ID the Future Podcasting on Intelligent Design and Evolution
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Academic Freedom

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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 ›

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The Academic Freedom Case of John Freshwater

On this episode of ID the Future, listen in as Joshua Youngkin and attorney Rita Dunaway of The Rutherford Institute discuss the academic freedom case of John Freshwater, an Ohio middle school science teacher of 24 years. Freshwater was fired after it was revealed that he was teaching both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution in his classroom.

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Tennessee’s New Academic Freedom Law Protects Teachers and Defends Science

On this episode of ID the Future, host David Boze interviews Casey Luskin about the recent passing of an academic freedom law in Tennessee that allows teachers to discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of controversial scientific theories. Although the bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam opted to let it pass into law without his signature, issuing a statement that mirrored the rhetoric of the Darwin Lobby. Such critics claim that the bill is unnecessary, but as Luskin points out, there have been several incidences over the last few years that have illustrated the need to support critical thinking in the classroom.

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Goes to Trial in Anti-ID Discrimination Case

On this episode of ID The Future, host David Boze interviews Joshua Youngkin, a legal affairs analyst at the Discovery Institute, about new developments in the case of David Coppedge, a former employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, who was demoted and later fired for discussing intelligent design. Youngkin provides background on Coppedge’s tenure at JPL and gives insight into the legal basis for the discrimination lawsuit that will now go before a jury trial. “This is a case that comes under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. It bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their viewpoint…” Make your voice heard! Visit our David Coppedge Case Information page to get more info, the latest updates, and Read More ›