THE DARWIN DEBATES
Born 200 years ago, Charles Darwin was one of the most
revolutionary figures of the modern world. And yet, polls show that more
than half of all Americans still don't accept his theory of evolution.
So, is Darwinian evolution compatible with faith in God? We'll find out
what Darwin himself thought. And we'll hear from atheists Richard Dawkins
and Daniel Dennett, as well as the leading historian of creationism in
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Daniel Dennett is one of the leading advocates
of evolutionary theory and a fierce critic of creationism. His latest
book is "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon."
He tells Steve Paulson why he thinks evolution is like a universal acid:
it eats away everything it touches. Also, film-maker Randy Olson
("Flock of Dodos" from which we hear several clips) is also
an evolutionary biologist, but he tells Jim Fleming why his film ridicules
the arrogance of scientists and the many contradictions of the intelligent
design movement. And, Steve Paulson talks with some leading Darwin
experts and goes to see Darwin's letters at Cambridge University in
England to try to get at Darwin's views on God.
We hear a vox pop on evolution, then Richard Dawkins,
a prominent biologist and outspoken atheist, talks with Steve Paulson.
Dawkins is the author of "The God Delusion" and a frequent
foil for the intelligent design movement. Also, historian Ron Numbers
talks with Steve Paulson. Numbers was once an ardent creationist and
is the author of "The Creationists," the definitive history
of the anti-evolutionist movement.
Biologist Elisabet Sahtouris left her teaching
job to go live on a Greek island and re-think her life as a scientist.
She tells Anne Strainchamps that while she dismisses the Biblical creationists,
she thinks the standard story of evolution has some major problems.
Her book is "Earthdance: Living Systems in Evolution."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-02-08-B.
Books & CDs:
|Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
|Daniel Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous
Idea (Simon & Schuster)
|Elisabet Sahtouris and James Lovelock,
|Randy Olson, Flock of Dodos:
The Evolution - Intelligent Design Circus - a documentary (DVD)
|Ron Numbers, The Creationists
- In Return:
Moby w/ God Moving Over the Face of the Water
On The Score
After Darwin Correspondence Project:
Alain Eskinasi w/ Vishuddha
After Richard Dawkins:
Ry Cooder w/ Theme from Alamo Bay
On The UFO Has Landed
After Ron Numbers:
John Wesley Harding w/ Darwin
On Swings and Roundabouts
(Way Out Wes)
Ry Cooder w/ Paris, Texas
On The UFO Has Landed
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