Andrew McDiarmid

Senior Fellow, Media Relations and Assistant to the Director


Are We Really Luddites Just for Logging Off?

We can be wiser about boundaries for technology
The next time someone calls you a Luddite, feel free to smile and tell them that actually, you’re the boss of your technology, not the poor artisan getting sidelined by a greedy factory owner. And if they look at you weird, tell them to read a book about it.

It’s Time for an Artificial Intelligence Reality Check

If you’re getting tired of hearing that “strong AI” is just around the corner, you’re not alone. The Stephen Hawkings, Ray Kurzweils, and Elon Musks of the world have been putting humanity on notice with predictions of machines overtaking humans for decades.

The Coolest Tech on the Planet (Hint: It’s Inside You!)
These days, we surround ourselves with technology to stay in touch, to keep ourselves informed, and to manage the challenges of our daily lives. We also recognize in our devices and machines all the hallmarks of design, understanding reflexively that they express the ingenuity of engineers or software developers. Our appreciation for applied intelligence comes as second nature to us—we intuitively recognize the work of other minds.

Following the Evidence in Unearthing the Bible

Unearthing the Bible: 101 Archaeological Discoveries That Bring the Bible to Life
We are excited to announce the release of a new book by our friend and archaeologist Dr. Titus M. Kennedy. Some of you had the chance to join Dr. Kennedy last fall as he led tours to various archaeological sites in Israel during last year’s Insider’s Briefing event. His book is called Unearthing the Bible: 101 Archaeological Discoveries that Bring the Bible to Life. It’s a visual guide to 101 objects that provide compelling evidence for the historical reliability of the bible from the dawn of civilization through the early church. Gathered from more than 50 museums, private collections, and archaeological sites, these pieces not only reinforce the reliability of the biblical narratives, but also provide rich cultural insights into Read More ›

Covid-19, Random Mutations, and Aristotle’s Matrix of Design

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid speaks with neurosurgeon Michael Egnor about Egnor’s recent Evolution News article, The Coronavirus Demonstrates How Evolution Presupposes Intelligent Design. Egnor notes that the coronavirus and other viruses are not, strictly speaking, considered living things, even if they depend on living hosts for their continued existence. Egnor also discusses the role of Read More ›

An Excerpt from Marcos Eberlin’s Groundbreaking New Book Foresight

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads from Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose by distinguished Brazilian scientist Marcos Eberlin. In this excerpt, Eberlin introduces the necessity of foresight and planning in nature by showing how every cell needs a sophisticated barrier around it that knows how to keep harmful substances out and let helpful ones in. That membrane’s job is complicated by the fact that oxygen, like many other substances, can be harmful or helpful depending on when, where, and how much. So even the very first cells’ success could only be explained by a designer’s foresight. Foresight, it’s worth noting, has been endorsed by three Nobel Laureate scientists. It’s available for Read More ›

Darwinism and Politics: Bruce Chapman’s New Book Politicians

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads from chapter 12 of Discovery Institute co-founder Bruce Chapman’s new book, Politicians: The Worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for All the Others. In this excerpt, Chapman argues that Darwinism has disfigured and demoralized political life in Europe and America for more than a century.

Human Evolution Narrative Crumbles Under Weight of Six Discoveries

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid presents German paleontologist Günter Bechly’s recent critique of ape-to-man evolution. Listen in to learn about six discoveries in 2017 that throw the standard evolutionary account of human origins into chaos. Perhaps the most striking of these: the Cretan footprints.

Conservatives and Liberals Oppose Middlebury College Thought Police

On this episode of ID the Future, learn about a recent Middlebury college incident in which viewpoint intolerance led to violence, and a statement of support for academic freedom written by two professors on opposite ends of the political spectrum – and signers include Discovery Institute’s John West, Bruce Chapman and Steve Buri.

How Consensus Can Blind Science

On today’s episode of ID the Future, learn about how consensus can blind science. This podcast features some interesting comments from Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb on the Mayans and obstacles to scientific progress. Loeb notes, “The only way to work out whether we are on the wrong path is to encourage competing interpretations of the known data.”

A Billion Genes and Not One Beneficial Mutation

Evolutionists often speak in generalities about beneficial mutations. Such mutations may be rare, we’re assured, but they happen, and when they do, natural selection is there to capture, preserve and pass them along. All right, we now have some data to consider. We can put a number to the frequency of beneficial mutations in a very large sample. The number is …

Hear Audiobook Prologue to Darwin’s Doubt!

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid narrates the prologue to Stephen Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosion of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. HarperOne will soon move into production on audiobook versions of Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.