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3/4/13 at 10:41 PM 26 Comments

Testing Evolution and Finding It Wanting: An Interview With Douglas Axe (and Parent's Guide to Intelligent Design)

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In a few recent episodes of ID the Future (part 1 and part 2), Casey Luskin engages in an interesting multi-part interview of Biologic Institute director Dr. Douglas Axe about his new research paper, "The Limit of Complex Adaptation: An Analysis Based on a Simple Model of Structured Bacterial Populations," in the scientific journal BIO-Complexity.

Dr. Axe reports on some of the work done at Biologic Institute to test whether amino acids are able to be converted from one function to another in Darwinian step-wise fashion. Amino acids are the bulding blocks of proteins, which are the important class of molecules that make up the cell's basic structures and functions. Thinks of amino acids as if they were the colored plastic pieces that snap together in the popular toddler's toy pictured here. Long chains of amino acids, when properly sequenced and folded into specific 3-D shapes, form viable proteins that help support life.

There is a valuable resource available to help you understand the sort of research being done at Biologic Institute and its educational implications: The Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design. This free booklet equips you to answers many questions:

• What is intelligent design?
• What is the difference between intelligent design and Darwinian evolution?
• What are the scientific problems with Darwinian evolution?
• How can parents influence evolution education in local schools?
• What can parents do to support intelligent design?

The introduction to this booklet begins:

You’re a parent, and you think that intelligent design—the scientific idea that many aspects of nature are best explained by an intelligent cause—makes good sense of the world around us. You also feel it’s important that kids integrate this scientific theory into their thinking because what they believe about origins will profoundly influence the choices they make.

Therein lies the problem. Kids are constantly bombarded with misinformation on this topic from schools, the media, and sometimes even trusted religious institutions. Pro-Darwin, materialistic thinking appears to be everywhere. Where can you turn?

Discovery Institute offers this Parent’s Guide as a resource to help you begin to learn about intelligent design and educate your kids on this issue. In addition to basic scientific information, this guide contains helpful tips and recommended books, videos, and other resources you can turn to for solid, reliable, scientific information on intelligent design.

Click here to get your free booklet: “A Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design: Resources to help you and your children understand the debate between Darwinian evolution and intelligent design.”

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