ID the Future Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Science Podcast
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The Tenth Anniversary of the Louisiana Science Education Act — and Why It Matters

On this episode of ID the Future, host Sarah Chaffee talks with Center for Science and Culture co-founder Dr. John West about the Louisiana Science Education Act, passed ten years ago this week. Dr. West explains why it mattered then for academic freedom, how it’s stood up to criticism in the ten years since then, and why it matters today — including the example it sets for other states as well-crafted, resilient, and science-friendly legislation, that even the ACLU has recognized it needs to support!

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Evolutionist Jerry Coyne: Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee, or ID

On this episode of ID: The Future, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor discusses Jerry Coyne’s free speech double standard. Peter Singer has advocated killing some handicapped newborns in the crib, and after some handicapped people protested and disrupted his lectures, Coyne objected to their infringing on Singer’s free speech rights. But then Coyne supported efforts to intimidate and possibly fire professor Eric Hedin for noting evidence of fine-tuning in an an elective seminar on “The Boundaries of Science.”*

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Opinions on Academic Freedom: The Gap Between Academia & the American Public

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer discusses the results of opinion surveys of academic freedom on evolution, which reflect massive public support of academic freedom from all demographics — including atheists and theists, Democrats and Republicans — despite pushback on academic freedom from academia.

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What Teaching the Controversy Looks Like

On this episode of ID the Future, Sarah Chaffee examines what it looks like to teach the controversy over Darwinian evolution, explaining why students should learn more, not less, on the topic. Listen in as she looks at a lesson plan overview for a unit on neo-Darwinisim, and highlights 3 points of scientific controversy that teachers can discuss.

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The God Solution – Pt 4

On this fourth episode of ID the Future, Nate Herbst of The God Solution and Casey Luskin discuss intelligent design research at the Biologic Institute. Luskin also notes that professors lack academic freedom to discuss intelligent design at public institutions, highlighting the case of a physics professor from Ball State University.

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Interview with Dead Reckoning, Pt 2: Luskin discusses sources of opposition to ID

On this second episode of ID the Future, Dr. Brian Mattson and Jay Friesen of Dead Reckoning discuss scrutiny of the intelligent design movement with Casey Luskin. They trace opposition not only to alternate worldviews, but also to science historian Thomas Kuhn’s insight that new science paradigms will inevitably face strong resistance from adherents to older theories. Luskin notes progress in recent critiques of Darwinism published in mainstream science literature.

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South Dakota Academic Freedom Bill Testimony, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, hear Dr. William Harris’ recent testimony in support of the South Dakota Academic Freedom Bill, SB114. Last month, the bill died in the Senate Election Committee by a vote of 4 to 2. Those who testified in favor of the bill include Dr. William Harris, a biochemist who holds a faculty position at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, and Casey Luskin, the Research Coordinator at Discovery Institute.

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South Dakota Academic Freedom Bill Testimony, pt. 1

On this episode of ID the Future, hear Casey Luskin’s recent testimony in support of the South Dakota Academic Freedom Bill, SB114. Last month, the bill died in the Senate Election Committee by a vote of 4 to 2. Those who testified in favor of the bill include Dr. William Harris, a biochemist who holds a faculty position at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, and Casey Luskin, the Research Coordinator at Discovery Institute.

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For Darwin Day, Discovery Institute Names University of Chicago Biologist Jerry Coyne as “Censor of the Year”

On this episode of ID the Future, David Klinghoffer announces Discovery Institute’s 2013 Censor of the Year award. Listen in as Klinghoffer explains why we’ve chosen to recognize University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne, out of several promising nominees, for his success in choking off free speech on intelligent design and evolution.

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Ball State University Class Teaches that “Science Must Destroy Religion”

On this episode of ID the Future, attorney Joshua Youngkin, Discovery Institute Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs, gives some background on Ball State University’s violation of academic freedom — an issue that has escalated with BSU President Jo Ann Gora’s recent edict forbidding all faculty from expressing support for intelligent design in the classroom. Youngkin reveal’s BSU’s targeted application of speech restrictions, discussing how BSU allows faculty to teach that “Science Must Destroy Religion,” and calls for BSU lift its ban on discussions of intelligent design. If you support academic freedom on intelligent design, please contact Ball State University’s Board of Trustees right away and ask them to overturn President Gora’s ban on faculty discussions of intelligent Read More ›