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.

Podcasts:

 Unbelievable: Galileo Proved the Church’s Irrational Opposition to Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 914

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid interviews science historian and author Michael Keas about Keas’ new ISI book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. The myth this time is that the Church tortured Galileo for opposing official teachings on the structure of what we now call the solar system. In fact Galileo had found support for heliocentrism but hadn’t proved it scientifically; there were scientists and theologians both against him and for him; and he wasn’t tortured anyway. There’s plenty here for both scientists and theologians to learn — as well as anyone who thinks Galileo shows the Church was at war against science. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Michael Behe’s Darwin Devolves: Evolution Works, But Nothing Like They Claim For It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1194

On this episode of ID the Future, Jay Richards interviews biologist and Center for Science and Culture senior fellow Michael Behe on his forthcoming book Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution, available now for pre-order. Very recent advances in gene sequencing show that natural selection works — sometimes — but almost always by breaking genes, not by building new ones. It’s like increasing fuel efficiency by cutting weight from your car: great if fuel efficiency is a matter of life or death, not so great if you actually wanted that back seat in there. So yes, Darwinian evolution can improve some functions, but it’s no way to evolve new species. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Ann Gauger on Limits of Evolutionary Optimization | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 942

On this episode of ID The Future, Andrew McDiarmid talks to Dr. Ann Gauger, a senior research scientist at Biologic Institute and co-author with Dr. Douglas Axe of a new paper recently published in the journal BIO-COMPLEXITY that probes the limits of evolutionary optimization. Gauger explains how she and Axe tested popular hypotheses for protein origins and discovered that while mutation and selection can improve the proficiency of good designs through small adjustments, they seem unable to convert fortuitous selectable activities into good designs. Enjoy the interview, then read the full paper here! Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Giordano Bruno: A Martyr, Yes, But Not for Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 814

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid continues his conversation with historian of science Michael Keas about Keas’ new ISI book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. In chapter 4 of the work Keas explodes the myth that Giordano Bruno was a martyr for science, as science popularizers such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson make him out to be. Bruno was indeed burned at the stake in 1600 for disagreeing with the Church — which Keas heartily agrees was a bad move on the Church’s part. But Bruno was executed not for his view that we live in a vast universe with vast numbers of planets. Rather, he was burned for his religious view that an infinite God had to make the universe that way — and that everyone’s soul “transmigrates” to other planets after death, rather than meeting a final judgment. Tune into learn more from Keas about this and other details about the Bruno myth, and the true history it obscures. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Why Scientific Materialism is No Match for Truth, Beauty, and Goodness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 948

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer speaks with Dr. Ann Gauger, biologist and Director of Science Communication for Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, about her recent article “The Transcendental Treasury of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness” at EvolutionNews.org. These abstract concepts don’t derive from the material world, yet we feel impoverished without them; they’re foundations of a life worth living. Materialistic evolutionary explanations for truth, beauty, and goodness fall flat. Some of them even reduce them to mere illusion. It takes a designer who knows truth, beauty, and goodness to explain what we all know: They’re really real. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Intelligent Designs in Nature Make Engineers Envious | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 586

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, learn about some of scientists’ attempts to copy sophisticated designs found in the natural world. This emerging science of imitating nature, known as biomimetics, has attracted extensive research and led to new technologies. As uniform experience has shown, such good design comes not from blind processes, but from a good mind. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Rob Crowther Debriefs Jay Richards on the Dallas Conference on Science & Faith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1007

On this episode of ID the Future, host Robert Crowther speaks with Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jay Richards, a speaker at last weekend’s Dallas Conference on Science & Faith. Coming available soon on video, this conference featured Richards, Eric Metaxas, Stephen Meyer, and world-renowned synthetic organic chemist James Tour — plus a surprise guest. For all the great presenters there, though, Richards’ favorite feature of the conference was the thousand attendees — some of them skeptics — who stayed straight through to the close and beyond, asking questions and learning that science, more than ever, supports faith in a designing intelligence. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 “Dark Ages” and “Flat Earth”: Unbelievable Myths of Science and Religion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 807

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid continues his conversation with science historian Michael Keas on myths of science and religion, based on Keas’ new work from ISI Books, Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. This time they tackle two old ones that just won’t go away: that the world suffered a period of “Dark Ages,” that people used to believe in a flat earth, and — strike three! — that Christianity was responsible for both errors. Keas asks, If people are trying to use myths like this to attack religion’s track record on knowledge and education, why don’t they know more about what’s really true? Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Evolution in the Classroom: Part Two | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 727

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, hear more from Dr. Cornelius Hunter, who signed up to take an online college-level course on evolution. Dr. Hunter discusses the dogmatic arguments for Darwinian evolution that he encountered and his experience dialoguing with fellow students.

 New Book Unbelievable: No Bill Nye, a Big Cosmos Isn’t a Problem for Religion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 816

On this episode of ID the Future host Andrew McDiarmid continues his series with science historian Michael Keas about Mike’s new work from ISI Books, Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. Here they focus on the myth that a vast cosmos renders humanity insignificant, and in the process, discredits the Judeo-Christian worldview. As Keas notes, science popularizer Bill Nye recently dusted off this old saw, but the Old Testament itself, in the Psalms, depicts man and the earth as tiny in compared to a vast universe. Keas also discusses C.S. Lewis’s take on the matter. Lewis pointed out that atheists have argued that a universe where earth is the lone habitable planet argues against God. And they have argued that a universe filled with many habitable planets argues against God. Heads the atheists win; tails the theists lose. As Lewis and Keas suggest, we are rightly skeptical of such rigged games. Listen in to learn more about this complex and fascinating issue touching on philosophy, theology, and the history of science. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast: idthefuture.org/donate.

 Stephen Meyer Teases the Dallas Conference on Science and Faith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1224

On this episode of ID the Future, Kirby Anderson, host of the nationally syndicated Point of View radio show, interviews New York Times bestselling author Stephen Meyer about the Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, featuring Meyer, Eric Metaxas, Jay Richards, and renowned synthetic organic chemist James Tour of Rice University. Learn more about the Jan. 18-19 conference here (https://www.discovery.org/e/5848).

 Evolution in the Classroom: Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 689

On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, hear from CSC Fellow Dr. Cornelius Hunter, who signed up to take a free online course at Coursera titled “Introduction to Genetics and Evolution,” taught by Duke University professor Mohamed Noor. Tune in as Dr. Hunter shares about his experience & discusses the misrepresentations and fallacies that are presented in the typical undergraduate evolutionary biology course.

 New Book Debunks Atheist Myths about the History of Faith and Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1286

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid talks with science historian Michael Keas about Keas’ revealing new work from ISI Books, Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. “Scientists do love a good story,” says Keas. “Turns out there are plenty of stories we shouldn’t believe, myths about science and Christianity supposedly at war with each other.” He also discusses a future-oriented ET myth that functions as a substitute for traditional religion. Listen in to learn more about Keas fascinating and informative new book.

 Rabbi Moshe Averick Takes on Stephen Hawking’s Nonsense of a High Order | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1108

On this episode of ID the Future, Ira Berkowitz interviews Rabbi Moshe Averick, author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism, about Stephen Hawking’s comments on God and religion in Hawking’s posthumously published Brief Answers to the Big Questions. Averick describes the work as “superficial,” “convenient” and marked by “a glaring lack of profundity.”  Or as the rabbi puts it, “If he did physics that way his university would have fired him.” Listen in to hear why Averick has such a problem with the new book.

 C.S. Lewis, Reason, and Naturalism: An Interview with Dr. Jay Richards | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 688

On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze talks with Dr. Jay Richards, a contributor to The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.  Dr. Richards discusses Lewis’ argument that one cannot consistently believe in both the validity of human reason and the truth of naturalism.

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