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Intelligent Design the Future: October 2008 Archives

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October 31, 2008

The Real Frankenstein: Giovanni Aldini

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On this episode of ID the Future, John West shares the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

In his book, Darwin Day in America, West examines the experiments Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini conducted on human corpses. His gruesome work provided the inspiration for Frankenstein and foreshadowed the rise of a virulent strain of materialism that attempted to use science to reduce human beings to mere matter in motion.

October 29, 2008

Rehabilitating the Miller-Urey Experiment?

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin examines a new claim by origin of life theorists who seek to rehabilitate the now-discredited Miller-Urey experiment. If life didn't originate in a "vast primordial soup," did volcanoes perhaps play a role? Listen in as Luskin explains how far "plausible prebiotic conditions" are from making life.

For more information, read Luskin's article at Evolution News & Views

October 22, 2008

Controversy or Hypocrisy? Science Standards, Textbooks, and Texas

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On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews Casey Luskin about the controversy over science standards currently brewing in Texas. Why is a group of Darwinists up in arms about the experts selected to review the state's science standards? Luskin exposes the truth behind the Darwinists' claims and finds more than a little hypocrisy in their attacks on textbook authors Stephen Meyer and Ralph Seelke.

Read Discovery Institute's news release about the bogus controversy here.
For continuing coverage of the situation with science standards in Texas, stay tuned to Evolution News & Views.

October 17, 2008

Ben Stein Responds to Critics of Expelled

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Today on ID the Future we feature a special video podcast highlighting the new Expelled DVD, out next week. To celebrate, we're giving away 10 free copies of the movie at Evolution News & Views.

What did the critics think of Expelled, how did audiences respond to the film in theaters, and what does Ben Stein have to say about it? Watch this podcast and find out.

October 8, 2008

A Darwinian Case for Capitalism?

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This episode of ID the Future features an excerpt from a lecture by CSC Senior Fellow John West on Darwinism and capitalism. Most people associate "social Darwinism" with the ruthless capitalists of the Gilded Age, but West debunks that cultural icon, drawing the connection between Thomas Malthus and Darwin and examining the implications of zero-sum economics in Malthusian theory.

Can conservatives appeal to Darwin's theory to defend capitalism? What about the so-called undesigned "spontaneous order" some conservatives argue is present in free market economics? Listen in to find out.

For more on Darwin and capitalism, check out West's book, Darwin's Conservatives: The Misguided Quest.

October 6, 2008

How Michael Behe Came to Doubt Darwin's Theory

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This episode of ID the Future features a clip from national radio host Michael Medved's intriguing interview with CSC senior fellow and biochemist Michael Behe. How did Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box and The Edge of Evolution first come to doubt Darwin's theory? Listen in and find out.