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The ID The Future (IDTF) podcast carries on Discovery Institute's mission of exploring the issues central to evolution and intelligent design. IDTF is a short podcast providing you with the most current news and views on evolution and ID. IDTF delivers brief interviews with key scientists and scholars developing the theory of ID, as well as insightful commentary from Discovery Institute senior fellows and staff on the scientific, educational and legal aspects of the debate.

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The ID The Future (IDTF) podcast carries on Discovery Institute's mission of exploring the issues central to evolution and intelligent design. IDTF is a short podcast providing you with the most current news and views on evolution and ID. IDTF delivers brief interviews with key scientists and scholars developing the theory of ID, as well as insightful commentary from Discovery Institute senior fellows and staff on the scientific, educational and legal aspects of the debate.

    Bob Marks on Why AI Won’t Destroy the World, or Save It

    Bob Marks on Why AI Won’t Destroy the World, or Save It

    Today’s ID the Future dives into the controversial realm of artificial intelligence (AI). Will robots or other computers ever become so fast and powerful that they become conscious, creative, and free? Will they reach a point where they can create faster and better AI, which will create faster and better AI, and quickly leave humanity in the dust? To shed light on these and other questions swirling around the exciting field of AI, host Casey Luskin interviews computer engineering professor Robert J. Marks, head of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. In the course of the fast-paced interview, Marks touches on dystopian AI and the limits of computer algorithms (they can never do anything that is inherently Read More ›
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    Emily Reeves Previews Dallas Science/Faith Conference 2022

    Emily Reeves Previews Dallas Science/Faith Conference 2022

    On this ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid sits down with Emily Reeves, one of the speakers for the January 22, 2022, Dallas Science and Faith Conference. The two walk through the lineup of speakers for the conference (Stephen Meyer, Brian Miller, Casey Luskin, Ray Bohlin, and others), tease some of the talks, and discuss how to join the one-day event live, either in person in the Dallas area or online. For more about the conference, slated for this Saturday, and to sign up, go here.
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    Eric Anderson: Probability and Intelligent Design

    Eric Anderson: Probability and Intelligent Design

    On this ID the Future from the vault, Eric Anderson makes his first appearance on ID the Future, in an interview with host Casey Luskin. By this point Anderson had been involved in the intelligent design debate for over a decade, and at that stage his primary focus was on analyzing the logical and rhetorical bases of arguments to help people understand strengths, weaknesses, and underlying assumptions of arguments made in the ID and evolution debate. He later used those skills in helping assemble a team of contributors for an excellent recent ID book Evolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshell (Discovery Institute Press), to which he also contributes. There he taps another area of his expertise, the ongoing efforts Read More ›
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    Casey Luskin: Biogeography Is No Friend of Common Descent

    Casey Luskin: Biogeography Is No Friend of Common Descent

    On this ID the Future, geologist Casey Luskin discusses biogeography and the problems it poses for the idea of universal common descent. To make it work, evolutionists have to propose, for instance, that old world monkeys rafted across the Atlantic from Africa to South America on a natural raft. Really? That’s some raft. And how did the monkeys not starve to death? Or die of thirst? They couldn’t drink salty ocean water, after all. And talk about a genetic bottleneck! That’s just one of several problems Luskin raises with the idea that all species gradually evolved from a universal common ancestor. In his conversation with host Emily Reeves, he also touches on the problem of convergence, as when two creatures Read More ›
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    Engineers Crash the Evolution Party, Rethink Biological Variation

    Engineers Crash the Evolution Party, Rethink Biological Variation

    On today’s ID the Future, physicist and engineer Brian Miller sits down with host Casey Luskin to survey exciting developments in intelligent design research that are driven by an engineering model for understanding and studying variations in species. ID researchers are pushing this work, but so too are systems biology researchers outside the intelligent design community. Tune in to hear Miller and Luskin discuss everything from fruit flies, finch beaks, and stickleback fish to mutational hotspots, phenotypic plasticity, and the gravity well model of biological adaptation.
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    Michael Denton on Fine Tuning: Wheels within Wheels

    Michael Denton on Fine Tuning: Wheels within Wheels

    On this ID the Future from the vault, host Casey Luskin sits down with Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a PhD in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe. Here they discuss his sequel to that book, Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which explores various striking ways that Earth and the laws of nature are finely tuned for carbon-based life and, in particular, creatures like ourselves. Denton argues that when it comes to evidence of fine tuning in the universe, the more you look, the more you find. Indeed, he has continued to find Read More ›
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Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Bass Wakil ,

Concise, Short, and Clear

These podcasts are usually quite short, which makes them easy to digest considering the amount of technical detail involved. It's very much about the science, and is more a critique of Darwinian evolutionary theory than a promotion of Intelligent Design, which is fine. The topic inherently has theological implications which get discussed, but there's no "God did it" here. No "God of the Gaps" reasoning. It is very refreshing to have the scientific evidence discussed, the possible conclusions and predictions one can draw from it, and how theories may or may not best explain what we observe. Beyond that, the podcast is very much a critique of the syllabus of science and how it is taught in schools. The podcast advocates that schools should pursue a line of inquiry regardless of the theological implications of the theory… much like Darwin demanded in his day. The 1 star reviews are from the people who would've told Darwin his theory had to be wrong because it was "it has no place for God". That irony being somewhat profound, the frustration of the Discovery Institute is justified. No theological discussions in science classes… except atheistic ones. Schools are happy to teach atheistic view points in science classes, but not theistic ones. Hypocrisy is abound; when these scientists try to publish peer-reviewed papers they're censored. This podcast continually reaffirms its assertions towards the explanatory failure of Darwinian mechanisms by referring to scientific evidence, not theological doctrine. Finally, if for nothing else, the sheer incredible wonder that is molecular biology is worth hearing about. I had no idea how rich the world of the cell is.

bare_fro ,

Great show!

This is a great site presenting valid and powerful critiques of the Darwinian story of life’s origin and evolution. I wish there was more of a positive case being made for ID in the form of hypotheses and experiments being tested or confirmed. These are occasionally captured in the show but we need more of it.

notbychance ,

Great show but the 1 star reviewers have an agenda

Giving a show that includes content by John Lennox and Stephen Meyer 1 star is utterly laughable. Comments such as 'Avoid'...really? What happened to an open mind and exploring possibilities? Isaac Newton saw design in the Universe as did many great scientists of the past, scientists who actually achieved stuff, not quite sure what the long term achievments of Richard Dawkins will be. To be fair I used to be just as tunnel-visioned as the 1 star reviewers but that just keeps you narrow minded and arrogant. Is there design or just natural process by a combination of chance events? It's an interesting question and people have the right to consider it without atheists shutting down the debate while claiming to be protecting science. I've listened to Stephen Meyer a number of times on 'Unbelievable' and always found him honest and compelling. Still if you think grown adults are incapable of listening to different views just go ahead and warn people to stay away, 'No science here' etc.

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