Darwinism, Storytelling, and the Futurist ET Myth

first_imgBoth in this opening scene and later in the story, the film epitomizes a futurist ET myth that Michael Keas excavates and describes in his excellent recent book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion.  Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Darwinism is partly responsible for the slide into ugliness and formlessness in the arts. It is also a key contributor to the postmodern turn toward a hermeneutics of relativism and nihilism, championed in the deconstructionist criticism of thinkers such as Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida. But that’s an essay for another time.  Recommended Here, suffice to say that Darwinian materialism’s impoverishing effect on literature is so much of a problem that my alma mater, a Christian university in Texas, published an anthology of literary works that are not nihilistic and materialistic, just to provide balance for the typical literary anthologies assigned to students in freshman and sophomore English.  Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tags2001: A Space OdysseyAfricaBibleCharles DarwinChristianityDarwinian materialismdominoEnglish literatureFlannery O’Connorfuturist ET mythFyodor DostoyevskyH. G. Wellshuman brainhuman originsIsaac Bashevis SingerJacques DerridaJohn MiltonJohn UpdikeMichael Keasmonolithquantum leapRobert ArdreyRoland Barthesscience fictionStanley KubrickTexasThe Territorial ImperativeThe Time MachineUnbelievableweapons,Trending Photo: Humans and hominids, by Carolyn WIlczynski, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.The classic science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I referred to here yesterday, doesn’t begin in space but in the prehistoric past, with a little tribe of pre-human hominids. The opening scene shows an African landscape where water is scarce. The words appear on screen, “The Dawn of Man.”  “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Editor’s note: This essay originally appeared in Salvo Magazine as “Art for Nothing” and is republished here with permission. Culture & Ethics Darwinism, Storytelling, and the Futurist ET MythJonathan [email protected] 13, 2020, 7:04 AM This is the ET myth that Kubrick reenacts in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s the artist whose vision of reality has been impoverished by Darwinism grasping for meaning and purpose in a mirage. A bit later our protagonist is toying with some animal bones and thinking. Suddenly, he gets an idea. He picks up one of the longer bones and tentatively strikes the ground with it. He grows a little bolder. He tries striking some of the other bones. He grows more excited, thrilled by the idea now dawning on him: the bone can be used as a tool . . . as a weapon. He raises his arm and brings the bone crashing down on an animal skull, which smashes to bits. To grasp what Keas means by a futurist ET myth, some additional background is helpful. Darwinian materialism, taken at face value, strips life and the world of higher meaning and purpose. (H. G. Wells deserves credit for facing those implications in The Time Machine.) But many who accept Darwinism don’t want to go there. One escape hatch is the idea of humanity rescued and exalted by a race of wise and advanced extra-terrestrials — a substitute god to replace the God of the Bible Darwin is said to have killed with his theory of evolution. center_img It’s called Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith. It includes short stories and poems from various great authors who maintained faith in a cosmos that is more than matter — John Milton, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Flannery O’Connor, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Updike, and various others.  These opening minutes of the film convey several themes. Most obviously, they reinforce the Darwinian idea that humans descended from ape-like ancestors. There is also here the central premise of Robert Ardrey’s Territorial Imperative — man as a violent territorial animal, programmed by millions of years of evolution to kill and conquer.  This little ape-like tribe lacks the mental capacity even to use animal bones as weapons, and they’ve been driven from their watering hole by another little tribe. The next day, a strange, tall black monolith appears in their midst, shaped roughly like a domino, but perfectly smooth and geometrical. It emits a strange noise. The ape-like creatures draw near, terrified but also fascinated. Eventually one of them touches the monolith. His fellow tribesmen follow suit. An Escape Hatch 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 All Jonathan WittExecutive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.Follow JonathanTwitter Share Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man And lastly, the film provides an explanation, if only fictional, for the great gap between apes and humans: an alien monolith came down and, upon being touched, bequeathed our ancient ancestors with a major brain boost, setting us on a trajectory stretching from primitive bone tools to the glories of space travel.  The implication is clear: the alien monolith has somehow bequeathed to him and his little tribe a sudden quantum leap in brain power. In the next scene they use the animal bones to drive away the tribe that earlier drove them away from their watering hole. When the victory is complete and one of the enemy hominids lies battered and motionless at their feet, our protagonist tosses the bone up into the air in ecstatic triumph.  At this point the film drops into slow motion and, as the bone spins through the air, the scene switches to a scene in space, with the bone suddenly replaced by another human tool of a similar shape, though far larger: a space vessel in the near future of the modern age. Faith in More than Matterlast_img read more

Swiss Show Jumpers Wins Longines Battle at La Baule

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP In a spectacular start to the Europe Division 1 series, Switzerland pipped reigning series champions Belgium in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of France 2019 at La Baule (FRA) today where the host nation lined up third.Clear rounds are key to success, and there were plenty who managed to leave all the poles in place on the track set by crack French course designer Frederic Cottier despite a testing time-allowed of 75 seconds. But double-clears are even better, and when the Swiss posted two of the the five recorded this afternoon, thanks to superb efforts from team pathfinder Niklaus Rutschi (53) and anchorman Steve Guerdat (36), they beat the Belgians by a single penalty point.It was Guerdat who clinched it when last into the arena, shouldering unbelievable pressure as only this man can. But it was Rutschi who set it all up with a fantastic performance from his 11-year-old gelding Cardano CH. He had every reason to be proud this evening.“It’s a dream come true! We have this horse since he was a foal and we are good friends together. Last year he was injured so he had a long break, but he’s right back to his best now. He’s one of the best horses in the world – he’s scopey, he’s careful and he just needs his rider to his job properly,” said Rutschi.It was neck-and-neck between the Swiss and Belgians at the halfway stage when both sides finished the first round with four faults on the board. The Irish were close behind with five while last year’s La Baule winners from Brazil were sharing fourth place with the French on eight faults. Germany carried 10 into the second round, but the British and Canadians were already looking vulnerable with 18 and 19 faults respectively before the action resumed.However the spotlight shone brightly on a new young British star when Amy Inglis (22) followed a first-round clear with a single time-fault in round two with her lovely mare, Wishes.French hearts were lifted with three rock-solid second-round clears that saw them climb up the leaderboard when both the Irish and Brazilians faltered, but it was the Belgians and Swiss who would slog it out for the win in the closing stages, and it went right down to the wire.A clear from Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Chilli Willi gave the Belgians a great start to round two. And when Niels Bruynseels’ second clear of the day from Utamaro D’Ecaussines was followed by just a single time fault from Pieter Devos and Claire Z they looked bullish because even without the services of their final partnership, Gregory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S, they could finish on no more than five faults.Rutschi’s second clear of the competition was followed by eight faults from Bryan Balsiger (21), but Paul Estermann (55) pulled it back for the Swiss with a foot-perfect run from Lord Pepsi and that set it up for one final showdown. If Wathelet could return a zero score then the Belgians could discard Devos’ single time fault and it might just force a jump-off with the Swiss.But the vertical that followed the 4-metre-wide open water had hit the dirt plenty of times during the day. “It was difficult because the horses were inclined to look at the crowd in the tribune behind, instead of at the fence”, Rutschi explained this evening. And when that fell, then Devos’ four faults was the discard as only the best three results from each of the four-member teams are counted, and now Belgium were definitely finishing on those five faults.So as Switzerland’s Guerdat rode into the arena with the brilliant mare Albfuehrens Bianca with which he claimed individual bronze at last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, USA the result was hanging in the balance. A fence down and it would be all over, a single time fault and it would go to a jump-off but a clear round would win it. And you could hear a pin drop as the London 2012 Olympic individual gold medallist and three-time Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ champion steered his fiery mare through the track one last time.“Being able to give the win to your country is one of the best feelings. It’s for these kind of moments that I love our sport,” said Guerdat, after clinching it, Bianca still bursting with energy as she bounced through the finish one more time.Today’s result puts Switzerland at the top of the Europe Division 1 league table at this early stage of the eight-leg series which now moves on to their home ground in St Gallen (SUI) in two weeks’ time. Each team in this series has four opportunities to collect points towards qualification for the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2019 in October where, along with the much-coveted series trophy, one last Olympic qualifying spot will also be on offer.Full results here. Tags: Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Garmin Edge 130 adds low-cost connectivity in new compact cycling computer

first_imgGarmin quietly rolled out two new GPS computers and updated Varia radar yesterday afternoon. The highlight is an all-new Edge 130 that packs full connectivity & basic navigation into a small package. Barely bigger than the Edge 25, it gets navigation capability, power meter track, and much more…Edge 130 compact, connected GPS cycling computer<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The new Edge 130 is the most capable small computer that Garmin has yet to make. With a small, but sharp monochromatic screen you get simple breadcrumb navigation capabilities, plus a full range of BLE & ANT+ to pair with heartrate, powermeter & more sensors.While it hasn’t booted the smaller and less capable computers out of Garmin’s online stores yet (presumably as they move remaining inventory), the Edge 130 looks set to replace both the Edge 20 & 25 units.Tech detailsAt just 1.6″/41mm across, it is the same width as the basic Edge 20 & 25 computers but is a bit taller at 2.5″/63mm. That also means it fits in a much bigger 1.8″ display (over the 25’s 1.3″) with almost twice the screen resolution bumping up to 303 x 230px. It is even thinner at 0.6”/16mm and weighs just 33g.Battery life for the new 130 is claimed at 15 hours which has become Garmin’s go to standard, and without more advanced navigation should be sufficient for most long days out on the bike.Basic NavigationThe small device doesn’t support basemaps, but you can upload and follow along courses for basic navigation. Breadcrumb navigation will lead you along a loaded course, and offer turn prompts from a Garmin Connect Course Creator route, or you can also track it back to the ride’s start.Full Featured ConnectivityOn the inside, the little 130 packs a lot of the same tech as its much more advanced Edge siblings. GPS, GLONASS & Galileo sensors work together for precise location tracking worldwide, further refined by an onboard barometric altimeter and accelerometer. For device connectivity it uses both Bluetooth BLE & ANT+. That will let you connect just about any speed, cadence, heartrate & power meter sensors. You can even pair it with a Varia rearview radar system as well.Connected wirelessly via BLE you can use Garmin’s mobile phone app to speed through setup, and customize your display screens even with Connect IQ data fields (not Connect IQ apps).Paired with the mobile app you also get the same advanced connected functionality of the more advance (and more expensive) Edge computers like Smart mobile phone notifications, LiveTrack live location sharing, the Assistance feature that lets you send your fixed location to a contact if you have a mechanical or crash, and live weather updates. Plus you get automatic ride uploads to Garmin Connect (which can then be paired for automatic upload to Strava.)Pricing & AvailabilityThe new Edge 130 retails alone for $200 with a simple o-ring 1/4-turn mount. But like the new Edge 520 Plus, both a road & mountain bike specific bundles are also available. The Speed & Cadence bundle sells for $250, adding in speed & cadence sensors, but no heart rate monitor.The $250 Mountain Bike bundle replaces the o-ring mount with the adjustable MTB over-stem mount and adds a silicone protective case. Garmin’s site also says that it includes the wireless Edge remote that you mount next to the grip, but since that retails for another $50 we suspect that was included in error. The new Edge 130 and bundles are expected to be available around the start of May 2018.explore.Garmin.comlast_img read more

Seven tips on finding the perfect office space in Vermont

first_imgFit-up cost to tenant Neighbors Commute Rent Heating/cooling Term Total square footage Parking Flexible for growth? Agent/broker fees Internet/phone/IT requirements Natural light/views center_img Insurance mandatory and optional Additional rent/fees/utilities Floor number Fit-up needed estimate Zoning/use/permits On-site storage Lake Point Property Management,by Yana Walder, Lake Point Property Management Moving your office operations into a new space will most likely be exciting and stressful. To avoid it being mostly the latter, read on for seven insights on leasing a professional office space in Vermont. It can take a small to midsize company three to six months to secure a lease for a new office. There is no standard commercial lease deal; each tenant, property owner, and building is unique. It is helpful to understand how they fit together.Before you set out to find your new ‘just right’ office space, consider the workflow of the space your company currently occupies. Does the size, budget, location, and fit up work for you? What doesn’t work? Are you growing, downsizing or running steady? Do you require privacy and confidentiality or do you bank on interaction and creativity by leasing in a shared space?1. Budget the right amount of spaceYou may already have a pretty good idea how much space you need, but we usually see about 500 square feet for every 2 to 3 employees.2. Consider the travelHave realistic expectations about how well the location will work. Consider picking a central location that works for most employees and clients. But also, consider the location of your bank, your satellite offices, and where your biggest customers and clients are. Does the location seem easy to find? How is the parking?3. Make the lease term reflect your business planIf you are still growing, you may want to lease for a shorter period of time. If you are going steady, then 3 years is a solid commercial lease term. The best kept secret of all is that the longer you sign on to be a tenant for, the more willing the owner is to negotiate the rent.4. Ask for a recommendationIf you would like to work with a broker or an agent, ask someone you trust for a recommendation. Look for a person who understands Vermont and knows commercial property. Things to look for are responsiveness and emphasis on building a relationship. You want someone who will follow up on the searches and inquiries and who will maintain a professional relationship with you long after the lease is signed.5. Set you budgetMany companies settle on a specific budget, but it helps to understand whether it is more important to have lower rent or greater space improvements and fit up. You know what your absolute top budget is. Consider the features you would pay more for and where you have room for compromise.6. Know your deal breakersSharing a bathroom with 20 chatty beauty salon students? No sunlight in your office? Metered parking? Whatever it is that you absolutely cannot live with, or without, make sure that your essential space needs are met.7. Most importantly consider your quality of lifePeople live in Vermont because it offers abundant outdoor, social and dining activities. Vermont is beer geek, cheese lover and skier paradise; ask yourself, does this space with all of its unique perks above make you excited to move your whole office? Yes? Good! Here is a handy checklist for you to utilize while searching for the perfect home for your Vermont [email protected](link sends e-mail) 802-595-9932. BurlingtonCHOOSING THE RIGHT OFFICE SPACE: A CHECKLISTAddress Security deposit Location/Visibility Accessibilitylast_img read more

Uhde India and Praxair India begin construction of Indian hydrogen plant

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Dismantled by robot

first_imgCENTRAL Japan Railway has installed equipment in a rolling stock depot at Osaka that automates the process of dismantling shinkansen bogies in preparation for maintenance work.The equipment comprises a six-axis articulated general purpose robot with a bogie positioner and a range of tools including position detectors, socket wrenches, and a bolt and nut collecting device. It takes 15min to remove 40 nuts and bolts and loosen 20 others along a Series 300 trainset, and 30min for the more complex Series 0 or Series 100 .JR Central, Japan Reader Enquiry Number 145last_img read more

Award of Complementary Climate Funding to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Award of Complementary Climate Funding to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica by: – June 19, 2020 133 Views   no discussions “Leaving no one behind”(UNDP) The world, in grappling with the current COVID-19 pandemic, has had a stark reminder of how disasters disproportionally affect the vulnerable. The disease is having a particularly dramatic impact on families and communities in developing countries that have fewer resources and weaker social safety nets.  The COVID-19 economic downturn will differ from previous crises, as many of the sectors overexposed to the collapse in economic activity, such as tourism, absorb a sizeable share of female employment.The UNDP’s programme, “Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean” (EnGenDER) has been working with implementing partners, stakeholders and donors over the last year to strengthen disaster risk management systems for 9 Caribbean countries and build resilience to the effects of climate change.   This work is happening at a variety of levels, from improving central government’s ability to build strategies for inclusive approaches to policy making for building resilience; to strengthening regional systems for planning and recovery from natural disasters; to community level interventions to ensure the vulnerable have what they need, so that adaptation and mitigation actions in key livelihood sectors, such as agriculture, consider vulnerable persons.Climate change is predicted to have severe, if not catastrophic, consequences for Dominica over the short to medium, if immediate action is not taken. New and innovative approaches are necessary to leverage climate financing to support the integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation into development planning, policies, and actions across multiple sectors and levels, in order to meet the challenges and uncertainties of climate change.It is within this context that the EnGenDER project has approved The Commonwealth of Dominica’s application to the “Offer of Complementary Funding” which will provide Dominica up to US$98,280 to leverage sustainable climate finance from the Green Climate Fund, to implement adaptive measures aimed at increased resilience of the Kalinago people and community over the short to medium term.“Disasters, catastrophes, reconstruction from rubbles seem to be a lifecycle in the Caribbean. Building back better has been adopted as UNDP’s trademark in recovery and resilience actions. EnGenDER is one of the most powerful instruments supported by Canada and the U.K. to assist Caribbean societies – in particular women – increase their resilience, their capacity to bounce back better. After COVID, we need to be prepared for the season. EnGenDER is a preparedness tool that focuses on reducing vulnerabilities.  Magdy Martinez Soliman, Resident Representative, UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.“The UK supports this Offer of Complementary Funding to Governments” under the EnGenDER project. It will facilitate access to climate finance for Caribbean countries and support them to strengthen their own disaster risk management systems and resilience to future events, to ensure that no one is left behind, especially those who are most vulnerable.” Stefan Kossoff, Country Director, UK Department of International Development (DFID) Caribbean.“We have seen the devastating effects Hurricane Maria had on Dominica in 2017. This is only the largest and most recent of these events, with the island having also been impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms in 2015, 2013 and 2010. This has spurred the Government of Dominica to strive to become the world’s first climate resilient nation. The Government of Canada is proud to support these efforts, including through this initiative which seeks to overcome some of the tremendous barriers that small countries, such as Dominica, face as they strive to accessing climate financing. We will work with the Government of Dominica and other stakeholders and partners to ensure that women, girls, and vulnerable populations remain at the forefront of these efforts since they often suffer the most during these crises” H.E. Marie Legault, High Commissioner of Canada to Dominica, Barbados and the OECS.To this end, this complementary funding to Government of Dominica will assist, in accelerating the closure of the existing climate financing gaps which would contribute to building and enhancing the capacity of vulnerable people in Dominica to be able to manage existing risk and the future uncertainties of a changing climate. This initiative is one step in ensuring that actions that seemed impossible yesterday are possible today and could be inevitable tomorrow. The current crisis is evidence that humanity can make the paradigm changes needed for a sustainable future. Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more