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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. Episode notes and archives available at idthefuture.com.

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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. Episode notes and archives available at idthefuture.com.

    William Dembski on Why Intelligent Design Matters

    William Dembski on Why Intelligent Design Matters

    On this ID the Future from the archive, intelligent design pioneer William Dembski unpacks one of his chapters in The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith: Exploring the Ultimate Questions about Life and the Cosmos, which Dembski co-edited with Joseph Holden and episode host Casey Luskin. Dembski discusses why intelligent design better explains the latest scientific evidence better than blind material processes can. He also talks about ID's cultural implications.
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    Giving Up Darwin’s Brilliant and Beautiful Theory

    Giving Up Darwin’s Brilliant and Beautiful Theory

    Five years ago, Yale University professor of computer science David Gelernter wrote that he was bidding farewell to neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory. Why would he take such a bold step? What convinced him that the neo-Darwinian paradigm no longer satisfied the scientific evidence? On this ID The Future, host Andrew McDiarmid marks the fifth anniversary of Gelernter's important essay by reading it aloud in full. If you’ve read the essay, this will likely be a good refresher on Gelernter’s arguments. If you haven’t read it yet, by all means enjoy!
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    Emily Reeves on Intersection of Biology and Engineering

    Emily Reeves on Intersection of Biology and Engineering

    The biochemical revolution of the last century has revealed powerful evidence of design in living things. Now, scientists are beginning to realize the benefits of studying designed systems through an engineering lens. On today's episode, Dr. Emily Reeves discusses the intersection of biology and engineering with Fred Williams and Doug McBurney, hosts of the Real Science Radio podcast. In this 45-minute chat, Dr. Reeves explains the importance of using engineering principles to understand biological systems. This interview originally aired on Real Science Radio.
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    Stephen Meyer Visits the Multiverse of Madness

    Stephen Meyer Visits the Multiverse of Madness

    On today’s ID the Future out of the vault, radio host Michael Medved sits down with bestselling science author Stephen Meyer to discuss the Marvel movie Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Medved isn’t wild about the film, but he uses it as a springboard to dive into what he calls “the madness of the multiverse”—namely, the proposals in physics and cosmology for the idea that our universe is just one of many universes. Meyer explains some of the early motivations among twentieth-century physicists and cosmologists for proposing such an exotic theory. Then he turns to what he says is the main driver for interest in the multiverse in our day—a desire to explain away something that is deeply puzzling on the grounds of atheism: that the laws and constants of physics and chemistry are exquisitely fine tuned for life.
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    The Irreducible Complexity Found in Bacterial Cell Division

    The Irreducible Complexity Found in Bacterial Cell Division

    Ready to dip a toe in the ocean of biological ingenuity? Dr. Jonathan McLatchie is back, this time to discuss with host Andrew McDiarmid the engineering elegance and irreducible complexity of the process of bacterial cell division. You may wonder why we should care about something so minuscule as bacterial cells. After all, something so insignificant and unseen has little bearing on our daily lives. But if we've learned anything in the biological revolution of the 20th century, it's that consequential things often come in very small packages. And if even the simplest forms of life exhibit stunning complexity and engineering prowess, all the more do we! And that complexity and design demands an adequate explanation. Here, McLatchie describes the remarkable process of cell wall breakage and re-synthesis that allows cell division to take place and explains why it's a big problem for Darwinian evolution.
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    Is Vitalism Making a Comeback?

    Is Vitalism Making a Comeback?

    Vitalism is the age-old idea that living things possess a vital force – some fundamental element that generally does not exist in non-life. As a Darwinian paradigm took hold of the natural sciences in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, vitalism fell out of favor. But as writer and teacher Daniel Witt reports, a willingness to flirt with vitalism seems to be growing in certain scientific circles.
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Mark SV ,

Information, not hype

Years ago, reading a mainstream scientific magazine, I finally reached my limit of all the Kiplingesque explanations of how macro evolution worked. With a bit of trepidation, I began reading the works of intelligent design proponents. Like many others since, the immersion into actual scientific evidence was a new joy. For years, I sought to understand the rationale behind criticism but now realize how lightweight it is.

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Best Discussions on the Intersection of Science and Religion

These podcasts offer excellent, sometimes brilliant, discussions of issues in science and religion/theism explained remarkably well for non-technical listeners. If you take seriously both topics, and especially how they intersect, these are well worth giving a try.

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Crede ut intelligas

Science is doctrinal - a relational study of the properties and components of nature, that providing a framework into which observations can be fitted without altering their perceived essential qualities.

But at science’s cutting edges we continually find disturbing problems that fairly point toward explanations well outside what our accepted framework might exhaust due to their defiance of stochastic processes and sheer abundance.

Biological sciences are proving to be full of such issues which seem less to be unsolved mysteries but rather needing a different mode of thought. More inquiry has only deepened and expanded the problems.

Strangely, while the materialist scientist is careful to constrain methodology and interpretation to natural causes he is far often more willing to make a leap in conjecture on motives of ‘creationism’ when considering scholarly evidence of intelligence or design by saying it implicates God of the gaps thinking.

For the materialist there are ideas which must not be explored - “here be dragons”.

What has in recent years grown from a collection of ‘subversive novelties’ to fundamental issues seen in all directions may yet yield a Kuhnian paradigm shift to accommodate thinking that allows what intelligent design research fosters.

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture will be seminal to our future understanding.

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