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Intelligent Design the Future: May 2012 Archives

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May 30, 2012

The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Thomas Woodward, founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society, about his latest book, The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA, and the new discoveries in biology that affect our understanding of the genome. Woodward explains how epigenetics is bringing about a revolution in biology.

May 23, 2012

Dr. Stephen Meyer: Why Are We Still Debating Darwin? pt. 2

On this episode of ID The Future, hear more from Dr. Stephen Meyer's recent talk for Socrates in the City in Washington, D.C. Meyer, Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, explained why we are still debating Darwin and why it matters. Part 2 gives listeners a sneak preview of the topic of Dr. Meyer's next book, a follow-up to his 2009 landmark book Signature in the Cell. Tune in now!

May 22, 2012

"Background Checks" to Root Out Doubts About Darwin?

On this episode of ID The Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Klinghoffer explores the latest developments involving Dr. Ben Carson and the protests surrounding his doubts over Darwinian evolution after being invited to speak at Emory University's commencement this year. Klinghoffer reveals that administration at Emory are now considering an additional "background check" for future invited speakers, so as to root out anyone that may have differing opinions from the academic or scientific mainstream. This assault on academic freedom just keeps getting worse! Listen in as Klinghoffer explains.

Read more about it at Evolution News & Views.

May 18, 2012

An Atheist Discusses the Scientific Merits of Intelligent Design

On this episode of ID the Future, atheist philosopher Bradley Monton defends intelligent design as science, discussing methodological naturalism and the evidential force of ID with Casey Luskin. Listen in as Professor Monton shares how ID-critic Robert Pennock tried to intimidate him (and click here for more of that story).

Bradley J. Monton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is the author of Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design (Broadview Press, 2009).

May 16, 2012

Dr. Stephen Meyer: Why Are We Still Debating Darwin?

On this episode of ID The Future, hear excerpts from a recent Socrates in the City event in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, answers the question "Why are we still debating Darwin, and why does it matter?" As Socrates once said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." In speaking at a Socrates in the City event, Dr. Meyer joins a host of other thinkers who try to address life's most important questions by encouraging thoughtful discourse and debate. The event was hosted by author Eric Metaxas. Listen now!

May 14, 2012

Richard Weikart on Dr. Ben Carson and the Implications of Evolutionary Ethics

On this episode of ID The Future, professor and Center for Science & Culture fellow Dr. Richard Weikart discusses a recent attack on esteemed neurobiologist Dr. Ben Carson for his doubts about Darwinian evolution. Carson is the speaker at Emory University's 2012 Commencement. Last week, an open letter from a handful of Emory faculty members appeared in the school's newspaper criticizing Carson's lack of respect for evolution and accusing him of making inappropriate statements about ethics and morality. Weikart explores the implications of evolutionary ethics and sheds light on this current academic freedom issue.

Read more about this issue at Evolution News & Views.

May 11, 2012

Sign the Petition Urging Emory University to Stand Up to Darwinist Bullies

On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze and Dr. David Klinghoffer discuss how Darwinist bullying at Emory University illustrates how the scientific consensus on Darwinian evolution is maintained through an atmosphere of intimidation, distortion, and oppression. Dr. Ben Carson, a widely acclaimed neurosurgeon, was invited to give the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree. Now he's being targeted by Darwinists at the university for being a Darwin skeptic. Perhaps even more disturbing is the university's failure to reaffirm Dr. Carson's welcome and support his right to academic freedom.

An online petition urging Emory University to uphold academic freedom has already received over two thousand signatures. Add yours and encourage Emory University to stand up to the bullies that threaten scientific dissent. Don't forget to tell your friends and family to do the same!

May 9, 2012

Defending Academic Freedom: Dr. Ben Carson and Emory University

Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is under attack by Darwinists trying to discredit him ahead of his invitation to deliver a commencement at Emory University on May 15th. Listen in as Casey Luskin shares the backstory and provides details of an online petition you can sign now to show your support for Dr. Carson's right to express honest doubts about Darwinian evolution!

It's not just about Dr. Carson. It's about all the people who are being intimidated by a culture of bullying from the Darwin lobby. People we haven't even heard about yet, who are afraid to speak up for fear of their jobs and their livelihood. Will you help us protect their freedom?

Sign the petition now.

May 8, 2012

Nature's "Evolutionary Gems": Microevolution Meets... Microevolution

On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin continues his examination of Nature's "15 Evolutionary Gems" packet, going through the literature on small-scale, micro-evolutionary changes -- and how they fail to account for larger, macro-evolutionary changes.

Listen in as Luskin discusses changes in birds' beaks and guppies' spots and what they really tell us about evolutionary theory.

For more on the "evolutionary gems," Check out Evolution News & Views.

May 4, 2012

Pro-ID Paper Examines Irreducible Complexity of Birds in Flight

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on a 2009 peer-reviewed paper arguing for the irreducible complexity of two systems vital to bird flight -- feathers and the avian respiratory system. The author, Leeds University professor Andy McIntosh, challenges his critics to consider the design hypothesis as a valid scientific assumption "borne out by the evidence itself."

Read more about the paper on Evolution News & Views.

May 2, 2012

The Darwin-Fueled Ideas of John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg

On this episode of ID The Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Klinghoffer discusses the recent move by National Review editor Rich Lowry to sever ties with two regular contributors, John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg, after discovering their connections to racialist groups promoting race superiority, eugenics, and other decidely un-American ideas. Klinghoffer illustrates how Darwinian evolution informs proponents of these ideas, and how important it is to identify and root out this kind of thinking before it has a chance to pollute respectable institutions and publications.

Read Klinghoffer's coverage of this issue on Evolution News & Views.