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Intelligent Design the Future: August 2007 Archives

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August 29, 2007

Nothing Up His Sleeve: Executive Producer Walt Ruloff and Expelled (Part II)

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ID The Future presents the second installment of a two-part interview with Walt Ruloff, executive producer of the upcoming docudrama Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Today Ruloff explains how interviews were obtained with top Darwinists including Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers, and dispels claims that trickery and deception were used. He also provides an overview of the movie's website, staff, and future projects.

Be sure to visit the Expelled homepage, and stay tuned to IDTF for movie updates and future interviews with Walt Ruloff.

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August 27, 2007

Expelling Dogma: Executive Producer Walt Ruloff and Expelled (Part I)

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Today on ID The Future we catch up with Walt Ruloff, executive producer of the new Hollywood docudrama starring Ben Stein, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Today's interview is the first of a two-part series about the making of the film. In this installment, Ruloff gives a brief overview of Expelled, explains how he came to spend over two years making the film, talks about intelligent design as a disruptive technology compared to dogmatic Darwinian evolution, and tells how the film will show that Darwinian evolution is a science stopper. Rather than get mired in the politics of the debate, Ruloff explains that Expelled gets to "where the rubber meets the road, where the science is being done."

To watch the Expelled movie trailer, click here.

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August 24, 2007

Blogophile: Denyse O'Leary and the Blogosphere

ID The Future continues its interview with journalist and author Denyse O'Leary. In this episode, CSC's Casey Luskin speaks with O'Leary about the nature of the blogosphere, her history as a blogger, and the array of blogs she writes for, including Post-Darwinist and William Dembski's Uncommon Descent. Stay tuned to ID The Future for additional interviews with Denyse O'Leary.

About Denyse O'Leary
Denyse O'Leary is a Toronto-based journalist who has written on science-related topics for many years. She is an avid blogger who contributes to Access Research Network's ID Update and William Dembski's Uncommon Descent. She also publishes two blogs of her own, Mindful Hack and Post-Darwinist. O'Leary has authored several books including By Design Or By Chance? and the upcoming Spiritual Brain.

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August 22, 2007

New Video Podcast: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed the new film on the ID controversy

Expelled Trailer Premise media has just announced the release of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a new film on the intelligent design controversy starring Ben Stein, due out this February.

Expelled takes a fresh look at the debate as Ben Stein interviews the prominent scientists and academics on both sides of the issue, including ardent Darwinists Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, and Eugenie Scott, and design proponents such as Stephen Meyer, Jonathan Wells, and Guillermo Gonzalez.

Cutting through the rhetoric, the movie gets to the meat of the story -- what is happening to scientists and professors who support intelligent design, and, perhaps more disturbingly, why is it happening?

According to the film's press release, Expelled is "a disturbing new documentary that will shock anyone who thinks all scientists are free to follow the evidence wherever it may lead."

Ben Stein, a pop-culture icon who is also a lawyer, an economist, a former presidential speechwriter, author and social commentator, "uncovers a long line of biologists, astronomers, chemists and philosophers who have had their reputations destroyed and their careers ruined by a scientific establishment that allows absolutely no dissent from Charles Darwin's theory of random mutation and natural selection."

Any film willing to ask these questions will spark controversy and turn up the heat on the entrenched Darwinian establishment. Expelled takes a look at several recent assaults on the academic freedom of pro-intelligent design scientists, including Drs. Richard Sternberg, Carolyn Crocker, Guillermo Gonzalez, and (unfortunately) many, many more. By exposing their stories to a national audience, Expelled reveals the stark truth: Darwinists have been conspiring to keep design out of classrooms, out of journals, and out of public discourse.

For more information, visit the Expelled homepage.

Read Bruce Chapman's comments about the film at Evolution News & Views.

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August 17, 2007

Chance Encounter: Denyse O'Leary and By Design or By Chance

In this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews journalist and author Denyse O'Leary about the Darwin-ID debate, her writing career, and her book By Design or By Chance?: The Growing Controversy on the Origins of Life in the Universe. O'Leary describes how David Berlinski's 1996 piece The Deniable Darwin first introduced her to the dispute between intelligent design and Darwinian evolution. Her subsequent research and writing on this topic eventually led to her 2004 book By Design or By Chance, which presents an unbiased and journalistic view of the controversy. O'Leary concludes with a discussion about other facets of her career, including the nature of her research and the criticism she has received as a journalist writing about intelligent design. Stay tuned to ID The Future for more interviews with Denyse O'Leary.

About Denyse O'Leary
Denyse O'Leary is a Canadian journalist who has written on science-related topics for many years. Based in Toronto, O'Leary has written a number of books in addition to By Design or By Chance? including the award-winning Faith@Science: Why Science Needs Faith in the Twenty-First Century, and her forthcoming book The Spiritual Brain. She also contributes to a number of blogs including Uncommon Descent, which focuses on intelligent design.

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August 13, 2007

What is Falsifiability and Can ID Be Falsified? Dr. Jay Richards Answers

CSC's Logan Gage interviews senior fellow Jay Richards about how philosophers of science use demarcation criteria to determine what is or isn't science. One of the most commonly referred to demarcation points is falsifiability. Many scientists see the question of falsifiability as the gold standard in determining whether something is science or not. Richards defines what falsifiability is, why it's important and answers whether or not intelligent design can be falsified and is therefore scientific.

About Jay Richards
Jay Wesley Richards has a Ph.D.(honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was a Teaching Fellow. He is presently a Research Fellow and Director of Media at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Richards has been published in academic journals including Religious Studies, Christian Scholars' Review, and The Princeton Theological Review, and has written editorial features in The Washington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and IntellectualCapital.com. Richards co-authored The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez.

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August 10, 2007

Arguing Analogies: Dr. Jay Richards on Paley's Natural Theology

In this edition of ID The Future, CSC's Logan Gage interviews Dr. Jay Richards about William Paley, David Hume, and the arguments for intelligent design. Dr. Richards begins with a description of William Paley's 1802 book Natural Theology, in which the author infers from the natural world that there must be some intelligent force (God) responsible for its design. Richards then addresses David Hume's critique of analogical arguments like those used by Paley. Dr. Richards closes by differentiating between analogical arguments and arguments for intelligent design.

About Dr. Jay Richards
Jay Wesley Richards has a Ph.D.(honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was a Teaching Fellow. He is presently a Research Fellow and Director of Media at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Richards has been published in academic journals including Religious Studies, Christian Scholars' Review, and The Princeton Theological Review, and has written editorial features in The Washington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and IntellectualCapital.com. Richards co-authored The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, and is the author of The Untamed God.

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August 8, 2007

Blasting Biases: Jonathan Rosenblum at the Discovery Institute

Today ID The Future presents another excerpt from Jonathan Rosenblum's "Is Darwinism Kosher?" lecture, delivered at the Discovery Institute on July 26th. In this segment, Rosenblum discusses the ideological biases that permeate the work of many scientists today, and examines their deleterious effects. By embracing neo-Darwinism as the reservoir of knowledge about all things, Rosenblum explains, scientists seek to neutralize any inherent value in human life and quash alternative viewpoints that might contribute to scientific progress.

About Jonathan Rosenblum
Jonathan Rosenblum is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Law School. He is a leading commentator on Israeli society and politics, as well as a semi-official English-language spokesman for the fervently Orthodox community. He and his family have lived in Israel for the last 28 years, where he is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and the Hebrew-language daily Maariv. He also writes weekly columns for a number of religious publications around the world, and serves as director of Am Echad/Jewish Media Resources. Mr. Rosenblum lectures frequently in both the United States and Israel, and is the author of five biographies of major modern Jewish figures and a work on a Jewish approach to suffering.

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August 7, 2007

Keeping Kosher: Jonathan Rosenblum at the Discovery Institute

ID The Future continues to feature Jerusalem Post columnist Jonathan Rosenblum, who recently spoke at the Discovery Institute about the relationship between Darwinism, Judaism, and Christianity. In this excerpt from his "Is Darwinism Kosher?" lecture, Rosenblum delves into the Orthodox reaction to Darwinism, then explicates why Judaism and Darwinism are ultimately incompatible.

About Jonathan Rosenblum
Jonathan Rosenblum is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Law School. He is a leading commentator on Israeli society and politics, as well as a semi-official English-language spokesman for the fervently Orthodox community. He and his family have lived in Israel for the last 28 years, where he is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and the Hebrew-language daily Maariv. He also writes weekly columns for a number of religious publications around the world, and serves as director of Am Echad/Jewish Media Resources. Mr. Rosenblum lectures frequently in both the United States and Israel, and is the author of five biographies of major modern Jewish figures and a work on a Jewish approach to suffering.

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August 3, 2007

Deniable Darwin: Jonathan Rosenblum at the Discovery Institute

ID The Future is pleased to feature Jerusalem Post columnist Jonathan Rosenblum, who spoke on July 26th at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. Rosenblum's lecture, entitled "Is Darwinism Kosher?" investigated the historical and ongoing interplay between Darwinism, Judaism and Christianity. Today's podcast is an excerpt from Rosenblum's lecture in which he criticizes Darwinism's inability to explain the origin of life on the planet, and details other problems with Darwinian theory.

About Jonathan Rosenblum
Jonathan Rosenblum is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Law School. He is a leading commentator on Israeli society and politics, as well as a semi-official English-language spokesman for the fervently Orthodox community. He and his family have lived in Israel for the last 28 years, where he is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and the Hebrew-language daily Maariv. He also writes weekly columns for a number of religious publications around the world, and serves as director of Am Echad/Jewish Media Resources. Mr. Rosenblum lectures frequently in both the United States and Israel, and is the author of five biographies of major modern Jewish figures and a work on a Jewish approach to suffering.

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August 1, 2007

Information Theory: George Gilder at Bar-Ilan University

Today ID The Future highlights George Gilder's June 12th address to Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Gilder, who is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, spoke about the development of technology and its relationship to science. In this excerpt from his speech, Gilder discusses information theory and its implications for biology, Darwinism, and intelligent design.

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