The latest ID the Future podcast is short (11 minutes) and sweet.
Quick biography of Dr. Michael Denton:
Michael Denton is a Senior Research Fellow in Human Genetics in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Dr. Denton studied medicine at Bristol University and developmental biology at Kings College, London University, where he gained a PhD in 1974. He trained in Pathology at the Post-Graduate Medical School, London, and at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He has held university lectureships in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. For many years his main research focus has been on the genetics of human retinal disease, and he wrote the book Nature’s Destiny.
He is critical of Darwinism, but his own theories about the design of the cell tend more towards higher order physical laws than direct intervention by an intelligent agent. But he does acknowledge design arguments in three areas, see below.
- The mechanistic reductionist view of cells has broken down
- Now, people are more looking at the higher order organization of matter
- A better explanation is that there are higher order laws that organize base matter
- These are not mysterious, these are higher order physical laws
- The focus used to be on genes are everything – the building blocks
- The form of the cell is more important
- The machine analogy is failing at the higher order level – that’s the first area of design
- Another area of design is at the lower level
- At the lower order level, there are machines like the ribosome
- These machines have complex specified information, and they need an explanation too
- The origin of life, the origin of ribosomes, are another area that looks designed
- A third area of design is the fine-tuning of the universe for biological organisms
- The argument made by Stephen C. Meyer about the origin of life is correct
- Origin of life research is declining because it cannot be explained without design
- Design is the best explanation for the OOL we have right now, based on the data we have
See below for other recent ID the Future podcasts.
- Stephen C. Meyer on Thomas Nagel and intelligent design
- Stephen C. Meyer on Richard Dawkins and the Cambrian explosion
- John G. West discusses Darwinism and the value of human life
- Stephen C. Meyer and John Lennox discuss human exceptionalism
- Jay Richards and Stephen C. Meyer discuss scientific consensus
- Dan Barker debates Casey Luskin on academic freedom
- Zack Copplin debates Casey Luskin on science education
- Stephen C. Meyer discusses his new book “Darwin’s Doubt”