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Intelligent Design the Future: September 2008 Archives

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September 29, 2008

Scientific Revolutions and Intelligent Design

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC senior fellow and biologist Jonathan Wells joins Casey Luskin to discuss the scientific revolution over intelligent design. Why are some scientists intolerant of new theories? Why do Darwinists refuse to admit any evidence that contradicts Darwin's theory? Listen in as Wells explains why the clash over intelligent design is so sharp, and why he believes intelligent design will win in the end.

September 26, 2008

Intelligent Design, Science, and Kitzmiller: Steve Fuller on Naturalism

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This episode of ID the Future features Casey Luskin's third and final interview with Dr. Steve Fuller, professor of sociology at University of Warwick. Here Fuller discusses his role as an expert witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, where he rebutted the claim that science is committed to naturalism.

Fuller shares how his interest in intelligent design grew out of his research as a historian and philosopher of science into the "demarcation problem" -- what is the difference between science and non-science? Open about his personal background as a secular humanist, Fuller's defense of intelligent design as science is robust and thought-provoking. Listen in as he explains why the progress of science is dependent on people who are willing and able to think outside the box of naturalism.

September 24, 2008

Dissent Over Descent: Interview with Steve Fuller

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC's Casey Luskin is again joined by University of Warwick sociologist Steve Fuller, the author of the recent book, Dissent Over Descent. Highlighting topics from his book, Fuller explains the nature and problem of a scientific consensus on controversial topics, argues that intelligent design is not anti-science (just anti-establishment), criticizes Kenneth Miller's intelligently designed experiments that supposedly show "natural" selection, and predicts that, as biological study continues to become more like an engineering project, it will be harder for scientists to deny that life is intelligently designed. Listen as Fuller addresses why there is, in fact, dissent over descent.

September 22, 2008

Billions of Missing Links: A Rational Look at the Mysteries that Evolution Can't Explain

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Geoffrey Simmons, author of the book Billions of Missing Links. In the book Simmons shows that as modern science has progressed from the visible to the invisible (microscopic, submicroscopic, genetic, biochemical and genetic) the numbers of missing links have skyrocketed. Every "link" discovered brings many more questions (missing links) than answers. Listen to hear more about science's missing links, and click here to visit Simmons' Amazon blog on the subject.

September 19, 2008

Expelled in England: Steve Fuller Shares View on Education Director's Resignation

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC's Casey Luskin is joined by Dr. Steve Fuller, a professor of sociology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Dr. Fuller shares his perspective on the recent forced resignation of the former Director of Education at the Royal Society, Michael Reiss. Reiss is an ordained Anglican Priest, has a doctorate in biology, is currently a professor of science education at the Institute of Education at the University of London, and is widely regarded and respected as an expert in science education. Reiss stepped down from his position as Director of Education due to the controversy over his recently expressed opinions on creationism in the classroom. Listen as Dr. Fuller shares his belief that Reiss was forced to step down merely because he refused to say that creationism was false.

September 17, 2008

Physicist and Bioengineer Discusses His Doubts About Darwin

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On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Bert Massie a physicist who worked for many years on the Dept of Defense's Star Wars project, and for the past dozen years has worked in biotechnology, developing methods of scanning the retinas of infants to test for blindness. Massie explains how it is that after his extensive education and his career in science he has become a skeptic of Darwin, and discusses the evidence for intelligent design in physics, chemistry, and biology. Dr. Massie earned his Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA, and is a signer of the Dissent from Darwinism list.

If you have a Ph.D. in engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, or one of the other natural sciences, and you agree with the following statement, "We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged," then please contact us at cscinfo@discovery.org.

September 16, 2008

The Limits to Biological Change: An Interview with Ray Bohlin

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In this episode of ID the Future, CSC's Anika Smith interviews CSC Fellow Ray Bohlin. Ray Bohlin earned his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and is the current Presidents of Probe Ministries. During his academic studies Bohlin developed doubts about evolution that he then explored in his book, The Natural Limits to Biological Change written in 1984. Listen as he explains his skepticism of evolution and offers advice for emerging scientific doubters of Darwin.

September 12, 2008

Rodney LeVake: Expelled Science Teacher, Part 2

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On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin continues an interview with Rodney LeVake, the plaintiff in the Academic Freedom court case LeVake vs. Independent School District #656. LeVake, a former high school biology teacher, informally expressed doubts about evolution to a colleague who then reported him to the principal. LeVake ended up losing his biology position, not because he taught creationism or intelligent design, but because he committed a thought crime by doubting Darwinism. Listen as LeVake continues his story, explaining the law suit and what happened afterwards.

September 10, 2008

Rodney LeVake: Expelled Science Teacher, Part 1

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On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Rodney LeVake, the plaintiff in the Academic Freedom court case LeVake vs. Independent School District #656. LeVake, a former high school biology teacher, informally expressed doubts about evolution to a colleague who then reported him to the principal. LeVake ended up losing his biology position, not because he taught creationism or intelligent design, but merely because he expressed reservations about evolution to a colleague. Listen as he tells his story of clear academic persecution.

September 9, 2008

The Argument for Design in Cosmology

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Research Director Bruce Gordon speaks with Casey Luskin about the evidence for cosmic fine-tuning. With this technical discussion, Dr. Gordon explains some of theoretical and mathematical problems with attempts to dodge the evidence for cosmic fine-tuning such as the "multiverse" hypothesis and string theory. Dr. Gordon explains that, in the end, these objections to cosmic design amount to thinly veiled materialist philosophy that are rife with logical contradictions and a fundamental in ability to explain why something, rather than "absolute nothing," exists.