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Thursday, July 02, 2009

More podcasts from the evil Discovery Institute, with some comments

Now that their Steve Meyer has published Signature in the Cell with Harper One, they are getting more evil all the time.

1. The Making of an ID Theorist: Stephen C. Meyer and the Origin of Life

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This episode of ID the Future tells the story of how philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer first began his quest for the origin of life. How did one of the architects of the intelligent design movement move from the oilfields of Texas to the study halls of Cambridge to pursue the mystery of where biological information originated? Listen in and find out.

The new book, Signature in the Cell, tells the rest of the story, the culmination of over 20 years of study and research on the origins of life.

[I will be giving out five copies as part of the Uncommon Descent Contest. Details later. (They haven't arrived yet.)]

2. Misunderstanding God and Evolution: John West Responds to First Things’ Stephen Barr
Theistic evolutionists often try to say that ID proponents present a “false dilemma,” that it’s somehow wrong to think that random processes cannot be directed by God. This is the take that Stephen Barr at First Things has on John West’s recent Washington Post essay.

In response, Dr. West posted a three-part series at ENV dealing with serious questions for those dealing with the implications of Darwin’s theory and intelligent design:

"Barr first claims that Joe Carter and I “are trapped in a false dilemma” because we wrongly think that random processes cannot be directed by God. Barr points out that even random events, properly defined, are part of God’s sovereign plan. Just because something is random from our point of view, doesn’t mean that it is outside of God’s providence. Barr may be surprised to learn that I agree with him. Indeed, most, if not all, of the scholars who believe that nature provides evidence of intelligent design would agree with him. The problem with Barr’s argument is not with his understanding of the proper meaning of random, but with his seeming blindness to the fact that the vast majority of evolutionary biologists do not share his view. Barr’s ultimate disagreement here is not with me or Joe Carter, but with the discipline of evolutionary biology itself."

Finish reading Part 1 here
Read Part 2 here
Read Part 3 here

[Yes, exactly. Of course God can direct processes that appear to be random to us. But life forms do not in fact look random, and we are under no obligation to believe they are, unless we are fronting a materialist theory. And while we are here, the enormous hostility of the Darwinists should tell Dr. Barr something. It is a message he is not picking up.]

3. The Design Argument Is Unrefuted: Stephen Meyer Responds to Critics With Signature in the Cell, Part 4

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On this episode of ID the Future, philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer responds to critics of intelligent design, such as Richard Dawkins and his book, The God Delusion.

How do critics of ID miss the point, and what are the questions they should be asking about intelligent design? Listen in to find out, and check out Dr. Meyer's new book, Signature in the Cell, where Dr. Meyer goes into more detail.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.Click here for Part 2 of this series.Click here for Part 3 of this series.

[It's unrefuted partly because critics have concentrated on attacking the characters and careers of design theorists, hoping that'll be enough. It's not. Some time they will need to address the evidence.]

4. Matter and the Mind: Part Three With UK Darwin-Doubter James LeFanu

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This episode of ID the Future features the third and final part of Casey Luskin's interview with James LeFanu, author of Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves, which discusses the problems for the materialist account of the human mind. How do we get from the electrochemical activity of the brain to the richness of the human mind? Listen in as Dr. LeFanu summarizes the five things that material science can’t tell us about the non-material mind.
Listen to part one of the interview here. Listen to part two of the interview here.

To learn more about Dr. LeFanu, visit his website here or read a recent review of his book at Evolution News & Views.

[I must get and read his book, after I work my way through Signature of the Cell. Fundamentally, there is no "material" mind. Our minds are precisely what is not material about our thught processes; our brains are what is. If you mentally add up a sum, the resulting number is not a material object. It is an idea in your mind. ]

5. DNA Evidence for Design: Stephen C. Meyer and Signature in the Cell, Part 3

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On this episode of ID the Future CSC Director Stephen C. Meyer explains the problem that information presents to origin of life researchers within a naturalistic paradigm. Information within the cell presents a daunting challenge to Darwin’s theory -- and provides significant evidence for a signature of a designing intelligence, as Meyer explains in his new book.
Listen in and check out Dr. Meyer's new book, Signature in the Cell, which shares the depth of Dr. Meyer's research into the origin of information and the digital code in DNA.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.Click here for Part 2 of this series.

[Darwin had no idea of any of this, and would probably have tried out a different theory, had he known. That's what makes so many of his defenders sound so ridiculous. Thomas Huxley warned that this would happen. Darwinism would degenerate into a superstition - a tax-funded one at present.]

6. Delving Into Science at Cambridge: Stephen C. Meyer and Signature in the Cell, Part 2

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On this episode of ID the Future philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer continues the story of how he became involved in intelligent design, sharing some of what he studied while at Cambridge University. What methods do scientists use to study biological origins? Is there a distinctive method of historical scientific inquiry? Meyer set off to investigate not only the history of scientific ideas about the origin of life, but also questions about the definition of science and about how scientists study and reason about ancient events in the past. Listen in to learn, and check out Dr. Meyer's new book, Signature in the Cell, which tells more of the story, the culmination of over 20 years of study and research on the origins of life.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.

[I get the feeling that Cambridge is more friendly to design than Oxford, and will research the question.]

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