On today’s ID the Future, Casey Luskin rebuts the oft-repeated claim that the human and chimp genomes are 98-99% similar and therefore surely resulted from Darwinian common descent. Luskin cites an article in the journal Science which describes the 98-99% claim as a myth. The original figure was derived from a single protein-to-protein comparison, but once you compare the entire genomes, and use more rigorous methods, the similarity drops several percentage points, and on one account, down into the mid-80s. Additionally, the chimp genomes used in the original comparison studies borrowed the human genome for scaffolding, thus artificially boosting the degree of similarity. What about supposed junk DNA similarities between human and chimp? Why would an intelligent designer put the Read More ›
Today’s episode of ID the Future features Part 1 of a talk bestselling author Eric Metaxas gave at the 2019 Dallas Conference on Science and Faith in Dallas. His topic was the miracle of our fine-tuned universe, taken in part from his book Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. Metaxas also discusses another thing he finds amazing: that so many people think the progress of science means the retreat of religion.
On this episode of ID the Future host Andrew McDiarmid continues his series with science historian Michael Keas about Mike’s new work from ISI Books, Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. Here they focus on the myth that a vast cosmos renders humanity insignificant, and in the process, discredits the Judeo-Christian worldview. As Keas notes, science popularizer Bill Nye recently dusted off this old saw, but the Old Testament itself, in the Psalms, depicts man and the earth as tiny in compared to a vast universe. Keas also discusses C.S. Lewis’s take on the matter. Lewis pointed out that atheists have argued that a universe where earth is the lone habitable planet argues against God. Read More ›
On this episode of ID the Future, Research Coordinator Casey Luskin discusses the recent debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye that pitted Young Earth Creationism against neo-Darwinian evolution. Since the great majority of Ham’s arguments amounted to “Because the Bible says so,” the powerful evidence for design in nature was hardly even touched upon. Listen in as Casey explores “what could have been” in the Creation Debate, responding to some of Bill Nye’s points about Tiktaalik, hominid skulls, and more.
On this episode of ID the Future, Big Think has a new video out featuring Bill Nye “The Science Guy” lamenting the fact that many people in the United States are skeptical of Darwinian evolution. Nye makes the claim that this skepticism holds back our country and society, and even goes so far as to call for Darwin-doubting parents to stay out of their kids’ science education. Listen in as Casey Luskin responds to Nye’s assertions.