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Intelligent Design the Future: January 2009 Archives

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January 30, 2009

Well-Informed: Dr. Robert Marks and the Evolutionary Informatics Lab

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Editor's Note: After this podcast first aired, Dr. Marks' website, originally hosted by Baylor University, was taken down in an act of censorship. You can read the story here and watch part of it in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

In today's episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Robert Marks about his work in evolutionary informatics at Baylor University. Marks explains that evolutionary informatics seeks to emulate evolution on a computer, allowing for new engineering designs to be developed. Unlike Darwinian evolution, this process does not advance gradually, and requires a certain amount of external information to be fed into the computer before the process can begin; in other words, the systems must be designed before the evolution can begin. This contrast fueled Marks' interest in intelligent design, and has led him to critically analyze a number of evolutionary computer programs that claim to prove Darwin's theories.

About Dr. Marks
Dr. Marks is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is also one of the founders of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab. His research and teaching focuses on computational intelligence, including fuzzy systems and neural networks. Dr. Marks' upcoming Handbook of Fourier Analysis will be released through the Oxford Press. Marks also co-wrote Neural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks with Russell Reed. For more information on evolutionary computing and Dr. Marks' work, please visit the Evolutionary Informatics Lab homepage.

January 28, 2009

Evolution Has Weaknesses: Dr. Meyer Testifies in Texas

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This episode of ID the Future features CSC director Dr. Stephen Meyer's opening remarks to the Texas State Board of Education, where he testified last week in favor of keeping critical analysis of evolution in the Texas science standards. Listen in as Dr. Meyer explains some of the problems with Darwin's theory, including the Cambrian Explosion.

For more information and continuing updates about the controversy in Texas, visit Evolution News & Views.

January 27, 2009

Texas Board Chair Gives a Science Lesson

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Last week, the Texas State Board of Education met to consider a draft of their new science standards. At the meeting, the Board's Chair, Dr. Don McLeroy did a remarkable thing -- he gave the rest of the Board a science lesson, which began when McLeroy proposed a new standard regarding evolution. Listen in to this episode of ID the Future as Dr. McLeroy lays out a compelling case for the existence of scientific controversies over evolution.

January 23, 2009

Question Everything: An Interview with Author Gordy Slack

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with Gordy Slack, author of The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA. Slack shares his personal views on intelligent design and the socio-political implications of the ID-evolution debate.

Luskin's interview with Slack is illuminating and thought-provoking as they compare their experience at the infamous Dover trial, and while they disagree on the issues, this remains a fruitful dialogue worth listening to.

Some of Mr. Slack's incorrect claims are refuted in a long-standing response to the "Wedge Document" from the Discovery Institute, entitled "The 'Wedge Document': 'So What?'."

Gordy Slack has written for Mother Jones and, among others. He was formerly the associate editor of California Wild, a natural history magazine. Slack has written several books in addition to The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything, including Faith and Science.

January 19, 2009

The Curious Case of the Evolving Dr. Schafersman

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Who's really trying to dumb down how evolution is presented in schools today? This episode of ID the Future takes a look at the curious case of the evolving Dr. Steven Schafersman and what we can learn from it about current debates over teaching evolution. Listen in as CSC Associate Director John West traces the changing rhetoric of Dr. Schafersman of the misnomered "Texas Citizens for Better Science," and the next time you hear a Darwinist claim that there are no scientific controversies over evolution, remember the case of the evolving Dr. Schafersman.

January 16, 2009

Why Consensus Doesn't Count

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Darwinists often point out that Darwin's theory is supported by a majority of scientists and so only the evidence that supports the theory should be presented to students. On this episode of ID The Future, CSC's John West explains that when it comes to setting public policy, dissenting views on science can be critically important and should be encouraged.

January 14, 2009

Academic Freedom Day -- What Can You Do?

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On this episode of ID the Future we take a look at the need for academic freedom on evolution. As Darwinists around the world gear up for Darwin Day 2009, we hope they remember Darwin's own words on the need for free scientific inquiry:

"A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question."

Listen in to find out how you can mark the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth by standing up for academic freedom on evolution and celebrating Academic Freedom Day. For more information and resources on how you can help, check out

January 12, 2009

Intelligent Design Doesn't Go There: Opposing Views, Part 4

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin makes the case that intelligent design has scientific merit because it is does not try to address religious questions about the supernatural. ID limits its claims to what can be scientifically inferred from the empirical domain, setting it apart from creationism. Listen in as Luskin shows how ID is a legitimate scientific alternative to neo-Darwinism that has key differences from creationism.

This podcast is taken from a series of articles published at and can be read here.

January 9, 2009

The Making of a Darwin Dissenter Part II

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On this second of a two part ID The Future, CSC's Casey Luskin continues his discussion with CSC Fellow Dr. Geoffrey Simmons about evolution and vestigial organs. What makes a doctor skeptical of Darwinian evolution? How can doctors express their scientific dissent from Darwinism? Listen in as Dr. Simmons shares from his knowledge in the medical field.

Dr. Simmons is a licensed and practicing physician in Eugene, OR, and the author of the books What Darwin Didn't Know (2004) and Billions of Missing Links (2007). For more reasons why doctors doubt Darwin, check out Dr. Simmons' Amazon blog.

January 8, 2009

Intelligent Design's Implications Don't Discredit Its Scientific Merit: Opposing Views, Part 3

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin explains why any philosophical implications of intelligent design, or any religious motives, beliefs, and affiliations of ID proponents, do not disqualify ID from having scientific merit.

This podcast is taken from a series of articles published at and can be read here.

January 5, 2009

Top 10 Darwin and Design Resources from 2008

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Kevin Wirth and Dennis Wagner of Access Research Network (ARN) on their top ten Darwin and Design resources from 2008. Listen in as they take a look back on the year that brought us ID in a video game, books by both agnostics and theists supporting design, and the number 1 political documentary of 2008.

To read more about ARN's Top 10 Resources for 2008, click here.