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.


 Dr. Michael Denton on Evidence of Fine-Tuning in the Universe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1528

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe, as well as Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which elaborates on the evidence of design in nature. Luksin and Denton discuss the ways in which the universe is uniquely fit for carbon-based life, and perhaps even human life. Denton argues that when it comes to evidence of fine-tuning in the universe, the more you look, the more you find. Tune in to discover what he has found that has led him to the inference that our world is intelligently designed.

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

On this episode of ID the Future, Jay Richards interviews Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Wiker on his latest 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politics, particularly in C. S. Lewis' prophetic book, The Abolition of Man, and Wiker explains how moral argument has been replaced by technological manipulation of human nature. For more on C.S. Lewis and science, stay tuned for a new book and film to be released in Fall 2012 from Discovery Press: The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Watch the trailer here.

 Scientocracy Rules | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 793

Welcome to the Scientocracy, where unless you fully accede to the consensus view, then your opinion not only doesn't matter, it might even be dangerous. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin shows how a recent move to redefine scientific literacy from an understanding of science into wholesale capitulation to the "consensus" damages true scientific literacy -- including the right to debate and dissent. Luskin's article appeared in Salvo Magazine. For more information on Salvo, visit Also, keep an eye out for a new book and film coming this September from Discovery Institute Press: The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Watch the trailer here.

 Stephen C. Meyer Tackles the Question That Stumped Darwin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 802

This episode of ID the Future features CSC director Stephen C. Meyer on the Rick Hamada program, where he addresses the critical question that stumped Darwin: where did the first life come from? Listen in for Steve's answer, and be sure to check out for the latest news and media appearances with Dr. Meyer.

 Origin of Life Chemistry Shows Intelligent Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 772

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Baylor University chemist Dr. Charles Garner on new findings in origin of life research and the plausibility of the chemical origin of life scenario. Listen in as Dr. Garner shows the speculation and imagination materialists employ to explain the origin of life. For more information, read some of Dr. Garner's comments here at Evolution News & Views.

 Bat and Whale Echolocation Genes Point to Common Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 271

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin examines the convergent genetic evolution of bat and whale echolocation, a surprise to the neo-Darwinian model, as common inheritance makes no sense.

 More of Nature's Dusty Evolutionary Gems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1141

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin critiques some of the macroevolutionary “gems” from Nature’s Evolution-Evangelism packet, including whale evolution, feathered dinosaurs, and Tiktaalik. Listen in as he explains why predictions about Tiktaalik from leading evolutionary scientists such as Jerry Coyne and the National Academy of Sciences were overturned by the discovery of 397 million year old tetrapod tracks in early 2010. For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Evolution News & Views.

 Science & Human Origins: Interview With Dr. Douglas Axe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 971

On this episode of ID the Future, Biologic Institute director Dr. Douglas Axe discusses his contribution to the new book Science and Human Origins. How efficient is the Darwinian mechanism at inventing new things? Could it really be responsible for the development of human beings, as Darwinists claim? Axe reviews his recent studies on mutation rates and the ability of Darwinian evolution to create new proteins. Tune in and discover what he found out!

  Evolution Rarely the Basis of Research: Nature's "Evolutionary Gems" Just Narrative Gloss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 759

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his series responding to Nature's evolution evangelism packet, taking a look at truly interesting research that has nothing to do with natural selection, common ancestry or Darwin's theory. For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Parts One and Two of this series.

 Science & Human Origins: Interview With Dr. Ann Gauger, Pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 673

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin and Ann Gauger, co-authors of Science & Human Origins, discuss the assumptions behind the Darwinian evolutionist's argument for common ancestry. Are these assumptions valid, or are there too many unknown variables? Dr. Gauger presents the inconsistencies between the Darwinian doctrine of common ancestry and the evidence from population genetics.

 Michael Behe: Challenging Darwin, One Peer-Reviewed Paper at a Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 979

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Michael Behe on his peer-reviewed scientific paper in Quarterly Review of Biology. Dr. Behe explains why most examples of evolution in bacteria and viruses entail loss or modification of function rather than gain of a new function at the molecular level. In Behe’s view, this could pose a challenge to Darwinian explanations of molecular evolution.

 Limits to Self-Organization | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 791

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews University of British Columbia at Vancouver philosophy faculty member Richard Johns on his recent 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.

 Lessons from the Controversy over Continental Drift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 639

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze and Casey Luskin discuss the lessons that can be learned from the past debate over continental drift. The continental drift controversy was reflective of a distinct pattern in the history of science: new theories that challenge the convention are mocked and ridiculed—sometimes for two or three generations—before finally being accepted by the scientific community. The important takeaway lesson is: follow the evidence, not the crowd.

 Dennis Prager on the Evolutionist's Argument for Coercion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 783

On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews celebrated talk show host and author Dennis Prager about his response to the recent claim that man has "evolved to need coercion." Prager observes that today, Darwinian evolutionary theory has replaced Marxism as the new non-moral standard of explanation for human behavior. The evolutionary framework already permeates social thought on phenomena such as love, religion, and altruism; now, Darwinism provides a naturalistic argument for dictatorship. Tune in to hear Prager's warnings against evolution-guided social policy.

 Book Review:The Design Revolution-Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 190

A short review of Dr. William Dembski's The Design Revolution. The Design Revolution by mathematician and philosopher William Dembski is perhaps the best "bang for your buck" treatment on intelligent design. Dembski is a leading design theorist and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. This popular work serves almost as an "FAQ" on intelligent design. It is ideal for the layperson who would like to understand intelligent design and see how design proponents answer objections from critics.


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