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Neo-Darwinism & Academic Suppression

Date: 03-01-08
Host: Ian Punnett
Guests: Mark Mathis, William E. Marks

Film Producer of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Mark Mathis discussed his research into how the academic world treats university scientists, professors, and researchers who question the theory of Neo-Darwinism.

According to Mathis, there has been a systematic exclusion of any origin theory which proposes the idea that there is design in the universe that may be better explained by an intelligent source, rather than from random processes. As an example, he talked about the recent controversy involving Guillermo Gonzalez, astronomer and author of The Privileged Planet. Mathis said Gonzalez, the author of 68 peer-reviewed papers, was denied tenure at Iowa State University because of his views on intelligent design.

Mathis cited other cases of academic discrimination, including one involving Baylor University's Robert Marks, who was told to shut down a website he created which challenged Darwinian evolution. Mathis also discussed Richard Sternberg, who came under fire for publishing a paper by intelligent design advocate Stephen Meyer in Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.

Ian hosted Open Lines during the last hour of the program.

Water Issues

In the first hour, Ian spoke with William E. Marks, editor of Water Voices from Around The World. Marks said transnational corporations, such as Suez, Vivendi and RWE, are buying up water rights all over the globe, including rights to rivers in Canada. Potential for water conflicts exist everywhere, he explained, noting that 145 nations share international river basins.

More than a billion people lack access to potable water and 12 million die each year due to unsanitary water, Marks continued. He recommended listeners see Flow: For Love or Water, a documentary on the subject of water privatization. Marks also suggested that Earth's wobble was due to giant dams changing the water distribution of the planet.

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