On this episode of ID the Future, Joshua Youngkin takes a look at an open letter that Professor Massimo Pigliucci, philosopher and evolutionary biologist, wrote for his “Community of Reason,” which he describes as “the broad set encompassing skeptics, atheists and secular humanists.” Pigluicci’s criticism is that many that claim to be the defenders of reason cling to their own irrational scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs, rather than engaging in dialogue or building critiques out of logic and evidence.
Pigliucci’s thoughts on the subject can be read at his blog.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe, as well as Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which elaborates on the evidence of design in nature.
Luksin and Denton discuss the ways in which the universe is uniquely fit for carbon-based life, and perhaps even human life. Denton argues that when it comes to evidence of fine-tuning in the universe, the more you look, the more you find. Tune in to discover what he has found that has led him to the inference that our world is intelligently designed.
On this episode of ID the Future, Jay Richards interviews Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Wiker on his latest book, 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Impostor. Listen in as they examine the role of materialism in politics, particularly in C. S. Lewis' prophetic book, The Abolition of Man, and Wiker explains how moral argument has been replaced by technological manipulation of human nature.
For more on C.S. Lewis and science, stay tuned for a new book and film to be released in Fall 2012 from Discovery Press: The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Watch the trailer here.
Welcome to the Scientocracy, where unless you fully accede to the consensus view, then your opinion not only doesn't matter, it might even be dangerous. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin shows how a recent move to redefine scientific literacy from an understanding of science into wholesale capitulation to the "consensus" damages true scientific literacy -- including the right to debate and dissent.
Luskin's article appeared in Salvo Magazine. For more information on Salvo, visit www.salvomag.com.
Also, keep an eye out for a new book and film coming this September from Discovery Institute Press: The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Watch the trailer here.
This episode of ID the Future features CSC director Stephen C. Meyer on the Rick Hamada program, where he addresses the critical question that stumped Darwin: where did the first life come from? Listen in for Steve's answer, and be sure to check out SignatureIntheCell.com for the latest news and media appearances with Dr. Meyer.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Baylor University chemist Dr. Charles Garner on new findings in origin of life research and the plausibility of the chemical origin of life scenario. Listen in as Dr. Garner shows the speculation and imagination materialists employ to explain the origin of life.
For more information, read some of Dr. Garner's comments here at Evolution News & Views.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin examines the convergent genetic evolution of bat and whale echolocation, a surprise to the neo-Darwinian model, as common inheritance makes no sense.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin rebuts recent claims that the mystery of the Cambrian explosion has been solved. Though the cause of the Cambrian explosion has so far remained elusive, a Nature paper, highlighted by Science Daily, is purporting that increased chemical sedimentation allowed animals to build hard parts, which could leave fossils. Tune in to hear Casey reason how this explanation is greatly lacking.
On this episode of ID The Future, Casey Luskin critiques some of the macroevolutionary “gems” from Nature’s Evolution-Evangelism packet, including whale evolution, feathered dinosaurs, and Tiktaalik. Listen in as he explains why predictions about Tiktaalik from leading evolutionary scientists such as Jerry Coyne and the National Academy of Sciences were overturned by the discovery of 397 million year old tetrapod tracks in early 2010.
For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Evolution News & Views.
On this episode of ID the Future, Biologic Institute director Dr. Douglas Axe discusses his contribution to the new book Science and Human Origins. How efficient is the Darwinian mechanism at inventing new things? Could it really be responsible for the development of human beings, as Darwinists claim? Axe reviews his recent studies on mutation rates and the ability of Darwinian evolution to create new proteins. Tune in and discover what he found out!
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues his series responding to Nature's evolution evangelism packet, taking a look at truly interesting research that has nothing to do with natural selection, common ancestry or Darwin's theory.
For more on the "Evolutionary Gems," check out Parts One and Two of this series.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin and Ann Gauger, co-authors of Science & Human Origins, discuss the assumptions behind the Darwinian evolutionist's argument for common ancestry. Are these assumptions valid, or are there too many unknown variables? Dr. Gauger presents the inconsistencies between the Darwinian doctrine of common ancestry and the evidence from population genetics.
On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about a recent study published in Nature that claimed that scientists can predict the number of species that will develop within a clade. Such forecasts of speciation are based on the amount of living space available and the prominence of sexually selected traits. However, many of the differences between "species" are quite trivial; what constitutes one species as separate from another when there are no fundamental distinctions?
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Michael Behe on his peer-reviewed scientific paper in Quarterly Review of Biology. Dr. Behe explains why most examples of evolution in bacteria and viruses entail loss or modification of function rather than gain of a new function at the molecular level. In Behe’s view, this could pose a challenge to Darwinian explanations of molecular evolution.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Ann Gauger, co-author of Science & Human Origins and senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute. In recent years, human origins has become an especially hot topic as some scientists claim that the human race is a product of undirected natural selection and cannot be traced back to two parents. Dr. Gauger disagrees. Tune in to hear Dr. Gauger discuss the evidence against human-ape common ancestry, drawing from her research in such fields as anatomy and population genetics.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews University of British Columbia at Vancouver philosophy faculty member Richard Johns on his recent paper in the journal Synthese titled "Self-organisation in dynamical systems: a limiting result." In the paper, Dr. Johns argues that there are limits to the complexity of structures that can be produced by self-organization. Johns shows that Darwinian evolution is actually a type of a self-organizing process, and that it too is limited in the types of biological structures it can produce.
On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze and Casey Luskin discuss the lessons that can be learned from the past debate over continental drift. The continental drift controversy was reflective of a distinct pattern in the history of science: new theories that challenge the convention are mocked and ridiculed—sometimes for two or three generations—before finally being accepted by the scientific community. The important takeaway lesson is: follow the evidence, not the crowd.
On this episode of ID the Future, the CSC's Rob Crowther speaks with Casey Luskin, co-author of the new book Science & Human Origins. There are frequent and spurious claims made in the media that the genetic and fossil evidence of human-ape common ancestry is incontrovertible. In Science and Human Origins, Doug Axe, Ann Gauger, and Casey Luskin seek to equip readers with the knowledge to discern interpretation from fact and rhetoric from evidence. Listen in as Luskin introduces the book and specifically discusses his own assessment of the fossil data.
Critics of intelligent design sometimes claim they are defending the principles of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in trying to ban discussions of intelligent design. In the words of one writer, "Thomas Jefferson makes it quite clear that there was not a consensus of support among the authors of the Constitution... to support theological doctrines such as intelligent design." But would Thomas Jefferson himself agree? In this special July 4th edition of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John West explores the real views of Jefferson on intelligent design.
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.
On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze discusses the intelligent design undertones in Prometheus that have many critics riled up. Prometheus, the long-awaited prequel to the classic sci-fi horror film Alien, entertains the idea of the creation of life by questioning the origin of complex information. While the film primarily aims to provide horror thrills and rushes of adreneline, Prometheus also raises important philosophical and scientific questions about who we are and why we're here.
Warning: this podcast contains a few spoilers, but nothing you couldn't have gathered from the trailers, clips, and commercials about the film.
On this episode of ID the Future, CSC’s Anika Smith interviews CSC Fellow Ray Bohlin. Ray Bohlin earned his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and is the current Vice President of Vision Outreach at Probe Ministries. During his academic studies, Bohlin developed doubts about evolution that he then explored in his book The Natural Limits to Biological Change, written in 1984. Listen as he explains his skepticism of evolution and offers advice for emerging scientific doubters of Darwin.
On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a look at a new pro-Darwin evolution teaching tool that is being promoted by the National Science Teachers Association. This curriculum, titled Evo: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution, aggressively advocates for materialism, stating that the evolved world is "mindless and has no purpose." Tune in and hear Luskin present the disturbing details of what the NSTA wants students to be taught--and not taught--about Darwinian evolution.
On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin takes a critical look at Thinking Evolutionarily, a new book by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences that is geared towards helping teachers teach evolution. This book contains typical exaggerations of the importance of Darwinian evolution for an understanding of science, and at the same time maintains that accepting evolutionary theory means recognizing a "fundamental randomness and unpredictability, a lack of grand design." Such a statement is revealing of a fundamental conflict between Darwinian evolution and religion.
A short review of Dr. William Dembski's The Design Revolution.
The Design Revolution by mathematician and philosopher William Dembski is perhaps the best "bang for your buck" treatment on intelligent design. Dembski is a leading design theorist and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. This popular work serves almost as an "FAQ" on intelligent design. It is ideal for the layperson who would like to understand intelligent design and see how design proponents answer objections from critics.