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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Podcasts in the intelligent design controversy

1. Animation Gives Unique Look Inside the Cell

A new video, Journey Inside The Cell, launched today at www.SignatureInTheCell.com dramatically illustrates the evidence for intelligent design within DNA, as described in Stephen C. Meyer’s book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne 2009).

The original animation by Light Productions reveals in intricate detail how the digital information in DNA directs protein synthesis inside the cell, revealing a world of molecular machines and nano-processors communicating digital information.

“This video is going to make things worse for critics of intelligent design,” Dr. Meyer explains. “They will have more difficulty convincing the public that their eyes are deceiving them when the evidence for design literally unfolds before them in this animation.”

Narrated by Stephen Meyer, the video is a short tour of the molecular labyrinth, the cell’s sophisticated information-processing system, which not only produces machines, but also reproduces itself.

You can view the video at www.signatureinthecell.com, www.intelligentdesign.org, or on Youtube. For copyright permissions, contact cscinfo@discovery.org.

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[From Denyse: Keep in mind, however, that many people who purvey news to the public make a living fronting the idea that there is no design. There is vast government regulation, of course, but if the regulation doesn't make sense, obey it anyway because there is no design. Science and journalism work together, see? It's time someone blew this out of our ears.]


2. Is ID Creationism? William Dembski Answers Top Three Objections to ID

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin continues an interview with leading intelligent design theorist and CSC Senior Fellow William Dembski. Together, Dembski and Luskin address the three most common objections to design: that it is improper to infer design based on unlikely probabilities, that dysfunctional or suboptimal biological structures disprove that they were designed, and that intelligent design is nothing more than repacked creationism.

Touching on such topics like pattern detection, design constraints, philosopher Immanuel Kant, and theology, Dembski shows that there are logical and reasonable answers to these objections and that intelligent design is a useful and scientific theory.

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[From Denyse: Keep in mind, however, that the people who front the idea that ntelligent design of the universe and life forms is the same thing as, say, young earth creationism, are often PAID to do it. Science orgs, completely stuck for serious non-theistic answers to origins problems, are glad to keep them in business.]

3. The First Challenge to Darwin, the Preamble to Intelligent Design
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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews historian Michael Flannery for the final installment of this series on Alfred Russell Wallace and Flannery's new book, Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism.

What was Wallace's theory of intelligent evolution, which Flannery describes as a preamble to intelligent design?

It should strike both ID proponents and critics alike as significant that first intelligent design challenge to Darwinism came in the form of intelligent evolution from the very man who is credited with the co-discovery of natural selection, and he issued this challenge on the basis of the limitations of the principle of utility.

Flannery's research on Alfred Russell Wallace illustrates how this debate is not evolution vs. creation, but Darwinism versus design.
Michael Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has previously published on Alfred Russel Wallace in Forbes Magazine online, and his book is published by Erasmus Press.
Many people do not realizethe energy that darwin's claque devoted to getting rid of Wallace, and i am glad that Flannery is helping to rehabilitate his reputation.

4. Micro or Macro? Microbiologist Ralph Seelke on Evolution

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On this episode of ID the Future, Rob Crowther interviews Dr. Ralph Seelke, who explains the differences between Micro- and Macro-evolution and shares about his current evolution research.

Ralph Seelke received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1981, was a postdoctoral researcher at the Mayo Clinic until 1983, and has been an Associate Professor or Professor in the Department of Biology and Earth Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Superior since 1989. An authority on evolution’s capabilities and limitations in producing new functions in bacteria, Prof. Seelke co-authored the science textbook Explore Evolution.


[From Denyse: We see microevolution all around us, when one squawk of birds wins control of a local lamp post over another. No reasonable person doubts this; I see and hear it from my office window. Darwin claimed that microevolution would eventually result in the appearance of new species (macroevolution), due to his theory of natural selection acting on random mutations. That is very poorly demonstrated. New species appear, sure, but probably not due to Darwin's explanation. Bad news for the current Darwin cult, effaced in popular media that depend for all their news on the Darwin cult.]

5. Doubting Darwin With Double Ph.D Scientist Donald Johnson

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Dr. Donald E. Johnson about Johnson’s journey from being an evolutionist to becoming a Darwin-skeptic and proponent of intelligent design.

What stands in the way of many scientists accepting ID? Johnson explains the difficulty he faced as the logic of the design argument compelled him to take a more critical look at Darwin's theory.

Donald E. Johnson, who holds two Ph.D.s, one Ph.D. in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and another Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University, is the recent author of the pro-ID book, Probability’s Nature and Nature's Probability.


[From Denyse: Darwin's theory is now a sort of idol to which serious professionals are expected to offer worship and belief. It takes considerable courage to say, "On the basis of evidence, there is little or nothing in this," so - far more doubt than speak out. That fact that leads to endless kvetching and griping by tax-funded science orgs.]

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