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Great Minds: Medved, Gelernter Ask, “What Is a Conservative?”

David Klinghoffer

Michael Medved

To be a conservative, says Yale polymath David Gelernter, is to “Give due credit to the ideas that created the civilization we live within.” A simple and beautiful summary. In a new podcast episode of Great Mind with Michael Medved, Dr. Gelernter talks with our host Mr. Medved about the shocking irresponsibility in the failure to introduce young people to the best achievements in thought. They also, however, discuss evidence that our civilization is due for a healthy correction as we “snap out” of the torpor that suppresses consideration of great ideas.

Will that include a fresh look at the hypothesis of design in nature? Certainly that is a great idea, none greater, that has fueled the best in culture for millennia. If Gelernter is right, there’s reason for optimism.

As ever, Michael Medved is a superb conversationalist, and Gelernter — artist, critic, scientist — furnishes an ideal discussion partner. Find the podcast at the Minds with Medved website now. And be sure to donate while you’re there to keep great programming like this coming!

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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