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Intelligent Design the Future: October 2012 Archives

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October 31, 2012

Pt. 3: Another Evolutionary Icon: The Long-Necked Giraffe

On this episode of ID the Future, hear the final segment of Casey Luskin and Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig's discussion of the long-necked giraffe. Tune in as Lönnig examines the potential of sexual selection as an evolutionary explanation of the long-necked giraffe and considers intelligent design as an alternate explanation.

October 29, 2012

Pt. 2: Another Evolutionary Icon: The Long-Necked Giraffe

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin and Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig continue their discussion of why the body plan of the long-neck giraffe could not have evolved in a step-by-step Darwinian fashion. Dr. Lönnig gives an account of the rational design of the giraffe's recurrent laryngeal nerve, a feature that Richard Dawkins and other evolutionists claim can only be explained by Darwinian evolution.

October 26, 2012

Pt. 1: Another Evolutionary Icon: The Long-Necked Giraffe

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with geneticist Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig about his new book, The Evolution of the Long-Necked Giraffe. For years, Darwinists have presented the giraffe as a textbook example of adaptive morphological change in response to environmental conditions. Tune in as Dr. Lönnig discusses the problems with the idea that millions of years of mutations could create the many differences between a short-necked and a long-necked giraffe.

October 22, 2012

Intelligently Designed Nanotechnology

As Casey Luskin reveals in this episode of ID the Future, eminent biologists have said that they must continually remind themselves that what they see in biology evolved, and was not designed. But now engineers are turning to biology to replace human technology because biological pathways provide superior solutions to biomedical-technological needs. Is this trend more consistent with an evolved biosphere, or an intelligent designed one? Listen to this podcast and decide for yourself.

October 19, 2012

The Argument for Design in Cosmology

On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Senior Fellow Bruce Gordon speaks with Casey Luskin about the evidence for cosmic fine-tuning. With this technical discussion, Dr. Gordon explains some of theoretical and mathematical problems with attempts to dodge the evidence for cosmic fine-tuning such as the "multiverse" hypothesis and string theory. Dr. Gordon explains that, in the end, these objections to cosmic design amount to thinly veiled materialist philosophy that are rife with logical contradictions and a fundamental in ability to explain why something, rather than "absolute nothing," exists.

October 17, 2012

Discovery Jeopardizes Darwinist Argument Against Cambrian Explosion

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses how trails of microorganisms knock down a favorite Darwinist argument against the Cambrian explosion. Listen in as Luskin explains why Darwinists remain stuck -- whether they like it or not -- with a very explosive Cambrian explosion that isn't the mere artifact of an imperfect fossil record.

October 15, 2012

Biologist Douglas Axe on Evolution's Ability to Produce New Functions

On this special video edition of ID the Future, Dr. Douglas Axe answers the question: How hard would it be for evolution to produce a different function for a protein?

Dr. Axe is a co-author of Science and Human Origins, a new book from Discovery Institute Press that boldly addresses some of the most popular evolutionary agruments pertaining to controversial claims that humans and apes are related through common ancestry.

Visit the Science and Human Origins website to download a free sample chapter of the book.

October 12, 2012

The Mind-Body Problem and Promissory Materialism

On this episode of ID the Future, Logan Gage interviews Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery at SUNY Stony Brook, on the mind-body problem and promissory materialism.

Dr. Egnor explains how materialism has not been able to answer the "hard problem of consciousness." Instead, as promissory materialism, it claims that materialism as a theory will eventually be able to explain what it has yet to explain at all.

October 10, 2012

A Beautifully Engineered Universe: Peer-Reviewed Paper Argues for Intelligent Design

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Dominic Halsmer, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University, continues the discussion of his 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 some of the aesthetic arguments for design from beauty in science, engineering, and the study of humanity. How do modularity, specificity, adaptability, durability, and other aspects of engineering systems argue for intelligent design in nature? Tune in to find out.

October 8, 2012

Mr. President: Protect Academic Freedom and Advance Science Education

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses the two major problems of U.S. science education: first, that students are not adequetly taught critical thinking skills; and second, that insufficient numbers of students are inspired to pursue careers in science. Tune in as Casey explains how allowing teachers to address both the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution in the classroom would advance science education and improve the scientific competency of our students.

October 5, 2012

The Dark Darwinian History of Eugenics

On this episode of ID the Future, John West takes a look at the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century and how it drew direct inspiration from Darwinian biology and the writings of Charles Darwin himself. The eugenics movement was no fringe effort, but was the view of mainstream science and espoused by those at Harvard, Princeton, and the National Academy of Science.

Also see Dr. West's new book, The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, which explores C.S. Lewis' views on eugenics and other issues.

October 3, 2012

Pt. 3: David Berlinski at "Socrates in the City"

On this episode of ID the Future, David Berlinski continues his examination of modern scientism. In the previous segment, Berlinski addressed the shortcomings of New Atheism; tune in as he closes his talk by discussing the "arrogance of the scientific community."

October 1, 2012

Feathered Dinosaurs or Flightless Birds?

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin examines the latest fossil evidence of so-called feathered dinosaur fossil. While the mainstream media trumpets these finds as conclusive evidence in the case for evolution, Luskin explores whether the "feathered dinos" might actually be secondarily flightless birds. Have Darwinists interpreted the evidence to fit the data, or to fit their evolutionary paradigm? Listen in and find out.

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