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As millions of Jews celebrate Passover, and as millions of Christians gather to celebrate Easter, a Darwinist reporter was experiencing “existential vertigo” – a sweeping sense of dizziness as her imagination zoomed in and out of the implications of her faith. It may be the closest thing that a secular materialist can call a religious experience. And religious experience is an accurate description: it was the outworking of an all-encompassing world view, with ultimate causes, ultimate destinies, moral imperatives, and heavy doses of faith. Amanda Gefter (see her previous attack on creationism in the 02/26/2009 entry), attended a four-day Origins Symposium at the University of Arizona and wrote up her impressions for New Scientist. The event offered four days of lectures and debates from “the world’s leading scientists” – Brian Greene, AC Grayling, Steven Pinker, Steven Weinberg, Craig Venter, and (in absentia) Stephen Hawking. “It’s funny how pondering our origins – the origin of the universe, of life, of mind – leads us to question everything we thought we knew about ourselves in the here and now.” Apparently, she did not question anything that was said at the conference, because they took her for a ride from ultimate origins and ultimate destinies, as a religion might, and she was transfixed: “throughout the four days, I felt as if I could see myself – a small, strange Earth-bound creature – through the lens of a camera zooming in and out through space and time.” The wild ride took her from a fictional multiverse, to alternate dimensions, to an evolutionary history no human being has observed, to questioning her own existence. Somehow, as a religion might, it included a moral dimension. Quoting Paul Davies, Gefter agreed, “If we are the only life in the universe, we have an enormous responsibility, a cosmic duty, to keep the flame of intelligence burning in the universe.” Along the way, though, the sermons brought enough starfire and damnation to send her soul into outer darkness and despair. Consider these lines:What’s that in the distance? Another copy of myself? An infinite number of me?Back in this universe, I am nothing but a speck of dust. “You are cosmically insignificant,” [Lawrence] Krauss says. “We can get rid of you and all the aliens and all the stars and galaxies and the universe would be pretty much the same” – a sea of dark energy populated by islands of dark matter.I am nothing but a vast colony of my single-celled ancestors operating in near harmony….In some ways, I learn, I am no different than a fruit fly, and by looking at protein-coding genes, one cannot tell the difference in complexity between a human and a hydra.Our unique cognitive abilities are an “emergent acquisition based on the history of brain evolution, but not predicted by that history,” says Ian Tattersall.What a delicate history it is; littered with accidents, defined by contingencies. The tiniest changes in our evolutionary past would have led to dramatically different life-forms – and certainly not my own.There [in Africa], helped in part by a seafood diet rich in omega-3s, their [early human ancestor] brains developed the ability to think abstractly. That ability, superimposed on ancient brain structures, has built us into creatures that live largely in our own imagined worlds.Zoom in: Today I am nothing more than a haphazard mosaic patched together by evolution and time.…the only ideology I can grab hold of is uncertainty in the vastness of space and time.If I do exist – as a hive of single-celled organisms and microbes, as a mirror image from another universe, as a lucky accident of the African savannah – I can’t help but think that I am nothing more than an extreme fluke.What a tragedy it would be, he [Paul Davies] says, if we destroy ourselves and our planet, and in doing so “destroy the one small corner of the cosmos where the flame of reason is alight.”Amanda’s head was swimming after four days of this. “I leave with more questions than answers,” she said, clinging to any self-esteem she might have left. But then Lawrence Krauss hit that with a final knockout blow. “The biggest misconception about science,” he said, “is that we are happiest when we understand things.”People need the Lord. You should be weeping for Amanda Gefter and her friends who floundered in the darkness of their own imagination there in Arizona. Their religion offers them nothing but loneliness, emptiness, chance, insignificance, questions and despair. They think they are wise, but they are fools. Is it uncharitable to say that? Not if it helps them wake up and face reality. We know that what they are saying is folly, because nothing in their religion makes logical sense. They have cut the foundation of reason out from under their feet; they are in sinking sand. Their cosmology provides no basis for confidence in anything – their own existence, their science, their logic, their self-perception. Krauss fools himself into thinking he understands things when the whole conference questioned their own existence and relegated themselves to “creatures that live largely in our own imagined worlds.” On what basis, then, can they say the whole conference was nothing but living in an imagined world? They need to escape to reality. This foolish world view leads where only folly can: to despair. They need to read the book of Ecclesiastes, written for people like this. It would be a good wake-up call. Without remembering one’s Creator, without fearing God and keeping His commandments, the only conclusion is “vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That godly fear causes one to listen to His word. That word takes the soul lost in darkness and provides a remedy: forgiveness, love, and a relationship with our Maker, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection is celebrated by millions today on the basis of historical evidence and prophetic fulfillment, not on imagined worlds of one’s own making. He is risen; He is risen, indeed! Now there is sense. There is a cosmology that leads to a real cosmic responsibility (read I Corinthians 15). Don’t skip that last verse which, having built on on the solid foundation of verifiable history discussed prior, provides the impetus for living a vibrant, active, fulfilling, abundant life that makes sense, has a purpose, and has a joyful outcome. Instead of lamenting “vanity of vanities,” the Christ-follower can say with confidence that his or her “labor is not in vain in the Lord.”(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new study says the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership will cost the nation more than $3 billion in exports. Meanwhile, the remaining 11 members would enjoy marginal gains from the U.S.’ TPP withdrawal, with Mexico and Canada set to benefit the most.A study by a firm from Canada said this week that TPP-11 would generate an increase of 2.4 percent in exports among the 11 remaining partners, however, this is just 40 percent of the increase that would have happened under the original deal that included the United States. The study says an 11 nation TPP, however, would be better than the original agreement for Canadian agriculture and agri-food, because the sector would no longer compete with the US in TPP markets.The study says that Canadian beef would benefit from access to the Japanese market without having to share access with the U.S., and that fruit and vegetable exports, processed food products, and pork and poultry would likewise do well.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Keith Peters’ spring planting prep list is longer than usual this year.His central Ohio farm absorbed a record annual rainfall of 55 inches in 2018, with much of it coming throughout the fall. As a result, Peters missed the window for his fall herbicide applications, strip tillage and P and K applications.Even the work that did get done was compromised, he noted. “Of the 240 acres of wheat sown, I’ll probably only save 80,” Peters said. “We had too much rain, and it was sowed too late.” He’s also facing field compaction and messy seedbeds, and experts are predicting lower soybean seed quality and germination this spring.The current weather isn’t helping, either, Peters said. “There is no let-up in the moisture,” he said. “We are getting hammered and flooded right now.”“I wonder how widespread this is?” he added.Very widespread, explained DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. “Most of the Midwest is facing the potential for wet soils to delay the start of fieldwork,” he said. “And the late-winter pattern does not show that trend changing.”The northern and central Delta is also wading through winter after a wet fall, and parts of the Southeast are still recovering from the deluges of Hurricane Florence, he said. “In the Plains, we’ve seen some drier trends recently in the central and southwestern areas, but otherwise there are either saturated soils now or soils that will likely be pretty soaked before spring,” he added. “South-central and southeastern sectors of the Plains have the highest chance of having this develop.”“Heading into the spring, growers always have to have a Plan B,” concluded Kevin Nelson, an independent agronomist based in Illinois. “But when looking at a season like this, they really need a plan C and maybe a D, E and F, too.”MISSED FALL FIELDWORKPeters’ spring to-do list is a familiar one to many Illinois growers, Nelson said.“That crop was in the field so late, there really wasn’t a chance to finish the season the way most farmers would — with tillage, burndowns and fertilizer,” he said. “There’s a whole lot of stuff hanging over their heads right now that they will have to think about in late March and April.”Missed fall herbicide applications will likely be among growers’ first concerns, as unchecked winter annuals begin to sprout in March.Henbit, pennycress, purple deadnettle and chickweed are common winter annual concerns in the Midwest, but marestail is by far the most problematic, Nelson noted.The weed overwinters well as small rosettes and emerges early and aggressively in the spring, often carrying multiple types of herbicide resistance, most commonly glyphosate and ALS-resistance.Early-emerging summer annual weeds could cause problems, too. “The later the burndown is pushed back, the more likely lambsquarter, ragweed and waterhemp can come up and cause problems,” Nelson said.Fertilizer retailers and farmers could also face a crush of work early on in the spring, as nitrogen and nutrient applications were also among the casualties of the long, wet fall and delayed harvest. “I have almost no P and K applied,” Peters said.SEEDBED MESSSoils paid the price for the wet harvesting conditions this past fall. Compaction from heavy machinery on wet soils can cause problems throughout the season, from poor emergence to shallow-rooted plants.Ruts will also be a problem, Nelson said. “Almost everyone has some field damage to think about,” he said of north-central Illinois. “Especially if growers are no-till, the damage from rutting and heavy machinery are things that take a while to work out.”Peters, who farms some low-lying river bottom fields, also has to contend with floodwaters and the sodden piles of debris and crop stubble left behind. “We have a big mess to clean up in the bottoms,” he said. “When you get bean or corn stubble piled 6 inches deep or higher, it just never dries out. We plowed some with a bulldozer last year, but others we had to plant around.”SEED QUALITY CONCERNSSoybean seed quality will likely be lower than usual this year, after many bean fields in the Midwest and South endured multiple wetting and drying cycles and a delayed harvest this fall. See the DTN story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….“I’m hearing that there is a ton of germination rates that are less than 90% from a lot of different vendors,” Nelson noted.Growers will have to handle beans as carefully and infrequently as possible, he cautioned. “Seed coats are more fragile, and too much handling can lower germination rates even further.”Agronomists recommend growers double check their seed germination rates before planting and calibrate seeding rates to adjust for lower germination. Seed treatments can also help preserve seed quality, but don’t expect it to increase your germination rate, Nelson said.“Seed treatments will protect what you have and give every seed the best chance it has to become a viable plant,” he said. “It will not take a dead seed and bring it back to life.”SPRING WEATHER AHEADPeters’ plans for spring planting prep hinge, as always, on the cooperation of the weather.Anderson isn’t optimistic about that for many growers this spring, however.“For the Midwest, Delta, Southeast and most of the Plains, spring could be a slow season to get going,” he cautioned. “It looks like April and May will trend drier, but with the rest of February looking quite cold, and continuing into March, the time frame for getting fieldwork done will be shorter than what we need in many areas.”Some fields may not be salvageable, Anderson added. “It’s not out of the question that prevented planting could be a bigger feature this year,” he said.Other parts of the country may fare better, however.“It looks like the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have a drier spring — producers would welcome that after battling wet conditions last fall,” Anderson said. “The western and northwestern U.S. is mixed, with some easing of drought. The southwestern and western U.S. are of course the driest regions right now.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.email@example.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Hard to believe, after all the news around Ray Rice’s potentially career-ending domestic violence case and Adrian Peterson’s child abuse drama, that another NFL player would be photographed in handcuffs for similar charges any time soon. And then there was Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.Dwyer, from metro Atlanta and Georgia Tech, was was arrested Wednesday for investigation in two altercations that occurred on July 21 and 22 at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. His wife left the state after the incidents but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused. Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, police said.As his wife tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home’s second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer’s wife said, “I’m calling the police,” as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.During his police interview on Wednesday, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report. As he was released from jail Thursday, he said he never hurt his son.The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, “the serious nature of these allegations” led the team to deactivate the running back from all team activities.Dwyer was released early Thursday after posting bond, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. Police said they were carrying out a search warrant at Dwyer’s residence in pursuit of more evidence.The 25-year-old player denied committing any assault against the 27-year-old accuser, police said.Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and the woman that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence but left without making an arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom, and the woman said she was the only one at the home, Sgt. Trent Crump said.“She said she was in an argument on the phone only,” Crump said.The next day, Crump said, Dwyer snatched the woman’s cellphone and threw it from the second floor of their residence to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.Crump confirmed there was an allegation that Dwyer threw a shoe at or toward the couple’s 18-month-old son. Crump said he couldn’t elaborate on it.Crump said the woman moved out of state with the child but came forward last week and provided police with information about her injuries and text messages indicating Dwyer ”was going to harm himself because of what had been going on.”The NFL has been jolted by domestic violence issues since a videotape surfaced that showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator. Peterson has been deactivated after child abuse charges were filed against him.So, a league that was reeling since the Rice news continues to spiral in a public relations mess.
United Business Media’s Everything Channel announced Friday that it is folding VARBusiness into CRN magazine.According to Everything Channel CEO Robert Faletra, publishing two print products in a market that “can be served by one big brand like CRN” no longer “makes sense.” As part of the merger, and the company’s “ongoing realignment,” Everything Channel has eliminated 10 positions company-wide, a spokesperson told FOLIO:. (Everything Channel employs roughly 200 people.) No editorial positions were affected.VARBusiness’ State of the Market, State of Technology Reports, VARBusiness 600, Partner Program Guide and Annual Report Card will be folded into CRN. VARBusiness subscribers who wish to receive CRN will be placed on a waiting list, the company said. Everything Channel Events will continue to produce the VARBusiness 500 and the Annual Report Card awards ceremony. Serving the indirect technology sales channel, CRN was launched 30 years ago and carries a controlled circulation of 115,000. VARBusiness carried a controlled circulation of 110,000.
Periodical Publishers’ Service Bureau, LLC (a unit of Hearst Corporation) named Steve Aster president. Prior to PPSB, Aster served as president of consumer marketing for Source Interlink and Primedia Enthusiast Media, which was acquired by Source Interlink in 2007. Time Inc. has promoted Jim Frederick to managing editor of Time.com and executive editor of Time magazine. Previously, Frederick served as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Asia.Longtime Vogue publisher and Condé Nast senior vice president/publishing director Tom Florio says he is leaving the company at the end of the month. He reportedly is looking to become CEO of his own company, although his exact plans are still unclear.Hearst appointed Eve Bercovici executive beauty director at Redbook magazine. Most recently, Bercovici served as a senior beauty director at InStyle.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its Annual Senior Athletic Banquet on Wednesday, May 30 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall.The event, sponsored by the Wilmington Athletic Alumni & Friends Association, featured an awards presentation; words from Shelia Burns, Jack Cushing, and AD Tim Alberts; and a speech from Dan Vassallo, a WHS alum (Class of 2003) who has had a very successful collegiate and post-collegiate track career. Most recently, Vassallo finished in 10th place in the 2018 Boston Marathon.Congratulations to this year’s award winners:Harold “Ding” Driscoll Award (Most Dedication To Sports)Female: Liz GordonMale: Tyler RobertsLawrence Cushing Award (Demonstrating Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Athletic Ability)Female: Mia O’ConnellMale: AJ McKearneyDr. Gerald Fagan Award (Most Outstanding Wilmington High School Athlete)Female: Dana GouletMale: Dan GraciaWildcat Distinguished Service AwardDon CowdenWatch the banquet, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/9/4/b/e/a/694beaa5-c993-4d71-86c7-3861d47ac98b1527793062.963%2B32575762.007%40castus4-wilmington%2B15277968191527795545990252.vod.720p.Wildcat%20Athletics%20Association%20Banquet_%20May%2030th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—(Cover photo credit: Athletic Director Tim Alberts)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”PHOTOS: Wilmington High’s Senior Athletic Banquet Award WinnersIn “Photo of the Day”VIDEO: Watch 2017 Wilmington High’s Senior Athletic BanquetIn “Videos”
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Haik started her career at the Times-Picayune’s NOLA.com website, where she was managing editor. In 2006, she shared in two Pulitzer Prizes with The Times-Picayune for staff coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for breaking news and public service. She also served as assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times’ website, where she also shared in a staff Pulitzer in 2010 for the coverage of police officer shootings. She holds a masters of arts in communication theory degree from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Nicholls State University. Vice Promotes Cliff Gulibert to Oversee Digital Video as Executive Producer (EXCLUSIVE) Popular on Variety Vice Media’s Doug Jossem on Ending Their Seven-Year Relationship with HBO Vice Media has recruited Cory Haik, former publisher of digital news start-up Mic, as chief digital officer to lead the youth-culture company’s global internet businesses.Haik will be based at Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters and report to CEO Nancy Dubuc. She most recently worked at Mic, which last fall laid off virtually its entire staff before being acquired by Bustle Digital Group for a reported price tag of $5 million.As Vice’s chief digital officer, Haik will focus on global audience growth and development, platform partnerships and digital product innovation. She is tasked with creating expanded partnerships and reach for the some-1,500 pieces of content Vice produces on a daily basis, in collaboration with the company’s editorial, video, distribution, product and audience teams. Haik commented, “Digital media has come into its own, and the opportunity to help bring together Vice’s global offerings and develop strategy for how current and future audiences will consume its groundbreaking storytelling is a privilege. This is a business I love deeply, and Vice is a brand I am so proud to be a part of.”Prior to Dubuc’s appointment a year ago, Vice Media had employed an executive with the “chief digital officer” title — Mike Germano, who was fired in January 2018 after an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him.Haik joins Vice Media as the company tries to turn the ship around with Dubuc at the helm. Earlier this year, it cut about 250 employees, or 10% of its staff, after missing revenue targets. Disney has written off $510 million of the value of its effective 21% stake in Vice Media — indicating Vice is worth much less than the $5.7 billion valuation it had two years ago — while Vice also this month raised $250 million in debt financing from a group of new investors including George Soros’ investment fund.In its digital business unit, Vice this month relaunched vice.com, which merges all of its content under one umbrella and eliminates the separate web “channels” for topic verticals like Vice News, Noisey and Munchies — a move the company believes will boost its overall audience engagement.Vice’s digital properties reach over 300 million people globally per month across multiple platforms, including 110 million in the U.S., according to the company’s estimates. At its NewFronts event for advertisers, Dom Delport, Vice’s president of international and chief revenue officer, said the company would exclude traffic from third-party affiliated sites from its overall comScore metrics as of May 15, a bid to build credibility with advertising clients.Haik was most recently publisher of millennial-focused news company Mic, which she first joined in early 2016. Prior to that, she worked at the Washington Post, acquired in 2013 by Jeff Bezos, for five years, most recently as executive director of emerging news products. “Having been on the front lines of digital for the last 20 years, Cory is the total package and a perfect fit for Vice as we build our executive team,” Dubuc said in announcing her hire. Related
© 2015 Phys.org A research team from the University of Illinois and colleagues in China found earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, with crystals aligned in a different direction. Credit: Lachina Publishing Services In other news it was recently noted that some researchers are using the DOE’s Fermilab Dark Energy Camera to unveil small objects in our solar system—the 570-megapixel camera is being used by some to track space junk, asteroids and other objects. Also a team of geologists described how they are attempting to unlock the mysteries of the planet’s inner core by applying a novel application of earthquake reading technology and have found that our planet’s inner core itself has an inner core, too.In other news, the world’s first rotary 3-D printer-cum-scanner was unveiled at the AAAS meeting—called the Blacksmith Genesis, it allows novices to scan an item, edit it and then print it. Also another team of researchers found that coral snake venom revealed a unique route to lethality—turns out it is a toxin that activates a certain kind of nerve cell protein that prevents cells in victims from resetting and ultimately leads to seizures in prey. And yet another team found amber fossil links to the earliest grasses, dinosaurs and fungus used to produce LSD—in Myanmar. Another team has found that a common plant extract fights brain tumors—silibinin, used to treat victims of poisoning and some liver diseases has been shown to be effective in treating Cushing’s Disease, where a tumor grows in the pituitary gland.And finally, if you have been taking medications to get rid of an infection, it might interest you to know that a team of researchers has found that the unwanted impact of antibiotics is broader and more complex than previously known—they found that the drugs have a much bigger impact on the microorganisms that live in our gut, than has been thought, further complicating their use. Journal information: Physics Letters B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—It was an intriguing week for physics as a pair of theorists suggested that their quantum equation predicts the universe has no beginning and thus there was no Big Bang. In their paper published in Physics Letters B, Saurya Das and Rajat Bhaduri, suggest their math shows that the universe has existed forever and that it may also account for both dark energy and dark matter. Also, some at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting have been hinting at the possible discovery in 2015 of a new particle in physics—due, they suggest, to the LHC coming back online, twice as powerful as before. Meanwhile, another group suggested that on quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics—they think there are whole families of them at extremely small scales. Citation: Best of Last Week: Big Bang singularity, unlocking Earth’s inner core and another problem with antibiotics (2015, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-week-big-singularity-earth-core.html No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning Explore further