Evolution Battle Heats Up in Ohio

first_imgCNN has reported that the Ohio school board voted 13-5 in favor of an optional set of lessons called “Critical Analysis of Evolution.”  The usual opponents are lining up on both sides; some scientific organizations are claiming it is a “religious effort cloaked as science,” but others consider it a victory for students and for academic freedom.What are the Darwinians afraid of?  This is only an optional lesson.  There is no test on it.  A student’s grade does not depend on it.  The Darwinians get 478 pages out of 500 to tell their side of the story.  Come on, Darwin Party loyalists, give us your best shot.  We regularly debate the best Darwinian arguments from the best Darwinian mouthpiece journals right here on Creation-Evolution Headlines.  We’re not afraid to examine the evidence; why are you?  You assume students are smart enough to understand Darwinian doctrines in high school, so why do you assume they are not smart enough to judge evidence?    Check out this analogy by Stephen Weeks (U. of Akron biologist), trying to explain why only Darwinians should teach Darwinism: “If someone’s an expert and they’re telling you they need a brain tumor removed in a certain way, that’s weighted more than your mechanic’s opinion.”  Try one of our analogies instead:Instead of hearing news of the Iraq war only from Al-Jazeera, students should also have the opportunity to watch Fox News.Before submitting to a risky brain tumor operation, one should get opinions from several independent experts and also read the medical literature.Before buying a used car from a used car salesman, check Consumer Reports.Members of the jury, listen carefully to both the prosecutor and the defense attorney before making up your minds.  Don’t be swayed by the personality or prestige of the attorneys; base your decision solely on the law and on the evidence.Analogies are fun.  Make up one of your own depicting this controversy, and send it here.If a drunk really wants to know if he has a drinking problem, should he only solicit his buddy’s opinion down at the ‘yall come back saloon’ -or- should he also seek the professional opinions of licensed counselors, trained to detect alcohol-related disorders?  [from a reader in Texas]If a person wants to know how all the microscopic motors and machines work in a cell maybe they should start with a diagnostic test from the mechanic.  [from a reader in Arizona] (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Prominent Biologist Espouses Darwinian Racist Views

first_imgThe history of evolutionary thought includes many aspects modern evolutionists would rather forget, such as racism and eugenics.  Old ideas that blacks are evolutionarily inferior have cropped up again, though, not from some redneck schoolhouse but from the co-discoverer of the DNA structure.  James Watson, outspoken secular humanist, let loose with some comments about racial inferiority that set off a firestorm, reported The Independent (UK).  Watson was promoting his new book Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science, which includes this statement:There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically.  Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.His comments to a London newspaper made it clear who he had in mind:Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.  He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.Watson tried to clarify that he did not mean blacks should be discriminated against, but did not back away from his “scientific” claims.  Civil rights groups are studying his remarks and expressing extreme displeasure.  Fox News also reported on some of the aftermath.    Science wrote in 1990, according to The Independent article, “To many in the scientific community, Watson has long been something of a wild man, and his colleagues tend to hold their collective breath whenever he veers from the script” (cf. 08/24/2003).  But Watson himself made it clear in the quotes above that his opinions were inextricably tied to views on human evolution that he must feel are fairly typical among scientists.Update 10/19/2007:  The Guardian reported that Watson apologized for his remarks.  “To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly,” he said.  “That is not what I meant.  More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief.”  Yet parts of his statement seem to put the blame on his listeners: “I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said.”  The article also notes that “Prof Watson’s statement did not clarify what his views on the issue of race and intelligence are, but he hinted that he had been misquoted.”  He said, “I am mortified about what has happened,” but none of his apology explicitly took responsibility for earlier statements or explained what he really meant by them.  The article quotes some of the heated response his remarks instigated.  See also: Live Science.Update 10/24/2007:  Watson has been “suspended from administrative duties” at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Long Island, NY) because of his remarks about race.  News@Nature reported that this may indicate the end for Watson: senior US colleagues said things like “It is a sad and revolting way to end a remarkable career,” and “He has failed us in the worst possible way.”  See also the BBC News and a commentary on MSNBC that said Watson appears to have a foot-in-mouth gene.    An Editorial in Nature 10/25 entitled “Watson’s Folly” was similarly unsparing, but regretted that this episode might hinder the “openness and critical debate” scientists need when dealing with controversial subjects – including the “sensitive task of unravelling differences between the world’s population groups, all the while acknowledging that ‘race’ is an emotive and unscientific word.”  The editorial blamed Watson for “sheer unacceptable offensiveness” that can lend “succour and comfort to racists around the globe,” yet was just as concerned about the chilling effect his remarks will have on scientific inquiry, such as “investigating the equally sensitive genetics of ‘desirable” traits, such as cognitive ability.”    The editorial acknowledged such investigations can lead to abuses: “Asking such questions has always been controversial, given the potential for abuse of the outcomes demonstrated by the history of eugenics.”  But it agreed with a point Watson himself was trying to make: “Scientists explore the world as it is, rather than as they would like it to be.”  This presupposes that scientists are not subject to biases like other investigators – an assumption some would point out was used just as readily by abusers of the past.Update 10/25/2007:  Watson, age 79, has retired under a cloud of disgrace from his position at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, reported the BBC News.  He said his resignation was more than overdue.  “The circumstances in which this transfer is occurring, however, are not those which I could ever have anticipated or desired.”Watson’s apology does not go far enough.  The same reporters who hound politicians to apologize for a controversial statement should press Watson to give a full accounting of what he meant to say, and should demand he take complete responsibility for his remarks, not blame his listeners.  His apology sounds like the joke about a brat whose mom tells him, “Did I hear you call your sister stupid?  Tell her you’re sorry!”  He dutifully walks over to Susie and says, “Sis, I’m sorry you’re stupid.”    Read Watson’s apology carefully, and you see him shifting the blame to others for misquoting or misinterpreting him.  Fine; we all get misunderstood.  Tell us, then, Jim, what you really think about black people and their intelligence, and explain whether you still believe tens of thousands of years of evolution has made some races more intelligent than others.  Tell us whether society should treat all people as equal or not.  Tell us on what evolutionary basis a government should say that people have inalienable human rights.    Two books should be read by anyone who doubts the influence of Darwinian thinking on racism: The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould, and From Darwin to Hitler by Richard Weikart (info).  Darwinists in past days put a black man in a zoo (article), categorized black people as closer to apes than to Europeans (article), did experiments rigged to show racial superiority of Europeans and males (article), and committed actual genocide in Namibia (article) and Tasmania (article) because of evolution-based racism.  While evolutionists could argue that Darwinism does not imply racism, many evolutionists used alleged primitive peoples as evidence that human evolution was true.    The “script” that Watson veered from has been modified to expunge those incriminating episodes, but every once in awhile they emerge again, because they are a natural outgrowth of evolutionary beliefs that have different people groups evolving separately for tens of thousands of years or more.    Biblical creationists, by contrast, believe that all people are of one race – the human race.  We are all one family, descended from one original pair, and related once again through Noah and his offspring just a few thousand years ago.  While abilities (both cognitive, artistic, physical and intellectual) can vary substantially even within one biological family, we are all one race, one family, one blood, and one creation.  We are each individually equally precious in God’s sight and worthy of equal dignity as creatures made in His image.  Choose what kind of worldview you want governing our world.(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ex-Microsofties Launch $500 ‘Meaning Machine’ For Large Data Sets

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Services#NYT#Product Reviews#web Dominic Pouzin is a worldly, smart guy. After doing school and internships in France, the UK, South Korea and India, he moved to Atlanta where he took a job in the NBC (Nuclear, Bacteriological, Chemical) protection field. “I designed statistical models, programmed robots, and implemented access control stations for nuclear plants,” Pouzin says on LinkedIn.He left that field to become a software engineer at Microsoft and this week launches his own startup company with a collection of former Microsoft co-workers. The new company is called Data Applied and offers very affordable “data mining in the cloud” – it applies automated algorithms to large sets of data in order to extract patterns, preconditions and outliers. Commercial licenses cost under $500 and are aimed to bring the kind of power to sales, marketing, engineering, social sciences or non-profit organizations that only banks and insurance companies used to be able to afford.There’s a Data-Centric World EmergingData visualization tools are not uncommon online and there’s a growing number of large data sets available for analysis these days. Microsoft unveiled a marketplace for data sets last month called Dallas. GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham says data represents a big part of Microsoft’s hope for the future. “Microsoft isn’t just selling software anymore,” she writes, “it’s selling itself as a clearinghouse for information.” Higginbotham points out similarities between Dallas and a startup we’ve covered here extensively called InfoChimps. Amazon started offering large sets of public data through its Web Services division last year as well. We’ve got high hopes that social networking data will be made more available for aggregate analysis, as a bird’s-eye-view of society’s interactions.We’ve written here before about how all of this data to be analyzed may or may not be put to good use (Web 3.0 Might Be Really Stupid) and Nicholas Carr recently wrote a provocative blog post about the consequences of data-driven recommendation on free will and human thought.You’ve Got the Data, Now What?Countless organizations have data sets of their own but that doesn’t make extracting valuable information from them easy. Microsoft itself unveiled a similar looking service last month called Pivot, but it’s invite-only for now and not thoroughly explained. We’re familiar with DabbleDB, but Pouzin says Data Applied takes things much further than data visualization. “Simple reporting and dashboards are boring,” Pouzin says. “They force analysts to manually visualize all possible combinations in the hope of finding some interesting facts. We do that automatically!”Data Applied performs a whole lot of data visualization functions as well, it’s social and offer a multitude of related features while running on one or more computers.Can it really pull unforeseen patterns and meaning out of large sets of data, though? That sounds like a tall order to fill, but if enough numbers can be crunched that the mind of a human consultant is in fact unneeded – then Data Applied could be bringing to market a very valuable service. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Family Development WEBINAR: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of Parents

first_imgNovel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsMark your calendars for what’s next in our 2014 MFLN Family Development Webinar Series!Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsWhat to Expect…Presenters of this 2 hour webinar will highlight how parents today are less likely to attend traditional parenting programs, provide research showing that parents are increasingly seeking information online, through social media and mobile devices and promote the use of two FREE, effective and innovative resources that can meet the needs of parents with young children.Luisa F. Soaterna-Castañeda, MPH, Text4baby Multicultural & Outreach Specialist, will highlight the successes of Text4Baby and how you can easily incorporate it into your work with mothers that have smartphones. Webinar attendees will learn about the Text4Baby service and how the service provides information on key topics that interest pregnant women and new moms via short and succinct text messages. Attendees will also learn about significant creative communication enhancements (including interactivity, mobile pages, quizzes, and videos) to the nation’s largest and only free text messaging service. Research on the effectiveness of text messaging in reaching underserved populations will also be covered as well as how Text4Baby can assist in women feeling more prepared for motherhood due to increased knowledge, awareness and skills that lead to better health for them and their babies.Aaron Ebata, Ph.D., University of Illinois,  and Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., University of Delaware, will show how Just in Time Parenting (JITP) connects with the needs of today’s parents for reliable, research-based information.  Presenters will highlight evaluations of JITP to demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering age-paced information and show how readers across all educational and economic levels demonstrate more confidence and competence in raising their children when using information and strategies outlined by JITP. Presenters will also highlight how JITP can help parents have realistic age-appropriate expectations, provide reassurance about their child’s development, help parents identify problems early and suggests how to find help. Speakers will share how to get parents enrolled for the free electronic version of JITP and how to take advantage of additional online resources that support and strengthen JITP outreach and impact, including: “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Ask the Experts”.FREE CEU’s!We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Unbeaten NU averts disaster vs UE, wins 3rd straight

first_imgWhen NU committed several four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six, 23-17, in the fourth set, it was Santiago, who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs in match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 11-10, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs upped the ante and went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.”“My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t mention the score: North Korean media silent on 8-0 loss AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University recovered from its dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win to take sole possession of the top seed while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

4 days agoCrystal Palace planning swoop for Chelsea striker Giroud

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace planning swoop for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning an ambitious January swoop for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.Palace have had to make do with Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew leading the line this season, and are desperate to add a more prolific front-man to their ranks.Giroud is unsettled at Chelsea, and The Sun says Palace are keen to make the most of his uncertain future and move for his services in January.The Eagles have a good relationship with Chelsea, having previously loaned some of their players – Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi are two recent, successful examples – and the south Londoners hope they can get another over the line. last_img read more

New Board for Cornwall Regional Hospital

first_img The efforts of the management and staff have reduced complaints Story Highlights Minister of Health has appointed a new 13-member Board for the Cornwall Regional Hospital The staff and management of the hospital have been performing excellent service Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has appointed a new 13-member Board for the Cornwall Regional Hospital, chaired by Communications Consultant, Calvin Brown.“I believe, from all indications, that this will be an excellent management committee that will work in concert with the Regional Board. The Health Services Act is very clear about the role and function of a hospital management committee,” the Minister said.Dr. Ferguson was speaking at a contract signing ceremony for the expansion of the Haemodialysis Unit at the hospital on August 2, at the offices of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), in Montego Bay.“Very soon I will be meeting with members of the hospital management committees across the Regions, so that persons can be clear about their role and functions,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, who is also Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, said the staff and management of the hospital have been performing excellent service for the people of the region.“Cornwall Regional Hospital is a very important institution, not just only here in Mount Salem, and St. James, but the entire region. I congratulate you on your performance, and for doing your job diligently. I visit patients here very often, and I must commend you on the service, the cleanliness, and the efficiency of the hospital,” she told them.For his part, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the efforts of the management and staff have reduced the complaints of clients who had experienced dissatisfaction at the institution.He lauded them for the way in which the Cornwall Regional Hospital has been delivering service to the citizens of the West.“There was a time when we normally get a myriad of complaints, but those complaints have trended down. Your commitment is unwavering and we will continue to assist you in the process,” the Mayor said.last_img read more

CBREs 2018 forecast shows flat real estate market in Calgary

first_imgAfter years of recession, Calgary’s economy seems to be turning around and CBRE’s 2018 real estate forecast suggests that is good news for the market.CBRE’s Alberta Regional Managing Director Greg Kwong doesn’t see any major distress this year.On the retail side, the most volatile segment of the market, expect the up and down to continue.“Certainly a lot of churn,” said Kwong. “We haven’t seen a major increase in our vacancy rate and we’re still seeing smaller regional shopping centres being built in some of the newer areas.”There are green shoots of hiring which is good news when it comes to office space and vacancy rates will remain flat, at around 26 per cent. Kwong said it will likely be like that for the next few years.“There’s no real sentiment that we’re going to bounce back and be back to a 2 per cent vacancy and that all those people that lost their jobs are going to be back in the next two months,” he explained.The situation is also helped by the fact there aren’t any huge office towers opening.Industrial space continues to be in high demand in Calgary with the vacancy rate continuing to dip this year.The multi-family rental market is improving. Vacancies are expected to be about 6 per cent, a full percentage point lower than 2016, with average 2-bedroom going for $1,250. The number of new units will also be half that of 2017.last_img read more

Much left to fight for beyond legalization pot activists say as they

first_imgTORONTO – Cannabis activists say although this year’s 4-20 celebrations across the country will likely be the last before recreational pot use becomes legal, there’s still a lot to fight for.The federal government has committed to making marijuana legal by the summer, but the task of regulating the sale and consumption of the drug has been handed down to the provinces and territories.Lisa Campbell with the Ontario Cannabis Consumer and Retail Alliance said she doesn’t think 4-20 events across the country will disappear with the new legalized system — but they will likely evolve.“There is still a lot to fight for, including cannabis lounges, consumption spaces and having special events permits. But there comes a certain point where you can shout from the sidelines or you can put down your protest sign and have a chance to work with government to influence policy,” Campbell said.“For me and my activism, I’ve gone from fully disobeying the law and civil disobedience to now pausing my illicit activity and trying to find a way to work in the legal market.”The provinces have been rolling out their plans on regulating legalized pot. Ontario, for instance, intends to sell marijuana to people 19 and older in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Consumption in public spaces or workplaces will be banned.Campbell said she wants to see a mixed retail model in the province, with regulated lounges and bars where marijuana can be purchased and consumed.“The only benefit to government stores is that argument that if you’re going to regulate it like alcohol, that we also need to have all these other licences that we have for alcohol,” Campbell said. “So, for example, at festivals there should be the ability to have a vapour lounge that is like a designated area like a beer garden, where you can purchase and consume cannabis.”She acknowledges that the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General has finished its consultation on cannabis consumption spaces, and it will take some time before changes are made.April 20 has long been a day to celebrate cannabis and the culture that surrounds it. In cities such as Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, pot enthusiasts gather by the thousands in public squares, defying the authorities.But Campbell noted that 4-20 isn’t just about having a massive outdoor smokeout anymore; there are events such as cannabis business speeches from CEOs from publicly traded companies, as well as movie nights with cannabis edibles.She did say, however, that she’s concerned police will crack down harder on this year’s 4-20 events.“While legalization is exciting, I also think a lot of people are fearful,” she says.Abi Roach, the owner of Toronto’s Hotbox Cafe, says she has heard similar concerns from customers as police continue to crack down on illegal pot dispensaries in the city ahead of this summer’s legislative change.She says with legalization looming, her activism will also centre on creating safe public spaces for cannabis consumption and fighting against what she called the “white-collarization of cannabis.“It’s the corporate takeover of big alcohol, big pharma, big tobacco, now taking over cannabis and creating a business that never really existed, looking for a customer base that isn’t interested in it,” Roach said.“I think the problem that not only corporations are going to have, but also the government stores, is how do you get my customers — the people we have been serving for the last 18 years — to switch from their current purchasing ways and go to the legal government stores?”She says governments need to include the current industry, which has been flourishing for decades, into the legal framework.“And that’s not happening and that’s what we’re fighting for,” she said.last_img read more

BC Government looking to make amendments to the Forest Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is looking to introduce amendments to the B.C. Forest Act.The Government says the amendments to the Forest Act will enhance public trust and ensure public forests are managed in the best interests of British Columbians.According to the Province, some of the changes to the Act will improve the Government’s ability to exert more control over the disposition of Crown tenures, ensure that public interest is considered in the disposition of Forest Act agreements, and ensure the Government has the necessary information when needed from companies to inform policy and legislative changes to address emerging forestry issues. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says these amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector.“We want all British Columbians to benefit from the forest industry, including companies, large and small, First Nations, workers and communities. These amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector by preventing further concentration of harvesting rights.”For more information on the proposed amendments, you can visit the B.C. Legislative Assembly’s website.last_img read more