Evangelizing Evolution: A Look at Nature's "Evolutionary Gems"
Are refereed scientific journals vehicles for progress or propaganda? The journal Nature was first published in 1869 as a vehicle for promoting "progressive" and "controversial" ideas like Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection and universal common ancestry. In 2009, Nature released a free online packet entitled "15 Evolutionary Gems", designed to help people promote and defend the theory of evolution. Listen in as Casey Luskin explores this modern attempt to promote Darwinism and how it misses the mark.
Listen to part 2,3, and 4 of this podcast series.
Read more about Nature's evolution promotion packet on Evolution News & Views.
Is Intelligent Design Bad Theology?
On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jay Richards about the bizarre claim made by certain atheists that intelligent design is bad theology.
Dr. Cornelius Hunter: Evidence Against Darwinian Evolution in the Hammerhead Shark
On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews Dr. Cornelius Hunter about serveral lines of evidence against Darwinian evolution found in the hammerhead shark. The unique design of the hammerhead's aerodynamic head, or cephalofoil, includes electromagnetic tracking of prey and binocular vision. Although new research reported in Science Daily gratuitously presents these unique features as a product of unguided evolution, the Darwinian framework fails to offer any insight into how they might have arisen.
Dr. Cornelius G. Hunter is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. His blog can be found at darwins-god.blogspot.com.
Media Matters Misconstrues Tennessee's Academic Freedom Law
On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze addresses the false claims of Media Matters, a popular leftist website that has framed the new Tennessee academic freedom law as a "slickly crafted proposal to allow religion in the science classroom" while ignoring the actual content of the law. In similar fashion, Media Matters has also disregarded public documents while making false assertions against the Discovery Institute. Listen in as Boze responds to these wrongful attacks and explains why they're being waged.
Tennessee's New Academic Freedom Law Protects Teachers and Defends Science
On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about the recent passing of an academic freedom law in Tennessee that allows teachers to discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of controversial scientific theories. Although the bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam opted to let it pass into law without his signature, issuing a statement that mirrored the rhetoric of the Darwin Lobby. Such critics claim that the bill is unnecessary, but as Luskin points out, there have been several incidences over the last few years that have illustrated the need to support critical thinking in the classroom.
Why Academic Freedom Matters: A Look Back at the 2009 Texas State Board Hearings
As Tennessee becomes the latest state to enact academic freedom legislation, listen in on testimony to the Texas State Board of Education, who in 2009 held public hearings on revised science education standards. As one college instructor put it: "We need for our students to come to us at the college level able to think, and simply giving them a one-sided view of thinking in a purely Darwinian model is, in my opinion, not right." Ultimately, the board decided to improve the "strengths and weaknesses" language of the original standards in a victory for scientists and educators in favor of teaching the scientific evidence for and against evolution. Tune in to hear the arguments that influenced their decision.
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Gorilla Gene Sequencing Casts New Doubt on Human Origin Assumptions
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses how the recent complete sequencing of the gorilla genome has challenged conventional thinking about human ancestry and explains what neo-Darwinists are doing to try to minimize the impact of this new information. Says Luskin: "There is not a clear signal of ancestral relationships that is coming out of the gorilla genome once you add it into the mix." Tune in to hear about this interesting development!
Peer-Review: Ensuring Quality or Enforcing Orthodoxy?
Is the only good science peer-reviewed science? Are there other avenues to present important scientific work? On this episode of ID The Future, Professor of Mathematics Dr. Frank Tipler discusses the pros and cons of peer review and refereed journals. More than fifty peer-reviewed papers discussing intelligent design have been published, but critics of the theory still proclaim a lack of peer-reviewed work as an argument. Listen in as Tipler shows how things have changed with the peer review process and what we can do about it.
The Importance of Academic Freedom: A Biology Teacher's Perspective
Tennessee could soon become the second state to enact academic freedom legislation. Tune in to this episode of ID the Future and learn why academic freedom on evolution in education is so necessary. Anika Smith interviews biology teacher Roger DeHart about teaching the strengths and weaknesses of evolution in South Korea. Mr. DeHart famously taught both sides of Darwin's theory in a Burlington, WA, public school biology class, as documented in the film Icons Of Evolution.
Global Warming Dissenters: Same Attacks, Different Issue
On this episode of ID The Future, we explore how the attacks on skeptics of man-made global warming are similar to those against proponents of intelligent design. Host David Boze talks with Casey Luskin about recent examples of these attacks, why they are happening, and how to handle them.
Says Luskin: "Academic freedom for dissenters from global warming and dissenters from Darwinian evolution are being marginalized and, in some cases, being censored in many of the same ways." Tune in to learn more about this interesting development!
Fordham Institute Supports the Latest Texas Science Education Standards
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On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze and Casey Luskin discuss the 2012 Fordham Report, which has declared the latest science education standards in Texas to be "exemplary." These standards, which have been decried by the NCSE as "creationist jargon," require students to analyze and evaluate both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. Although the Fordham Report is typically favorable towards science standards that are dogmatically pro-Darwin, its approval of the recent Texas science standards aligns with the Discovery Institute's support of a more thorough study of Darwinian evolution.