Rays jump on Manaea early, eliminate A’s in Wild Card Game

first_imgIt was another playoff broken record for the A’s and their fans.The A’s, … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND – The A’s entered Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game with a full house and a team seemingly poised for a playoff breakthrough.They ended up with more heartbreak and an abrupt end to their season in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before a season-high home crowd of 54,005, a record for any Wild Card game.last_img read more

Media Continues to Denounce ID, Crown Darwin

first_imgThe news media and journals continue to publish one-sided statements against intelligent design (ID) – even though scientific evidence continues to support design on many fronts (see 05/11/2010, 05/07/2010, 05/06/2010 from just this past week).  Sometimes, in other venues, the kind of rhetoric employed would be characterized as hate speech.  These statements are usually printed without any opportunity for rebuttal.  Often the perpetrators make religious arguments rather than presenting scientific evidence for their claims.  Some of them even say ID is bad theology, and that religious institutions should ally with Darwinism against ID.  At the same time, they typically will never say anything critical of Darwinian evolution.  ID proponents are stuck with having to respond to these charges in their own websites and publications.  Here are some recent examples.John Avise in PNAS1 wrote a paper labeling ID as “religious creationism” but then used religious arguments in a science journal to attack it: i.e., “God wouldn’t make the world this way” –Intelligent design (ID)—the latest incarnation of religious creationism—posits that complex biological features did not accrue gradually via natural evolutionary forces but, instead, were crafted ex nihilo by a cognitive agent.  Yet, many complex biological traits are gratuitously complicated, function poorly, and debilitate their bearers.  Furthermore, such dysfunctional traits abound not only in the phenotypes but inside the genomes of eukaryotic species.  Here, I highlight several outlandish features of the human genome that defy notions of ID by a caring cognitive agent.  These range from de novo mutational glitches that collectively kill or maim countless individuals (including embryos and fetuses) to pervasive architectural flaws (including pseudogenes, parasitic mobile elements, and needlessly baroque regulatory pathways) that are endogenous in every human genome.  Gross imperfection at the molecular level presents a conundrum for the traditional paradigms of natural theology as well as for recent assertions of ID, but it is consistent with the notion of nonsentient contrivance by evolutionary forces.  In this important philosophical sense, the science of evolutionary genetics should rightly be viewed as an ally (not an adversary) of mainstream religions because it helps the latter to escape the profound theological enigmas posed by notions of ID.This paper was part of a lengthy series called the Sackler Colloquium, “In the Light of Evolution IV,” that was completely one-sided for Darwinism.  Not a single pro-ID position was invited, even though there is a long tradition of theological, philosophical and scientific positions answering the types of arguments Avise presented.  David Tyler presented a rebuttal to Avise’s position on the ID blog Access Research Network.Michael Zimmerman leapt for joy at Avise’s paper in the Huffington Post, saying, “In case you had any doubt, the last nail was just placed in the coffin of intelligent design (ID).  And, in case you had any doubt, that last nail joins many others that have been in place for quite some time.”  His article was entitled, “Intelligent Design: Scientifically and Religiously Bankrupt.”  Zimmerman is the activist behind the Clergy Letter Project, trying to get religious leaders to sign a statement in support of Darwinian evolution.  Robert Crowther compared his arguments to the Hindenberg on Evolution News & Views.Michael Ruse called ID an “oxymoron” and a “mountain of waffle resting on analogy” in The Guardian.  “Neither scientists nor believers should touch it,” he said.  Responding to Steve Fuller in The Guardian (a philosopher who has given ID a fair shake; see Uncommon Descent), Ruse called ID “very bad theology.”  Jay Richards wondered on Evolution News & Views why Ruse, a science philosopher and historian, thinks he is an expert on theology.  Casey Luskin also responded on Evolution News & Views, joking, “I love watching atheists try to tell religious people what they should believe about God.”Joshua Rosenau of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) wrote for Science Blogs that ID and creationism is kind of like – believe it or not – postmodernism and Marxism.  This is a strange charge, considering that most proponents of ID or creationism would be adamantly opposed to both of those ideologies.  Robert Crowther on Evolution News & Views tried to straighten the picture right side up again.Francisco Ayala is a former Dominican priest turned evolutionary biologist.  One might think a person with religious roots would have a soft spot in his heart for thoughts of design in the world, but Ayala has been among the most harsh in his rhetoric against ID, calling ID an “atrocity” that is “disastrous to religion” among other things.  He even accused supporters of ID in the Discovery Institute of not really believing what they are saying.  He made these remarks recently in Spain (see Uncommon Descent for translation).  This set off a series of responses by ID supporters (see idnet.com.au response on Uncommon Descent and Barry Arrington on Uncommon Descent).    Back in March, Ayala wrote a book review critical of Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell for BioLogos, the website of theistic evolutionist Francis Collins.  Ayala used the argument for dysteleology and suffering to call ID a form of “blasphemy” for attributing the human genome to the design of God.  David Klinghoffer complained on Evolution News & Views that Ayala apparently didn’t even bother to read Meyer’s book.  Klinghoffer later in March took Ayala again to task on ENV, and with him, Darrell Falk for allowing a slipshod review by a staunch evolutionist on the BioLogos website.    Meanwhile, Francisco Ayala was welcomed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Sackler Colloquium, “In the Light of Evolution IV,” to present his opinions on the evolution of morality by Darwinian natural selection.  In his paper in PNAS,2 Ayala’s first sentence paid homage to Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871).  After dismissing theological explanations for morality, including those of Aquinas and Paley, he gave Darwin the pride of place.  He explained morality in purely mechanistic terms: as an “exaptation,” or unplanned consequence of natural selection for intelligence, that turned out to be advantageous.  In other words, morality is an impersonal, unplanned accident.  He gave the same explanation for human rationality.  It appears that Ayala repudiates any role for divine involvement for any of the unique features of the human psyche in any way, shape, or form; yet this is the man that BioLogos welcomed as a “a moderating influence in the science/religion dialog.”  Ayala also received this year’s Templeton Prize for progress in “affirming life’s spiritual dimension” – an honor once awarded to Billy Graham, Alexander Solzhenitzen, Chuck Colson, Bill Bright and Mother Theresa (see comment on CMI).At the same time that supporters of intelligent design are struggling to get a fair hearing in the media against an onslaught of what they consider misrepresentation, ridicule and repudiation of their views without opportunity for rebuttal, Darwinists get free rein to pronounce evolution as simply obvious.  Claims of evidence for evolution are often exaggerated and presented uncritically, without opposing viewpoints, often accompanied by triumphal headlines that proclaim Darwinism has been overwhelmingly confirmed.  A good example of this occurred this week when Douglas Theobald, author of a pro-Darwin book, announced in Nature that a formal test confirmed Darwin’s theory of universal common ancestry.3  Mike Steel and David Penny quickly praised this “strong quantitative support” for Darwin’s theory in the same issue of Nature,4  “Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Theobald’s work,” they said, “is not the conclusion – common ancestry is the default view in science.  But a formal test of evolution itself requires considerable ingenuity.”  So Theobald got praise for his ingenuity in devising a test of evolution, because ingenuity is required to test a default view – a very strange situation in science, one might think.    But since Charles Darwin’s name was prominent and paramount in both papers, the popular press was soon on board, too.  PhysOrg announced “First large-scale test confirms Darwin’s theory of universal common ancestry,” without so much stopping to wonder why it took 150 years for the first such test.  National Geographic went overboard, though.  It’s headline, “All Species Evolved From Single Cell, Study Finds,” was accompanied by a large photo of a herpetologist looking face-to-face at a snake, as if to evoke an Adamic curse on anyone who would deny this knowledge of good and evil.  Then the subtitle quoted Theobald’s opinion about his opponents, the creationists, who, naturally, were given no opportunity to respond: “Creationism called ‘absolutely horrible hypothesis’—statistically speaking.”1.  John Avise, “Footprints of nonsentient design inside the human genome,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, print May 5, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914609107.2.  Francisco Ayala, “The difference of being human: Morality,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print May 5, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914616107.3.  Douglas Theobald, “A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry,” Nature 465, pp 219�222, 13 May 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09014.4.  Mike Steel and David Penny, “Origins of life: Common ancestry put to the test,” Nature 465, pp 168�169, 13 May 2010, doi:10.1038/465168a.No comments are really necessary here; the articles speak for themselves.  If anyone thinks this situation is fair, or desirable in scientific or intellectual circles, or represents the way an enlightened free marketplace of ideas is supposed to operate, that person needs a serious deprogramming session.  This is Malice in Blunderland, where up is down, in is out, the mobsters are running the city, and the inmates are running the asylum.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Book Review: The Days of Lamech

first_imgTo Biblical creationists, the period before the Flood lasted some 2,000 years – an immense span of time for humans with an explosive mix: high intelligence and a murderous sin nature.  Yet the Bible provides few details about this period.  How far did civilization proceed?  What technologies did they develop?  We know from Genesis they lived long, built cities, worked metals, made musical instruments, and mastered farming.  We also know that the world was filled with violence.  A new novel explores the possibilities of that tantalizing past. Building on the success of his first novel The Days of Peleg, novelist Jon Saboe has just published the long-awaited prequel, a drama set in the height of the antediluvian civilization: The Days of Lamech (Outskirts Press, Denver, 2011; 503 pp).  Key characters come right out of the Genesis genealogies: Lamech the protagonist, his father Methusaleh and grandfather Enoch, and his son Noah and their wives.  While keeping faithful to the Biblical texts, and drawing from potential technologies available to intelligent people with lifespans of centuries, Saboe has portrayed a fascinating world of city-dwellers and “forest people” living among strange creatures on a supercontinent with an ecology much different from ours. Their world is filled with travel, communication, architecture, stratified societies, commerce, and conflict.  After the devastations of the Family Wars, the mysterious Semyaz promise enlightenment, peace, and improvement of the human race.  Welcomed by the masses but distrusted by a dissident minority, the secretive Semyaz are exposed by Lamech, acting as a spy, to be perpetrators of atrocities on captives in their secure compound in a rocky coastal mountain range.  Their nefarious plans erupt into a global evil that requires a global purge, and therein lies Saboe’s tale. As with Peleg, the new Days of Lamech is a page-turner, filled with sudden swerves of events, intrigue, suspense, action and close calls, yet softened with moments of love, loyalty, sacrifice, promise, hope, and spiritual insight.  And as with Peleg, the first chapter hooks the reader, leaving no escape but to find out how it all ends.  Some of the technologies are at the edge of credibility (after all, this is a sci-fi novel), but certainly within the permission a reader of fiction is willing to grant the author.  For doubters, Saboe provides several appendices with support for the technologies he describes.  Unlike evolutionists, Biblical creationists, who take the early chapters of Genesis seriously, have no reason to think the antediluvians were dumb brutes.  In a healthier world not so far removed from the perfect creation, without the accumulated mutations several millennia after the Flood, who knows what long-lived “men of renown” could have achieved.  One thing is certain: high intelligence with a sinful nature is a volatile mix.  Fans of C. S. Lewis will hear in the stone halls of the Semyaz faint echoes of the N.I.C.E. in That Hideous Strength.  As always, masses of people follow the propaganda of the experts, unaware of what is really happening around them. The limited revelation antediluvians had (especially from the promise of Genesis 3:15) remains the pole star of hope for the diminishing numbers of righteous ones. Jesus said that the last days would resemble “the days of Noah” when people were engaged in commerce, marrying, and going about their daily lives, unaware that judgment was about to fall.  The Days of Lamech will surely open minds to possible scenes from a lost civilization obliterated under waters and sediments, but more than that, will cause readers to ponder the coming evil that will one day result in a judgment of fire.  Along the way, readers are sure to experience a mind-bending adventure, full of drama and suspense, technology in the cities and survival in the wild, courage in the face of evil, promise and purpose.  The book can be ordered from the author’s website that has links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble. CEH deals with non-fiction almost all the time, but this fictional tale (based on Biblical history) was a welcome diversion.  Little has been written about this period; non-fictional scholarship would necessarily be restrained by limited information available, but the setting is perfect for a novel.  Jon Saboe, a man of many talents, has done Bible believers a great service by opening up this era for serious contemplation.  Your editor admits he was hooked from Chapter 1.  Though cognizant of the outcome in general terms, he was continually surprised by Saboe’s plot lines, woven with picturesque descriptions and lifelike dialogue.  The characters are plausible, distinctive, and nuanced.  It was very satisfying to see how all the diverse threads came together at the end in the way required by Genesis 6. If this wasn’t the way things actually happened, maybe it should have been, because The Days of Lamech is a thrill ride for the mind and spirit, equal to – no, exceeding – the drama in The Days of Peleg, which says a lot.  The take-home message is that, just as we should never underestimate the potential for evil in fallen beings, we should never underestimate the patience, mercy, and provision the Creator has made for the redemption of the creatures he loves in spite of their sins.  And just as in the days of Noah, it is the few – individuals who trust and obey their Maker – who change the world, even when all seems lost. “Even one is worth it,” Lamech said, when the fruits of his sacrificial labors seemed outwardly disappointing.  That one might become the mother of a new world, the bearer of a promised Seed.  God works through flawed but faithful individuals.  We can be, we need to be, the Enochs, Lamechs, and Noahs of our day.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Agriculture applauds newly proposed clean water rule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump Administration proposed a new water rule on Dec. 11 designed to replace the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.The new water rule would:Protect the private property rights of American cattle producers;Provide safeguards for America’s waters;Observe the appropriate role of the federal government in regulating waterways;Restore state and local authority to protect waters;Respect Congress’s intent in limiting jurisdiction to “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act.As a next step, the proposed rule will be posted in the Federal Register and become open for public comment. The 2015 WOTUS rule is currently in effect in 22 states. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are currently in the process of repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule.“After years of uncertainty stemming from the 2015 WOTUS rule, the Trump Administration’s new water rule represents a fresh start for America’s cattle producers,” said Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “NCBA advocated for a new water rule that is easy to understand and implement. The Administration listened. The proposed water rule provides safeguards to keep our waters clean and clear rules for landowners to follow. We look forward to engaging with the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to finalize the rule.”State Farm Bureau presidents from across the nation attended an event at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington to witness the signing of the newly proposed Clean Water Rule.“Farmers and ranchers work every day to protect our nation’s waterways and drinking water. For more than five years we have advocated for a new water rule that protects clean water and provides clear rules for people and communities to follow,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “This new rule will empower farmers and ranchers to comply with the law, protect our water resources and productively work their land without having to hire an army of lawyers and consultants.“We want to protect land and water in the communities where we live and work. Clean water is our way of life. Preserving our land and protecting our water means healthy places to live, work and play. We believe this new Clean Water Rule is rooted in commonsense. It will protect our nation’s water resources and allow farmers to farm.”last_img read more

Celtics trudge into offseason at end of challenging season

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Irving spoke of the trade to Boston coming along “at the right time” during his career and him being “grateful” to have the opportunity to play for the historic franchise. Later that day he beamed as he shared a moment with his father, Drederick Irving, holding a Celtics jersey with the Irving name on the back.They even made a Nike commercial in which Irving referenced Drederick’s basketball career and playing his college basketball in Boston. The spot ends with Irving saying, “He’s the reason I wear No. 11. I want to be the reason no one else will.”Irving said after Wednesday’s loss that how this season ended would stay with him.“I’ll never forget something like this,” he said. “The taste of feeling defeat and this type of style, I haven’t felt. For me, it’s just moving on to the next thing and seeing where it ends up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris, left, hugs Kyrie Irving as the Milwaukee Bucks celebrate their 123-116 win in Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Expectations overflowed prior to the season for a Boston Celtics team expected to ascend to the top of an Eastern Conference without LeBron James.The season will be remembered for how poorly Boston did fulfilling its potential following false starts, some regression by its young players and an early exit from the postseason.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Small frame, big heart: New MVP Cherry Rondina proves height is just a number Last season, the Celtics won 55 games and came within a victory of reaching the NBA Finals with All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both sidelined with injuries.The reintegration of both underscored shortcomings that included moments of infighting that culminated with the Celtics winning only 49 games and finishing fourth in the East. Their season ended Wednesday night in the second round the playoffs with a 116-91 loss to the Bucks that capped a 4-1 series loss .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBoston trudges into a pivotal offseason with Irving and Al Horford holding player options to return for next season and key reserves Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris entering free agency.The Celtics assembled for the final time Thursday for exit interviews with the coaching staff and members of the front office. Players were given the option of meeting with reporters, though Irving, Horford, Morris and Rozier all declined. “I think we’re still building,” Brown said. “I think we still have some great components here to build on. I don’ think we should just throw the whole team away.”Still, so much changed from last season.Following a grueling 10 months rehab from his devastating ankle injury, Hayward opened this season back in the starting lineup. But he was benched after 15 games in which he averaged 10.1 points on 39.9% shooting from the field. By comparison he averaged 21.9 points and shot 47.7% in his final All-Star season in Utah in 2016-17.While it was expected for Hayward to need time to get back to that level, his swift reinsertion into the starting lineup this season by coach Brad Stevens may have contributed to their 9-7 start.Irving, coming off knee surgery, disagreements in the locker room, particularly with the younger players. During a losing streak in January Irving called them out, saying “”the young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship-level team.”He apologized after Brown took issue with the comments, but the words.Stevens said it was clear that expectations weighed on not only Irving but the entire team.“There’s no question. They have TVs. They have phones. They hear everything,” Stevens said. “There’s a lot of pressure to live up to all these expectations, to put on a cape. to do all those things. And that’s hard to do.”Irving, who told a group of season-ticket holders in October that he intended to resign, backtracked on that pledge in February when he proclaimed “Ask me on July 1” after being pressed on his intentions for this summer.It was a far cry from the optimism Kyrie brimmed with at his introductory news conference two years ago. Those who did speak agreed the season was a disappointment and they have no idea what Irving plans to do. But Marcus Smart was adamant the team’s failures weren’t a product of Irving’s leadership.“Not one of us on this team knows what Kyrie has been through,” Smart said. “He was forced into a situation where it was business over friendships. Where he had to come into a situation knowing that there’s a group of guys that had something going before (he came) here. . He didn’t want to disrupt that. That says a lot.“We took him in with full arms. We tried to understand him. We never really understood. We’re not in his shoes.”After a season in which lack of chemistry was a recurrent issue, team president Danny Ainge will have some tough choices to make that will affect the franchise’s long-term future.Does he blow up the youthful core and spend his chest of draft picks to trade for New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and try to keep Irving? Or does he move on from Irving and build around Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Rozier and Smart?ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more