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Intelligent Design the Future: October 2007 Archives

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October 31, 2007

The Real Frankenstein: Giovanni Aldini

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On this special Halloween edition of ID the Future, John West shares the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

In his new book, Darwin Day in America, West examines the experiments of Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini, conducted on human corpses. His gruesome experiments provided the inspiration for Frankenstein and foreshadowed the rise of a virulent strain of materialism that attempted to use science to reduce human beings to mere matter in motion.

October 29, 2007

Confronting Misrepresentative and Deceptive Definitions of ID

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On this episode of IDTF CSC's Casey Luskin looks at common misrepresentations of intelligent design in the political and legal arenas. Comparing the comments from critics to the actual writings of ID proponents it is clear that critics are knowingly misrepresenting intelligent design in order to attack the theory.

October 26, 2007

Real Science for Kids

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This episode of ID the Future features an interview with Dr. Rebecca Keller, who discusses the nature of science and interpretation and how it applies to science education. Her textbooks focus on the practice of science, and are available at Gravitas Publications.

Dr. Keller holds a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, spent many hears doing biochemical research on molecular machines, and is an outspoken proponent of teaching students about both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. She is also the CEO of Gravitas Publications , which publishes the Real Science for Kids textbook series, providing textbooks that teach kids objective science in the core disciplines of science.

October 24, 2007

Newsweek's Trojan Horse

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses how Newsweek columnist Sharon Begley muffles the cosmic design inference and forces her philosophical blinders on her readers. Luskin shows how the evidence for fine-tuning is driving materialists like Begley to make extreme proposals -- and to hide the alternative explanations -- implicitly admitting that there is something about our universe needing explanation by an external cause.

October 22, 2007

Cosmological Fine Tuning and the Multiverse Model

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Scott Chambers, who discusses his current research and his interest in the debate over evolution, which began in college and continues through this day.

Dr. Chambers explains how the evidence for intelligent design from the fine-tuning of the universe and the fundamental constants of physics "smacks of design," and he addresses the multiverse hypothesis.

October 19, 2007

Rebecca Keller: Challenging Ideas Promotes Good Science

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In this ID the Future Podcast, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Rebecca Keller, a signer of the Dissent from Darwinism list, about her views on biological evolution. Dr. Keller holds a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, spent many hears doing biochemical research on molecular machines, and is an outspoken proponent of teaching students about both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. She is also the CEO of Gravitas Publications , which publishes the Real Science for Kids textbook series, providing textbooks that teach kids objective science in the core disciplines of science.

October 17, 2007

Was Justice Denied to FTE during the Dover Intelligent Design Trial?

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On this episode of ID The Future we're featuring an interview by CSC public policy officer Casey Luskin with Seth Cooper (himself an attorney and former public policy officer with the CSC) about strange sordid tale of the mistreatment of the Foundation for Thought & Ethics throughout the Dover intelligent design trial. Next month PBS will air a NOVA mockumentary that alleges to tell the true story about the Dover trial. Knowing PBS' past record on the issue of evolution and intelligent design it is unlikely that they will tell the whole story. Here then is one important piece to be aware of.

Seth Cooper is the co-author of an article entitled, "A Textbook Case of Judicial Activism: How a Pro-ID Publisher Was Denied its Day in Court," which describes how the publisher of the textbook Of Pandas and People, Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE), was denied the right to become a party to the Kitzmiller trial despite the fact that its intellectual property rights were implicated in the lawsuit.

October 15, 2007

Banned Item of the Year

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin celebrates Banned Books Week by nominating Dr. Marks's Evolutionary Informatics Lab as the Banned Item of the Year.

Banned books week is supposed to be a celebration of tolerance and diversity. In that spirit, Luskin discusses the research papers Marks posted on his site before Baylor University shut it down, explaining just what was so controversial that Baylor had to ban it.

October 12, 2007

Does Darwinism Lead to Moral Relativism?

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On this episode of ID The Future, CSC senior fellow Dr. John West examines whether or not Darwinian evolution supports a traditional view of morality, as is often claimed. In his book Darwin's Conservatives, Dr. West addresses how Darwin's theory, contrary to some of its conservative champions, manifestly does not reinforce the teachings of conservatism. According to West, Darwinism promotes moral relativism rather than traditional morality.

October 10, 2007

Dr. David Berlinski on the Council of Europe's Attack on Intelligent Design

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On this episode of IF The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews senior fellow David Berlinski about the Council of Europe's recent resolution conflating intelligent design with creationism and denouncing both. The CoE is a non-governmental body in Europe that aims to protect human rights, but its resolutions carry no force of law.

Berlinski, a mathematician who lives and works in Paris and has made many scientific critiques of Darwinian evolution, gives an insightful analysis of the resolution's relevance.

October 8, 2007

Video Podcast: Darwin Day in America

Today on ID the Future we feature a special video podcast of the trailer for Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, the new book by CSC Senior Fellow John West out this November from ISI Books.

With harrowing studies in crime, welfare, education, and medicine, West builds the compelling case for how Darwinism has affected views on matters as foundational as morality, free will, and religion. There is a human cost to scientific materialism, and Darwin Day in America is a sobering look at the consequences of carrying Darwinian logic out over the last century in America.

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To listen to John West read an excerpt from his book, click here.

October 3, 2007

The Rhetoric of Darwin

In this clip, CSC fellow Professor John Angus Campbell analyzes the naturalistic rhetoric employed by Darwin in The Origin of Species. Campbell focuses on the Darwinian term "natural selection" and the way Darwin crafts his arguments to convince his audience of this central point of his work.

This DVD is available from Access Research Network.

October 1, 2007

Richard Dawkins' Information Challenge

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin addresses Richard Dawkins' Information Challenge. When Dawkins was recently asked to explain the origin of genetic information according to Darwinism, he was embarrassingly silent. He later claimed to rebut this question using Shannon information, but Luskin reveals just how inadequate Dawkins' explanation is when it comes to explaining the specified complexity of information.

Be sure to read Luskin's response at Evolution News & Views.