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. Stephen Meyer, Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, discusses TrueU, a new DVD project that helps equip students for the big questions on science and faith they're likely to face in college. Meyer talks about the historical relationship between science and faith, the new atheists, and the importance of equipping students with evidence and arguments on both sides of important questions. The first set of 10 sessions – Does God Exist? – surveys recent findings in the physical and biological sciences, as well as mathematical probabilities, which provide a compelling case against the common argument that belief in God is "just a blind leap of faith." The second 10 sessions deal with the reliability of the Bible. Visit TrueU.org for ordering information. Be part of the TrueU conversation on Facebook.
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze interviews filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee that pitched Darwinian evolution against belief in God. After seeing the 1960 film Inherit the Wind, starring Gene Kelly and Spencer Tracy, Foote did his own research into the trial and discovered that Inherit the Wind was "almost exactly wrong" on many crucial points. So he set out to make another movie that would set the record straight and would explore how media can influence society's perspective on past events. Gift Idea! Alleged is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon.com and other retailers.
On this special year-end episode of ID The Future, David Boze celebrates the impact of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture in supporting scientific research and defending academic freedom for scientists, scholars, and others in the intelligent design movement. Boze interviews astronomer Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Biologic Institute director Dr. Douglas Axe, and author and Discovery Institute senior fellow Dr. David Berlinski. Says Berlinski: "Nobody else is doing what the Discovery Institute has been able to do, and that is really put an entire scientific establishment on the defensive, forced for the first time to respond to some very significant criticism..." Support the search for truth! Make a donation to ID The Future today!
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze interviews CSC Director, Dr. Stephen Meyer about his recent trip to London and new ID developments in the UK. Additionally, they discuss how well Meyer's book Signature in the Cell is holding up to the latest scientific research.
In this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews author Felipe Aizpún as they discuss the new volume Charles Darwin Frente Al Diseño Inteligente, a book with contributions in Spanish from various authors critical of Darwinian evolution. Aizpún is a member of the Organización Internacional para el Avance Científico del Diseño Inteligente (OIACDI) and a contributor to the pro-ID Spanish blog, ¿Darwin o DI?.
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze interviews former vice-presidential candidate Senator Joe Lieberman on seeing the hand of a designer in nature and the label of "anti-science" being attached to those who see evidence of design in nature. Lieberman also relates anecdotes from his recently co-authored book The Gift of Rest with Discovery Institute senior fellow and Evolution News & Views editor David Klinghoffer. Get more information on The Gift of Rest.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses a recent fossil discovery that puts a kink in the evolutionary explanation of whales. Evolutionists claim that whales evolved from fully terrestrial mammals to fully aquatic ones in 5-10 million years. The new fossil find of a whale jaw bone shrinks that number considerably, making a shaky theory even shakier. Luskin explains that it's highly unlikely that the number of changes needed for such a transformation could occur in such a small time period. "Mathematically speaking, it is not possible that an unguided Darwinian process could take a land mammal to a whale in such a short period of time." Read Luskin's article on Evolution News & Views covering the recent fossil discovery.
On this episode of ID The Future, the second of two in this series, host David Boze continues a discussion with Discovery Institute fellow Dr. Richard Weikart, author of two books exploring the links between Darwinian theory and Nazism. On this podcast, Weikart talks about the moral and logical challenges involving evolutionary ethics. Is morality simply "an illusion fobbed off on us by our genes to get us to cooperate", as biologists Michael Ruse and E. L. Wilson suggest? What did Darwin believe about morality? Is there an objective morality, or is it relative and evolving even today? Listen as Weikart builds a compelling case against evolutionary ethics and recent criticism of his books. Weikart is the author of two books on the subject: From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany and Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress. ALSO: Read Weikart's detailed response on Evolution News & Views to recent criticism of his books.
On this episode of ID The Future, the first of two on this topic, Discovery Institute fellow Dr. Richard Weikart discusses his response to critics of his work showing the links between Darwinian theory and Nazism. "It's clear that he [Hitler] uses Darwinian terminology and concepts quite frequently, not only in Mein Kampf but also in his second book and in many of the speeches..." Tune in to find out what Weikart's critics are saying and how he refutes their claims. Weikart is the author of two books on the subject: From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany and Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress. ALSO: Read Weikart's detailed response on Evolution News & Views to recent criticism of his books.
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze interviews Joshua Youngkin, a legal affairs analyst at the Discovery Institute, about new developments in the case of David Coppedge, a former employee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who was demoted and later fired for discussing intelligent design. Youngkin provides background on Coppedge's tenure at JPL and gives insight into the legal basis for the discrimination lawsuit that will now go before a jury trial. "This is a case that comes under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. It bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their viewpoint..." Make your voice heard! Visit our David Coppedge Case Information page to get more info, the latest updates, and to send your own message to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
On this episode of ID The Future, we hear from Phillip Johnson on the 20th anniversary of his seminal book Darwin on Trial, which challenged mainstream beliefs about Darwinian evolution and inspired many scientists and scholars of the modern intelligent design movement. With characteristic wit and humor, Johnson talks about the reaction to his book and his hopes for the future of the debate and the ID movement. Johnson: "If we keep explaining the truth and adopting ever more creative ways of getting that truth across, as we are doing constantly, eventually more and more people come to see it and to understand it." For more on Phillip Johnson's work, including biography, videos, and articles, visit the new website darwinontrial.com. Purchase the 20th Anniversary Edition of Darwin on Trial.
On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture and author of Signature in the Cell: DNA & the Evidence for Intelligent Design, honors Phillip Johnson, the U.C. Berkeley law professor that helped launch the modern intelligent design movement with the 1991 publication of his book Darwin on Trial. Meyer says Johnson had the courage to speak up when others don't: "The over-weening dynamic of this debate is fear. There are many many many people who have come up to the water's edge, who have seen the problems with Darwinian evolution, have counted the cost, and recoiled...Johnson had the guts..." Visit the new website darwinontrial.com. Purchase the 20th Anniversary Edition of Darwin on Trial.
On this episode of ID The Future, two men influenced by Phillip Johnson's 1991 book Darwin on Trial pay tribute. At a recent event celebrating Johnson's impact, biologist and professor Dr. Paul Nelson says "the strongest cultural influence that the intelligent design community has had has been through its books - they change lives." Dr. Jonathan Wells, a cell and developmental biologist, credits Johnson with convincing him that the evidence for common ancestry, a pillar of Darwinian evolution, was so thin it was simply "applied materialistic philosophy." Visit the new website darwinontrial.com. Purchase the 20th Anniversary edition of Darwin on Trial.
On this episode of ID The Future, James Kushiner, author, journalist, and editor of Touchstone Magazine, pays tribute to the mettle of Phillip Johnson in writing his 1991 book Darwin on Trial. The book inspired skeptics of Darwinian evolution across the disciplines and helped establish the modern intelligent design movement. Kushiner says Johnson "helped neutralize the acid of Darwinism that has devoured the sight of so many who have lost the ability to see the beauty in creation." Visit darwinontrial.com. Purchase the 20th Anniversary edition of Darwin on Trial.
On this episode of ID The Future, Host David Boze kicks off the celebration by setting the stage. He first takes us back to 1925, where Darwinian evolution seemingly won the day in the infamous Scopes Trial. Fast forward to 1991. Evolutionary theory is back on trial. Harvard graduate and University of California at Berkley law professor Phillip Johnson publishes Darwin on Trial. The controversial book questions how much we really know about the supposedly unchallengeable theory of evolution and inspires other critics of the theory to explore it's limits and press the argument further. Tune in to hear comments about the impact of Darwin on Trial from Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute. Visit darwinontrial.com. Purchase the 20th Anniversary edition of Darwin on Trial.