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Intelligent Design the Future: October 2009 Archives

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October 30, 2009

The Real Frankenstein: Giovanni Aldini

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On this special Halloween edition 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 that Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini conducted on human corpses. His gruesome experiments 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 28, 2009

Darwinists Launch Cyber Attack on Intelligent Design Conference Website

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Censorship has many forms. In this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith talks to Shepherd Project Executive Director Craig Smith about how his organization recently became target the of malicious computer hackers in a coordinated attempt to suppress information about an upcoming conference on Darwin and intelligent design in Colorado.

Why would Darwinists launch such a brazen attack? Why does intelligent design incite such hostility that its opponents won't countenance even allowing a conversation about it to take place? Listen in and learn how the modern day equivalent of book-burning is being used to suppress information about intelligent design.

October 26, 2009

David Berlinski and The Deniable Darwin

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On today's episode of ID the Future, mathematician and consummate skeptic David Berlinski shares with Discovery President Bruce Chapman about his award-winning essays from Commentary Magazine and the answers that are unacceptable to the scientific community.

The essays first published in Commentary Magazine are now available in The Deniable Darwin & Other Essays, a new book published by Discovery Institute Press, where nothing is exempt from Berlinski's famous skepticism, excluding neither Darwinism nor intelligent design from his critical eye. The 32 essays included in this volume span fifteen years of wit and insight. Visit the website at www.davidberlinski.org for more information.

October 23, 2009

The Origins of Intelligent Design: Countering Darwinist Urban Legends

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC's Robert Crowther takes aim at Darwinist misinformation about the origins of intelligent design. Crowther makes mincemeat of the assertion that the term "intelligent design" was fabricated following the 1987 Edwards v. Aguillard Supreme Court case, showing instead that the term is over 100 years old. He also targets the old Darwinist canard that terms like micro- and macro-evolution were made up by Darwin's critics.

For more information on the history of intelligent design, read CSC Senior Fellow Jonathan Witt's "The Origin of Intelligent Design."

October 21, 2009

A Skeptic's Take on the New Atheists: An Interview With The Devil's Delusion Author David Berlinski

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On this episode of ID the Future, mathematician and skeptic David Berlinski explains in a conversation with Discovery President Bruce Chapman where he draws the line with the new atheists.

There is a clear difference between a thoughtful secular Jew such as Dr. Berlinski and the new atheists such as Richard Dawkins. One is a truly cautious skeptic -- the other maintains his dogmatic belief in Science, with a capital S. Nowhere is this illustrated more clearly than in Dr. Berlinski's book, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions, where he examines the issues that science claims to have solved.

For more information, and to download a free discussion guide for the book, visit www.devilsdelusion.com.

October 19, 2009

How Information Theory Is Taking Intelligent Design Mainstream: An Interview With Dr. William Dembski

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This episode of ID the Future continues Casey Luskin's interviews Dr. William Dembski on his new peer-reviewed paper, "Conservation of Information in Search: Measuring the Cost of Success," published in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics A, Systems & Humans.

How does this peer-reviewed scientific paper support intelligent design? Listen in as Dr. Dembski shares how his research tests evolutionary theory using information theory and the follow-up paper that he and fellow researcher Dr. Robert Marks are working on.

For more information, read the paper at EvoInfo.org.

October 16, 2009

Dr. Michael Egnor's Brain Hypothesis

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On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage interviews professor of neurosurgery at SUNY, Stony Brook Michael Egnor. Dr. Egnor discusses his current research into cerebral blood flow and the buffering of the brain from the force of blood pumped by the heart. Dr. Egnor's approach to this problem is that of an engineer, using the design inference to understand how the brain protects itself from the pulsatility of the arterial blood flow of the heart.

October 15, 2009

Information and Clear Accounting in Evolution: An Interview With Dr. William Dembski

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin interviews Dr. William Dembski on his new peer-reviewed paper, "Conservation of Information in Search: Measuring the Cost of Success," published in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics A, Systems & Humans.

Listen in as Dr. Dembski shares how his research provides accounting practices for checking out where the information in evolutionary processes is being inserted and expressed, thus holding evolutionists accountable to the fact that information is coming from an outside source.

For more information, read the paper at EvoInfo.org.

October 9, 2009

Academic Freedom Action Alert

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This episode of ID the Future features breaking news that could affect your freedom to present views that dissent from Darwin in a public place. CSC Associate Director John West explains in an interview with Anika Smith.

Free speech on evolution is under attack in California, where censors have expelled the intelligent design documentary, Darwin's Dilemma, from the state science center.

Make your voice heard and stand up for free speech by e-mailing the California State Science Center at 4info@cscmail.org and calling 323-724-3623 to respectfully urge the Center to allow Darwin's Dilemma to be screened, as they originally agreed.

Stay tuned to Evolution News & Views as this story develops.

October 7, 2009

Abuses of Power in Science: An Interview With Darwin Skeptic David Berlinski

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On this episode of ID the Future, David Berlinski discusses the abuses of power that can -- and often do -- occur in the scientific community, and how our tax dollars fund them.

Dr Berlinski is author of The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions is now available in paperback from Basic Books. Visit the website at www.devilsdelusion.com for more information and continuing updates from Dr. Berlinski.

October 5, 2009

Darwin Doubter David Berlinski Explains the Problem of Dissent in Science

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On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman asks David Berlinski how to address the problem of dissent in science.

The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions is now available in paperback from Basic Books. Visit the website at www.devilsdelusion.com for more information and continuing updates from Dr. Berlinski.

October 1, 2009

Darwin Skeptic David Berlinski on Peer-Review and the Scientific Bureaucracy

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On this episode of ID the Future, David Berlinski explains how peer-review REALLY works in a conversation with Discovery President Bruce Chapman.

In addition, David Berlinski has comments on a recent investigation into the NSF at Evolution News & Views today.


David Berlinski's book, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions is now available in paperback.