No Such Thing as Natural Election

first_imgOn election day in America, both election and selection imply a chooser. Neither word applies in mindless nature.We’ve stated before that natural selection is a contradiction in terms. “One might as well speak of natural voting,” we said (see “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?”, 3 Oct 2015). For 159 years, this vacuous phrase concocted by Charles Darwin continues to corrupt semantics in scientific literature, fallaciously personifying nature as much more than a voter – a ruler, a creator.A cynic might joke that many voters act like sheeple, mindlessly following the Head Lemming off the cliff. Many evolutionary psychologists come close to that, using “evolutionary game theory” to describe the actions of their fellow humans. But if mindless evolutionary game theory applies to Homo sapiens as products of mindless natural selection over millions of years, it applies to the population – including the evolutionary psychologists writing mindless papers on evolutionary game theory. Without somebody somewhere having a rational mind to choose on the basis of true-or-false or good-vs-evil, natural selection implodes, just like the idea of a ‘natural election’ would. Darwinians don’t get it. Even highly intelligent scientists, who publish in leading journals, don’t get it. C.S. Lewis said, “The fact that some people of scientific education cannot by any effort be taught to see the difficulty, confirms one’s suspicion that we here touch a radical disease in their whole style of thought” (11 Feb 2018). He wrote that almost 75 years ago. The Great Myth marches on.Physical interactions reduce the power of natural selection in growing yeast colonies (Giometto et al, PNAS). These three evolutionists use Darwin’s phrase 6 times, referring to the “power” of natural selection, the “strength” of natural selection, and the “efficiency” of natural selection. They also use Darwin’s similarly-nebulous word “fitness” 6 times in order to measure the strength of natural selection, defining it in tautalogical form as survival (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 19 June 2014). Someone should inform them that the Stuff Happens Law knows nothing of power, strength, or efficiency. Using vacuous terms decreases the fitness of scientific explanation.Credit: J.B. GreeneOn the deformability of an empirical fitness landscape by microbial evolution (Bajić et al, PNAS). The four authors of this paper pay homage to Saint Charles, saying in the concluding discussion, “Darwin was perhaps the first to recognize that the environment experienced by an evolving population can also be shaped by the population itself.” This concept personifies both the environment and the organism. Notice their Tontology in the first sentence: “thought of” – by whom? You?Although the environment is often thought of as an external driver of natural selection, it can also be shaped by the evolving population itself, for instance through its metabolic activity or through interactions with the abiotic habitat or other species. These population-driven environmental changes can in turn modify the fitness effects of future mutations, closing in an eco-evolutionary feedback loop.This is like plugging an extension cord into itself and saying a current is running, or short-circuiting a device and saying that the sparks affect the fitness of the circuit, and the circuit affects the fitness of the sparks. The only empirical support they offer for “innovation” in organisms is the lactase gene in humans and the citrate digestion mutation in E. coli. Both have been shown by Darwin skeptics to be invalid examples of creative potential in natural selection, because they merely affect changes in the regulation of pre-existing genetic information.Natural Selection: How Selection on Behavior Interacts with Selection on Morphology (Travis and Reznick, Current Biology). These Darwinians use “selection” three times in just the title. They try to argue that Stuff Happens in behavior as well as outward appearance:Behavior, like morphology, can vary among individuals, be heritable, contribute to fitness, and hence be subject to evolution by natural selection. For a long time, however, behavior has occupied a special place in the minds of evolutionary biologists, who have debated whether the evolution of behavior accelerates or inhibits the evolution of non-behavioral traits. Much of this attention has focused on behavior and morphology: do these features represent different facets of the phenotype that evolve together or does the evolution of one of these types of traits create the context for the subsequent evolution of the other?They use a study on anole lizards in the Caribbean to support the notion that morphology and behavior both respond to natural selection, independently of each other. Once again, though, their empirical references do not refer to any kind of innovation, but only leg lengths of two species of lizards that inhabit different ecological niches. They offer no origin of species, no speciation, and no progress. Even young-earth creationists accept this kind of change.The error goes far deeper, though. Travis and Reznick are trying to support a general biological principle: that natural selection drives behavior. This applies to us humans, too. Since natural selection equates to Stuff Happens, and fitness equates to survival and survival to fitness, we can conclude that they believe in ‘natural election’ as well as natural selection. When you vote, therefore, you have no control over whatever happens. You might as well wear a blindfold and punch at random. Whoever wins the election can be explained as natural outcomes of the Stuff Happens Law.The Stuff Happens Law even created these three papers, because the authors (members of the species Homo sapiens who evolved by natural selection, they believe) were just behaving mindlessly the way the Stuff Happens Law fell out for them. No intelligence involved. Perhaps the outcome of the elections will confirm or deny this explanation. Yet these are the same kinds of thinkers whose predecessors put people of color in Human Zoos. We think those on the inside could have rightly made a case for switching places with their tormentors, given what the tormentors themselves believe about their own origins.(Visited 394 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Why Press Releases Aren’t Always the Best Way to Get Press

first_imgTags:#start#tips audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 75% of journalists find well-targeted, well-written news releases useful, according to a recent survey by Oriella PR Network, an alliance of 15 PR agencies from around the world. As Jeremy Porter, author of Journalistics notes, this sort of information is pretty misleading. Do journalists prefer well-written, well-targeted press releases over poorly-written, off-topic ones? Well sure. Duh. But are press releases our preferred source for information? Do we really like getting them? Meh.Porter suggests the following: “Take a break from this blog post and head over to one of the news wire services to read today’s headlines. Let me know when you find a release you’d like to write about it you were a journalist.”Undoubtedly, the press release is in little danger of disappearing. But as Porter argues and I think most journalists would agree, there are better alternatives to getting our attention.“You know what works better than a press release?” Porter asks. “Try having a real conversation with a journalist.” Pay attention to what topics we cover. Pay attention to how our publications work.While a press release might cover every detail of your new product, service, hire, funding, or feature, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will generate a good story – or any story at all, for that matter. Porter offers some other tips that he believes will be more useful:Blog“Your blog is your own media outlet. Share everything you can think of about your industry, passion, company, products and services.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that your blog merely becomes one more place to post your press releases. We are avid RSS feed-readers here at ReadWriteWeb. So make your blog worth subscribing to.MeetFind us at conferences and networking events. Introduce yourself. Be yourself. “Try not to act like the stereotypical PR person,” advises Porter. “If you don’t know what I mean, you’re probably acting like one.”ListenEngage us via social media. You can learn a lot about us by listening and paying attention to what we say and writer, rather than simply pitching at us.Avoid PR Spam“If you send crap to journalists, they remember.” Honestly, if we haven’t responded to you after you’ve sent us the same announcement half-a-dozen times, it’s not because we’re super busy. It’s because sending us the same announcement half-a-dozen times is spam.Do journalists appreciate clearly-written press releases? Of course. But are press releases the best way to generate media attention? Not necessarily.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Australian PM asks Thailand to free detained soccer player

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Prison guards escort Bahraini football player Hakeem al-Araibi from a court in Bangkok, Thailand in this December 2018 file photo. (AP)BANGKOK — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Thailand to stop the extradition to Bahrain of a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia, his office said Tuesday.In a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Morrison emphasized that Hakeem al-Araibi’s case was an important matter to him personally, as well as to the Australian government and Australian people, his office said. The letter was reported earlier by The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.ADVERTISEMENT Al-Araibi, 25, a former Bahraini national team player, says he fled his home country due to political repression. Bahrain wants him returned to serve a 10-year prison sentence he received in absentia in 2014 for vandalizing a police station, which he denies.Human rights groups, soccer governing bodies and activists have pushed for Thailand to release al-Araibi, who plays for the semi-professional soccer club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne. They believe he risks being tortured if he is sent back to Bahrain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMorrison noted that al-Araibi has a permanent protection visa issued by Australia, that the government only issues such visas after a careful process, and that Australia considers him a refugee.Al-Araibi was detained upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a holiday, and a court ruled in December he could be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain. “Thai officials have to follow the law in every aspect. However, Thailand has good relations with Bahrain and FIFA,” he said, referring to soccer’s world governing body. “How can we find a solution? I understand everyone’s concerns.”Human Rights Watch’s Asia director, Brad Adams, said Thailand would make a “huge mistake” if it extradites al-Araibi because “global opinion and international law are clearly opposed to this rights-violating move.”The Asian Football Confederation on Tuesday followed FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in asking for al-Araibi’s release.The AFC, led by Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s royal family, had faced criticism for not calling for al-Araibi’s freedom.Al-Araibi has said he suspects he is being sought by Bahrain in part because of critical comments he made about the AFC leader.Al-Araibi said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain in 2012. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, and has a reputation for harsh repression since its failed “Arab Spring” uprising in 2011.Bahrain’s interior minister issued a statement Tuesday asserting that the country has a legitimate claim in asking for al-Araibi’s extradition and accusing critics of its justice system of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.“Those raising unfounded doubts about the integrity and independence of the kingdom’s judicial system are not only interfering, but also attempting to influence the course of justice,” the statement said.It said al-Araibi was convicted of participating in a “terrorism” case involving “an arson attack, possession of inflammable bombs and causing damage to public and private property.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ROS eyes No. 3 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Thai foreign ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said the official extradition request was forwarded to Thai prosecutors on Monday for deliberation after being received from Bahrain.Thailand’s attorney general is expected to decide within a week whether to proceed with the extradition case, said Chatchom Akapin, director general of the international affairs department.Chatchom said Thailand would not extradite al-Araibi “if the sought extradition is political.”“If it is, then the request must be denied,” he said.Prime Minister Prayuth said the situation was complicated.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Second teen jailed in deadly hitandrun crash

first_img Posted: September 1, 2018 September 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Second teen jailed in deadly hit-and-run crash Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 16-year-old boy turned himself in to authorities Friday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Santee that killed one woman and seriously injured a second.The boy was accompanied by his attorney when he surrendered. His name was not released because of his age.The boy is the second suspect in custody in the case. Another 16-year- old boy was arrested Wednesday night and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.A third suspect is being sought.Deputies responded to the crash about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 10200 block of Molino Road and found two women lying in the street. Witnesses said the suspect vehicle fled the scene, according to Sgt. Joe Passalacqua of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.Both victims were taken to a hospital, where one later died from her injuries and the other was treated and released, Passalacqua said.Investigators determined that the crash occurred following an argument involving three teenage boys and a resident of a home on Molina Road, near El Nopal.After the escalating dispute moved from inside the house to outside, drawing several neighbors out of their residences, the trio of teenagers got into a late-model Honda sedan and sped off. A short distance away, the car jumped a curb and struck the two women.Later Wednesday evening, the owner of the car involved in the crash called the sheriff’s department and told deputies where they could find the vehicle and one of the teens who had been in it when the pedestrians were struck.That 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was taken into custody a short time later. last_img read more