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  • Arnett Gardens lift sixth Jackie Bell title

    first_imgArnett Gardens FC ended the local season on a high following a 2-1 win over Waterhouse FC to lift the Locker Room/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout trophy at Sabina Park yesterday. The ‘Junglists’ gained their sixth hold on the Jackie Bell courtesy of a penalty by Jason Moore in the 12th minute and a goal by Newton Sterling in the 31st. Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson netted for the losers in the 54th minute. Arnett started the game with more purpose and scored twice in the first half. Steve Clarke was cut down inside the 18-yard area by Waterhouse’s central defender, Carlos Wright. It gave Moore the chance to easily slotted his penalty kick past goalkeeper Rashaun Patterson. Sterling then slotted home after a cross from the left flank by former Waterhouse player Neicko Williams. In the second half, Waterhouse improved their play and pulled back a goal when Anderson netted past Peter Harrison in goal for Arnett. Waterhouse took control after their goal and missed several easy chances to at least send the match into extra time. Arnett missed out on the Red Stripe Premier League trophy but etched their name on the Jackie Bell for a sixth time. They also walked away with medals and $400,000 while Waterhouse earned $250,000. CONSOLATION VICTORY Arnett’s head coach, Jerome Waite, said the victory served as a consolation after missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League title this season. “It will be a consolation. A knockout trophy is always considered that way. We were not at full strength due to injuries,” said Waite, who admitted that Waterhouse was the better team in the second half. The veteran coach is now looking forward to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) semi-finals on Friday and a match against Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection in Haiti. “The victory will serve as a boost heading into the CFU Club Championship this weekend,” Waite informed. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s coach, Anthony Patrick, was disappointed. “I think that we started a little flat, but looked better in the second half,” Patrick said.last_img read more

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  • Lloris gets driving ban, fine for drink-driving

    first_img“On 15th of July, he was the proudest man of the planet,” attorney David Sonn said in reference to the day Lloris and his France team lifted the World Cup trophy in Moscow.“Forty days later, he was arrested in central London,” said the lawer. “Today he apologises to the court.”Lloris was one of the heroes of France’s commanding march to their second football World Cup in 20 years.The triumph turned the 31-year-old into a national hero and confirmed his status as one of the most respected goalkeepers in the world.But Lloris’s dream turned into a nightmare when his Porsche was pulled over for a routine stop in central London at 2:20am on August 24.The Daily Mail tabloid said Lloris registered 100 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in a police check.The amount is roughly the equivalent of seven glasses of wine, although alcohol levels depend on multiple factors such as age, gender and metabolism.The legal driving limit in England in a breathalyser test is 35 microgrammes.“I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters,” Lloris had earlier said in a statement.“Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”Police said Lloris nearly hit parked cars and went through a red light. They found vomit in the car after stopping him.Lloris spent seven hours in a cell that night before returning home on foot.– Taxi cancelled –France captain Lloris holding aloft the World Cup trophy © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHis lawyer said Lloris knew he should not have been driving and had called a cab after a night out.“He had booked a taxi but unfortunately the taxi cancelled at the last minute,” Sonn said. “He made a first mistake — he decided to drive.”The married father of two looked stoic and dressed impeccably in a dark suit and blue shirt as he made his way in silence through a crush of reporters into the courtroom.Lloris missed France’s opening games in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.France coach Didier Deschamps attributed his ‘keeper’s absence to a thigh injury and gave Lloris his wholehearted support.“He knows only too well that it shouldn’t happen, but it happened and it’s not going to change what I think about him and the Hugo Lloris that I’ve always known,” said Deschamps.Lloris was spectacular during the World Cup and gave up no goals in either France’s tough quarter-final match-up against Uruguay or their semi-final against a dangerous Belgium side.He blundered once in the final against Croatia but his team still prevailed 4-2.But Lloris’s London club are now left to ponder what to do with their starting keeper after his conviction for a serious driving offence.Tottenham have won three of their first four matches and are placed fifth in the English Premier League.A team spokesman said before the sentencing that Tottenham were treating the entire matter “extremely seriously”.Lloris has made 256 appearances with Tottenham since joining from the French club Lyon in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hugo Lloris leaving court after sentencing © AFP / Tolga AKMENLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and a Sh 7 million (£50,000) fine on Wednesday for drink-driving in central London.The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper had earlier called his behaviour “unacceptable” and received a lighter sentence from a judge who could have locked up the star for six months.last_img read more

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  • Mourinho ‘very happy’ at Man United, says agent Mendes

    first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho is happy at Manchester United, according to his agent Jorge Mendes © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Jose Mourinho is “very happy” at Manchester United despite the club’s Premier League struggles, his agent Jorge Mendes said on Friday.The statement followed reports that the club are considering bringing in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to succeed the Portuguese and other reports linking him with a return to Real Madrid. United have endured a torrid season — they are in eighth place in the Premier League, 18 points behind Manchester City, and with a negative goal difference after 15 matches.Mourinho’s troubled relations with star midfielder Paul Pogba and other players have been an unwanted sideshow to a stuttering season.The one bright spot for United is that they are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a game to spare.“There have been more rumours of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United,” said Mendes.“It’s totally untrue. Jose is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him. He has a long-term contract with Manchester United and is fully committed to the club in building a solid winning project.”Mourinho, 55, in January signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2020.The former Chelsea boss replaced Louis van Gaal in 2016 with a brief to return the club to the pinnacle of the English game.The 20-time league champions have not won the Premier League title since Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge in 2012-13.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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  • WALKING BACK TO ‘BASICC’ HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN THE TWIN TOWNS!

    first_imgMary Mc Granaghan and Kieran Doherty, BASICC Committee.They’re walking back to health and happiness in the Twin Towns with the official launch of the BASICC Walks Initiative which took place recently.Ballybofey And Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC) who developed the project said they were are delighted with the project which is a further enhancement of the local walks initative in and around the Twin Towns.The actual works included upgrading the Drumboe Town walk and directional signage to other notable historic sites. Advertisement The project funding was provided with a grant of €54,460 being allocated by DLDC through LEADER.There has been a huge increase in popularity of walks in and around the Twin Towns area thereby helping promote Tourism in the Twin Towns.BASICC had identified existing routes in need of upgrading, making them more accessable and safer to walk. A pocketguide has also been produced to promote the walks along with trailhead signs, directional signage and furniture.Speaking at the launch, Chairman of BASICC, Kieran Doherty said he was delighted with the project and that the objectives of the committee were to increase tourism and enterprise in the Twin Towns. Advertisement He thanked all involved in the project, but particularly DLDC and Leader who provided the grant and guidance for the project. He thanked the Villa Rose Hotel, Jacksons Hotel, Kees Hotel, Mc Elhinneys Stores and CLADDA for also providing funds to match fund the grant. He also paid tribute to Coillte, Donegal County Council, Tús and Fas for all their support with this and other projects around the area.Chairman of DLDC, Mr Jim Slevin, said that his Board were always happy to help communities who wish to increase Tourism and Enterprise within their areas. He also commended the BASICC committee on all the great work that they have initiated around the Twin Towns.He said “This project ties in perfectly with the companies Rural Recreation Plan for Outdoor Pursuits in 2014”.He also pointed out that several other organisations in the Twin Towns had benefited from Leader funding in recent times including the Development of the “Pound” in Stranorlar, which includes statues of Frances Brown and Issac Butt, the Town Clock, Trusk Lough Walks Project, Gort Scíth Picnic Area, Enhancement works in both towns and more recently the Ard Mc Cool Playgrounds and the recent completed extension to the Finn Valley CentreLocal Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan also spoke at the event stating that it was great to see all organisation working in partnership to make this happen. He paid tribute to DLDC, Leader, RRO, Tus and Fas as well as the five business’s and CLADDA who helped support the development.The official cutting of the ribbon was performed by Mary Mc Granaghan, BASICC with Frank Kelly also of DLDC and Leader acting as MC for the event.WALKING BACK TO ‘BASICC’ HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN THE TWIN TOWNS! was last modified: August 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BASICCdonegalDonegal Local development Compnaytwin townswalkslast_img read more

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  • Iran announce the 23 players selected for Russia

    first_imgIran have confirmed their 23-man World Cup squad.AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh won the Golden Boot in the Dutch league this season, while Nottingham Forest’s Ashkan Dejagah makes the squad despite playing only one game since January.You can see the full group below…Goalkeepers: Alireza Beyranvand (Persepolis), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo).Defenders: Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Ramin Rezaeian (Ostende), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Alsaad), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiacos).Midfielders: Saeid Ezatollahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos).Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Mahdi Taremi (Al Gharafa), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Saman Ghoddos (Ostersunds), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis). 1 Iran players line up ahead of an international friendly last_img read more

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  • DONEGAL RUE SQUANDERED CHANCES AS THEY GO ‘DOWN’ IN NEWRY

    first_imgAn early goal for Down saw Donegal chase this National League game for the entire afternoon in Newry.Donegal can look to squandered chances after they hit more than a dozen wides.But take nothing from Down because they fought tooth and nail to keep their noses in front. Both Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden grabbed late points to push the margin to just two points as the clock ticked down.And despite going in search of what would have been a winning goal, Down hung on to win by 1-09 to 0-10.Niall Muldine inflicted the early goal on Donegal after an initial save by Paul Durcan amid a sea of Down players.Donegal’s slow start was evident on the scoreboard with just two points after 22 minutes. The sides continued to swap points but Down went in the much happier at half-time on a scoreline of 1-06 to 0-05.Often lauded as a second-half team, Donegal just couldn’t shake off their inability to punish Down.Down stood strong in defence despite probing attacks form the likes of David Walsh and Christy Toye.Mark McHugh, Toye and Michael Murphy were all guilty of squandering chances on the day.Down did their homework and did enough to snuff out the threat of Murphy and co up front. On a day when Donegal left their shooting boots at home, Down can feel they did enough to earn the two points.* Cathal MacSuibhne’s overview of the game will be posted shortly.DONEGAL RUE SQUANDERED CHANCES AS THEY GO ‘DOWN’ IN NEWRY was last modified: March 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDownNewrylast_img read more

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  • No. 36 Men’s Tennis Sweeps Michigan State, 7-0

    first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 36th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team swept Michigan State, 7-0, on Saturday evening for the Bulldogs fifth straight win over a Big Ten opponent this season.Drake made quick work in doubles, as Scotland natives Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch rolled over Jasper Koenen and Bill Shisler, 6-1 at No. 2 and Ben Lott and Ben Wood clinched the double point with a 6-3 win at the No. 1 spot.The Bulldogs continued to cruise past the Spartans with Drake winning the first set on all six courts. Lott was the first one off the court in singles, defeating Mac Roy, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. Gillespie extended his winning streak to six matches with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3. Sophomore Ben Stride clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Shisler at the No. 4 spot. Gillespie and freshman Ben Clark also produced straight set victories to put drake up 6-0. Freshman Tom Hands won the final singles match in a third set super-tiebreaker, defeating Alexander Kim, 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-8).”I am really pleased at this point. I will take a match like that after a tough one last night and a match against Cornell tomorrow. To come out and take care of business in that fashion will definitely help our guys out in recovering for tomorrow,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.The Bulldog wrap up their weekend on Sunday at 11 a.m. when they host No. 65 Cornell. #36 Drake 7, Michigan State 0Mar 05, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. Mac Roy (MSU) 6-2, 6-32. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Michael Dube (MSU) 6-3, 6-23. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Jasper Koenen (MSU) 6-4, 6-14. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Billy Shisler (MSU) 6-2, 6-25. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Alexander Kim (MSU) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-8)6. Clark, Ben (DU) def. Ivan Rakic (MSU) 6-1, 7-5 Doubles competition1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Mac Roy/Michael Dube (MSU) 6-32. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Jasper Koenen/Billy Shisler (MSU) 6-13. Clark, Ben/Stride, Ben (DU) vs. Alexander Kim/Ivan Rakic (MSU) 5-4, unfinished Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,3,4,2,6,5)  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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  • San Francisco Giants place Buster Posey on 10-day IL

    first_imgNEW YORK — For the second time in the last month, Giants catcher Buster Posey is headed to the injured list.After missing a week of games in the middle of May following a concussion, Posey was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right hamstring strain.Posey had an MRI done on the hamstring that revealed a mild strain according to manager Bruce Bochy, but the Giants were hopeful he would avoid a trip to the injured list. Posey hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring while …last_img read more

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  • Natural Selection Is Vacuous, Says Evolutionist; Part II: Hidden Agency

    first_imgDon’t take our word for it that Natural Selection reduces to the Stuff Happens Law. Listen to an evolutionist say it.As stated in Part I, an evolutionist in the “Third Way” movement is writing a book-in-progress on evolution, Evolution As It Was Meant to Be. In chapter 19, “Let’s Not Begin With Natural Selection,” Stephen Talbott sets up natural selection (NS) to demolish it. It’s as if he builds a snowman in the dark before turning on the hot lights, watching it melt under the light of philosophical scrutiny. Quoting leading evolutionists gushing over natural selection for decades, he shows that his snowman is not a straw man.The simplicity of what is being promulgated as “natural selection” can hardly be doubted. In his landmark book on The Nature of Selection, the philosopher of evolutionary theory, Elliot Sober, considered it “remarkable that a hypothesis of such explanatory power could be so utterly simple conceptually: If the organisms in a population differ in their ability to survive and reproduce, and if the characteristics that affect these abilities are transmitted from parents to offspring, then the population will evolve” (“Sober 1984, pp. 21-2).The idea of natural selection seems so straightforward and conclusive that it forces its way into the receptive mind without much need for evidence. August Weismann, whose importance for nineteenth-century evolutionary theory has been considered second only to Darwin’s, rather famously wrote in 1893 that we must accept natural selection as the explanation for the wondrous adaptation of organisms to their environments “because it is the only possible explanation we can conceive”.Paragraphs of quotes by the likes of Weismann, Elliot Sober, Ernst Mayr, Niles Eldredge, Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Susan Blackmore, Christoph Adami and Richard Dawkins are all provided as Talbott’s set-up for the take-down. Talbott wants to make sure the reader knows how leading evolutionists feel. NS is so simple, so obvious, so intuitive, so explanatorily rich, they think, that one would have to be a fool to not see it. NS is so well established, they feel, that it is no longer in need of evidence. It’s like an algorithm. Input life; output evolution. Blackmore says confidently, “evolution is inevitable.”Trigger WarningsBut then, Talbott turns on the first heat lamp. Gently, he introduces a little “unease” at the way modern evolutionists make NS capable of explaining everything. They treat NS as some kind of agent who directs organisms toward purposeful ends.And, indeed, over-estimation of the explanatory power of natural selection may be why Darwin’s contemporary, the geologist Charles Lyell, accused him of “deifying” the theory. A century later, in 1971, Lila Gatlin, a biochemist and mathematical biologist who figured centrally in developing the conception of life as an “information processing system”, could summarize contemporary usage by saying, “the words ‘natural selection’ play a role in the vocabulary of the evolutionary biologist similar to the word ‘God’ in ordinary language” (quoted in Oyama 2000a, p. 31). Such is the power of logical constructions over the human mind.No doubt the “evolutionary algorithm” truly is simple, and its logic, as far as it goes, is self-evident. But we might want to keep in mind how thin and unstable is the strip of intellectual real estate between “self-evident” and “vacuous” — especially when, as scientists, we prefer abstract logical necessity and simplicity to “little details”, such as the difference between a computer program and the life of a tiger or octopus.Melting AcceleratesTalbott starts switching on more heat lamps faster and faster: the fossil record; observations that organisms stay true to type and do not show excessive variation; carelessness of language by neo-Darwinians. He lists eight basic questions that NS fails to answer, and leaves them unanswered. Then he says it answers no questions!I can think of no fundamental question about evolution whose answer is suggested by the advertised formula for natural selection. Everything depends on what the amazingly diverse sorts of organism actually do as they respond to and shape their environments. Contrary to Susan Blackmore’s exultant insight, nothing in the “algorithmic logic” of natural selection tells us that evolution must have happened — and, given that it has happened, the logic by itself tells us little about what we should expect to find in the fossil record. We may ask then, “What, in truth, is being celebrated as the revolutionary principle of natural selection?” [Italics his.]The very theory readers were comfortable thinking was intuitively obvious now is looking extremely vulnerable. Hollow snowmen melt faster than solid ones.NS as the Stuff Happens LawTalbott engages a rhetorical ploy, agreeing that NS is intuitively obvious. Neo-Darwinians reading this may breathe a sigh of relief that he is not renouncing Darwinism. But hidden in his ploy is a knife.Cartoons by Brett Miller. Used by permission.None of this is to deny the trivial validity of the idea of natural selection. Of course organisms that are “fitter” will generally do better in life than “unfit” organisms. That’s how we define “fit”. And of course a record of the winners and losers in the “struggle for survival” will tell us a great deal about evolutionary processes. Or could tell us if we understood all that happened in order to establish this particular record. It is hardly unreasonable to point out that we will gain a profound understanding of evolution only when we know a fair amount about how it has happened among actual organisms and along its broad course down through the ages.Every organism’s life and death encompasses and, so to speak, “sums up” a vast range of purposive activities, not only on its own part, but also on the part of many other organisms. One might feel, therefore, that the “theory” of the survival of the fittest can explain just about everything. Certainly the overall pattern of births and deaths must yield the observed evolutionary outcome! Actually, it just is that outcome — it is the pattern we need to explain — which doesn’t yet give us much of a theory.He has just equated NS to the Stuff Happens Law. As our own critique does, Talbott points out that a theory that can explain everything, including opposites, explains nothing. If fitness is defined in terms of survival, then NS becomes a tautology. No wonder it’s intuitively obvious! Boys will be boys. A rose is a rose. Deafness is caused by hearing loss.A Blind Watchmaker Is Still a MakerNext, Talbott exposes a logical flaw in natural selection. The very God that Darwin wanted to eliminate from biology has snuck back in as the Almighty Selector. And the error began with Darwin himself, who spoke of NS as an agent “daily and hourly scrutinising, throughout the world, every variation, even the slightest; rejecting that which is bad, preserving and adding up all that is good”. Darwin’s disciples keep up the same fallacy; Talbott calls it a “universal” tendency among biologists.If what biologists say has any significant bearing on what they mean, then they are telling us, emphatically, that natural selection is an effective, mechanistic agent — an agent of evolutionary change.In a gentlemanly spirit, Talbott says, “This is a problem.” The snowman is now a puddle on the floor. This is a problem, indeed. Further refutation seems unnecessary, but Talbott keeps the heat on. Neutralizing in advance the expected defenses of Jerry Coyne, who accuses criticisms of NS as hokum, Talbott jumps on the puddle, distributing the last remnants of a coherent theory across the room.It would be truer to say that the famously simple and compelling logic of natural selection, misconceived as the “foundation” of a powerful theory, has been a primary source of hokum in evolutionary thinking. It is a kind of blank template upon which overly credulous biologists and lay people can project their faith. As for the “genuine force” Gould refers to — a supposed causal power over and above those we find actually at play in biological activity — it is a magical invention borne of the refusal to recognize agency in the only place where we ever observe it, which is in the lives of organisms.OverkillFor the coup de grâce, Talbott demonstrates from history that “The inadequacy of the theory of natural selection has long been noticed.” Hugo de Vries was not the only one who quipped that ““Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it cannot explain the arrival of the fittest.” Talbott quotes a Who’s Who of biologists from the late 19th century to the current century—Haldane, Cope, Bateson, Margulis and more—who have agreed with de Vries about this fundamental lack of creative power in Darwinism. Even Darwin’s close friend Charles Lyell had problems with how Darwin made it act like Hindu deities! Ouch.“If we take the three attributes of the deity of the Hindoo Triad, the Creator, Brahma, the preserver or sustainer, Vishnu, and the destroyer, Siva, Natural Selection will be a combination of the two last but without the first, or the creative power, we cannot conceive the others having any function.” (Sir Charles Lyell [1860], Scottish geologist who laid the crucial uniformitarian foundation for Darwin’s theory)So why haven’t these critiques made a dent in the neo-Darwinist establishment? Why do biologists continue “projecting the repressed knowledge of living agency upon the always available blank slate and god-like power, or ‘mechanism’, known as ‘natural selection’”? (mocking quotes in the original). Talbott has an answer:The habitual, blindsighted predisposition of the entire discipline of evolutionary biology — including the projection of the repressed awareness of agency — has been too powerful to allow a clean escape to those trained in it.Neo-Darwinism is a self-perpetuating myth that keeps its followers under a spell. It’s like a straitjacket that reproduces itself from generation to generation. It’s like a bull elk that, having beat off all comers, keeps the harem to itself.A Third Way? Really?The “Third Way” introductory page explains what they mean by a third way:The goal is to focus attention on the molecular and cellular processes which produce novelty without divine interventions or sheer luck.Talbott is aware that organisms appear designed. They work as if an intelligent agent created them and oversees them. He knows that Darwin’s “magic” mechanism of natural selection, as a scientific explanation, is deeply flawed and unsatisfying.We are given agency without agency, life without life. Such is our way today. It is my intention in the following discussion of evolution to articulate a different point of view, taking life in its own terms. And I see no reason to exclude what we know most directly — and in a higher key, so to speak — through our own existence as organisms.The only way forward, he thinks, is to see organisms as they see themselves: experiencing life in all its richness, moving purposefully through their world. But by trying to mind-meld with snails and apes, will he just exchange one form of pantheism for another?Talbott is an engaging writer, and has much more to say in his growing book. His take-down of natural selection proves our point: NS is a tautologous, vacuous, deceptive ploy masquerading as scientific explanation. It explains everything—even opposites—by a “mechanism” that reduces to the Stuff Happens Law. That’s why it is intuitively obvious: stuff does happen! Darwin’s spellbound adherents, inebriated with Darwine, worship this mechanism as a false god, the agent of all biological change and progress, endowing it with mystical powers. It’s past time to ditch natural selection. We hope Talbott’s refutation of natural selection, coming from an insider, will reach many who would never read CEH. But it would be a mistake for our readers to think his alternative explanation for the beauty and complexity of life, whatever it is, will be any better. One cannot live consistently as a materialist. Everyone believes in the supernatural and in miracles, even the most ardent materialists. They demonstrate it with every sentence they say or write. We are not just atoms. As image-bearers of the only righteous and omnipotent Creator, we instinctively know that truth and morality exist and are to be preferred over lies and evil. Truth and morality cannot evolve; they must be timeless, universal, and dependably certain.Having rejected God, Talbott will wander into a different blindsighted error. Most likely the “Third Way of Evolution” that Talbott and his colleagues are seeking will simply displace agency from NS to some other concept that is equally mystical. Don’t let down your guard. Be discerning, because the next evolutionary myth may be even more slippery than Darwin’s. (Visited 437 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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  • 10 years of caring

    first_imgThis YEAR, HI HOPES celebrates 10 years of supporting deaf infants and their families. In this time, over 1300 South African families have benefited from our services, allowing them to make informed choices for their deaf or hard of hearing children. Through the variety of communication options and amplification choices we promote, deaf children are given the gift of communication – thanks to the dedication of our staff and generous donations from caring people like you. As we celebrate our birthday, one of our youngest babies – little Kayde, who was born with a hole in his heart, impaired vision and hearing loss – underwent his Cochlear Implant surgery yesterday. Kayde has been a HI HOPES baby since he was two months old and our director, Prof Claudine Storbeck, was standing along side the ENT surgeon during his surgery. Watch this space for an update of Kayde’s progress.last_img read more

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