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Intelligent Design the Future: November 2010 Archives

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November 29, 2010

Remembering Dr. Philip Skell

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This special episode of ID the Future remembers a bold and courageous voice for objectivity in science, Dr. Philip Skell, who died last week. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) since 1977, "Phil" was Emeritus Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University, and his research included work on reactive intermediates in chemistry such as carbene molecules, free-atom reactions, and reactions of free carbonium ions. Later in his career, Phil became a skeptic of neo-Darwinian evolution. His main position was that Darwinism does not serve as the cornerstone of biological thought that many claim it does. In 2007, Casey Luskin met Dr. Skell and had a series of three interviews with him for ID the Future.

November 23, 2010

The Intelligent Design of the Immune System

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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Donald L. Ewert continues to explain why the vertebrate adaptive immune system does not use "random" or "chance" processes like Darwinian evolution to generate antibody diversity. Instead, he argues that the immune system is intelligently designed. Listen in as Dr. Ewert shares one of the most interesting stories in science, the generation of antibody diversity.

Read the final part of Dr. Ewert's continuing response at ENV here.

Dr. Ewert received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1976. As a microbiologist, he operated a research laboratory at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for almost twenty years. The Wistar Institute is one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research. His research, supported by National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture grants, has involved the immune system, viruses, and cellular biology.

November 17, 2010

An Immunologist Explains Why the Immune System Isn't an Example of Darwinian Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Donald L. Ewert, a research immunologist/virologist who spent much of his career studying the molecular and cell biology of the immune system, as well as theories about its evolution. Dr. Ewert recently wrote a response at Evolution News & Views to BioLogos' Dr. Kathryn Ewert. Listen in as Dr. Ewert explains how the immune system works and why it's not an example of Darwinian evolution at work.

Read part of Dr. Ewert's continuing response at ENV here.

Dr. Ewert received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1976. As a microbiologist, he operated a research laboratory at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for almost twenty years. The Wistar Institute is one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research. His research, supported by National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture grants, has involved the immune system, viruses, and cellular biology.

November 15, 2010

Programming of Life

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Donald E. Johnson about his new book, Programming of Life, which compares the workings of biology to a computer. Listen in as Dr. Johnson explains what inspired his latest book as an information scientist addressing the origin of life.

Donald E. Johnson holds two Ph.D.s, one in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and another in Chemistry from Michigan State University. His website is ScienceIntegrity.net.

November 12, 2010

The New Spontaneous Generationists

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On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews writer Robert Deyes on The New Spontaneous Generationists, who argue that "matter and energy somehow self-originated into complex forms without outside intelligence." While we may have moved beyond expecting rats to materialize from garbage heaps and maggots from decaying meat, materialists today are trying to simulate the origin of first life without intelligent agency -- and they're failing. Listen in to learn why, and read Deyes' article at ARN's ID Report for more.

November 10, 2010

Limits to Self-Organization

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews University of British Columbia at Vancouver philosophy faculty member Richard Johns on his recent paper in the journal Synthese titled "Self-organisation in dynamical systems: a limiting result." In the paper, Dr. Johns argues that there are limits to the complexity of structures that can be produced by self-organization. Johns shows that Darwinian evolution is actually a type of a self-organizing process, and that it too is limited in the types of biological structures it can produce.