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The ID The Future (IDTF) podcast carries on Discovery Institute's mission of exploring the issues central to evolution and intelligent design. IDTF is a short podcast providing you with the most current news and views on evolution and ID. IDTF delivers brief interviews with key scientists and scholars developing the theory of ID, as well as insightful commentary from Discovery Institute senior fellows and staff on the scientific, educational and legal aspects of the debate.

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    Bob Marks on Why AI Won't Destroy the World, or Save It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 20:08

    Today's ID the Future dives into the controversial realm of artificial intelligence (AI). Will robots or other computers ever become so fast and powerful that they become conscious, creative, and free? Will they reach a point where they can create faster and better AI, which will create faster and better AI, and quickly leave humanity in the dust? To shed light on these and other questions swirling around the exciting field of AI, host Casey Luskin interviews computer engineering professor Robert J. Marks, head of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. In the course of the fast-paced interview, Marks touches on dystopian AI and the limits of computer algorithms (they can never do anything that is inherently Read More › Source

    Emily Reeves Previews Dallas Science/Faith Conference 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 12:47

    On this ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid sits down with Emily Reeves, one of the speakers for the January 22, 2022, Dallas Science and Faith Conference. The two walk through the lineup of speakers for the conference (Stephen Meyer, Brian Miller, Casey Luskin, Ray Bohlin, and others), tease some of the talks, and discuss how to join the one-day event live, either in person in the Dallas area or online. For more about the conference, slated for this Saturday, and to sign up, go here. Source

    Eric Anderson: Probability and Intelligent Design

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 15:47

    On this ID the Future from the vault, Eric Anderson makes his first appearance on ID the Future, in an interview with host Casey Luskin. By this point Anderson had been involved in the intelligent design debate for over a decade, and at that stage his primary focus was on analyzing the logical and rhetorical bases of arguments to help people understand strengths, weaknesses, and underlying assumptions of arguments made in the ID and evolution debate. He later used those skills in helping assemble a team of contributors for an excellent recent ID book Evolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshell (Discovery Institute Press), to which he also contributes. There he taps another area of his expertise, the ongoing efforts Read More › Source

    Casey Luskin: Biogeography Is No Friend of Common Descent

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 26:28

    On this ID the Future, geologist Casey Luskin discusses biogeography and the problems it poses for the idea of universal common descent. To make it work, evolutionists have to propose, for instance, that old world monkeys rafted across the Atlantic from Africa to South America on a natural raft. Really? That's some raft. And how did the monkeys not starve to death? Or die of thirst? They couldn't drink salty ocean water, after all. And talk about a genetic bottleneck! That's just one of several problems Luskin raises with the idea that all species gradually evolved from a universal common ancestor. In his conversation with host Emily Reeves, he also touches on the problem of convergence, as when two creatures Read More › Source

    Engineers Crash the Evolution Party, Rethink Biological Variation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 22:15

    On today's ID the Future, physicist and engineer Brian Miller sits down with host Casey Luskin to survey exciting developments in intelligent design research that are driven by an engineering model for understanding and studying variations in species. ID researchers are pushing this work, but so too are systems biology researchers outside the intelligent design community. Tune in to hear Miller and Luskin discuss everything from fruit flies, finch beaks, and stickleback fish to mutational hotspots, phenotypic plasticity, and the gravity well model of biological adaptation. Source

    Michael Denton on Fine-Tuning: Wheels within Wheels

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 25:28

    On this ID the Future from the vault, host Casey Luskin sits down with Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a PhD in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe. Here they discuss his sequel to that book, Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which explores various striking ways that Earth and the laws of nature are finely tuned for carbon-based life and, in particular, creatures like ourselves. Denton argues that when it comes to evidence of fine tuning in the universe, the more you look, the more you find. Indeed, he has continued to find Read More › Source

    A New Flaw in the Miller-Urey Experiment, and a Few Old

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 16:58

    On today's ID the Future, biologist Jonathan Wells and host Eric Anderson discuss a recently discovered problem with the famous Miller-Urey experiment, long ballyhooed in biology textbooks as dramatic experimental evidence for the naturalistic origin of life. The newly uncovered problem involves the glassware used in the experiment. It is an interesting finding, but as Wells explains, it is far from the first problem discovered with the experiment, nor the most serious one. While biology textbooks often present the 1952 experiment by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey as a key icon of evolution, even those origin-of-life researchers who hope to one day to discover a credible naturalistic scenario for the origin of the first living cell concede that the experiment Read More › Source

    Wesley J. Smith Sounds the Alarm on Germline Genetic Editing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 22:28

    On today's ID the Future, bioethicist Wesley J. Smith makes the case for passionate opposition to, and stricter bioethical regulations against germline genetic engineering that changes not only the genetics of the subject but also of all that subject's descendants. He and episode host Casey Luskin discuss germline genetic editing in China, the brouhaha that ensued when the experimental work by He Jiankui came to light, and why Smith is convinced that China's disapproving response is less than it appears on the surface. He's convinced, he explains, that the Chinese government wasn't upset that the Chinese scientist conducted the experiment. They surely knew about his work and allowed it, Smith says. Rather, they and the scientific establishment internationally were upset Read More › Source

    Animal Algorithms Webinar Pt. 2: Author Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 30:30

    Today's ID the Future is Part 2 of a recent live webinar with Eric Cassell fielding questions about his new book, Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts. He and host Casey Luskin explore the engineering wonders of web-spinning spiders and their extraordinary silk, and the challenge of transforming solitary insects into social insects (with their complex and interdependent caste systems) via a blind step-by-step evolutionary process, and the many thousands of genetic changes required. What does Cassell consider the best explanation? He invokes design theorist William Dembski's work with No Free Lunch theorems to argue that blind processes are a no-go for explaining their origin. From there Luskin opens the webinar up to questions from the Read More › Source

    Animal Algorithms Webinar: Desert Ants and Honey Bees

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 31:22

    Today's ID the Future brings listeners the first half of a recent live webinar featuring author Eric Cassell fielding questions about his intelligent design book, Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts. Center for Science and Culture associate director Casey Luskin hosts. They begin the webinar discussing Cassell's unique set of qualifications for writing the book, and then they move into a conversation about the amazing desert ant, a master navigator from birth, able to integrate multiple navigation sensors despite having an incredibly tiny brain. Cassell argues that these innate skills point to algorithms programmed into the ant's brain and genome, and that such programming is far better explained by intelligent design than by any blind evolutionary Read More › Source

    The Universe Next Door: The Life of Alfred Russel Wallace, Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 22:54

    On this ID the Future from the vault, historian Michael Flannery is on The Universe Next Door with Tom Woodward, continuing their discussion of Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-founder with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution. Dr. Flannery is an expert on Wallace's life and scientific pursuits, and is the author of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life and editor of Intelligent Evolution: How Alfred Russel Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism. Here he gives Woodward a quick flyover of the rich body of work that Wallace produced in the course of his lengthy scientific career, and explains how the work of Thomas Huxley and the X Club contributed to Wallace eventually being overshadowed by Darwin. Source

    Casey Luskin on the Nature and Fruits of Intelligent Design

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 18:27

    On today's ID the Future, guest Casey Luskin and host Eric Anderson untangle the differences between creationism, intelligent design, and theistic evolution. There are important distinctions as well as areas of overlap, Luskin explains, but the theory of intelligent design focuses on the book of nature, rather than on the Bible or some other sacred book, and offers evidence that certain features of the natural world are best explained by reference to an intelligent cause. The case for intelligent design includes negative arguments against competitor explanations, such as neo-Darwinism, as well as positive evidence for design. And Luskin notes that increasingly this paradigm is fueling fruitful scientific research in everything from protein science to pharmacology and cosmology. To support this Read More › Source

    Casey Luskin on Successfully Defending Intelligent Design

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 18:35

    On today's ID the Future, Casey Luskin further discusses his recent essay, “What Is Intelligent Design and How Should We Defend It,” in the new book The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith. In his conversation with host Eric Anderson, Luskin rebuts the claims that intelligent design isn't science (it is), doesn't produce peer-reviewed research (it does), and is just a negative argument against evolution. He also offers advice on handling personal attacks and objections that you've never encountered before. To consider supporting the work of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and its brave scientists, click here for options. Source

    The Universe Next Door: The Life of Alfred Russel Wallace

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 23:09

    On this ID the Future from the vault, historian Michael Flannery joins Tom Woodward on The Universe Next Door to discuss Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Dr. Flannery is the author of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life and editor of Intelligent Evolution: How Alfred Russel Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism. What is often passed over in popular historical accounts of Wallace's work, Flannery explains, is that he argued, beginning with an 1869 essay in the prominent Quarterly Review, that humans could not have arisen purely through mindless evolution but instead required for their origin an “overruling intelligence.” If this sounds like a case for intelligent design in biology more than a century before Read More › Source

    Axe's Not-So-Secret Guide to Making Cookies and Dragonflies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 23:36

    This ID the Future brings in protein scientist Douglas Axe to discuss his contribution to a new book, The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith. Axe and host Casey Luskin discuss Axe's thinking on the design intuition, the evidence that it's triggered almost universally in small children when they observe things like dragonflies or fresh-baked cookies, and why he's convinced that this intuition is a rational one rooted in our true sense of what sorts of things require know-how for their creation. For those who retort “Science!,” Axe has some of that to offer as well. As he tells Luskin, he led an experiment at a lab in Cambridge, England, on the abilities and limits of an enzyme to evolve. The research findings Read More › Source

    A Plea to Parents: Don't “Butt Out” of Your Kids' Education

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 23:51

    On today's ID the Future, host Robert Crowther sits down with writer Andrew McDiarmid to discuss his recent New York Post article, “Word to the Wise: Progressives Forget that Parents are in Charge of Kids' Education.” The two discuss recent dustups in the news in which parents were told to butt out of the public education of their children. This is profoundly wrongheaded and for a variety of reasons, McDiarmid argues. McDiarmid, a Discovery Institute senior fellow, advocates for greater parental involvement, rather than less, and he and Crowther then apply the principle to the narrower question of how evolution is taught in the public high schools. In many districts evolutionary theory is taught as unquestionable dogma, with none of Read More › Source

    Dis-Inherit the Wind: Film Debunks Hollywood's Icon of Evolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 25:36

    On this ID The Future from the vault, host David Boze interviews filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, which pitched Darwinian evolution against belief in God. After seeing the 1960 film Inherit the Wind, starring Gene Kelly and Spencer Tracy, Foote did his own research into the trial and discovered that Inherit the Wind was highly misleading on many crucial points, an assessment corroborated by the 1997 Pulitzer-prize winning book about the trial, Summer for the Gods. So Foote set out to make another movie that would set the record straight and explore how media can influence, and profoundly distort, society's view of Read More › Source

    Evolutionary Psychology: Checkered Past, Checkered Present

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 24:00

    On this ID the Future host Casey Luskin interviews science journalist Denyse O'Leary about her recent essay, “Is Evolutionary Psychology a Legitimate Way to Understand Our Humanity,” which appears in the new Harvest House anthology co-edited by Luskin, The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith. O'Leary, a science journalist and co-author of The Spiritual Brain, offers a withering critique of evolutionary psychology and traces its roots, beginning with The Descent of Man (1871), where Charles Darwin attributed various human behaviors to natural and sexual selection. That fed into what became known as social Darwinism, which fell out of favor after World War II thanks to Hitler and the Nazis' application of social Darwinist ideas to defend Nordic superiority and genocide. Read More › Source

    Casey Luskin on Why Intelligent Design is Worth Defending

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 20:30

    Today's ID the Future spotlights The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith. Host Eric Anderson interviews one of the anthology's co-editors and contributors, geologist Casey Luskin. The two focus on just one of Luskin's contributed essays, one that addresses two primary questions: Is intelligent design true? And is it worth expending the energy to defend it against powerful opposition? Luskin answers both questions in the affirmative, and explains why he sees the new anthology as a great resource in the cause of intelligent design. Source

    Two Recent Papers Buttress Behe's Darwin Devolves Thesis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 23:54

    On today's ID the Future Darwin Devolves author and biologist Michael Behe discusses two recent technical papers that the news media billed as dramatic evidence for evolution. As Behe explains in his conversation with host Eric Anderson, a careful look at the papers themselves shows that both cases involve devolution. That is, the biological forms in question did not evolve novel structures and information; instead they threw away things to achieve a niche advantage. In the first study, in the journal Nature Microbiology, the researchers found that in Africa, where “most rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for falciparum malaria recognize histidine-rich protein 2 antigen,” the malaria parasite has repeatedly evolved a way to sometimes elude detection, giving it a selective advantage, Read More › Source

    Richard Weikart on Scientific Racism and the War on Humanity

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 31:44

    Today's ID the Future again spotlights The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith. Historian Richard Weikart and host Casey Luskin discuss Weikart's contribution to the new anthology, his essay “How Evil Has Been Done in the Name of Science.” As Weikart explains, over the past century and a half, science has been misused to fuel racist policies and undermine human rights. Darwinian ideas helped lay the groundwork for Nazi ideology in Germany. And we shouldn't imagine the problem was restricted to Nazi Germany. Scientific racism also reared its head in the United States, including in the long-running and infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. More broadly, a marriage of scientism and evolutionary thinking continues to undermine the idea of inherent human worth Read More › Source

    Rabbi Moshe Averick Takes on Stephen Hawking's Nonsense of a High Order

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 19:02

    On this classic episode of ID the Future, guest host Ira Berkowitz interviews Rabbi Moshe Averick, author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism, about Stephen Hawking's comments on God and religion in Hawking's posthumously published Brief Answers to the Big Questions. Averick describes the work as “superficial,” “convenient” and marked by “a glaring lack of profundity.”  Or as the rabbi puts it, “If he did physics that way his university would have fired him.” Listen in to hear why Averick has such a problem with the book. Source

    Convergent Animal Algorithms Challenge Darwinism

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 28:41

    Today's ID the Future again spotlights the new book Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts. Host and Baylor University computer engineering professor Robert J. Marks talks with Animal Algorithms author Eric Cassell about the sophisticated algorithms that appear to be embedded in the brains of colony insects, granting them impressive instinctive abilities. Could these complex programmed behaviors have evolved through a blind Darwinian process? Cassell and Marks discuss the challenges to that idea, beginning with the fact that in our ordinary experience, when random changes are made to a computer algorithm, it inevitably degrades function rather than enhancing it. Digging deeper, they discuss the No Free Lunch theorems of William Macready and David Wolpert, and the problem Read More › Source

    Andrew Klavan and Stephen Meyer Talk God and Science

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 22:17

    On this ID the Future Stephen Meyer sits down with talk show host and bestselling novelist Andrew Klavan to discuss Meyer's Return of the God Hypothesis. In this fast-paced conversation the pair touch on the Judeo-Christian roots of science, how fine tuning in physics and cosmology point to intelligent design, and how a great many scientists held out hope that the universe was eternal and therefore did not require a creator, but eventually threw in the towel as evidence mounted for a cosmic beginning. What about the multiverse hypothesis as an escape for atheists wishing to explain away the evidence for a cosmic designer? Meyer explains why it fails Occam's Razor, and then he and Klavan discuss a noted atheist Read More › Source

    Francis Collins Evolution Book Full of Errors and Fallacies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 13:04

    On this ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin finishes up his look at Francis Collins's and Karl Giberson's The Language of Science and Faith, a book arguing for theistic Darwinism. In this sixth and final installment in the series, Luskin reviews the contradictions and fallacious bandwagon appeals that he says permeate the book. He praises the two authors for their intelligence and professional achievements, but he encourages readers of the book to also read one or more works skeptical of theistic Darwinism in order to better assess how Giberson and Collins's case holds up when pressed. Head over to Discovery Institute Press for some good options. Source

    Amazing Insect Colonies vs. Evolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 21:57

    On today's ID the Future, Animal Algorithms author Eric Cassell delves into another fascinating portion of his new book, the programmed social behaviors of colony insects and the challenge these instinctive behaviors pose for modern evolutionary theory. Cassell and host Robert J. Marks discuss the complex caste system of these colonies, the impressive signaling systems they use to communicate, and how technologists study these tiny-brained creatures to learn tricks for developing and improving drone swarm technology. How could a mindless evolutionary process have evolved these sophisticated colonies, where various castes appear essential to the functioning and survival of the colony, and possess their division-of-labor skills instinctively? Some colony members also behave altruistically, a fact that Charles Darwin himself conceded posed Read More › Source

    It Came from Outer Space? Astrobiologist: Not Likely

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 17:49

    On today's ID the Future astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzalez and host Casey Luskin discuss the idea of undirected panspermia. Gonzalez explains the basic idea and what the best current evidence says about its plausibility. The occasion is his chapter on panspermia in the new anthology A Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith, co-edited by Casey Luskin, associate director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Undirected panspermia is the idea that the first life on our planet came from outer space, carried by chance processes from a faraway living planet on space dust, asteroids, or comets either from within our solar system, or from another star system to here. The idea of panspermia was inspired by the extreme difficulty of Read More › Source

    Francis Collins Commits “Berra's Blunder” in Defending Macroevolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 4:18

    On this ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin highlights a glaring logical error in the pro-evolution book The Language of Science and Faith by Francis Collins and Karl Giberson. There Collins and Giberson assert that macroevolution is merely microevolution over long ages, and to cinch their argument they point to the observed macroevolution of … birds? No. Whales? No. A new land mammal? A fundamentally new type of bacteria? No again, and understandably so since no one has observed the macroevolution of any biological form. The idea is conjectural. So what example do Collins and Giberson offer? The evolution of automobiles from the Model T to the Toyota Prius hybrid. But as Luskin notes, such an evolutionary path illustrates Read More › Source

    New Book Spotlights High Tech Animal Navigation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 35:12

    Today's ID the Future spotlights the new book Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts. The author, Eric Cassell, joins host and Baylor computer engineering professor Robert J. Marks to discuss the groundbreaking book and, in particular, the chapters on some of the animal kingdom's most stunning navigators—the arctic tern, homing pigeons, the monarch butterfly, and the desert ant, among others. Cassell has degrees in biology and engineering, and he draws on these and his decades of professional expertise in aircraft navigation systems to show that these creatures instinctively employ navigational technologies that humans have only recently mastered. According to Cassell, their skills are driven by sophisticated algorithms embedded in their brains. But what created these algorithms Read More › Source

    Carl Sagan Wrong about “Pale Blue Dot,” Says Astrobiologist

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 20:58

    On today's ID the Future, astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzalez unpacks one of his chapters in the new book The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith, edited by episode host Casey Luskin. Gonzalez and Luskin look at how our atmosphere as well as the sun, moon, distance from our host star, and position in the Milky Way are all curiously fine tuned not only for life but also for allowing  Earth's human inhabitants to observe and discover things near and far about nature. It's as if a master designer made the Earth not merely for life but for curious and intelligent beings. What about the fact that Earth is such a tiny part of a vast universe, a “pale blue dot” as Read More › Source

    De-Humanizing Neanderthals: A Darwinist Dog that Won't Hunt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 7:04

    On this ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin tackles another neo-Darwinian assertion Francis Collins and Karl Giberson make in The Language of Science and Faith. In their book, Giberson and Collins capitalize on the popular notion of Neanderthals as pre-human, cavemen-like beasts in order to bolster their claims for common ancestry. But what sort of common ancestry? And do experts even agree that Neanderthals are drastically different from early homo sapiens? Luskin explores the connection between Neanderthals and humans and points to the growing evidence that Neanderthals interbred with homo sapiens, buried their dead, mastered technology, had a brain size equal to and even slightly larger than homo sapiens, and were essentially just another race of humans. Some have Read More › Source

    Norman Stone on His New C.S. Lewis Movie, The Most Reluctant Convert

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 46:42

    On today's ID the Future, award-winning British producer and director Norman Stone joins host John West to discuss Stone’s new biopic on C.S. Lewis, The Most Reluctant Convert. The freewheeling conversation covers a wide range of topics, including Lewis's view of science, the problems of reductionist science, Lewis's attraction to and rejection of the occult (and the strange connection between the occult and scientific materialism), Bertrand Russell's atheism, the women in C.S. Lewis's life (not just Joy Gresham), and even the strange fate of C.S. Lewis's old rooms in Oxford (you'll never guess what's in there now!). Plus, West tries his best to convince Stone that he should do a film version of a certain C.S. Lewis science fiction novel. Read More › Source

    New Animated Video Dismantles Origin-of-Life Hype

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 22:58

    Today's ID the Future spotlights a new origin-of-life video showing that researchers aren't anywhere close to creating life from non-life, despite the fact most Americans seem to believe otherwise. In the episode, host Eric Anderson interviews Stairway to Life co-author Rob Stadler, who helped create the new Long Story Short animated video. Stadler and Anderson explore how origin-of-life papers and popular media reports have misled the public, evidenced by a survey underscored by Rice University synthetic organic chemist James Tour. Then they discuss several daunting origin-of-life hurdles beyond the synthesis of key chemical building blocks. These are hurdles significant enough that each alone may doom the idea of life having once emerged from non-life spontaneously. Indeed, it is now a Read More › Source

    Francis Collins, Eye Evolution, and Blind Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 8:49

    On this classic ID the Future, Casey Luskin tackles another neo-Darwinian assertion made by Francis Collins and Karl Giberson in The Language of Science and Faith. There they make an offhand statement that a series of random mutations can lead to such a novel structure as the eye. However, they neglect to give any citation or discuss any evidence to support the claim. Instead of simply accepting the neo-Darwinian explanation of the eye on faith, Luskin leads listeners through an examination of the evidence. As he shows, the more closely we look, the more problems appear for the idea that the eye originated through a process of mindless evolution. For additional evidence that the vertebrate eye was instead intelligently designed, see Read More › Source

    Life: Fearfully and Wonderfully Fine Tuned

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 31:45

    Today's ID the Future spotlights the incredible fine tuning of life. Robert J. Marks hosts Stockholm University professor of mathematical statistics Ola Hössjer and University of Miami population geneticist Daniel Díaz. The three discuss strategies for extending the concept of fine tuning to biological systems, and along the way touch on population genetics, entropy, and probability theory. At the center of the discussion are three technical papers—here, here, and here—each co-authored by one or more of the three members of today's podcast discussion. This episode is reposted with permission from Mind Matters News, a website of Discovery Institute's Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. Head over to their podcast site to find the other episodes in this interview Read More › Source

    Max McLean Talks about His New C.S. Lewis Movie

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 29:06

    On this ID the Future award-winning actor Max McLean joins host John West to discuss his new film, The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis. West and McLean discuss how McClean came to do stage plays focused on Lewis's work, and how he and filmmaker Norman Stone came to create a feature-length dramatic film in the midst of the coronavirus shutdown. McLean tells about Lewis's long and winding conversion from agnosticism to Christianity, and then he and West focus on those aspects of Lewis's conversion centered on science, evolutionary theory, and rational theism. Key to Lewis's move from agnosticism to idealism and eventually Judeo-Christian theism—his friend Owen Barfield and the question of the origin of reason. Lewis Read More › Source

    Francis Collins's Scale-to-Feather Evolution Doesn't Fly

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 7:10

    On this ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin continues his review of Karl Giberson and Francis Collins's The Language of Science and Faith. Giberson and Collins point to the feather as a prime example of a novel feature arising via blind evolution. According to them, it evolved from elongated scales. But Luskin points to recent findings from developmental biology that have led even many evolutionists to abandon the proposal. Source

    Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 12:55

    Today's ID the Future spotlights The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith, and specifically, an essay in the new anthology by biologist Jonathan Wells, “Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis?” As Wells and host Casey Luskin note, the essay title alludes to philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn's influential 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn argued there that if one studies the history of scientific revolutions, one finds that when the scientific evidence has begun to turn against a dominant scientific paradigm—when its days are numbered— its adherents do not simply concede defeat. Instead they use all their institutional power to suppress dissent and punish proponents of any competing paradigm. This is the period of crisis, which can last Read More › Source

    How Finely Tuned Is Our Universe?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 35:45

    On this ID the Future, Baylor University computer engineering professor Robert J. Marks hosts Ola Hössjer of Stockholm University and Daniel Díaz of the University of Miami to discuss a recent research paper the three contributed to the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, “Is Cosmological Tuning Fine or Coarse?” It turns out that's no easy question to answer rigorously, but this is where the new paper comes in. In this episode the three unpack the long answer. What about the short answer? It's akin to a description in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: “Space,” it informs us, “is big. Really big.” Measuring how finely tuned our universe is for life is all about searching large spaces of possibilities; Read More › Source

    Francis Collins's Pseudogenes: An Icon of Evolution Now in Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 8:50

    On this classic ID the Future, Casey Luskin discusses how theistic Darwinists Francis Collins and Karl Giberson rely on the argument that pseudogenes are junk, “broken DNA.” The pseudogene is their centerpiece evidence for common descent and macroevolution in their book The Language of Science and Faith. This leaves them hard-pressed as researchers discover more and more functions for non-coding DNA, including pseudogenes. Source

    Jonathan Wells and The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith, Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 19:13

    Today's ID the Future spotlights a new book, The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith: Exploring the Ultimate Questions about Life and the Cosmos, and specifically a chapter by biologist Jonathan Wells titled “What are the Top Scientific Problems with Evolution?” Wells is the guest, and the host is geologist and Center for Science and Culture associate director Casey Luskin, who co-edited the anthology from Harvest House Publishers. In this episode the first problem that Wells highlights concerns homology and convergence. A second problem involves fossils. Darwin anticipated “innumerable transitions” in the fossil record, but such a rainbow of transitional forms has never been found. Not even close. Another problem, molecular phylogenies. Another: the lack of observational evidence that natural Read More › Source

    Biologist Jonathan Wells Offers a Cure for Zombie Science

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 17:51

    On this ID the Future, Zombie Science author and biologist Jonathan Wells and host Andrew McDiarmid explore the seductive but misleading appeal to consensus science. This is when someone makes a bandwagon appeal to support a scientific hypothesis rather than offering evidence and arguments—as in, “All serious scientists agree that X is the case.” Wells says history makes hash of the consensus-science appeal because the history of scientific progress is all about a consensus view being overthrown by a newer, more accurate view that for a time was a minority view. Wells also draws a distinction between evidence-based empirical science and ideologically driven science. The example he gives for the latter: scientific materialism. Instead of a search for truth about Read More › Source

    Rabbi Moshe Averick Talks ID, Atheism and Nonsense of a High Order

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 17:13

    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, host Ira Berkowitz continues a conversation with Rabbi Moshe Averick about the rabbi's book Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism. Averick answers the who-designed-the-designer objection, shows how questions about God and intelligent design can't be shoved aside as unimportant, and has a bit of fun recounting a dustup he had with evolutionist Jerry Coyne. Source

    Bidding Adieu to Steven Weinberg's Take on Science and Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021

    On today's ID the Future, Casey Luskin, associate director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, discusses his Evolution News article about the recently deceased Steven Weinberg. On Weinberg's view, one of science's social functions is to undermine religion, which he sees as superstition. Luskin takes the opposite view and points to skilled and successful scientists he got to know in Africa. He says these scientists are convinced that the supernatural is real and would find Weinberg's secular Western rejection of the supernatural as blinkered. Luskin and host Robert Crowther also discuss a hopeful trend among some atheists toward a more civil and respectful way of engaging intelligent design, even to the point of acknowledging that design theorists are Read More › Source

    Casey Luskin Talks Tectonics, Design and Hidden Beauty

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 22:26

    On today's ID the Future host Emily Reeves talks with geologist and intelligent design theorist Casey Luskin about his PhD. Luskin says his dissertation wasn't focused on intelligent design at all; but the knowledge he gained and the methodology he employed well might provide him grist for ID-oriented work down the road. The wide-ranging conversation takes Luskin and Reeves from his geological work in Africa and the method known as uniformitarianism to plate tectonics, paleomagnetism, crustal recycling, and some books on how Earth appears fine-tuned for life. Luskin also tells about some astonishing beauty that lies hidden right under our feet, and how we can discover it for ourselves. Source

    Rabbi Moshe Averick Deflates the Multiverse, and the New Atheists

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 11:56

    On this classic episode of ID the Future, Jerusalem-based guest host Ira Berkowitz talks with Rabbi Moshe Averick about his book Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism, a critique of the new atheists' views on nature. Rabbi Averick shares his spirited takedown of the multiverse theory for the origin of life, dismantles the “God of the Gaps” objection to intelligent design, and wonders why people who criticize books like his think they can do so intelligently without taking the time to read them. Source

    The Role of Engineers in the Systems Biology Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 15:18

    Today's ID the Future spotlights systems biology and the role engineers can play in some leading-edge biology. According to guest Steve Laufmann, systems biology is taking the biological world by storm, an approach that treats biological systems as optimally or near-optimally engineered systems and, using that working assumption, seeks to better understand the system. Laufmann says this provides an opening for engineers to contribute, since they have a deep understanding of what it takes to make a complex system work, and what's required to change one core aspect of an engineered system so that it continues to work with all of the other crucial parts of the system. Many biologists aren't trained in this, Laufmann says, and most engineers aren't Read More › Source

    Pt. 4: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 28:30

    This ID the Future wraps up a lively four-part series between religious skeptic Michael Shermer and Return of the God Hypothesis author and philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. Here Meyer underscores the fact that every worldview must posit something as the prime reality, and he argues that positing mind (rather than matter) as the prime reality solves far more problems in science, and not just in origins science. What about the idea of a multiverse to explain the fine tuning of the laws and constants of physics? Meyer concedes that this is a solution of sorts, but it comes at a tremendous cost, which he explains. That's just a taste of where Meyer and Shermer go in this final segment. Read More › Source

    Pt. 3: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 29:57

    On this ID the Future, Return of the God Hypothesis author Stephen Meyer and skeptic Michael Shermer address the question of how a divine immaterial being could act in the material world to design and fashion things such as the first life. Meyer argues that while we don't know precisely how an immaterial mind would do this or did do this, we have good evidence that minds can and do affect matter, as for instance in the evidence that our minds can affect our brains and, by extension, our bodies. Meyer and Shermer also discuss the idea of front-loaded intelligent design—that is, where God loaded into the moment of the Big Bang everything necessary for the emergence of stars, planets, Earth, Read More › Source

    Pt. 2: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 33:30

    Today's ID the Future continues a lively and cordial conversation between atheist Michael Shermer and Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. In this segment of the four-part series, Shermer and Meyer discuss a fourth argument for theism, the moral law within. Then they discuss the similarities and differences between inferring design for something like the Rosetta Stone versus inferring intelligent design from the information in DNA or the fine tuning of the universe. The interview is reposted here by permission of Michael Shermer. Source

    Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer, Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 31:23

    Today's ID the Future spotlights the first part of a lively and cordial conversation between host and atheist Michael Shermer and Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. In this first of the four-part series, the two touch on everything from Meyer's three key lines of evidence for theism to a quick flyover of less well-known materialistic origins theories, including the oscillating universe model, panspermia as an explanation for the origin of the first life on earth, and Stephen Hawking's idea of imaginary time. Meyer lumps many of these ideas under what he terms exotic naturalism and suggests that the atheists who defend these explanations are multiplying exotic Read More › Source

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