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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Podcasts in the intelligent design controversy

Back from a wedding, and clearing out the ol' Inbox, here are some podcasts from the evil Discovery Institute, guaranteed to make you more evil:

1. Art and Intelligent Design: The Connections Between Nature and Human Design

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On this episode of ID The Future, medical illustrator and artist Jody Sjogren, tells her scientific journey from being a passive “go-with-the-flow” Darwinist to becoming a Darwin-skeptic as she learned about the workings of biology and human-designed machines and gained experience with the creative process.

Sjogren graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and then from the Medical College of Georgia with a Master of Science degree in Medical Illustration. She also has a background in aviation. She now works as an artist with Metamorphosis Studios and contributes to, both of which feature her highly regarded art connecting biological avian flight with human-designed flight-machines.

[Most serious, original artists I have known (not the poseurs) were sympathetic to design in nature, because they know that ideas do not come from nowhere, nor are they the product of an infinitely slow series of steps pruned by natural selection. One needs to be connected to as cosmic source of ideas in order to acquire original ones oneself.]

2. Darwin's Tree of Life Splinters

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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin takes a keen-eyed look at Darwin's tree of life and finds that common descent, far from being confirmed by the data, is actually contradicted by it, as New Scientist pointed out in a recent cover story, "Why Darwin was wrong about the tree of life."

Listen in to learn how the data is challenging Darwinist assumptions, and check out "A Primer on the Tree of Life" for more information.

[How about Darwin's groundcover of life? Could we settle for a sort of Creeping Charlie of Life?]

3. DNA, Signature in the Cell, and Francis Collins at the NIH

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This episode of ID the Future features an interview with Stephen Meyer on the Sandy Rios show, where he answered questions about DNA, his new book, Signature in the Cell, and the recent appointment of Francis Collins to the NIH.
For continuing updates on other interviews and appearances featuring Dr. Meyer, visit

[I've been reading Signature, and it is surprisingly readable and entertaining.]

4. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson on Intelligent Design

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Critics of intelligent design sometimes claim they are defending the principles of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in trying to ban discussions of intelligent design. In the words of one writer, “Thomas Jefferson makes it quite clear that there was not a consensus of support among the authors of the Constitution... to support theological doctrines such as intelligent design.” But would Thomas Jefferson himself agree? In this special July 4th edition of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John West explores the real views of Jefferson on intelligent design.

[New Scientist's Ewen Callaway doesn't agree, and thinks Jefferson would not have supported design. If he is a Brit, he must, of course, know better. Brits always know better about North America than North Americans do.]

5. Stephen C. Meyer Tackles the Question That Stumped Darwin

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This episode of ID the Future features CSC director Stephen C. Meyer on the Rick Hamada program, where he addresses the critical question that stumped Darwin: where did the first life come from? Listen in for Steve's answer, and be sure to check out for the latest news and media appearances with Dr. Meyer.

[Hey, it didn't just stump Darwin, it stumped - and stumps - just about everyone. That's why I largely moved origin of life stuff off the Post-Darwinist onto the much more speculative Colliding Universes blog - about competing theories of our universe. It belongs in the same camp - ultra-lite on facts, even by comparison with typical Darwin stuff.]

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