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‘Caption this’: Paul Pogba deletes cryptic post after Jose Mourinho axed

first_imgMourinho was dismissed on Tuesday after United’s worst start in 28 years left them trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Pogba joined United for a club record £89 million ($112 million) just weeks after Mourinho was hired in 2016.But the former Juventus player was repeatedly criticized by Mourinho during his two-and-a-half year reign.After his inspired performances helped France win the World Cup in Russia in July, Mourinho opted not to praise Pogba, instead infuriating the star by publicly asking why he did not try as hard for United.Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy earlier this season.The pair were captured having a frosty exchange on the training ground as Mourinho grew angry with his key midfielder’s lethargic performances, dropping him on several occasions to spark talk he would be sold by the end of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lionel Messi receives 5th Golden Shoe award for Europe’s top scorer Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The volatile Mourinho’s exit was in part triggered by the breakdown of his relationship with France midfielder Pogba, who did not even make an appearance as a substitute for Sunday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Pogba took to Instagram just moments after news of Mourinho’s sacking broke, posting a picture of himself smiling and writing ‘caption this’ next to it.The 25-year-old’s post was widely interpreted as celebrating Mourinho’s departure and he was criticized by former United defender Gary Neville, who responded on Twitter by writing: “You do one as well!”, suggesting he should leave the club as well.Over 64,000 people had ‘liked’ Pogba’s cheeky message, but he deleted the post 10 minutes later amid claims it was actually part of a marketing campaign for Adidas.The controversy was an appropriately rancorous end to the World Cup winner’s stormy relationship with Mourinho.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments [#PL] Paul Pogba sur Instagram « Caption this ! » 😁 pic.twitter.com/CLePpzsJhA— Footballogue⭐️⭐️ (@Footballogue) December 18, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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“Friends of Tabou” Observes Annual Thanksgiving

first_imgFoT members stand agape for their blessings during the Thanksgiving Service.— Distributes assorted food items to elders On Sunday, November 17, 2019, the pastors and members of Mount Olivet Bible Church, located in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, offered a special prayer to God for members of the “Friends of Tabou” (FoT), an association of over 50 Liberians, who once lived in Tabou, La Cote d’Ivoire as refugees during the height of Liberia’s civil crisis (1989-2003).The prayer session, which was part of FoT’s Thanksgiving ceremony, also sought divine direction for all the leaders, members and the continued prosperity of the association.The prayers were part of activities marking the FoT’s annual thanksgiving service, to thank God for what he has done in the past years, and commit the association and all its members to God.The event was characterized by the donation of several bags of 25kg rice, and cans of vegetable oil to the congregation, particularly to benefit the elderly.Prominent Pastors from different denominations led the prayer session, which featured special prayers for the FoT functionaries, while specific prayers and declarations were made for its members.This year’s event, which has as its theme, “Don’t Allow Intimidation to Stop you from Doing God’s Work,” was taken from the Book of Nehemiah 6:1-14.In that sermon, Pastor James W. Badio, who served as a guest preacher, underscored the importance of doing God’s work in truth and in spirit.”Badio then encouraged FoT members, particularly those that were in attendance, to support the work of God, “no matter the circumstances.”President of FoT, Jarlawah Tonpo, expressed gratitude to the Church for its ‘longstanding’ support to individual members of the association.Tonpo said the Church had a profound impact on the existence of the association, “where one of our members, Erasmus Kweejay, is now a pastor of this church, and so we are again grateful to be here and give God the glory.”He said the donated items will help the Church, specifically, the department of the elderly.Bishop G. Benedict Gboffua, Sr., who offered a special prayer for FoT members, described the association’s good gesture as a timely intervention that will go a long way in determining how its members would remain united, “because we as a church, were never expecting this donation, but thank God it came as a blessing.”“I urge us all to pray for FoT. Let us seek the face of God to grant our members the needed blessings, so as to continue excelling and experience continuity of development and good leadership,” Bishop Gbouffa said.Since the establishment of the FoT, its members have individually or collectively, touched the lives of many vulnerable Liberians, including orphans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ensuring your four-legged friend doesn’t catch Parvo

first_imgDr. Perry Spitzer at the North Peace Veterinary Clinic says Parvo, which is most common in puppies, will show its first signs through the animal’s bowel.“Normally we get, initially, vomiting usually or at least a big depression, and that’s often followed up by diarrhea with some blood in it often,” says Dr. Spitzer of the “highly contagious” infection.Parvo is usually transmitted through the fecal matters of an infected animal, though carriers generally do not exhibit any symptoms.- Advertisement -“It’s very difficult to get in there at the right time to use anti-viral drugs, some have been tried, but mainly we know the dog’s immune response will fight against Parvo, and we just need to keep them hydrated and surviving well until their own immune system kicks in.”Dr. Spitzer says the clinic has yet to have a case of Parvo so far this year but also anticipates that day will come shortly.“A lot of older dogs have some immunity to Parvo,” Dr. Spitzer goes on to explain. “The response in the pup than depends on how much of mom’s immunity he had.”Advertisement He says puppies should be vaccinated fairy early in case they don’t have a strong immune system, with continued boosting until it turns 4-months-old. Dr. Spitzer is also advising owners of new puppies to slowly introduce the pet to different environments instead of exposing it to everything in the neighbourhood right away.“We want you to vaccinate your dog,” Dr. Spitzer advices. “Kind of keep track of what surfaces he gets on so that we can hopefully get some prevention in place before he gets exposed.”last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Embarking On A Busy Few Days

first_img The start of the 2019-20 season is just days away and it will feel even closer this week as the Drake men’s basketball team begins to publicly preview the season with three events in Des Moines including the Blue & White exhibition Thursday evening. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 23, the team will meet with members of the local media starting at 1:30 p.m. for the team’s annual Media Day. In addition to the stories and previews from the media, Drake Sports Media will expand coverage with a live, wall-to-wall onlie broadcast from the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility.The live broadcast will be available on the Drake Athletics Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DrakeAthletics and posted on GoDrakeBulldogs.com shortly after the event.Thursday morning, the team joins the women’s program for the annual Bulldog Club Tipoff Breakfast at the Downtown Marriott at 7 a.m. For more information on the Bulldog Club Tipoff Breakfast, contact Cole Neary at 515-271-2228 or cole.neary@drake.edu. Finally the team will compete in front of fans Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the Knapp Center for the Blue & White exhibition. The Bulldogs will split into two teams for their first public exhibition and glimpse at the 2019-20 team. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Media Day Broadcast Story Linkscenter_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Water mains replacement in West Donegal to begin in coming months

first_imgA contractor to begin works on the replacement of 3kms of water mains form Meenaleck to Ranafast in West Donegal is to be appointed in the coming weeks.The news has been welcomed by local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig.A spokesperosn for Irish Water told the Independent councillor “We have received an update advising that approximately 3km of water mains is due for replacement in the coming months in this area. This is part of a larger 45km countywide mains replacement contract. A Contractor has just been appointed and is due to commence in the next few weeks.” The spokesperson added that it is not possible to say at this stage which area he will start in – the Contractor will be providing a programme of works in the coming weeks which will give more detail on this.Water mains replacement in West Donegal to begin in coming months was last modified: July 4th, 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

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Donegal patients unable to go home due to lack of Home Help

first_imgThe Home Help ‘crisis’ in Donegal is said to be getting worse, with no new hours available to patients unless they are recycled from others.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has hit out at the Department of Health over the issue, where patients have been unable to go home due to a lack of available supports.Deputy Gallagher said he has learned that the only available hours for new patients on the scheme have to come from existing hours, which arise when other patients have died or no longer need the service. This, along with the recruitment freeze in the HSE, is leading to delayed discharges and a reduced capacity of beds in hospitals, the TD said.Deputy Gallagher said: “With effectively no new home help hours available within Donegal, this crisis is leading to beds in our hospitals being held up longer due to patients being unable to go back to their homes, due to the lack of available supports.“I raised this issue previously, when on that occasion I was informed that it takes typically 14 weeks to avail of your approved Home Help Package, now it transpires that in effect there are no home help hours available, unless the hours are made available by means of the death of another patient and his or her hours are reallocated.”“I am at a loss as to what is actually happening between the Department of Health, Government and the HSE, as on each occasion I raise this issue of home help hours in the Dáil; the Government touts the line of the increased hours, which they have allocated year on year, but in reality and on the ground little or no extra hours have been available for those that either have been provisionally approved help, or those that are awaiting home help,” added Pat the Cope. The Donegal Deputy is calling on the Government to “get their act together” and come up with the necessary solutions for the worsening crisis.  Donegal patients unable to go home due to lack of Home Help was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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QPR round-up: Bid for Yiadom planned as Doughty and Suckling go

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR are set to table a bid for Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom.The London-born former Hayes & Yeading player is among a number of full-backs Rangers have been considering making an offer for.They now intend to make a formal approach for Yiadom, 25, but expect Barnsley to be reluctant to sell. Several other clubs are understood to be interested in him.Barnsley are unhappy to lose Josh Scowen to Rangers, who will sign the midfielder when his Tykes contract expires this weekend.And QPR will also attempt to prise Ghana international Yiadom away from the Yorkshire club, who signed him from Barnet on a two-year contract in May 2016.One of the reasons Rangers want Yiadom is his versatility.Manager Ian Holloway wants to bring in players who can operate in different positions, particularly given the club’s current budgetary restrictions.Although primarily a right-back, Yiadom can also play at left-back or as a winger. Doughty completes moveEmbed from Getty ImagesPeterborough have completed the signing of Michael Doughty from QPR.West London Sport recently revealed that Posh were looking to sign the midfielder and also subsequently revealed that Rangers were ready to let him move to London Road.Doughty, 24, has moved for an undisclosed fee and has signed a three-year contract. He had a year of contract at QPR left to run.Rangers boss Ian Holloway recalled Doughty from a season-long loan at Swindon Town in January, insisting he rated him highly and wanted to give him a chance in the first team.However, Doughty started just two matches under Holloway – and made just 12 first-team appearances for Rangers in total, nine of them as a substitute.[interaction id=”5953819d4649b4e34eadd787″] Gladwin can prove critics wrong – MowbrayEmbed from Getty ImagesBlackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray believes Ben Gladwin can bounce back from his disappointing spell at QPR and prove he can play at a higher level.Gladwin, 25, completed a move from Rangers to Rovers on Wednesday after failing to impress at Loftus Road following his move from Swindon two years ago.West London Sport revealed that Mowbray was looking to sign the midfielder and subsequently revealed that the move was set to go through.Gladwin impressed for Swindon in League One and will return to the third tier for relegated Blackburn having been the target of much criticism from QPR fans.However, Mowbray is convinced the player is good enough to eventually prove himself in the Championship.“He is a different type of player this lad,” Mowbray told Blackburn’s website. “He’s 6’2” and a powerhouse of a footballer really.“When he gets in his stride and travelling with that ball he’s very difficult to stop. He can shoot off both feet, he can play wide, he can play down the middle, he’s just got all the raw assets really.“I think he’s lost his way a little bit at QPR, but he’s another player that I know can play at a higher level.“I felt his quality at Swindon, where he had a very, very talented coach working with him and they built a good passing team, similar to the way that I would like to put a team together, and I think he’s going to look forward to it.” Suckling leavesEmbed from Getty ImagesPerry Suckling has left his job as QPR academy boss to return to Tottenham.The former Crystal Palace goalkeeper, who joined Rangers from Spurs in 2015, has been given a role as academy coach at the north London club.last_img read more

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The Evolution of Morality

first_imgCan morality evolve in Darwin’s universe?  Steven Pinker, evolutionary psychologist at Harvard, is just the man to ask.  He wrote an 8-page article for the New York Times about it, facing the issues with frankness and forthrightness.    To Pinker, as with other evolutionary psychologists, the “moral” behind morality is an evolutionary artifact of psychological choices and behaviors that have evolved over millions of years.  Populations choose what is right or wrong based on shared and habitual patterns that aid survival.  Pinker justified his scientific amorality on the grounds that scientists are just trying to be objective observers:Science amoralizes the world by seeking to understand phenomena rather than pass judgment on them.  Secular philosophy is in the business of scrutinizing all beliefs, including those entrenched by authority and tradition.  It’s not surprising that these institutions are often seen to be morally corrosive.    And “morally corrosive” is exactly the term that some critics would apply to the new science of the moral sense.  The attempt to dissect our moral intuitions can look like an attempt to debunk them.  Evolutionary psychologists seem to want to unmask our noblest motives as ultimately self-interested – to show that our love for children, compassion for the unfortunate and sense of justice are just tactics in a Darwinian struggle to perpetuate our genes.  The explanation of how different cultures appeal to different spheres could lead to a spineless relativism, in which we would never have grounds to criticize the practice of another culture, no matter how barbaric, because “we have our kind of morality and they have theirs.”  And the whole enterprise seems to be dragging us to an amoral nihilism, in which morality itself would be demoted from a transcendent principle to a figment of our neural circuitry.So Pinker is certainly aware of the criticisms of the “new science of the moral sense,” but blames them on misunderstanding of the “logic of evolutionary explanations.”  Evolutionists don’t believe that “selfish genes” are really selfish, he says; the phrase is merely an anthropomorphism to describe appearances in behavior shaped by the process of natural selection.    The first half of Pinker’s article concerned itself with moral dilemmas and taboos, and results of neuropsychological tests on twins and on people forced into difficult choices.  On page 6 and following, he got into the meaning of evolutionary explanations when talking about morality itself.  Does natural selection necessarily lead to moral relativism?Here is the worry.  The scientific outlook has taught us that some parts of our subjective experience are products of our biological makeup and have no objective counterpart in the world.  The qualitative difference between red and green, the tastiness of fruit and foulness of carrion, the scariness of heights and prettiness of flowers are design features of our common nervous system, and if our species had evolved in a different ecosystem or if we were missing a few genes, our reactions could go the other way.  Now, if the distinction between right and wrong is also a product of brain wiring, why should we believe it is any more real than the distinction between red and green?  And if it is just a collective hallucination, how could we argue that evils like genocide and slavery are wrong for everyone, rather than just distasteful to us?Well-stated questions.  What is the Darwinian answer?  Religions and Platonic philosophers can point to God or the Logos for a universal morality, he knows, but can evolutionists find a moral pole star in an unguided, essentially amoral process?    The crux of his argument is on page 7, where he argues that nonzero-sum games push any rational, self-preserving social agent in a moral direction, and that this direction becomes a natural standard, like a mathematical eigenvalue, by which moral actions can be judged.  Two features of reality, he says, might not give us 10 Thou-Shalt-Nots, but provide useful If-Thens:One is the prevalence of nonzero-sum games.  In many arenas of life, two parties are objectively better off if they both act in a nonselfish way than if each of them acts selfishly.  You and I are both better off if we share our surpluses, rescue each other’s children in danger and refrain from shooting at each other, compared with hoarding our surpluses while they rot, letting the other’s child drown while we file our nails or feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys.  Granted, I might be a bit better off if I acted selfishly at your expense and you played the sucker, but the same is true for you with me, so if each of us tried for these advantages, we’d both end up worse off.  Any neutral observer, and you and I if we could talk it over rationally, would have to conclude that the state we should aim for is the one in which we both are unselfish.  These spreadsheet projections are not quirks of brain wiring, nor are they dictated by a supernatural power; they are in the nature of things.    The other external support for morality is a feature of rationality itself: that it cannot depend on the egocentric vantage point of the reasoner.  If I appeal to you to do anything that affects me – to get off my foot, or tell me the time or not run me over with your car – then I can’t do it in a way that privileges my interests over yours (say, retaining my right to run you over with my car) if I want you to take me seriously.  Unless I am Galactic Overlord, I have to state my case in a way that would force me to treat you in kind.  I can’t act as if my interests are special just because I’m me and you’re not, any more than I can persuade you that the spot I am standing on is a special place in the universe just because I happen to be standing on it.In this way, Pinker has described morality as a “natural” outcome of rational parties having to survive.  As support for his thesis, he points to the fact that great minds throughout history – Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Kant and Rawls (all noteworthily non-religious in their approach) – have ended up aligning with the same eigenvector we call the Golden Rule.  There must be something natural about this outcome.  “It also underlies Peter Singer’s theory of the Expanding Circle – the optimistic proposal that our moral sense, though shaped by evolution to overvalue self, kin and clan, can propel us on a path of moral progress, as our reasoning forces us to generalize it to larger and larger circles of sentient beings.”    Pinker ended by pointing to cases of opposing groups moralizing against each other.  “Our habit of moralizing problems, merging them with intuitions of purity and contamination, and resting content when we feel the right feelings, can get in the way of doing the right thing,” he says.  The surprising conclusion?  Evolutionary theory does not lead to moral relativism!  “Far from debunking morality, then, the science of the moral sense can advance it, by allowing us to see through the illusions that evolution and culture have saddled us with and to focus on goals we can share and defend.”Did you catch the flaw in Pinker’s reasoning that makes his whole case collapse?  For some of you who are getting good at baloney detecting, it was a no-brainer.  The core of his argument was that competing (selfish) parties are better off if they cooperate rather than compete, and that this can become a standard for morality.  Let’s ask the eminent Hahvahd professor a simple, two-word question: “Define better.”    As we explained in our 12/19/2007 commentary, evolutionary “progress” is like erratic motion on a frictionless surface infinite in all directions.  There are no guidelines to what constitutes “better” or “worse” in Darwinland.  Why?  Because the core belief that underlies all Darwinian thinking is that evolution must be unguided.  Purpose and aim, therefore, are out, along with any ideas of universal truths.  There are neither gridlines nor compass points on the Darwinland surface.  They try to hide this fact sometimes using their two-platoon strategy (01/06/2008 commentary), but Phillip Johnson in his books has exposed this essential feature of Darwinian evolution, and you see it in the evolutionary literature all the time.  What you don’t find in the evolutionary literature is an acknowledgement of the fact that this leads to a self-refuting belief system.    Learn the following principles well, because the Darwinists are ratcheting up the propaganda campaign to sell their pseudo-scientific “evolution of the moral sense” plot in a devious attempt to undermine the claims of Christianity and make Darwinism appear self-sufficient, able to explain the most intractable aspects of human behavior (06/25/2007, 12/01/2007, 05/22/2007, 05/17/2007, 06/14/2007).  Their explanations do little more than add to the just-so story database (11/05/2005, 09/09/2007 01/21/2006) and cannot be defended rationally, but they are luring students into the Darwin Party with their seductive tales (12/21/2005).    Pinker has no grounds on which to describe his pseudo-morality as “better” than a Hobbes-style “war of all against all.”  Remember?  Darwinists claim that meteorites have bombarded most of life extinct several times.  Can a Darwinist shed a tear about those episodes in his myth?  No.  He must be consistent and simply take notes when the world kills itself, gets killed by natural causes, or never generates life in the first place.  Evolution is what evolution does.  There is no goal, no purpose, no destiny.  The myth of evolutionary progress went out with Lamarck.    This means that Sewall Wright’s model of the “fitness landscape” is a also myth.  Since fitness is a vacuous term (fitness, remember, is not “better” than the lack of it; see “Fitness for Dummies” from 10/29/2002), the model collapses into the flat, frictionless surface where there are no measures of good, bad, right, or wrong.  Any attempt to extrude the Darwinland flat surface into a third dimension, such as describing a fitness landscape with peaks and valleys, is cheating.  Similarly, you cannot add coordinates, pole stars or GPS systems.  Where would they come from?  What rational being would impose them on the flatland?  As surprising as this sounds, one consequence is that fitness is a concept alien to the Darwinian world view.  Why?  Because it implies fitness is “better” than non-fitness.  Says who?  I don’t see any impartial judges or scorekeepers around; do you?  Where did they come from?  Did they evolve?  If so, what gives them any right to sit in judgment?    Pinker might respond that as a scientific observer, he is not making value judgments at all, but simply attempting to describe objectively what populations tend to do: cooperation among sentient beings, a.k.a. morality, “happens”.  But here he has snuck in another alien concept (that is, alien to his world view): sentience.  Pinker simply helped himself to the concept of sentience (consciousness), like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.    Sentience is not composed of particles.  You can look inside a brain all you want and you will never discover sentience.  You will see neurotransmitters moving from point to point, and electrical impulses traveling.  You might even see more activity when a sentient being is having a sensation.  You will not, however, “see” sentience, any more than watching the pixels in an LCD with an oscilloscope will reveal the conceptual content of the TV program.  Neither will you ever be capable of observing sentience emerging from a Darwinian process.  A creationist will come along and say that “God endowed animals and humans with sentience” – on what scientific basis can Pinker show this is not the case?  It certainly fits the observations.  It fits the logic of causality, because out of nothing, nothing comes.  God’s sentience is the foundation for our sentience.  Q.E.D.  OK, Mr. Darwinist, explain that.    Pinker, like so many other Darwinists, has the Yoda Complex (see 04/30/2007 commentary and links).   He has conveniently removed himself from Darwinland and is portraying himself as a detached, neutral, unbiased observer.  This is cheating.  He cannot simply step outside his evolved skin and pretend that there are laws of logic and universal truths that are eternal, necessary and certain, nor can he take with him the Judeo-Christian concept of rationality, or spiritual concepts and values found in the Bible: truth, logic, honesty, right and wrong.  The devil didn’t write Scripture, but he quotes it when it suits his purposes.    Pinker was aware of the problem of universal truths and thought he could get away with a slick appeal to philosophical dualism (that there is a world of matter and a world of ideas).  He dismissed Platonic forms but then turned right around and reintroduced them in a modern Darwinian sense, filching concepts that Darwinism cannot generate on its own.  Watch him:This throws us back to wondering where those reasons could come from, if they are more than just figments of our brains.  They certainly aren’t in the physical world like wavelength or mass.  The only other option is that moral truths exist in some abstract Platonic realm, there for us to discover, perhaps in the same way that mathematical truths (according to most mathematicians) are there for us to discover.  On this analogy, we are born with a rudimentary concept of number, but as soon as we build on it with formal mathematical reasoning, the nature of mathematical reality forces us to discover some truths and not others.  (No one who understands the concept of two, the concept of four and the concept of addition can come to any conclusion but that 2 + 2 = 4.)  Perhaps we are born with a rudimentary moral sense, and as soon as we build on it with moral reasoning, the nature of moral reality forces us to some conclusions but not others.    Moral realism, as this idea is called, is too rich for many philosophers’ blood.  Yet a diluted version of the idea – if not a list of cosmically inscribed Thou-Shalts, then at least a few If-Thens – is not crazy.  Two features of reality point any rational, self-preserving social agent in a moral direction.  And they could provide a benchmark for determining when the judgments of our moral sense are aligned with morality itself.Did you catch it?  Don’t be fooled by the magician; watch his hands and learn how the trick is done.  He just helped himself to ideas.  He helped himself to rationality (i.e., his proposed idea is “not crazy”).  He helped himself to If-Then statements, which presuppose laws of logic.  He helped himself to Universals, a moral sense (no matter how rudimentary), moral reasoning, benchmarks and all kinds of non-Darwinian things.  Foul!  Don’t let him get away with it.  Appealing to “mathematical reality” with an argument from analogy only adds fallacy to trickery.  If mathematical truths are abstract concepts, then abstract concepts are true, universal, necessary and certain: they too could not evolve from particles in motion.Plato was a secular idealist: he believed in the existence of a world of ideas, including idealized universal forms of which actual instances are particulars, and of universal values like truth, love and morality.  But it is not going to help Pinker to appeal to an updated, Darwinized version of Platonism, because Platonism collapses under its own arbitrary assumptions.  Plato had no explanation for how the forms get impressed on the world of reality.  He speculated that maybe it’s like an actor playing a role; different particulars are like different actors acting out the universal character.  This is another argument from analogy, and it fails to explain how the forms get impressed on the particulars.  To account for the connection, he had to resort to a myth about some demiurge he could not justify other than that he believed it.  You can prove anything with an arbitrary assumption.    Christians have evidence of God, the eternal and universal standard of rationality, virtue and truth, imposing these universals onto the world of particulars at Creation, in the 10 Commandments, and in Christ, among many documented cases of His revelation (including the whole Bible).  Christians, therefore, have a “justified true belief” that legitimizes universal truths and explains how they were impressed on the particulars.  Evolutionists have no such resources.    Interestingly, both Augustine and Justin Martyr believed Plato got his ideas from Moses.  This is possible in light of archaeological evidence that there was trade, including trafficking in slaves, from the Middle East into Greece centuries before Greek philosophy reached its zenith.  Jewish victims could easily have taught their masters the principles of the Torah (illustration from another context: the servant girl of Naaman the Syrian, II Kings 5).  Additionally, Israel was located at the crossroads of empires; undoubtedly there was ample opportunity for trade in ideas as well as goods and services.  In this view, Platonism is parasitic on concepts that did not emerge out of the presuppositions of Greek thought.  Another view is that Plato, and Pinker, reason about these things based on the innate sense of morality and rationality that is part of the image of God embossed in every human soul.  Either way, the world of ideas requires a real soul; it cannot emerge naturally from particles in motion.    Pinker can only write an 8-page treatise on morality when he plagiarizes Judeo-Christian concepts.  If he were forced to use his own evolutionary presuppositions, he would babble Que sera, sera incoherently and go have more sex any way he can.  Morality?  What is that?  Logic?  Rationality?  No comprendo.    This pernicious habit of the Darwinists will only be eradicated when enough sentient, rational, moral souls on this planet rise up and demand consistency from the thieving Darwinists.  For without consistency, you can prove anything – therefore, nothing.  Without universal truths, rationality and morality are vacuous concepts.  Arrest the thieves.  Make them get their own dirt.(Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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State of the Union 2.0: The Illusion of Democracy?

first_imgRelated Posts mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Both YouTube and the White House announced today that this year’s State of the Union address will be broadcast on the YouTube channel Citizentube, as well as streamed live and broadcast to your iPhone. In addition to these Internet broadcasts, both announced that the average Joe or Jane Citizen would get a chance to ask the president some questions this time around, by way of a contest on Google Moderator.Sounds like a great day for Internet democracy, right? We wonder if crowdsourcing is the way to get the hard-hitting, journalistic questions delivered to the president’s doorstep or if it will turn into yet another Internet meme. And even if the right questions get asked, will the format result in just another rehearsed, prepackaged answer?The whole thing starts on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, when the State of the Union address broadcast begins, during which YouTube will open up a “Moderator series” for users to submit questions by either video or text, although, as it says, it prefers video. Users will then be given a few additional days to submit questions and vote on which questions they want to see the president answer. YouTube makes sure to note in its blog that all submissions are held to the guidelines under its Terms of Service.The president will answer the top-voted questions in a live broadcast on a yet-unannounced date. That isn’t to say that the White House press team won’t be closely monitoring those questions over the days leading up to the live broadcast and carefully preparing answers. So while it sounds like a great idea, we would warn against getting too excited that Joe and Jane Citizen are finally going to have their day in the press box. Internet Voting and the Digg/Reddit/4chan EffectUsing Google Moderator, users will be able to vote up and down questions, meaning that some of the most controversial questions may be buried, while the most average and mundane, and therefore most agreeable, may rise to the top. Then again, we can only wonder about the so-called 4chan or Reddit effect, where a group decides to use its numbers to drastically alter a poll. When social sites like these manage to rally the troops, the effect can be pretty substantial, like when Reddit, Digg and Fark managed to rickroll Shea Stadium. There are numerous examples, with some being funnier than others.The last time the public was given the ability to ask President Obama some questions, NORML stormed the polls and put marijuana legalization at the front and center of the debate. Even then, however, Obama managed to just laugh off the question before moving on.In the end, we’re glad to see the Internet being used to create dialogue between the president and the public, but it isn’t as if the State of the Union was hard to miss. Every major television network will be carrying the speech. The YouTube blog compares the opportunity for citizens to ask questions to Calvin Coolidge making history with the first publicly broadcast State of the Union. For our money, we’d much rather see the Prop 8 trial in California broadcast live on YouTube, as we were promised before the Supreme Court stepped in and blocked an earlier decision to show the trial. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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