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Friday, March 27, 2009

Podcasts in the intelligent design controversy

(Education bureaucracy warning: These podcasts are from the evil Discos. You may not be permitted to view them. For that matter, you may be looked on with disfavour for viewing this blog. Either resolve to keep your independent viewing and listening habits to yourself, or just conform to all the bumph. It's up to you; I do not presume to advise you.)

1. Texas Board Hears From Scientists Who Favor Teaching Strengths and Weaknesses of Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future, John West reports on the Texas State Board of Education hearings where scientists, teachers and students gathered to testify before the Board. One side focused on touting their own religious beliefs and criticizing the religious beliefs of others, while the other side focused on science, education, and academic freedom. Listen to the testimony of scientists down in Texas and learn what the debate over how to teach evolution is really all about.
For continuing updates on the Texas science standards, visit Evolution News & Views.

(I expect those scientists are a small minority. A huge edifice has been built on the belief that Darwinian evolution explains life on Earth, and many thousands of profs make their living fronting it. Didn't NASA define life itself as "capable of undergoing Darwinian evolution"? So many people's chestnuts are in this fire that it takes some courage to decide that living with piles of horseship is not the answer - mucking out the stalls is the obvious answer, but just see what happens when you suggest it.)

2. Questioning Darwinian Dogma Conversation with Biologist Luman Wing, Part 1

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Luman Wing, a signer of the Dissent from Darwinism statement who has spent many years working in biotechnology. Dr. Wing recounts his observations as an undergraduate studying under Dr. Dean Kenyon at San Francisco State University at the time that Dr. Kenyon underwent his intellectual de-conversion from Darwinism, and rescinded his textbook promoting the natural chemical origin of life.

(It was a brave act, and costly for Dean Kenyon. The fact is, there is currently no good theory of the origin of life and none on the horizon. I deal with origin of life (OOL) issues at my Colliding Universes blog, because the quality of evidence is so poor that OOL is on a level with multiverse theory.)

3. Cesare Lombroso and the Rise of Darwinian Criminal Justice

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On this episode of ID the Future, John West shares from his book, Darwin Day in merica, about Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso and the New School of Criminal Anthropology. Lombroso and his disciples contended that criminal behavior could be explained largely as a throwback to earlier stages of Darwinian evolution. Listen in as West illustrates the consequences of applying Darwin's theory to criminal justice. *
*I've had some contact with that myself. The cop psychoanalyzes the perp's behaviour and defends the perp - instead of just enforcing the law. Nice work if you can get it, but not much use to the law-abiding citizen who just wants to live safely.

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