Did Evolution Hardwire Our Instincts?

first_imgJeanna Brynner in Live Science is claiming that evolution hard-wired our brains to pay attention to people and animals more than to inanimate threats.  This is based on a paper by evolutionary psychologists at UC Santa Barbara.The researchers say the finding supports the idea that natural selection molded mechanisms into our ancestors’ brains that were specialized for paying attention to humans and other animals.  These adaptive traits were then passed on to us. “We’re assuming that natural selection takes a long time to build anything anew and that ’s why this is left over from our past,” said study team member Leda Cosmides, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)….“Having this pop-out attentional bias for animals is sort of a vestigial behavior,” said study team member Joshua New of Yale University’s Perception and Cognition Lab.For accepting these claims at face value without laughing, Brynner wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week along with the perpetrators at UCSB.Strange that evolution did not create a fear of falling coconuts or poison mushrooms.  Evolution also must have taught us that bear cubs and tiger cubs are cute, even when the mother is snarling a few yards away.  Maybe in a few million years, evolution will finally get it right that electrical outlets are dangerous (if any people remain that survive electrocution).  Maybe then our brains will have gotten it straight that we shouldn’t step in front of speeding vehicles, and that most spiders are harmless and cute.  Long before then, Brynner and the UCSB scientists will have comfortably retired with no fear of falsification.    Isn’t evolutionary psychology wonderful?  It can explain anything.  All you need is a good imagination and some funding.  Let’s try some intelligently-designed shame on the Darwinian mythmakers to see if they evolve any sense.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Darwinism Demonstrated in the Lab

first_imgLenski’s done it.  The champion of Avida, a computerized evolution demo (see Evolution News) has demonstrated Darwinian evolution with real live organisms.  His achievement announces his inauguration into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.1    Lenski and team ran one of the longest-running evolution experiments ever with E. coli bacteria.  After more than 30,000 generations, some of the bacteria traversed several random mutations to achieve a new function: the ability to digest citrate.  This occurred without any guidance and quickly made the new variety more fit in the culture.  New Scientist trumpeted this as a demonstration of a “major evolutionary shift in the lab” that has unfurled right before the researchers’ eyes.    Darwin critic Dr. Michael Behe, biochemist at Lehigh University, author of Darwin’s Black Box, seems unconvinced.  He thinks, as he discusses on his Amazon blog that Lenski has only demonstrated something far less Darwinian: the Edge of Evolution.  A response was also posted on Access Research Network.1.  Zachary Blount, Christina Borland and Richard E. Lenski, “Historical contingency and the evolution of a key innovation in an experimental population of Escherichia coli,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, June 4, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0803151105.It’s a good thing Dr. Behe quickly dispelled the significance of this experiment.  It saves us a lot of work having to trudge through the overhyped claims in the paper.  Basically, the E. coli already had the machinery to digest citrate, but just lacked a gateway to get the nutrient inside, which was not that improbable a hurdle for a couple of mutations to permit.  This accomplishment is orders of magnitude simpler than the kind of luck required to build the machinery in the first place.  It’s like blindly pushing and finding a weakness in a fence.  This is all the longest-running lab experiment in evolution was able to accomplish in 20 years of trying, with almost 40,000 generations.  Are you impressed?  If you can tell a lawyer is lying when his lips are moving, you can tell an evolutionist is lying when the reporters go wild about how Darwin has been vindicated. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NTL PERMIT ANNOUNCEMENT

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the following Constituent Bodies and Regions have been issued with a Permit to compete at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour from 2005 through to 2007. 1. Tropical Cyclones (North Queensland Touch Association) 2. Queensland Country Rustlers (CQ, South West and Suncoast Touch Associations) 3. Brisbane City Cobras 4. Gold Coast Sharks 5. NSWTA-Northern Eagles 6. NSWTA-Hunter/Western Hornets 7. NSWTA-Sydney Mets 8. NSWTA-Sydney Scorpions 9. NSWTA-Sydney Rebels 10. NSWTA-Southern Suns 11. Australian Capital Territory Touch Association 12. Crusaders (South Australia, Tasmania and Victorian Touch Associations) 13. Barbarians (Western Australia and Northern Territory) The dates for the National Touch are yet to be finalised and are due to be released by the 14 May 2004. Jon Pratt Event Manager- ATAlast_img read more

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Outgoing Chief Justice Lauded for 40 Years of Service

first_imgStory Highlights “It is well known that the function of the judiciary is to interpret and apply the law, and the function of the legislative branch is to make the law. I feel confident that your legacy will ensure that the rule of law is maintained as the country moves forward,” Mrs. Malahoo Forte said. Outgoing Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla, has been praised for her over 40 years of service to the judiciary in Jamaica. Outgoing Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla, has been praised for her over 40 years of service to the judiciary in Jamaica.She received the accolades from Judges of the Supreme Court and other members of the judiciary during a special sitting of the Supreme Court at Public Building East, King Street, downtown Kingston, today (January 31).In her tribute, Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, said she will always remember Mrs. Mc Calla’s quiet strength, and her humble and dignified approach to her role as Chief Justice.“It is well known that the function of the judiciary is to interpret and apply the law, and the function of the legislative branch is to make the law. I feel confident that your legacy will ensure that the rule of law is maintained as the country moves forward,” Mrs. Malahoo Forte said.For his part, Chairman of the General Legal Council, Mr. Allan Wood, said Mrs. McCalla’s judgements will stand the test of times.He further commended the outgoing Chief Justice for implementing measures such as the Case Management System, which he said has improved the administration of justice.Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, expressed appreciation to Mrs. McCalla for the civility, the grace and the dignity with which she carried out her duties.“It is also said that tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. May I say, having to go through many of these meetings with the bureaucrats and, sometimes, members of the political directorate, I have been in awe at the tact that you have displayed,” Ms. Llewellyn said.For his part, Justice Bryan Sykes noted that the outgoing Chief Justice had the ability to build bridges and that her approach to her Office brought a sense of calm amidst upheavals.In her response, Mrs. McCalla expressed appreciation for the very kind words spoken about her.“Simply saying thanks is not enough for every single thing that I have heard, but I thank you most sincerely for everything that you have said. This occasion has afforded me the opportunity to say it has been a wonderful experience working with all the persons that I have come in contact with,” she noted.She also gave special thanks to the judges with whom she has worked. “We have a core group of judges who work tirelessly, and we think of the many innovations that we could implement in our justice system,” Mrs. McCalla added.Chief Justice McCalla has had an extensive legal career in the public service, having been called to the Jamaican Bar in 1976.In August of 1985, she became a Resident Magistrate and was later appointed as Senior Resident Magistrate. In 1996, she became a Master in Chambers, and in 1997, she was appointed Puisne Judge and served until 2006, when she was promoted a Judge of the Court of Appeal.She was appointed Chief Justice on June 27, 2007. Chief Justice McCalla is the first female Chief Justice of Jamaica. She demits office today (January 31). She received the accolades from Judges of the Supreme Court and other members of the judiciary during a special sitting of the Supreme Court at Public Building East, King Street, downtown Kingston, today (January 31).last_img read more

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Trudeau departs China without securing commitment start to free trade talks

first_imgGUANGZHOU, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departed China on Thursday without securing the start of free trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, but said Canadians need to lower their expectations about just how quick that will happen.Trudeau said differences need to be addressed on how Canada deals with China’s state-owned enterprises. Separately, he also said he is committed to standing up for Canadian values in a “respectful way,” including protecting the interests of Canadians behind bars.“Canadians should be under no illusions that a free trade deal with China will be easy,” Trudeau told reporters before returning to Canada after a four-day visit.Before agreeing to formally start talks, the government wants China to agree to a broad framework that will incorporate its so-called progressive trade agenda, which would formally place the environment, labour, gender and governance issues on the bargaining table.Trudeau acknowledged that the two countries have a lot of work to do to “interface” their different systems in a way that is “mutually beneficial” — a phrase the Chinese are fond of using. He said the two countries have already had good success in partnering on the environment.Trudeau suggested that getting China to agree to other parts of his progressive agenda isn’t an insurmountable challenge.“Trade has been an essential element in their success in lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into the global middle class.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne stayed behind in Beijing to continue discussions over the last two days while Trudeau travelled south to China’s industrial heartland to attend the Fortune Global Forum, a major gathering of international chief executives, which Canada will host next year.Champagne was due to return to Canada on Thursday with Trudeau, leaving the trade discussions stalled at the exploratory phase.“There was good progress made and we expect that work to continue in the weeks ahead,” said his spokesman Joe Pickerill.Trudeau acknowledged that difficult talks lie ahead in addressing concerns when Chinese state-owned companies try to buy Canadian firms.The government faced criticism for allowing the takeover of Norsat by Chinese-based Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. without a full national security review. Vancouver-based Norsat makes radio systems and transceivers used by the American military and other NATO partners.And it is now weighing a proposal by a Chinese firm to buy the Canadian construction company, Aecon, which has been involved in landmark projects like the CN Tower.“As a socialist economy, China has a significant role for public ownership of enterprises that is simply characteristic of their approach,” Trudeau said.He future discussions would “reflect on the challenges, the opportunities, the advantages, the inconvenience when two systems that are different try to collaborate so we can create benefits for both groups of citizens.”Trudeau said he didn’t back down from raising consular cases in his meetings with Chinese leaders, including the detention of two British Columbia winery owners involved in a customs dispute.Trudeau said he pays closer attention to consular cases than past prime ministers — perhaps, he said, “because I spent a lot of time backpacking around the world when I was younger.”The prime minister also reiterated his support for a free press when asked about a scathing Chinese newspaper editorial that chastised the media travelling with him for unfair coverage of their country.“You play an essential role: a challenge function, an information function,” he said. “That is a perspective shared by many and it’s one that I am very happy to repeat today.”But he demurred when asked what he thought of China banning access to websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.“In Canada, we have a different history, a different approach on a broad range of things, and we will continue to stand for the way we do things, and work with people who do things differently.”As Trudeau travelled back to Canada, analysts were underwhelmed by what he accomplished in China.“The visit seemed strangely unprepared,” said Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, who called the trip “a missed opportunity to deepen the relationship and diversify our markets.”Paul Evans, an Asia expert at the University of British Columbia, said the trip was “successful in the minimalist sense” because it managed to fulfil a commitment by both sides to hold a leaders’ meeting each year.Wenran Jiang, director of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, said the delay in formally starting the talks “will only further convince the Chinese side that Canada can’t get anything done.”“We can’t build a pipeline to the west coast when every reason is there to get it done,” he added.“We are a country of complacency, without pressure to compete with others; we tend to think we have all the high moral grounds on gender, environment, labour while others are inferior to us.”Despite the differences on trade, Trudeau was warmly welcomed by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, as well as various other Chinese officials. And the prime minister returned the sentiment, repeatedly referring to how influential his travels 22 years ago as a student backpacker had been on him.His continued affinity for China appeared undiminished on his last day as he toured a 19th Century temple and witnessed a traditional lion dance by six dancers energetically flailing in three separate red costumes.Before performing a traditional eye-dotting ritual on the costumed head of one of the dancers at the Chen Clan Academy, one of his Chinese hosts declared:“We will awaken the lions.”last_img read more

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First private nonmedical store starts renovations in FSJ

first_imgThe three partners Aaron Lepine, Darwin Lepine (better known in the community as Danny) and Lori Bahm are all longtime Fort St John residents. “We look forward to not only providing a safe and legal cannabis source but also to providing much-needed employment opportunities to local residents,” Lepine.Lepine shares, they have been busy getting the store ready and the opening date will be announced soon.With retailers already opening their doors in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek there has been much anticipation in Fort St. John to do the same. The retail store is located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week.“It has been a long-drawn-out process fraught with inequities but we finally can see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Lepine. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cannabis Corner has started renovations for its non-medical cannabis retail store.Danny Lepine one of the three partners of Cannabis Corner shares, they received the provincial license last week.last_img read more

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Man bludgeoned wife to death in Gurugram held

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram was once again witnessing to a crime where on the basis of suspicion a husband brutally murdered his wife. The latest case involved the murder of 20-year-old woman identified as Kajal who was murdered by her husband Dharmendra.On Sunday night, he beat her repeatedly with a stone and then crusher her face with the sharp object. On Monday morning, the Gurugram police found the blood laden body of the deceased in Nathupur. Subsequently, the law enforcement officials were able to arrest Dharmendra near the Delhi-Gurugram border. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Kajal who belonged from Assam had married Dharmendra just six months ago. They were residing in South Delhi’s Chattar Pur area where Dharmendra was working in a local eatery. In the short duration of their marriage, there were constant fights as Dharmendra on numerous occasion raised suspicion on his wife’s character. Sources in the police also highlighted that on numerous occasion, Dharmendra even resorted to domestic violence that further deepened the marital discord between the two even further. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn Sunday, Dharmendra asked Kajal to come with him to Gurugram where his brother resided. Midway there was again a heated argument between the two that eventually led to Dharmendra murdering his wife. The case of murder has been filed in DLF Phase-3 police station under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The law enforcement officials are now trying to get in touch with her family in Assam so that the last rites of the deceased can take place. “Immediately after the incident, we were able to quickly arrest Dharmendra from Aya Nagar that lies in Delhi-Gurugram border. He has confessed to his crime and said that the main reason for him to murder his wife was that he suspected her character. We are trying to interrogate him further was it actually a crime that occurred in the fit of rage or was there any other reason also for him to have carried out this heinous crime,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. On several occasions in the past, there have been cases where there have been brutal murders in the city due to marital strife. In one of the horrific crimes, a husband pushed his wife and mother of his two children from the eighth floor of his apartment on October 27, 2018, the day of Karva Chauth as he was having an extramarital affair. In yet another heinous crime, a husband bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer in front of their two-year-old daughter in the fit of rage because of the heated argument between the two.last_img read more

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Ohio State baseball stays hot defeats Akron Zips 94

Sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson (4) is welcomed in to home plate by junior infielder Troy Kuhn (5) and redshirt-junior infielder Nick Sergakis (21) before scoring an OSU run. The Buckeyes beat in-state opponent, Akron, 9-4, on March 25 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Ethan Scheck / Lantern photographerFor Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, the 2015 season has been five years in the making. After being named the head coach in 2010, Beals said he dedicated the first five years of his career toward forming a balanced program.“It’s been five years of developing, it’s the idea of recruiting, the idea of talent and having a balanced baseball club,” Beals said.For the Buckeyes, the five-year plan has been a long process, but it all starts with recruiting, Beals added.“When you are developing your program you have 35 guys, and only 11.5 scholarships so you can’t just throw out a bunch of scholarships and build it in a year,” he said. “It takes some time to find that depth and find the right type of guys.”The Buckeyes showed the depth and balance of their team Wednesday night, beating the Akron Zips, 9-4, at Bill Davis Stadium.Akron started the game off strong by scoring the first two runs in the second inning before the Buckeyes tied the game at 2-2 going into the third.After two innings of three up, three down baseball, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring six runs in the fifth inning.“In the fifth inning, it’s a situation where we figured out their starter,” Beals said. “It was our third at-bat, the lineup had flipped and it was our third line through. That’s when we figured him out and were able to get some extra base hits.”After struggling with their bats in the first few innings, the Buckeyes showed their tenacity to get the win as sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson slammed a two-run homer. After struggling throughout the beginning of the season, Dawson said he feels that he’s gaining some of his confidence back.“I was struggling a little bit, but the coaches have faith in me and talk to me every day,” Dawson said.Dawson said the issue had come from his mentality, feeling like he wasn’t able to relax and be patient at the plate.“I just put a lot of pressure on myself. When I didn’t do so well, I got mad, but as I play more people are going to figure out who I am and how to pitch to me so I just have to patient,” Dawson said. “I’m just starting to relax again.”Along with Dawson, senior outfielder Pat Porter blasted a home run, maintaining his offensive leadership with one double and three RBIs.But the real standout for the night was junior Zach Ratcliff, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The first baseman began the season starting for the Buckeyes, but struggled at the plate with a .185 batting average heading into Wednesday’s matchup.Wednesday was the day to test what Ratcliff could do when given an opportunity, Beals said.“I thought today was a good matchup for Zach to get in there and get his shot back and he took advantage of it,” Beals said. “I’m happy for him. He got the call tonight and answered the bell.”Ratcliff was humble to acknowledge his multiple double performance and grateful for the opportunity presented. But the junior said his mentality is to “just keep working.”Akron was consistent in the batters box, having seven of nine batters with at least one hit on OSU’s junior left-hander, John Havird. The Buckeyes’ starter tossed 84 pitches in 5.2 innings, with nine hits, only allowing one walk, four strikeouts and three earned runs, tallying his third win of the season.“The depth in our pitching staff is something we take pride in. We have multiple guys, we went two midweek games without any of our starting pitchers,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will look to maintain their consistency against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday at 3:05 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. read more

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