From Rebellious Teenager to Young Adult: Intelligent Design Grows Up
Paul Nelson of the Discovery Institute blogged about my interview with Joana Xavier lamenting that we did not fully endorse intelligent design. This created a perfect opportunity for us to sit down and talk with Paul in person and discuss our agreements and differences.
Here we explore the gray zone between “life is a miracle” and “no miracles allowed” and we ask the question: How can a design paradigm enhance medicine and science research? Joana Xavier is a researcher at University College London and is a staff member with Evolution 2.0.
Paul's blog post on Evolution News & Science Today.
Perry's Evolution 2.0 interview with Joana.
When Dinosaur Books Are More Dangerous Than Playboy Magazine52:54Scott Ransom’s mom grounded him from the nonfiction section of the library so that he would not be corrupted by evolutionary ideas from godless secular scientists. But the questions persisted and the fascination grew. Many years later, he wrote a book reconciling modern evolutionary science with ancient Hebrew texts. His book ...And It Was So: How Modern Science Sheds New Light on the Biblical Account of Creation goes far beyond the stereotypical debates to land in new insights. Scott's website: www.ransombooks.com
Nature’s Invisible Symphony: The Sounds of Life with Karen Bakker38:52Did you know that 99% of the sounds in nature are at frequencies we cannot hear? Karen Bakker opens up an entire universe of sounds and communication between elephants, whales, moths, trees, tissues and even cells. The world around us is buzzing with communication and meaning that few of us ever suspected. Karen’s book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants tells stories that will amaze you and she shares some of them in this interview.
The Threshold: Leading in the Age of AI - Interview with Nick Chatrat47:00For many years, we humans have bench-marked ourselves against machines without even realizing it. Many scientists believe that humans really are just machines. Nick Chatrath sharply disagrees and says that the age of AI is going to demand that humans be more human than ever before. He insists that we've never needed a bridge between science and the humanities more than we need it right now. This extends to all aspects of leadership and organization, from startup companies to institutions and governments. Nick Chatrath's book The Threshold: Leading in the Age of AI
Nancy’s Cancer: We spent $2M and tried EVERYTHING54:52Joe Riggio’s wife, Nancy, was given a maximum of 10 years to live in her cancer diagnosis. She lived for 17 years, most of them in a very active adventurous lifestyle. They spent $2M and pursued every alternative treatment imaginable. Here Dr. Joseph Riggio accounts in detail the journey with fascinating glimpses of many treatments that did prove effective. Our conversation closes with concluding thoughts about patient responsibility and the business of cancer.https://www.josephriggio.com/
Special Live Zoom Session with Jenny Davis55:19Reversing Cancer needs your help. Some very specific help. . .I’ve invited Jenny Davis to talk to me about her struggles in the academic and research communities that vividly illustrate the dragon we need to slay. I know you’ll find it fascinating, but more than that, I think it’s highly likely you can help us find a solution.
Rocking the Foundations of Evolution01:09:01Karen Wong has a longtime interest in origins and evolution and we discuss what happens when you shift the definition of evolution. Old definition: Changes in gene frequencies acted upon by natural selection. New definition: Self-awareness at fractal levels of scale. Evolution 2.0 by Perry Marshall Biology Transcends the Limits of Computation by Perry Marshall: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science... The Importance of Henry H. Heng's Genome Architecture Theory by R. Furst: https://evo2.org/wp-content/uploads/2... The True Believer by Eric Hoffer: https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-... Perry's conversation with Azra Raza about cancer: https://youtu.be/W2tbSS2dp9o Cancer and Evolution Symposium with James Shapiro and Denis Noble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_nVJ...
The Biggest Mystery in the History of the Universe57:50Joana Xavier is a rising star in the Origin of Life field. She is a researcher at University College London. She recently authored a paper with Stuart Kauffman on autocatalytic networks, which are nature’s version of M.C. Escher’s hand drawing a hand. We discuss the uneasy relationship between professional scientists and Intelligent Design and then go on to discuss conflicts in academia, science funding, and publishing.
From Evolution to Cancer: The Oral History of Our 7-year Journey01:04:05The book Evolution 2.0 devotes two pages to the subject of cancer and it wasn't until two years after the book was published that this fact received any attention: It is not possible to understand cancer without an accurate understanding of evolution and vice versa. This has now expanded to five very exciting research projects. This interview traces the history of all of them.