Experiments with pigeons show that their intelligence matches or exceeds that of chimpanzees. If evolutionists can infer that chimpanzees are our closest living relatives based on intelligence, why wouldn’t it be just as logical to infer that humans evolved from birds? As some recent articles show, such a whimsical story does not exceed in silliness what some evolutionists actually do claim.Bird superbrain: In Science this week (23 December 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6063 p. 1664, doi:10.1126/science.1213357), Damian Scarf, Harlene Hayne, and Michael Colombo demonstrated “Pigeons on Par with Primates in Numerical Competence.” The abstract is short and to the point:Although many animals are able to discriminate stimuli differing in numerosity, only primates are thought to share our ability to employ abstract numerical rules. Here, we show that this ability is present in pigeons and that their performance is indistinguishable from that displayed by monkeys.How does an evolutionist explain this? Joseph Castro on Live Science gave a demonstration of the storytelling flexibility available to Darwinists: “Finding the same level of numerical competence as the pigeons (and rhesus monkeys) in other species would help scientists understand if the ability evolved across species separately, or if a common ancestor shared the ability.” A common ancestor of pigeons and primates might be some kind of early dinosaur. Conveniently, those are not available for experimentation, although Tom Weller speculated they were pretty bright (see Science Made Stupid).Moon monolith: Someone at The Guardian never quite got over 2001: A Space Odyssey. According to PhysOrg, “Professor Paul Davis and research technician Robert Wagner … published a paper … that suggests we humans begin taking a little closer look at our own moon to see if any alien life forms might have left behind some evidence of their visit.” The reporter did not reveal whether Davis and Wagner were wearing tin-foil pyramid hats or pasta strainers (7/14/2011), but tried to pre-empt laughter anyway: “Though some might see it as farfetched, or heaven forbid, lunacy, Davis and Wagner are convinced that it’s worth the small amount of investment such a search would entail.” Their technique would be to borrow some design-detection techniques from Intelligent Design (although they would probably never admit it): “looking for anything that appears of unnatural origin,” e.g., “incontrovertible signatures of non-human technology.” Maybe it would look like a large, black, rectangular block.Beautiful downtown Sedna: If intelligent design is not found on the moon, that doesn’t falsify the hope of some. PhysOrg also reported alien artifacts could be out in the Kuiper Belt. It wouldn’t even require an expensive trip to those small, frozen outposts on the solar system’s frontier to find out. Yes; believe it or not, “We could see the light from their cities.”Horta culture: Not to be outdone by Davis and Wagner in speculation, Max Bernstein was awarded good press on NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine for this story: “Why Silicon Aliens Would Rather Eat Our Cities Than Us.” (News flash: no life based on silicon has ever been found except on Star Trek.) There’s more science fiction than science in this short article, including a picture of a horta from an original Star Trek episode – a silicon-based creature that Spock had to mind-meld with to learn that its intentions, despite appearances, were really noble. Here’s a taste of the scientific rigor in the interview (your tax dollars at work):If it could evolve past the protist [microorganism] stage, then I think it could evolve intelligence. I have no idea how likely it is for intelligence to evolve, but I can believe in silicon crystals passing information from layer to layer or in silicon artificial intelligence, but I don’t expect to see silicon apes playing their equivalent of “Angry Birds” on their silicon-phones.Getting a head in evolution: MSNBC News reported with a straight face that “Strange heads evolved before unusual bodies, scientists find.” Yes, scientists actually found that, according to Jennifer Viegas. Isn’t it obvious walking through San Francisco or New York? Her method of investigation involved a coin toss:Evolution can be a heads or tails question, with scientists debating which parts of animals diversified first. It turns out that heads win, according to new research, with species evolving in their heads before other bodily changes become evident.The findings suggest that food availability has been a primary driver of animal evolution, starting with the head and then on down.It would seem a prediction of this hypothesis that food goes to one’s head. Whether this is a law of nature seems unlikely (think snakes and worms). It seems that evolutionists (and reporters) play heads I win, tails you lose:One popular theory, the “early burst model,” holds that there’s a flurry of divergence followed by a long period of relative stability. Another argues that habitat-driven changes in body type precede diversification of head types.Take your pick; Darwin always wins. Meanwhile, the disciples have job security: “More evidence is needed to see if humans also fit into the head-first model of evolution.” Perhaps the trendy phrase for 2012 will be “survival of the fat-heads.”Hairy story: Two researchers at the University of Sheffield came up with a rather sexist theory evolution: according to PhysOrg, Isabelle Dean and Michael Siva-Jothy think “early humans retained fine hair to ward off parasites.” Experiments on volunteers with shaved arms showed that bedbugs went for the shaved spots. Fully aware that this puts males at an advantage, they had to have a backup plan. “Not surprisingly, men were better at detecting bed bugs on the unshaved arm, due to having thicker and longer hair than women,” the article ended. “As to why men are generally hairier looking than women, the researchers suggest it might be due to something as simple as women preferring men with fewer parasites on them, which would imply more hair.” That might be a hard choice for madame cavewoman to make while scratching incessantly; sir caveman, meanwhile, might find her scratching disgusting. If this theory were a law of nature, you wouldn’t have to put flea powder on your dog or cat, would you?Macho bachelors: Three Aussie researchers actually tried to do a legitimate experimental test of Darwinian theory, but it didn’t work out as expected. They decided to see if women are attracted to macho guys with deep voices. According to Darwin, the basses in the choir should get the girls and the kids. That deep voice signals strength, size, virility, and all the other things women presumably want. What they found was, well, we’ll let them say it:Women find masculinity in men’s faces, bodies, and voices attractive, and women’s preferences for men’s masculine features are thought to be biological adaptations for finding a high quality mate. Fertility is an important aspect of mate quality. Here we test the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis, which proposes that male secondary sexual characters are positively related to semen quality, allowing females to obtain direct benefits from mate choice. Specifically, we examined women’s preferences for men’s voice pitch, and its relationship with men’s semen quality. Consistent with previous voice research, women judged lower pitched voices as more masculine and more attractive. However men with lower pitched voices did not have better semen quality. On the contrary, men whose voices were rated as more attractive tended to have lower concentrations of sperm in their ejaculate. These data are more consistent with a trade off between sperm production and male investment in competing for and attracting females, than with the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis.Their work was published in PLoS ONE (6(12): e29271. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029271). Readers are cautioned about reading (or imagining) the “Materials and methods” section. What this implies is that the Darwinians always have a backup plan when the data don’t support the theory: the macho guys are working so hard to apply for the bass section, they don’t have the energy to devote to quality seed. But then, wouldn’t the tenors win out, and the falsettos do the best? What about yodelers? Is there a happy medium in the baritone range?After millions of years at this sexual selection game, one might expect an optimal peak, with no basses or tenors left in the gene pool, yet both extremes still seem to get married. There are still some short wimps with deep voices, too. No problem; Darwinian theory has infinite flexibility. The males are choosing the females, too. The women are attracted to the more sterile basses, but the tenors might have evolved quicker ability to club the females and drag them off to the cave. So many variables, so little time. Maybe this could be viewed as the Chaos Theory of mate choice: sensitivity to initial conditions leads to unpredictable outcomes.However convenient such a theory rescue device might seem, it would leave evolutionary theory untestable. Indeed, they admitted theirs was not the only experimental test of evolution that bombed out. “More generally, studies that have looked for relationships between general health and attractiveness in face or body traits have yielded mixed results.” Facing the threat of falsification, there is always another rescue device available to Darwin: future research. “In conclusion, our data support the view that women perceive men with low pitched voices as masculine and attractive. However, we find no support for the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis,” they ended. “On the contrary, our data suggest a potential trade-off between men’s attractiveness and sperm production that warrants consideration in future research.”This trip through Darwin Fantasyland is another reminder that Darwinism is a welfare program that has taken over the government of common sense. It’s job security for storytellers, riding on the backs of the few scientists with integrity who have had to sacrifice to fund the Darwin Party’s endless quest for a good story (12/22/2003 commentary). The media give the Darwin emperors free access to vaunt their shame in public. Can you imagine what would happen if a creationist were to publish papers or articles like these, speculating with reckless abandon, making his point with Star Trek? First of all, it would never happen, because creationists have virtually no access to the popular science media or secular journals. Second, creationists have more common sense than to vaunt their shame in public or do their science in Fantasyland. But if it could happen, you know the outcry would be over the top. The Darwin Party would demand the heads of the publishers on a stick, an official apology, and a promise that never again would they ever put anything on their website or publication without the official Darwin Party imprimatur. It’s analogous to the double standard in the so-called “mainstream media” over reporting about liberals and conservatives (plenty of examples at Media Research Center). So we are left with getting the truth out through private channels, like CEH and other creation-friendly or Darwin-skeptic organizations (see article on Evolution News & Views). ENV is optimistic (article), but history is not. Taking the lead of Darwin’s X-Men conspirators, the Darwin Party has maintained its grip on the media for a century, and has refined spin doctoring into an art form. Nevertheless, history shows that scientific revolutions can be rapid. More often, though, the old guard has to die off. Success, therefore, in overcoming the Darwin Party Welfare State will require reaching a new generation of common-sense scientists who refuse the initiation rites of the Darwin Temple (“I vow to tell stories to glorify Darwin forever, to never speak evil of a fellow Darwinian, and to hate creationism with all my soul and might”). Independent thinkers who don’t care to be insiders are the hope of a free science. These will remain liberated to follow the evidence where it leads, without speculating endlessly on how it must fit a foregone conclusion.Meanwhile, it wouldn’t hurt to laugh out loud at silly stories like this. The Darwin Party operatives hate being laughed at, but there’s not much they can do about it. If you are not in danger of losing your job, your tenure, or your reputation, have at it with the best hee-haws you can give. Laughter is contagious. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest March 3 was the last day I fed my spring calving cows hay. You may have read in previous articles (2/26/ 2014, 3/7/2012, 3/1/2006) some of the advantages of stockpiling fescue and grazing it during calving season. This includes a thick sod to calve on, no mud, and no hay to feed. I do have to admit that I feed a couple pounds of whole shelled corn right on the ground to give the cows a little more energy, but every year I see a rapid improvement in body condition when they go out on stockpiled fescue. When we moved the cows to the pasture on Saturday (March 4), I noticed that there was more new growth for early March then I have seen in over thirty years, so the quality of the grass is much better. I am seeing a nice mix of new growth fescue, some up to eight inches tall, mixed with some aftermath from last year. In fact, I think some of the green grass growing is some that was green all winter. I also think it is time to start feeding a high magnesium mineral now as well. Even if you are feeding hay, I am seeing a lot more cows picking at or grazing new growth.In my area, new grass growth seems to be at least two weeks ahead of schedule and it may be time to plan accordingly. I can think of two options when we start grazing. One is to rapidly graze paddocks in a fast rotation, and the other is to “set stock” or give them access to all of the pastures early, then start rotating with the rapid growth that will occur in April.Whenever you generally start grazing, plan on it being a little early this year and do not miss out on the opportunity to do so. If fence needs to be repaired, watergates need to be fixed, or removing the fallen ash tree off the fence, we may not have as much time as we thought, because it is about time to start grazing.
American luxury home builder Toll Brothers has launched a virtual reality app that lets home buyers view all 360 degrees of their kitchen in high-definition and choose from thousands of configurations.The app, called Kitchen 360, provides buyers with a tour of the kitchen through a connected tablet or HTC Vive VR. While on the tour, buyers can look at different configurations, swapping out appliances, changing colours and prefered models — all changes take effect in real time.See Also: How universities are defining the future of VRToll Brothers has partnered with Marxent, an augmented and virtual reality solutions company, specializing in commerce. The company has developed apps for Lowe’s and American Woodmark.“Until now, the personalization process of buying a new home posed a challenge for home buyers to visualize their combination of selected materials using small material samples,” said Mark Bailey, President of Toll Brothers Colorado Division.“The Kitchen 360 experience enhances a home buyer’s ability to visualize their space with a level of quality that has never been available before. Using this VR technology in combination with the look and feel of those material samples, the buyer has a more complete idea of their vision. They get the chance to actually step inside the space they’ve created, and preview how that space will work for their everyday lives.”Customization will be limited to Toll Brothers Englewood Design Studio, where representatives will help plan out configurations in real-time. There are 420 configurations at launch.The app is similar to IKEA’s new AR app launching on iOS 11, which allows customers to fit furniture into their home, using defined parameters. The difference here is the customer is buying the entire kitchen. Tags:#Augmented Reality#HTC Vive VR#luxury home#Marxent#real estate#Toll Brothers#virtual reality#VR The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Crucial Online Reputation Management Insights i… Related Posts David Curry How to Manage Remote Sales Teams Steps to Building a Successful and Scalable Sal…
Join the conversation! Share your experiences, questions and comments regarding mindfulness meditation below. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 30, 2017. References:Caregiving in the U.S.: 2015 Report. United States: NAC National Alliance for Caregiving, 2015. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.Walsh, Colleen. Et.al. “‘Turn down the Volume’.”Harvard Gazette. Harvard University, 22 Apr. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.“Frequently Asked Questions.” UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. UCLA Health, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017Galla, B. M. (2016). Within-person changes in mindfulness and self-compassion predict enhanced emotional well-being in healthy, but stressed adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 204–217.Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers. Rep. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.Hougaard, Rasmus, Jacqueline Carter, and Gitte Dybkjaer. “Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything.” Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business Publishing, 18 Jan. 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.Ireland, Tom. “What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?” Scientific American Blog Network. Springer Nature, 12 June 2014. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Caregiver Self-Care Workbook. National Caregiver Training Program Manual. Web. 1 March, 2017. In 2011 researchers at Harvard studied individuals participating in eight weeks of mindfulness meditation practice and found that, “mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction [which] could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.”Try it!Click the link below to try a five-minute meditation from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. This meditation, which focuses on the breath is an excellent piece for beginners.Interested in Starting Your Own Practice?Check out my Secrets of Self-Care Video Series to learn some of my tips for getting started. Written by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving Team Member Is It Just Another Trend?You may have heard that companies like Nike, Bank of America, Google and Twitter have incorporated mindfulness into their corporate cultures and that high-profile celebrities use mindfulness meditation. With so much popular focus on the practice, it would be easy to discount mindfulness meditation as just another passing, popular culture trend.Less widely known, however, is the fact that mindfulness meditation is being studied at some of the best medical and educational institutions in the world. Using brain imaging technology and a new understanding of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to develop across the life cycle), researchers have begun to measure changes occurring in the brains of mindfulness meditators. Their studies indicate that mindfulness meditation is effective in improving memory, mental focus and the ability for individuals to respond thoughtfully in stressful situations.Another Tool for CaregiversDedicating daily time for self-care can present a challenge for busy caregivers who may find their time and energy stretched to the limit. Surprisingly, mindfulness meditation can be practiced in as little as ten minutes a day.A University of Pittsburgh study found that mindfulness meditation opens pathways for key regions of the brain to communicate with each other, enabling individuals to respond more thoughtfully in situations of stress. A 2016 University of Pittsburgh study which was published in the Journal of Adolescence found a correlation between mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in adolescents.
By: Jason M. Jowers, MS Boy blowing bubbles and holding hands with a parent Return to article. Long DescriptionPexels[Boy Blowing Bubbles by leeroy on April 28, 2015, CC0]Family stress can be at an all-time high within military families during times of deployment. This is even more so true for single-parent military families. The REACH Center at the University of Minnesota conducts research that can help us to better identify and address key issues that impact military service members and their families. A research study they conducted in 2015 found that single parents in the military experienced higher stress levels during times of deployment, had lower levels of social support, and had a harder time reintegrating with their families and children post-deployment .So what can single parents in the military do when they are called up for deployment? Who do they reach out to as caregivers for their children while they are gone? Military One Source has a quick read article on ways to plan and organize to prepare before, during, and after deployment . These tips include: choosing caregivers, arranging finances, keeping routines, and talking to kids about the changes. Deployments are tough on single parent households but are doable with a plan and careful consideration.For more info on both the emotional and financial toll that single parenting can have on military families, tune into to this archived webinar, “Separation & Single Parenting in the Military” from our Family Finances Series. This series was a collaboration between the MFLN Personal Finance team and MFLN Family Development and provides CEUs for financial professionals as well as social workers and therapists.To hear personal experiences of single parents who are also active duty military personnel, take a listen to our Anchored podcast episode, “Double Duties: Exploring Single Parenthood in the Military.” CEUs are still available for those who are interested.References Vaughn-Coaxum, R., Smith, B. N., Iverson, K. M., & Vogt, D. (2015). Family stressors and postdeployment mental health in single versus partnered parents deployed in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq Psychological Services, 12(3), 241-249. doi:10.1037/ser0000026 Retrieved from: https://reachfamilies.umn.edu/sites/default/files/rdoc/Vaughn-Coaxum_2015.pdfMilitary OneSource (2018). Leaving Your Children with a Caregiver during Deployment. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/deployment/during-deployment/leaving-your-children-with-a-caregiver-during-deploymentThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Learn more about our team at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter. Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.
4 militants killed in Bandipora “We have not recovered any GPS sets; it appears that they were guided till the camp by a local handler,” said a senior CRPF official.“We found food packets, bananas and water bottles, which indicates that the terrorists arrived the previous night.”Heavy stone-peltingThe CRPF said in a statement that a violent mob gathered in the vicinity after the encounter and there was heavy stone throwing.“Due to the worsening law and order situation in the State, bodies of the four terrorists could not be taken to hospital for post mortem and were kept in an army camp nearby.”An official said they would be buried somewhere in the camp. The case is likely to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the “heavily armed fidayeen terrorists” came with an intent to breach the CRPF camp.“They were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations, which indicate they had planned a prolonged siege and intended to cause extensive damage. The group attempted entry by cutting the wire fencing and shooting at the sentry. The sentries responded with alacrity and returned fire. A heavy exchange took place, during which the terrorists lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,” Mr. Singh said in a statement.“However, the CRPF, in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir police, shot all the four terrorists dead,” the Home Minister added.It was around 3.30 a.m. that the armed militants were spotted near the 45 Battalion Headquarters of the CRPF at Sumbal. The Constable on duty responded to the terrorists’ firing from a nearby open orchard.Ammunition recoveredA Srinagar-based police spokesman said four AK rifles, 12 AK magazines, 140 AK rounds, seven UBGL grenades and nine hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site.The killings resulted in a complete shutdown in Sumbal. Four “foreign” terrorists on a suicide mission were killed early on Monday morning when they tried to storm the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Kashmir’s Bandipora district.The encounter lasted more than an hour. CRPF officials said the terrorists carried “petrol cans,” indicating their intention to set the camp on fire.A senior Home Ministry official said that though the identity of the terrorists was yet to be established, it was clear that they had come from across the border and, in all likelihood, belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Man City boss Guardiola not dropping De Jong pursuitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t dropping his pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.De Jong is preparing to move from Holland in 2019 and has courted interest from across Europe – including Barcelona and PSG.Indeed, De Jong’s father has talked up a move to Barca.However, Telefoot says City remain in contact, where Guardiola is driving the move.The Catalan is convinced De Jong can fit seamlessly into his system and has made his addition a priority for next year. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday set aside an arrest warrant issued against West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy in connection with a case of cheating and extortion. The arrest warrant was issued by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata in a city court on July 29 on a prayer by the Kolkata Police that Roy was allegedly not cooperating with them in an investigation into the recovery of a large amount of unaccounted cash worth Rs 19 lakh from a person in Burrabazar last year. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Wednesday, the High Court set aside the warrant after Roy’s counsel Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya said that his client has already been quizzed by police at his Delhi residence which makes the allegation of non-cooperation against him baseless. The High Court also directed that the original proceedings related to the alleged recovery of unaccounted cash will continue before the city court. The Burrabazar police station of the city police division had earlier issued a notice under CrPC section 160 to the BJP leader to appear for interrogation as his name was found in the phone of one of the arrested persons in the case. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway However, Roy had refused to appear before the Kolkata Police stating he is a resident of Delhi and moved Delhi High Court challenging the notice. The court had granted Roy protection from coercive action for 10 days but asked him to join the investigation in the case and be available for questioning in Delhi. Following the court order, a team of Kolkata Police interrogated Roy at his Delhi residence on August 2.
Companies in this story: (TSX:G)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. of Vancouver have agreed to combine their gold companies in a deal worth about US$10 billion.The companies announced today that Newmont will exchange 0.328 of a share and two cents for each of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares.The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies but requires regulatory approvals in several countries.The combined company would be called Newmont Goldcorp and be owned 65 per cent by current Newmont shareholders and 35 per cent by Goldcorp shareholders Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg says the company expects to generate up to US$100 million in annualized “synergies” before tax and operate in the Americas, Australia and Ghana.Newmont Goldcorp will also divest between US$1 billion and $1.5 billion of assets over two years to optimize gold production of six to seven million ounces annually.Goldcorp President and CEO David Garofalo says Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers, with a North American regional office in Vancouver that will oversee more than three million ounces of gold production — about half of the combined company’s projected output.