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Michael Denton on Fire as a “Close Call”

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On a new episode of ID the Future, biologist Michael Denton talks with Robert Crowther about fire as a “close call.” He means that for the existence and use of fire by beings like ourselves — key to the rise and flourishing of civilization — conditions on our planet and in our own physiology had to be exactly right, down to very specific, demanding parameters.

This is the subject of the newly released documentary from Discovery Institute, Fire-Maker: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet, on sale now.

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Dr. Denton also talks about the unique fitness of the universe, down to the finest details, for fire-using creatures like us. It’s a concept that is often misunderstood in discussions of fine-tuning.

The uniqueness of the situation is, one might add, the thing that demands a conclusion of design. If the universe were fit for intelligent life forms of many kinds, existing in many different sorts of planetary environments, that would be one thing. But the facts are otherwise. The cosmos is fit for a very specific type of life, namely our own, implying purpose, prevision — intelligent design.

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David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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