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Intelligent Design the Future: May 2010 Archives

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May 28, 2010

Feathered Dinosaurs or Flightless Birds?

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin examines the latest fossil evidence of so-called feathered dinosaur fossil. While the mainstream media trumpets these finds as conclusive evidence in the case for evolution, Luskin explores whether the "feathered dinos" might actually be secondarily flightless birds. Have Darwinists interpreted the evidence to fit the data, or to fit their evolutionary paradigm? Listen in and find out.

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May 26, 2010

Steve Matheson's Spell-Checking Gotcha Game

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin responds to Calvin College biology professor Steve Matheson's critique of Signature in the Cell.

What would you get if you crossed a snarky pro-evolution blog like Panda's Thumb with a passionate defender of theistic evolution? You might get Steve Matheson's critique of Stephen Meyer's book. Listen in as Luskin explains how Matheson's frequent personal attacks on Meyer, mixed with exposés of occasional typos and the possible discovery of one minor error, make for a weak argument against intelligent design.

You can read Casey Luskin's entire response to Steve Matheson in Signature of Controversy, the free digital book you can download here.

May 24, 2010

Signature of Controversy: New Book Responds to Stephen Meyer's Critics

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Critics of intelligent design often try to dismiss the theory as not worth addressing, as a question already settled, even as being too boring to countenance. Then they spend an amazing amount of energy trying to refute it. On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews David Klinghoffer, editor of the new digital book Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell. Listen in as Klinghoffer examines the responses of these various critics in this new volume, available as a free digital book.

Click here to download the new book, featuring essays by David Berklinski, David Klinghoffer, Casey Luskin, Stephen C. Meyer, Paul Nelson, Jay Richards, and Richard Sternberg.

May 19, 2010

Stephen Meyer Has Even His Critics Agreeing: Intelligent Design Makes Sense

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This episode of ID the Future features the recent interaction between Stephen Meyer and one of his critics, Steve Matheson, who were recently at Biola University to discuss Dr. Meyer's book, Signature in the Cell. At one point in the exchange, Dr. Matheson, a theistic evolutionist, explains why he does not come to the same conclusions Dr. Meyer does.

Click here for a short transcript of the exchange.

To watch the full event, visit the Biola website here.

May 17, 2010

Paul Nelson on the Future of Intelligent Design

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What does the future look like for intelligent design? That's the question on this episode of ID the Future, where we talk with philosopher of biology Paul Nelson about the hope he has for the scientific challenge to Darwinian evolution and shares his advice for future scientists.

If you're interested in keeping up with the intelligent design community, check out BIO-Complexity, the new open-access peer-reviewed journal on intelligent design and origins. For more general information, visit the resource page at

May 12, 2010

Fitness Costs and the Genetic Barriers to Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Scientific Dissent From Darwinism signer, biologist Mauricio Alcocer Ruthling, about the scientific problems with evolution. Dr. Alcocer Ruthling received his Ph.D. in plant science from the University of Idaho and is now Director of Graduate Studies at the Universidad Autónoma in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Alcocer Ruthling has studied the importance of fitness costs to the use of herbicides and explains why fitness costs demonstrate the existence of genetic barriers to evolution.

May 10, 2010

Testing Evolution in the Lab With Biologic Institute's Ann Gauger

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Director of Research Jay Richards interviews Ann Gauger, senior research scientist at Biologic Institute, on a new article she and Dr. Ralph Seelke have in the peer-reviewed journal BIO-Complexity. Working with her co-authors, Dr. Gauger experimentally tested two-step adaptive paths that should have been within easy reach for bacterial populations. Listen in and learn what Dr. Gauger was surprised to find as she discusses the implications of these experiments for Darwinian evolution.

Dr. Gauger's paper, "Reductive Evolution Can Prevent Populations from Taking Simple Adaptive Paths to High Fitness," is available here.

May 7, 2010

Michael Behe on Stereotypes and Acceptance of ID and the Big Bang

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On this episode of ID the Future we present a short clip of senior fellow Dr. Michael Behe at the Intelligent Design Under Fire conference where he talks about the acceptance of intelligent design based on misinformation and stereotypes as promoted by the media. He contrasts the current status of intelligent design with that of Big Bang theory in the beginning of the 20th century, when many scientists refused to accept Big Bang theory because they didn't like the philosophical implications.

The full video of this conference, Intelligent Design Under Fire Experts Cross-Examine the Top Proponents of Intelligent Design Theory, is available from the Access Research Network here.

May 5, 2010

New Research Shows Humans Closer to Neanderthals Than Chimpanzees

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on interesting new genetic research which shows that our ancestral tree may not be quite what you think. This research, published in the science journal Nature over the past few months, shows a much greater genetic distance between humans and chimps than previously thought. Intriguingly, it also reveals a closer relationship between humans and Neanderthals. Listen in for the full story.

May 3, 2010

The Case Against a Darwinian Origin of Protein Folds

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On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Research Director Jay Richards interviews protein scientist Doug Axe on his critical review paper published in the new journal, BIO-Complexity.

Dr. Axe's new paper rigorously assesses the Darwinian mechanism to create new protein folds and is the featured article at BIO-Complexity, a new, open-access journal embracing the scientific controversy over origins and intelligent design.