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Intelligent Design the Future: May 2011 Archives

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May 31, 2011

"Science Is an Established Church" Says Skeptic David Berlinski

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On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman talks with David Berlinski about the threatened establishment in science and the history of persecuted minority views, and Berlinski's own view that "Science is an established church."

David Berlinski's book, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions is available in paperback.

May 25, 2011

When It's Wise to Question the Scientific Consensus

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On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews CSC Senior Fellow Jay Richards about when it's wise to doubt a "scientific consensus." With growing skepticism on issues where the public is told that scientific consensus exists -- most notably Darwinian evolution, but also climate change. How can we tell if the consensus is based on social pressure or on scientific evidence? Listen in, and be sure to read Dr. Richards' article at The American here.

For more articles from Dr. Richards, visit Evolution News & Views and The American.

May 20, 2011

Discussing the New Exoplanet With Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez

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Have scientists discovered a planet with possible life on it? On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. As the co-originator of the Galactic Habitable Zone, Dr. Gonzalez knows better than anyone what it takes for a planet to sustain life. Listen in as he tells us whether the newly discovered exoplanet Gliese 581d is habitable.

May 16, 2011

An Insurmountable Problem for Darwinian Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin continues his interview with Dr. Ann Gauger, senior researcher at the Biologic Institute, about her experimental work evolving enzymes in the lab, honing in on how complex and specified enzymes are generated and testing Darwinian predictions experimentally. Listen in as she share what her most recent study discovered about an insurmountable problem for evolution.

Ann Gauger is a senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute. Her work uses molecular genetics and genomic engineering to study the origin, organization and operation of metabolic pathways. She received a BS in biology from MIT, and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Washington, where she studied cell adhesion molecules involved in Drosophila embryogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard she cloned and characterized the Drosophila kinesin light chain. Her research has been published in Nature, Development, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

May 12, 2011

Evolving Enzymes and Testing Darwin's Theory With Ann Gauger

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews biologist Ann Gauger, who discusses her new research paper with Doug Axe, recently published in BIO-Complexity. Listen in as Dr. Gauger shares how she tested the changes necessary to evolve enzymes by a Darwinian mechanism, and stay tuned as she shares the results on our next podcast.

Ann Gauger is a senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute. Her work uses molecular genetics and genomic engineering to study the origin, organization and operation of metabolic pathways. She received a BS in biology from MIT, and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Washington, where she studied cell adhesion molecules involved in Drosophila embryogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard she cloned and characterized the Drosophila kinesin light chain. Her research has been published in Nature, Development, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

May 9, 2011

Primate Phylogenetics Challenge Darwin's Tree of Life

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on a new study showing a very tangled phylogenetic tree for primate. Listen in as Luskin shows how researchers trying to create a primate phylogenetic tree are finding it isn't as easy as they'd hoped.

May 4, 2011

The Origin of the Myth of Junk DNA

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This episode of ID the Future features a clip from Discovery Senior Fellow, biologist Jonathan Wells, whose new book, The Myth of Junk DNA, is out now. Where did this idea of junk DNA come from? How did it become the dominant view of science? And what's the problem with this argument? Listen in as he explains.

May 2, 2011

Newspeak in Biology Erases Design in Favor of Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a look at a startling new phenomenon: some ID critics today are so fearful of lending any credence towards intelligent design that they are recommending that biologists stop using the word "design" entirely.