President Granger lauds nursing profession

first_img“I have the deepest respect for the profession.” Those were the words of President David Granger as he highlighted the work of nurses across Guyana in an address to members of the Guyana Nurses Association (GNA).The Head of State made the remarks during a reception hosted at his residence for the Nurses Association. The organisation celebrated its 90th anniversary this year, with a week of activities under the theme, “United Forces, Uplifting Nursing – Celebrating 90 years with pride.”The President further noted that his mother was a nurse and so is his sister. Even as the profession has taken on new dimensions, he stated nurses throughout the world have managed to “frame their existence” hence the reason why it isPresident David Granger meets with nurses during the reception hosted at State Houseregarded as the noble profession.“For most children born nowadays, the first person they see is the nurse and the last person they see before they leave this earth often times is a nurse. When I got married, my wife, when she was ready to deliver, insisted on going to the Georgetown Hospital because of the quality of nursing that was in 1971 and a lot of private hospitals were coming up at that time but Georgetown Hospital had a reputation for having quality nurses,” President Granger is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information. In her remarks, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence described nurses as the backbone of any healthcare delivery system.“We can train as many doctors and specialists as we want to but if we do not do likewise and twice as much for our nurses then the services which we expect to enjoy, we will not be able to enjoy it … so I call you (nurses) the steel in the concrete because many times we don’t see what you do, we only see what the doctors do,” said Minister Lawrence. The Guyana Nurses Association, formed in June 1928, is the oldest nurses association in the English-speaking Caribbean. The GNA is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation opened for membership from all registered nurses, midwives, nursing assistants and public health nurses. Patient care assistants and retired nurses are associate members of the Association, as well.last_img read more

Opportunity knocks for England, Germany hopefuls

first_imgWhilst the fans who make their way to England’s national stadium may lament the absences of so many well-known stars, the players who remain in contention are rubbing their hands in anticipation.“I’ve never played there,” said 22-year-old Germany defender Niklas Suele, who could partner his Bayern Munich club-mate Mats Hummels at centre-back in Boateng’s absence.“It’s one of the biggest and best stadiums in the world and it would be huge for me to be able to run out there.”Hummels is expected to be fit despite sitting out training on Wednesday with a knock, but Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is doubtful due to a gastrointestinal infection.Midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Mario Goetze are hoping to prove themselves worthy of a berth in Germany coach Joachim Loew’s World Cup squad after long spells on the sidelines.Neither player has played for Germany since November 2016, Gundogan due to a serious knee injury and Goetze — whose goal against Argentina won the last World Cup — because of a debilitating metabolic disorder.England manager Gareth Southgate’s cupboard is nowhere near as well stocked, with midfielders Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Harry Winks and Fabian Delph also out of action.Southgate’s squad already looked inexperienced after he chose to call up the uncapped Joe Gomez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham.He has since been obliged to draft in another international newcomer in Burnley’s Jack Cork, with Everton defender Michael Keane and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore also joining the squad.– ‘The best there is’ –England’s manager Gareth Southgate intends to use the November 10 game against Germany to test his options with a view to the 2018 World Cup in Russia © AFP/File / Paul ELLISNevertheless, Southgate always intended to use Friday’s game — and Tuesday’s meeting with Brazil — to test his options with a view to next year’s World Cup in Russia.“We had to qualify, so to fiddle too much with the team and change the team while you are still having to win is difficult,” he said.“Now we’ve got a phase where we can see what’s possible here. How can we evolve the team? How can we take it forward?”Neither England nor Confederations Cup champions Germany are cutting corners when it comes to the calibre of the teams they will face in the build-up to the World Cup.Germany, who are unbeaten in 19 games, host France on Tuesday and will play Spain and Brazil in March, while a friendly against Italy awaits England in their first game of 2018.Jamie Vardy scored his first goal for England in a 3-2 comeback win over Germany in March 2016 and the Leicester City striker says such contests are vital for the team’s progress.“That’s one of the main reasons why we’ve got the games coming up against the best there is — so we can try and test ourselves,” he said.Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s encounter, history is guaranteed to be made with the use of a video assistant referee (VAR) for the first time in an official match in Britain.The system, which allows referees to consult video replays of contentious incidents, is already being trialled in Germany, Italy and Portugal.Players from both teams will also wear black armbands with poppy motifs after FIFA backed down in its row with Britain’s football authorities over the symbols, which are worn to honour the country’s war dead.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s defender Niklas Suele could partner his Bayern Munich club-mate Mats Hummels at centre-back in Jerome Boateng’s absence during their game against England on November 10, 2017 © dpa/AFP/File / Soeren StacheLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 9 – With both squads beset by injuries, Friday’s Wembley friendly between England and Germany represents an opportunity for fringe players and untested youngsters to stake claims to World Cup places.Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are among the players to have withdrawn from England’s squad, while world champions Germany are without Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller.last_img read more

Wanyama unveiled as DSTV 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassador

first_imgIt is new unchartered waters that most of Kenya’s leading sportsmen have often failed to explore, but several have already dipped their feet into the roles.Wanyama’s elder brother MacDonald Mariga serves up a similar role with betting firm Betin while Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge works with vehicle brand Isuzu in the same capacity.“It is a humbling moment for me to be chosen as the brand ambassador of DSTV’s World Cup campaign. As a player it is great to be a role model to the young ones and hope this will be a source of inspiration to the upcoming players that they can get to the top with hard work,” Wanyama said after signing the deal at the DSTV production unit.Apart from appearing on the Pay-TV company’s advertising and public announcements, Wanyama will also undertake football clinics for young players across the country throughout the one-month World Cup period.“Victor is one of the best and most successful footballers Kenya has produced and for us he envisages what our brand stands for. He has shown that a person with hard work can come all the way from the grassroots and his story can inspire a generation,” Multichoice Managing Director Eric Odipo told Capital Sport.He added; “We will have various clinics with him where he can share his story and moments with the young ones and for us this is a great opportunity to play a role in the development of sports in the country.”SuperSport will relay all the 64 World Cup matches live across all subscribers.“We plan to have an unrivalled all angle coverage of the World Cup where we will offer our subscribers in-depth pre and post match analysis you can’t find anywhere else and the matches will have options of both Kiswahili and English commentary,” Odipo further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has been named the DSTV 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassador. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 23- Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama was on Wednesday unveiled as the DSTV  2018 FIFA World Cup brand ambassador under the tag-line ‘Connect with Greatness’ as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder continues to make more big-money moves outside the pitch.Wanyama who just arrived into the country for a three-week post-season holiday marks his second brand ambassadorship role having penned a similar deal last year with leading telecommunication giant Safaricom for their Chapa Dimba Tournament.last_img read more

Former Newcastle goalkeeper dies

first_img1 Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died following a cardiac arrest.The 47-year-old had been in an induced coma in the Czech Republic since collapsing while out jogging on December 20.His agent, Steve Wraith, said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek.”Srnicek made 150 appearances for Newcastle between 1991 and 1998 and went on to have spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before returning to St James’ Park in 2006.His release the following year brought an end to his playing career but he remained in the game and was working as goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague when he collapsed.The statement continued: “Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.“Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine. Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 2015 with his family by his side.“Pavel, the goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague, had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography, ‘Pavel Is A Geordie’, something that he was very proud of.“My final conversation with him was about getting the entertainers team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that Newcastle team almost won the Premier League.“We will make that happen and celebrate this great man’s life together.”Tributes quickly began to pour in for Srnicek, one of Newcastle’s best loved recent characters.Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter: “So very, very sad to lose my friend and former teammate @PavelSrnicekUK My thoughts are with his family at this awful time. #NUFC #RIPPavel”Fellow goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said: “It is with incredible sadness that I’ve have learned that Pavel Srnicek has died. A gentleman and a great sportsman. RIP my friend” Pavel Srnicek last_img read more

Don’t ignore the possibility of cancer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I lay on my side on this iron table with no padding. … My arm is over my head, and my leg is curled under me. The technician has made some black marks on my skin; I was told they are tattoos to line up the radiation each time I come in. This is horrible. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.” While waiting for Jenny, I had the opportunity to speak to some of the patients. The majority were in their 40s and 50s. “Sue” was told for two years that the spot on her mammogram was fatty tissue. By the time the doctors diagnosed her, she had to have a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. The doctors want to put her on a drug after radiation, but she isn’t sure she wants it. One of the possible side effects is liver cancer. “Lisa” and “Mary” were back for their second time. Both had cancer reappear in the other breast. Mary said that the receptionist told her this year they are seeing more and more women back for a second time. “Joyce” never had a mammogram and stopped doing self-exams because she never found anything. One night she accidentally discovered a lump in her breast. After two mammograms, two ultrasounds, one MRI and a needle biopsy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. OCTOBER may be breast cancer awareness month, but I didn’t need the reminder this year. In August, a close member of my family, “Jenny,” was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jenny was taken aback. Her mother and grandmother did not have the disease. There was no history in the family. Her comment was, “How did I get it?” Jenny’s next trip was to the medical oncologist and then to a radiation-therapy center here in the San Fernando Valley. The center is a stand-alone building with a brick exterior and large parking lot. I had been past the place 1,000 times and never noticed it before. Now I’m taking Jenny there Monday through Friday for seven weeks. On our first day, we are greeted by the receptionist and asked to sit in the waiting area until the nurse called us. Jenny is first interviewed by the nurse and then the doctor. Each one explains the procedure, but no one can describe it better than Jenny. All the women said, “Why me? I ate right, took vitamins.” Except for Sue, no one had breast cancer in their family. Most of the people I saw at the radiation center were women, but not all. “Bob” had prostate cancer two years ago and had his prostate surgically removed. Recently, the cancer reappeared in the same spot as where the prostate was, a very rare occurrence. Bob can’t have another surgery so his only option is radiation therapy. Another lady I knew had a strong family history of breast cancer. She developed cysts that had to be drained every three months. It was extremely painful to go through this process not to mention very worrisome that she would be diagnosed with breast cancer. With small children to raise, she made the decision to have her breasts removed and reconstructed. For her it was the right decision. My trips to the radiation-therapy center are sobering and instructive. If there is a moral to this difficult experience, it is that women should do monthly self-exams, have a yearly mammogram and men should have a blood test to check for prostate cancer followed by a medical exam. If cancer is caught early, it is treatable. Maxine Flam lives in North Hollywood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man banned for three years for drink-driving

first_imgA DOWNINGS man who failed a roadside breath test has been disqualified from driving for two years after pleading guilty to charges.Francis McGuigan of Murleog was stopped by gardai at Cnoc na Murleog on April 5, 2015. He provided a breath specimen which returned a reading of 97mg alcohol per 100ml of breath.Solicitor for the defendant, Kieran Dillon told Judge Paul Kelly that his client had been socialising on the night in question and was fully co-operative with gardai.He added the 53-year-old is a married father of three who suffers from medical difficulties.Judge Kelly imposed a fine of €250 and disqualified the defendant from driving for a period of three years, to take effect from November 2.Man banned for three years for drink-driving was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keep the Stem Cell News Straight

first_imgStem cell technology continues to make news, but the phrase “stem cells” alone can mask serious ethical issues.  Adult stem cells (AS) and embryonic stem cells (ES) are both being investigated for their ability to transform into any cell type in the body.  Both are advertised as promising dramatic cures for debilitating diseases, with their ability to regenerate damaged tissue.  ES cells are controversial, however, because a human embryo must be created and destroyed to harvest the cells.  AS cells have no such ethical baggage: they can be harvested safely from an individual’s own bone marrow, from skin, from cord blood, from placental tissue and other organs.    News articles about “stem cells” do not always highlight the source of the cells, but the distinction is important in more than one sense.  As the following examples illustrate, ethically-challenged ES research holds only empty promises, while ethically-safe AS research has a growing record of impressive real-world therapies: Amyloidosis:  A debilitating condition known as amyloidosis, which results in organ failure and death from misfolded proteins, has been successfully treated in 31% of test cases at Boston University Medical Center by blood stem cells and chemotherapy, reported EurekAlert.  The patients showed improvement in both organ function and quality of life, the article said.Cornea Defects:  Experiments on rabbits by Basque Research showed that adult stem cells from one cornea can regrow damaged cornea cells on the other eye.  “The aim of the procedure was to regain the damaged epithelium and thus restore transparency to the cornea,” the researchers said, and “The technique is being currently applied to patients with satisfactory results.”Tissue Replacement:  Researchers at UC Berkeley and Stony Brook University achieved remarkable success growing mesenchymal stem cells on a scaffold of biodegradable nanofibers.  The results, published in PNAS,1 not only grew new endothelial cells, they resisted the formation of clots that occurred without the stem cells.Parkinson’s Disease:  In the same issue of PNAS,2 a team of scientists from Yale, Harvard Medical School, UC San Diego and other institutions successfully treated primates suffering with Parkinson’s disease with human neural stem cells.  The cells “survived, migrated, and had a functional impact” in the subjects.  The neural stem cells, however, though not embryonic, were derived from human fetal brains, raising other ethical red flags.  The article did not say if neural stem cells could be derived in other ways.Hearing:  As reported here 07/01/2007, adult stem cells have also shown promise to cure hearing disorders that were once thought beyond the reach of medicine.  Bone marrow stem cells survived and grew in the inner ear, regenerating damaged hair cells.Magic brew:  Nature3 reported on the promising method of obtaining “ES-like” pluripotent stem cells from skin.  The new “induced pluripotent stem cell” technique, tried on mice, is showing promise for getting all the benefits of ES cells without the need for the embryos.  “If this method can be translated to humans,” Janet Rossant wrote, “patient-specific stem cells could be made without the use of donated eggs or embryos.”  The reported cells passed the test of being able to contribute extensively to all cell types, including the germ line.    Next will be the hard task of going from proof-of-principle to actual therapy.  Rossant called the new stem cell elixir a “magic brew” ending with these encouraging words: “direct reprogramming of adult cells is clearly the way of the future, and promises to open up new frontiers in human biology and future therapy.” Slated to die anyway:  Last month, Science reported on the ethical concerns over human embryo use from fertility clinics.4  Acknowledging the “moral concerns” and “contentious debates” over the use of human embryos in research, Anne Lyerly and Ruth Faden made the case that stored embryos from clinics will die anyway, and argued that 66% of the public doesn’t have a problem with using them.  They also cited “mounting evidence that American scientists are losing ground to other countries with less restrictive policies.”Technical progress, but…:  Late in June, Constance Holden expressed the frustration among stem cell researchers at President Bush’s refusal to allow federal funding for ES research.5  (President Bush had just vetoed a second bill on June 18; see Science Daily.)  Although she cited several recent advances in methods for harvesting the stem cells for embryos, no applications or cures were mentioned.  The tone of the article was that the Administration should relent and let the scientists do what they want: “Advocates were outraged by Bush’s second veto and were not mollified by an accompanying Executive Order encouraging the National Institutes of Health to continue to hunt for pluripotent cells that do not entail the destruction of embryos.” Adventure stories:  M. Ian Phillips reviewed a stem-cell book for Science.6  Cynthia Fox’s book, Cell of Cells: The Global Race to Capture and Control the Stem Cell, is mostly an adventure story of the global race to tap the stem cell.  Phillips mentions that the Hwang scandal was nearly as disappointing as if Armstrong had been found to fake the moon landing.  In praising the book’s story, he did not mention any cures that have come from ES cells.  Yet he ended with this criticism of the Bush administration and a plea that the show must go on:Bush has twice vetoed congressional bills to increase federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.  Cell of Cells illustrates the consequences for global science, states that fund their own researchers, and the dashed hopes of those who need potential treatments.  Fox eloquently chronicles the consequences of this isolationist policy and squarely advocates a rational approach to funding research on both adult and embryonic stem cells.His only reference to ethics was after a sad line about “desperate stories of patients with heart failure, autoimmune disease, kidney failure, and Duchenne’s dystrophy.”  Neglecting to mention whether ES cells provide any plausible hope for curing these, he said: “She [Fox] also warns of the trap of unethical, unscientific stem cell treatments in locations such as Moscow, Ukraine, and the Caribbean.”  In other words, Phillips acknowledged that ES hype is leading to abuses, but he neglected to mention the seriously-held moral qualms of many about harvesting human embryos.  Neither did he distinguish between the ethics of ES vs. AS stem cells.Giving up:  A news item in the same issue of Science7 seems a strange bedfellow to the book review mentioned above.  Dennis Normille reported that a Singapore firm named ES Cell International (ESI) is quitting ES research.  Why?  Investors have decided that “the likelihood of having products in the clinic in the short term was vanishingly small.”    Normille treated this as bad news.  “ESI’s setback may dampen investors’ enthusiasm for stem cell therapies, says Robert Lanza, vice president for R&D at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Massachusetts: ‘What the field badly needs is one or two success stories.’”  This implies that there have been none.  Indeed, Normille had no success stories to tell: only trials using other techniques that American institutions have “in the pipeline.”  The ex-executive of ESI, Alan Colman, admitted to “a tinge of disappointment that the field is moving more slowly than I had hoped.”center_img 1Hashi et al, “Antithrombogenic property of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in nanofibrous vascular grafts,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104: 11915-11920; published online before print July 5 2007, 10.1073/pnas.0704581104.2Redmond et al, “Behavioral improvement in a primate Parkinson’s model is associated with multiple homeostatic effects of human neural stem cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104: 12175-12180; published online before print June 22 2007, 10.1073/pnas.0704091104.3Janet Rossant, “Stem cells: The magic brew,” Nature 448, 260-262 (19 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448260a.4Lyerly and Faden, “Willingness to Donate Frozen Embryos for Stem Cell Research,” Science, 6 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5834, pp. 46-47, DOI: 10.1126/science.1145067.5Constance Holden, “Stem Cell Science Advances as Politics Stall,” Science, 29 June 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5833, p. 1825, DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5833.1825.6M. Ian Phillips, “Passage to Global Stem Cells,” Science, 20 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, p. 322, DOI: 10.1126/science.1146229.7Dennis Normille, “Singapore Firm Abandons Plans for Stem Cell Therapies,” Science, 20 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, p. 305, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5836.305.Do you ever wonder how the entire international scientific community can seem to be unanimously in favor of Darwinism, unanimously anti-Bush, and all in agreement that humans are to blame for global warming?  Just look at the “official” party line about stem cells.  Certainly there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ethically-sensitive researchers who are pursuing adult stem cells and legitimate therapies to help the afflicted.  They have made great strides.  Why, then, is the editorial staff of Nature, Science and the other spokespersons for Big Science pursuing the vain hope of ES cells, when they have nothing but scandals and empty promises to show for it?    It is uncanny how they keep pushing their unethical research down the throats of people who think it is wrong to kill one life to save another.  Nobody is even stopping them; they are free to pursue it, if they wish – provided they get their own money.  Instead, they expect the taxpaying public, morally opposed or not, to pay for it.  Why?  Because real investors know how to read the tea leaves, and notice that funding ES research is a bad investment, with a “vanishingly small” hope of success.    ES advocates rarely mention the arguments of ethicists, and never treat them seriously.  Their appeals are invariably based on selfishness or fraud: Americans will fall behind in the race, the embryos are not really human, and the like.  They make tear-jerking commercials with Hollywood actors pulling on our heartstrings about the afflicted (as if ES stem cells would help), promising cures that don’t exist.  One of the biggest scientific frauds in recent history was committed in the pursuit of ES cells.  All the while, adult stem cell research has been galloping ahead with real results with little fanfare from the media.  This puzzling behavior is documented in detail by Anne Coulter in her book Godless (Crown Forum, 2006), pp. 192-198.    This is the only explanation that makes sense, and Coulter makes the connection: the same people who abuse science to promote ES research are the same ones opposing intelligent design to promote Darwin’s theory of evolution (p. 198).  The irrational pursuit of an untenable position in one arena characterizes the same godless, materialistic, amoral liberalism that pushes evolution on students.  It’s done in the name – but not the spirit – of science, but requires allegiance to a liberal agenda that cannot tolerate controversy, questioning, or debate (e.g., 07/13/2007).  Let the evidence speak to a candid world.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Does Character Count?

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists try to make everything about human nature a product of an unguided, naturalistic ancestry.  Then why have sermons or seminars on doing the right thing?It matters that we help others:  The BBC News asked if it matters that we help others, launching into the history of George Price and J.B.S. Haldane who “evolved” altruism as “self-interest in disguise”.  Price even wrote an equation for the evolution of altruism that “underpins a lot of modern evolutionary biology research” today.  Price recognized, though, that an equation renders compassion meaningless: “If altruism was simply an attempt to ensure the survival of one’s own genes, could it be considered altruism at all?”  Thinking about that depressed George Price so much that he turned to Christ and devoted his life to helping others.  He suffered from depression, though, and allegedly committed suicide (see 7/16/10).  The rest of the article gave views of experts who deny that humans are genetically determined.  They did not address, though, how evolution could explain the non-biological parts of human nature:“If we want to understand behaviour, biology is part of it – it has to be by definition. But that’s never an entire and complete explanation for the complexity and grandeur of the human condition.” – Oren Harman, biographer of George PriceYou can choose not to indulge:  According to Science Daily, “Mindful individuals [are] less affected by immediate rewards.”  What is mindfulness, though, if not choice to go against one’s natural inclinations?The Good Samaritan chose to be compassionate:  Live Science asked, “Is being a good Samaritan a matter of genes?”  Richard Dawkins famously advocated the “selfish gene” theory, describing compassion for members of a group as really disguised selfishness.  Ohio State psychologists stated, “Dawkins’ view fails to account for the many instances in which humans have helped others to whom they were not closely related, and have done so with no apparent genetic benefit to themselves.”  The article left the causes of prosocial behavior a “widely-debated question.”Even scientists recognize the need for ethics:  Science Magazine praised a program at the University of Minnesota that helps “Students Propose Genetic Solutions to Societal Problems.”  Their “Essay on Science and Society” says about the program, “Instructors coach the teams throughout the semester on experimental design and resources, as well as on data analysis, presentation strategies, team work, and research ethics.”Altruism must extend beyond kinship:  In Nature, Daniel Sarewitz wrote an essay entitled, “Science’s rightful place is in service of society.”  Sarewitz writes about “the public good,” a nebulous category that certainly would extend beyond one’s immediate evolutionary kin.   Sarewitz criticized “the isolation of the conduct of science from its use in society.”  He is appalled when basic science does not help with economic prosperity, helping the poor find jobs, etc.  He wants science to move “in the right direction — away from an obsession with how much money is spent on science, and towards a consideration of how best to ensure that science investments turn into public value.”Yet evolutionary explanations still dominate:  In Nature, John Whitfield reviewed two books that account for human nature as a product of evolution.  Whitfield himself thinks that way: “Morality is an appetite for certain types of behaviour in oneself and others,” he states.  “Like tastes in food and sex, it is rooted in biology, shaped by culture and imperfectly controlled by reason.” (He did not explain where reason came from).  The first book, Just Babies by Paul Bloom, treats morality as an instinct (this is supported by an article in New Scientist that shows newborns can recognize good and evil at an early age).  The second book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene, also views morality as the instinctive product of an evolutionary process.  Greene, however, thinks morality arrives as a mimic of the pragmatic philosophy of utilitarianism (“the greatest happiness for the greatest number”).  Argued using reason by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century and by John Stuart Mill in the 19th, utilitarianism is typecast by Greene as the product of an evolutionary process.  In another review of Greene’s book, Thomas Nagel in New Republic recognizes that a blind process like evolution turns morality into an illusion:The most difficult problem posed by Greene’s proposals is whether we should give up trying to understand our natural moral intuitions as evidence of a coherent system of individual rights that limit what may be done even in pursuit of the greater good. Should we instead come to regard them as we regard optical illusions, recognizing them as evolutionary products but withholding our assent? Greene’s debunking arguments add an empirical dimension to a venerable utilitarian tradition, but they certainly do not settle the question.Nagel, an atheist, famously denounced Darwinism and opened the door to intelligent design last year (see Evolution News & Views), earning himself scorn from other atheists and evolutionists (ENV Dembski, ENV Klinghoffer).  It appears that the explanatory power of Darwinism to account for human nature is part of his critique.  His latest book is called Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.These articles all skirt the main issue.  The evolutionists want to subsume all of reality into their Darwinian mechanism, turning altruism, morality and character into epiphenomena of materialism.  The others, fearful of the subjective relativism that would result, cannot bring themselves to embrace such reductive ideas.  Once it dawns on enough people that reason itself cannot be employed to argue the truth of evolution, Darwinism will be seen for what it is: a self-refuting proposition.  You can’t use reason to argue that reason is an optical illusion!  Once the deck is cleared of such nonsense, those who can account for reason will remain to employ it in the defense of “a coherent system of individual rights that limit what may be done even in pursuit of the greater good” (Nagel).  Logic (which sees coherence as a good thing) will further push them to the realization that rights, to be coherent, must have a Source that is timeless, universal, and unchangingly righteous.  Name One.last_img read more

Harvard Evolutionists Justify Terror as Darwinian Fitness

first_imgTheir “study” involved native tribespeople, but the amoral implications give aid and comfort to evildoers.Here’s the bottom line of a paper in PNAS by Luke Growacki and Richard Wrangham of Harvard: if you pillage and plunder, you’re fitter in Darwinian terms.  You have more kids that survive.These were their “findings” after studying male warriors of the Nyangatom in the Ethiopia and South Sudan region. But the implications go far beyond: “Our results appear to apply to similar pastoralist populations and provide support for the expectation that warriors in small-scale societies benefit from participating in warfare.”  Later, they are not so specific: “Together these findings suggest that raiding over a lifetime is associated with greater reproductive success.”The Nyangatom have ongoing conflict with several neighboring ethnic groups including the Turkana, Dassanetch, and Suri, as well as occasional conflicts with other groups. Automatic weapons were introduced into the area in the late 1980s and are used throughout the region. Similar to neighboring pastoralist groups such as the Turkana, the Nyangatom have two types of offensive raids: stealth raids and battle raids. Stealth raids … are composed of a small number of men, usually 4–25, who attempt to capture poorly guarded livestock by stealth or sneak into an enemy village at night and steal livestock undetected. They may also opportunistically attack and kill individuals they encounter.Growacki and Wrangham did not mention whether they investigated the religion or ethical philosophy of the society.  It was all very sterile: raid villages, kill people, steal and destroy, and you have better evolutionary fitness—defined as more surviving children.The ugliness of the Darwinian worldview can hardly be exaggerated.  But neither can its stupidity be.  Is this science?  Is this scientific value-free neutrality?  Good grief; these two evolutionists have just rationalized acts of terror by their fellow human beings!  They treat these people like lab rats or something.  What kind of scientific method would totally overlook the religious values and beliefs of the people involved?  Were any of them Islamic terrorists?  (Islamic extremism is rampant in that part of the world.)  How would the “findings” have differed if the people had responded to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and were taught to love one another?  How about if they had learned the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not steal”?  Did they investigate whether the raiders had any regrets for the pain they caused?  The men were smart enough to use automatic weapons; presumably they had enough intelligence to have a conscience and understand personal responsibility.  None of this entered the fitness equations of Growacki and Wrangham.How many times, too, do we have to point out that if you measure fitness in terms of survival, you’ve committed a tautology?  The fittest are survivors, and survivors are the fittest; that proves nothing.  This has been pointed out for decades, even by other evolutionists, but they still commit the same fallacy.  (There’s a good treatment of this problem by Phillip Johnson in his book Darwin on Trial, ch. 2.)  As if that were not stupid enough, their own methods undercut their supposed “science.”  One could use the same reasoning against Growacki and Wrangham to prove that they are only writing papers as an evolutionary strategy, not as a search for truth.  Ask them this question: “If raiders took all your goods and killed your children, would you be upset?  Or would this just be an example of natural selection showing you are not the fittest?”That’s the stupidity part.  The ugly part is that these Harvard evolutionists have just rationalized murder, rape, and pillage.  Don’t think for a minute that they were just trying to be ethically aloof and neutral.  For their “research” they had to watch evil men cause great pain and suffering to fellow human beings. Then they wrote it up as detached as robots in white lab coats holding clipboards.  Presumably they could have measured the same evolutionary fitness among the Boko Haram who steal girls and sell them into slavery.  It’s not just that they blinded themselves to any humanitarian concerns; they gave great comfort to evildoers.  To fail to stand against evil is to be for evil.  ISIS or the next totalitarian dictator could look at this paper to justify what they do, because according to “science,” terror is as natural as gravity.  What this means is that the real villains in the story are the evolutionists themselves.Do the world a favor.  Point out the stupidity of Darwinian reasoning, and laugh them out of the science journals so that they lose all credibility.  That way evildoers will not take them seriously. (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Homeless theatre group takes Shakespeare to the streets

first_imgA group of homeless people living on the streets of Johannesburg have found their true calling in theatre. With the help of a dedicated teacher, the group is taking Shakespeare to the streets, using his words to tell their stories.Acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould and her Johannesburg Awakening Minds students use Shakespeare to find their voices and contribute to society. (Image: Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page)CD AndersonFounded in 2012 by South African actress and acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould, the Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM) theatre group comprises homeless men and women living on the inner city streets of Johannesburg.The group began as an acting therapy class in Hillbrow, with the intention, as Gould writes on her website, of “[letting] individuals feel that they had the right to speak, the right to be seen and the right to tell their stories in a city which has been very cruel to them”.Classes include vocal training, theatre stagecraft and creative writing exercises. The students quickly began finding their voices in the works of William Shakespeare, with many of them starting to recite some of the Bard’s most famous soliloquies on street corners as their own performance pieces.In Shakespeare, Gould writes, the actors found that “[the words] of Macbeth and Titus were speaking about their pain and that the plays were huge receptacles that could hold all the emotions that they needed to release: the rage, the feelings of abandonment; they began to flex again their intellectual muscle, to debate, have opinions and to become a team that support each other and watch each other’s backs, not only on the streets, but on stage.”The group has performed on stage intermittently since 2013, including performances at the Johannesburg Arts Alive festival, at the Space.com event at the Johannesburg Theatre and as part of the Shakespeare Society of South Africa festival on radio station Classic FM.With their stage productions few and far between, most of the actors still live on the streets or in shelters, but they have found a continued inspiration in performing for the public on street corners. Some of the actors have moved into other artistic pursuits, such as painting, and selling their works at markets.Donations and sponsorships, as well any small profit from the group’s performances, have helped the JAM members slowly re-enter society, enabling some to open bank accounts, begin hawker businesses and help their families.Some of the rising stars of the JAM group have also found work in short student films and as extras in television productions.JAM member Thando Matodlana has been accepted to study at The Market Theatre Laboratory theatre school, while Sibusiso Magubane has acted in television commercials and is auditioning for speaking roles in local and international films being made in Johannesburg.Gould describes her students as “dedicated and passionate… the talent and growth they have displayed is truly inspirational. Proving that Shakespeare is not for the old, stuffy academic types and has a home in Africa.”For more information, join the Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page for photos and videos of the group in action.To support the initiative, contact Dorothy Ann Gould via her Triple Take Studios website here.Source: BBC, News24, Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook PageWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more