In this episode Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman comments on Pope Benedict’s conclave on evolution scheduled for this weekend. Recent news stories that the Pope may be about to endorse intelligent design as a scientific theory is way off the mark, according to Chapman. For more about the Catholic Church’s debate over evolution and intelligent design visit Evolutuion News & Views.
In this episode of ID The Future, we look at what critical analysis of evolution really is and why it’s needed in science classes today. In his book, Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin wrote about the necessity for critical analysis in all academic endeavors stating that, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”
Biologist and CSC senior fellow Jonathan Wells agrees.
“If students are to learn science, and not merely be indoctrinated in Darwinism as an unquestionable dogma,” says Wells, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, “they must analyze the actual evidence for and against it.”Read More ›
On this episode of IDTF Casey Luskin interviews legal analyst Seth Cooper about his article “A Textbook Case of Judicial Activism: How A Pro-ID Publisher Was Denied It’s Day In Court”, about the Dover intelligent design trial and the legal assault on the Foundation for Thought Ethics publisher of the pro-ID textbook, Of Pandas and People, the book central to the lawsuit.Read More ›
On this episode Casey Luskin reviews a short but unique little book entitled Getting Past the Culture Wars: Regarding Intelligent Design, by Glenn Shrom. According to Luskin the book contains some refreshing, and worthwhile thoughts about intelligent design (ID), including a good exposition of irreducible complexity, and a lively exchange with some Darwinist critics. Click here for more about Getting Past the Culture Wars.
Professor of biology Dr. Ralph Seelke conducts lab research at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, that focuses on what can evolution really do? In this short conversation he explains the difference between microevolution and macroevolution based on his primary research in experimental evolution. His research has resulted in seven presentations at regional or national scientific meetings since 2001 on the capabilities and limitations of evolution in producing new functions in bacteria.
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.Read More ›