Was the Nobel Denied to a Creationist?

first_imgRick Weiss, writing in Smithsonian Magazine (Dec. 2003), analyzes Raymond Damadian’s “prize fight” over the 2003 Nobel for Physiology and Medicine (see 11/10/2003 and 10/10/2003 entries).  He suggests the possibility that one of the main reasons was Damadian’s views on creation.  A Nobel spokesman denies it, but Weiss wonders:But it is difficult not to at least consider another explanation: that scientists on the assembly or in other positions of influence could not abide Damadian�s staunch support for “creationist science.”  Damadian is a firm believer in a literal translation of the Bible: he has no doubt that the earth was created by God during a six-day stretch about 6,000 years ago.  Damadian has also served as a technical adviser to the Institute for Creation Research, which rejects the standard model of evolution. …     …. It is tempting to speculate that some assembly members might have weighed the additional legitimacy a Nobel imprimatur would have conferred upon groups whose views are so diametrically opposed to so much of modern science.The views of creationists are not diametrically opposed to so much of modern science, for crying out loud.  They are diametrically opposed to the totalitarian elitism of the Darwin Party.  Like so many great creation scientists before him, Damadian performed exemplary scientific research that has had phenomenal, world-wide impact for good.  That is what a prize should go for, not for allegiance to any “standard” mythology.    We cannot know exactly how much this factor weighed in on the Nobel committee’s secret deliberations, but it would not be surprising, given the Darwin Party’s history of smear tactics going back to Huxley.  Rather than have open debate about the evidence, they present themselves as the noble couriers of science and everyone who disagrees with them as crackpots.  The Smithsonian, whose museum houses Damadian’s first working MRI scanner, could have done a better job defending his case, but at least this article is one of the few that have dared to suggest the creation factor.  Notice how Weiss talked about the “Nobel imprimatur,” and portrays the committee as if it were a council of bishops declaring the official interpretation of their scripture, The Origin of Species.  What’s next, the secular inquisition?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Survival of the Nicest

first_imgBaboons monitored for personality did best if they fell in the “Nice” category.Science Now put up a headline that would have surprised Darwin: “For Some Primates, Survival of the Nicest.”  Three evolutionists watched 45 baboons for 7 years and classified their behaviors based on their grunts, and their hormones from droppings.We identified three relatively stable personality dimensions, each characterized by a distinct suite of behaviors that were not redundant with dominance rank or the availability of kin. Females scoring high on the “Nice” dimension were friendly to all females and often grunted to lower-ranking females to signal benign intent. “Aloof” females were aggressive, less friendly, and grunted primarily to higher-ranking females. “Loner” females were often alone, relatively unfriendly, and also grunted most often to higher-ranking females. Aloof and Loner females were rarely approached by others. Personality dimensions were correlated in different ways with three measures previously shown to be associated with fitness: stress levels and two behavioral indices reflecting the closeness of dyadic bonds formed by individuals. Females who scored high on Nice had high composite sociality indices (CSI) and stable partner preferences, whereas females who scored high on Aloof had lower CSI scores but significantly more stable partner preferences. Loner females had significantly lower CSI scores, less stable partner preferences, and significantly higher glucocorticoid levels.  (Seyfarth, Silk, and Cheney, “Variation in personality and fitness in wild female baboons,”  PNAS, 73/pnas.1210780109 PNAS October 1, 2012.) This finding seems to contradict over a century and a half of Darwinian thinking.  “By being a nice baboon, you increase the likelihood of having strong social bonds, which in turn translates to a better chance of passing on your genes,” Live Science wrote in “It pays to be a nice baboon.”  Actually, the experiment found both Nice and Aloof females doing about the same in terms of reproductive fitness.  The only losers were the loners.  Whatever the findings say about evolution appears ambivalent: “It remains to be determined which of the Nice or Aloof personality dimensions is more adaptive, or whether variation is maintained by contrasting effects on fitness.”Survival of the nicest.  Good grief.  All those genocides for nothing.This is silly.  Did the researchers watch the baboons 24 x 7 for seven years?  Maybe the baboons did all their selfish Darwinian antics when the researchers were asleep and on vacation.  Why didn’t they watch the males?  Are they sexist?  We can’t let these so-called scientists get away with rewriting history by using bogus categories.  Even Science Now, supposedly a functionary of that bastion of Darwinism, the AAAS, said, “Females who scored high on the ‘nice’ meter were friendly to all females.”  How do you calibrate a nice meter?  How do you measure friendliness?  What is that, in Darwin terms?No, we can’t let evolutionists get away with this.  Too much is at stake.  Darwin’s reputation must be preserved intact.  The triumph of German militarism and Russian conquest must maintain its scientific justification on true Darwinism.  Eugenics must not be undermined by those ID people.  No more Mr. Nice Baboon.  Give me survival of the fittest, and give me death! (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s sports awards nominees are announced

first_img9 November 2015The nominees for the 10th annual Sports Awards have been announced by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“This is a significant milestone and we’re celebrating the best sporting moments of the past 10 years, best moments of the Sport Awards and the best sport people that this country has produced,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula.“The Sport Awards gives us all an opportunity to pay tribute to those who excel both on and off the field,” he said. “We’re always inspired by our athletes as they continue to push boundaries and reach new heights of excellence.”The nomineesSportswoman of the Year:Ashleigh Moolman-PasioShabnim IsmailBridgitte HartleySportsman of the Year:Greg MinnaarChad le ClosWayde van NiekerkPeople’s Choice of the Year:AB de VilliersAshleigh Moolman-PasioChad le ClosLucas SitholeWayde van NiekerkNational Federation of the Year:Roller SportCyclingBasketballSports Administrator of the Year:Virginia MabasoKaren LoschTim CornishSchool Team of the Year:Oakdale Agricultural High SchoolSt Johns College – Junior Men’s PairHoerskool WaterkloofDeveloping School Team of the Year:Iqhayiya Secondary SchoolMontshiwa Primary SchooLphayizani Indoor Rowing ClubIndigenous Games Team of the Year:Limpopo Drie Stokkies Men’s TeamWestern Cape Iintonga TeamKZN Dibeke TeamRecreational Body of the Year:Isiqalo – Waves 4 ChangeDiepsloot Mountain Bike AcademyPhayizani Indoor Rowing ClubPhotographer of the Year:Gavin BarkerVeli NhlapoMotshwari MofokengSports Journalist of the Year:Bareng-Batho KortjaasDaniel MothowagaeMbali MokokoNewcomer of the Year:Nokwanda HlongwaneJayde Andrew JuliusKagiso RabadaTeam of the Year:Proteas Test Team – cricketLightweight Women’s 2x – rowingSpringbok Sevens – rugbySportswoman of the Year with a Disability:Kgothatso MontjaneIlse HayesPeggy de VilliersSportsman of the Year with a Disability:Lucas SitholeErnst van DykPieter du PreezCoach of the Year:Holger LoschGeoffrey ToyanaGraham HillRoger BarrowVolunteer of the Year:Zelda HansenNkosinathi NgubaneJeremy CampbellThis year’s awards theme is “IzinjaZeGame . The Best for 2015”.“The majority of South Africans can identify with this colloquial phrase which, loosely translated, means that you are the top dog, the best at what you do,” the minister explained. “Our nominees are the best.”Honored to be a nominee for Sportsman of the year. Thanks Razzmatazz for putting on a great show @MbalulaFikile pic.twitter.com/4DUzbgIIVm— Greg Minnaar (@GregMinnaar) November 3, 2015Huge privilege & honour nominated for Sports Woman of the Year & People’s Choice @SASportsAwards 2015! Thanks for the support SA! #proudlySA— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) November 3, 2015PrizesEach category nominee receives R15 000 cash and the winner in each category receives R130 000.The winners of the Sport Star of the Year and People’s Choice Award each receive a luxury vehicle, R500 000 for themselves and R500 000 to donate to a charity of their choice.The awards ceremony will take place on 22 November 2015 at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.See the sports awards website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Video of SP MLA’s communal appeal goes viral

first_imgIn a video that went viral on Monday, Nahid Hasan, SP MLA from Kairana, was heard making a communal appeal to Muslims to not buy goods from shopkeepers close to the BJP. “Buy your grocery from Jhijhana or Panipat [neighbouring towns]. If you take this pain for a month, these shopkeepers would understand your value. Their homes run because we buy goods from them. Still we have to suffer,” he was heard saying. He also described the administration as “BJP-minded.”Later, he clarified that he was speaking for the poor. “I was speaking for the vendors who were being forcibly removed from the market by the administration that is biased towards the BJP supporters,” he alleged. Panel set upThe Shamli police have taken cognisance of the video. Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Srivastava that would check the veracity of the video and the context of the appeal made by the MLA and submit its report in a day. “Following the orders of the district magistrate, we are undertaking an anti-encroachment drive in the town. We are removing squatters from the government land. It is not against vendors of any one community,” Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu. He said the administration was not taking any chances during the festival season in the communally sensitive city.last_img read more

Rep VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency

first_img16Mar Rep. VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency State Rep. Curt VanderWall voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.VanderWall, of Ludington, was author of House bill 4150, one of the 11 House bills. The entire package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).“I am a firm believer that people have a right to access information that will show them how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent,” VanderWall said. “Holding government officials accountable for their actions has long been a priority of mine, and with this legislation we are taking a huge step forward in achieving that goal.”VanderWall’s legislation creates and sets definitions for LORA, a key component of the package.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House, but did not reach the governor for signature.VanderWall said Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House decided to include a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### Categories: News,VanderWall Newslast_img read more

UK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight

first_imgUK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight Rises app on its TiVo service.Virgin Media has teamed with the movie’s producer, Warner Bros, to launch the app, which gives fans video and background content ahead of the film’s general release on Friday.last_img