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, host David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about the controversy surrounding the passage of Tennessee's Senate Bill 893. This bill supports academic freedom in the classroom by protecting the rights of teachers to discuss scientific controversies, including the controversies over Darwinian evolutionary theory. However, there are those that denounce the bill as merely a medium for putting religion in the classroom. Is this a legitimate accusation? Listen in as Casey explains the true content and purpose of TN Senate Bill 893.
On this episode of ID The Future, mathematician David Berlinski joins biochemist Michael Denton for continued discussion on the difficulties of Darwinian evolution to be a viable modern theory of the origin and development of life and the cosmos. On this episode, Berlinski explains why many conservative intellectuals have trouble doubting Darwin. Denton suggests that the mechanistic, Darwinian framework will eventually collapse, and reviews the essential differences in worldview between the Darwin supporter and the Darwin doubter. Tune in to the final episode of this stimulating exchange!
On this episode of ID The Future, philosopher and author David Berlinski joins geneticist and researcher Michael Denton for continued discussion on the debate over Darwinian evolution. Why has the theory persisted? What weaknesses threaten its existence in the 21st century? As Berlinski puts it: "...applying Darwinian principles to problems of this level of complexity is like putting a Band-Aid on a wound caused by an atomic weapon. It's just not going to work." Listen in as Berlinski and Denton explain why the Darwinian mechanism is being widely questioned as a viable theory of the origin and development of life.
On today’s program, Dr. Michael Denton discusses why he foresees the downfall of the mechanistic view, at least in cell biology, and the exhaustion of materialist researches into the origin of life. Conversely, Denton finds validity in Stephen Meyer’s The Signature in the Cell, and in the proposition that intelligence was at work in the origin of life, and well before. Dr. Denton has been a medical geneticist for over twenty years, a researcher on the mammalian eye, and is the author of two books, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and, more recently, Nature’s Destiny. Dr. Denton holds an M.D. from Bristol University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from King’s College, London. He is currently a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze reports on the latest views of a group of cosmologists who want to establish a new philosophy of cosmology to tackle the big questions of the universe. What happened after the Big Bang? Was there something before that to cause the existence of the universe? What are bubble universes? Why does our planet seem fine-tuned for the existence of human life? And why is man the only species so far to be intelligent enough to produce technology? Listen in as Boze discusses a new approach to some very old problems. Read the article from The Atlantic as referred to by Boze on the podcast.
On this episode of ID The Future, Discovery Institute senior fellows David Berlinski and Michael Denton, both long-time critics of neo-Darwinism, discuss their primary objections to neo-Darwinian theory. For Berlinski, a mathematician and author of 1, 2, 3: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics, the problem is quantitative and methodological. For Denton, a scientist and author of Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, the problem is empirical. Don't miss this engaging discussion!
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 recent 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, David Boze discusses Chris Mooney's recent article in The Huffington Post entitled Why Republicans Deny Science: The Quest for a Scientific Explanation. Mooney suggests that Conservatives who reject alarmism on climate change or disagree with any aspect of Darwinian evolution are merely denying reality because of the structure of their brains. Listen in and decide--is the political right's understanding of science crippled by their predetermined inability to process proven facts, or is there actually room for informed dissent?
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Michael Denton predicts the breakdown of the mechanistic explanation of cell biology and discusses the current impasse between materialism and origin of life research. In light of the incredible complexity of biological systems, Dr. Denton asserts that the Darwinian framework fails account for even a relatively simple red blood cell, and recognizes the viability of intelligent design as an explanation of biological life.
On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about the importance of peer-review within the scientific community. The 50th pro-intelligent design paper was just recently published in 2011, despite the frequent claim by critics that there are no peer-reviewed published papers supporting ID. Although such criticism has been seen to be invalid, it still raises the question--must a scientific theory appear in a peer-reviewed journal in order to be good, legitimate science?
On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze examines the plight of Dr. Daniel Shechtman, recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals, who had previously suffered much rejection and ridicule for threatening the consensus of the scientific establishment. Listen in and consider the parallels between Shechtman's once-heretical science and the modern-day rejection and scorn of the ID movement.
On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. Michael Denton discusses the higher order (emergent) properties of the red blood cell, which he explains is an example of a living system that can't be built gradually with a Darwinian process like natural selection. Biology, says Denton, is an exciting arena. Within it, you can witness the laws of form and the exquisite patterns of nature that reveal an intelligence at work in the design of the universe.
On this episode of ID The Future, medical geneticist Dr. Michael Denton discusses the implications of insect body plans as predetermined types rather than collections of adaptations. Denton questions the ability of a Darwinian process to account for the patterns found in living systems. Denton suggests that, while there are countless variations or "adaptive masks" present in organisms, they all extend from original "primal patterns." Tune in to hear this fascinating discussion! Dr. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Donald E. Johnson about his 2010 book, Programming of Life, which compares the workings of biology to a computer. Listen in as Dr. Johnson explains what inspired his latest book as an information scientist addressing the origin of life. Donald E. Johnson holds two Ph.D.s, one in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and another in Chemistry from Michigan State University. His website is ScienceIntegrity.net.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin continues his discussion about Talk Origins, a resource often used by supporters of Darwinian evolution to refute arguments made by proponents of intelligent design. After taking a closer look, Luskin found FAQs on Talk Origins guilty of citation bluffing, overstated claims, and other misleading tactics. In particular, the Talk Origins FAQ on speciation claims to provide evidence of "observed instances" of new species. On further review, this turns out to be far from the case. Tune in to Luskin as he explains why in this conclusion to a two-part series.