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Intelligent Design the Future: October 2011 Archives

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October 31, 2011

The Real Frankenstein: Giovanni Aldini

On this special Halloween edition of ID the Future, John West shares the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

In his book, Darwin Day in America, West examines the experiments of Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini, conducted on human corpses. His gruesome experiments provided the inspiration for Frankenstein and foreshadowed the rise of a virulent strain of materialism that attempted to use science to reduce human beings to mere matter in motion.

Want to read instead? Here's the original post from Evolution News & Views with more detail and illustrations.

October 26, 2011

Prof. John Lennox on His New Book Seven Days That Divide the World

On this episode of ID The Future, Jay Richards talks with Professor and author John Lennox about one of his latest books, Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science. Lennox wrote the book after discovering many people who waver between the message of the Bible and the message of science. Lennox discusses ways of interpreting scripture that don't compromise its authority. "I don't want to say anything less than what scripture says, but I don't want to say anything more," says Lennox.

Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Fellow of Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Lennox has lectured on science and religion and related themes around the world.

Learn more about and order Seven Days that Divide the World.

October 24, 2011

"Anti-Science": Unpacking a Vague & Distorted Label

On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze discusses the ambiguous label "anti-science". What does it mean? What are the implications? Who's using it?

The term is being bandied about, not just in science journals and newspapers, but in the political arena as well, as typified by the recent comments of Utah governor Jon Huntsman: "The minute that the Republican party becomes the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people that would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. When we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position."

Tune in to unpack this curious term and learn how it is shaping current debates.

David Boze has his own shown on Seattle's 770 KTTH. He began his radio career in Seattle after serving as a research analyst for a public policy think tank. David has guest hosted on the nationally syndicated Michael Medved Show.

October 21, 2011

Is the Brain Just an Illusion?

On this episode of ID The Future, Anika Smith interviews science writer Denyse O'Leary about her book, The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul.

In the book O'Leary and her co-author Mario Beaurogard, neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Université de Montréal, explore the question of whether or not the mind is an illusion as materialists believe. The Spiritual Brain looks at whether religious experiences come from God or are merely the random firing of neurons in the brain. Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. He and O'Leary offer compelling evidence that mind creates matter, rather than matter creating mind.

October 18, 2011

Prof. John Lennox Responds to Stephen Hawking with New Book

In this edition of ID The Future, John Lennox discusses his latest book, God and Stephen Hawking, a response to Hawking's recent work The Grand Design. In his book, Hawking attempts to provide answers to life's grandest questions. Why is there something rather than nothing? When and how did the universe begin? What is the nature of reality? In his response, Lennox questions Hawking's attempts to refute the need for a creator. "To offer people a choice between God and science as explanation is like offering people a choice between Henry Ford and mechanical engineering as an explanation for a Ford motor car! In order to explain it completely, you need an explanation in terms of science and in terms of agency. It is the same with God and the universe." Is philosophy dead, as Hawking claims? Is the so-called M-theory the "only viable candidate" for a complete 'theory of everything'? Tune in and find out!

Visit for more information and to order the book.

October 17, 2011

(Not) Making the Grade: Recent Textbooks & Their Treatment of Evolution

In this edition of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses a newly updated report on 22 recent textbooks and their treatment of evolution and intelligent design. In 2000, Jonathan Wells published a review of textbooks in his popular book Icons of Evolution. He discovered that many textbooks presented inaccurate or incomplete information about evolution and either omitted or undermined alternative viewpoints. Wells' criteria is used again 11 years later. Tune in to find out what has changed.

Read the report highlights or download the full report.

Visit the Icons of Evolution book website.

Icons of Evolution is also available as a documentary film.

October 14, 2011

Materialism & Human Dignity

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery at SUNY, Stony Brook, on the relationship between the mind and the brain.

Listen in as Dr. Egnor explains how a materialist understanding of the mind undermines human dignity, affecting bioethics, criminal law, and ultimately how we treat one another as human beings.

October 12, 2011

Metamorphosis Video Exclusive: Transformation is Still a Mystery

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In this episode of ID The Future, Dr. Ann Gauger, senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute, recognizes that metamorphosis is still an unknown phenomenon for scientists: "We know just the bare outlines of a few of the processes involved for metamorphosis - it's a mystery."
Watch this video clip, not available anywhere else, for more!

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October 10, 2011

Metamorphosis Video Exclusive: Metamorphosis Phenomenon is Widespread

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In this episode of ID The Future, Dr. Ann Gauger, senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute, discusses how prevalent the process of metamorphosis is in the animal kingdom. What are the advantages of such a procedure? How does it benefit organisms? Watch this video clip, not available anywhere else, to find out!

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October 7, 2011

Looking Back: David Berlinski's The Deniable Darwin

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This episode of ID the Future features David Berslinski on his book The Deniable Darwin & Other Essays, and the identity he found as a scientific critic and his notorious Commentary essay attacking Darwinian theory.

Listen in as Berlinski discusses origin of life research, the essay he considers his best, and the legacy of Darwin's On the Origins of Species.

October 5, 2011

Dr. Alastair Noble Discusses the ID Movement in the UK

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On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin interviews Dr. Alastiar Noble, director of the Centre for Intelligent Design, about the debate over ID in the UK. The discussion hones in on Intelligent Design in the science education setting as they contrast the differences and similarities between the ID movements in the U.S. and the UK.

Dr. Alastair Noble studied chemistry and did research at the University of Glasgow. He has been a high school chemistry teacher, adviser, schools inspector and educational administrator. He has also worked on educational programmes within the BBC, the CBI, and the Health Service.

October 3, 2011

Metamorphosis Video Exclusive: Dr. Ann Gauger Discusses Limits of Natural Selection

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In this special video edition of ID The Future, Dr. Ann Gauger, senior research scientist at Biologic Institute, discusses why natural selection is unable to account for the many changes that occur during butterfly metamorphosis. According to recent research, as many as six or more steps are required to change the function of just one protein. How does this relate to the numerous physical, hormonal, and cellular changes required to turn a larva into a butterfly? What would coordinate all these changes to ensure a successful transformation? Watch this compelling video clip, not available anywhere else, to find out!

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