606. Stephen Meyer

Stephen MeyerStephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Meyer is author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design and Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, a (London) Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. In 2004, Meyer ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed scientific article advancing intelligent design. Meyer has been featured on national television and radio programs, including The Jim Lehrer News Hour, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, Good Morning America, Nightline, FOX News Live, Paula Zahn Now (CNN), and the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. He has also been featured in two New York Times front-page stories and has garnered attention in other top national media.

Latest Book: Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe

Website: stephencmeyer.org

Transcript of this interview.

Interview recorded July 9, 2021

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:03:42 – Introduction to Stephen’s Work and Book
  • 00:07:28 – The Intelligent Cause of DNA Information
  • 00:10:29 – The Complexity of Natural Processes and Intelligent Design
  • 00:13:23 – The Fine-tuning of the Laws of Physics
  • 00:16:31 – The Fine-tuned Universe and Intelligent Design
  • 00:19:38 – The Multiverse Hypothesis and Fine-Tuning
  • 00:22:29 – Fine-tuning and Intelligent Agency
  • 00:25:52 – The Shift from Religion to Materialism
  • 00:29:04 – Different Views on the Nature of God
  • 00:32:14 – Exploring Different Philosophical Conceptions
  • 00:35:12 – The Power of Divine Agency
  • 00:38:28 – God’s Imminence and Transcendence
  • 00:42:10 – Theistic and Pantheistic Versions of Eastern Religions
  • 00:45:46 – Waves on the Ocean of Intelligence
  • 00:49:59 – The Importance of Intelligent Design
  • 00:54:57 – The Search for Meaning and Existence
  • 01:02:02 – Storing and Reconstituting Information
  • 01:07:28 – Near-Death Experiences and the Survival of the Soul
  • 01:14:29 – The Existence of God through Logical Reasoning and Personal Experience
  • 01:21:19 – The Combination of Rationality and Empiricism
  • 01:26:45 – The Scientific Attitude in Spirituality
  • 01:31:33 – The Role of Faith in Knowledge and Science
  • 01:36:08 – Belief in the Unseen: Quarks, Electrons, and God
  • 01:39:53 – Miracles and the Laws of Nature
  • 01:46:20 – Intelligent Design and Limited Creative Power
  • 01:52:28 – Mathematical Platonism and the Applicability of Maths to the Physical World
  • 01:58:50 – Evaluation of Pantheism and Advaita
  • 02:03:13 – The Challenges of Teaching Intelligent Design in Public Schools
  • 02:08:52 – Belief in Intelligent Design across different religions
  • 02:14:16 – Links to Stephen’s Books and Audible Availability