Dr. Michael Denton on Complexity and the Failure of the Machine Metaphor
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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Michael Denton predicts the breakdown of the mechanistic explanation of cell biology and discusses the current impasse between materialism and origin of life research. In light of the incredible complexity of biological systems, Dr. Denton asserts that the Darwinian framework fails to account for even a relatively simple red blood cell, and recognizes the viability of intelligent design as an explanation of biological life.
The Problem With Peer-Review
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On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about the importance of peer-review within the scientific community. The 50th pro-intelligent design paper was just recently published in 2011, despite the frequent claim by critics that there are no peer-reviewed published papers supporting ID. Although such criticism has been seen to be invalid, it still raises the question--must a scientific theory appear in a peer-reviewed journal in order to be good, legitimate science?
Dr. Daniel Shechtman: The Nobel Prize Winner Who Dared to Question the Consensus
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On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze examines the plight of Dr. Daniel Shechtman, recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals, who had previously suffered much rejection and ridicule for threatening the consensus of the scientific establishment. Listen in and consider the parallels between Shechtman's once-heretical science and the modern-day rejection and scorn of the ID movement.
Dr. Michael Denton on the Emergent Properties of Cells
On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. Michael Denton discusses the higher order (emergent) properties of the red blood cell, which he explains is an example of a living system that can't be built gradually with a Darwinian process like natural selection. Biology, says Denton, is an exciting arena. Within it, you can witness the laws of form and the exquisite patterns of nature that reveal an intelligence at work in the design of the universe.
Dr. Michael Denton on Predetermined Body Plans and Primal Patterns in Nature
On this episode of ID The Future, medical geneticist Dr. Michael Denton discusses the implications of insect body plans as predetermined types rather than collections of adaptations. Denton questions the ability of a Darwinian process to account for the patterns found in living systems. Denton suggests that, while there are countless variations or "adaptive masks" present in organisms, they all extend from original "primal patterns." Tune in to hear this fascinating discussion!
Dr. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe.
Programming of Life
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Donald E. Johnson about his 2010 book, Programming of Life, which compares the workings of biology to a computer. Listen in as Dr. Johnson explains what inspired his latest book as an information scientist addressing the origin of life.
Donald E. Johnson holds two Ph.D.s, one in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and another in Chemistry from Michigan State University. His website is ScienceIntegrity.net.
Talk Origins Speciation FAQ, pt. 2: Lack of Evidence for Big Claims
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin continues his discussion about Talk Origins, a resource often used by supporters of Darwinian evolution to refute arguments made by proponents of intelligent design. After taking a closer look, Luskin found FAQs on Talk Origins guilty of citation bluffing, overstated claims, and other misleading tactics. In particular, the Talk Origins FAQ on speciation claims to provide evidence of "observed instances" of new species. On further review, this turns out to be far from the case. Tune in to Luskin as he explains why in this conclusion to a two-part series.
Talk Origins Full of Claims but Short on Real Evidence
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses Talk Origins, a resource often used by supporters of Darwinian evolution to refute arguments made by proponents of intelligent design. After taking a closer look, Luskin found FAQs on Talk Origins guilty of citation bluffing, overstated claims, and other misleading tactics. In particular, the Talk Origins FAQ on speciation claims to provide evidence of "observed instances" of new species. On further review, this turns out to be far from the case. Tune in to Luskin as he explains why!
Lincoln & Darwin: One Night Only, pt. 2
On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze continues his discussion with Professor Steven Fuller about his play Lincoln & Darwin: One Night Only,a unique look at the philosophies of both influential men and how the might respond to the issues of modern society.
February 12th marks the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. It is also Academic Freedom Day, a day to celebrate and defend the freedom to challenge ideas and question the status quo in science.
Lincoln and Darwin: One Night Only
February 12th marks the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. On this episode of ID The Future, Professor Steven Fuller discusses his play Lincoln & Darwin: One Night Only, a unique look at the philosophies of both influential men and how the might respond to the issues of modern society.
Peer-Reviewed Scientific Literature Building a Compelling Case for ID
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin puts to rest once and for all the common assertion by opponents of intelligent design that there are no scientific papers supporting the claims of ID. This wasn't true in 2005 when Eugenie Scott of the NCSE stated it on MSNBC and it certainly isn't true six years later. Luskin discusses the most recent scientific paper, by Stephen Meyer and Paul Nelson, and talks about the importance of the peer-reviewed scientific literature: "These papers collectively make a case that intelligent causation is necessary to produce the sort of biological complexity that we are discovering in the cell today."
Conservatives as Heretics
On this episode of IDTF, host David Boze interviews CSC senior fellow David Klilnghoffer about his piece in the American Spectator looking at why many in the media and politics are abusing the word science by converting it into a verbal bullying tool to force opposition to conform to political agendas. Klinghoffer also examined the similarities in the kinds of ideas that evoke a skeptical response among conservatives and Republicans and whether those similarities tell us something about the so-called war on science.
Arguing Analogies: Dr. Jay Richards on Paley's Natural Theology
In this edition of ID The Future, Logan Gage interviews CSC Senior Fellow Dr. Jay Richards about William Paley, David Hume, and the arguments for intelligent design. Dr. Richards begins with a description of William Paley's 1802 book Natural Theology, in which the author infers from the natural world that there must be some intelligent force (God) responsible for its design. Richards then addresses David Hume's critique of analogical arguments like those used by Paley. Dr. Richards closes by differentiating between analogical arguments and arguments for intelligent design.