A Meaningful World: How the Arts And Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature By Benjamin Wiker & Jonathan Witt Publisher: InterVarsity Press In this podcast CSC fellow Jonathan Witt talks about his new book A Meaningful World which challenges the philosophy of materialism by exploring the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the drama of scientific enterprise itself. In contrast to contemporary claims that the world is ultimately meaningless, Witt and co-author and CSC fellow Benjamin Wiker reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. To learn more about the book and read excerpts go to: www.ameaningfulworld.com
When ID skeptics object to the claim that the universe was designed based upon the highly improbable fine tuning of the universe, they often invoke multiple universes, a concept that is not testable. Yet testability is often invoked as a demarcation criteria that excludes intelligent design from science. In this podcast Casey Luskin takes us through the pages of a science journal to show the double standard applied to intelligent design.
Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design By Jonathan Wells Publisher: Regnery Publishing Senior Italian geneticist Giuseppe Sermonti has called Darwinism the “politically correct of science,” — that is, something that is held not because it is true but rather because of peer-pressure. Thus, Discovery Senior Fellow Jonathan Wells’ new book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design” is aptly named because it ignores this peer-pressure to expose the weaknesses in the evidence for Darwinism with both humorous anecdotes and illuminating explanations of the most common sources of confusion.
Darwinism, Design, and Public Education Edited By: John Angus Campbell and Stephen C. Meyer Publisher: Michigan State University Press This podcast provides a short review of this balanced volume which contains essays by both supporters and critics debating intelligent design and whether design should be allowed in public school science classes. The scholars approach the question from the standpoints of constitutional law, philosophy, rhetoric, education, and science. Visit the website at www.darwinanddesign.com
An recent editorial in the Washington Post, “Nothing Wrong With Kansas”, contains many inaccurate statements about the Kansas Science Standards and intelligent design. It is not unlike a host of other ill-informed and misleading articles in the mainstream media. They have made the debate over whether or not students will be allowed to learn about both the evidence for and against evolution, into a battle over whether or not to teach intelligent design, a completely separate issue.
With proponents of assisted suicide achieving more than anyone imagined possible even ten years ago Discovery Institute is proud to announce that Spence Publishing has recently released a revised and updated version of Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty To Die by nationally acclaimed bioethicist and senior fellow Wesley J. Smith. This week we offer a short review of the book.
Some Darwinists have sometimes argued that if ID were taught in schools, then that would risk opening the science classroom to a floodgate of religious ideas about origins, wreaking havoc upon the classroom and turning it into a platform for religious proseltyzation.
It is common that critics of intelligent design misrepresent the nature of intelligent design in order to make it sound unscientific, unconstitutional, and unpalatable to scientists and the public. In the Kitzmiller vs Dover court case last year, Judge Jones even adopted the critics’ false version of intelligent design rather than letting the proponents of ID stake out their own theory, and speak for themselves. This podcast looks at two recent misrepresentations in the media made by ID-critics involved on the legal side of this debate.
What is science? We ask biologist Dr. Jonathan Wells in this episode of IDTF. Dr. Wells researched and wrote a lengthy report on the definition of science used by every state in the country, which was published by Discovery Institute. Now, as critics attack the definition being used in the Kansas state science standards, Dr. Wells explains what science is, what a proper definition of science is, and why Kansas is now in-line with every other state in the nation. Click here to read more about the Kansas definition of science.
Despite the Darwinist community’s long-standing campaign to help the public come to the “correct” view that “evolution and religion are compatible,” public skepticism of evolution remains high. (See this link for documentation.) This would logically lead one to the conclusion that there are other factors besides religion that drive skepticism of evolution. Perhaps, one might even suggest, for many people the issue has a lot to do with science!