Intelligent Design

Audiobooks: The intelligent design controversy comes to life!

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Audiophiles, go here for Jason Rennie’s excellent Darwin or Design audiobook, which you can listen to on line or buy. Rennie, of Australia’s ScPhi show has done a marvellous job of assembling a cast of dozens of key contributors to the intelligent design controversy.

He offers such point men as P.Z. Myers, Sean Carroll, and Nick Matzke in one corner and Mike Behe, Guillermo Gonzalez, and Mike Gene in the other – and tons of your other faves – including top Canadian science fiction author Rob Sawyer. (Well, if he isn’t yet one of your faves, make it so.)

Sal Cordova explains what ID is here. I talk about the media and ID here, predicting the past and postdicting the future with glee. (Postdicting the future is actually quite easy – it is predicting the past that causes so many problems … if only people would realize that.)

Get the rest of the show notes here. This series is just the ticket for people who want to get up to speed on the controversy but don’t have time to read. You can listen while stapling documents or folding laundry.

Whoops! Update: John Davison asks me to point out that his new hypothesis for organic change is Chapter 22. This is a rare opportunity to hear him talk about his dissent from Darwinism.

5 Replies to “Audiobooks: The intelligent design controversy comes to life!

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    jerry says:

    If Jason Rennie, this site or maybe Denyse’s other site wants to generate traffic and inform the general public about the debate, then I suggest that one of these three or some fourth alternative start a discussion of this audio-book.

    The format would be one audio at a time and the sequence would not necessarily be the order it is presented in the list of chapters. For example, a pro ID one time and and an anti ID another time. Each week a new chapter would be put up for discussion. Maybe each of the contributors could be solicited if they are interested in adding their comment to the debate.

    Whoever does this will dominate the internet on the evolution debate and I bet it will eventually get world wide press. One problem would be moderating out the ad hominems or coarse language.

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    rrf says:

    Excellent idea, Jerry. Jason’s site is quite friendly. Right now, Sal is about to work through the math of the Explanatory Filter on a biological system. Of course, the hard-core materialists won’t accept it, but it will be great to have that demonstration out in the public domain for math and science oriented students to see.

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    Jason Rennie says:

    If anybody does want to help one simple way is to submit the story to cites like boingboig.net, slashdot and digg. I’d do it myself but they don’t like posting self-promoting links (well digg doesn’t care so much, but the other two do).

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    O'Leary says:

    jerry suggests, “If Jason Rennie, this site or maybe Denyse’s other site wants to generate traffic and inform the general public about the debate, then I suggest that one of these three or some fourth alternative start a discussion of this audio-book.”

    The first guy up to the plate is actually the one I mentioned first – Dilbert’s old pal, P.Z. Myers, the closest thing Darwinism has evolved to a teddy bear. Whaddayathink, guys?

    Ad hominems? Coarse language? I bet Dave Scot’s wrist gets better with practice …

    If anyone wants to post comments to the Post-Darwinist, feel free.

    Combox morons please note: The Post-Darwinist is PRE-moderated, a completely random mutation that has extirpated your species in recent years.

    If anyone can help Jason with boingboing, slashdot, or digg, it is much appreciated.

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    IDist says:

    I was surprised to know that Myers is that calm!

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