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Intelligent Design the Future: July 2009 Archives

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July 31, 2009

Micro or Macro? Microbiologist Ralph Seelke on Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future, Rob Crowther interviews Dr. Ralph Seelke, who explains the differences between Micro- and Macro-evolution and shares about his current evolution research.

Ralph Seelke received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1981, was a postdoctoral researcher at the Mayo Clinic until 1983, and has been an Associate Professor or Professor in the Department of Biology and Earth Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Superior since 1989. An authority on evolution's capabilities and limitations in producing new functions in bacteria, Prof. Seelke co-authored the science textbook Explore Evolution.

July 29, 2009

Intelligent Evolution and Darwin's Rival

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with historian Michael Flannery for the third installment of this series on Alfred Russell Wallace and Flannery's new book, Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism.

Wallace lived a century ago -- how is it fair to call Wallace a seminal figure for intelligent design? Listen in as Michael Flannery explains that while we cannot judge Wallace by the standards of today, we should view him as a man who took the latest ideas of science and drew "one fundamental conclusion: that certain features of the universe and of living thing are best explained by an intelligent cause and that an undirected natural selection was inadequate explanation for many key aspects of biological life."

Flannery also discusses how Wallace most closely resembles ID theorist Michael Behe in his acceptance of common descent and skepticism that the Darwinian mechanisms of chance and utility are capable of explaining everything in nature.

Michael Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has previously published on Alfred Russel Wallace in Forbes Magazine online, and his book is published by Erasmus Press.

Click on the links below if you missed the first installments of this series:

Part One
Part Two

July 27, 2009

Doubting Darwin With Double Ph.D Scientist Donald Johnson

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Donald E. Johnson about Johnson's journey from being an evolutionist to becoming a Darwin-skeptic and proponent of intelligent design.

What stands in the way of many scientists accepting ID? Johnson explains the difficulty he faced as the logic of the design argument compelled him to take a more critical look at Darwin's theory.

Donald E. Johnson, who holds two Ph.D.s, one Ph.D. in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and another Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University, is the recent author of the pro-ID book, Probability's Nature and Nature's Probability. His website is ScienceIntegrity.net.

July 24, 2009

Franics Collins: Consistent or not?

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CSC's Logan Gage offers an insightful review of new theistic evolutionist Francis Collins' seminal book, The Language of God, and considers whether or not Collins is consistent in his thinking.

Click here for more about Collins' views on evolution and intelligent design.

July 22, 2009

Historian Explodes Stereotypes About Intelligent Design

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This episode of ID the Future has the second installment of Casey Luskin's interview of Michael A. Flannery, author of Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism (2009). In this podcast, historian Flannery explains how Wallace held views different from Darwin, and thus poses a challenge to modern ID-critics:

"You see, with Wallace they're faced with a real problem, because with Wallace they're faced in one individual someone who is non-Christian, non-creationist, a thorough evolutionist, who not only independently discovered natural selection but came to a view of nature imbued with intelligent design. So an unamended Wallace would really force the Darwinists to admit 3 important things. First, it's absolutely possible to believe in evolution without subscribing to Darwinism. ... Second, ID is not nor was it from the beginning creationist. And third, ID was derived from scientific observations more than a hundred years ago, drawn from Alfred Russel Wallace."

Michael Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has previously published on Alfred Russel Wallace in Forbes Magazine online, and his book is published by Erasmus Press.

July 20, 2009

A Dissenter in Darwin's Shadow

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Michael A. Flannery, author of Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism (2009). Flannery's book is published by Erasmus Press, and it explains how Alfred Russel Wallace, the 19th century naturalist who co-discovered with Charles Darwin the principle of natural selection, not only dissented from key aspects of Darwinism but held certain views that can be classified as intelligent design (ID). Flannery's book shows that Wallace is a progenitor to modern ID who was neither a Christian nor a creationist, providing a historical disproof of many popular arguments against ID.

In this first installment of the interview, Mr. Flannery discusses how Darwin's early training in materialist philosophy influenced his later scientific proposals. Mr. Flannery has previously published on Alfred Russel Wallace in Forbes Magazine online at Alfred Russel Wallace.

July 15, 2009

DNA, Signature in the Cell, and Francis Collins at the NIH

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This episode of ID the Future features an interview with Stephen Meyer on the Sandy Rios show, where he answered questions about DNA, his new book, Signature in the Cell, and the recent appointment of Francis Collins to the NIH.

For continuing updates on other interviews and appearances featuring Dr. Meyer, visit SignatureInTheCell.com.

July 13, 2009

Stephen C. Meyer Tackles the Question That Stumped Darwin

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This episode of ID the Future features CSC director Stephen C. Meyer on the Rick Hamada program, where he addresses the critical question that stumped Darwin: where did the first life come from? Listen in for Steve's answer, and be sure to check out SignatureIntheCell.com for the latest news and media appearances with Dr. Meyer.

July 10, 2009

Art and Intelligent Design: The Connections Between Nature and Human Design

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On this episode of ID The Future, medical illustrator and artist Jody Sjogren, tells her scientific journey from being a passive "go-with-the-flow" Darwinist to becoming a Darwin-skeptic as she learned about the workings of biology and human-designed machines and gained experience with the creative process.

Sjogren graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and then from the Medical College of Georgia with a Master of Science degree in Medical Illustration. She also has a background in aviation. She now works as an artist with Metamorphosis Studios and contributes to IDarts.org, both of which feature her highly regarded art connecting biological avian flight with human-designed flight-machines.

July 8, 2009

Origin of Life Chemistry Shows Intelligent Design

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Baylor University chemist Dr. Charles Garner on new findings in origin of life research and the plausibility of the chemical origin of life scenario. Listen in as Dr. Garner shows the speculation and imagination materialists employ to explain the origin of life.

For more information, read some of Dr. Garner's comments here at Evolution News & Views.

July 6, 2009

Darwin's Tree of Life Splinters

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a keen-eyed look at Darwin's tree of life and finds that common descent, far from being confirmed by the data, is actually contradicted by it, as New Scientist pointed out in a recent cover story, "Why Darwin was wrong about the tree of life."

Listen in to learn how the data is challenging Darwinist assumptions, and check out "A Primer on the Tree of Life" for more information.

July 3, 2009

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson on Intelligent Design

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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.