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Intelligent Design the Future: March 2007 Archives

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March 30, 2007

Darwin Vs. Design Conference Report

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On this episode of ID The Future we get a report on a recent ID conference in Knoxville, and a preview of the upcoming conference in Dallas.

What is intelligent design and what scientific evidence supports it? Why is it so controversial? How does it differ from Darwin's theory of evolution? Is there a purpose to the universe? What new scientific facts are turning evolutionary theories upside down? These are just some of the intriguing questions addressed at the Darwin Vs. Design conferences.

The emerging scientific theory of intelligent design is a hot topic at universities and research institutions around the world, and is now the focus of a series of conference called Darwin vs. Design organized by Discovery Institute.

The next conference will be April 13-14 in McFarlin Auditorium at SMU in Dallas, TX. Click here for more information.

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March 28, 2007

The Positive Case for Intelligent Design

On this episode of ID The Future CSC's Casey Luskin talks about a lecture he recently delivered at Boise State University titled "The Positive Case for Intelligent Design." Here he provides some clips from the lecture explaining the positive case for design while discussing why some Darwinists chose to "abstain" from attending.

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March 26, 2007

Asking Hard Questions about Darwinian Evolution

On this episode of ID the Future, professor of neurosurgery Michael Egnor shares his experience asking hard questions to prominent Darwinists on their blogs. An experience which began with a simple question to TIME magazine's Michael Lemonick soon showed how the problem with the current debate is that only ID proponents are asking how biological complexity arose. Dr. Egnor's insights into the search for scientific truth challenges Darwinism and those who defend the theory without engaging with his questions.
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March 23, 2007

Why is Intelligent Design such a Dangerous Theory that it has to be Censored?

Even as Darwinists at SMU are moving to stifle an intelligent design conference on their campus, this episode of ID The Future features a short clip of an address to the National Press Club by Dr. Jay Richards about academic freedom. As Richards explains, Darwinists are actively working to censor scientist and scholars advocating intelligent design, and are trying to curb their right to freely discuss even just scientific criticisms of Darwinian evolution. There is a growing trend of dogmatic Darwinists trying to intimidate people who are in some way associated with researching intelligent design into being quiet, rather than engaging in a civil debate about the scientific merits of their arguments.

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March 21, 2007

What is the evidence for intelligent design from the field of astronomy?

In biology one of the main pieces of evidence for intelligent design is the bacterial flagellum. What are some of the main pieces of evidence supporting intelligent design in the field of astronomy? On this episode of ID The Future we feature a short clip of astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez explaining that for the past 50 years physicists and astronomers have been exploring the idea of the fine tuning of the constants of nature. Gonzalez points to this fine tuning as one piece of evidence for intelligent design and then goes on to describe some of the other evidences within astronomy and cosmology.

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For more information visit The Privileged Planet website.

March 19, 2007

Where does Darwin's argument from the Origin of Species fit into the classroom?

On this episode of ID The Future CSC senior fellow and philosopher of biology Paul Nelson argues that regardless of court orders banning discussion of intelligent design, given the history and structure of evolutionary theory, philosophical issues related to design in nature will come up in the classroom. In science classrooms today the allowed scientific playing field is multidimensional. There is the empirical axis, or observational information, and the analytical axis, truth of mathematics and logic. Where then does Darwin's argument from the Origin of Species fit into the classroom?

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March 16, 2007

Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?

FDTH-coverweb.gifOn this episode of ID The Future CSC Fellow, Dr. Richard Weikart, author of From Darwin to Hitler asks if Darwinism devalues human life? Some Darwinists deny that Darwinism has any ethical implications at all. In this short clip, Dr. Weikart looks at comments from Darwinists about that animal ancestry of humans and shows how that blurred the distinction between the animal kingdom and humanity, and negates the idea of human exceptionalism.

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Click here to read the article, Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?

Access Research Network has made the video of this entire lecture available through Google Video. Click here.

For more information on the book From Darwin to Hitler visit the website at www.darwintohitler.com.

March 12, 2007

Does Darwinism Have Any Impact on Medical Science?

On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin takes a look at the medical field and how it relates to Darwinism. Is Darwinian evolutionary theory a big part of how doctors think and the way they practice medicine?. According to Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Michael Egnor, the answer is no. The modern practice of medicine does not rely at all on neo Darwinism. In the past, especially in the early 20th century, explains Egnor, the medical field did get a large dose of Darwinism, most noticeably in the area of eugenics. Egnor goes on to show that there has been, however, no contribution by applying Darwinian evolutionary theory to modern medicine or medical research aside from eugenics.

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March 9, 2007

Artist Shows Connections Between Nature and Human Design

On this episode of ID The Future, medical illustrator and artist Jody Sjogren, tells her scientific journey from being a passive "go-with-the-flow" Darwinist to becoming a Darwin-skeptic as she learned more and more about the workings of biology and human-designed machines, and gained experience with the creative-process.

Sjogren graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and then from the Medical College of Georgia with a Master of Science degree in Medical Illustration, and also has a background in aviation. She now works as an artist with Metamorphosis Studios, and contributes to IDarts.org, both of which feature her highly-regarded art connecting biological avian flight with human-designed flight-machines.

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March 7, 2007

Double-Standards in Scientific Journals

This episode of ID the Future features a clip of Discovery senior fellow Paul Nelson speaking at the 2006 ID Under Fire conference on the double-standard of ID in scientific journals. Dr. Nelson tells the story of how critics of intelligent design fault it for being merely a "religious idea," then proceed to respond to the scientific case made by biochemist Michael Behe.

The full video of this conference, Intelligent Design Under Fire: Experts Cross-Examine the Top Proponents of Intelligent Design Theory, is available from the Access Research Network .

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March 5, 2007

One Doctor's Journey to Becoming a Darwin Doubter

On this episode of ID The Future Dr. Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, tells his story of how he became a full-blown skeptic of Darwinian evolution. Dr. Egnor explains how he originally had internal doubt about the ability of Darwinism to produce new biological information. These doubts were then brought directly to the surface when he read books by leading ID-theorists like William Dembski and Michael Behe.

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March 2, 2007

ID and the Arts, Part II

On this episode of ID The Future, Dennis Wagner of ARN discusses how ID inspires the arts and the specific material on idarts.org. This is part two of a series on idarts.org, a website which pushes the frontier for ID theory and opens the discussion for design to the metaphysical and philosophical questions raised by ID.

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