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Intelligent Design the Future: January 2012 Archives

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January 30, 2012

Michael Shermer's Conflicted Message on Science, ID, and Evolution

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a look at Michael Shermer's conflicted message on science, intelligent design, and evolution.

Michael Shermer recently debated the scientific ideas and beliefs of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, with Michael Flannery. View their exchanges on Evolution News & Views.

January 27, 2012

New Film Says Darwinian Evolution Co-Founder Embraced Design

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West, Associate Director of Discovery's Center for Science & Culture, discusses Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin's Heretic is a new documentary short film now available online that highlights Wallace's theory of "intelligent evolution" and reveals his contributions to biogeography. The film is based on a recent book by historian Michael Flannery called Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life.

Says West: "The fact that the very co-founder of the theory [of evolution by natural selection] ended up embracing design is something many Darwinists don't know and those who do know really don't want to talk about because it doesn't fit with the script!"

View Darwin's Heretic online.
Visit www.alfredwallace.org for more information.

January 25, 2012

The Hypocritcal Bias Against Faith in Science Rhetoric

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West, Associate Director for Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, discusses the attempts by many Darwinists to relegate intelligent design to the humanities, equating it with creationism so as to avoid discussion of its scientific merits. West also talks about the mistaken notion that science and faith are incompatible: "Regardless of whether someone happens to be religious or not, they have the right to participate in the public life, and that includes in science and the arts."

January 23, 2012

Peer-Reviewed Paper Argues for an Engineered Universe

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Dominic Halsmer, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University, discusses his 2010 peer-reviewed paper, "The Coherence Of An Engineered World," published in the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics. Listen in as Dr. Halsmer explains to Casey Luskin why the universe is bio-friendly and the signs of engineering he sees in Nature.

Listen in to Part 2 of Casey's interview with Dr. Halsmer.

Download and read Dr. Halsmer's paper.

January 20, 2012

Are Pre-Cambrian Fossils the Solution to Darwin's Dilemma?

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about a new study which determined that Precambrian microfossils could not have been evolutionary ancestors of the complex animals that appear in the Cambrian explosion. Previously, Darwinian paleontologists believed these fossils were multicellular animal embryos, but computer tomographic analysis has now shown they were single-celled algae-like organisms. As Boze and Luskin explain, they cannot be the solution to "Darwin's Dilemma."

January 18, 2012

Are new state laws properly labeled "creationist"?

On this podcast, David Boze is joined by CSC program manager for public policy and legal affairs, Joshua Youngkin to discuss several recent science education bills filed in the legislatures of New Hampshire and Indiana. Although one of the bills is clearly creationist in form and aim, and would thus be unlawful if passed, as explained below, the language, purpose and likely effects of other two bills are sufficiently murky right now to resist the creationist label.

January 16, 2012

Dover and the "ID is dead" meme

UPDATE AND CORRECTION: The Monday, January 16 podcast was originally mislabeled and improperly identified. Here is the correct description.

On this podcast, David Boze interviews CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin discussing the "ID is Dead" internet meme. They review problems with the Kitzmiller v. Dover ruling, and how ID has thrived despite the intolerant environment in the post-Dover world. Listen in as they discuss exciting recent developments in science, media, and the next generation of students who are carrying the torch of ID.

On this podcast, David Boze is joined by CSC program manager for public policy and legal affairs, Joshua Youngkin to discuss several recent science education bills filed in the legislatures of New Hampshire and Indiana. Although one of the bills is clearly creationist in form and aim, and would thus be unlawful if passed, as explained below, the language, purpose and likely effects of other two bills are sufficiently murky right now to resist the creationist label.

January 13, 2012

"Anti-Science": Unpacking a Distorted Label, pt. 2

On this episode of ID The Future, we return to the topic of the anti-science label and how opponents of intelligent design try to stifle the debate by using this unscientific term. Tune in to hear host David Boze review some of the latest examples of this tactic, including a recent article in New Scientist Magazine warning of unscientific America and its "dangerous retreat from reason." Boze also reviews definitions of science, just to be clear on what science is and what it isn't.

January 11, 2012

ARN's Dennis Wagner on the Top 10 Science Stories of 2011

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin talks with ARN Executive Director Dennis Wagner on the Access Research Network's Top 10 Science Stories of 2011. Gaining top honors on the list was the publication of the 50th peer-reviewed pro-ID scientific paper. Biomemetics, the field of science where man tries to mimic designs found in nature, made the top 10 list again this year with inventors from Harvard building a prototype butterfly and researchers in China reverse-engineering the woodpecker in order to build a better shock-absorbing system. Tune in to find out what else made science headlines in 2011.

Visit the Access Research Network website for comprehensive listings of ID-related news and resources.

January 9, 2012

Law Professor David DeWolf on the History of the Santorum Amendment

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David DeWolf, a law professor at Gonzaga University School of Law and author of the 2009 law review article "The 'Teach the Controversy' Controversy" on the history of the "Santorum Amendment."

In the podcast, DeWolf and Luskin discuss the 2001 "Santorum Amendment," which encouraged schools to teach the scientific controversy over biological evolution. The amendment, submitted by then-Senator Rick Santorum, passed the Senate by a vote of 91-8, and its language was later adopted by Congress into the Conference Report of the 2001 No Child Left Behind act. Listen in as they talk about what the Santorum Amendment said, and how it shows U.S. Congress endorsed teaching the scientific controversy on evolution.

January 6, 2012

PSSI International Adventures With Darwinists in Spain, Part Two

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin continues his interview with Rich Akin, the founder and CEO of Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI) International. Mr. Akin shares stories from his adventures in Spain, where PSSI International stirred up trouble with Darwinists and caused a tempest that is still raging today.

For background information on Mr. Akin's stories, click here.

January 4, 2012

Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity, Part One

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On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin interviews Rich Akin from Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity, who shares why he founded the organization for Darwin-doubting doctors and the misinformation about his organization on Wikipedia. Listen in as Mr. Akin explains more about PSSI International.

If you are a physician or surgeon who dissents from Darwinism, please consider joining PSSI International here.

January 2, 2012

Intelligent Design Uncensored

In this episode of ID the Future, Jay Richards interviews Jonathan Witt about Witt's new book, co-authored with William Dembski, titled Intelligent Design Uncensored.

What is ID? Why is it controversial? This book breaks down the science of intelligent design into easy to understand terms and looks at other key cultural questions. Read a full review of the book here.

In addition to discussing the book itself, Richards and Witt reveal autobiographical details of how they got involved with intelligent design.