Shall We Be Darwin’s Yes-Men?

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design Shall We Be Darwin’s Yes-Men?David KlinghofferOctober 12, 2020, 4:44 PM As a young scientist, Dr. Denton came to realize this — that a designing intelligence had been active from the inception of physical reality at the Big Bang. In The Miracle of the Cell, he leads readers on to the next stage of his own journey of discovery. A shallow response to fine-tuning arguments is that of course the environment is fit for life. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t be around to observe it! Denton’s reply is that the fine-tuning is far, far, far more intricate, exacting, and interdependent than we could have expected. It’s more exacting than we know even today. As he emphasizes, this itself is a scientific discovery, but one that points away from materialist understandings of a universe without purpose. As Anderson and Denton discuss, fine-tuning “points” from above and below — from the level of the universe as a whole, and from the atomic level, the macro and micro — to living creatures of our biology. Physics and chemistry don’t just loosely “permit” us. They define exquisitely precise preconditions for our lives, and must have done so from the origin of the universe. Later, the biochemist and physician practiced intensive care medicine. In his hospital work, he watched the delicacy of all the biological systems that kept his patients alive, or trembling on the knife’s edge of life. He reflected on the extreme fine-tuning of biology for life, and again could not accept the Darwinian assurance that unintelligent evolution had it all in hand, offering a convincing explanation of life’s miracles, including the cell. Denton, influenced by Harvard biochemist Lawrence Henderson’s The Fitness of the Environment, wrote his own classic, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. His work has extended now to The Miracle of the Cell, part of Denton’s Privileged Species series. Evolution Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos The Edge of Life Share Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour It’s sycophancy, really, that is being asked of us. Remember those “IN THIS HOUSE, WE BELIEVE…SCIENCE IS REAL” yard signs? If Michael Denton and other proponents of intelligent design had been Darwin’s yes-men and just trusted “the science,” we would all be in the dark about the reality of biological and cosmological origins. In an excellent ID the Future episode coinciding with the release of his new book, The Miracle of the Cell, Dr. Denton describes his own journey as a Darwin skeptic. Download the podcast or listen to it here. Talking with host Eric Anderson, Dr. Denton says the story behind his evolutionary skepticism goes back 50 years. Around 1970 he was a young researcher at Kings College London, thinking about how mammalian red blood cell could have become anucleate, that is, losing their nucleus. Could a process like that have evolved unguided through a series of gradual steps, as Darwin required? Such a thing seemed impossible to conceive. Image credit: Gerd Altmann via Pixabay.The motto on U.S. currency says “In God We Trust.” But as you may have noticed from media headlines, our culture is much more anxious at the moment that we should trust scientists. Or trust “Science,” aka “The Science.” The latter is defined not as a search for truth, unleashed from predetermined conclusions, but as whatever “The Scientists,” the right scientists, say at any given moment. TagsanucleateBig BangbiochemistrybiologyChemistrycurrencyEric Andersonevolutionfine tuningHarvard Universityintelligent designKing’s College LondonLawrence HendersonMichael Dentonnucleusphysical realityphysicsPrivileged Speciesred blood cellsscientistsThe Miracle of the Cell,Trending A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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Initiative to help young entrepreneurs

first_imgAccording to statistics, an estimated 73% of South Africa’s youth, who make up 42% of the country’s population, are unemployed – a reality that needs to be addressed if the country is to effectively eradicate poverty, he said. This is especially the case with for young people in rural and peri-urban areas, as well as young people with disabilities. “The NYDA recognises that it cannot do this alone. South Africa is what it is today because of the power of partnerships and what they can achieve,” said Ngubeni. “We want to partner with the public and private sector and South Africans in general to make the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme effective.” The programme seeks to address this through five key areas: identification and technical training, entrepreneurship training, micro-enterprise finance, business mentorship and business opportunities and market linkages. In addition, an appeal is being made to public and private organisations to avail business opportunities such as procurement, retail and distribution, acquisition of equity stakes and others. Call for volunteers While the programme is aimed at young aspirant and established South African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, preferences will be given to young people in rural and peri-urban areas and to those living with disabilities. 29 February 2012 “We believe that the Ithubalentsha Programme will go a long way in creating direct and sustainable employment for young people thereby alleviating the scourge of youth unemployment, which is a major concern to the NYDA.” “What the programme aims to achieve is to give young entrepreneurs the exposure that they need to succeed by facilitating access to mentors and business opportunities in both public and private sectors, while also empowering them with the relevant skills and start-up loans ranging from R1 000 to R100 000,” explained NYDA chief executive Steven Ngubeni in a statement last week.center_img The agency is calling on South Africans experienced in the areas of leadership, management and business to volunteer to be mentors. According to the agency, young entrepreneurs face several barriers including lack of finance to start or expand their businesses, inadequate mentorship and business opportunities, and lack of business management and other appropriate skills. Among those who have come onboard are successful NYDA and Ithubalentsha ambassadors: Rita Zwane, owner of Imbizo Buy & Braai (popularly known as Busy Corner), author and activist for people with disabilities, Nenio Mbazima, and Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, CEO of South African digital marketing agency, KrazyBoyz Digital. For more information about Ithubalentsha Micro-Enterprise Programme and how to get involved, potential mentors and young entrepreneurs can visit the NYDA website at www.nyda.gov.za or e-mail [email protected] South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency has launched the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme, which will provide young aspirant and established entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, micro-enterprise finance, market linkages and access to business opportunities. It says all these factors combined often become entry barriers to business or result in a high failure rate among start-up businesses initiated by young entrepreneurs. Focus is on experienced entrepreneurs, business consultants, middle or senior managers, retired professionals, and life/business coaches. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cloud Computing Panel at Web 2.0 Summit

first_imgfrederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Yesterday, an all-star panel at the TechWeb/O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Summit took a closer look at the implications of the current shift towards cloud computing and discussed the possible business models around it. The panel featured Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch, Salesfore.com’s CEO Marc Benioff, Google’s Dave Girouard, and VMware’s CEO Paul Maritz. The panel was moderated by Tim O’Reilly.Moderator Tim O’Reilly asked the panelists about their companies’ stake in cloud computing and how they thought about it in their specific businesses. VMware’s President and CEO Paul Maritz sees his company’s role as supplying businesses with the “underlying plumping” that will allow them to become more ‘cloud-like’ internally, and, through this, allowing them to leverage the external cloud as well. Adobe’s Kevin Lynch considers it his company’s role to enable the “fourth generation of software” that will bring a fusion of cloud computing and rich desktop applications to users (by using Adobe Air, of course). At the same time, though, he also acknowledged that Adobe is looking at purely web-based applications with Photoshop.com and Acrobat.com, though he sees Adobe’s focus as being on enabling technologies.In contrast to this, Dave Girouard, who manages Google’s enterprise business, sees it as Google’s mission to bring users “entirely into the cloud” and not just to create a “cloud-like” experience. Girouard also used this opportunity to chastise the enterprise computing world as ‘stagnant’ and ‘unenlightened’ when it comes to considering the user experience for its clients and employees.Saleforce.com’s CEO Marc Benioff mostly talked about the importance of developers in building applications on top of Salesforce.com.In the second part of the interview, the panelists spent most of the time talking about delivering value in the cloud and possible business models around cloud computing. Comparing his company to Oracle and SAP, Benioff said they were “dying models” and comparing Salesforce.com to them would not even be fair.Most of the panelists agreed that Microsoft’s entry into the cloud computing business validated the market and, maybe unsurprisingly, argued that developers should look at the different options that are available to them now and decide which one would work best for the apps they are building. Tags:#news#web Related Posts last_img read more

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Parents Urged to Keep Close Tabs on Children

first_img The Government has increased the budgetary allocation of the CDA and OCR. Parents should keep close tabs on what their children are doing in a bid to shield and protect them. Pornography websites are the number one most visited internet sites worldwide and they are easily accessible to children Story Highlights Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is urging parents to be vigilant in monitoring their children and know what they are doing on social media.“Know who your child’s friends are. Know what they are doing on Facebook, know what they are doing on BB, know what they are doing on Skype, know what they are doing on Whatsapp,” she advised, noting that this does not only apply to the teenagers, but the “six, seven, eight, nine and 10 year old” children as well.She noted that pornography websites are the number one most visited internet sites worldwide and they are easily accessible to children, so parents should keep close tabs on what their children are doing in a bid to shield and protect them.The Minister was addressing parents at a Child Development Agency (CDA)-organised community forum held on September 25, at the Allman Town Primary School under the theme: ‘Parenting for Positive Change in Jamaica’.She said that the Ministry and the CDA, fell it is important to hold the sessions around the country to reinforce good values “but also to motivate you on how best to become better parents.”She informed that the Office of the Children’s Registry has been reporting increased incidents of child abuse, with 3,000 cases recorded between January and May this year.She noted that the Government has increased the budgetary allocation of the CDA and OCR, because of its commitment in ensuring “that the work we do on behalf of children is sound.”The Youth Minister urged the parents to love, hug and laugh with their children. “Hugging your child is important because if you don’t hug them they are going to go in someone else’s arms to find that love and sometimes, they are the wrong arms. It is the arms of a don, it is the arms of another man, and believe me, the boys are also seeking to find the arms of another man as well,” the Minister said.She further advised the parents to listen to their children and do not shut them down, no matter how hurt they might feel by what the child is saying. She also urged the parents to put ego aside in dealing with their children and recognise that they are their number one responsibility.The Minister pointed out that children live what they learn so parents need to set positive examples for them. She said that children must be given a chance to live their lives. “Give them the sensitivity to feel, to be a child… It’s so important for them to be children,” she said.The expo and public forum is the sixth since last year. The CDA has held five major community meetings in Kingston and St. Andrew; St. James; Westmoreland; Manchester and St. Elizabeth.Among the other agencies participating in the event were the National Parenting Support Commission; the OCR; Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse(CISOCA); HEART Trust/NTA; National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA); Office of the Children’s Advocate; and the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).last_img read more

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MusiCares Tribute To Carole King To Get DVDBluRay Release

first_imgOn June 23 Shout! Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King, a collection containing exclusive performances from the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Carole King.Available on Blu-ray and DVD, the collection includes gems from throughout the five-time GRAMMY winner’s illustrious catalog, including “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like),” performed by Alicia Keys; “You’ve Got A Friend,” performed by Lady Gaga; “It Might As Well Rain Until September,” performed by Miranda Lambert; and “Crying In The Rain,” performed by Miguel and Kacey Musgraves.Other artists lending their talents include Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Jesse & Joy, Martina McBride, Jason Mraz, Jennifer Nettles, Pink, Train, and will.i.am. King herself also takes the stage to perform, among other songs, “Sweet Seasons,” “Hey Girl” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” with James Taylor.Proceeds from the sale of A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music professionals have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The 2015 honoree was Bob Dylan. Other honorees over the event’s 25-year history include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand, among others.For a full track listing, and to pre-order A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King, visit ShoutFactory.com.last_img read more

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Acclaimed Female Musicians Join ETMLA For 4th Annual Music And A Makeover

first_imgIn celebration of Women’s History and Music in Our Schools Month, Education Through Music-Los Angeles held its 4th Annual Music & A Makeover, bringing together local, female-led fashion brands, live music and food & wine tastings to empower women and raise funds for in-school music programs for disadvantaged schools across Los Angeles County.Judith Hill performs at Education Through Music-LA’s 4th Annual Music & a Makeover BenefitCredit/Copyright: Danny MoloshokHosted by Kala Maxym, Founder & Chief Event Composer of Five Senses Tastings, the evening featured intimate performances by singer-songwriter Judith Hill (The Voice, Michael Jackson), actress/singer Karen David (Galavant, Once Upon A Time, Barry, Timeless) and recording artist Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked, Funny Girl). Guests enjoyed perusing jewelry and designs from Queen’s Trunk and Rose & Sage, as well as children’s clothing lines Dulce Swimwear and Ice Cream Castles.The music was paired sensitively with delicious wine, cheese and chocolate (courtesy of EOS Chocolates), to enhance the listening experience and reflect the artists’ unique backgrounds and styles. Each artist shared inspiring, personal stories and displayed their own fashion sense, with Judith Hill and Shoshana Bean wearing London-based designer Karen Millen, and Karen David showcasing jewelry by Queen’s Trunk. Other sponsors included Popular, Smashbox, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Pauline’s Premier Sweets, and LifeWtr.Now in its 12th year, ETM-LA has expanded from 2 schools and 800 children to a planned 30 schools and approximately 15,000 schoolchildren with weekly music as part of the core curriculum in such diverse communities as Compton, South Central, Chinatown, Boyle Heights, Downtown LA, East Los Angeles, Pacoima, Pasadena, Burbank, Canoga Park, San Fernando Valley, and West Los Angeles.Education Through Music-Los Angeles is an independent 501©3 non-profit with the mission to provide music in disadvantaged schools to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative and overall development. ETM-LA partners with inner-city schools to provide yearlong music instruction for every child. For more info: www.etmla.org.last_img read more

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2017 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES

first_imgCoalbrooke The following forty three (43) international awardees were successful based on the identified priority areas, grade point averages and other policy related criteria. In total, the Educational Advisory Committee considered Two hundred and forty six international applicants (246) applications for further study, regionally and internationally. The Education Advisory Committee is currently awaiting CSEC results to decision the local awardees from the eighty three applicants (83) received. Bachelor’s Accounting & finance UK Master’s Dixie International Scholarships  / Grants awarded for Higher Education for the Academic Year 2017/18 Cooke Surname Name First Name Program of Study Course Level 29 Tyrell Forbes Systems Implementation & Management Bachelor’s Francis 18 UK Surname Name Ivana UK 15 CAR. 23 UK 6 32 Missick 2 CAR. Bachelor’s General Nursing Bachelor’s Cox TCIG – Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport & Library Services 33 Region 4 Marvin Course Level Doctoral (MD) Simmons Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos – Thursday 3rd August, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services is pleased to publish the complete list of recipients of the 2017 Scholarship awards to complete tertiary level studies. The Scholarship Advisory Committee met during the period of May, June and July to review all applications received on or before the application deadline of 30th April, 2017. UK Tourism & Hospitality Management Williams Physical Education Bachelor’s Lightbourne The Ministry urges Applicants who may not have been successful to re-apply to the Secretariat for possible consideration in the future. CAR. Bachelor’s Biology Keegan Prestianna Geomatics Engineering Smith Brooks Ariana Master’s Malcolm Moesha First Name UK  Master’s 28 Program of Study Bachelor’s Architectural Technology & Design Dorneil Bachelor’s ONLINE Course Level 10 USA TCI NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING CAN. Adult Nursing UK The Hon. Karen Malcolm Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services extends a profound thank you to all the members of the Education Advisory Committee for their dedication to complete this year’s review of applications, and subsequent list of awardees. 13 Bachelor’s Khama Bachelor’s UK 43 Paulette Physiological Science/Medical Physiology Howell Williams 42 10 Total awards for the Region of the Caribbean Taylor III Award letters will be available from August 16th 2017 and can be picked up at the Ministry of Education in Grand Turk, the Department of Education in Providenciales, and District Commissioners Offices in South and North Caicos during normal working hours, 8am – 4:30pm. Medical Physics 37 Course Level Grant UK Region UK Veterinary Nursing & Bioveterinary Science Surname Name 11 Master’s Simmons Special Education Needs 12 34 UK Bachelor’s UK Tamika Region Laborde CAR. Forbes Medicine Bachelor’s 5 Bachelor’s USA Smith Carroll Special Education Needs Education Jean Trevanna Educational Administration Master’s Master’s Keisha Forensic Science Smith 19 Total awards for the United States Denisha Architectural Drating & Quantity Surveying Vadelia USA 20 Morris Public Health Total awards to National Scholars Trianna Aaron Computer Science & Communication Sanadia Environmental Science Surname Name TCI REPRESENTED BY EIGHT ATHLETES AT NACAC GAMES IN TRINIDAD Bachelor’s Angelica 25 31 Bachelor’s Biomedical Science Lewis Tavania Spencer Law  2 Shakiah First Name No. Lewis Kendra Program of Study Wilson Layton Courtney Bachelor’s 24 Bachelor’s Bachelor’s 7 9 Stone USA Bachelor’s Jordan Total awards for the United Kingdom Physical Therapy UK Region Bachelor’s Elementary Education Biology/Chemistry Bachelor’s Ewing Bachelor’s UK USA Total awards for Distance Learning Jennings ONLINE CAR. USA 8 UK Bachelor’s 38 USA Law 30 Program of Study UK UK Andreka Skippings Francis 21 Computer Science Hall John 14 Science (General) Program of Study Kiehinde Angelique Bachelor’s Media Production UK 1 Master’s Human Resource Management Wilson 3 Education (Leadership & Policy) Bachelor’s 16 Network Engineering with Administration 26 Pierre 35 41 Fire Administration Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PressRelease, scholarship No. First Name Robinson Public Health Bachelor’s 20 Master’s Hawkins Mills Madden Associates USA Medicine Malcolm Walter A.K.S Course Level 39 Simms-Williams Public Health Accounting Donell David Bachelor’s Bachelor’s Recommended for you 36 27 Lakier Maiya First Name Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bachelor’s 9 Bachelor’s Bachelor’s Shelby UK UK 22 D’ondre Bachelor’s USA Bowen Moore UK Surname Name Luywine UK CAR. CAR. No. Daniela No. Special Needs Education Primary Education Medicine Bachelor’s CAR. Glennae No. 17 Psyhology in Edcuation 2 Region Hon. Karen Malcolm stated; “I am extremely proud to announce the awardees of scholarships for this year 2017/2018.  These scholarships and awards reflect the diversity of Turks and Caicos’ students.  The Ministry of Education will continue making further investments in our economy and society, whilst also giving more and more students additional financial support to pursue their success in education.  I congratulate all the awardees and encourage all students who was not successful during this review, to apply next year.” Crystal CAR. 40 #MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease Tammy 200 college students to participate in Bahamas summer job programmelast_img read more

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Evelyn Sharma walks for Kolkata Designer

first_imgDesigner Jyoti Sachdev Iyer launched her latest collection ‘Audacieux’ at Shaan-e-Pakistan, held in the national Capital. The model-turned actor Evelyn Sharma was the showstopper. The duo supported the cause initiated by Evelyn Sharma’s NGO ‘Seams for Dreams’.Evelyn says, “I am happy to be a part of this noble event that beautifully binds two nations. I really admire the collection. I like the fact that the designs are bold and for today’s woman.”  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Audacieux’ is a French word for bold, and the collection comprises of bold and edgy silhouettes. The actor recently launched her NGO ‘Seams for Dreams’ which she expresses as, “the universal love for fashion.” The NGO focuses on getting together fashionistas and their support for humanitarian purposes. This 3 day mega event focused on showcasing the culture and products by renowned Indo-Pak couturiers. This first-of-its-kind showcase aims to bring together talented designers and artisans from both sides of the border.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDesigner Jyoti Sachdev Iyer’s line of designs comprised a range of interesting Indian wear combining western silhouettes with Indian fabrics and embellishments. The fabrics used are georgettes, chanderis, slub chanderi and stretched lycra. The western line comprised drapes in stretch fabrics. “I was anxious and excited to showcase my collection in Delhi for the first time. All my designs have traditional Indian roots and bold cuts. I hope my bold and edgy collection is appreciated.” says talented designer Jyoti Sachdev Iyer.The designs are a beautiful marriage of contemporary inspirations and traditional asthetics.last_img read more

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