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Intelligent Design the Future: September 2007 Archives

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September 26, 2007

What Is Intelligent Design?

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Due to the constant questions we get about how best to describe what intelligent design theory is, we have decided to rebroadcast this episode of IDTF in which CSC director of communications Robert Crowther discusses how to define intelligent design and why so many mainstream definitions of the theory are incorrect.

September 21, 2007

Physicist and Bioengineer Discusses His Doubts About Darwin

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On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Bert Massie a physicist who worked for many years on the Dept of Defense's Star Wars project, and for the past dozen years has worked in biotechnology, developing methods of scanning the retinas of infants to test for blindness. Massie explains how it is that after his extensive education and his career in science he has become a skeptic of Darwin, and discusses the evidence for intelligent design in physics, chemistry, and biology. Dr. Massie earned his Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA, and is a signer of the Dissent from Darwinism list.

If you have a Ph.D. in engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, or one of the other natural sciences, and you agree with the following statement, "We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged," then please contact us at cscinfo@discovery.org.

September 19, 2007

Is the Brain Just an Illusion?

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On this episode of ID The Future CSC's Anika Smith interviews science writer Denyse O'Leary about her new book, The Spiritual Brain.

In the book O'Leary and her co-author Mario Beaurogard, neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Université de Montréal, explore the question of whether or not the mind is an illusion as materialists believe, or is it more than that? For instance, The Spiritual Brain looks at whether religious experiences come from God, or are they merely the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. He and O'Leary offer compelling evidence that mind creates matter rather than matter creating mind.

September 14, 2007

Darwinist Urban Myths

In this installment of ID The Future, CSC's Robert Crowther takes aim at Darwinist misinformation about the origins of intelligent design. Crowther makes mincemeat of the assertion that the term "intelligent design" was fabricated following the 1987 Edwards v. Aguillard Supreme Court case, showing instead that the term is over 100 years old. He also targets the Darwinist canard that terms like micro- and macroevolution were made up by Darwin's critics.

For more information on the history of intelligent design, read CSC Senior Fellow Jonathan Witt's The Origin of Intelligent Design. And don't miss the intelligent design timeline at ResearchID.org.

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September 12, 2007

Denyse O'Leary Explores Cultural Differences

Today on ID The Future, Denyse O'Leary draws on her experience with cultural issues to trace differences between Canadian and American attitudes toward evolution, the question of origins, and religion. O'Leary also analyzes the European mentality toward the status quo and, more specifically, Darwinism.

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. Don't miss The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard, which O'Leary co-authored.

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September 10, 2007

Denyse O'Leary versus the Darwinbots

Today author and journalist Denyse O'Leary talks about the ongoing ID-evolution debate on the internet. O'Leary reveals how she handles so-called "Darwinbots" on her Post-Darwinist blog, relishing the chance to take on her chattering detractors. She also looks at how the debate generates publicity for intelligent design.

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. Don't miss The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard, which O'Leary co-authored.

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September 7, 2007

Baylor University Attacks Scientists for Questioning Evolution

Today ID The Future examines Baylor University's decision to take offline the Evolutionary Informatics Laboratory website that had been administered by Dr. Robert Marks, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor. The school's administration claims there were anonymous complaints linking the lab to intelligent design. The site has since been moved to a third party's server.

For additional information on this situation, read Rob Crowther's blog post on Evolution News & Views, and don't miss this earlier IDTF podcast about Dr. Marks and the Evolutionary Informatics Lab.

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September 5, 2007

Dr. John West Reads from Darwin Day in America

Darwin Day in America

On this episode of IDTF, Dr. John West reads from the preface and introduction to his forthcoming book, Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science. Darwin Day in America tells the disturbing story of scientific expertise run amuck, exposing how an ideological interpretation of Darwinian biology and reductionist science have been used to degrade American culture over the past century through their impact on criminal justice, welfare, business, education, and bioethics. The book will be released by ISI Books in October.

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September 4, 2007

Brain Matter: Denyse O'Leary and The Spiritual Brain

The Spiritual Brain

Today on ID The Future, CSC's Anika Smith sits down with journalist and blogger Denyse O'Leary to discuss the focus of her new book The Spiritual Brain. In this interview, O'Leary grapples with materialist arguments concerning the mind and spirituality. She also explains why materialism is a monistic philosophy and explores the effect this has on its line of reasoning.

About Denyse O'Leary
Denyse O'Leary is a Toronto-based journalist who has written on science-related topics for many years. She has authored several books including By Design or By Chance? and her latest, The Spiritual Brain, with Mario Beauregard. O'Leary is also an avid blogger who publishes Mindful Hack and Post-Darwinist, and contributes to a number of other blogs.

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