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Intelligent Design the Future: August 2009 Archives

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August 31, 2009

Hitler's Ethic and the Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress in Nazi Policy

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On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage interviews historian Richard Weikart on his new book, Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress, and how Darwinism influenced and inspired much of Nazi ideology.

Weikart's provocative book, out tomorrow, argues that Hitler's immorality was not the result of ignoring or rejecting ethics, but rather came from embracing a coherent -- albeit pernicious -- ethic of improving the human race through "evolutionary progress." Directly inspired by Darwin's theory of evolution, this ethic underlay or influenced almost every major feature of Nazi policy: eugenics (i.e., measures to improved human heredity, including compulsory sterilization), euthanasia, racism, population expansion, offensive warfare, and racial extermination. By embracing this particular brand of ethics, Hitler perpetrated much greater evil than he would have had he been merely opportunistic or amoral.

August 28, 2009

Challenging Ideas Promotes Good Science Education

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In this ID the Future Podcast, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Rebecca Keller, a signer of A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism, about her views on biological evolution. Dr. Keller holds a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, spent many hears doing biochemical research on molecular machines, and is an outspoken proponent of teaching students about both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. She is also the CEO of Gravitas Publications, which publishes the Real Science for Kids textbook series, providing textbooks that teach kids objective science in the core disciplines of science.

August 26, 2009

Rebutting Methodological Materialism: Interview With Angus Menuge, Part Two

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Angus Menuge on his latest research, including his arguments rebutting methodological materialism, a defense of downward mental causation, and a non-materialist theory of information. Listen in as he shares from his experience debating PZ Myers on how neuroscience actually points to the existence of non-material causes.

August 24, 2009

Agents Under Fire: Part One With Angus Menuge

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Angus Menuge, professor of philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin and author of Agents Under Fire, Materialism and the Rationality of Science. Dr. Menuge shares how he got involved in the debate over intelligent design and what made him a skeptic of Darwinian evolution. Listen in as Dr. Menuge explains what is necessary for the Darwinian account of evolutionary complex systems.

August 21, 2009

Evolution's Glass Ceiling

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On this episode of ID the Future, acclaimed author and Discovery Institute senior fellow David Klinghoffer takes a look at the academic freedom -- or lack thereof -- for scientists who support intelligent design, scientists who are forced to don disguises and go underground in order to protect their careers.

This podcast is based on Mr. Klinghoffer's commentary in Townhall Magazine, "Evolution's Glass Ceiling."

August 19, 2009

Cosmological Fine Tuning and the Multiverse Model

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Scott Chambers, who discusses his current research and his interest in the debate over evolution, which began in college and continues through this day.

Dr. Chambers explains how the evidence for intelligent design from the fine-tuning of the universe and the fundamental constants of physics "smacks of design," and he addresses the multiverse hypothesis.

August 12, 2009

Is ID Creationism? William Dembski Answers Top Three Objections to ID

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues an interview with leading intelligent design theorist and CSC Senior Fellow William Dembski. Together, Dembski and Luskin address the three most common objections to design: that it is improper to infer design based on unlikely probabilities, that dysfunctional or suboptimal biological structures disprove that they were designed, and that intelligent design is nothing more than repacked creationism.

Touching on such topics like pattern detection, design constraints, philosopher Immanuel Kant, and theology, Dembski shows that there are logical and reasonable answers to these objections and that intelligent design is a useful and scientific theory.

August 10, 2009

New Video Shows DNA Evidence for Intelligent Design

Animation Gives Unique Look Inside the Cell
A new video, Journey Inside The Cell, launched today at dramatically illustrates the evidence for intelligent design within DNA, as described in Stephen C. Meyer's book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne 2009).

The original animation by Light Productions reveals in intricate detail how the digital information in DNA directs protein synthesis inside the cell, revealing a world of molecular machines and nano-processors communicating digital information.

"This video is going to make things worse for critics of intelligent design," Dr. Meyer explains. "They will have more difficulty convincing the public that their eyes are deceiving them when the evidence for design literally unfolds before them in this animation."

Narrated by Stephen Meyer, the video is a short tour of the molecular labyrinth, the cell's sophisticated information-processing system, which not only produces machines, but also reproduces itself.

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August 7, 2009

Do we live on a privileged planet?

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On this episode of ID The Future we have a short clip about the book The Privileged Planet. In the book, authors Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzalez suggest that earth was designed for scientific discovery. They introduce a new idea that more than just being rare in the universe, the earth is ideally located for scientific observation.

August 5, 2009

The First Challenge to Darwin, the Preamble to Intelligent Design

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews historian Michael Flannery for the final 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.

What was Wallace's theory of intelligent evolution, which Flannery describes as a preamble to intelligent design?

It should strike both ID proponents and critics alike as significant that first intelligent design challenge to Darwinism came in the form of intelligent evolution from the very man who is credited with the co-discovery of natural selection, and he issued this challenge on the basis of the limitations of the principle of utility.

Flannery's research on Alfred Russell Wallace illustrates how this debate is not evolution vs. creation, but Darwinism versus design.

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
Part Three

August 3, 2009

Double Ph.D. Scientist Calls for Scientific Integrity

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews scientist Donald Johnson about his new book, Probability's Nature and Nature's Probability. Dr. Johnson calls for scientific integrity in the debate over evolution and intelligent design and discusses how information is transmitted in living systems.

Donald E. Johnson holds Ph.D.s in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He can be reached at his website,