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 fourth episode of ID the Future, Nate Herbst of The God Solution and Casey Luskin discuss intelligent design research at the Biologic Institute. Luskin also notes that professors lack academic freedom to discuss intelligent design at public institutions, highlighting the case of a physics professor from Ball State University.
On this third episode of ID the Future, Nate Herbst of The God Solution and Casey Luskin discuss the commitment of intelligent design to “follow the evidence wherever it leads.” While evolutionists have pointed to so-called junk DNA as evidence against intelligent design, Luskin shares about recent findings that it plays critical roles in the cell.
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, a retired geneticist from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, sits down with Casey Luskin to discuss a topic that he has published widely on: the law of recurrent variation. Tune in as Dr. Lönnig gives a background of the law of recurrent variation and explains how efforts in mutation breeding have failed to bring about the expected revolution in plant and animal breeding.
On this second episode of ID the Future, Nate Herbst of The God Solution and Casey Luskin discuss the question, “Why do people conflate intelligent design with creationism?” Luskin explains the positive argument for intelligent design from DNA and clarifies key distinctions between the religious view of creationism and the scientific theory of intelligent design.
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Donald L. Ewert continues to explain why the vertebrate adaptive immune system does not use "random" or "chance" processes like Darwinian evolution to generate antibody diversity. Instead, he argues that the immune system is intelligently designed. Listen in as Dr. Ewert shares one of the most interesting stories in science, the generation of antibody diversity. Read the final part of Dr. Ewert's continuing response at ENV here. Dr. Ewert received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1976. As a microbiologist, he operated a research laboratory at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for almost twenty years. The Wistar Institute is one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research. His research, supported by National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture grants, has involved the immune system, viruses, and cellular biology.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his conversation with Dr. Vincent Torley about Dr. Torley's defense of Eric Metaxas' recent WSJ piece, Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God--against both religious and secular critics. Torely explains why his Catholicism is compatible with intelligent design in a way that is both intellectually sound and consistent with his world view.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with Dr. Vincent Torley about his defense of Eric Metaxas' recent WSJ op-ed, which argued that modern science points towards theism, rather than against it. Listen in as Dr. Torley discusses the limits of what we can determine about a creator from science, and also addresses some religious critiques of intelligent design.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Donald L. Ewert, a research immunologist/virologist who spent much of his career studying the molecular and cell biology of the immune system, as well as theories about its evolution. Dr. Ewert recently wrote a response at Evolution News & Views to BioLogos’ Dr. Kathryn Applegate. Listen in as Dr. Ewert explains how the immune system works and why it’s not an example of Darwinian evolution at work. Read part of Dr. Ewert’s continuing response at ENV. Dr. Ewert received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1976. As a microbiologist, he operated a research laboratory at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for almost twenty years. The Wistar Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for biomedical research. His research, supported by National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture grants, has involved the immune system, viruses, and cellular biology.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin finishes his interview with Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, an expert in plant breeding formerly affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany. Dr. Lönnig discusses how Darwinian evolutionary biology held back the acceptance of the laws of inheritance, discovered by the famous monk Gregor Mendel.
Does a commitment to science mean the death of God? On this episode of ID the Future, hear from bestselling author Eric Metaxas about his new book "Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life." Metaxas discusses the scientific evidence that points towards, rather than away from, a creator, and addresses the straw man critiques of his popular WSJ article "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God."
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues talking with geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig about Gregor Mendel's laws of inheritance and how they opposed the thinking of Darwin. Lönnig explains how Darwinian evolution hindered the acceptance of Mendel's genetic laws, and how the laws still came to be accepted.
On this episode of ID the Future, geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig talks with CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin about Gregor Mendel's laws of inheritance and how they opposed the thinking of Darwin. Listen in as Dr. Lönnig explains Mendel's laws and why they're still relevant for biology, and particularly genetics.
Which requires more faith? A belief in multiple universes or a belief in the intelligent design of our universe? On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze explores the ideas found in a Harper’s Magazine article by MIT physicist and author Alan Lightman. Some physicists attempt to side-step the intelligent design implications of our finely-tuned universe by suggesting that ours is merely one of countless universes, each with its own laws and constants. Lightman: “If the multiverse idea is correct, then the historic mission of physics to explain all the properties of our universe…is futile, a beautiful philosophical dream that simply isn’t true.” Tune in as Boze explains why it takes more faith NOT to believe in intelligent design!
On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin discusses media coverage of the 2012 Sutter’s Mill meteorite that falsely reports it as containing “seeds of early life” which could have helped generate “[t]he primordial soup of the early Earth.” Tune in as Luskin reveals the weak science — and significant political motives — behind these claims, which one organic chemist describes as “at best misleading, at worst . . . down-right fraudulent.”
On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze talks with Casey Luskin about the Precambrian fossil Vernanimalcula, which was thought to be the proof that Darwinists needed to refute the idea of the Cambrian explosion–the idea that life exploded in complexity during a specific period of time. Vernanimalcula was thought to be the Precambrian ancestor of all bilaterian animals, dating back to tens of millions of years prior to the Cambrian explosion. However, a new article published in Evolution & Development has concluded that “There is no evidential basis for interpreting Vernanimalcula as an animal, let alone a bilaterian.”