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Intelligent Design the Future: January 2014 Archives

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January 31, 2014

Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist

What is a rational response when you're confronted with nonsense of a high order? On this episode of ID the Future, CSC fellow Paul Nelson interviews Rabbi Moshe Averick, who explains the rational course for countering the new atheists.

Rabbi Averick is the author of the book Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. He ran educational programs at UCLA and Northridge University in Los Angeles, and then became one of the founding faculty members of Aish Toronto and later at the Shaalvim Rabbinical Seminary in Israel.

January 29, 2014

Are Republicans Naturally Disposed to be "Anti-Science"?

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze discusses Chris Mooney's recent article in The Huffington Post entitled Why Republicans Deny Science: The Quest for a Scientific Explanation. Mooney suggests that Conservatives who reject alarmism on climate change or disagree with any aspect of Darwinian evolution are merely denying reality because of the structure of their brains. Listen in and decide--is the political right's understanding of science crippled by their predetermined inability to process proven facts, or is there actually room for informed dissent?

January 27, 2014

Dr. Michael Egnor on Debating Intelligent Design

On this episode of ID the Future, brain surgeon and ID blogger Michael Egnor talks with CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin about his internet debates with Jerry Coyne and the trends and dynamics he sees in the ID/evolution blogosphere. Dr. Egnor also speaks briefly on the evidence he sees for intelligent design in the brain.

Dr. Michael Egnor is a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he specializes in Pediatric Neuroscience. An award-winning neurosurgeon and a widely-published researcher, Dr. Egnor writes regularly at Evolution News & Views.

January 24, 2014

David Berlinski: The Nature of Numbers, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski continues to discuss the origin and nature of mathematics with CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin. Is math something waiting to be discovered, or is it a construct of the human mind? Listen in as Dr. Berlinski examines the mystery of mathematics, and reflects on the blurry distinction between math that is "discovered" and math that is "created."

January 22, 2014

David Berlinski: The Nature of Numbers, pt. 1

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski talks about the nature of numbers and mathematics. What exactly is a number, and does mathematics exist beyond the human mind? Dr. Berlinski and Casey Luskin discuss how what we know about math fits in with modern science

January 20, 2014

Dennis Prager on the Evolutionist's Argument for Coercion

On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews celebrated talk show host and author Dennis Prager about his response to the recent claim that man has "evolved to need coercion." Prager observes that today, Darwinian evolutionary theory has replaced Marxism as the new non-moral standard of explanation for human behavior. The evolutionary framework already permeates social thought on phenomena such as love, religion, and altruism; now, Darwinism provides a naturalistic argument for dictatorship. Tune in to hear Prager's warnings against evolution-guided social policy.

January 17, 2014

David Berlinski on Cladistics and Darwin's Doubt, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski and Casey Luskin continue their conversation on cladistics and the Cambrian explosion. Listen in as Berlinski explains the limitations of cladistic analysis and looks at some specifics of Nick Matzke's critique of Darwin's Doubt.

January 15, 2014

David Berlinski on Cladistics and Darwin's Doubt, pt. 1

On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Senior Fellow Dr. David Berlinski talks about his views on the debate over Darwinian evolution and intelligent design with Research Coordinator Casey Luskin. Berlinski discusses the "almost reflexive dogmatic reaction" of the Darwin community to Stephen Meyer's argument for intelligent design in Darwin's Doubt, and explains why cladistic analysis doesn't solve the Cambrian mystery

January 13, 2014

David Berlinski: The Devil's Delusion, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski and Casey Luskin continue their conversation on some of the big topics that Berlinski explores in his book The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. Listen in as they discuss theistic and materialistic arguments about cosmic fine-tuning, Richard Dawkins's conclusions about the improbability of God, and whether humans are just another type of ape.

January 10, 2014

Socrates in the City with Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer, pt. 3

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Stephen Meyer and Eric Metaxas continue their conversation on Dr. Meyer's New York Times bestseller Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. Tune in as Dr. Meyer explains the Cambrian Explosion, discussing how it has become an even more acute problem for evolutionary theory since Darwin's day, and examines the effects of a materialistic bias on the scientific process.

Visit www.SocratesintheCity.com to watch the complete interview.

January 8, 2014

Human Brain Development as a Symphony

On this episode of ID the Future, hear about a recent study from scientists at Yale that found that "human brain development is a symphony in three movements." The human brain develops through distinct patterns in gene activity at different stages in the life span, which these researchers have likened to the choreography of an orchestra or ballet. Listen in!

January 6, 2014

Live Broadcast of the Michael Medved Show's Science & Culture Update: Pro-ID Scientists Discuss Academic Persecution

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer reports on our recent special live edition of the Michael Medved Show's Science and Culture Update, broadcast live from the Discovery Institute office in Seattle. The focus of the hour was the persecution of scientists and scholars that challenge Darwinian evolution, with a discussion featuring Dr. Richard Sternberg, Dr. Doug Axe, and Dr. Stephen Meyer.

January 3, 2014

Doug Axe: Lignin & the Coherent Design of the Ecosystem

This episode of ID the Future features part of a lecture given by Biologic Institute scientist Doug Axe on his research on the molecule lignin. Lignin provides a paradoxical case for the Darwinian method of evolution, but fits perfectly into a design oriented scientific paradigm. Thirty percent of non-fossil organic carbon on the planet is lignin, so in a Darwinian world, something should have developed the ability to consume lignin--but it hasn't. Lignin binds together and protects plant cellulose, which is vital to all types of large plant life; "The peculiar properties of lignin therefore make perfect sense when seen as part of a coherent design for the entire ecosystem of our planet."

January 1, 2014

David Berlinski: The Devil's Delusion, pt. 1

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski talks with Casey Luskin about a key topic of his book The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions: the first cause of the universe. Berlinski compares materialist and theistic explanations for the origin of the universe, discussing big bang cosmology and religious accounts of creation.