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Intelligent Design the Future: May 2008 Archives

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May 30, 2008

Testifying for Academic Freedom in Louisiana

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin gives his account of the hearings in Louisiana last week, where a bill supporting the rights of teachers to teach the controversy passed unanimously out of the House Committee on Education.

Listen in as professional biologists, legal experts, and educators weigh in on the need to protect academic freedom in the debate over evolution.

May 28, 2008

Dr. Caroline Crocker on Academic Freedom and Dissent From Darwinism

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin reports from Baton Rouge, LA with Dr. Caroline Crocker, who recently testified in favor of academic freedom before the House Education Committee.

Listen as Dr. Crocker shares why she thinks evolution academic freedom bill's like the one proposed in Louisiana and other states is so important for scientists who are pressured to "toe the line" on evolution, and for protecting free scientific inquiry.

We Apologize for Delays in Podcasts Due to Technical Problems

Since coming online in May 2006, techdifficulty1.jpgID The Future has tried to keep to a consistent production schedule. However, in the past few days you will have noticed a lack of new material and problems in accessing past episodes. Podomatic, the company hosting our podcast, has had a serious technical problem of their own that has resulted in our being unable to upload or distribute any new IDTF episodes. Hopefully, we will be back online soon. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

May 21, 2008

Intelligent Design: The Videogame (Updated)

Update, May 22, 2008: This audio file removed at the request of Amaze Entertainment.

This time on ID the Future, Casey Luskin sits down to talk with videogame artist Dennis DeMercer about his recent work on the Nintendo DS version of the forthcoming game Spore. Working with Amaze Entertainment, DeMercer was responsible for animating 3-D creatures ranging from single-celled organisms to advanced intergalactic civilizations in a game that centers around players evolving creatures from one species into another in order to climb the evolutionary ladder.

But is this highly anticipated game as much an example of the cultural pervasiveness of Darwinian evolution as it seems? Ironically, no. Luskin and DeMercer discuss their discovery that, despite the obviously evolutionary theme, Spore's game-play actually hinges on intelligent design theory, because success depends entirely on the ability of the player -- i.e. intelligent agent -- to fashion a creature ready to take on the growing challenges of its environment.

May 19, 2008

Teaching Kids the Controversy

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On this episode of ID the Future we interview Dr. Rebecca Keller, who discusses the nature of science and interpretation and how it applies to science education.

Dr. Keller holds a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, spent many years doing biochemical research on molecular machines and is an outspoken proponent of teaching students about both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. As the CEO of Gravitas Publications , she publishes the Real Science for Kids textbook series, providing textbooks that teach kids objectivity and critical analysis in the core disciplines of science. For more information, visit Gravitas Publications.

May 15, 2008

Challenge Assumptions: Revisiting an Interview With Dr. Keller

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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 years 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.

May 12, 2008

10 Books That Screwed Up the World: Part 2

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On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Wiker continues the discussion begun in the last podcast. Continuing through his survey of his new book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help, Dr. Wiker sets his sights on Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man and its clear connections to the ideologies of Friedrich Nietzsche, Adolf Hitler, and Margaret Sanger. Spotlighting Darwin's own words in context, Wiker demonstrates how the reprehensible philosophies of these three figures were the direct descendants of Darwin's own thoughts.

May 7, 2008

10 Books That Screwed up the World: Part 1

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On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Benjamin Wiker discusses his new book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help. In this first of a two-part series, Wiker starts his skim through the book's list of the ten philosophical works most responsible for cultural decay. Those on the docket today are Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the two philosophers, according to Wiker, whose irresponsible inversions of morality have served as the foundation for our culture's increasingly animalistic notions of human identity, purpose, and relationship.

May 5, 2008

Science Lab Explores New Intelligent Design Research

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On this Episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith reports on the CSC-supported, independent research facility, Biologic Institute. Headed by Dr. Douglas Axe, Biologic's purpose is to scientifically put the claims of Neo-Darwinian evolution and intelligent design to the test in a laboratory setting. Work is already well under way, with Discovery Institute Fellows conducting biological studies to test each theory's assumptions from an unapologetically ID frame of reference. This should prove to be a huge addition to the cause of intelligent design.