Secularists Lured to Paganism

first_imgIf man is hopelessly religious, what happens when society’s scientific elites teach that religion is groundless?  G. K. Chesterton once said, “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”  The new atheists claim to base their beliefs on scientific evidence.  They have no need for religious teachings or rituals.  Is it not strange, then, to see the attraction of secularists to movements that give the appearance of new religious forms?  Is there something innate in human nature that cries out for the sense of ultimate purpose and connection to the divine that religions have traditionally provided?  Three recent examples of near-cult experiences may be illuminating. Church of TED:  On the BBC News, Jane Wakefield talked about a new cult emerging around the popular technology show, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), “a non-profit organisation dedicated to ideas worth spreading.”  In “Worshiping at the Church of TED,” Wakefield said that the TEDGlobal Conference “has become something of a cult for its followers – appropriately known as TEDsters.”  One idea felt worth spreading was to clothe the dead in mushroom suits as “an altogether more organic way of dying.” TEDGlobal conferences are an eclectic mix of speeches, hi-tech demonstrations, performance art and calls for fixing society.  “Meanwhile philosopher Alain de Botton talked about the need for religion 2.0 – with one particularly enthusiastic Tedster suggesting later that TED itself could be the new church.”   Wakefield criticized the closed nature of the conferences, then said, “But TEDsters, as befits members of a cult, hold little truck with criticism. They embrace the week-long event as an oasis of intellectual and emotionally stimulation [sic].”  The “mix of intellect and emotion” TED offers seems to satisfy a basic need in some people: “There is also a sense of being part of a huge social experiment.”  Participants wear badges in colors that reflect their mood, whether challenged, inspired, or bored. Church of Wildness:  New Scientist reported on the “Wilderness Festival 2011” that ended last weekend.  Cathy Tollet described it as “an event promising to feed all the senses with theatre, debates, parties, music and good food.”  While held outdoors, Wilderness Festival 2011 was not so much about wilderness as wildness: “the festival aims to reconnect revellers with all things wild.”  And wild is an apt word.  A look at a BBC News photo gallery shows some pretty wild folks with glazed-and-dazed faces, pagan costumes, a masked ball, rock theater and lots of raised hands.  The official Wilderness Festival website talks about a late-night party “where the wild things are,” an urban voodoo machine, the wilderness spa, a midnight seance, a naked conga dance in the woods, and other ways to abandon restraint and focus on self-absorption.  Conservation of wilderness seems a remote theme, as the festival’s YouTube video, a phantasmagoria of flipped-out patrons indulging themselves, shows. Church of Self:  What can atheist fans of Richard Dawkins do for inner fulfillment?  They can go watch The Selfish Gene, a musical playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show.  Mairi Macleod reviewed the performance for New Scientist.  Written by a Dawkins fan named Jonathan Salway, The Selfish Gene, “70 minutes of catchy songs, innuendo and laughs as well as science,” tries to show how your family and friends, even when outwardly caring and nurturing, are really just acting out their evolutionary selfish selves.  Macleod was delighted.  “What a fun introduction this would be for budding biology students, to whet their appetites and show how biology can answer those tricky life questions – such as how long do you wait before you sleep with your boyfriend?  Does it pay to cheat?”  The answer is clear: sure it does.  How could one do anything else?  Opening song: We Are Machines Made By Our Genes. Something is wrong with the musical.  It has a moral escape hatch.  “And, as befits a musical comedy, there is an optimistic upbeat ending. It suggests, as Dawkins’s book does, that there is a process through which humanity can save itself from its own selfishness,” she ended her review.  “Memes are what means we are not just machines made by our genes.”  Trouble is, this moral escape hatch is rusty, as she herself said: “For cutting-edge evolutionary biologists, or for that matter for regular readers of New Scientist, the theory depicted in the show might feel slightly dated, with its talk of memes rather than culture evolution or multilevel selection.”  Macleod left it unanswered whether those newer memes of culture evolution and multilevel selection, presumably as undirected and purposeless as natural selection, can help humanity save itself from its own selfishness.  And if in the end we are “not just machines,” what part of us is not mechanical?  Is there something beyond that recognizes selfishness as bad?  Why would evolved humanity even want to save itself from what the evolutionary process produced?  Is there a cry in the subtext for a spiritual reality to fill a deep immaterial need? The apostle John said that God gives light to every human being who enters the world, but they do not comprehend it (John 1:1-13).  The apostle Paul identified that starting point of light as the knowledge of God through creation (Romans 1:18-23). John went on to describe the greater light that became manifest in Christ, who created all things, when the logos became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14-18), calling us back to the Father and providing the way through His death and resurrection if we will receive Him (John 1:12).  Try as they might to snuff it out with science, philosophy and emotional abandonment, everything people do only reinforces the recognition of light that has come into the world, and men prefer darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.  One has to love truth to come to the light (John 3:1-21). A void gnaws within that only the true God can fill.  One must avoid a void, but coming to God for fulfillment is scary: it means giving up oneself to a God who is Lord of all.  Since misery loves company, and sterile science is pointless, the self-lovers flock to counterfeit religious experiences that promise some kind of stuffing for the void.  Charlatans abound to sell their idols of the tribe, marketplace, and cave.  When the festival is over, when the rock music and booze has worn off, when the musical ends with no answers for why we should save ourselves from selfishness, what then?  Will it make the buyer eager to put on the mushroom suit?  Even asking the question presupposes the answer.  We are not machines made by our genes; our genes are machines made by an all-wise Creator for us.  We were made by and for our Creator, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Him.  Here’s the road back to the light (Romans 3:10-26, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:7-8, Romans 10:8-13).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anthropologists and Psychologists Under Fire for Flawed Methods

first_imgPoor sampling and other errors may undermine many things scientists think they know about mankind.In a special edition, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked into growing complaints about psychology and anthropology. Here are what some of the papers had to say:Broadening horizons: Sample diversity and socioecological theory are essential to the future of psychological science (Michael D. Gurven, PNAS). “The present lack of sample diversity and ecological theory in psychological science fundamentally limits generalizability and obstructs scientific progress.”Should social scientists be distanced from or engaged with the people they study? (Nzinga et al, PNAS). Anthropologists have thought they need to maintain their distance from the subjects they study. “More broadly, we argue that social and educational sciences need skepticism, interestedness, and engagement, not distancing.”Pressing questions in the study of psychological and behavioral diversity (Hruschka et al, PNAS). This paper begins with a damning quote for the whole field of psychology. Reading this is like shock treatment:Extreme biased sampling of research participants and the neglect of their cultural context are increasingly recognized as threats to the generalizability of much of what we know about human thought and behavior. In addition to reinforcing narrow views of what it means to be human, these parochial research practices have also shaped the methodological core of the human sciences by favoring tasks that are tailored to the skills, motivations, and social expectations of a very rarefied set of humanity. Despite decades of calls for reform, there is little evidence that increasing awareness of this threat has led to changes in practice or publishing.Daniel Hruschka continues his diatribe on The Conversation, saying, “You can’t characterize human nature if studies overlook 85 percent of people on Earth.” How influential has this fake science been on society? He says in plain English,Over the last century, behavioral researchers have revealed the biases and prejudices that shape how people see the world and the carrots and sticks that influence our daily actions. Their discoveries have filled psychology textbooks and inspired generations of students. They’ve also informed how businesses manage their employees, how educators develop new curricula and how political campaigns persuade and motivate voters.But a growing body of research has raised concerns that many of these discoveries suffer from severe biases of their own. Specifically, the vast majority of what we know about human psychology and behavior comes from studies conducted with a narrow slice of humanity – college students, middle-class respondents living near universities and highly educated residents of wealthy, industrialized and democratic nations.More than 90% of the studies that supposedly tell us about human beings come from just 15% of the people on the planet. That’s WEIRD: “Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.”Toward a psychology of Homo sapiens: Making psychological science more representative of the human population (Rad et al, PNAS). How generalizable are published conclusions when “most research published in our leading journals has relied on sampling WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) populations”? There’s trouble in psychology departments. “To take us forward, we offer a set of concrete proposals for authors, journal editors, and reviewers that may lead to a psychological science that is more representative of the human condition.”An abundance of developmental anomalies and abnormalities in Pleistocene people (Erik Trinkaus, PNAS). And yet they go on; Erik Trinkaus proceeds to describe people he never met, because they were all dead long ago.Polygenic adaptation and convergent evolution on growth and cardiac genetic pathways in African and Asian rainforest hunter-gatherers (Bergey et al, PNAS). This group treats distinguished human beings of the Pygmy description as their lab rats.Cultural impediments to learning to cooperate: An experimental study of high- and low-caste men in rural India (Brooks et al, PNAS). This team uses caste members of India as their lab rats. “The results overturn earlier findings….” Maybe the roles should be reversed, since scientists can’t get it right. Let the caste members use the scientists as their lab rats.Current Biology issued this paper questioning earlier studies:Human Cooperation: The Hunter-Gatherer Puzzle (Joseph Heinrich, Current Biology). “A new study among the Hadza, one of the few surviving foraging populations, challenges popular approaches to cooperation while suggesting a central role for cultural transmission.”Psychologists have a WEIRD understanding of humanity. Physician, heal thyself. Even beyond the WEIRD people they study, these social scientists often use rigged games to tweak responses from people in unrealistic situations. How reliable is that?To understand people, start with the Manufacturer’s manual.(Visited 488 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mother, daughter crushed to death

first_imgA woman and her daughter were crushed to death by an oncoming train near Mathura in the early hours of Saturday after they fell from the Trivandrum Express while chasing a thief who stole one of their bags, the police said.Jogender Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Railways, Agra region, said that Meena Devi, 45, and Manisha,21, who hail from Durgapur in West Bengal, jumped out of the moving train when they discovered that a thief had stolen their bag which had cash and identity cards. While the thief escaped, the mother and daughter were crushed by the Sampark Kranti Express that passed on the adjacent track.“The incident happened in S2 coach near the Vrindavan city station and it seems the thief pulled the chain before jumping off the train. Meena was found dead on the spot while Manisha died during treatment in Vrindavan.” Meena’s son Akash, 23, slept through the whole incident and was woken up by fellow passengers. “Akash told us that the family had boarded the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin. They were going to Kota to get Manisha admitted for medical coaching. He also told us that the bag that has been stolen had around ₹4000, two mobile phones, and some crucial documents,” said Mr Kumar.Inspector transferredThe SP has transferred inspector Rajesh Kumar Dubey, the GRP in-charge of the Mathura station, to the Police Lines and a departmental inquiry has been ordered for dereliction of duty.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: 3rd Test Day 2: As It Happened

first_imgWonderful day for India! They would have liked a wicket at least of New Zealand by stumps but they won’t mind this either. The Kohli-Rahane partnership took India to a mammoth total first and towards the end, Rohit Sharma chipped in with an unbeaten fifty. The Indian captain hit his second double ton whereas Rahane missed out as he fell short of his maiden double ton by 12 runs.. (LIVE SCORECARD)End of day’s play New Zealand openers have negotiated nine tricky overs of play without losing a wicket with their score being 28/0 at stumps, trail India (557/5d) by 529 runs. Martin Guptill 17*, Tom Latham 6*. The Black Caps have a mountain to climb here. They’re trailing by a big margin and they would look to plan things session-by-session. Let’s see what do we have in store tomorrow. 16.34 IST: Virat Kohli has introduced both his spinner Ashwin and Jadeja into the attack now. Both of them start off with maiden overs. NZ 17/0 in 6 overs.  16.26 IST: Both the Kiwi openers are playing these last few overs cautiously. NZ 15/0 in 3 ovs16.21 IST: Umesh Yadav shares the new ball with Shami and gets smacked by Guptill for a boundary. New Zealand 14/0 in 2 overs.  16.17 IST: Mohammed Shami bowls a decent first over for India. New Zealand 9/0 in 1 over. The Black Caps will be 5/0 even without facing a delivery as Ravindra Jadeja was warned twice for running on the pitch and five runs were awarded to the visitors. 16.03 IST: India declare at 557/5. Kohli 211, Rahane 188, Rohit 51*, Boult 2/113, Patel 2/120. New Zealand will have to negotiate 9 overs today.advertisement15.59 IST: Five runs will be deducted from India’s total as Jadeja gets second official warning for running on the pitch. India 542/5 in 168 overs.15.39 IST: DRINKS! New Zealand did manage to get both Kohli and Rahane after tea but not before India piled up a mammoth score. Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are the two new batsmen in the middle at the moment. Third new ball is available now. India 530/5 in 164 overs15.17 IST: WICKET! Heartbreak for Ajinkya Rahane as he falls for 188 from 381 balls to Trent Boult. Rahane was trying to score some quick runs and fell in the process. India 504/5 in 159.1 overs. 15.06 IST: 500 comes up for India in the 157th over with Ajinkya Rahane on 186* and Rohit Sharma on 14*. 14.47 IST: India will be looking for some quick runs now before declaring their innings. India 475/4 in 152 overs.14.33 IST: Finally a breakthrough for NZ!Jeetan Patel traps Virat Kohli (211 from 366 balls) plumb in front. India 465/4 in 148 overs.(AP Photo)14.10 IST: Another superb session for India comes to an end as the score now reads 456/4 in 147 overs at tea. Virat Kohli (207*) and Ajinkya Rahane (161*) have added a record 356 runs for the fourth wicket.  Here’s the session summary at Tea on Day 2. #TeamIndia are 456/3. Follow the game here – #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201614.05 IST: (354* runs) This is now India’s best-ever partnership for the fourth wicket in Tests as India reach 453/3 in 145 overs. The previous best stand was between VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar against Australia at Sydney in 2003-04..@imVkohli becomes first captain of India to score two Test double hundreds BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.50 IST: Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double hundreds in Tests. India 446/3 vs New Zealand Captain’s Knock!! @imVkohli #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.48 IST: Black Caps are doing their best to keep Kohli from scoring his second double ton. India 443/3 in 141 overs. 13.31 IST: Virat Kohli is batting on 191* at the moment and if he scores another 9 runs then he will become the first Indian captain to slam two double centuries in Test cricket. India 435/3 in 137 overs.(AP Photo) 13.28 IST: This is the first time a 400-plus total has been posted in India since Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement in 2013. India 434/3 in 136 overs. 13.17 IST: While the players break for drinks, take a look at some amazing statistics from this Test. India 424/3 in 133 overs. Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane top stands265* v NZ at Indore Oct 2016262 v Aus at Melbourne Dec 2014154 v SAf at Delhi Dec 2015#IndvN5 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 9, 201613.10 IST: Ajinkya Rahane goes past 150 runs for the first time in Test cricket. India 422/3 in 132.3 ovs..@ajinkyarahane88 brings up his 150 with a four punched over cover. This is highest score in Test cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.05 IST: Records continue to tumble at Indore! Ajinkya Rahane (148*) has now gone past his highest score in Test cricket. His previous best (147) was against Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG in 2014.advertisementTest match attendance at its best in Indore #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.03 IST: Virat Kohli has gone past 3500 runs in Test cricket. India 414/3 in 131 overs. 12.48 IST: 400 comes up for India as Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane complete 300-run partnership for the fourth wicket. India 401/3 in 128 overs. This is now the second highest partnership for any wicket for India against New Zealand, surpassing the previous best by Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, who made 281 runs together at Ahmedabad in 1999. Tendulkar had scored his first double hundred in that game. Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad hold the record for the highest partnership (413 runs) against New Zealand, which they achieved in a Test at Chennai in 1956.12.37 IST: Expensive over for NZ! Kohli and Rahane scored 10 runs from the last over from Santner with a boundary each. India are now pressing on the accelerator. India 391/3 in 125 overs.    12.20 IST: New Zealand are attacking with spinners from both ends. Santner and Patel are bowling well but still haven’t been able to contain the scoring rate. India 368/3 in 120 overs. 12.11 IST: Another milestone for the captain! Virat Kohli gets to 150 runs in 273 balls. This is his third score of over 150. India 359/3 in 117.2 overs.150 up for #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201611.32 IST: Lunch break.Here’s the session summary at Lunch on Day 2 of the 3rd Test. #TeamIndia are 358/3 #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2016Virat Kohli (149*) and Ajinkya Rahane (124*) batted superbly in the first session to take India to 358/3 in 117 overs. The duo added 91 runs in 27 overs in this session. The partnership has moved on to 258 runs in 487 balls.(AP Photo)   11.24 IST: Black Caps bowlers have managed to slip in a couple of quite overs. India 354/3 in 115 ovs. 11.14 IST: SIX!! Rahane brings up the 250-run partnership in style as he deposits the last ball of Santner’s over into the stands over long-off. India 350/3 in 113 overs.(AP Photo) 11.02 IST: Both batsmen are scoring at 3.08 runs per over. The partnership has moved on to 240 from 451 balls. India 340/3 in 111 overs.10.56 IST: FOUR!! Trent Boult is greeted with a boundary off the first ball by Virat Kohli. The Indian captain moves on to 140 with 15 boundaries to his name. 10.46 IST: SIX!! Rahane comes down the track and deposits Jeetan Patel’s delivery into the stands to score his second six in the innings. India 328/3 in 107 overs.10.32 IST: Drinks are coming on to the field now as the first hour has been completed. India (313/3 in 104 ovs) have added 46 runs to their overnight score with Virat Kohli batting superbly on 125* (228b) and Ajinkya Rahane on 103*. Ajinkya Rahane…8th Test hundred6th in the first innings3rd hundred at home2nd vs NZ 2nd of 20165th at #528th in fc cricket#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 9, 201610.19 IST: Ajinkya Rahane scores his eighth Test century in 210 balls. This is his third ton on home soil. India 306/3 in 101.1 overs. .@ajinkyarahane88 celebrates after he brings up his 8th Test Century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201610.08 IST: Kohli and Rahane’s 200-run partnership comes up. India’s total touches 300 in 98.1 overs.(AP Photo)10.02 IST: What a shot!! Kohli plays a glorious on-drive to score his first boundary this morning. Both batsmen are looking to be positive against the Kiwi bowlers. 9.56 IST:  FOUR!! Rahane may be rattled but he’s still scoring runs at a rapid pace. 11 runs came off Matt Henry’s over. India 292/3 in 96 overs. 9.54 IST: Henry is now coming around the wicket to pepper Rahane with some more short balls. 9.50 IST: Ouch!! Short ball from Matt Henry hits Ajinkya Rahane bang on the side of the helmet.That would have hurt him for sure.9.48 IST: Not much turn on offer for the spinner this morning, but the ball might start to reverse as it gets older. India 281/3 in 95 overs. 9.44 IST: FOUR!! Rahane plays a delightful drive through the covers to bring up the first boundary of the morning. India 279/3 in 94 overs. 9.40 IST: Negotiating the first hour will be crucial for Kohli (108*) and Rahane (82*). Black Caps on the other hand, will have to get a breakthrough quickly otherwise they could be staring at another long day on the field. India 275/3 in 93 overs. 9.36 IST: Matt Henry joins Santner in the attack from the other end. India 271/3 in 92 overs.9.32 IST: Just one run added to the overnight total by India (268/3 in 91 overs). Coach @anilkumble1074’s pep talk, the great #TeamIndia huddle and more. Follow the action – @Paytm Test Cricket BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 20169.30 IST: Mitchell Santner will start the proceedings for the Black Caps on Day 2. Virat Kohli, batting on 103*, to take strike. Just about 15 minutes to go for the start of play on the second day and here is Ajinkya Rahane hard at work. The vice-captain is just 21 runs away from his eighth Test hundred. Nice and straight! Vice-captain @ajinkyarahane88 is 21 runs away from a century. Action starts soon #TeamIndia #INDvNZ @Paytm Test cricket BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2016Day 1 wrap: Test skipper Virat Kohli ended his brief drought of big runs with a brilliant unbeaten century to guide India to 267/3 at stumps on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Holkar stadium.Kohli, who last scored a century against the West Indies in Antigua, held his composure to thwart the Kiwi attack and bring up his 13th ton, which incidentally is the first century of the ongoing series from either side. (Virat Kohli now has six Test hundreds as India captain)The 27-year-old got ample support from his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (79 not out), who became the 36th Indian batsman to cross the milestone of 2000 Test runs during the innings.Finding themselves in a tight spot in the second session, the right-handed duo held their nerves as they went on to frustrate the Kiwi bowlers with an unbeaten 167-run stand for the fourth wicket when stumps were drawn for the day.Sensing more trouble, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson opted for the second new ball but his efforts at breaking the partnership went in vain as India added 119 runs in the final session. (Virat Kohli roars back to form with 13th Test hundred )Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara’s (41) wicket was the only casualty India endured during the post-lunch session as the hosts went to tea at 148/3.Resuming at 75/2 after lunch, Pujara and Kohli continued to maintain their temperament against the Kiwi spinners but after adding 25 runs to the score left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner produced a ripper to dismiss Pujara for 41. Making a Test comeback after two years, Gautam Gambhir started well but fell to Santner on 29.last_img read more

Announcing the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 Calling all Ontarians to share

first_imgTwitter Bell Fibe TV SD 209 Shaw Direct SD 353 BlackBerry World On air: iTunes YouTube TORONTO, April 9, 2018 – TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 is calling all Ontarians to enter their short documentaries by July 15, 2018 for a chance to win great prizes. The theme for this year’s contest is DIY Docs, and it encourages all residents of Ontario to submit their video stories and share their perspective on a subject they feel passionate about. No previous documentary making experience is required. Facebook Rogers channel 2 Online: “TVO’s Short Doc Contest is a meaningful way to share compelling stories with a wide audience. It also offers an important opportunity for aspiring Ontario filmmakers to jumpstart their careers,” says Hannah Sung, TVO Manager, Digital Video. “We want people to be curious, ask questions, and offer a unique perspective.”Participants are invited to enter original short documentaries up to 4 minutes and 45 seconds in length. During the entry period, TVO will share documentary filmmaking tips and best practices through several inspirational videos at and on TVO’s social media channels. This series of videos will feature award-winning filmmakers Charles Officer (Unarmed Verses), Min Sook Lee (Migrant Dreams), and Lewis Gordon (the first-place winner of TVO’s Short Docs Contest 2017). The first video, “What is a documentary?”, explores the surprisingly elastic definition of what constitutes a documentary film. Subsequent videos will include tips on shooting and interviewing. Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas) Bell Fibe TV HD 1209 Bell Mobile TV Contest Schedule:Now through July 15, 2018 – Submit short documentaries at 16 to August 26, 2018 – Judging panel selects the finalists.August 27 to September 19, 2018 – Public voting for the People’s Choice Award at 20, 2018 – Winners announced.Prizing:The exciting line-up of prizes includes cash, Hot Docs Festival passes, a Twitter Canada workshop, as well as memberships for TIFF and the Documentary Organization of Canada:First prize: $2000 in cash, a pass to the Hot Docs Festival in 2019, a one-year membership to the Documentary Organization of Canada, and a pitch session with TVO’s Executive Producer of Documentaries, Jane Jankovic.Second prize: $1000 in cash, a best practices workshop at Twitter Canada, and a one-year membership to TIFF for two people.Third prize: $500 in cash and two tickets to the Canadian Film Centre’s annual BBQ fundraiser during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.Best “short short”:  New this year, this prize recognizes the best “short, short” doc which is 90 seconds in length or under. The winner will receive $500 in cash and a pass to the Hot Docs Festival in 2019.The People’s Choice Award: As voted on by the public, this winner will receive $1000 in cash, one year of free admission to all programming at the DOC Institute, and a professional consultation with a DOC Institute board member.All winners will receive a one-year Hot Docs Cinema bronze membership, and finalists will have their documentaries showcased on The top winners will see their documentaries air on TVO.Judging:All submissions are screened by a panel of judges including: distinguished documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin; 2017 TVO Short Doc Contest first-prize winner, Lewis Gordon; award-winning short documentary filmmaker and interactive storyteller Shasha Nakhai; and Linda Fong, independent production officer at TVO.For more information on the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018, visit, and follow us @tvodocs on Twitter and Facebook using #TVOShortDoc.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, thought-provoking documentaries, and award-winning TVOkids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit to find TVO Google Play Advertisement Twitter Shaw Direct HD 39 Bell TV 265 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Police Records Noticed Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 1, 2017 – Providenciales – We are pleased to update the public that the police records office on Providenciales will be open with some restrictions from Monday 2nd October 2017.   New applications for Police Records will be accepted on the following days:Monday 2nd, Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th October 2017 between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm.   However applications will only be accepted where the police record is required for travel or any other reason within 14 days of the application date.Applicants will have to prove by way of an airline ticket or other documentation that the police record is required within the 14 day period.   Please be advised that due to the restricted service that we are able to provide, applications will take seven (7) working days (This includes the day of application) to process.There were a number of records that were applied for prior to Hurricane Irma and these will be ready for collection in the following manner:Persons with last name beginning with A to M collect on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.Persons with last name N to Z pick-up on Thursday 5th October 2017.Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Botting said, “I am pleased that the Police Records will be opening from Monday of next week.   Due to damages to our IT infrastructure caused by Hurricane Irma we have faced significant challenges in getting the Police Records office up and running.    I am aware of the frustration and difficulties that have caused the community and the recovery of the service has remained a priority for us.   I am grateful for the patience and the support that community have given us.   Although there are limitations to the service we will be able to provide next week, we hope to improve on the time-scales that we can currently work to and further information will be issued next week.   The above does not apply for Police Records applied for on Grand Turk.   At this time, there’s no new applications or pick-ups on Grand Turk for records, we will update you once this becomes possible.”Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hyundai developed airbags that can handle multiple collisions

first_imgEnlarge ImageGiven how long airbags have been around, it’s a little surprising it took someone until 2019 to figure out a multiple-collision solution. Hyundai According to Hyundai, three out of every 10 collisions involve secondary collisions with other objects. So Hyundai developed an airbag system that hopes to protect you beyond the first hit.Hyundai announced on Monday that it has developed and intends to commercialize a multi-collision airbag system, which the automaker claims is the first of its kind. In essence, it acts like a normal airbag, inflating to prevent injuries during a collision, but it’s unique in the sense that some airbags will deploy upon a second collision, as well.The tech depends on detecting movement of the occupants during and following the first collision. It can change the deployment strength of different airbags based on a person’s position, attempting to mitigate any potential injuries incurred in secondary crashes. “By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Center, in a statement. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”According to Hyundai’s research, cars crossing the center line create the greatest opportunity for multi-stage collisions, followed by sudden stops at toll gates and sideswiping. The automaker didn’t say when this tech would reach production, only that it would eventually end up in both Hyundai and Kia vehicles, since the tech is too potentially important to relegate to a single half of Hyundai Motor Group. 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV is big in Korea, and everywhere else 72 Photos Hyundai Kia Hyundai Tags Preview • 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Croc eyes, family-friendly SUV heart Comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshowcenter_img 1 Share your voice Review • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous News • 2020 Hyundai Palisade, Widebody Chargers and more: Roadshow’s week in review Auto Tech Future Cars 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2020 Hyundai Palisadelast_img read more

Physics team finds new constraints on how lumpy spacetime can be

first_img Gamma Ray Delay May Be Sign of ‘New Physics’ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Robert Nemiroff and his colleagues at Michigan Technological University will be discussing new constraints on the so-called lumpiness of space-time at this year’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Image credit: NASA/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet Nemiroff, also known for his Astronomy Pick of the Day site, has been studying photons that have been traveling through space for several billion years following a γ-ray burst that was recorded back in 1989. Called GRB 090510A, the burst let loose high energy photons that have been traveling through space at the speed of light; two of them are of special interest to physicists because they are believed to have left the same place at exactly the same time, which would seem to make them arrive here at exactly the same time as well. But, they won’t, due to the lumpiness of space-time and the long distance they have traveled. In the abstract for the presentation, the authors suggest that because a high-energy time scale for the photons detected from the gamma-ray burst have been found, a new upper limit is in place on the dependence of energy on speed and light as it’s dispersed across the universe.Studies of high energy photons traveling through space have already shown there are differences in actual speeds recorded, though they are very, very small; seven parts in a billion trillion, according to a previous study done by researchers at Yale. Because of this and other studied phenomenon, various researchers have theorized that space-time isn’t actually continues as it appears, but is instead made up of very, very tiny elements that are almost unbelievably small, on the order of a 10-35 (the Planck length). In such theories, photons that have the highest amount of energy also have wavelengths that are near to the Planck length. This makes them more apt to intermingle with so-called “lumps” which slows them down. The amount of slowdown is obviously very tiny, but as the photons travel so far for so long, the effect is amplified.In their study, Nemiroff et al, find due to measured differences in the arrival time of the two photons, that new constraints are in effect that impact the lump size of space-time. Because of this, the lumpiness of space-time only becomes meaningful when things are roughly 1/500 the Planck length, which could, obviously, put some limits on quantum gravity theories. More information: Nemiroff, R. J., Connolly, R., & Holmes, J. A New Limit on Lorentz Invariance and Chromatic Dispersion Across the Universe from GRB 090510A (American Astronomical Society, 2011)AbstractA high-energy, fast-variability time scale for Fermi-detected gamma-ray burst GRB 090510A is found that creates a new strictest upper limit on the energy dependence of the speed and dispersion of light across the universe. In particular, evidence is presented for variability at or below Δ t = 0.00136 for super-GeV photons, a factor of 10 more limiting than any time scale previously claimed for a GRB at GeV energies, including a previous limit reported by Abdo et al (2008). This variability derives from the duration of three separate closely-arriving photon groups prominent only in photon data above 1 GeV. One pulse pair has an energy difference of Δ E >/~ 23.5 GeV. Coupled with a redshift of z >/~ 0.897, the resulting limits on the differential speed of light and Lorentz invariance were found for a concordance cosmology. It was found that Δ c / c < 6.09 x 10-21, a limit consistent with, but slightly stronger than, a previous limit found for a GRB by Schaefer in 1999. Given a generic dispersion relation across the universe where the time delay is proportional to the photon energy to the first power, the variability translates into a dispersion strength of k1 < 1.38 x 10-5 sec Gpc-1 GeV-1. This limit results in an upper bound on dispersive effects created, for example, by dark energy, dark matter, or the spacetime foam of quantum gravity. This dispersion constraint also results in the most stringent lower limit yet claimed for the onset energy scale of quantum gravity: MQG c2 > 7.43 x 1021 GeV.via Nature Explore further Citation: Physics team finds new constraints on how lumpy space-time can be (2012, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Birdlike robot perches on a human hand w Video

first_img A bird-like robot perches on a human hand. As shown in the video, the researchers performed flight tests starting with launching the robot by hand from a height of about 2.5 meters. During the 1.5-second-long flight, the robot’s speed decreases from 4.7 m/s to just under 2.5 m/s at the time of landing. As the robot glides to within a short distance of the hand target, it pitches up to a high angle of attack and then lands.As the engineers explain, the ability to hand perch represents a significant step toward designing flying robots capable of close interaction with humans. In the future, they plan to work on a go-around capability to accommodate failures during perching attempts.via: IEEE Spectrum Montage of snapshots taken from the video of a flight test showingperching on a hand. Image credit: A. Paranjape, et al. “We believe we have the first demonstration of autonomous/robotic flight of a bird-like micro aerial vehicle (MAV) perching on a human hand,” said project leader Soon-Jo Chung of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A paper on the demonstration is under review for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.Hand perching involves two phases. First, the robot has to maneuver while gliding in order to reach the desired position, which it achieves by reorienting its articulated wings. Second, it has to “pitch up” right before landing to briefly climb and quickly reduce its touchdown speed. ( — Among the many challenges of designing flying robots is getting them to land gracefully. By taking a cue from birds, a team of engineers has developed a flapping-wing flying robot that can land by perching on a human hand. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a robot bird (w/ video) © 2012 Phys.Orgcenter_img Explore further More information: A. Paranjape, J. Kim, and S.-J. Chung. “Closed-Loop Perching of Aerial Robots with Articulated Flapping Wings,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, under review, 2012. Pre-release paper here. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Bird-like robot perches on a human hand (w/ Video) (2012, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Why Americans Dont Cheat on Their Taxes

first_imgA more worrisome possibility is that tax morale has lagged behind declining trust, and will yet fall. High-profile tax-avoidance schemes—like those detailed in the so-called Panama Papers, or by The New York Times’s reporting on the Trump family’s tax dodges—could help erode morale. “Our sense of right and wrong is dramatically influenced by other people,” says Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke. “If people think that the government is corrupt and not doing the right thing,” he told me, they may be more inclined to say, “Oh, I don’t want to pay money to a government that is misbehaving.” Read the whole story: The Atlantic If such a thing as American exceptionalism remains, maybe it can be found in this: Despite deep IRS budget cuts, an average audit rate that has plunged in recent years to just 0.6 percent, and a president who has bragged that dodging federal taxes is “smart,” most Americans still pay their income taxes every year. Even more remarkable, most of us feel obliged to pay. To quote the findings of a 2017 IRS survey: “The majority of Americans (88%) say it is not at all acceptable to cheat on taxes; this ethical attitude is not changing over time. —last_img read more