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Intelligent Design the Future: August 2011 Archives

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August 31, 2011

California Science Center Pays $110,000 to Settle Intelligent Design Discrimination Lawsuit

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On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin and Casey Luskin discuss the recent settlement in the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) v. California Science Center (CSC) lawsuit. In the settlement, CSC paid AFA over $100,000 to avoid a public trial that would have exposed evidence of viewpoint discrimination against intelligent design. Listen in as Luskin and Youngkin discuss some of the evidence in this case that shows discrimination and intolerance against ID.

August 29, 2011

Classic Darwinist Tactics: When the Evidence Fails, Strategize!

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin finishes up his review of Karl Giberson and Francis Collins' The Language of Science and Faith. In this sixth and final part of Luskin's review, he delves into a discussion about the contradictions, irony, and appeals to authority that permeate the book. Listen to this podcast to hear why Giberson and Collins resort to such tactics. Is the evidence for Darwinian evolution really as strong as they would have you believe?

August 26, 2011

What Does Politics Have to Do With it? Darwinian Evolution & the Presidential Campaign

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Back in 2007, Darwinian evolution arose as a hot topic during the presidential campaign for the 2008 election. Now, as we draw ever nearer to 2012, presidential candidates are once again being put in the spotlight for their views on evolution, as we are even now witnessing with the recent scrutiny of Rick Perry. On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage takes a look at why it even matters whether or not the President accepts Darwinian evolution. Why has it become so necessary for politicians to take a stance on scientific issues?

August 24, 2011

Micro to Macro: Neo-Darwinists Give Small Evidence for Big Claims

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin exposes how evidence given for macroevolution in The Language of Science and Faith is too weak to hold any weight. In their book, Francis Collins and Karl Giberson make the all-too-common claim that macroevolution is merely microevolution over a prolonged period of time. Are the proposed mechanisms really as simple as they sound? Luskin discusses the insufficiency of Collins and Gibersons' argument in Part 5 of his continued review of The Language of Science and Faith.

August 22, 2011

Do Humans Share A Common Ancestry With Neanderthals?

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin tackles another neo-Darwinian assertion made by Karl Giberson and Francis Collins in The Language of Science and Faith. In their book, Giberson and Collins capitalize on the popular notion of Neanderthals as brutish, non-human, cavemen like beasts in order to bloster their claims about common ancestry. Is this view of Neanderthals accurate? Do experts agree that Neanderthals are drastically different from early humans? What does this mean for the notion of common ancestry. Luskin explores the connection between Neanderthals and humans and sets Giberson and Collins straight.

August 17, 2011

Taking the Darwinian Explanation of the Eye on Faith

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin tackles another neo-Darwinian assertion made by Giberson and Collins in The Language of Science and Faith. In their book, Giberson and Collins make an offhand statement that a series of mutations can lead to such a novel structure as the eye. However, they fail to give any citation or discuss any evidence to back up this claim. Instead of simply accepting the neo-Darwinian explanation of the eye on faith, let's take a look at the science behind it.

August 10, 2011

Birds of a Feather: Darwinian Evolution Stumped by Novel Features

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his review of Giberson and Collins' The Language of Science and Faith, citing recent advancements in developmental biology that overturn their assertion that feathers evolved from elongated scales. Although Giberson and Collins have claimed the evolution of the feather as a prime example of novel features arising by random mutation, more recent findings show how evolutionary biology is failing to provide an explanation for how this could occur. Does the pursuit of scientific evidence really lead to the idea that the unique and complex structure of the feather is merely an accidental byproduct of evolution?

August 8, 2011

Pseudogenes Shrink Gaps for Theistic Darwinian Evolutionists Collins & Giberson

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses how theistic Darwinian evolutionists Francis Collins and Karl Giberson rely on the argument that pseudogenes are junk, "broken DNA." The pseudogene is their centerpiece evidence for common descent and macroevolution in their new book, The Language of Science and Faith. This leaves them hard-pressed as we learn more about biology, genetics and biochemistry, finding function for non-coding DNA, including pseudogenes.

August 5, 2011

Atheist Antithesis

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On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage discusses the new atheists' approach to religion as a byproduct of evolution. Citing new research which shows that some religious beliefs and ways of processing are innate and are thus not accumulated by experience, Gage explains why the new atheists' views are unfairly biased against religious beliefs and why they are ultimately self-defeating.

For more information on this topic, visit FaithandEvolution.org.

August 3, 2011

Threatening the Pharyngula--The Debate With PZ Myers on Evidence from Embryology

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In this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on the recent debate between biology professor PZ Myers and Evolution News & Views contributors on evidence from embryological development. Do patterns in embryology really support evolutionary biology? Listen to this podcast and discover what the evidence shows.

August 1, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik Shows That Ideas Really Do Have Consequences

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As the world reacts to the depravity of Anders Breivik's cold-blooded killings, the mainstream media is quick to label the heinous crimes as an act of fundamentalist Christian terrorism. Is this really the complete story of Breivik's underlying motivations? In his manifesto, Breivik explicitly identifies himself as a Christian, but at the same time makes it clear that he views the label as a pragmatic political tool, not a religious statement. In this episode of ID the Future, John West gives a thorough account of the scientific fundamentalism and Social Darwinist ideals that inspired much of Anders Breivik's worldview.