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, Casey Luskin discusses Talk Origins, a resource often used by supporters of Darwinian evolution to refute arguments made by proponents of intelligent design. After taking a closer look, Luskin found FAQs on Talk Origins guilty of citation bluffing, overstated claims, and other misleading tactics. In particular, the Talk Origins FAQ on speciation claims to provide evidence of "observed instances" of new species. On further review, this turns out to be far from the case. Tune in to Luskin as he explains why!
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze continues his discussion with Professor Steven Fuller about his play Lincoln & Darwin: One Night Only,a unique look at the philosophies of both influential men and how the might respond to the issues of modern society. February 12th marks the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. It is also Academic Freedom Day, a day to celebrate and defend the freedom to challenge ideas and question the status quo in science.
February 12th marks the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. On this episode of ID The Future, Professor Steven Fuller discusses his play Lincoln & Darwin: One Night Only, a unique look at the philosophies of both influential men and how the might respond to the issues of modern society.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin puts to rest once and for all the common assertion by opponents of intelligent design that there are no scientific papers supporting the claims of ID. This wasn't true in 2005 when Eugenie Scott of the NCSE stated it on MSNBC and it certainly isn't true six years later. Luskin discusses the most recent scientific paper, by Stephen Meyer and Paul Nelson, and talks about the importance of the peer-reviewed scientific literature: "These papers collectively make a case that intelligent causation is necessary to produce the sort of biological complexity that we are discovering in the cell today."
On this episode of IDTF, host David Boze interviews CSC senior fellow David Klilnghoffer about his piece in the American Spectator looking at why many in the media and politics are abusing the word science by converting it into a verbal bullying tool to force opposition to conform to political agendas. Klinghoffer also examined the similarities in the kinds of ideas that evoke a skeptical response among conservatives and republicans and whether those similarities tell us something about the so-called war on science.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a look at Michael Shermer's conflicted message on science, intelligent design, and evolution. Michael Shermer recently debated the scientific ideas and beliefs of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, with Michael Flannery. View their exchanges on Evolution News & Views.
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."
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Dominic Halsmer, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University, discusses his 2010 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 to Casey Luskin why the universe is bio-friendly and the signs of engineering he sees in Nature. Listen in to Part 2 of Casey's interview with Dr. Halsmer. Download and read Dr. Halsmer's paper.
On this episode of , David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about a new study which determined that Precambrian microfossils could not have been evolutionary ancestors of the complex animals that appear in the Cambrian explosion. Previously, Darwinian paleontologists believed these fossils were multicellular animal embryos, but computer tomographic analysis has now shown they were single-celled algae-like organisms. As Boze and Luskin explain, they cannot be the solution to “Darwin’s Dilemma.”
On this podcast, David Boze is joined by CSC program manager for public policy and legal affairs, Joshua Youngkin to discuss several recent science education bills filed in the legislatures of New Hampshire and Indiana. Although one of the bills is clearly creationist in form and aim, and would thus be unlawful if passed, as explained below, the language, purpose and likely effects of other two bills are sufficiently murky right now to resist the creationist label.
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: The Monday, January 16 podcast was mislabeled and improperly identified. Here is the correct description. On this podcast, David Boze interviews CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin discussing the “ID is Dead” internet meme. They review problems with the Kitzmiller v. Dover ruling, and how ID has thrived despite the intolerant environment in the post-Dover world. Listen in as they discuss exciting recent developments in science, media, and the next generation of students who are carrying the torch of ID.
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 Magazine 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.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin talks with ARN Executive Director Dennis Wagner on the Access Research Network's Top 10 Science Stories of 2011. Gaining top honors on the list was the publication of the 50th peer-reviewed pro-ID scientific paper. Biomemetics, the field of science where man tries to mimic designs found in nature, made the top 10 list again this year with inventors from Harvard building a prototype butterfly and researchers in China reverse-engineering the woodpecker in order to build a better shock-absorbing system. Tune in to find out what else made science headlines in 2011. Visit the Access Research Network website for comprehensive listings of ID-related news and resources.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David DeWolf, a law professor at Gonzaga University School of Law and author of the 2009 law review article “The ‘Teach the Controversy’ Controversy” on the history of the “Santorum Amendment.” In the podcast, DeWolf and Luskin discuss the 2001 “Santorum Amendment,” which encouraged schools to teach the scientific controversy over biological evolution. The amendment, submitted by then-Senator Rick Santorum, passed the Senate by a vote of 91-8, and its language was later adopted by Congress into the Conference Report of the 2001 No Child Left Behind act. Listen in as they talk about what the Santorum Amendment said, and how it shows U.S. Congress endorsed teaching the scientific controversy on evolution.
On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin continues his interview with Rich Akin, the founder and CEO of Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI) International. Mr. Akin shares stories from his adventures in Spain, where PSSI International stirred up trouble with Darwinists and caused a tempest that is still raging today. For background information on Mr. Akin's stories, click here.