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. 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.
On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin interviews Rich Akin from Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity, who shares why he founded the organization for Darwin-doubting doctors and the misinformation about his organization on Wikipedia. Listen in as Mr. Akin explains more about PSSI International. If you are a physician or surgeon who dissents from Darwinism, please consider joining PSSI International here.
In this episode of ID the Future, Jay Richards interviews Jonathan Witt about Witt’s new book, co-authored with William Dembski, titled Intelligent Design Uncensored. What is ID? Why is it controversial? This book breaks down the science of intelligent design into easy to understand terms and looks at other key cultural questions. Read a full review of the book here. In addition to discussing the book itself, Richards and Witt reveal autobiographical details of how they got involved with intelligent design.
In this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin interviews Bradley J. Monton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, about his 2009 book Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design. As the book's title suggests, Monton is an atheist who feels that some intelligent design (ID) arguments hold merit and are worth taking seriously. Listen to this podcast as Monton explains how ID-critics commonly dismiss the theory through fallacious objections that do not address the actual arguments of ID-proponents.
This episode of ID the Future features an excerpt from a radio interview Casey Luskin did with Sound Rezn's Alex McFarland, explaining what irreducible complexity really entails. For more terms and information, visit www.intelligentdesign.org.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses recent comments by evolutionary psychologist Matt Rossano disclaiming 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.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin shares his article in the latest issue of Salvo Magazine on how biomimetics points to intelligent design. He also rebuts common objections that the vertebrate eye is “poorly designed.” For more information on Salvo Magazine, check out Salvomag.com.
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. FREE BOOK! Access a free download of the stunning digital book Metamorphosis: The Case for Intelligent Design in a Chrysalis when you subscribe to our weekly newsletter about intelligent design and evolution. WANT MORE PODCASTS IN 2012? Consider making a donation to the Discovery Institute to help us continue ID The Future.