On this ID the Future from the vault, Sarah Chaffee describes taxpayer-funded research exploring the most effective ways to pre-condition young minds to accept neo-Darwinism. The National Science Foundation awarded Boston University a grant of just under $1.5 million for their project, “Evolving Minds in Early Elementary School: Foundations for a Learning Sequence on Natural Selection Using Stories.” Listen in.
Today’s ID the Future features, by permission, a recent conversation between radio show host Michael Medved and philosopher of science Stephen Meyer as they discuss Meyer’s new book, Return of the God Hypothesis. Listen in as Meyer, director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, provides a swift flyover of 500 years of scientific history, in which he traces the rise, fall, and rise again of a paradigm Meyer refers to as “the God hypothesis.” To learn more about Meyer’s new book and see the growing list of enthusiastic reviews from top scientists, go to ReturnoftheGodHypothesis.com.
On today’s ID the Future, host Eric Anderson sits down with Rob Stadler, co-author with Change Tan of The Stairway To Life: An Origin-Of-Life Reality Check. The topic of discussion–protocells. Stadler notes that the simplest existing single-celled organisms are far too sophisticated to have emerged through a blind process of prebiotic evolution. He further notes that this is widely acknowledged in the origin-of-life community, but those committed to a purely materialistic origin of the first life have a fallback explanation–protocells. That is, early biological structures far simpler than anything we find today. An intriguing hypothesis, but the problems with it, according to Stadler, are legion. Tune in as Stadler and Anderson walk through several lines of evidence that appear to Read More ›
Stephen Meyer’s new book, Return of the God Hypothesis, is now in bookstores — online and in stores. To celebrate, IDTF is pleased to offer this classic Dr. Meyer debate. Darwinists are often reluctant to debate advocates of intelligent design, but here are two who deserve a tip of the hat. Keith Pannell is a chemist at the University of Texas-El Paso who hosts Science Studio, a program on the NPR station there. He invited Meyer on to talk about the science of ID. Pannell is an ID critic, so kudos to him for being willing to have a civil and informative conversation with a leading ID proponent. Pannell also invited a biologist colleague, Ricardo Bernal, to tag-team with him. Read More ›
Today’s ID the Future spotlights Canceled Science: What Some Atheists Don’t Want You to See with a focus on the book’s look at our privileged planet Earth, and how its location in the galaxy and solar system, as well as various unusual features, makes it strikingly fit for life. Is it just “dumb luck,” as one scientist put it? Host Eric Anderson continues his multi-part conversation with the book’s author, Biola physics professor Eric Hedin, who suggests that “dumb luck” is more of a cop-out than an explanation, and that when one takes all the evidence together, a better explanation for our finely tuned place in the cosmos is a fine-tuner, a designing intelligence. It’s just a taste of the Read More ›
In celebration of Return of the God Hypothesis, ID the Future is pleased to feature this classic episode with physicist John Bloom, a CSC Fellow and professor at Biola University. Here he explains some of the exciting evidence of design from physics and cosmology, evidence unknown a century ago. If this subject intrigues you, take a look at the new book from philosopher of science and bestselling author Stephen Meyer—Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe.
In today’s ID the Future, we’re pleased to feature a cross-post from our sister site, Mind Matters. Here host Robert J. Marks begins a conversation with trailblazing mathematician and computer scientist Gregory Chaitin. The two discuss Chaitin’s beginnings in computer science, his growing up in the 1960s a stone’s throw from Central Park, his thoughts on historic scientists in his field such as Leonard Euler and Kurt Gödel, and the story of Chaitin’s cold calling the famed German-Austrian logician, mathematician, and philosopher, and how a snowstorm and Gödel’s quirky personality thwarted a meeting. Also touched on: Gödel’s ontological proof for the existence of God and how children can be said to have solved Chaitin’s incompleteness problem. Image Credit: Kurt Gödel by Read More ›
On this ID the Future host Eric Anderson continues his conversation with physicist and Canceled Science author Eric Hedin. Here Hedin argues that the dogmatic rule that natural science should only ever invoke natural causes has at its heart a logical problem. He and Anderson also review some startling cases of fine-tuning for life and why a “theory of everything” would not solve the fine-tuning problem for atheists but merely move it back to the theory of everything itself. Also in today’s conversation, a highly accessible flyover of how scientists came to realize that the universe wasn’t eternal but had had a beginning. Hedin also tackles a theological poser: If the universe was designed for life, why did the designer Read More ›
To celebrate Stephen Meyer’s new book, The Return of the God Hypothesis, ID the Future is pleased to feature a classic episode, a short debate between Meyer and Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, on Lee Strobel’s “Faith Under Fire” program. Meyer argues for intelligent design and Shermer against it. What can we learn when we balance the facts and arguments on both sides? Tune in to find out. Meyer, a philosopher of science and the director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, is a New York Times bestselling author, and his latest book has now been endorsed by Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson. The book’s launch date is March 30, and it’s available now for pre-order.
Today’s ID the Future features another installment in James Tour’s hard-hitting and evidence-based YouTube series on abiogenesis. Here Dr. Tour, a world-leading synthetic organic chemist at Rice University, describes the early Earth primordial soup concept for the origin of first life (OOL) and shows why it’s simplistic, bogus, and doesn’t represent the current science on the issue. He also reviews survey data showing just how misinformed the public is about how far scientists have gotten in creating life in the lab. One critic of Tour protested that the simplistic primordial soup story might be found in highly simplified textbooks for sixth graders but isn’t peddled at higher levels. Tour provides video evidence to the contrary.