This special reposted episode of ID the Future features Tom Woodward and The Universe Next Door to explore the mysterious origin of birds. A series of papers published in the journal Science presents evidence of the abrupt appearance of major bird groups. Listen in as to learn how these findings support the theory of intelligent design.
On this episode of ID The Future, John West, Associate Director of the Center for Science & Culture and author of Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio's Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s talks about Walt Disney’s life-long fascination with evolution. By exploring the subtle messages promoted by Disney’s theme parks and animated features West shows that evolution rather than being a one-off was an recurring fascination of Disney’s. From the Magic Skyway created for the 1964 World’s Fair to the 1948 animated film Fantasia we see Disney’s recurrent contemplation of evolution. Fantasia explored worldviews from rationalism to materialism to animism. On first blush Fantasia’s “Rite of Spring” seems to promote Darwinian Materialism but is really an expose showing nature in all its cruelty. On the Magic Skyway animatronics were used to tell stories of ages past from the age of the dinosaurs to the arrival of man. Disney skirted the origins of humans but the narration suggested that man was something different.
On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Director of Communications Rob Crowther talks with Robert Marks, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University, about Marks’s new book, Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics. Listen in as Marks shares about how he and William Dembski originally connected and began researching the subject in 2007, how intelligent design can inform thinking on artificial intelligence, and what a “search for a search” in evolution means!
Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics by Winston Ewert, William Dembski and Robert Marks is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Evolutionary-Informatics-Robert-Marks/dp/9813142146
On this episode of ID The Future, neurosurgery professor Michael Egnor explores the case of Tatiana and Krista, the “Craniopagus Twins.” Their condition, he says, provides evidence against strict materialism. Tatiana and Krista are connected at the thalamus (which controls such things as wakefulness, motor function and vision) through a structure called a thalamic bridge. This bridge enables them to see through each other’s eyes to and control each other’s limbs. Egnor explains how their separate personalities and thoughts nevertheless show that there is something about the mind not reducible to the brain. Egnor also goes through the mind-brain research of Roger Sperry, Benjamin Libet and Wilder Penfield.
On this episode of ID The Future, host Ray Bohlin talks with Michael Egnor, a pediatric neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at State University of New York Stony Brook about ways modern science validates the idea that the mind is not reducible to the brain. They delve into oddities of neuroscience that indicate that there is more going on in the brain than mere chemistry, and, in particular, walk through the seminal work of Adrian Owen on MRIs and what it reveals.
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Berlinski continues his exploration of 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.
On this episode of ID The Future, host Tod Butterfield talks with Discovery Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith about the use and abuse of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in China. Smith delves into the initially humane reasons for PGD, but notes how PGD is being used to advance the dark agenda of eugenics. Smith argues that the international community needs to take a leading role in defending the dignity of all human life. Otherwise, he says, China—with its abhorrent record on human rights—may set the standard for the rest of the world.
On this episode of ID The Future, biologist Ann Gauger, CSC Director of Science Communications, discusses a big new anthology she contributed to and helped edit, Theistic Evolution. Gauger discusses the reception that the new book recently received at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting, and gives an overview of the book. In her conversation with host Sarah Chaffee, the two home in on the anthology’s contribution from leading chemist James Tour and the problems that synthetic chemistry pose for modern evolutionary theory. Gauger also summarizes a nano-tech breakthrough Tour’s research team has made in cancer research.
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. 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
On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin continues his talk with Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, a retired biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany. Tune in as Dr. Lönnig discusses the origin and biology of carnivorous plants, and how evolutionary theory offers no clear explanation for the unique features of these plants.