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Intelligent Design the Future: October 2010 Archives

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October 22, 2010

More of Nature's Dusty Evolutionary Gems

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On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin critiques some of the macroevolutionary "gems" from Nature's Evolution-Evangelism packet, including whale evolution, feathered dinosaurs, and Tiktaalik. Listen in as he explains why predictions about Tiktaalik from leading evolutionary scientists such as Jerry Coyne and the National Academy of Sciences were overturned by the discovery of 397 million year old tetrapod tracks in early 2010.

For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Evolution News & Views.

October 18, 2010

Evolution Rarely the Basis of Research: Nature's "Evolutionary Gems" Just Narrative Gloss

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his series responding to Nature's evolution evangelism packet, taking a look at truly interesting research that has nothing to do with natural selection, common ancestry or Darwin's theory.

For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Evolution News & Views.

October 13, 2010

Nature's "Evolutionary Gems": Microevolution Meets... Microevolution

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin continues his examination of Nature's "15 Evolutionary Gems" packet, going through the literature on small-scale, micro-evolutionary changes -- and how they fail to account for larger, macro-evolutionary changes.

Listen in as Luskin discusses changes in birds' beaks and guppies' spots and what they really tell us about evolutionary theory.

For more on the "evolutionary gems," Check out Evolution News & Views here.

October 11, 2010

Evaluating Nature's "Evolutionary Gems" and Finding Fishy Stories

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NatureDarwin.jpgOn this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin examines Nature's "15 Evolutionary Gems" packet, which he describes as "an evangelism packet for those wishing to spread the good news about Darwinism." The packet purported to show "just what is the evidence for evolution by natural selection," but Luskin looks at these jewels and finds that they're just paste. Listen in to this first installment on Stickleback fish.

For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Evolution News & Views.

October 6, 2010

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 Discovery fellow Michael A. Flannery, author of Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism. 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."

October 4, 2010

Politically Incorrect Scientist Alfred Russel Wallace

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Discovery fellow Michael A. Flannery, author of Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism. Flannery 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.