The Discovery Institute has a weekly podcast called “Intelligent Design(ID) the future,” which extends the work of the Discovery Institute into the audio realm. In this podcast, there is much more of the same techniques used by ID proponents that we have come to love. Things like arguments from authority, arguments from personal incredulity, willful ignorance, and of course fear-mongering, can be found in every episode.
There was a special episode of the podcast that came out on Halloween 2008. The episode by John West chronicles the experimentation by Giovanni Aldini. Aldini was an 18/19th century physicist who performed experiments on recently deceased animals and humans. He would apply electric current to nerves and muscles to elicit responses thereby showing the electrical component of animal physiology. The episode is complete with scary music and creepy sound effects. West concludes by saying that this work inspired the works of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and C.S. Lewis’ “That hideous strength.”
West has to add in his anti-science and anti-evolution spin. He argues that Aldini’s research
foreshadowed the rise of a virulent strain of “materialism” that attempted to use science to reduce human beings and their very thoughts into mere matter in motion.”
West wants you to believe that scientists today are just like Aldini: cold, non-caring and strictly believe the “materialistic” world view. Of course this is not true, but is just another method to attack the credibility of modern science. West joins Ben Stein who once said:
the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed