On today’s ID the Future, astrophysicist and intelligent design proponent Bijan Nemati shares the first part of his story of science and faith. Those who follow Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture may know Nemati from his appearance in the popular ID documentary The Privileged Planet. Born and raised in Iran, he moved to the United States shortly before the Iranian revolution, became an atheist in college, but eventually found his way to a strong religious faith, in part through his exposure to the scientific evidence for intelligent design, first in biology and then in cosmology. Along the way he landed a high-level job with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and became a leading expert in space interferometer telescopes and the science and technology of detecting earth-like planets. Tune in as he shares with host Eric Anderson his journey of discovery.
On today’s ID the Future, biologist and intelligent design researcher Ann Gauger tells host Eric Anderson the rest of her story about how she was drawn into the intelligent design movement. The two discuss everything from the challenges she faced making it in a male-dominated field to the evidential power of beauty in the natural world. But how did she end up in the ID movement? After stepping out of a promising career as a research scientist to focus on her family and meeting the needs of an autistic child, she assumed that her life as a scientist was behind her. But then several years later she began reading the work of Darwin skeptics and intelligent design trailblazers—Phillip Johnson, Jonathan Wells, Michael Behe, and others—and then she realized they were all associated with a think tank, Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, just down the street from where she lived. She eventually signed DI’s Dissent from Darwin list, then a year or so after that she signed up for a regular ID newsletter, Nota Bene, signing her name “Ann Gauger, PhD.” She got a phone call from someone at Discovery Institute twenty minutes later. The rest of the story is by turns comical, inspiring, and touching. Before wrapping up her story she urges young women scientists to not let themselves get pressured out of contributing just because STEM fields tend to be male dominated. And she shares a story of being accused at a public university event of lying and suppressing research evidence that supposedly supported evolutionary theory. Not true, she explains.
On this episode of ID the Future, we present two final, moving talks in a series honoring the late Phillip E. Johnson, author of the hit book Darwin on Trial and affectionately known as the godfather of the intelligent design movement. These two eulogies were given at his memorial service in November. The first speaker is Emily Johnson, Phillip Johnson’s daughter. The second is Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
On this episode of ID The Future, Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, honors Phillip Johnson, the U.C. Berkeley law professor who helped ignite the modern intelligent design movement with the publication of his highly successful book Darwin on Trial.Read More ›
On this episode of ID the Future, Jonathan Wells remembers Phillip Johnson, “godfather of the intelligent design movement.” Johnson not only attracted scientists’ and other academics’ attention with his groundbreaking Darwin on Trial, he brought them together as a united movement, pushing for a “big tent” for ID theorists to work together.Read More ›
On this episode of ID The Future, we hear from Phillip Johnson on the 20th anniversary of his seminal book Darwin on Trial, which challenged mainstream beliefs about Darwinian evolution and inspired many scientists and scholars of the modern intelligent design movement. With characteristic wit and humor, Johnson talks about the reaction to his book and his hopes for the future of the debate and the ID movement.Read More ›
On this episode of ID The Future, two men influenced by Phillip Johnson’s 1991 book Darwin on Trial pay tribute. At a recent event celebrating Johnson’s impact, biologist and professor Dr. Paul Nelson says “the strongest cultural influence that the intelligent design community has had has been through its books – they change lives.”
Dr. Jonathan Wells, a cell and developmental biologist, credits Johnson with convincing him that the evidence for common ancestry, a pillar of Darwinian evolution, was so thin it was simply “applied materialistic philosophy.”Read More ›
On this episode of ID The Future, James Kushiner, author, journalist, and editor of Touchstone Magazine, pays tribute to the mettle of Phillip Johnson in writing his 1991 book Darwin on Trial. The book inspired skeptics of Darwinian evolution across the disciplines and helped establish the modern intelligent design movement.
Kushiner says Johnson “helped neutralize the acid of Darwinism that has devoured the sight of so many who have lost the ability to see the beauty in creation.”Read More ›
On this episode of ID The Future, Host David Boze kicks off the celebration by setting the stage. He first takes us back to 1925, where Darwinian evolution seemingly won the day in the infamous Scopes Trial. Fast forward to 1991. Evolutionary theory is back on trial. Harvard graduate and University of California at Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson publishes Darwin on Trial. The controversial book questions how much we really know about the supposedly unchallengeable theory of evolution and inspires other critics of the theory to explore it’s limits and press the argument further. Tune in to hear comments about the impact of Darwin on Trial from Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute.Read More ›