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Intelligent Design the Future: July 2011 Archives

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July 29, 2011

Recent articles confirm the thesis of Jonathan Wells' The Myth of Junk DNA

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Dr. Jonathan Wells' The Myth of Junk DNA asserts that making baseless assumptions in scientific investigation puts a stop to further inquiry and the potential of innovative discovery. In this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses how Dr. Well's thesis continues to be confirmed as several articles, published since The Myth of Junk DNA, contribute to the downfall of the "junk DNA" concept through the discovery of previously overlooked functions.

July 27, 2011

Evolution's Glass Ceiling

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On this episode of ID the Future, acclaimed author and Discovery Institute senior fellow David Klinghoffer takes a look at the academic freedom -- or lack thereof -- for scientists who support intelligent design, scientists who are forced to don disguises and go underground in order to protect their careers.

This podcast is based on Mr. Klinghoffer's commentary in Townhall Magazine, "Evolution's Glass Ceiling."

July 25, 2011

The Design of Life: What the Evidence of Biological Systems Reveals

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems with author Dr. William Dembski. Is design in nature just an "illusion," as Richard Dawkins proclaims? Dembski and co-author Dr. Jonathan Wells show the answer is "no." Biologists have and continue to use the assumption of design successfully, precisely because design in biology is not an illusion but real.

July 15, 2011

Discussion and commentary on publishers failing to comply with Texas science standards

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CSC's Josh Youngkin interviews Casey Luskin about the Texas State Board of Education's current review of supplemental curriculum materials for use in science classess. Many of the materials submitted have not complied with the state's science standards which require students to"to "analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student."

Evolution News & Views has more on this story.

July 13, 2011

Intelligently Designed Nanotechnology

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As Casey Luskin reveals in this episode of ID the Future, eminent biologists have said that they must continually remind themselves that what they see in biology evolved, and was not designed. But now engineers are turning to biology to replace human technology because biological pathways provide superior solutions to biomedical-technological needs. Is this trend more consistent with an evolved biosphere, or an intelligent designed one? Listen to this podcast and decide for yourself.

July 11, 2011

Scientific Reasons to Reject an Atheistic Worldview: Exploring TrueU with Mike Keas

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews CSC senior fellow Dr. Mike Keas, author and expert on science pedagogy. Dr. Keas discusses True U, a worldview curriculum aimed at high school and college students. Dr. Keas contributes to the teaching resources and blog at Listen in as they talk about the impact of the New Atheists and how scientifically-based arguments such as intelligent design have religious implications.

True U is an extraordinary new resource to help students understand what they think about the world and the big questions of life. For more information and free resources, visit the website at

July 6, 2011

Francis Collins and Evolution

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On this video episode of ID the Future, God and Evolution contributors and other scholars respond to Francis Collins' defense of theistic evolution in his book The Language of God.

God and Evolution was just named World Magazine's "Book of the Year" for 2011.

July 4, 2011

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson on Intelligent Design

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Critics of intelligent design sometimes claim they are defending the principles of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in trying to ban discussions of intelligent design. In the words of one writer, "Thomas Jefferson makes it quite clear that there was not a consensus of support among the authors of the Constitution... to support theological doctrines such as intelligent design." But would Thomas Jefferson himself agree? In this special July 4th edition of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John West explores the real views of Jefferson on intelligent design.