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 A few years ago, a Super Bowl commercial put the American farmer at the forefront of many conversations the following morning as Ram Trucks put Paul Harvey’s reading of “So God Made a Farmer” with a montage of pictures of farmers doing what they do everyday.But, even with the farmer getting this much deserved recognition, there is still one group of workers on the farm that need some thanks and praise this time of year. This post is for them.So God made a grain cart driverOn the 8th day, God looked at his paradise and thought…“I need a man that can be responsible for the mistakes that everyone makes. I need a man that is expected to read minds and a man that is to be everywhere he is expected twice as fast as possible.”So God made a grain cart driver.God said…“This man will have to be patient, for he will get his butt chewed like he’s a dog, for simply not being able to see because of the glare of the Sun. This man is expected to have the same view of the cart as the combine driver does, even though he is inside the tractor in front of that cart. He needs to be a man that can make a miracle of a 1000 bushel per minute auger unload at double that and be expected to knock his teeth out driving back in the field to the combine at nearly road speed.”So God made a grain cart driver.God said…“This man will be solely responsible for not spilling grain, but also smart enough to run over skips in the field so it looks clean. I need this man to be able to understand hand gestures that change every day. I need this man to hold his tongue when he’s told it’s all his fault and be willing to grease the combine every day.”So God made a grain cart driver.
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#business#mobile In a recent post, ReadWriteWeb’s Adam Popescu vowed to boycott Apple due to its association with Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer infamous for sowing despair among its workers. Reading the article, I had to ask myself: Did the maker of my smartphone – a RIM BlackBerry – also help drive workers to suicide? Did it release toxic pollutants into the environment or fuel wars in places far away from its head offices? So I set about looking for the world’s most ethical smartphone. What I learned surprised me.Participants in the comment thread below Popescu’s article were quick to point out the many electronic products that can be traced to Foxconn. The company’s factories churn out devices for Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung. In a related Skype chat, ReadWriteWeb editor Ted Greenwald commented that there are no ethical gadgets, period; their manufacture and use are not sustainable, he argued.Okay, maybe there are no ethical smartphones. But some must be better than others, right? Ethical Consumer, a UK organisation “researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies” since 1989, is a leader in evaluating products for their impact on human rights, animal rights, the environment, and other factors that might fall under the heading “ethics”. Its report on smartphones isn’t very positive, in general. It awards points from a possible score of 20, and nobody scores more than 10.5.That said, I was happy to find that my BlackBerry appeared near the top of the heap, just below Amplicom (a maker of cordless phones that doesn’t offer a smartphone as far as I can tell.) fruzsina eordogh What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology BlackBerry fell considerably short – behind Apple, Nokia, Toshiba, LG and Samsung – in waste management and the level of toxins in the production process. RIM never filed an environmental report, so Ethical Consumer gave the company a 0 in those areas. BlackBerry’s failures in the green category, however, were enough to bouy its score compared to that of other mobile manufacturers. The 38 page report by Ethical Consumer is extensive, and includes goodies like: Samsung has ties to human rights abuses in the Congo – as does Toshiba, Motorola and Sony – and Sony has raised flags among animals rights groups for abuses including killing a goat at a promotional party. Several female Nokia factory workers in Thailand had to be hospitalized for severe lead poisoning in 2006, after they were told lead wasn’t harmful. Workers had to buy their own protective gear, like gloves and face masks, and were told to drink a carton of milk a day to remove the birth-defect causing toxin from their bodies. (Milk does not, in fact, help you pee out lead.)CrackBerry Supports Human RightsIf we are judging how ethical a smartphone is based on its treatment of workers, BlackBerry is near the top. Incidentally, RIM’s report is surprisingly free of negative human rights indicators: no riots, no illnesses, nothing. The worst things about RIM, according to Ethical Consumer, was its failure to file an environmental report and that it had a factory in a repressive regime, namly China. RIM has (or used to have) factories in Canada, United States, Hungary, Brazil, Asia, and Mexico, where my BlackBerry says it was made in. After a casual disassembly, the small electronic parts in my phone reveal they come from China or Korea, but further information on exactly where and what factory is hard to find, as RIM is notorious for its lack of transparency. According to a 2009 Bloomberg article, “RIM’s five biggest suppliers account for almost 90 percent of its production costs,” suppliers that operate mostly in China. BlackBerry still beats the Android and especially Apple on this factory issue, however, because riots and suicides at RIM factories are unheard of (so far).Due to declining profits, RIM recently shut down one factory in Canada and one in Hungary, countries with strict labor laws and therefore high wages and good working conditions. There is nothing to indicate that RIM’s failure to dominate the market like it once did is due to its adherence to fair labor laws. Rather, RIM’s decline is a result of mismanagement and lack of innovation leading to low demand.If RIM Can Do It, Why Can’t Apple?Apple and its Android competitors don’t have RIM’s problems. So why are they still relying on Foxconn? Apple is incredibly profitable – reputedly the most profitable company of all time.Apple set the smartphone standard and turned us into a touchscreen society. Why can’t it set the standard in labor conditions? Sources in the know say Apple would love to have its factories closer to home anyway to keep an eye on quality control. According to Ethical Consumer, Apple has been providing unsafe conditions to its overseas factory workers since 2008 and using factories in 10 countries classified as “oppressive regimes” since 2006. Until Apple moves its manufacturing operations closer to home and/or makes a commitment to setting high standards for its labor practices, I will keep using and loving my BlackBerry despite ridicule from the Apple snobs and Android fanatics. I eagerly await RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 phones. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
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Related Items:akierra missick, cheryl ann jones, clement howell, edgar howell, education department, enid capron, ianthe pratt, oseta jolly, russel cox Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – The first day of the new Turks and Caicos Islands new public school term was marked by a visit by the Deputy Premier and senior government officials to public schools today, Monday, 8 September 2014.The Hon. Akierra Missick, who is also Minister for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture visited all three public schools on Providenciales in order to bring in the new academic year, welcome two new school principals, and to see for herself the progress made in the summer repair and refurbishment programmes in each property. She visited Clement Howell High School, Ianthe Pratt and Enid Capron Primaries, with the public schools on the other inhabited islands being visited throughout September.“It is great to see the staff and students returning to their classrooms after the one week delay caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal,” said Minister Akierra Missick. “The country is really bouncing back from the flooding, and the way that the parents and private companies around our public schools have joined in the effort to get things ready for the new term is very inspiring. “It is great to see new people with new ideas, in the form of our two new principals at Enid Capron and Clement Howell schools. I would like to congratulate them and send them our best wishes as they rise to their new challenges of professionally managing their establishments, and ensuring that their students are properly prepared for adult life, both academically, but also by becoming great citizens.”“I am very proud of my team over these past few weeks,” said Deputy Secretary Russell Cox. “They rose to the challenge of recovering from the storm and have also delivered a substantial work programme in our schools. I am sure that students, parents and teachers will welcome the repair and maintenance works conducted and will play their part in looking after our schools estate.” The Ministers were joined on their facility tour by Education, Youth Sport and Culture’s Permanent Secretary Cheryl Ann Jones and Director of Education Edgar Howell.ENDS Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Recommended for you Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Education Minister tours schools this week
Close (Representational Image)Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, an army major in Bengaluru had allegedly raped his colleague in his car on the Old Airport Road in East Bengaluru. The incident occurred on February 4, 2019, and a case was registered against the army major two days later.The victim said that she had attended a senior colleague’s party on the night of February 4 and had returned home late at night. The accused, Major Choudhary, had gone to her house later and asked her out for a drive. The victim agreed since she was hungry and thought they could grab a bite to eat.According to a report by the Times of India, the accused then took the victim to an isolated location and they both consumed alcohol in the car. The victim, in her complaint, said that Major Choudhary then began to behave in an inappropriate manner with her.The major then started to touch her in an improper manner which made her uncomfortable. She asked him to take her back home and he started the car and began to drive. However, he stopped the car, pushed the victim to the backseat and went on to rape her. “He pushed me forcefully on to the back seat of the car and raped me before dropping me at my residence,” the victim said in her complaint.The woman was in shock for a few days. She mustered up courage and told her family members and her senior officials. She proceeded to give an oral complaint to them and as admitted at the Command Hospital for medical treatment.On February 15, the woman went to the Viveknagar police station to file an FIR since it was required for the court. A case was lodged against Major Choudhury under Sections 376 (rape) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Major Choudhury was then arrested but let go on interim bail.The case was then transferred to the Ulsoor police after the Viveknagar police identified the crime scene and saw it was not in their jurisdiction. “We’re investigating the case and will take legal action against the accused,” Rahulkumar Shahapurwad, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (east division) was quoted as saying by TOI. Therapeutic Applications Of Recreational Drugs On The Rise IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/3:15Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
This picture of Rajinikanth’s lookalike is doing rounds online.TwitterEvery single gesture of top celebrities in public will usually have positive or negative reactions. In case of Rajinikanth, people considers him as a model man for good behaviour. Photos of him captured in public only proved that he is the epitome of simplicity.To give you an example, Rajinikanth holding a Nokia 1130 phone was widely circulated on internet for years stating that despite being a big star he found joy in using a basic cell phone. Likewise, Rajini wearing a simple dress and a slipper during a trip with his friends had also indicated that success had not gone to his head.Time and again, such photos and videos have only made the belief stronger about the Tamil superstar. However, not all we read or see about him is true and one such instance is the latest viral picture. A photo of a man wearing a simple t-shirt and shorts while speaking over a phone is doing rounds on social media sites and fans have mistaken it to be Thalaivar.The man in the picture has close resemblances to Rajinikanth. The white beard and overall look easily make one believe that it is the picture of the superstar.The fans have been spreading the picture on social media claiming that the picture is one more example for Rajini’s simplicity. However, it has now been clarified that it is not the superstar in the picture and someone else.Rajinikanth’s Next Film Rajinikanth, who is basking in the success of Petta, is yet to begin his next film to be directed by AR Murugadoss. The shooting is expected to commence next month. Rajinikanth’s Petta ends its 2nd weekend on a positive note.PR Handout