Do With Immunology? Not Much | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 761

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews microbiologist and immunologist Donald Ewert about his previous work as associate editor for the journal Development and Comparitive Immunology, where he realized that the papers published were comparative studies that had nothing to do with evolution at all. Listen in to learn how, in Dr. Ewert's words, "evolutionary theory doesn't contribute to experimental biology." Donald L. Ewert is a research immunologist/virologist who spent much of his career studying the molecular and cell biology of the immune system, as well as theories about its evolution. Dr. Ewert received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1976. As a microbiologist, he operated a research laboratory at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for almost twenty years. The Wistar Institute is one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research. His research, supported by National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture grants, has involved the immune system, viruses, and cellular biology.

 C.S. Lewis's Doubts About Darwin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 244

On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin takes a brief look at C.S. Lewis’s views on Darwinian evolution and intelligent design. Previously unpublished notes reveal that C.S. Lewis had early doubts about Darwin. Interested in learning more? Download a FREE chapter of Dr. John West’s The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society at:

 Missing Transitional Fossils in the Hominid Fossil Record | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 766

On this episode of ID the Future, listen to a short segment of a recent presentation Casey Luskin gave on the hominid fossil record. While popular media often reports that the fossil record is complete and conclusive, the technical scientific literature reveals this to be false. In actuality, human-like fossils and ape-like fossil are clearly distinct from one another, and the so-called transitional fossil record is highly fragmented. If Casey's talk sparks your interest, be sure to read Chapter 3 of Science and Human Origins.

 Michael Denton: Remarkable Coincidences in Photosynthesis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 922

On this episode of ID the Future, we listen in on a a few minutes from a lecture given by CSC Senior Fellow Michael Denton. We've all heard of the importance of photosynthesis as an oxygen creating process. In this segment, Denton explains the "remarkable set of coincidences" which makes the creation of oxygen through photosynthesis possible. From the specific energy of visible light to the unique properties of water, this degree of improbability screams DESIGN.

 ENCODE Project Finds Mass Functionality for “Junk” DNA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 877

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze and Casey Luskin discuss the recent findings of the ENCODE Project, which has declared so-called “junk” DNA to be anything but. Much of the DNA that was previously supposed to be useless genetic material, left over from random mutations that have been acted upon by natural selection, has now been found to perform several vital functions—just as intelligent design proponents have been predicting for years. What does this mean for intelligent design, and for Darwinian evolution? To learn more, pick up a copy of Jonathan Wells’ Myth of Junk DNA.

 Bill Nye “The Science Guy” on Doubting Darwinian Evolution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1029

On this episode of ID the Future, Big Think has a new video out featuring Bill Nye “The Science Guy” lamenting the fact that many people in the United States are skeptical of Darwinian evolution. Nye makes the claim that this skepticism holds back our country and society, and even goes so far as to call for Darwin-doubting parents to stay out of their kids’ science education. Listen in as Casey Luskin responds to Nye’s assertions.

 Doug Axe: Lignin & the Coherent Design of the Ecosystem | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 608

This episode of ID the Future features part of a lecture given by Biologic Institute scientist Doug Axe on his recent 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.”

 Professor Pigliucci's Call for Thoughtful Criticism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 264

On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin takes a look at an open letter that Professor Massimo Pigliucci, philosopher and evolutionary biologist, wrote for his “Community of Reason,” which he describes as “the broad set encompassing skeptics, atheists and secular humanists.” Pigluicci’s criticism is that many that claim to be the defenders of reason cling to their own irrational scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs, rather than engaging in dialogue or building critiques out of logic and evidence. Pigliucci’s thoughts on the subject can be read at his blog.


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