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Intelligent Design the Future: April 2011 Archives

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April 28, 2011

So-Called "Junk"-DNA Betrays Darwinian Predictions

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Evolutionists have long cited pseudogenes as a type of "junk" DNA that demonstrates an unguided evolutionary origin of the genome, but what if this Darwinian mindset is setting us up to miss important biological functions of pseudogenes? On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses how the research shows that pseudogenes are increasingly found to have function.

April 18, 2011

Hitler's Ethic and the Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress in Nazi Policy

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On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage interviews historian Richard Weikart on his book, now out in paperback, Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress, and how Darwinism influenced and inspired much of Nazi ideology.

Weikart's provocative book, out tomorrow, argues that Hitler's immorality was not the result of ignoring or rejecting ethics, but rather came from embracing a coherent -- albeit pernicious -- ethic of improving the human race through "evolutionary progress." Directly inspired by Darwin's theory of evolution, this ethic underlay or influenced almost every major feature of Nazi policy: eugenics (i.e., measures to improved human heredity, including compulsory sterilization), euthanasia, racism, population expansion, offensive warfare, and racial extermination. By embracing this particular brand of ethics, Hitler perpetrated much greater evil than he would have had he been merely opportunistic or amoral.

April 15, 2011

Scientocracy Rules

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Welcome to the Scientocracy, where unless you fully accede to the consensus view, then your opinion not only doesn't matter, it might even be dangerous. On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin shows how a recent move to redefine scientific literacy from an understanding of science into wholesale capitulation to the "consensus" damages true scientific literacy -- including the right to debate and dissent.

Luskin's article appeared in Salvo Magazine. For more information on Salvo, visit www.salvomag.com.

April 13, 2011

Academic Freedom a Possibility in Tennessee

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On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews Joshua Youngkin about the academic freedom bill that passed in the Tennessee House. Why does a bill that actually encourages more teaching on evolution threaten Darwin-lobbyists? Tune in to find out, and stay tuned to Evolution News & Views as we track the bill in the TN legislature.

April 6, 2011

What Does Evolution Have to Do With Immunology? Not Much

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews microbiologist and immunologist Donald Ewert about his previous work as associate editor for the journal Development and Comparitive Immunology, where he realized that the papers published were comparative studies that had nothing to do with evolution at all. Listen in to learn how, in Dr. Ewert's words, "evolutionary theory doesn't contribute to experimental biology."

Donald L. Ewert is 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 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.

April 4, 2011

Morality in a Meaningless World: An Interview With Rabbi Moshe Averick

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What happens to morality when the world has no meaning? On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute fellow Paul Nelson interviews Rabbi Moshe Averick, who discusses his book, Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist.

Rabbi Averick ran educational programs at UCLA and Northridge University in Los Angeles, and then became one of the founding faculty members of Aish Toronto and later at the Shaalvim Rabbinical Seminary in Israel.