Darwin’s House: A Religious Shrine?

first_imgBritain withdrew Darwin’s home, Downe House (outside London), from consideration as a UN World Heritage Site, and Nature seemed downright disappointed.1  An article quoted Darwin scholar James Moore saying, “Muslims go to Mecca, Christians go to Jerusalem, Darwinians go to Downe.”  This seems to equate Darwinians with believers in a religion, but Nature quoted this proudly.    What would be the statement of faith of a Darwinian religion?  The article quoted Randal Keynes, great-great-grandson of Darwin and the one who originally submitted the nomination of Downe House to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for consideration.  Keynes felt that the house symbolized the following values: “the understanding of the natural world by observation, hypothesis, experiment, free and wide exchange of information and ideas, theory-building and communication.”    The British government, worried that the UN would reject the nomination on grounds that the site was neither naturally or architecturally unique, decided to withdraw it before the vote.  Nature called this a “setback” but said the nomination will be back in two years, in 2009 – the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species.    On a related note, Richard Lane of the Natural History Museum wrote Nature complaining about their criticism that the Darwin Centre Phase Two was too small.  They can’t expect it to display Darwin’s entire insect and plant collection to the public, he said; buildings cost money.  Some of it will be on display and the rest will be available for researchers.  That will have to do for now.1Henry Nichols, “Darwin down but not out,” Nature 447, 896 (21 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/447896a.2Richard Lane, “Darwin Centre will be fit for its range of purposes,” Nature 447, 908 (21 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/447908e.Look no further if you need evidence that Darwinians worship their little bearded buddha.  They said it (see also 07/18/2006, 02/13/2004 commentary).  They’ve got their Mecca.  All they need now is finch-beak-shaped minarets to remind the faithful to bow toward Downe House six times a day and pray for the destruction of creationism.  They already have their terrorism down to a science (Evolution News #1, #2; book burning, too: #3).    Let’s see how the Darwin faithful are keeping up to the Statement of Faith.The understanding of the natural world: if they really understood it, they would see design, stasis and decay, not evolution.  Their method of understanding is to presuppose evolution as a fact and to fit every bit of data into their a priori belief system.by observation:  Have they observed the Cambrian explosion?  fossils out of order from Charlie’s myth?  living fossils?  catastrophism?by hypothesis:  The Darwinians are good at speculating on causes, but hypothesis is only the starting hunch for a scientific quest (see 01/15/2004 commentary), not science itself.by experiment:  Tell us, Darwinites, how you plan to experiment on history.  Tell us how you plan to show us one phylum evolving into another, when they all appeared simultaneously in the earliest layers of the fossil record.  Extrapolating minor changes is a logical fallacy.    Need we also remind readers that Darwin did not invent experimental science?  The experimental method goes back to 11th century Christian Europe at least, when Hugh of St. Victor, Richard Grosseteste, Roger Bacon and others urged observation and experimentation as a means of glorifying God and obeying the Genesis mandate.  The values that lead to scientific investigation can be traced back to King Solomon – or even Adam.    What experiments did Darwin do to try to confirm his theory?  None!  He observed a lot of animals and plants that live in the present – barnacles, orchids, pigeons, the plants in his fields – but never experimented on how they might become new species.  He only speculated on how they might evolve over unseen ages of time. Free and wide exchange of information and ideas:  Great idea.  When do they start? (06/22/2007).  No controversy with creationists and ID people here.Theory building:  This is meaningless without explaining what is meant by theory.  Only a very loose use of the word would permit Darwin’s “one long argument” to be considered a theory.  Critic David Berlinski said that the evidence adduced in support of Darwin’s theory, like oscillating sizes of finch beaks, does not even rise to the level of anecdote.Communication:  Another great idea, if only.  The Darwinites are masters at indoctrination (see CMI for one recent analysis of how schools mislead and indoctrinate students with flawed arguments).  Communication implies the communion of ideas between two parties, not the one-way imposition of dogmas onto a target audience.There’s a word for people who profess one thing and do another.  We don’t care to visit Downe House because of all the hypocrites in the Church Mosque of Darwin.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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FIR not lodged days after death in custody over power bill

first_imgIt has been six days since Brijpal Maurya fell in the revenue jail of Sahaswan in Budaun district and subsequently died during treatment, but an FIR is yet to be lodged against officials responsible for his ill-treatment during custody, alleged his brother Mahesh Maurya. The police confirmed that an FIR had not been lodged but a magisterial inquiry was under way.‘Mistaken identity’In his complaint to the police, Mr. Mahesh said his 40-year-old brother, who worked as a distributor of Ayurvedic medicines, was picked up by revenue officials on September 23 from his village Zarifnagar Durgpur for non-payment of a power bill of ₹81,497 against his shop. He told The Hindu over the phone that the shop didn’t belong to his brother and it was a case of ‘mistaken identity’.“Even if he was in the wrong, he was not supposed to be kept in custody for 11 days and ill-treated. He was dragged by the revenue officials to the police vehicle like a hardened criminal. When he told us he was not feeling well in custody, we pleaded to the district officials and local MP Sanghamitra Maurya but nobody came forward to help us. We were not told when he was being taken to the hospital; we were informed after he passed away,” he claimed.He also underlined that a video of his brother surfaced after his death, in which he explained how he was being framed.“The administration is creating pressure on us to arrive at a compromise,” said Mr. Mahesh, adding that the family would approach the judiciary if they didn’t get a “just” response from the local administration.Ashok Kumar Tripathi, SSP, Budaun, confirmed that an FIR has not been registered but reminded that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate. “The post-mortem report says that the cause of death could not be ascertained,” said Mr. Tripathi.Political gain Political parties have jumped into the fray. The Congress and Samajwadi Party have linked the case to the increase in electricity tariff in the State. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted in support of Brijpal Maurya and former Samajwadi Party MP from Budaun, Dharmendra Yadav visited the deceased’s family. “We are demanding adequate compensation for the family and if the FIR is not registered, we will sit on an indefinite fast from Wednesday,” said Shafi Ahmed, president, Youth Congress, Budaun.last_img read more

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Nelvana Gets Ranger Ready for a Second Season of its Hit Original

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter “Ranger Rob ignites a sense of adventure and discovery in kids, and we have been overwhelmed with how kids and families have embraced the series and joined in on the fun with us,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. “The journey has only just begun and fans should get “Ranger Ready” for lots of new and exciting outdoor adventures to come in season two.”In Spring 2018, fans will be able to bring home their very own Ranger Rob as Master Toy Licensee, Imports Dragon, launches a line of toys based on the animated series. The Ranger Rob toys are being developed for a core preschool target age (2-5) and the line is reflective of the adventure and outdoor action from the show. Key items include vehicles, and plush and small figures. Initial launch will roll out in Canada and key European territories in Spring 2018, followed by a broader launch in Fall 2018.Meet the team and learn more about Nelvana at Licensing Expo May 23-25, booth H214.*Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL16 (Aug 29/16-Jan 1/17) – confirmed data. Total Canada, AMA(000). Mon-Su 2a-2a. Based on 3+ airings.About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.com. Advertisement Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is thrilled to announce that after a successful first season, original animated series Ranger Rob has been green-lit for a second season (14 episodes).During the Fall 2016 season, the series has ranked #1 on Corus’ Treehouse network in Canada for boys 2-11, and has earned top ranks in additional territories such as TF1 in France, Super RTL in Germany, Disney Channel in Australia, Nickelodeon Italy, Canal Panda Portugal, YLE/TV2 Finland, and HOP Israel.Ranger Rob follows 10-year-old ranger-in-training Rob around the Big Sky Park, the coolest natural adventure park imaginable, as he ziplines, swings, and snowboards discovering and exploring all that the park has to offer. Big Sky Park is a one-of-a kind place with every kind of outdoor environment within its borders and each episode of the series takes viewers on a new adventure, cultivating the spirit of exploration and curiosity, and inspiring kids to get outside to play and discover. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Australia Holland and Russia start talks over downed MH17

first_imgSydney: The Netherlands and Australia confirmed Wednesday that three-way talks with Russia have begun over the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The two countries announced last year they were holding Russia responsible for providing the missile fired by pro-Russian forces in war-torn Ukraine that brought down the jet, causing the deaths of all 298 people aboard. The dead included 196 people from the Netherlands and 38 from Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne said Wednesday that the first trilateral talks about state responsibility for the incident took place earlier this month, after diplomatic approaches were made earlier this year. “We cannot go into the content of this process because confidentiality is vital here,” Blok said at a news conference in the Australian capital, Canberra. “But I can say this: We remain committed to achieving truth, justice and accountability.” International investigators last year said they had strong evidence the Buk missile system that shot down the Boeing 777 plane came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied involvement and dismissed the findings from the international criminal probe because it was not invited to be part of the investigation team. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPayne said Australia remained “a strong supporter of the Dutch national prosecution of the individuals responsible,” and pledged her country’s continuing commitment to the Dutch-Australian joint investigation into the incident. If Russia were ultimately to acknowledge some form of legal responsibility, it could lead to compensation claims from relatives of the people killed. When the Netherlands and Australia last year said they were holding Russia responsible, they quickly received backing from the United States, Britain and other allies.last_img read more

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UP Suprintendent invigilators booked for aiding mass copying in exam

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: Seventeen people, including superintendent of an examination centre and 14 invigilators, have been booked under Gangster Act for allegedly aiding mass copying at an exam centre here during the Uttar Pradesh board examinations.The accused, including superintendent of the centre Yogender Pal, were arrested during a Special Task Force raid last month when the mass copying was caught during the Class 12th Physics paper. District Magistrate Ajay Shanker Pandey said here Sunday that on the recommendation of the police, 17 people including suprintendent Yogender Pal, 14 invigilators and two others Intakhab and Asher Nafis were booked under the Gangster Act. They were booked Saturday at Bad village under Charthawal police station in the district. The alleged mass copying was caught on February 22 when the STF raided the examination centre upon a tip-off. However, no student was apprehended, police said. Officials said solved examination papers, pistol, mobile and exam guides were also recovered during the raid. A car was also seized.last_img read more

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I Unleashed A Super Bowl Troll And Im Sorry

Mea culpa!The assassin’s murder weapon was Twitter, that scourge on the ignorant masses. By creating an account with the Twitter name “[team name redacted] Won SB 50,” the assassin was able to force what Last Manners call “The Knowledge” (aka who won) upon unsuspecting players through favorites and replies. He took out as many people in eight hours as had been eliminated in the entire second week of the competition.The Last Man Twitter account, which had announced on Sunday that active coverage of the survivors would be winding down, sent out a warning to “go dark like it’s post-SB week again.”I had to know what would lead someone to become a Last Man assassin (and see if I could assuage my own guilt), so I used his medium of choice to get in touch. Over Twitter DM, the assassin declined to offer his full name but confirmed that he was a man who had seen my article, wanted to see how many players he could take out and made the Twitter account as “a spur of the moment thing.” He said that spoiling the result seemed like fair game, as he felt the players should have expected that this could happen. (Someone pulled a similar stunt last year.1Without my involvement!)But the reactions of eliminated players on Twitter, some more profane than others, have given the anonymous assassin pause. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad,” he told me. There hasn’t been a death recorded in the Last Man database since 9:43 p.m. on Tuesday, and the assassin’s Twitter account doesn’t appear to have taken any additional action since earlier that afternoon. On Wednesday, he told me that he won’t be collecting scalps next year. Nor will he be competing himself: He’s a fan of football and acquired The Knowledge the conventional way, by watching the game. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. — Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”There are some people out there who can’t leave an iced-over puddle unstomped, a freshly poured slab of concrete unmarked, or innocence unspoiled.On Tuesday, we published a story about a competition called Last Man, a challenge to see who can be the “last” American to still not know who won the Super Bowl. More than two weeks after the football game, 29 of the initial 199 Last Man players remained, and the competition had largely gone stagnant.But then a reader of my piece started targeting the remaining players. By the end of Tuesday night, 28 percent of the remaining competitors had been taken out, leaving only 21 players. UPDATE (Feb. 25, 4:58 p.m.): Since publication of this post, the Last Man organizers have acknowledged that their database did not include one contestant who was still viable in the competition. She has since been eliminated, but the numbers in this post would be slightly different if the database had been correct at the time of publication. read more

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Softball Ohio State starting Big Ten climb on the road at Michigan

OSU sophomore Emily Clark (20) tags Rutgers freshman Nicole Bowman (88) for an out during the game against Rutgers on April 1 at Buckeye field. Credit: Emily Hetterscheidt | For The LanternAfter getting a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the No. 25 Ohio State women’s softball team is on the road again. This weekend, the team is traveling to East Lansing for a three-game series against the Spartans.The Buckeyes are currently 27-11 overall and 10-4 in the Big Ten, with a 9-3 mark in road conference contests. Michigan State is 21-17 overall and 5-8 in the conference play. “Michigan State always shows up to play,” OSU junior Becca Gavin said. “It’s one of those games where you can never underestimate an opponent based on their rank or how they’re playing.”OSU leads the all-time record between the conference opponents, 66-43, and is 9-2 against Michigan State since 2013.  The last time the Buckeyes made the trip to East Lansing, they swept the Spartans in a three-game series. Home or away, playing any Big Ten team is hard, junior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon said. In order to come out of Secchia Stadium with some Big Ten wins, the Buckeyes need to focus on defense and pitching.The Spartans have some powerful forces at bat, with junior outfielder Lea Foerster leading the way. Foerster has a .395 batting average and is first in the Big Ten in doubles (15) and runs scored (47). Michigan State sophomore Ebonee Echols ranks No. 1 in the NCAA with 11 triples, the most of any Big Ten player since 1999. For OSU, sophomore infielder Lilli Piper leads the team with a .405 batting average, 42 RBI and 51 hits.  Senior outfielder Alex Bayne has notched the most Buckeye home runs with 13 and has a .336 batting average. Six players from the Scarlet and Gray batting lineup have an average of .300 or better. “We don’t fall off when we get to the bottom of our order,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “The bottom of our order is very strong so it could be them stepping up, it could be the middle, it could be the top.”Even if Michigan State gets some big hits, it’s vital for the OSU to keep its composure on the mound, Kovach Schoenly said. In the Buckeyes’ win over Pittsburgh, senior pitcher Shelby Hursh registered her 11th win and had eight strikeouts, six of which were the final out of the inning. “If she could do that every inning, that would make me happy,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I think she’s starting to pitch some of the best she’s pitched in her career right now and I’m really proud of the way she’s handled the pressure.”Hursh is 11-4 with a 2.24 ERA (2.81 in conference). She has pitched in 97 innings and has five shutout victories.Michigan State junior pitcher Bridgette Rainey is 12-7 with a 4.32 ERA. Rainey has recorded 105 strikeouts in her 95.2 innings pitched so far this season.Last season, the Spartans made the trek to Columbus and took the series, 2-1. Now, the Buckeyes are looking to take back the series. “Our focus going into these games is definitely getting back to finding our competitive edge, finding that aggressiveness that we came out the beginning of the season with and getting back to our fundamentals defensively and offensively,” Gavin said. read more

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Russia would be a difficult opponent

first_imgUruguay captain and defender Diego Godin has said that Russia would be a “difficult opponents” in this 2018 World Cup tournament.Uruguay, who beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their Group A match on Wednesday and secured their place in the round of 16, will take on hosts Russia, who are also in the next round.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“I’m happy that we have reached the playoff. Now we have to prepare for the match against Russia, this will be a decisive game… The match [against Saudi Arabia] was difficult, there are no easy encounters at the World Cup. Russia are difficult opponents, we know that they… that they are technically a very good side with the ball. The main thing is to do everything right and not to pick up yellow cards,” Godin told journalists via FourFourTwo.In 2015, Godín was named as captain for Uruguay’s defence of the Copa América during the 2015 continental tournament in Chile. He was also picked for the Copa América Centenario squad, heading home from a Carlos Sánchez long cross in the opener against Mexico where both teams ended with ten players (1–3 loss). He won his 100th cap in the following match, a 0–1 defeat to Venezuela at the Lincoln Financial Field.last_img read more

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Homer Woman Arrested For Using Fake Currency In Anchor Point

first_imgThe cashier provided a description of the driver and vehicle. Troopers located the vehicle in Anchor Point. On February 2, a suspect was identified however she was not located at that time. On the following day Troopers received a report that a female had used fake currency to pay for a drink at Black Water Bend Espresso. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers received a report of a female who had tried to use fake currency to buy items at the Anchor River Store on two separate occasions. She was arrested and remanded into the Homer Jail. According to the Trooper dispatch, an investigation revealed Rheanna Tussey, 24, of Homer used fake currency to purchase a drink and she was in possession of large quantity of other fake bills.last_img read more

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