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Intelligent Design the Future: May 2007 Archives

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May 30, 2007

What Does it Mean to be Denied Tenure? The Case of ID Scientist Guillermo Gonzalez

On this episode of ID The Future CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Dr. John West about the case of Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, a noted astronomer and professor denied tenure at Iowa State University. Dr. West explains how the situation arose and why this is such an important case for academic freedom. Finally, Dr. West discusses the importance of tenure and that denial of tenure is tantamount to being fired.

For more information about Dr. Gonzalez's appeal of his denial of tenure click here.


Action Item Help Guillermo Gonzalez in his fight for academic freedom. Contact ISU President Gregory L. Geoffroy at (515) 294-2042 or email him at president@iastate.edu and let him know that you support academic freedom for Dr. Gonzalez to follow the evidence wherever it leads.
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May 29, 2007

Textbooks Don't Lie: Haeckel's Faked Drawings Have Been Used to Promote Evolution

On this episode of ID The Future CSC's Casey Luskin discusses false information promoted by filmmaker Randy Olson regarding a 1994 textbook that used Haeckel's fraudulent embryo drawings to promote evolution.

Olson claims the textbook uses the faked drawings to merely discuss "historical perspectives in biology," but the textbooks don't lie: this podcast exposes what the textbook really says and how it uses Haeckel's faked drawings to promote evolution. Olson has even admitted that it is the "agenda" of his film Flock of Dodos to make Haeckel's fraudulent embryo drawings the "battlefield" for the debate over intelligent design.

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May 23, 2007

Controversy over ISU's Denial of Tenure to ID Scientist Continues to Grow

On this episode we provide breaking news and the latest developments in the ongoing controversy over Iowa State University's denial of tenure to noted astronomer Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez.

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***U.S. Senator Sam Brownback has just issued a statement defending Gonzalez and expressing alarm over the action by ISU. The statement is available on the Brownback campaign website here.

***At the same time ISU denied tenure to Gonzalez, it promoted to full professor his chief persecutor--Hector Avalos, whose most recent book argues that the Bible is worse than Hitler's Mein Kampf.

***We recently reported that 2 of the 5 tenured astronomers in Gonzalez's department are tied to a statement put out by a national pro-Darwin group denouncing intelligent design as "creationist pseudoscience" and stating that it is inappropriate for it to be included in science curricula. One ISU astronomy professor actually signed the statement, and the other has a spouse (also an ISU faculty member) who signed the statement. ISU has made much of the fact that Dr. Gonzalez was rejected for tenure starting at the level of his department. Now we have evidence that at least 40% of the active tenured faculty in Dr. Gonzalez's area were tied those who are crusading against intelligent design.

***Contrary to a university statement issued this week claiming that the tenure standard at ISU is "so high, that many good researchers have failed to satisfy the demands of earning tenure," statistics obtained by Evolution News & Views show that the tenure approval rate at the university has gone from 85% in 2003 to 91% in 2007!


Action Item Help Guillermo Gonzalez in his fight for academic freedom. Contact ISU President Gregory L. Geoffroy at (515) 294-2042 or email him at president@iastate.edu and let him know that you support academic freedom for Dr. Gonzalez to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

For complete coverage of this story be sure to visit Evolution News & Views at www.evolutionnews.org.

May 18, 2007

ISU Faculty Admit ID Played Role in Gonzalez Tenure Denial

On this episode of ID the Future we take a look at Iowa State University's decision to deny tenure to astronomer and professor Guillermo Gonzalez, despite the fact that he exceeds his department's standard of research by 350%. Two faculty members at ISU have admitted that the denial of tenure to Dr. Gonzalez had to do with his support for intelligent design, a clear violation of Dr. Gonzalez's academic freedom. Listen in and learn more about Guillermo's research record and how you can help support his right to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

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May 16, 2007

The Truth about Haeckel's Embryos

Showtime Networks will air filmmaker Randy Olson's fanciful evolution film Flock of Dodos this week, apparently not realizing that key parts of the film are so wildly inaccurate that they amount to a hoax. One of the film's worst errors is its claim that modern biology textbooks have not used illustrations derived from Ernst Haeckel's fraudulent 19th century embryo drawings as evidence for evolution. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin shares a clip from the film Icons of Evolution which debunks one of the biggest myths in Dodos by explaining how, contrary to Olson's film, these bogus drawings that misstate the evidence for evolution have been endlessly recycled in modern textbooks.

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May 14, 2007

Failed Predictions and Common Descent: Part III

This episode of ID the Future features the third in a series of interviews with Dr. Paul Nelson on common descent. Listen in as Dr. Nelson continues his analysis of the evidence for common ancestry by examining the single-tree picture of common ancestry and how this picture is affected by the newly discovered diversity of genetic sequences.

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May 10, 2007

Thanks For Your Patience While We Upgrade

As some of our regular listeners have noticed the schedule for ID The Future has been sporadic recently. This is due in part to a change in our podcasting service, and now an upgrade to our server.

May marks the one year anniversary for ID The Future as a regular podcast. We started out producing just one podcast a week. The feedback was very positive and the popularity of the podcast led us to increas to three weekly podcasts. In the past year we've had over 25,000 subscribers, and currently the podcast is downloaded over 2,000 times a day.

In order to keep up with the demand we are going to be increasing our bandwidth and storage capacity. Thank you for your patience while these upgrades are taken care of.

May 7, 2007

Failed Predictions and Common Descent: Part II

This episode of ID the Future features the second in a series of interviews with Dr. Paul Nelson on common descent. Listen in as Dr. Nelson continues his analysis of the evidence for common ancestry and how the theory is affected by failed predictions.

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May 2, 2007

Failed Predictions and Common Descent: Part I

This episode of ID the Future features the first of a series of interviews with Dr. Paul Nelson on common descent.

Casey Luskin of the CSC asks Dr. Nelson a series of illuminating questions: Is intelligent design compatible with common descent? What is his view of common descent, and how is it related to the origin of life? As the theory of common descent does not tell us whether or not the tree of life was designed, there are design theorists on both sides of this debate. Listen in as Dr. Nelson gives his analysis of the evidence for common ancestry and how the theory is affected by failed predictions.


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