ID the Future Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Science Podcast

The BICEP2 Consortium’s Big Bang “Discovery”: A Look Back

Sarah Chaffee
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On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, physicist Rob Sheldon discusses the BICEP2 Consortium’s apparent discovery of evidence for the inflationary model of the Big Bang, and the announcement’s impact on questions of cosmic fine-tuning. The consortium later withdrew their claim to have found the first evidence for the primordial “B-mode” polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Dr. Sheldon’s initial reaction to the announcement provides a model of scientific caution. In Pt. 1 and the subsequent Pt. 2 of this podcast conversation, Sheldon explains some of the underlying assumptions guiding BICEP2, and various things that could have led the astronomers astray. Please consider donating to support the IDTF Podcast.

Sarah Chaffee

Now a teacher, Sarah Chaffee served as Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. She earned her B.A. in Government. During college she interned at Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office and for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Before coming to Discovery, she worked for a private land trust with holdings in the Southwest.