Nature Rallies Troops Against I.D. to the Defense of “Science”

first_img“President Bush’s endorsement of ‘intelligent design’ has sparked a national debate in which scientists are well positioned to prevail,” editorialized Nature this week,1 with the a rallying-cry title, “Keeping religion out of science class.”  This editorial, along with a news item by Virginia Gewin, “Scientists attack Bush over intelligent design,”2 was prompted by President Bush’s off-the-cuff remarks last week that students should be allowed to hear alternative views to evolution (see 08/02/2005 entry).  Both articles reiterated common themes of those opposing the intelligent design (ID) movement: ID is not science, ID is religiously motivated, ID is “creationism” in disguise, all scientists reject ID and creationism, and ID is not just anti-evolution but anti-science and anti-reason.  The editorial went beyond these oft-stated arguments.  It challenged the scientific to rise up and fight this “attack on science” with the encouragement, “The fight will go on – but science and reason can ultimately win.”1Editorial, “Keeping religion out of science class,” Nature 436, 753 (11 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436753a.2Virginia Gewin, “Scientists attack Bush over intelligent design,” Nature 436, 761 (11 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436761a.Noticeably absent from this pep talk was any defense of Darwinism and evolutionary theory in general.  Big Science and the Darwin Party seem to know that it would be a losing fight to prop up Charlie’s decaying corpse before the public, so they are sticking to what they feel will be a winning strategy for maintaining their power.  Since “science” is a sacred cow in our society, they assume all the Untouchable masses will genuflect before it, even if it is just a stuffed cow.  So the strategy is to portray ID promoters as beefeaters who want to slay the bovine, and to play the role of Savior of the Sacred Cow.  Knowing that the masses will rally to a fight, even if they don’t understand the cause of it, they portray their mission in terms of holy war: we must protect the Sacred Cow from those evil beefeaters.    This is so silly.  On the Dennis Prager radio talk show today, Dr. Rodney Stark (social sciences professor at Baylor University), author of a new book For the Glory of God, claimed that college students have been fed a bill of goods about the church, science, the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment and the alleged war of science vs. religion.  With evident chagrin in his voice, he stressed that the true social history of science was not that way at all.  He said that every serious academic knows that Christianity gave birth to modern science (see online book), and that many great scientists were deeply religious individuals who were motivated to do science for the glory of God.  The either-or fallacy of science vs. religion is a myth.  Several times he emphasized that this is beyond dispute by historians and professors; he said that most of his fellow academics in the historical and social sciences gave his book, which documented this fact, favorable reviews.  Why, then, does Nature and all the anti-ID crowd get so unglued when anyone hints that there really might be a Designer?    Nature came into existence right as Darwinism was on the ascendency in Britain, for the purpose of promoting the new anti-religious, naturalistic world view (a largely politically-leftist, anti-establishment, Victorian-progressive fad).  We call to the witness stand an eminent scientist of that same period whose actual achievements in science (not just speculations) easily outshone those of Darwin, Lyell, and Huxley combined.  When James Clerk Maxwell heard President John Tyndall promoting the new materialism and Darwinism to the British Association in 1874, the eminent scientist erstwhile poet took up his poison pen to satirize the folly of the materialistic, evolutionary position and the self-refuting belief that minds could emerge from matter in motion.  His trenchant words speak for themselves.  They should be carved in stone at the entrance to Nature’s corporate offices:British Association, Notes of the President’s AddressIn the very beginnings of science, the parsons, who managed things then,Being handy with hammer and chisel, made gods in the likeness of men;Till Commerce arose, and at length some men of exceptional powerSupplanted both demons and gods by the atoms, which last to this hour.Yet they did not abolish the gods, but they sent them well out of the way,With the rarest of nectar to drink, and blue fields of nothing to sway.From nothing comes nothing, they told us, nought happens by chance, but by fate;There is nothing but atoms and void, all else is mere whims out of date!Then why should a man curry favour with beings who cannot exist,To compass some petty promotion in nebulous kingdoms of mist?But not by the rays of the sun, nor the glittering shafts of the day,Must the fear of the gods be dispelled, but by words, and their wonderful play.So treading a path all untrod, the poet-philosopher singsOf the seeds of the mighty world—the first-beginnings of things;How freely he scatters his atoms before the beginning of years;How he clothes them with force as a garment, those small incompressible spheres!Nor yet does he leave them hard-hearted—he dowers them with love and with hate,Like spherical small British Asses in infinitesimal state;Till just as that living Plato, whom foreigners nickname Plateau,Drops oil in his whisky-and-water (for foreigners sweeten it so),Each drop keeps apart from the other, enclosed in a flexible skin,Till touched by the gentle emotion evolved by the prick of a pin:Thus in atoms a simple collision excites a sensational thrill,Evolved through all sorts of emotion, as sense, understanding, and will;(For by laying their heads all together, the atoms, as councillors do,May combine to express an opinion to every one of them new).There is nobody here, I should say, has felt true indignation at all,Till an indignation meeting is held in the Ulster Hall;Then gathers the wave of emotion, then noble feelings arise,Till you all pass a resolution which takes every man by surprise.Thus the pure elementary atom, the unit of mass and of thought,By force of mere juxtaposition to life and sensation is brought;So, down through untold generations, transmission of structureless germsEnables our race to inherit the thoughts of beasts, fishes, and worms.We honour our fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers too;But how shall we honour the vista of ancestors now in our view?First, then, let us honour the atom, so lively, so wise, and so small;The atomists next let us praise, Epicurus, Lucretius, and all;Let us damn with faint praise Bishop Butler, in whom many atoms combinedTo form that remarkable structure, it pleased him to call—his mind.Last, praise we the noble body to which, for the time, we belong,Ere yet the swift whirl of the atoms has hurried us, ruthless, along,The British Association—like Leviathan worshipped by Hobbes,The incarnation of wisdom, built up of our witless nobs,Which will carry on endless discussions, when I, and probably you,Have melted in infinite azure—in English, till all is blue.James Clerk Maxwell, 1874But on second thought, this kind of biting satire might be over their heads; they might even find it supportive of their position.  Would the corporate Nature-alists realize that the joke was on them?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bacterial Flagellum Multitasking and Assembly Described

first_img1Evans et al, “An escort mechanism for cycling of export chaperones during flagellum assembly,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0605197103, published online before print November 6, 2006.2David DeRosier, “Dispatch: Bacterial Flagellum: Visualizing the Complete Machine In Situ,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 21, 7 November 2006, Pages R928-R930, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.09.053.3Y. Magariyama, S. Sugiyama, K. Muramoto, Y. Maekawa, I. Kawagishi, Y. Imae and S. Kudo, “Very fast flagellar rotation,” Nature 371 (1994), p. 752.Finally we found a source corroborating the claim made in the film that some of these flagella can rotate at 100,000 rpm.  Most sources mention much lower (though still impressive) values of around 18,000 rpm.  DeRosier cites a case in the 102,000 rpm range; we will reproduce this source as footnote 3 above for those interested.3    None of the three sources cited in the entry above mention evolution.  We have to keep saying that.  None of them, either, mentioned the fact that it is the intelligent design community that has brought these molecular machines to the attention of the public as examples of biological structures that defy Darwinian explanations.  They’d rather not touch that subject with a ten-foot propeller.    They should, though.  The more young people watching Unlocking the Mystery of Life, the more might become interested in science.  The more scientists interested in these molecular machines, the more funding might become available.  This is another way ID can stimulate scientific research.  What’s Darwin got to do with it?  Nothing but spin doctoring.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Since the bacterial flagellum has become a de facto icon of the intelligent design movement, it’s instructive to see what new discoveries come to light on the molecular machine par excellence.  Two papers appeared recently.Ferry Boats:  A Cambridge team publishing in PNAS1 studied how the parts get to the assembly site.  The studied one of the many flagellum proteins, FliJ:We reveal that the essential export protein FliJ has a novel chaperone escort function in the pathway, specifically recruiting unladen chaperones for the minor filament-class subunits of the filament cap and hook-filament junction substructures….  The data show that FliJ recruits chaperones and transfers them to subunits, and indicate that this is driven by competition for a common binding site.  This escort mechanism provides a means by which free export chaperones can be cycled after subunit release, establishing a new facet of the secretion process.  As FliJ does not escort the chaperone for the major filament subunit, cycling may offer a mechanism for export selectivity and thus promote assembly of the junction and cap substructures required for initiation of flagellin polymerization.Slogan spin:  “Thanks to the new work of Murphy et al., we now have a view of the bacterial flagellum in situ and quick-frozen in time as if a flash bulb had stopped its action.”  David DeRosier wrote this in Current Biology2 in response to the paper mentioned here on 09/01/2006.  DeRosier included two of the stunning new 3D models of the intricacies of the rotor and stator.  Two other sample images can also be found at Caltech E&S (Volume LXIX, Number 3, 2006, p. 6), recently released for publication.    DeRosier’s opening sentences confirm statements made in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life:The flagellum, with its complexity of structure and multiplicity of function, is a machine that boggles the mind.  While musing on possible phrases that might catch the reader’s attention, I was reminded of the memorable 1926 slogan for the Hoover vacuum cleaner: “It beats as it sweeps as it cleans.”  The flagellum self-assembles as it propels as it responds; that is, the flagellum not only pushes the cell along, it also responds to intracellular signals and it assembles itself.  It seems as amazing as the old Hoover did in its heyday.  But, I thought, the bacterial flagellum does not really ‘beat’; the eukaryotic flagellum, an entirely different machine, does that.  Instead, the prokaryotic flagellum spins, driven by a rotary motor at speeds of over 100,000 rpm in at least one species.  The torque generated by the motor is converted to thrust by the corkscrew-shaped filament or propeller (for a review see [4]).    Of the 40 genes needed to code for a flagellum, at least 24 produce proteins found in the final structure….After describing the wonders of this machine, DeRosier once again found inspiration in commercials: “Let us end with another familiar slogan but this time applied to the tomograms of the flagellum: ‘It’s the real thing.’”last_img read more

The other Rugby World Cup

first_img480 social rugby players from around theworld will converge on Cape Town in June2009 for the inaugural world championship.(Image: Social Rugby World Championship) Children playing rugby in one of TagRugby’s community programmes.(Image: Tag Rugby)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa hosts the world’s first social rugby tournament in Cape Town in June 2009. The event is aimed at those players for whom the sport is more of an abiding passion than a high-paying job, and already numerous social rugby teams from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Catalonia and the US have signed up.The principle behind the social rugby tournament is to give enthusiasts who play the game at a social level, mostly those between the ages of 18 and 39, a chance to play their chosen sport in a competitive yet friendly environment and to enjoy the camaraderie associated with a team sport.The tournament will coincide with the Confederations Cup of football and the highly anticipated South African tour by the British and Irish Lions. But fans will be entertained by far more than just the British Lions’ attempt at revenge for their 6-42 humiliation in November 2008 at the hands (and boots) of current world champions, the South African Springboks.The action will take place at Brookside, home to Cape Town’s 132-year-old Villagers rugby club. Sixteen teams will play 40 matches in a round robin format over the first five days before going into the semi-final and final stages to decide the winners of the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield trophies.So far South Africa is represented by the Galetti Fourths, based at Villagers, their bitter rivals the Shebeen Boys also from Cape Town, and the Old Boys Fourths from Durban.A major worldwide sporting eventAccording to the official Social Rugby Tournament website, the 2007 Rugby World Cup held in France attracted a record television audience of 4.2-billion, while live events were attended by over 2.2-million sports fans.But the game has become increasingly specialised and time-intensive, say the organisers and mid-level or club rugby players don’t get enough opportunities to just play for fun any more. And while professional rugby is gaining a bigger worldwide audience and new countries are taking up the sport every year, there was no international competitive outlet for those who play for fun.Until now! Former advertising executives Rolf Fitschen and Graham Lindemann, the driving force behind the inaugural social rugby tournament, are looking forward to the kick-off. With 20 years of professional experience behind them, the two created BigFish Sports Productions especially to run the event, after identifying a need for a tournament run on a social level. Fitschen and Lindemann are both convinced that this is just the start of great things.“Professionalism has changed what rugby is, has killed the spirit,” said Fitschen, speaking to Planet Rugby. “Teams pitch up, earn their wages, and then disappear in sponsored cars to do their own thing. The first team of a club is never an ambassadorial body any more.”The tournament’s motto – For the Love of Rugby – proclaims their intention to kick ruthless ambition into touch and to revive that spirit. “This is the gap in the current rugby climate,” said Fitchen. “If a player ends up unable to play, or does not aspire to play professionally, there should be more of this on offer.”Everyone is welcomeBut the informality of the tournament doesn’t mean that any old standard will be accepted. “We won’t turn anyone away,” said Lindermann, “but this is not really a tournament for old crock teams. This is a tournament for young-ish people who would be of active professional playing age, but are not of that aptitude.” He added that while old crocks are still more than welcome, they may find themselves up against 15 teenagers.Former Springbok captain Corné Krige has thrown his considerable weight behind the event, saying, “The majority of rugby isn’t played at first team or provincial level. For these guys rugby isn’t a job, it’s a passion. Every weekend, for no payment or stadiums filled with 40 000 cheering fans, these okes [chaps] go out there and give it their all, just because they love the game.”Engaging with communitiesNot only will the tournament attract a multitude of visitors to Cape Town – recognised as one of the world’s premier destinations – but there is an outreach programme which will give teams the chance to engage with local communities by hosting coaching clinics for enthusiastic youngsters. They will also visit the Learn to Earn initiative, which has partnered with black economic empowerment company Tag Rugby Promotions by providing skilled graduates from its sewing programme to manufacture Tag Rugby products.And of course, visitors will not leave South Africa without experiencing two of the region’s prime attractions – the winelands and the spectacular Cape Peninsula – courtesy of the organisers, who have put together a few interesting tours to ensure that fans and players get the most from their visit.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view ite-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksSocial Rugby World CupOfficial SA rugby siteSA RugbyLearn to EarnTag RugbyBeer and Rugbylast_img read more

Neitsi 10pcs 18inch Colored Highlight Synthetic Clip on in Hair Extensions Purple : hey just come apart too easily. Also

first_imgEasy to put in, but must place carefully so the clip part cannot be seen through hair. Wore to a party and stayed in for the whole party which lasted for about 5 hours. Cut to the length of your hair depending on where you place them. Colour is as vibrant and bold as it is in the picture (for purple. Nice material, colour and quality, ideal for halloween. Clearly fake hair but great to brighten up boring hair. Great they worked very well 1st used anything like this and was very impressed. Neitsi 10pcs 18inch Colored Highlight Synthetic Clip on in Hair Extensions PurpleThis is for 10pcs colored synthetic clip in hair extensions.100% high quality fiber, each pack contains 10pcsWeight: 8~10g/pc(80~100g/pack); Length: 18inch (45cm).Straight hair texture can be curled and straightened to match your hair styleColors might vary on different monitor. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-11-14 01:23:17Reviewed Item Neitsi 10pcs 18inch Colored Highlight Synthetic Clip on in Hair Extensions PurpleRating 2.0 / 5  stars, based on  10  reviews Clearly fake hair but great to brighten up boring hair. Omg these are amazing i love them – fast delivery and they felt soft too. For my daughters world book day clips are terrible to be fair always tip back and hair comes out alot but for the price can’t complain so i suppose they were ok. For my daughters world book day clips are terrible to be fair always tip back and hair comes out alot but for the price can’t complain so i suppose they were ok. Nice material, colour and quality, ideal for halloween. Great they worked very well 1st used anything like this and was very impressed. Easy to put in, but must place carefully so the clip part cannot be seen through hair. Wore to a party and stayed in for the whole party which lasted for about 5 hours. Cut to the length of your hair depending on where you place them. Colour is as vibrant and bold as it is in the picture (for purple. Omg these are amazing i love them – fast delivery and they felt soft too. center_img Posted on November 14, 2017Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HairpiecesTags Neitsilast_img read more

a month agoBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembele

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.” last_img read more

Rescue Film Featuring Olate Dogs To Open Sonoma Film Festival

first_img“Who rescued who?” is a question often pondered by those who know the joy of rescuing a pet. This question was the impetus of a powerful short film that is opening the Sonoma International Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif. this week.Video: Le Sauvetage (The Rescue) — #rescuefilm“Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue) is a six-minute film produced by Peter McEvilley, award-winning filmmaker and composer whose credits include The House Bunny, Last Vegas and Alias, and starring the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent. The film is a magical tale about life, love, and finding our true destiny….with a little help from a furry friend.Sponsored and produced by Halo, Purely for Pets, Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Le Sauvetage will open the Sonoma festival on April 2, an honor and exciting opportunity to showcase pet rescue and adoption. The film has also been selected to appear at the Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France this May.In 2012 the Olate Dogs shot to stardom when they won the America’s Got Talent grand prize. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America. But there’s more to their story.Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs themselves. Family patriarch, Richard Olate, developed his act on the streets of his native Chile when he was a poor boy of just 12. He rescued stray dogs and trained them to be part of his amateur show. He worked hard for years to realize his dream of becoming a professional dog act. Today, Richard and his son, Nicolas, and wife, Rebecca, continue to save dogs from shelters and train them to become part of their professional troupe.Halo, known for its philanthropic efforts to promote rescue and adoption, admired the Olate Dogs and their dedication to rescue. Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO and Executive Producer of Le Sauvetage, wanted to find a unique way to draw attention to the special bond we share with animals.“We see this film as an entertaining yet meaningful way to show how companion animals add value to our lives,” he said. “Producer Peter McEvilley did a phenomenal job conveying this extremely important message by combining his creative story telling and film making capabilities.”Because the Olate Dogs love Halo natural pet food, it seemed the stars aligned to bring the two groups together to do great things for homeless pets.Halo has a track record of promoting rescue and adoption through film. The company sponsors all three episodes of Shelter Me, a PBS special dedicated to showcasing shelter dogs and the incredible lives they lead. Halo also sponsored the Humane Society of the United States’ video campaign, “Meet My Shelter Pet,” a series of videos featuring celebrities and their adopted pets.The Olate Dogs will also perform at the Sonoma festival. And, in keeping with the film’s mission, Halo and Freekibble.com will donate 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to local Sonoma animal shelter, Pets Lifeline.To view the film and for more information, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

CANADA TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN BANNON FILM BASED ON HUAWEI EXEC MENGS

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Bannon has said the movie is aimed at exposing ties between Huawei, which he describes as the “greatest national security threat” to the United States, and China’s communist government, which he maintains is “the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced.”He’s also been clear that his objective is to stiffen U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolve to shut Huawei out of development of next generation wireless networks over fears the telecommunications giant is controlled by the Chinese government and its equipment could be used to spy on or sabotage other countries.The film is to be released next month by New Tang Dynasty Television, part of the Epoch Media Group that is closely associated with the Falun Gong spiritual movement and includes the pro-Trump and vehemently anti-Beijing newspaper, The Epoch Times.The 54-minute movie follows fictional Chinese-Canadian journalist Jane Li as she reports on Canada’s arrest of the chief financial officer of Huaxing Hi-Tech; along the way she “exposes the company’s ties” to the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese military, according to a New Tang Dynasty news release.The film features a Canadian cast, including Eric Peterson of “Street Legal” and “Corner Gas” fame.A trailer for the movie, replete with ominous soundtrack, shows Peterson — playing a character named James MacAvoy and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Canada’s former ambassador to China, John McCallum — meeting with a detained Canadian named Michael.In real life, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained in China since December, accused of espionage shortly after Canada detained Meng, who is wanted by the U.S. on charges of fraud related to evasion of American sanctions on Iran.The trailer also shows Peterson telling someone who looks remarkably like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the Chinese “just arbitrarily sentenced a Canadian to death. There’s no telling where this retaliation will end.”In the New Tang Dynasty news release, Bannon calls the movie “a seminal and timely work exposing the inner workings” of the Chinese Communist Party and Huawei.“Run by a radical cadre of the Chinese Communist Party, China’s Communism today is the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced,” Bannon says. “Huawei, the technology and telecommunications arm of the CCP and the People’s Liberation Army, is the greatest national security threat we have ever faced, as it is already in the process of a global tech domination via 5G and 6G (wireless networks).”Bannon told Bloomberg earlier this month that he hopes the film will be screened for Trump at the White House.“The central issue in the 2020 presidential campaign is going to be the economic war with China: manufacturing jobs, currency, capital markets and technology,” he told the news agency. “Huawei is a key part of that and this film will highlight why it must be shut down.”Joan Bryden ~ The Canadian Press Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement PHOTO: Steve Bannon/Jakob Reimann via Flickr OTTAWA — Canada plays a starring role in a soon-to-be-released film aimed at exposing China’s bid for world domination through technology — produced by one-time Trump strategist Steve Bannon.The film, “Claws of the Red Dragon,” is fiction, but “inspired by” Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and China’s subsequent retaliatory measures, including the detention of two Canadians for alleged espionage and death sentences meted out to two other Canadians convicted of drug crimes. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Meanwhile SpiceJet inks pact with Gulfs Emirates for codeshare pact

first_imgMumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Monday said it has inked an initial pact with Gulf-based Emirates for code-share partnership, a move that will give wider connectivity to its passengers on the latter’s network across the US, Europe, Africa and Middle East. In turn, Emirates’ passengers will enjoy unhindered access to SpiceJet’s 51 domestic destinations — 10 through direct connectivity and rest 41 through connecting flights, the airline said in a release. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSpiceJet’s first code-share partnership with Emirates, which is subject to regulatory approvals, assumes significance in the back drop of the temporary grounding of domestic carrier Jet Airways, which has investment from Emirates’ rival carrier Etihad. Before grounding all its flights to and from Etihad’s hub Abu Dhabi on March 18, Jet Airways had sizeable operations to the UAE capital city. “I am delighted to announce that as part of SpiceJet’s international expansion strategy, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a code-share agreement with Emirates. This new partnership should immensely benefit passengers travelling on both airlines,” SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh was quoted as saying in the release.last_img read more