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Intelligent Design the Future: April 2008 Archives

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April 30, 2008

Academic Freedom Bills Spread

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On this episode of ID The Future, Anika Smith reports on the nationwide movement in support of academic freedom with updates on legislation currently being considered in five U.S. states that will allow teachers room to teach the controversy surrounding evolutionary theory.
With a bill quickly gaining ground in Michigan, continued vehemence for and against the film Expelled: No Intelligence allowed, and a growing list of supporters of the Academic Freedom Petition, the movement has clearly lost none of its momentum.

April 25, 2008

Question Darwin and Face the Consequences

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What happens when a professor decides to present students with evidence that challenges Darwin's theory? Find out on this episode of ID the Future, where we've highlighted comments from biochemist Nancy Bryson, a professor who knows firsthand the importance of academic freedom on college campuses.

Dr. Bryson was removed from her position as head of the division of natural sciences at Mississippi University for Women when she presented criticisms of evolution to a group of honor students. Listen as she recounts the chilling effect the university's censors' actions had on academic freedom and students' ability to question and engage in their material.

April 23, 2008

Be a Real Skeptic: Casey Luskin Rebuts Michael Shermer

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin responds systematically to Michael Shermer's recent critique of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Shermer, founder of The Skeptic Society and editor of Skeptic magazine, denies the film's claims that scientists Richard Sternberg and Guillermo Gonzalez were unfairly persecuted for their support of intelligent design. After a careful review of the documented facts, Luskin proves the accuracy of the film and concludes that Shermer ought to try truly being a skeptic by doubting and investigating all parties equally.

To read Casey Luskin's complete rebuttal to Michael Shermer, click here.

For more information on the debates surrounding Expelled, click here.

April 18, 2008

Dr. David Berlinski Gets Expelled

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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski shares with Casey Luskin about his star turn in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and the controversy surrounding the film, which opens today.

Listen in as Dr. Berlinski explains the connection between Darwin and Hitler and his predictions for evolutionary biology, and be sure to go see him this weekend in Ben Stein's Expelled.

For more on Expelled, click here.

April 16, 2008

David Berlinski on The Devil's Delusion and the New Atheists

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On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute senior fellow David Berlinski shares about his new book The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions.

Are the new atheists really new? Has anyone provided scientific proof of God's nonexistence (or existence)? What is the source of militant atheism?

Listen in as Dr. Berlinski explains his new book, and be sure to catch him in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed this Friday.

April 11, 2008

Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design Train Young Scientists and Scholars

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On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith reports on Discovery Institute's newly expanded summer seminars on intelligent design.

In 2007, the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture launched its Summer Seminar on intelligent design -- an intensive mentoring program for college students to gain exposure to the science of intelligent design first hand from researchers and scientists. The 2008 summer seminars on intelligent design will cultivate new leaders in the intelligent design movement among the next generation.

Applications to the summer seminars will be accepted until April 30, 2008. For more information, or to apply, click here.

April 10, 2008

FreeGonzalez.com and Academic Freedom for Guillermo Gonzalez

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Iowa State University alumnus Dave Eaton on FreeGonzalez.com, a new organization created by ISU alumni concerned about supporting renowned astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, who was recently denied tenure at ISU.

Dave Eaton explains how FreeGonzalez.com came about and why it's necessary to support scientists such as Dr. Gonzalez who have been expelled.

FreeGonzalez.com is dedicated to telling the story of Dr. Gonzalez's struggle for academic freedom and to providing the financial resources to support his continuing research.

April 7, 2008

Intelligent Design 101: Casey Luskin on Human Chromosomal Fusion

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On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin continues the series begun in the previous podcast (Intelligent Design 101: State of the Debate), rebutting an argument for common ancestry between humans and chimpanzees in Dr. Francis Collins' book The Language of God. Taken from a recently finished appendix to Intelligent Design 101: Leading Experts Explain the Key Issues, Luskin responds to the notion that similar chromosomal structure between the two species is proof of a common lineage by saying plainly that the discovery is equally compatible with a theory of common design.

April 4, 2008

Intelligent Design 101: State of the Debate

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin announces the release of Intelligent Design 101: Leading Experts Explain the Key Issues, a new anthology that tackles intelligent design from scientific, philosophical, and legal perspectives. Luskin shares from an insightful new essay by Phillip Johnson about the state of the debate over intelligent design and evolution.