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

SA’s current account deficit narrows

first_img19 March 2012 South Africa’s current account deficit narrowed to 3.6% of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2011, while foreign direct investment inflows increased substantially, the Reserve Bank says in its latest quarterly bulletin. “Relative to the country’s gross domestic product, the deficit on the current account decreased from 4.1% in the third quarter of 2011 to 3.6% in the fourth quarter,” the Bank said on Monday. According to the bulletin, this was helped by lower dividend payments to non-residents. “Relative to the country’s gross domestic product, the deficit amounted to 3.6% – fairly moderate compared with recent history,” the Bank said. ‘Significantly lower gross dividend payments’ “The smaller deficit in the fourth quarter of 2011 can mainly be ascribed to significantly lower gross dividend payments following exceptionally large dividend declarations in the third quarter.” According to the Bank, the negative imbalance on the services, income and current transfer account narrowed noticeably, by about R45-billion to R93-billion in the fourth quarter. The current account deficit for the whole of 2011 widened to 3.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2.8% in 2010. This was due to a sharp deterioration in the second half of last year.Foreign direct investment increases Meanwhile, foreign direct investment inflows into South Africa increased substantially, to R18.7-billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with an inflow of R2.8-billion in the third quarter. According to the central bank, the capital inflows emanated mainly from the UK and China, and were largely directed towards the country’s mining, communications and financial intermediation sectors. “Cumulatively, direct investment inflows came to R42.1-billion in 2011, notably more than the inflow of R9-billion registered in 2010,” the Bank said. “As a ratio of gross domestic product, the direct investment inflows rose from 0.3% in 2010 to 1.4% in 2011.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Stink bug damage in soybean fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Stink bug damage is becoming a greater concern in Eastern Corn Belt soybean fields, especially with the presence of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a species that has moved into our sales footprint in recent years. While other stink bugs cause damage, the BMSB is of special concern because it is an invasive species from Asia that was introduced into the United States within the last 15 years.First discovered in Allentown PA in 2001, the BMSB has continued to move west. Over the last few years, university experts and company agronomists have heard more reports of stink bug damage to soybeans. Pictured left is damage that was found by Seed Consultant’s seedsmen in a central Ohio field, Growers scouting their soybean fields around harvest time may have seen some pods that were shriveled and/or soybean seed that was very small or appeared to be missing. This damage may have been a result of stink bug feeding. Stink bugs prefer to feed on reproductive tissues, they have piercing mouthparts that allow them to feed on soybean seed in the pods of plants. As the presence of the BMSB grows, this damage may become more common in parts of the Eastern Corn Belt.For more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug check out these Penn State and Ohio State resources.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man City fullback Greg Leigh hopes NAC Breda fans now behind him

first_imgEx-Man City fullback Greg Leigh hopes NAC Breda fans now behind himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City fullback Greg Leigh hopes he’s now winning over fans at NAC Breda.Having been snapped up from Bury last summer, Leigh suffered a slow start to his Eredivisie career.However, the defender impressed for victory over Vitesse and acknowledged the support and chants of “Leigh, Leigh, Leigh” from NAC fans.”I heard it, yes. I tried to shut myself off, but I heard it. I cannot deny that it makes you bigger as a player, it is good for your self-confidence,” he said.”I know what it has been like when I have not been able to convince, that is the most important thing for me. The criticism was sometimes justified, I can do better, I know.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Michigan Football: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh Had “Hail To The Victors” Played As He Walked To Field At Satellite Camp In Alabama

first_imgJim Harbaugh at Satellite camp in Alabama.Jim Harbaugh Hail To The VictorsHow many times has Michigan’s “Hail To The Victors” fight song been played in the state of Alabama? At lease once. The Wolverines’ football program is currently having a satellite camp in Prattville, Ala. When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked to the field this morning, he had his school’s fight song played. When was the last time Hail to the Victors played in Alabama? Harbaugh walks to field for satellite camp to the fight song— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Just a few players here for Michigan satellite camp in Prattville pic.twitter.com/i7i4HFtuzK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Greetings from Prattville where Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff are holding their second satellite camp. pic.twitter.com/4kaAbKTbtK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015That’s a bold move, Jim.last_img read more

Latest College Football Playoff Rankings Revealed By Selection Committee

first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.College Football Playoff BracketThe top quartet from last week’s College Football Playoff rankings — Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa — all won over the weekend, so not much change was expected at the top of this week’s list. However, with No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 Michigan losing to No. 9 Stanford, No. 19 TCU and No. 8 Ohio State respectively, some shake-up beyond the top group was inevitable. The major story line of tonight’s rankings unveiling? Which teams sitting outside of the top four are most likely to benefit from any chaos this coming Saturday. The selection committee just debuted its fifth rankings of the year on ESPN. Here’s the full Top 25:1. Clemson pic.twitter.com/5LQ4iAUHNo— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20152. Alabama pic.twitter.com/nrAx2olvmY— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20153. Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/a2jlICQE3s— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20154. Iowa pic.twitter.com/Pprt4q3w7w— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20155. Michigan State 6. Ohio State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20157. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Florida State 10. North Carolina— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201511. TCU 12. Baylor 13. Mississippi 14. Northwestern 15. Michigan— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201516. Oregon 17. Oklahoma State 18. Florida 19. Houston 20. Southern California— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201521. LSU 22. Temple 23. Navy 24. Utah 25. Tennessee— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 2015What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more

Join Russell And Danny Simmons For 2017 ART FOR LIFE Benefit

first_imgRussell Simmons, and Danny Simmons will host Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation the 2017 ART FOR LIFE benefit on July 15.The evening will honor Esi Eggleston Bracey, Chuck D, Bozoma Saint John, Stephen G. Hill and 2017 Featured Artist, Sanford Biggers for their support of the arts, career achievements, and overall commitment to our communities.The evening, themed “Midnight at the Oasis” will feature a performance by TONY and GRAMMY Winner Cynthia Erivo as well as other surprise performances. Honorary Chairs include Darlene & Jorge Perez, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tim Leissner, Xin Li and Lyor Cohen. Event Chairs include Shannon Curtin, Kimberley Hatchett, Kelli Richardson Lawson, and Racquel Oden. Luxury Auction Chairs include Coppy Holzman, Chloe Flower, and Camilla Olsson. Art For Life Art Auction Chairs include Franklin Sirmans and Andrea Fiuczynski. This year’s benefit is supported by silver sponsors Merrill Lynch, UBER, and bronze sponsor Coty Inc.; online auction partner CharityBuzz; Art For Life Art Auction partner Artsy, and many more! This year’s media partners include Hamptons Magazine, and Hamptons.com.Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) is dedicated to providing inner city youth with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities.Over the past 20 years with the help of a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters, Rush has been able to develop it’s main two program areas – Rush Education art programs for our youth and Rush Arts Galleries supporting and featuring emerging artists nationwide – working together in a seamless way to open up the arts to populations facing hurdles to the joy and benefits of these experiences. Designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors and support increased academic performance, Rush Education programs – Rush Little Kids, Rush Kids, Rush Teens and Rush Galleries in Schools – directly serve over 3,000 students annually. In addition, each year through our Rush Arts Galleries – Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn – exhibit the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists; welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors; and provides unique opportunities for young people interested in careers in the arts.WHEN: Saturday, July 15th 5:00 PM: Media Check In 6:00 PM: Arrivals and Cocktails 7:00 PM: Dinner & ProgramWHERE: Fairview Farms 19 Horsemill Lane Water Mill, NYTICKETS: To purchase tickets, please contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via email [email protected] Tickets available online here.last_img read more

No case against OSU recruit Chris Carter says attorney

Ohio State recruit Chris Carter’s attorney doesn’t think there’s a case against the three-star recruit, he told The Lantern on Thursday. “As a criminal defense attorney,” said Harvey Bruner, Carter’s lawyer, “I don’t believe there’s anything.” Bruner said a Cleveland policeman told him charges would not be filed against Carter, who was released from jail Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual imposition. The case is still under investigation, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday. Bruner said he expects the investigation to be completed Friday. Carter, from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, was held on suspicion of fondling as many as eight girls while pretending to measure them for junior ROTC uniforms, The Plain Dealer reported Wednesday. Carter, 18, is a member of his high school’s JROTC, Bruner said. Carter did not sign a letter of intent on National Signing Day, Wednesday. The university cannot comment on recruits who did not sign a letter of intent, team spokeswoman Shelly Poe said. Bruner has not talked to Carter since the time of his release, but Bruner said Carter would sign with the Buckeyes. “I know that for a fact,” he said. Carter is a 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman and a three-star recruit, according to Scout.com. Carter was held in jail overnight Tuesday. A 15-year-old girl told officers that Carter took her out of her classroom and into another room, and told her he needed to measure her for a uniform, according to a police report. read more

Baseball Ohio State limps to 73 loss in Big Ten opener against

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (17-8, 0-1 Big Ten) got off to a hot start, scoring three times against Nebraska starter Luis Alvarado in the first two innings.But the Cornhusker ace blanked the Buckeyes over the next 6.1 innings and Nebraska (14-12, 2-2 Big Ten) finished off a 7-3 win in the Buckeyes’ conference opener Friday night.“We tried to control [Alvarado]’s rhythm a little bit, but he was pounding the strike zone,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Give his competitive spirit credit, because he got popped in the mouth early in the game and stayed in there and kept competing.”With no outs and a runner on first in the fifth inning, Husker junior shortstop Angelo Altavilla laid a sacrifice bunt attempt down the third base line. Third baseman Conner Pohl threw the ball away, allowing Nebraska sophomore center fielder Joe Acker to score on the throwing error. Altavilla later crossed home plate on a single by senior first baseman Scott Schreiber to give Nebraska the 5-3 lead.In the bottom of the ninth inning, a pinch-hit single, a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry. Nebraska closer Jake Hohensee shut down the opportunity and polished off his sixth save of the season with his third strikeout.Junior Connor Curlis started on the mound for the Buckeyes and was nearly unhittable through three innings, sitting down nine of 10 batters with four strikeouts. But the game began to unravel in the fourth inning.Schreiber smacked his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a no-doubter over the left field fence. Senior second baseman Zac Repinski kept things going with a one-out double to put two runners in scoring position. Both runners scored on a ground ball and a single to even the game at three.Curlis finished with eight strikeouts, surrendering three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Ohio State extended its early lead when redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Romans deposited the 1-0 pitch directly above the 400-foot sign in center field during the bottom of the second inning that put the Buckeyes ahead 3-0.“He came at me with the changeup first pitch and he didn’t hit with it, so I was sitting fastball and he left it up,” Romans said. “It’s kind of funny too, because we’ve got these new bat regulations and stuff and the wind was blowing in.”Nebraska scored two insurance runs in the eighth inning, closing the door on a potential Buckeye comeback. read more