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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze speaks with Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and Darwin doubter. Dr. Carson was recently invited to deliver the commencement speech at Emory University. Unfortunately, upon uncovering his non-allegiance to Darwinian ideology, 500 faculty members and students alike signed a letter in protest of his welcome. Listen in to hear Dr. Carson discuss this ill treatment and why his acute knowledge of the brain has led him to reject Darwinism. Dr. Ben Carson is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. An internationally renowned physician, Dr. Carson has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications, along with three best-selling books, and has been awarded 38 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations.
Editor's Note: Dr. Philip Skell sadly passed away on November 21, 2010 at the age of 91. Casey Luskin wrote an obituary in his honor at Evolution News & Views. In 2007, Dr. Skell had kindly agreed to participate in a series of interviews, which we are pleased to share with IDTF followers once again. On this episode of ID the Future, National Academy of Sciences member Phillip Skell shares his story of becoming a Darwin-skeptic with Casey Luskin, explaining how his experience in antibiotic research and the questions he posed to his colleagues inspired his 2005 article in The Scientist, "Why Do We Invoke Darwin?: Evolutionary theory contributes little to experimental biology." Philip S. Skell was Emeritus Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Skell was a signer of Discovery Institute's "Dissent from Darwinism" list.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Thomas Woodward, founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society, about his latest book, The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA, and the new discoveries in biology that affect our understanding of the genome. Woodward explains how epigenetics is bringing about a revolution in biology.
On this episode of ID The Future, hear more from Dr. Stephen Meyer's recent talk for Socrates in the City in Washington, D.C. Meyer, Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, explained why we are still debating Darwin and why it matters. Part 2 gives listeners a sneak preview of the topic of Dr. Meyer's next book, a follow-up to his 2009 landmark book Signature in the Cell. Tune in now!
On this episode of ID The Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Klinghoffer explores the latest developments involving Dr. Ben Carson and the protests surrounding his doubts over Darwinian evolution after being invited to speak at Emory University’s commencement this year. Klinghoffer reveals that administration at Emory are now considering an additional “background check” for future invited speakers, so as to root out anyone that may have differing opinions from the academic or scientific mainstream. This assault on academic freedom just keeps getting worse! Listen in as Klinghoffer explains. Read more about it at Evolution News & Views.
On this episode of ID The Future, hear excerpts from a recent Socrates in the City event in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, answers the question "Why are we still debating Darwin, and why does it matter?" As Socrates once said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." In speaking at a Socrates in the City event, Dr. Meyer joins a host of other thinkers who try to address life's most important questions by encouraging thoughtful discourse and debate. The event was hosted by author Eric Metaxas. Listen now!
On this episode of ID The Future, professor and Center for Science & Culture fellow Dr. Richard Weikart discusses a recent attack on esteemed neurobiologist Dr. Ben Carson for his doubts about Darwinian evolution. Carson is the speaker at Emory University's 2012 Commencement. Last week, an open letter from a handful of Emory faculty members appeared in the school's newspaper criticizing Carson's lack of respect for evolution and accusing him of making inappropriate statements about ethics and morality. Weikart explores the implications of evolutionary ethics and sheds light on this current academic freedom issue. Read more about this issue at Evolution News & Views.