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Intelligent Design the Future: July 2012 Archives

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July 30, 2012

Does Lots of Sediment in the Ocean Solve the "Mystery" of the Cambrian Explosion?

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin rebuts recent claims that the mystery of the Cambrian explosion has been solved. Though the cause of the Cambrian explosion has so far remained elusive, a Nature paper, highlighted by Science Daily, is purporting that increased chemical sedimentation allowed animals to build hard parts, which could leave fossils. Tune in to hear Casey reason how this explanation is greatly lacking.

July 27, 2012

More of Nature's Dusty Evolutionary Gems

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin critiques some of the macroevolutionary "gems" from Nature's Evolution-Evangelism packet, including whale evolution, feathered dinosaurs, and Tiktaalik. Listen in as he explains why predictions about Tiktaalik from leading evolutionary scientists such as Jerry Coyne and the National Academy of Sciences were overturned by the discovery of 397 million year old tetrapod tracks in early 2010.

For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Evolution News & Views.

July 25, 2012

Science & Human Origins: Interview With Dr. Douglas Axe

On this episode of ID the Future, Biologic Institute director Dr. Douglas Axe discusses his contribution to the new book Science and Human Origins. How efficient is the Darwinian mechanism at inventing new things? Could it really be responsible for the development of human beings, as Darwinists claim? Axe reviews his recent studies on mutation rates and the ability of Darwinian evolution to create new proteins. Tune in and discover what he found out!

July 20, 2012

Evolution Rarely the Basis of Research: Nature's "Evolutionary Gems" Just Narrative Gloss

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his series responding to Nature's evolution evangelism packet, taking a look at truly interesting research that has nothing to do with natural selection, common ancestry or Darwin's theory.

For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Parts One and Two of this series.

July 18, 2012

Science & Human Origins: Interview With Dr. Ann Gauger, Pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin and Ann Gauger, co-authors of Science & Human Origins, discuss the assumptions behind the Darwinian evolutionist's argument for common ancestry. Are these assumptions valid, or are there too many unknown variables? Dr. Gauger presents the inconsistencies between the Darwinian doctrine of common ancestry and the evidence from population genetics.

July 16, 2012

What is Speciation?

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about a recent study published in Nature that claimed that scientists can predict the number of species that will develop within a clade. Such forecasts of speciation are based on the amount of living space available and the prominence of sexually selected traits. However, many of the differences between "species" are quite trivial; what constitutes one species as separate from another when there are no fundamental distinctions?

July 13, 2012

Michael Behe: Challenging Darwin, One Peer-Reviewed Paper at a Time

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Michael Behe on his peer-reviewed scientific paper in Quarterly Review of Biology. Dr. Behe explains why most examples of evolution in bacteria and viruses entail loss or modification of function rather than gain of a new function at the molecular level. In Behe's view, this could pose a challenge to Darwinian explanations of molecular evolution.

July 11, 2012

Science & Human Origins: Interview with Dr. Ann Gauger

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Ann Gauger, co-author of Science & Human Origins and senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute. In recent years, human origins has become an especially hot topic as some scientists claim that the human race is a product of undirected natural selection and cannot be traced back to two parents. Dr. Gauger disagrees. Tune in to hear Dr. Gauger discuss the evidence against human-ape common ancestry, drawing from her research in such fields as anatomy and population genetics.

July 9, 2012

Limits to Self-Organization

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews University of British Columbia at Vancouver philosophy faculty member Richard Johns on his recent paper in the journal Synthese titled "Self-organisation in dynamical systems: a limiting result." In the paper, Dr. Johns argues that there are limits to the complexity of structures that can be produced by self-organization. Johns shows that Darwinian evolution is actually a type of a self-organizing process, and that it too is limited in the types of biological structures it can produce.

July 6, 2012

Lessons from the Controversy over Continental Drift

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze and Casey Luskin discuss the lessons that can be learned from the past debate over continental drift. The continental drift controversy was reflective of a distinct pattern in the history of science: new theories that challenge convention are mocked and ridiculted--sometimes for two or three generations--before finally being accepted by the scientific community. The important takeaway lesson is: follow the evidence, not the crowd.

July 4, 2012

Science & Human Origins: Interview with Casey Luskin

On this episode of ID the Future, the CSC's Rob Crowther speaks with Casey Luskin, co-author of the new book Science & Human Origins. There are frequent and spurious claims made in the media that the genetic and fossil evidence of human-ape common ancestry is incontrovertible. In Science and Human Origins, Doug Axe, Ann Gauger, and Casey Luskin seek to equip readers with the knowledge to discern interpretation from fact and rhetoric from evidence. Listen in as Luskin introduces the book and specifically discusses his own assessment of the fossil data.

July 2, 2012

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson on Intelligent Design

Critics of intelligent design sometimes claim they are defending the principles of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in trying to ban discussions of intelligent design. In the words of one writer, "Thomas Jefferson makes it quite clear that there was not a consensus of support among the authors of the Constitution... to support theological doctrines such as intelligent design." But would Thomas Jefferson himself agree? In this special July 4th edition of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John West explores the real views of Jefferson on intelligent design.