Darwinists Invite Laughter

first_img1Beth Houston quotes from her book, Natural God: Deism in the Age of Intelligent Design (Florida, New Deism Press, 2012), cited from Jerry Bergman’s book, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality, ch. 14. Since laughter is a product of natural selection for fitness, according to Darwinists, let’s try it out on them.According to Beth Houston, professor at the University of California, Charles Darwin lost his aesthetic sense over time by pondering the implications of his own theory. The enjoyment of music, art and poetry he had enjoyed as a young man declined in his later years. For Darwin, “life exists only to reproduce itself in an endless loop of brute survival for its own sake.”1 Poor guy. We need to cheer him up. Let’s invite him to the Darwin Comedy Show!Laugh for fitness. Alan Mozes claims in Medical Xpress, “Laughter may be a serious evolutionary tool“. He cites work by Lauri Nummenmaa from the University of Finland to allege, “Sharing a laugh can make you feel closer to someone else, and that quick-forming social bond may have been a big evolutionary boon to human survival, a small study suggests.” Here’s a quick way to increase your fitness! LOL (laugh out loud). Remember, he said this is serious.Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170708-laughter-evolutionary-tool-laughtrack-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Why your brain evolved. Hey, meat-head! Brains evolved to increase fitness, Science Daily says. “In a new article published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, University of Arizona researchers suggest that the link between exercise and the brain is a product of our evolutionary history and our past as hunter-gatherers,”UA anthropologist David Raichlen explains.“It’s very odd to think that moving your body should affect your brain in this way — that exercise should have some beneficial impact on brain structure and function — but if you start thinking about it from an evolutionary perspective, you can start to piece together why that system would adaptively respond to exercise challenges and stresses.Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170708-brain-exercise-evolution-laughtrack.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Twitter wars. Science Daily also asks, “If the early bird catches the worm, then does the smart songbird get the girl?” Evolutionists thought that complex songs signaled better brains. “However, what’s not clear is how female songbirds can judge the cognitive abilities of potential mates, which is a necessary first step if smarter mates are preferred over their not-as-smart counterparts.” It’s also not clear if females want smarter males they might not be able to control.Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170708-early-smart-bird-laughtrack.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Clear the way for frogs. To get frogs, bring in an asteroid. Remove dinosaurs. Clear ground. There. Frogs!  Science Daily, New Scientist and PNAS are all echoing what the BBC News announced recently: “The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.”Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170708-frogs-from-dead-dinosaurs-laughtrack.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Darwin still looks rather depressed.Here’s why Darwin is not likely to be laughing with the crowd. All laughing does is trigger the release of endorphins in the brain that make one feel good. It’s like giving your mate a mind-altering drug before sex to reduce inhibitions, the first article says:Endorphins are naturally occurring opioids that may produce a sense of euphoria, calmness and stress reduction, the researchers said.And once laughter causes endorphin levels to go up, so too do feelings of closeness and connection between those “in” on the giggle.For many animals, primates especially, mutual grooming helps boost social bonds. And humans do this, too. But laughter may work quicker.In other words, nothing is really funny, smart, or beautiful. It’s all about sex. No—it’s worse than that. It’s all about molecules using you. Houston also wrote that Darwin,the man most responsible, nominally at least, for the sacrifice of the human spirit on the altar of mechanistic determinism could admit nonchalantly that he had in essence willfully programmed his mind into a machine—a computer—that resulted in loss of happiness, injury to moral character, emotional enfeeblement, and, ironically, severe mental atrophy. Darwin the man created the theory that symbolizes the absurd predicament, perhaps even the tragic flaw, of modern humanity.1Sounds like Darwinism decreases fitness [cue sound of short circuit]. (Visited 488 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Child Prodigies Disprove Brain Size as Intelligence Driver

first_imgIt’s not the size; it’s the wiring. Don’t we know that for electronics? Why are evolutionists still obsessed with brain size?Measuring skull capacity as a proxy for intelligence has a long history. In his book The Mismeasure of Man (1981), Stephen Jay Gould recounted how Victorian evolutionists were obsessed with skull measurements (craniometry) in their determination to prove Europeans were superior to other races. As he shows, their a priori bias influenced what they “saw” in their measurements as they preferred only the measurements that supported their expectations.Biological racism really took off after Darwin, Dr Bergman shows.In his book The Darwin Effect, Jerry Bergman documents how biological racism really took off after Darwin. Evolutionary theory demanded differences between groups to establish superiority in fitness. Since Europeans had shoes with buckles and Africans did not, it was obvious to Victorians that they were the fittest, and so they rigged their data to prove it. As Bergman shows, biological racism was embraced by leading Darwinists for over a century. It was even blatant in the very textbook at issue in the Scopes Trial, for instance. Racism was tied in with eugenics – that blotch on human history that gave Hitler and other racists a pseudo-scientific justification for their evil deeds. A linchpin of “biological racism” was skull capacity.Today’s anthropologists know better than to argue for “biological racism” based on skull size. And yet craniometry still crops up in paleoanthropology, where it forms what might be called “paleo-biological racism.” Most anthropologists will avoid acting racist with any members of Homo sapiens today, but they still need differences in fitness between us and our “hominin” ancestors to support the notion that we evolved from apes. For that reason, evolutionary anthropologists continue to be fascinated with skull capacity. A paper this week in Current Biology, for instance, begins with an acknowledgement of former sins:SummaryTraditional views of human brain evolution focus on increases in brain size. However, the brain endocast of Homo naledi adds evidence that brain re-organisation played a significant role in hominin evolution.Main TextCompared to the brains of our primate cousins, human brains are undeniably large. Although brains do not fossilize well, skulls do, which makes it possible to measure brain volume in our extinct relatives and to chart the evolutionary trajectory of hominin brain size. A naïve but still widely popularised representation of these data implies an unwavering trend towards progressive brain expansion; a ‘hockey stick graph’ for human evolution (Figure 1A). While no anthropologist would accept such a simple series of transitions between extinct hominins, recent discoveries also suggest that this trend captures only one dimension of hominin brain evolution. A new analysis by Holloway and colleagues adds to our picture of hominin brain evolution in two ways: it adds weight to the idea that brain expansion was not a universal trend in hominin evolution, and provides evidence that brain re-organisation occurred independently of brain expansion and may have, in fact, preceded it.This is all well and good, but it still relies on skull capacity as “one dimension of hominin brain evolution.” Author Stephen Montgomery’s only figure in his “Dispatch” article, “Hominin brain evolution: Which way is up?” continues the tradition of mapping skull size over time. “Brain size is often taken as a naïve proxy for cognitive ability,” he admits, “with the trend towards progressive brain expansion providing a simple way of tying evidence of behavioural or cultural transitions in the fossil record to the evolution of cognition.” All he does in the end, though, is show a “revised” hockey stick graph with some outliers, like Homo naledi and Homo floresiensis, that buck the trend of increasing skull capacity. He proposes an explanation that those outliers suffered “allometric reduction” (reduction in both body and skull sizes). This shows that the assumption of evolution from apes that originally gave fodder to biological racism has not disappeared entirely. For evolutionary theory, why must skull sizes increase at all for a creature to be intelligent? Aren’t honeybees, ants and crows remarkably smart for their small brains?Child Prodigies Defy Evolutionary MeasurementsIt should have been obvious to Victorians that brain size cannot be all that important. Child prodigies have been known since antiquity. Let’s look at two alive today that astonish us with their pre-adolescent abilities. In their not-yet-full-grown skulls, look what the brains in these two child prodigies have already accomplished:William Maillis, age 11This boy has graduated from college at age 11. “Before he was 2 years old, William Maillis was adding and subtracting,” Joe Kovacs reports in WND with a photo of him holding his diploma. “As a 3-year-old, he knew the alphabet in six languages.” That’s just the beginning.By age 4, he was an algebra whiz. At 5 years old, a psychologist at Ohio State University said the boy was a genius.Now at the ripe young age of 11, Maillis has officially become a college graduate, receiving an associate’s degree Saturday from St. Petersburg College in Florida.But his education is not finished yet, as he begins classes next month at the University of South Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree, as he’s looking upward toward the heavens.Little William wants to become an astrophysicist. And to the consternation of Twitter evolutionists who call creationists ignoramuses and nincompoops (21 July), William is a Bible-believer who wants to use science to turn people to God.Alma Deutscher, age 13CBS NewsThis young girl astounds everyone who hears her music. She was featured on 60 Minutes earlier this year, where she astonished host Scott Pelley by composing and performing an impromptu minuet based on 4 notes he drew at random from a hat (see a completely different musical ‘hat trick’ here with another host on YouTube). A child prodigy since at least age 6, Alma says she hears melodies in her head almost all the time, but that is only the beginning of her amazing prowess. At the tender age of 13 she is a Mozart-class composer, a virtuoso violinist, a virtuoso pianist, and a singer with a beautiful voice. She has composed and performed her own piano concerto (hear the 2nd Movement on YouTube), an opera, and a violin concerto, among many other pieces – and this includes composing and arranging all the orchestra parts, too.On her YouTube channel this week, Alma posted a complete performance of her entire 35-minute Violin Concerto in G that she performed last year in Europe with orchestra, all from memory. If you can watch her virtuosity and sensitivity and creativity without shaking your head in utter disbelief that this is even possible at age 13, someone might have to check if you have a pulse. Hundreds of comments at this performance express delight at watching and hearing her amazing ability, thinking back to what it must have been like to hear Mozart as a child. One writes,It is so easy to forget that we listen to a concerto composed by a young girl, it truly sounds at the same level of the greatest classical music composers of all time. We need to be grateful for being alive at this time, as rarely any generation on Earth gets to witness such extraordinary talent of someone this age.ImplicationsIs Alma Deutscher able to do this because her brain is larger than those of the grown musicians in the orchestra? Is William Maillis a college graduate at age 11 because his skull is larger than his professors? Certainly not! You can tell by looking at them that their heads probably have a ways to grow before adulthood. Neither child resembles those space aliens that are often drawn with huge heads and diminutive bodies to indicate that they are smarter than humans, having had millions more years to evolve. The myth of brain size as a measure of intelligence is tossed into the trash bin of history by these two child prodigies, and by all the others who have preceded them. This should have been obvious to the Victorian biological racists who certainly would have known of prodigies in their day. And in our modern day of electronic gadgets, we have seen the trend toward more capacity in smaller space (example: an advance at the University of Alberta may increase computer memory a thousand-fold, reports Science Daily). In hindsight, evolutionists could well have predicted human skulls would get smaller over time, not larger. It’s the wiring, not the size. Compactness is a feature, not a bug. The human brain still remains the most complex known object in the universe, with more ability than all the world’s computers combined.Darwin FatheadsBack to Stephen Montgomery at Current Biology. What does he do with this realization? You can feel the tension in his writing, as he discounts brain size yet clings to evolutionary theory’s expectation that something about skull size or shape might still be able inform us about human progress from the apes:Even without a definitive phylogenetic hypothesis, the description of the H. naledi endocast provides a major lesson in thinking about brain evolution. First, both evolutionary scenarios described above involve reorganisation of brain structure without correlated changes in brain size; implying the morphological changes observed in later Homo are not a result of allometric scaling, and may be somewhat functionally independent from size increases. The evolutionary independence of these two modes of brain evolution implies that a narrow focus on brain size will likely ignore behaviourally important features of brain architecture. This conclusion should not be surprising, as comparative analyses across a range of vertebrates demonstrate similar patterns of mosaic brain evolution, and a complex relationship between brain size and behaviours used as proxies for cognition. Indeed, recent work on brain morphology within anatomically modern humans also provides evidence for a dissociation between brain size and structure. A geometric morphometric analysis of 20 H. sapiens digital endocasts, dated between 300,000 to 10,000 years ago, revealed that early and late H. sapiens brains were similar in size, but not shape. In more recent specimens, the brains appear more ‘globular’, with changes in the relative shape of several cortical features, most notably the parietal lobe, and a bulging of the cerebellum. These shape differences may reflect changes in the development of particular brain components, and coincide with the emergence of behavioural modernity.Neubauer et al, ScienceThat’s a recipe for more biological racism. He has just exchanged shape for size. Can you see some Darwinian measuring shapes now, ranking people on that basis? Montgomery seems to sense the danger in that route. He gives up.These studies suggest changes in brain organization played a major role in the emergence of both our genus and our species. What then is the relative significance of the apparent trend towards brain expansion? Could brain size be less important than we thought? Several lines of evidence suggest brain size is still a big part of our story. For example, modelling the genetic covariance between brain and body size provides evidence for selection acting directly on brain size during hominin evolution, rather than body size. Similarly, molecular genetics continues to uncover evidence of adaptive evolution of genes affecting brain development, including the recent identification of the latest ‘human-specific’ gene, NOTCH2NL, which may have played a major role in prolonging cortical neurogenesis. However, brain size is merely a reflection of internal changes in brain composition and structure, including increases in neuron number and changes in connectivity. The challenge is therefore to understand the behavioural relevance of the kind of structural changes that do, or don’t, necessitate changes in overall brain volume. Until we have a good grasp of the functional effects of these different patterns of brain evolution, a sound understanding of the multiple dimensions of the hominin fossil record will remain elusive.Question, class: How much has Darwinian evolution helped us understand ourselves?Update 8/05/18: Here’s an eye-catching headline on Live Science: “Part of This Boy’s Brain Was Removed. The Rest of His Brain Made Sure He Wouldn’t Notice.” A boy nicknamed U.D. had a third of his brain removed to treat seizures. Now the seizures are gone, and the rest of his brain has compensated for most functions that were performed by the missing mass. “Aside from U.D. not being able to see the left side of his world, the team found that he functions just as well as others his age in cognition and vision processing.”We grieve at the evils done by evolutionists who promulgated biological racism based on Charles Darwin’s evil theory. Oh, that they were alive today for us to chastise with these facts and to show them what their fake science led to. We can’t do that, but we can warn the living to learn from history, and never again to rank people on an evolutionary basis.Now, go watch Alma Deutscher play her violin concerto and celebrate the gift of God in music. (Visited 602 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Madiba’s life captured in art

first_imgBeaded artwork by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. A photograph of Natalie Knight and Nelson Mandela at her art studio in 1993. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself. Susan Woolf’s conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Joachim Schonfeldt’s unusual circular paintings depict Mandela’s life in the townships. Collen Maswanganyi’s painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday. (Images: Natalie Knight) MEDIA CONTACTS • Natalie Knight   Curator  +27 11 485 3606 RELATED ARTICLES • ConCourt art tells South Africa’s story • “The excitement never left us” • World to serenade Madiba • African Guernica: life becomes art Wilma den HartighAhead of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, art is being used to celebrate the life of South Africa’s iconic former president and anti-apartheid activist in his 94th year, and tell the story of a life dedicated to the struggle for freedom. Unlike speeches, films or awards, the beauty of art is in the detail and individual artistic representations that have captured the story of Mandela, at all stages, over many years. Natalie Knight, art curator of the Mandela @ 94 _ z _a exhibition, now open to the public at the Origins Centre at Wits University in Johannesburg, says that the artworks on show do just this. They tell Mandela’s story from his rural beginnings, his life of poverty in Alexandra township and his home in Soweto, to his days as a lawyer and as an accused, his suffering in prison and his triumph of becoming the country’s first democratically-elected president.Sharing experiences of MadibaThe Mandela @ 94 _z _a exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, cartoons, beadwork and prints created by artists from various cultural backgrounds. The 20 participating artists are all South African, with the exception of Blanchard Magu from the Ivory Coast.Knight says one of the most remarkable aspects about artists’ representations of Mandela over the years is that they have been overwhelmingly positive.“The common denominator among the exhibiting artists is their admiration and respect for a leader who has made South Africans proud,“ she says.“Through their artworks they have captured the spirit of a man who embodies the desire for peace, justice and reconciliation.”She says this is why the exhibition is so captivating. “Everyone has a different experience of Mandela.” She recalls her own experience of meeting the renowned struggle icon.“My first interaction with Nelson Mandela was when he walked into the Natalie Knight Gallery in the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in 1993,” she says. “I was in the middle of a photo shoot.”She also remembers what he was wearing. “He was wearing his broad, friendly smile and a casual sweat shirt with the words – The Music Talks.”Knight showed Mandela a pastel drawing by artist Tommy Motswai, of the historic handshake between FW de Klerk and himself. The photographer asked if Mandela would shake hands with Knight in front of the drawing.“He obliged and then shook hands with the other 15 members of my staff as well,” she says. “His bodyguards were getting restless and possessive but Madiba brushed them aside.”Years later the photograph became the source material of a beaded artwork made by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. This is one of the works on show at the exhibition.The pair created artworks from photographs published in newspapers of important events in Mandela’s life – including the day of his release from Robben Island and his wedding to Graça Machel – using beads and safety pins on traditional Shangaan fabric. Mandela’s art also on showOne of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself.The lithograph is one of a collection of artworks by Madiba which appeared in The Robben Island series II. The series was sketched and completed by the Nobel laureate between March and June 2003. It consists of 21 charcoal sketches of images that he found meaningful during his incarceration on the island. The tennis court came into existence when prisoners asked officials if a courtyard at the prison could be converted so that they could get more exercise. Before this, prisoners were only marched round the courtyard for half an hour every day. “Our persistence paid off and we painted the cement courtyard surface to create a traditional tennis court layout,” Mandela explains in the book. “Strangely, Robben Island was the first opportunity for me to play tennis since university … it was a strange sensation enjoying such civilised hobbies in such an uncivilised place.”Knight says that this particular work’s simplicity is what makes it so striking. Various pieces by conceptual artist Susan Woolf are also on show. Woolf is an accomplished South African artist and one of her more recent projects depicting taxi hand signs were accepted for a national stamp series in 2010. Stampnews.com also chose Woolf’s taxi hand sign stamps as one of the top 10 most important stamps in the world in 2010.Her conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series were made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Woolf says she collected newspaper articles about Mandela for many years, and when she moved into her new studio she wasn’t sure what to do with them. “I thought that I just can’t let go of the clippings and I wanted to find a way to preserve them,” she explains.She decided to set the clippings in used rooibos teabags. The use of rooibos teabags is significant as it relates to Mandela’s years in prison. Before it became popular, rooibos was considered a cheap tea and was often only deemed suitable to serve in prisons.Every teabag, complete with tea grains, contains inscriptions by Woolf. “I just recorded my thoughts of the moment on them, often while waiting for my children when I was picking them up at school.”Knight also included unusual circular paintings by Joachim Schonfeldt. The round hand-painted scenes on hollowed-out sections of wooden doors depict Mandela’s life in the townships. “The artist bought ordinary doors, then carved circles in them and in each carving painted a site where Mandela lived,” she explains. Schonfeldt is also known as one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg, one of the first collective studio spaces for visual artists in the country. Sculptor Johannes Maswangnayi produced images in wood of Mandela at different times of his life. His son Collen exhibits a thought-provoking sculpture entitled Fruits of Freedom, which questions whether Mandela’s long walk to freedom has borne fruit. Cartoons by well known South African cartoonist Jonathan Zapiro and photographs by Jurgen Schadeburg, Debbie Yazbek, Michael Meyersfeld and Ivor Ginsberg are also part of the exhibition.References to social mediaKnight says that Collen Maswanganyi’s small painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes and sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday straddles the cultural divide. In the exhibition’s name Knight also tried to include elements of social media and the internet by using references to emails, Twitter and instant messages. But the abbreviation “ZA” signals that it is very much a local exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. It runs until the 31st of July 2012.last_img read more

Aguero involved in clash with Wigan fan after City’s defeat

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wigan Athletic fans celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-division side’s shock FA Cup win over Manchester City on Monday.Fans spilled on to the pitch at DW Stadium as the host celebrated its 1-0 fifth-round win against the runaway English Premier League leader.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img MOST READ Supporters from both clubs were involved in disturbances, while television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and striker Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to hit the supporter after the fan said something to the player, and Aguero had to be held back by his City teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdvertising hoardings were also ripped out and thrown as a pitch invasion by Wigan fans got out of hand while the defeated City players were being escorted off the pitch.Footage also appeared to show objects, including an advertising board, being thrown at police officers by fans in the City end. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers City manager Pep Guardiola said he was in the changing room and did not see the Aguero incident.“It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens,” he said.Wigan counterpart Paul Cook was also in his changing room at the time.“It’s not correct (pitch invasions), but I haven’t seen these incidents so I’d rather not give an opinion, but players’ safety is paramount for everyone.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more