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Intelligent Design the Future: July 2007 Archives

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July 30, 2007

Classroom Conundrum: An Interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Part Six)

Today ID The Future concludes its six-part series with Dr. Lyle Jensen. In this interview Dr. Jensen explains why schools should present arguments for and against Darwinian evolution. He also talks about his efforts to promote this stance with the Ohio State Board of Education and at Iowa State University, where Guillermo Gonzalez's tenure denial appeal is underway.

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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July 27, 2007

Case Closed: Guillermo Dekat Reviews Science's Blind Spot

In today's episode of ID The Future, CSC legal intern Guillermo Dekat reviews Cornelius G. Hunter's new book Science's Blind Spot. In law, Dekat explains, people harmed by a product are entitled to damages if they can prove the product is defective. If dogmatic science is a product under investigation, he continues, then Hunter's work in Blind Spot proves its defects. Dekat charts Hunter's arguments about science's "theological naturalism," and provides an overview of the other points made by the author.

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July 25, 2007

Socratic Method: Short Stories and James Hoskins

Today on ID The Future, Casey Luskin interviews James Hoskins about his latest creative writing endeavors. Hoskins, a philosophy major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has written several pieces based on the debate between ID and Darwinian evolution, including one that pits Socrates and imaginary materialist Hector Dawkins against each other as they argue over the scientific merit of ID. Hoskins also reads excerpts from some of his stories, and describes the inspiration behind them.

Hoskins's work, including his Debate Between Socrates and Hector Dawkins, can be downloaded from ID Arts.

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July 23, 2007

Darwin Doubter: An Interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Part Five)

This is the fifth installment in a six-part interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen. Today on ID The Future, Jensen explains his doubts about Darwinian evolution, citing everything from X-ray crystallography and fossils to blood clots and academic brainwashing. He also enunciates his fears that commitment to Darwinian dogma is impeding advances in scientific discovery.

The quote Dr. Jensen refers to during this podcast is taken from Richard Lewontin's book review of The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan. The book review is available from the New York Review of Books.

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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July 20, 2007

Well-Informed: Dr. Robert Marks and the Evolutionary Informatics Lab

In today's episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Robert Marks about his work in evolutionary informatics at Baylor University. Marks explains that evolutionary informatics seeks to emulate evolution on a computer, allowing for new engineering designs to be developed. Unlike Darwinian evolution, this process does not advance gradually, and requires a certain amount of external information to be fed into the computer before the process can begin; in other words, the systems must be designed before the evolution can begin. This contrast fueled Marks' interest in intelligent design, and has led him to critically analyze a number of evolutionary computer programs that claim to prove Darwin's theories.

About Dr. Marks
Dr. Marks is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is also one of the founders of Baylor's Evolutionary Informatics Lab. His research and teaching focuses on computational intelligence, including fuzzy systems and neural networks. Dr. Marks' upcoming Handbook of Fourier Analysis will be released through the Oxford Press. Marks also co-wrote Neural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks with Russell Reed. For more information on evolutionary computing and Dr. Marks' work, please visit the Evolutionary Informatics Lab homepage.

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July 18, 2007

Seeing Spots: Dr. Cornelius Hunter and Science's Blind Spot

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin speaks with biophysicist and author Cornelius Hunter about naturalism, the dogma of evolution, and his new book Science's Blind Spot. According to Hunter, naturalism predominates in modern science and is assumed to be capable of explaining every phenomenon in the universe. Hunter traces the historical development of this mindset, and investigates the usefulness and limitations of naturalistic science. He also analyzes the interface between naturalism and Darwinian evolution.

About Dr. Cornelius G. Hunter
Dr. Hunter is an engineer and biophysicist. He received his doctorate in biophysics and computational biology from the University of Illinois. Hunter has authored three books related to science, theology, and philosophy: his most recent book, Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism; Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil; and Darwin's Proof: The Triumph of Religion over Science. All three of his books can be purchased through Amazon.com.

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July 16, 2007

A Broader Audience: Intelligent Design and Ciencia Alternativa

In today's installment of ID The Future CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Mario Lopez, co-founder of Ciencia Alternativa. Ciencia Alternativa is a website devoted to expanding intelligent design's reach within the Spanish-speaking community. Lopez explains how he first became involved in ID, and describes the history and operations of Ciencia Alternativa. He also talks about some of his associates at Ciencia Alternativa and the harsh opposition they face from parts of the scientific community. According to Lopez, this opposition can be so severe that his associates must conduct ID-related work incognito to avoid endangering their reputations and employment elsewhere.

Please visit Ciencia Alternativa at www.ciencia-alternativa.org.

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July 13, 2007

Update on Guillermo Gonzalez's Tenure Appeal at Iowa State University

In this installment of ID The Future, CSC's Anika Smith provides an update on astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez's tenure denial appeal. Iowa State University denied Gonzalez tenure earlier this year, a remarkable decision considering Gonzalez's sterling academic record and ISU's high rate of tenure application approvals in 2007. Gonzalez's first appeal was rejected by ISU President Gregory Geoffroy on May 31st. On June 19th, Gonzalez notified the ISU President's office that he would make another appeal, this time to the Board of Regents. As the appeal process plays out, stay updated at www.evolutionnews.org.

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July 11, 2007

Question Everything: An Interview with Author Gordy Slack

Today on ID The Future, Casey Luskin speaks with Gordy Slack about his new book, The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA. Slack also discusses his personal views on intelligent design and the socio-political implications of the ID-evolution debate.

Some of Mr. Slack's incorrect claims are refuted in a long-standing response to the "Wedge Document" from the Discovery Institute entitled "The 'Wedge Document': 'So What?'."

Gordy Slack has written for Mother Jones and Salon.com, among others. He was formerly the associate editor of California Wild, a natural history magazine. Slack has written several books in addition to The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything, including Faith and Science.

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July 9, 2007

Crystal Clear: An Interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Part Four)

This is the fourth installment in a six-part interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen. In today's ID The Future podcast, Dr. Lyle Jensen describes his career in X-ray crystallography and his ground-breaking work in identifying protein structures. Jensen also reminisces about some of the awards and honors he has received for his contributions to science.

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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July 6, 2007

Debunking Dawkins: Discussing his Edge of Evolution Book Review

Today ID The Future examines Richard Dawkins' review of Michael Behe's new book, The Edge of Evolution. Broadcasting from Washington, D.C., CSC's Logan Gage takes aim at the arguments posed by Dawkins in his book review, revealing their shortcomings and inaccuracies.

Dawkins' book review originally appeared on July 1st in The New York Times.

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July 4, 2007

Who Designed the Designer?

On this episode of ID The Future we have a short clip of Dr. Jay Richards, discussing the question who designed the designer?

Critics of intelligent design theory often throw this question out thinking to highlight a weakness in ID. Richards shows that the theory's inability to identify the designer is not a weakness, but a strength. ID does not identify the designer is because ID limits its claims to those which can be established by empirical evidence. As CSC Senior Fellow Dr. Michael Behe puts it: " [A] scientific argument for design in biology does not reach that far. Thus while I argue for design, the question of the identity of the designer is left open."




July 2, 2007

Science and War: An Interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Part Three)

This is the third installment in a six-part interview with Dr. Lyle Jensen. In today's podcast, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Jensen about his involvement in one of the most important operations of World War II, the Manhattan Project. Jensen explains how he was recruited by the Manhattan Project in 1943, and describes his contributions to the secret program that produced America's first atomic bombs.

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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