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Intelligent Design the Future: November 2011 Archives

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November 30, 2011

Hitler & Darwin, pt. 2: Richard Weikart on Evolutionary Ethics

On this episode of ID The Future, the second of two in this series, host David Boze continues a discussion with Discovery Institute fellow Dr. Richard Weikart, author of two books exploring the links between Darwinian theory and Nazism. On this podcast, Weikart talks about the moral and logical challenges involving evolutionary ethics. Is morality simply "an illusion fobbed off on us by our genes to get us to cooperate", as biologists Michael Ruse and E. L. Wilson suggest? What did Darwin believe about morality? Is there an objective morality, or is it relative and evolving even today? Listen as Weikart builds a compelling case against evolutionary ethics and recent criticism of his books.

Weikart is the author of two books on the subject: From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany and Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress.

ALSO: Read Weikart's detailed response on Evolution News & Views to recent criticism of his books.

November 28, 2011

Hitler & Darwin, pt. 1: Richard Weikart Responds to Recent Claims Against his Books

On this episode of ID The Future, the first of two on this topic, Discovery Institute fellow Dr. Richard Weikart discusses his response to critics of his work showing the links between Darwinian theory and Nazism. "It's clear that he [Hitler] uses Darwinian terminology and concepts quite frequently, not only in Mein Kampf but also in his second book and in many of the speeches..." Tune in to find out what Weikart's critics are saying and how he refutes their claims.

Weikart is the author of two books on the subject: From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany and Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress.

ALSO: Read Weikart's detailed response on Evolution News & Views to recent criticism of his books.

November 25, 2011

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Goes to Trial in Anti-ID Discrimination Case

On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze interviews Joshua Youngkin, a legal affairs analyst at the Discovery Institute, about new developments in the case of David Coppedge, a former employee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who was demoted and later fired for discussing intelligent design. Youngkin provides background on Coppedge's tenure at JPL and gives insight into the legal basis for the discrimination lawsuit that will now go before a jury trial. "This is a case that comes under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. It bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their viewpoint..."

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Visit our David Coppedge Case Information page to get more info, the latest updates, and to send your own message to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.

November 23, 2011

Darwin on Trial 20th Anniversary: Phillip Johnson Looks Back and Forward

On this episode of ID The Future, we hear from Phillip Johnson on the 20th anniversary of his seminal book Darwin on Trial, which challenged mainstream beliefs about Darwinian evolution and inspired many scientists and scholars of the modern intelligent design movement. With characteristic wit and humor, Johnson talks about the reaction to his book and his hopes for the future of the debate and the ID movement.

Johnson: "If we keep explaining the truth and adopting ever more creative ways of getting that truth across, as we are doing constantly, eventually more and more people come to see it and to understand it."

For more on Phillip Johnson's work, including biography, videos, and articles, visit the new website darwinontrial.com.

Purchase the 20th Anniversary Edition of Darwin on Trial.

November 21, 2011

Darwin on Trial 20th Anniversary: Stephen Meyer on Phillip Johnson's Courage

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture and author of Signature in the Cell: DNA & the Evidence for Intelligent Design, honors Phillip Johnson, the U.C. Berkeley law professor that helped launch the modern intelligent design movement with the 1991 publication of his book Darwin on Trial.
Meyer says Johnson had the courage to speak up when others don't: "The over-weening dynamic of this debate is fear. There are many many many people who have come up to the water's edge, who have seen the problems with Darwinian evolution, have counted the cost, and recoiled...Johnson had the guts..."

Visit the new website darwinontrial.com.

Purchase the 20th Anniversary Edition of Darwin on Trial.

November 18, 2011

Darwin on Trial 20th Anniversary: Paul Nelson & Jonathan Wells Pay Tribute

On this episode of ID The Future, two men influenced by Phillip Johnson's 1991 book Darwin on Trial pay tribute. At a recent event celebrating Johnson's impact, biologist and professor Dr. Paul Nelson says "the strongest cultural influence that the intelligent design community has had has been through its books - they change lives."
Dr. Jonathan Wells, a cell and developmental biologist, credits Johnson with convincing him that the evidence for common ancestry, a pillar of Darwinian evolution, was so thin it was simply "applied materialistic philosophy."

Visit the new website darwinontrial.com.

Purchase the 20th Anniversary edition of Darwin on Trial.

November 16, 2011

Darwin on Trial 20th Anniversary: James Kushiner on Phillip Johnson's "Gift"

On this episode of ID The Future, James Kushiner, author, journalist, and editor of Touchstone Magazine, pays tribute to the mettle of Phillip Johnson in writing his 1991 book Darwin on Trial. The book inspired skeptics of Darwinian evolution across the disciplines and helped establish the modern intelligent design movement.

Kushiner says Johnson "helped neutralize the acid of Darwinism that has devoured the sight of so many who have lost the ability to see the beauty in creation."

Visit darwinontrial.com.

Purchase the 20th Anniversary edition of Darwin on Trial.

November 14, 2011

Darwin on Trial 20th Anniversary: Darwinian Evolution's "Wrecking Ball"

On this episode of ID The Future, Host David Boze kicks off the celebration by setting the stage. He first takes us back to 1925, where Darwinian evolution seemingly won the day in the infamous Scopes Trial. Fast forward to 1991. Evolutionary theory is back on trial. Harvard graduate and University of California at Berkley law professor Phillip Johnson publishes Darwin on Trial. The controversial book questions how much we really know about the supposedly unchallengeable theory of evolution and inspires other critics of the theory to explore it's limits and press the argument further. Tune in to hear comments about the impact of Darwin on Trial from Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute.

Visit darwinontrial.com.

Purchase the 20th Anniversary edition of Darwin on Trial.

November 11, 2011

Alleged, pt. 3: Recreating History, Hollywood Style

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West goes "on the set" for an interview with filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous Scopes "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tennessee. In this final part of a three-part interview, Fred Foote discusses what it was like producing a film about one of the most famous trials in American history.

Alleged is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon.com and other retailers.

November 9, 2011

Alleged, pt. 2: Debunking the Biggest Myths about the Scopes Trial

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West goes "on the set" for an interview with filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous Scopes "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tennessee. In this second part of a three-part interview, Fred Foote discusses the biggest myths about the Scopes trial that he hopes his film will shatter.

Alleged is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon.com and other retailers.

November 7, 2011

Alleged, pt. 1: The Story Behind the New Film that Seeks to Replace Inherit the Wind

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West goes "on the set" for an interview with filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous Scopes "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tennessee. In this first part of a three-part interview, Fred Foote discusses what inspired him to do a new film on the Scopes trial.

November 4, 2011

An Ocean Apart: New Fossils Challenge Common Ancestry

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about recently discovered fossils that have inspired Darwinists to develop wild and speculative explanations.

Fossils of the Hoatzin bird have previously been found exclusively in South America, but were recently uncovered in Africa--clear on the other side of the Atlantic. As Darwinists struggle to fit the discovery of these fossils into their doctrine of common descent, it becomes apparent that regardless of what new evidence suggests, they will refuse to allow common ancestry to be challenged. Listen in as Boze and Luskin reveal the tendency of Darwinists to pursue PR campaigns rather than scientific inquiry.

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.