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Intelligent Design the Future: June 2007 Archives

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June 29, 2007

Genetics Junkies: Exploring Junk DNA

On today's episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin delves into the hidden value of so-called junk DNA. Luskin explains that some Darwinian evolutionists were quick to dismiss junk DNA as functionless remnants of evolution, criticizing intelligent design proponents for suggesting that there could be an undiscovered purpose for such genes. Junk DNA has since been found to code for important traits, undermining Darwinist charges that ID impedes rather than advances scientific progress.

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June 27, 2007

Politics, Evolution, and the American People

Today on ID The Future, Discovery Institute policy analyst Logan Gage examines the quest for an open discussion on evolution in both politics and science. Gage maintains that American political figures can and should encourage a spirit of openness on evolution and other topics in the scientific community. Such openness, Gage concludes, will equip today's students to compete in an increasingly globalized world.

Gage's comments first appeared on June 15th on examiner.com

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June 25, 2007

Legacy of Learning: An Interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Part Two).

This is the second episode in a six-part interview with Dr. Jensen. Today, Dr. Jensen reflects on his time at Walla Walla College and UW grad school during the Great Depression and World War II eras.

About Dr. Lyle Jensen
Dr. Jensen is a biochemist and pioneer in the field of x-ray crystallography. The American Crystallographic Association recognized Jensen's work in 1983 with the Fankuchen Memorial Award in X-Ray Crystallography, and again honored him in 2000 with the Martin J. Buerger Award. Dr. Jensen is a long-time scientific skeptic of Neo-Darwinian theory, and has signed the Scientific Dissent from Darwinism. Jensen is Professor (Emeritus) with the Department of Biological Structure and Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .

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June 22, 2007

Decent Dissent: Seeking an Open Evolution Debate

In this installment of ID The Future, Gonzaga Law School professor David K. DeWolf discusses the ongoing battle between Darwinism and intelligent design as it resonates through education, politics, and recent presidential debates. DeWolf argues that, rather than unfairly framing the evolution debate or denying tenure to pro-intelligent design college professors, personal agendas should be dismissed so both sides of the issue can be critically investigated.

DeWolf's comments first appeared on June 11th in The Boston Globe.

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June 20, 2007

A Discussion of the Montana Law Review's Recent Publication of Articles about the Dover Intelligent Design Ruling

On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin discusses with senior fellow David DeWolf the current issue of the Montana Law Review which features a lively exchange of views about the Kitzmiller v. Dover intelligent design decision. The Kitzmiller decision isn't wearing well even among legal scholars who are critical of intelligent design, and Irons' article does little to seriously defend Judge Jones' ruling.

The lead article on the Dover decision ("Intelligent Design Will Survive Kitzmiller v. Dover") was co-authored by David DeWolf, John West, and Casey Luskin. A second article by Peter Irons ("Disaster in Dover") responds to the first article, followed by a short rebuttal by DeWolf, West, and Luskin.

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June 18, 2007

Interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen, Part One

This is the first installment of a 6-part series of interviews with Dr. Lyle Jensen, a pioneer in the field of x-ray crystallographer and a biochemist, and a long-time scientific skeptic of Neo-Darwinian theory. Dr. Jensen is Professor (Emeritus) with the Department of Biological Structure and Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, and is also fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In this first installment, Dr. Jensen discusses how he became interested in science growing up in the 1920's and 1930's.

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June 15, 2007

Is Antibiotic Resistance Evidence for Darwinian Evolution?

This episode of ID The Future features the audio of a short video segment from the Icons of Evolution curriculum modules DVD. Antibiotic resistance is an example of natural selection acting on random mutation and is often referred to as one of the hallmark pieces of evidence for Darwin's theory of evolution. Is it truly strong evidence supporting modern evolutionary theory? Biologist Scott Minnich and other biologists think not and explain why.

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June 13, 2007

An Interview with Michael Behe author of The Edge of Evolution

THE EDGE OF EVOLUTION: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism published by Free Press is CSC Senior Fellow Michael Behe's long-awaited follow up to his 1996 bestseller Darwin's Black Box. While Darwin's Black Box was the book that helped launch the intelligent design movement, The Edge of Evolution is certain to be a revelation and a bombshell in its own ways, and is already inviting comment and critique from scientists around the world.

In The Edge of Evolution Behe delves deeper into biochemistry and presents landmark evidence that devastatingly disproves that random mutation is a major part of evolution. Going even further Behe shows that life developed non-randomly from cells to animals.

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June 11, 2007

Biochemist Michael Behe Stirs the Waters of Controversy at The Edge of Evolution

edge.cover.web.gif The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinismpublished by Free Press is CSC Senior Fellow Michael Behe's long-awaited follow up to his 1996 bestseller Darwin's Black Box. While Darwin's Black Box was the book that helped launch the intelligent design movement, The Edge of Evolution is certain to be a revelation and a bombshell in its own ways, and is already inviting comment and critique from scientists around the world.


Come meet Michael Behe at a special reception and discussion of Edge of Evolution. The book party will be held on Wednesday, June 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Discovery Institute's Washington DC office, located at 1015 Fifteenth Street, NW Suite 900. RSVP to Logan Gage at lgage@discovery.org, (202) 558-7085. Click here for more information.
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June 6, 2007

New Textbook Promotes Better Teaching of Evolution

This episode of ID the Future examines the new textbook Explore Evolution: Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism. This is the first biology textbook to present the scientific evidence both for and against key aspects of Darwinian evolution.

Explore Evolution promotes inquiry-based learning, encouraging students to participate in the process of discovery, deliberation, and argument that scientists use to form their theories. For more information, visit the textbook website at www.exploreevolution.com.

Listen as CSC's Rob Crowther explains what makes this new science textbook so revolutionary.

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June 4, 2007

Failed Predictions and Common Descent: Part V

On this episode of ID the Future, Paul Nelson concludes his series on common descent. Nelson and Luskin take a look at a recent paper addressing phylogenies and data which seems to conflict with common descent.

Nelson recommends weighing Darwinism's claims with significant skepticism and moving from public rhetoric into the actual practice of the science. Dr. Nelson illustrates how evolution's unequivocal, forceful claims give way to much more interesting science where people are struggling with real data and carefully listening to the evidence.

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June 1, 2007

Failed Predictions and Common Descent: Part IV

This episode of ID the Future features the fourth in a series of interviews with Dr. Paul Nelson on common descent. Listen in as Dr. Nelson continues his analysis of common descent at the level of the phylogeny of animal groups.

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