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Intelligent Design the Future: March 2013 Archives

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March 29, 2013

What's at Stake for Science Education

On this episode of ID the Future, hear from Casey Luskin as he talks about why science censorship is bad for education, even as Darwin activists such as Zack Kopplin lobby to repress critiques of Darwinian evolution. Casey explains how giving students full access to the best scientific information would help solve many problems facing science education today.

March 27, 2013

Announcing Darwin's Doubt, a Game-Changing New Book by Stephen Meyer

DD-3D-book-cover.jpgDr. Stephen Meyer's Signature in the Cell gave a ground-breaking inquiry into the mystery of the origin of life. Now, in Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, Dr. Meyer presents new scientific evidence that challenges the Darwinian account of the development of animal life and points toward the reality of intelligent design.

For a limited time only, preorder your copy at and receive a steep discount, free shipping, and four free digital books!

March 25, 2013

Evolutionary Psychologist: Religion is an "Adaptation" but not a "Universal Acid"

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses evolutionary psychologist Matt Rossano's comments that disclaim the idea that evolution poses any threat to belief in God. Yet in his recent book Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved, Rossano contends that religion evolved as an adaptation and was not created by God. "The more we understand evolution, the less it seems neither like the bogey man creationists fear nor the universal god-dissolving acid some atheists crave."

Join Luskin as he unpacks Rossano's conflicting viewpoints and adds some interesting points of his own.

March 20, 2013

The Hypocritcal Bias Against Faith in Science Rhetoric

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West, Associate Director for Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture, discusses the attempts by many Darwinists to relegate intelligent design to the humanities, equating it with creationism so as to avoid discussion of its scientific merits. West also talks about the mistaken notion that science and faith are incompatible: "Regardless of whether someone happens to be religious or not, they have the right to participate in the public life, and that includes in science and the arts."

Visit to register for the 2013 Westminster Conference on Science & Faith.

March 18, 2013

Why Academic Freedom Matters

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey finishes his lecture on ID and law, demonstrating why we need to protect teachers and scientists who face persecution for their scientific criticisms of evolution. To join us in defending open inquiry of evolution, please sign our academic freedom petition at

March 15, 2013

Science Education: Why We Should Teach the Controversy

On this episode of ID the Future, hear the second part of Casey Luskin's lecture on intelligent design and law. Luskin explains why Discovery Institute opposes pushing intelligent design into public school curricum and instead wants students to learn more about evolution.

March 13, 2013

The Positive Case for Intelligent Design

On this episode of ID the Future, listen to the first segment of a recent talk that Casey Luskin gave on ID and law where he unpacks the definition of intelligent design. As Casey points out, intelligent design involves much more than just a critique of Darwinian evolution; it uses reasoning to recognize patterns that show an intelligent origin, similar to methods employed in archaeology and forensic science.

March 11, 2013

Primate Phylogenetics Challenge Darwin's Tree of Life

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on a study showing a very tangled phylogenetic tree for primates. Listen in as Luskin shows how researchers trying to create a primate phylogenetic tree are finding it isn't as easy as they'd hoped.

March 8, 2013

What Does It Mean to Be a "Friend of Darwin"?

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer talks about what it means to be a "Friend of Darwin." In the case of Zack Kopplin, a 2012 recipient of the Friend of Darwin award, it means grossly misleading the public about science and education by equating skepticism of Darwinian evolution with biblical creationism.

March 6, 2013

Science, Philosophy, and the Arts: An Interview With Nancy Pearcey

On this episode of ID the Future, Anika Smith interviews CSC fellow Nancy Pearcey, who discusses her recent book, Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning. Listen in as Mrs. Pearcey explains how naturalism filtered down to the public imagination from Darwin to art, literature, and film.

Check out a review of the book at Evolution News & Views.

March 4, 2013

Testing Evolution and Finding It Wanting: An Interview With Douglas Axe

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his interview with Biologic Institute director Douglas Axe about his new paper, "The Limit of Complex Adaptation: An Analysis Based on a Simple Model of Structured Bacterial Populations," in BIO-Complexity.

Listen in as Dr. Axe reports on the work done at Biologic Institute to test whether amino acids are able to be converted from one function to another in Darwinian step-wise fashion.

March 1, 2013

Complex Adaptations Challenge Darwinian Evolution: An Interview With Douglas Axe

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Biologic Insitute director Douglas Axe about his peer-reviewed paper in BIO-Complexity, "The Limit of Complex Adaptation: An Analysis Based on a Simple Model of Structured Bacterial Populations."

Dr. Axe explains complex adaptations -- adaptive changes that require more than one simple mutation to a genome in order for a particular adaptation to work -- and the difficulty Darwinian evolution faces when beneficial mutations have maladaptive intermediate stages.