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Intelligent Design the Future: July 2008 Archives

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July 30, 2008

Seeing Spots: Dr. Cornelius Hunter and Science's Blind Spot

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On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin speaks with biophysicist and author Cornelius Hunter about naturalism, the dogma of evolution, and his new book Science's Blind Spot. According to Hunter, naturalism predominates in modern science and is assumed to be capable of explaining every phenomenon in the universe. Hunter traces the historical development of this mindset, and investigates the usefulness and limitations of naturalistic science. He also analyzes the interface between naturalism and Darwinian evolution.

About Dr. Cornelius G. Hunter
Dr. Hunter is an engineer and biophysicist. He received his doctorate in biophysics and computational biology from the University of Illinois. Hunter has authored three books related to science, theology, and philosophy: his most recent book, Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism; Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil; and Darwin's Proof: The Triumph of Religion over Science. All three of his books can be purchased through Amazon.com.

July 25, 2008

The Mystery of Life's Origin: An Interview with Dr. Charles Thaxton, Part Two

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This episode of ID the Future features part two of an interview with Dr. Charles Thaxton, one of the first intelligent design scientists in the modern ID movement.

Critics of intelligent design often try to frame ID as a political response to court rulings striking down the teaching of creationism. Today origin of life theorist and chemist Charles Thaxton tells the true history of intelligent design as a modern scientific movement fueled by new discoveries and critical examination of the evidence by open minds. Listen in as Dr. Thaxton explains what led him to ID and tells the story behind Of Pandas and People, the textbook that so disturbed Eugenie Scott because "it looks legitimate!"

Charles Thaxton is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Scientific Affiliation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemistry.

July 23, 2008

Neo-Darwinism's Homology Problem

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On this episode of ID The Future we feature a short clip about homology -- the idea that there is structural identity and similarity of parts in distinct species such as the pentadactyl plan of the human hand, the wing of a bird, and the flipper of a seal. Scientists such as David Berlinski, Paul Nelson and Stephen Meyer argue that Neo-Darwinism explains some of the facts of homology but leaves many significant anomalies unexplained.

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July 21, 2008

The Mystery of Life's Origin: An Interview with Dr. Charles Thaxton, Part One

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This episode of ID the Future features part one of an interview by Casey Luskin with CSC Fellow Charles Thaxton, co-author of The Mystery of Life's Origin (1984), a foundational work for the intelligent design movement.

Listen in as Dr. Thaxton takes us back to the first stirrings of the modern intelligent design movement and discusses the chemical challenge to naturalistic origin of life theories.

Charles Thaxton is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Scientific Affiliation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemistry.

July 18, 2008

Intelligent Design Goes to Vegas

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This episode of ID the Future features remarks by Stephen Meyer at Freedomfest conference in Las Vegas.

What do intelligent design, evolution, information and purple people eaters all have in common? Well, they all took front stage at Freedomfest in Las Vegas last week when ID proponents Stephen Meyer and George Gilder squared off against Darwinists Michael Shermer and Ronald Bailey in debating whether there is scientific evidence for intelligent design in nature. Listen in as Stephen Meyer shares his opening remarks for the crowd.

July 16, 2008

Evolutionary Economics?

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On this video episode of IDTF, Senior Fellow Dr. John West takes a look at free market economics and business. It is often claimed that the free market operates like biological natural selection because the best ideas and products survive while others die out. However, West argues that the success of products and ideas is the result of intelligent decisions in designing products and developing new ideas. To mix economics and evolution together is to misunderstand both.

July 14, 2008

Who Designed the Designer?

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On this episode of ID The Future we have a short clip of Dr. Jay Richards, discussing the question who designed the designer?

Critics of intelligent design theory often throw this question out thinking to highlight a weakness in ID. Richards shows that the theory's inability to identify the designer is not a weakness, but a strength. ID does not identify the designer is because ID limits its claims to those which can be established by empirical evidence. As CSC Senior Fellow Dr. Michael Behe puts it: " [A] scientific argument for design in biology does not reach that far. Thus while I argue for design, the question of the identity of the designer is left open."

July 11, 2008

PBS' Think Tank Video Explaining Differences Between Intelligent Design and Creationism

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On this episode of ID The Future we are highlighting a second short clip from PBS' Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg that features CSC Director Dr. Stephen Meyer
explaining the differences between intelligent design, evolution and creationism.

July 9, 2008

Atheist Antithesis

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In this episode of IDTF, CSC's Logan Gage discusses the "new" atheists' approach to religion as a byproduct of evolution. Citing new research which shows that some religious beliefs and ways of processing are innate and are thus not accumulated by experience, Gage explains why the "new" atheists' views are unfairly biased against religious beliefs and why they are ultimately self defeating.

July 7, 2008

Another Look at The Devil's Delusion

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In this episode of IDTF CSC's Logan Gage takes another look at David Berlinski's The Devil's Delusion. Gage reviews the book and examines how Berlinski masterfully takes apart the arrogant claims of the new atheists and then calls capital 'S' Science --which has supposedly proven there is no God-- back to earth.

July 4, 2008

Thomas Jefferson and Intelligent Design

UPDATE: As of 3:00 pm PDT on 7/5/08 Podomatic had resolved its technical difficulties and this podcast could be accessed again. Enjoy!

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Critics of intelligent design sometimes claim they are defending the principles of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in trying to ban discussions of intelligent design. In the words of one writer, "Thomas Jefferson makes it quite clear that there was not a consensus of support among the authors of the Constitution... to support theological doctrines such as intelligent design." But would Thomas Jefferson himself agree? In this special July 4th edition of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John West explores the real views of Jefferson on intelligent design.

July 3, 2008

Alfred Russel Wallace: Champion of Natural Selection or Intelligent Design?

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Many credit Alfred Russel Wallace, who along with Darwin co-presented the theory of natural selection in letters to the Linnean Society of London, 150 years ago this year. But few seem to remember that, contrary to Darwin, Wallace actually believed that it was possible to detect design in nature. So, what would modern Darwin defenders make of Wallace today?