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.


 "Anti-Science": Unpacking a Distorted Label, pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 982

On this episode of ID The Future, we return to the topic of the anti-science label and how opponents of intelligent design try to stifle the debate by using this unscientific term. Tune in to hear host David Boze review some of the latest examples of this tactic, including a recent article in New Scientist warning of unscientific America and its "dangerous retreat from reason." Boze also reviews definitions of science, just to be clear on what science is and what it isn't.

 Is Darwinian Evolution a Theory, Fact, or Hypothesis? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 482

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses a paper by Northern Arizona University philosopher Peter Kosso that challenges the typical definition of theory used by the Darwin lobby. When attacking opponents, Darwin lobbyists, such as those in the National Academy of Sciences, have defined "theory" as necessarily requiring a vast body of evidence. But is that what "theory" really means? Some people even describe Darwinian evolution to be both theory and fact. Tune in as Luskin clarifies these terms and reveals methods we can use to challenge Darwinian evolution without getting caught up in an endless argument of semantics.

 "Anti-Science": Unpacking a Vague & Distorted Label | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1005

On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze discusses the ambiguous label "anti-science". What does it mean? What are the implications? Who's using it? Tune in to unpack this curious term and learn how it is shaping current debates.

 What's at Stake for Science Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 370

On this episode of ID the Future, hear from Casey Luskin as he talks about why science censorship is bad for education, even as Darwin activists such as Zack Kopplin lobby to repress critiques of Darwinian evolution. Casey explains how giving students full access to the best scientific information would help solve many problems facing science education today.

 Announcing Darwin's Doubt, a Game-Changing New Book by Stephen Meyer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 373

Dr. Stephen Meyer's Signature in the Cell gave a ground-breaking inquiry into the mystery of the origin of life. Now, in Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, Dr. Meyer presents new scientific evidence that challenges the Darwinian account of the development of animal life and points toward the reality of intelligent design. For a limited time only, preorder your copy at and receive a steep discount, free shipping, and four free digital books!

 Evolutionary Psychologist: Religion is an "Adaptation" but not a "Universal Acid" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 407

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses evolutionary psychologist Matt Rossano's comments that disclaim the idea that evolution poses any threat to belief in God. Yet in his recent book Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved, Rossano contends that religion evolved as an adaptation and was not created by God. "The more we understand evolution, the less it seems neither like the bogey man creationists fear nor the universal god-dissolving acid some atheists crave." Join Luskin as he unpacks Rossano's conflicting viewpoints and adds some interesting points of his own.

 The Hypocritcal Bias Against Faith in Science Rhetoric | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1429

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West, Associate Director for Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, discusses the attempts by many Darwinists to relegate intelligent design to the humanities, equating it with creationism so as to avoid discussion of its scientific merits. West also talks about the mistaken notion that science and faith are incompatible: "Regardless of whether someone happens to be religious or not, they have the right to participate in the public life, and that includes in science and the arts." Visit to register for the 2013 Westminster Conference on Science & Faith.

 Why Academic Freedom Matters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 809

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey finishes his lecture on ID and law, demonstrating why we need to protect teachers and scientists who face persecution for their scientific criticisms of evolution. To join us in defending open inquiry of evolution, please sign our academic freedom petition at

 The Positive Case for Intelligent Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1207

On this episode of ID the Future, listen to the first segment of a recent talk that Casey Luskin gave on ID and law where he unpacks the definition of intelligent design. As Casey points out, intelligent design involves much more than just a critique of Darwinian evolution; it uses reasoning to recognize patterns that show an intelligent origin, similar to methods employed in archaeology and forensic science.

 Primate Phylogenetics Challenge Darwin's Tree of Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1063

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on a study showing a very tangled phylogenetic tree for primates. Listen in as Luskin shows how researchers trying to create a primate phylogenetic tree are finding it isn't as easy as they'd hoped.

 What Does It Mean to Be a "Friend of Darwin"? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 321

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer talks about what it means to be a "Friend of Darwin." In the case of Zack Kopplin, a 2012 recipient of the Friend of Darwin award, it means grossly misleading the public about science and education by equating skepticism of Darwinian evolution with biblical creationism.

 Science, Philosophy, and the Arts: An Interview With Nancy Pearcey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1458

On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews CSC fellow Nancy Pearcey, who discusses her recent book, Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning. Listen in as Mrs. Pearcey explains how naturalism filtered down to the public imagination from Darwin to art, literature, and film. Check out a review of the book at Evolution News & Views.

 Testing Evolution and Finding It Wanting: An Interview With Douglas Axe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 670

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his interview with Biologic Institute director Douglas Axe about his new paper, "The Limit of Complex Adaptation: An Analysis Based on a Simple Model of Structured Bacterial Populations," in BIO-Complexity.Listen in as Dr. Axe reports on the work done at Biologic Institute to test whether amino acids are able to be converted from one function to another in Darwinian step-wise fashion.

 Complex Adaptations Challenge Darwinian Evolution: An Interview With Douglas Axe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1093

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Biologic Insitute director Douglas Axe about his peer-reviewed paper in BIO-Complexity, "The Limit of Complex Adaptation: An Analysis Based on a Simple Model of Structured Bacterial Populations." Dr. Axe explains complex adaptations -- adaptive changes that require more than one simple mutation to a genome in order for a particular adaptation to work -- and the difficulty Darwinian evolution faces when beneficial mutations have maladaptive intermediate stages.

 Frank Tipler: Could Einstein Be Published Under Today's Peer-Review Policies? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 824

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Frank Tipler discusses how leading science journals are increasingly hostile to new ideas, publishing only papers that are consistent with the dominant views of the scientific community. Tipler argues that if Einstein were to try and get a paper on his relativity theory published under today's peer-review system, he would certainly be rejected, reminding us that academia needs to encourage scientists to challenge conformity in order to cultivate great thinkers.


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