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Intelligent Design the Future: December 2007 Archives

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December 21, 2007

Texas Darwinists Oppose Critical Thinking

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin explains how Texas Darwinists would rather impose dogmatism on evolution education than adopt an inquiry-based approach to science education.

December 19, 2007

Biologist vs. Biologist from PBS's Uncommon Knowledge

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On this episode of ID The Future we're featuring a short segment from a debate between CSC senior fellow and biologist, Jonathan Wells, and Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York at Stony Brook that appeared on PBS on the program, Uncommon Knowledge. In this segment, moderated by Peter Robinson, they discuss whether or not intelligent design is science and what exactly is the definition of science. You can watch or listen to the full debate at the Uncommon Knowledge website.

December 14, 2007

The Dark Darwinian History of Eugenics

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On this episode of ID the Future, John West takes a look at the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century and how it drew direct inspiration from Darwinian biology and the writings of Charles Darwin himself. The eugenics movement was no fringe effort, but was the view of mainstream science and espoused by those at Harvard, Princeton, and the National Academy of Science.

For more, visit the website of Dr. West's new book, Darwin Day in America.

December 12, 2007

ISU Tenuregate: It Was Always about ID

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC policy analyst Anika Smith looks at the story behind the Guillermo Gonzalez tenure case at Iowa State University.

Emails obtained with a public records request by Discovery Institute revealed a concerted effort to force astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez out of ISU for one reason: his support of intelligent design.

December 7, 2007

Is There a Double Standard When It Comes to ID and Testability?

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When ID skeptics object to the arguments of ID proponents that the incredible fine tuning of the universe is evidence for design they often turn to speculating about an infinite number of universes in which ours just happened to win the cosmic lottery and evolve to sustain life. Is that hypothesis testable? Is it science? CSC's Casey Luskin explores whether or not there is a double standard in the wider scientific community when it comes to intelligent design and testability.

December 5, 2007

The Big Bang vs. The Static Universe: Is It the End of Cosmology?

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On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews noted astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez about a recent cosmology article by Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert J. Scherrer (Case Western Reserve University, and Vanderbilt University respectively) titled The Return of a Static Universe and the End of Cosmology. The paper is inviting a great deal of comment since it deals with the debate over the big bang and the static universe, and says extrapolating forward in time, in the future we will be incapable of determining the true nature of the universe.

According to Dr. Gonzalez the authors are saying that future observers will mistakenly believe they are living in a static universe since current measurement tools will not be available to them. At some point in the future the measurements we are able to make today will not be able to be made because of natural changes in the universe. This coincides with Gonzales' Privileged Planet hypothesis which in part says that not only are we in the right place in the universe to make important scientific discoveries, we are also in the right time in the universe.