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Intelligent Design the Future: March 2010 Archives

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March 30, 2010

Why We Need Academic Freedom for Intelligent Design Proponents

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Are there really threats to academic freedom in America? On this episode of ID the Future we're featuring an excerpt from a talk given by Casey Luskin at the 2010 Academic Freedom Day celebration at the University of Arkansas. In this third clip, Luskin explains that the persecution stories in the movie Expelled were just the tip of the iceberg. He gives additional examples of pro-ID students, scientists, and faculty who have experienced persecution due to their support for intelligent design. Listen in as Luskin explains why many critics don't believe in academic freedom in America.

March 26, 2010

Intelligent Design Predictions for the Fossil Record and "Junk" DNA

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What does the fossil record tell us about intelligent design? And what does intelligent design predict when it comes to "junk"-DNA?

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin explores more of intelligent design's testable predictions in a recent talk he gave at the University of Arkansas.

March 24, 2010

A Broader Audience: Intelligent Design and Ciencia Alternativa

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On today's episode of ID the Future, CSC's Casey Luskin interviews Mario Lopez, co-founder of Ciencia Alternativa. Ciencia Alternativa is a website devoted to expanding intelligent design's reach within the Spanish-speaking community. Lopez explains how he first became involved in ID, and describes the history and operations of Ciencia Alternativa. He also talks about some of his associates at Ciencia Alternativa and the harsh opposition they face from parts of the scientific community. According to Lopez, this opposition can be so severe that his associates must conduct ID-related work incognito to avoid endangering their reputations and employment elsewhere.

Visit Ciencia Alternativa at http://www.oiacdi.org/.

March 22, 2010

Is Antibiotic Resistance Evidence for Darwinian Evolution?

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This episode of ID The Future features audio from the Icons of Evolution curriculum modules DVD. Antibiotic resistance is an example of natural selection acting on random mutation and is often referred to as one of the hallmark pieces of evidence for Darwin's theory of evolution, but is it truly strong evidence supporting modern evolutionary theory? Biologist Scott Minnich thinks not and explains why.


March 19, 2010

Where Does Darwin's Argument From the Origin of Species Fit Into the Classroom?

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On this episode of ID The Future philosopher of biology and CSC senior fellow Paul Nelson argues that philosophical issues related to design in nature are bound to come up in the classroom, given the history and structure of evolutionary theory. In science classrooms today, the allowed scientific playing field is multidimensional. There is the empirical axis, or observational information, and the analytical axis, truth of mathematics and logic. Where then does Darwin's argument from the Origin of Species fit into the classroom? Tune in and find out.

March 16, 2010

Reading Wesley Smith: Why the Darwin Debate Matters

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC's David Klinghoffer reviews the new book by Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith, A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy, explaining why the Darwin debate matters so urgently and taking an important look at the animal rights movement.

Listeners in the Seattle area are invited join us this week at Discovery Institute's office, where Wesley Smith will be visiting to talk about his news book on Thursday, March 18. Click here for more information.

March 10, 2010

The Positive Case for Intelligent Design and Why It's Being Expelled from Academia

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On this episode of ID the Future we're featuring an excerpt from an Academic Freedom Day talk given by Casey Luskin at the University of Arkansas. The talk is titled "The Positive Case for Intelligent Design and Why It's Being Expelled from Academia," and in this first of two parts, Luskin gives two positive, testable predictions of ID that are confirmed by the empirical data.

March 5, 2010

Is the Brain Just an Illusion?

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On this episode of ID The Future, Anika Smith interviews science writer Denyse O'Leary about her book, The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul.

In the book O'Leary and her co-author Mario Beaurogard, neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Université de Montréal, explore the question of whether or not the mind is an illusion as materialists believe. The Spiritual Brain looks at whether religious experiences come from God or are merely the random firing of neurons in the brain. Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. He and O'Leary offer compelling evidence that mind creates matter, rather than matter creating mind.

March 3, 2010

Darwin as the Pinball Wizard: Talking Probability with Robert Marks

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Robert J. Marks, who recently published two papers with William Dembski and another paper with Dr. Dembski and graduate student Winston Ewert. This is Dr. Marks' first IDTF interview since Baylor University shut down his pro-ID Evolutionary Informatics Lab, now available at a third-party website, EvoInfo.org.

Listen in as Dr. Marks discusses his research on probability and the problems it poses for Darwin's theory.

March 1, 2010

Graduate Student Challenges Avida in Scientific Paper

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interview Winston Ewert, a graduate student in computer science at Baylor University who recently co-authored a paper titled, "Evolutionary Synthesis of Nand Logic: Dissecting a Digital Organism," in Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Ewert shares how reading Richard Dawkins led him to his current research in evolutionary computation and his criticisms of the Avida Simulation.

Listen in as Ewert explains the scientific research behind his paper, and find out why intelligent design is attracting the interest of graduate students. For more on intelligent design research, visit The Evolutionary Informatics Lab and Biologic Institute.