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Intelligent Design the Future: November 2008 Archives

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November 26, 2008

Mind over Matter: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Implications for Materialism

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On this episode of ID the Future, UCLA psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz shares with Casey Luskin about his research on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). What does neuroscience tell us about the relationship between the mind and the brain? Schwartz explains in his book, The Mind and the Brain, that patients treated for OCD actually had the power to change the neural pathways in their brains by the power of their minds. What does this mean for materialism in medicine? Listen in and discover the real-world implications in this debate.

November 24, 2008

Materialism and Human Dignity

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery at SUNY, Stony Brook, on the relationship between the mind and the brain.

Listen in as Dr. Egnor explains how a materialist understanding of the mind undermines human dignity, affecting bioethics, criminal law, and ultimately how we treat one another as human beings.

November 21, 2008

Report From the Texas State Board of Education

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In this ID the Future podcast, Casey Luskin interviews Jonathan Saenz, Esq., Director of Legislative Affairs & Attorney at the Free Market Foundation in Austin Texas. Mr. Saenz attended this week's recent meeting of the Texas State Board of Education where members of the public expressed their views on whether Texas public schools should teach students about both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of evolution. Mr. Saenz recounts the predictably false and fallacious arguments made by many Darwinists who tried to convince the Texas State Board of Education to dumb-down evolution education.

For continuing updates on the situation in Texas, stay tuned to Evolution News & Views.

November 20, 2008

Atheist Philosopher of Physics Bradley Monton on Intelligent Design Debate, Part Five

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This episode of ID the Future features the last in a series of interviews with atheist philosopher of physics Bradley Monton. Professor Monton's perspective enriches and expands the debate over intelligent design, as he discusses whether an ID proponent can be an atheist, the scientific evidence for intelligent design, and the importance of the argument from cosmology.

Professor Monton also shares his experience dealing with Robert Pennock, a Darwinist philosopher of science who had an interesting response when Monton published a paper on the Dover decision, critiquing Pennock. Monton breaks this story for the first time in this interview, but the full tale is told in his forthcoming book, Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design, (Broadview Press, 2009).

November 17, 2008

Atheist Philosopher of Physics Bradley Monton on Intelligent Design Debate, Part Four

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On this episode of ID the Future, atheist philosopher of science Bradley Monton turns the tables on Casey Luskin, putting the question to him about the Dover trial. What is the story of Discovery Institute's involvement in that infamous case? Listen in as Professor Monton asks good questions and gets good answers.

November 14, 2008

Atheist Philosopher of Physics Bradley Monton on Intelligent Design Debate, Part Three

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his interview with atheist philosopher of science Bradley Monton. Professor Monton discusses his role in "The Great Debate on Intelligent Design" last weekend. Interestingly, the two presenters on the pro-ID side, including Prof. Monton, were non-theists.

Listen is as Prof. Monton shows that the debate over intelligent design is far more nuanced than most portray it.

November 12, 2008

The Importance of Being Human

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This episode of ID the Future we're highlighting a new podcast by Discovery Institute senior fellow Wesley J. Smith, called What It Means to Be Human.

Why is human exceptionalism is so important for universal human rights? Smith defines human exceptionalism and explains that there is a war being waged against unique human worth on many fronts, from personhood theory and the animal liberation movement to radical environmentalism and philosophical materialism. Very powerful forces have dedicated themselves to convincing us that we really aren't all that important. Smith examines these attacks and shows why human exceptionalism must be defended for the sake of human rights everywhere.

Mr. Smith has written extensively on human exceptionalism and bioethics, garnering him the Human Life Foundation's 2008 Great Defender of Human Life Award in October. For more information on Discovery Institute's program in Human Rights and Bioethics, go here.

November 10, 2008

Atheist Philosopher of Physics Bradley Monton on Intelligent Design Debate, Part Two

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This episode of ID the Future features the second part of Casey Luskin's interview with atheist philosopher of physics Bradley Monton.

Prof. Monton shares his experience in the debate over intelligent design and discusses the Dover decision, rebutting trial witness philosopher Robert Pennock.

Prof. Monton has a unique perspective of the debate over intelligent design as an atheist who is trying to elevate the debate. In 2006, he authored a paper on Judge Jones' Kitzmiller ruling, "Is Intelligent Design Science? Dissecting the Dover Decision."

November 6, 2008

Atheist Philosopher of Physics Bradley Monton on Intelligent Design Debate, Part One

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This episode of ID the Future features part one of Casey Luskin's interview with atheist philosopher of physics Bradley Monton, author of a new book on intelligent design. Prof. Monton has a unique perspective of the debate over intelligent design as an atheist who is trying to elevate the debate.

Professor Monton is debating intelligent design and the existence of God this weekend in Fort Worth, TX. Click here for more information.