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Intelligent Design the Future: July 2013 Archives

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July 31, 2013

Part 2: Dr. Cornelius Hunter on ENCODE and "Junk" DNA

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Cornelius Hunter and CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin continue their conversation on recent discoveries about "junk" DNA, expanding on the implications for evolutionary theory. For years, Darwinists have said that our genomes ought to be full of junk if evolution is true. If the vast majority of our genome is not junk, what does this mean for evolution?

Cornelius Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology and is an Adjunct Professor at Biola University, as well as a CSC Fellow. Dr. Hunter writes at darwins-god.blogspot.com.

July 29, 2013

Michael Denton on the Coming Downfall of the Mechanistic View in Cell Biology

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Michael Denton discusses why he foresees the downfall of the mechanistic view in cell biology and the exhaustion of materialist researches into the origin of life. Conversely, Denton finds validity in Stephen Meyer's The Signature in the Cell, and in the proposition that intelligence was at work in the origin of life, and well before.

Dr. Denton has been a medical geneticist for over twenty years, a researcher on the mammalian eye, and is the author of two books, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and, more recently, Nature's Destiny. Dr. Denton holds an M.D. from Bristol University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from King's College, London. He is currently a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.

July 26, 2013

Part 1: Dr. Cornelius Hunter on ENCODE and "Junk" DNA

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Cornelius Hunter for a discussion about "junk" DNA and the ENCODE project. Dr. Hunter lends his insight into how non-coding DNA fits into the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolution and Intelligent Design, noting how Darwinian evolutionists have changed their predictions and explanations in order to accommodate contradictory evidence that would falsify their theory.

Cornelius Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology, and is an Adjunct Professor at Biola University, as well as a CSC Fellow. Dr. Hunter writes at darwins-god.blogspot.com.

July 24, 2013

The Michael Medved Show Weekly Science & Culture Update: Featuring John West on the Legacy of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. John West discusses the Scopes "Monkey" Trial and how its legacy lives on in our culture today, almost ninety years later. The famous -- and often misunderstood -- 1925 trial of John T. Scopes, who was prosecuted for teaching human evolution, is commonly brought up in current debates as a way to defame scientific arguments against Darwinism. But today, as we've seen in recent threats to academic freedom, it's Darwin's defenders who seek legal means to silence doubters in the classroom. Listen in!

July 22, 2013

Part 3: James Le Fanu on the Limits of Science

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. James Le Fanu concludes his talk on big science with insight into its increasingly dogmatic tendencies. Science seems to be discovering its boundaries as it becomes laden with more and more indigestible facts. In this third and final segment of the three-part series, Dr. Le Fanu addresses the phenomenon and the paradox of science today as it finds itself limited by materialist assumptions.

Dr. James Le Fanu is a critically acclaimed science writer and medical practitioner. He is the author of several books, his most recent being Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, published in 2009.

July 19, 2013

Part 2: James Le Fanu on the Mystery of Life

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. James Le Fanu continues his talk on the state of scientific study today. Despite the general belief that new discoveries in genetics and neuroscience would soon reveal the secret of life, we have instead found that recent findings in these fields have unveiled even more mysteries. Listen in as Dr. Le Fanu discusses the perplexities that we have stumbled upon in this age of scientific exploration.

Dr. James Le Fanu is a critically acclaimed science writer and medical practitioner. He is the author of several books, his most recent being Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, published in 2009.

July 17, 2013

Part 1: James Le Fanu on the Current State of Science

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. James Le Fanu explains why this era of big science is both "the best of times and the worst of times." Despite lavish funding of mega research projects, we are not seeing the same returns that we had a century ago with breakthrough discoveries of the fundamental laws of nature. Has the methodology of science reaches its limits? In Part 1 of this three-part series, Le Fanu explores the significance of science today and the confines and opportunities that it may face.

Dr. James Le Fanu is a critically acclaimed science writer and medical practitioner. He is the author of several books, his most recent being Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, published in 2009.

July 15, 2013

Would Today's Academia Censor Thomas Jefferson?

On this episode of ID the Future, hear a brief message from CSC Associate Director John West on academic freedom as he asks the question: If Thomas Jefferson was alive today, would he be allowed to speak at an American university?

Your voice needs to be heard! Tell Ball State University that you support Professor Hedin’s right to teach by signing the petition at www.academicfreedompetition.org.

July 12, 2013

Dr. Stephen Meyer on The Dennis Prager Show

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Dennis Prager for The Dennis Prager Show's very first hour on evolution. Meyer and Prager discuss Meyer's new bestseller Darwin's Doubt, looking at the major missing piece in Darwin's theory as evidenced in the Cambrian explosion. Dr. Meyer observes, "Only intelligence produces information. The key thing that has to be explained in the Cambrian explosion is the information explosion that makes these animals possible." Listen in!

July 10, 2013

The Michael Medved Show Weekly Science & Culture Update: Featuring Stephen Meyer on the Release of Darwin's Doubt

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Stephen Meyer returns to the Michael Medved Show to discuss the release of and reactions to his new bestselling book Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, which Medved describes as "mind-opening and mind-bending." Tune in as Dr. Meyer talks about the Cambrian explosion, Darwin's views on the evolutionary process, and more.

July 8, 2013

Multiverse Theory: Avoiding the Evidence of Design in our Universe

Which requires more faith? A belief in multiple universes or a belief in the intelligent design of our universe? On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze explores the ideas found in a recent Harper's Magazine article by MIT physicist and author Alan Lightman. Some physicists attempt to side-step the intelligent design implications of our finely-tuned universe by suggesting that ours is merely one of countless universes, each with its own laws and constants.

Lightman: "If the multiverse idea is correct, then the historic mission of physics to explain all the properties of our universe...is futile, a beautiful philosophical dream that simply isn't true."

July 5, 2013

Talk Origins Speciation FAQ, pt. 2: Lack of Evidence for Big Claims

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin continues his discussion about Talk Origins, a resource often used by supporters of Darwinian evolution to refute arguments made by proponents of intelligent design. After taking a closer look, Luskin found FAQs on Talk Origins guilty of citation bluffing, overstated claims, and other misleading tactics. In particular, the Talk Origins FAQ on speciation claims to provide evidence of "observed instances" of new species. On further review, this turns out to be far from the case. Tune in to Luskin as he explains why in this conclusion to a two-part series.

July 3, 2013

Talk Origins Full of Claims but Short on Real Evidence

On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses Talk Origins, a resource often used by supporters of Darwinian evolution to refute arguments made by proponents of intelligent design. After taking a closer look, Luskin found FAQs on Talk Origins guilty of citation bluffing, overstated claims, and other misleading tactics. In particular, the Talk Origins FAQ on speciation claims to provide evidence of "observed instances" of new species. On further review, this turns out to be far from the case. Tune in to Luskin as he explains why.

July 1, 2013

Dr. Neil Steiner: Comparing Natural and Human-Engineered Systems

On this episode of ID the Future, listen in as Casey Luskin talks with Dr. Neil Steiner, an engineer who works on computer and engineering research with the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California. Dr. Steiner offers his expertise to give unique insight into the debate over intelligent design and evolution, comparing natural biological systems to human designed technology.