ID the Future Podcasting on Intelligent Design and Evolution
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Icons of Evolution

Honoring Phillip Johnson, Pt. 2: Jonathan Wells and Paul Nelson

Today’s episode of ID the Future comes from a Berkeley, California symposium honoring the recently deceased Phillip Johnson. Biologist Jonathan Wells recalls how he met Johnson and the huge influence he had on Wells’ own research and writing. Then philosopher of biology Paul Nelson reminisces on Johnson’s keen intellect, his eye for hidden assumptions, his awareness that “we are not of our own devising,” and on the mountain range of new knowledge opening up to us in biology, one that scientists knew little about even 30 years ago and that Nelson says points strongly away from Darwin’s idea of common descent.

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Dead Peppered Moths Can’t Evolve, and the Myth About Them Hasn’t Changed Much, Either

On this episode of ID the Future, biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong and Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution, debunks a new study purporting to breathe fresh life into an old and throughly discredited icon of evolution, the peppered moth. Wells also tells how this icon of a moth “evolving” from light to dark still lives on in current textbooks, in the same form many parents probably remember from their school days. Dr. Wells and others have shown that many of these pictures used dead moths, pinned in places that live ones never rest. The supposed science of peppered moth evolution has been shown to be false as well. But the pictures and the claims are persuasive, so some textbooks still use them. This prompts host Rob Crowther to ask Dr. Wells, what can parents do to help their kids know the truth? Listen in and to hear Dr. Wells’ advice.

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Zombie Science Author: From Berserkeley to Berkeley and Back Again

On this episode of ID the Future, Zombie Science author Jonathan Wells talks about his multifaceted, impressive and, at times, quirky educational history. Dr. Wells started as an undergrad geology major at Princeton and later moved to Berkeley to finish his undergraduate work. He was arrested as a conscientious objector and saw the ugly side of the anti-war movement. Disgusted, he moved to the remote mountains and there discovered evidence of intelligent design. After snagging a Ph.D. in theology from Yale, he returned Berkeley for his second Ph.D., this one in embryology. It was in studying embryos that Dr. Wells came across his first Icon of Evolution, Haeckel’s embryos. More icons soon followed. These and the dogmatism of the scientific materialists are explored in his newest book, Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution.

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Back to School: A Guide to Bogus Evidence for Evolution

On this episode of ID the Future, Robert Crowther asks biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Zombie Science, what icons of evolution students should be on the lookout for as they head back to school. Wells says there are several still in wide circulation.

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Darwin’s Finches: The Hype Continues

On this episode of ID the Future, Tod Butterfield talks with Dr. Jonathan Wells about a common myth surrounding Galápagos finches and Darwin’s theory of evolution, which was recently re-printed in the Washington Post. Dr. Wells discusses why a change in the finches’ beak size isn’t evidence of Darwinian evolution, and how the purported “blueprint” of how the Galápagos finches evolved doesn’t, in fact, exist.

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(Not) Making the Grade: Recent Textbooks & Their Treatment of Evolution

In this edition of ID The Future, Casey Luskin discusses a newly updated report on 22 recent textbooks and their treatment of evolution and intelligent design. In 2000, Jonathan Wells published a review of textbooks in his popular book Icons of Evolution. He discovered that many textbooks presented inaccurate or incomplete information about evolution and either omitted or undermined alternative viewpoints. Wells’ criteria is used again 11 years later. Tune in to find out what has changed.

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Biomimetics, Peppered Moths, and Ardi: The Top Ten Darwin and Design Science Stories for 2009

You could call it the year of evolution hype gone bust. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dennis Wagner, executive director of the Access Research Network about their Top Ten Darwin and Design Science News Stories for 2009. Listen in to this second installment as they discuss five stories for 2009, including the crumbling icons of evolution, peppered moths, the overhyped fossil, “Ardi,” and the positive case for design in the Cambrian explosion.

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