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Intelligent Design the Future: September 2011 Archives

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September 30, 2011

Darwin's Tree of Life Splinters

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a keen-eyed look at Darwin's tree of life and finds that common descent, far from being confirmed by the data, is actually contradicted by it, as New Scientist pointed out in a recent cover story, "Why Darwin was wrong about the tree of life."

Listen in to learn how the data is challenging Darwinist assumptions, and check out "A Primer on the Tree of Life" for more information.

September 28, 2011

Part 3: James Le Fanu on Scientific Limitations

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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. James Le Fanu concludes his talk on big science with insight into its increasingly dogmatic tendencies. Science seems to be discovering its boundaries as it becomes laden with more and more indigestible facts. In this third and final segment of the three-part series, Dr. Le Fanu addresses the phenomenon and the paradox of science today as it finds itself limited by materialist assumptions.

Dr. James Le Fanu is a critically acclaimed science writer and medical practitioner. He is the author of several books, his most recent being Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, published in 2009.

September 26, 2011

Deepening Darwin's Dilemma with Jonathan Wells

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This episode of ID the Future features biologist and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Wells, who explains why Darwin saw the Cambrian explosion as a serious argument against his theory. Darwin countered it by supposing that fossils of the ancestors of Cambrian animals once existed, but were destroyed.

Listen in and learn how the discovery of microscopic and soft-bodied Precambrian fossils makes Darwin's excuse sound hollow.

September 23, 2011

Biomimetics and the Positive Implications for Intelligent Design


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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin looks at Biomimetics, a new movement in science that adapts designs from nature to solve problems in engineering, materials science, medicine, and other fields. While engineers and other researchers turn to nature for guidance and inspiration in producing human technology, the positive implications for intelligent design grow. Should scientists consider the possibility that biological systems, which outperform human technology, were intelligently designed? Listen in and find out.

For more information on Biomimetics, check out Biologic Institute's blog here.

For the National Geographic article Luskin cites, click here.

September 21, 2011

Part 2: James Le Fanu on the Mystery of Life

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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. James Le Fanu continues his talk on the state of scientific study today. Despite the general belief that new discoveries in genetics and neuroscience would soon reveal the secret of life, we have instead found that recent findings in these fields have unveiled even more mysteries. Listen in as Dr. Le Fanu discusses the perplexities that we have stumbled upon in this age of scientific exploration.


Dr. James Le Fanu is a critically acclaimed science writer and medical practitioner. He is the author of several books, his most recent being Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, published in 2009.

September 19, 2011

Part 1: James Le Fanu and the Current State of Science

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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. James Le Fanu explains why this era of big science is both "the best of times and the worst of times." Despite lavish funding of mega research projects, we are not seeing the same returns that we had a century ago with breakthrough discoveries of the fundamental laws of nature. Has the methodology of science reaches its limits? In Part 1 of this three-part series, Le Fanu explores the significance of science today and the confines and opportunities that it may face.

Dr. James Le Fanu is a critically acclaimed science writer and medical practitioner. He is the author of several books, his most recent being Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, published in 2009.

September 16, 2011

Recently Reported Fossil is Old News: Media Hype & the Upcoming Election

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on the recent excitement over the fossil Australopithecus sediba, which is being evangelized by media outlets as a hominid ancestor, despite the fact that the fossils were first reported almost a year and a half ago. Should we buy into the hype? Tune in to the discussion as Luskin examines the sudden resurrection of this story and why many scientists dismiss the fossil as evidence of an ape-hominid transition.

September 14, 2011

Darwinian Economics: Capitalism or Marxism?

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Does Darwinism lend support more naturally to a capitalist moral-economic perspective or to a Marxist one?

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer explores the deep Darwinian roots of Communism. Klinghoffer argues that while Marx had already begun sketching the outlines of his ideas before Darwin published the Origin of Species, he is fairly called a Darwinist; and the men who translated Marxism into practical political terms in the form of Soviet terror were evolutionary thinkers, just as they themselves claimed to be.

Listen in to learn more, and read more about Darwinism & Communism at Evolution News & Views:

Darwinism & Communism, Part I
Darwinism & Communism, Part II
Darwinism & Communism, Part III

September 9, 2011

AFA's Attorney Discusses Intelligent Design's Vindication in the CSC Settlement

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On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin interviews William Becker of the Becker Law firm, the attorney who represented the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) in their lawsuit against the California Science Center (CSC). Listen in as Bill Becker offers his perspective as a front line defender of free speech in this historic case for intelligent design.

September 7, 2011

Defending the First Amendment: Implications of the Recent CSC Settlement

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On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin interviews Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman about the implications of the recent lawsuit between the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) and the California Science Center (CSC). The CSC, a government-run institution, canceled the AFA's screening of Darwin's Dilemma in an act of censorship of the intelligent design viewpoint and violation of first amendment rights. Chapman discusses why the CSC's agreement to pay $110,000 to the AFA is a significant victory for champions of both free speech and free intellectual inquiry.

September 2, 2011

CSC Emails Expose Censorship of Intelligent Design

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses the viewpoint discrimination that resulted in the cancellation of a pro-ID film by the California Science Center (CSC). While the CSC is publicly giving one account of why they cancelled the event and broke their contract with the American Freedom Alliance (AFA), private emails disclose their stated reason as a mere pretext. Listen in as Luskin details the revealing evidence of the CSC's active intolerance of ID.