Journalists attacked during far-right protests in Spain

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Environment Journalists were aggressed, harassed and insulted as flag-waving Vox supporters drove through several Spanish cities in cars and on motorcycles on 23 May in protest against the way Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s centre-left government has been handling the coronavirus crisis. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Follow the news on Spain June 2, 2021 Find out more May 29, 2020 Journalists attacked during far-right protests in Spain SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Environment RSF Espagne News In Madrid, protesters deliberately prevented Gabriel López, a reporter for the public television channel TVE, from delivering an on-camera report at the roadside by honking their horns and shouting insults. “Faggots, communists, you must tell the truth,” protesters shouted at López and his cameraman.In a statement on Twitter, RSF Spain condemned these acts designed to obstruct the practice of journalism.During the Madrid protest, a photographer for the newspaper La Razón was assaulted by several individuals, who threw his camera to the ground and tore his T-shirt. He immediately filed a complaint with the police.Journalists covering the protest in Ceuta – a Spanish enclave on the North African coast whose city hall is controlled by the right-wing People’s Party (PP) supported by Vox – said they were subjected to racist and Islamophobic insults, some of which can be heard in the footage that a TVE cameraman posted on Twitter.“It’s an act of the utmost cynicism typical of extremist groups to say they condemn attacks against the press and blame them on ‘the enemy,’ when it is the hatred of the media that Vox constantly stokes which is behind this violence,” said Alfonso Armada, the Director of RSF Spain. “Vox does not need to publicly assume its responsibility. We do it for them.”Vox denied any link with these attacks, which Vox spokesman Jorge Buxadé implied were the work of “far-left infiltrators”. This did not prevent Vox’s spokesman in Ceuta, Carlos Verdejo, from justifying the attacks by claiming that one of the targeted reporters was affiliated to Podemos.RSF already called on Vox to end its press freedom violations last year. Even before last November’s elections, Vox imposed a boycott on certain media outlets, a boycott that it continues to observe.“Some media outlets are banned from participating in Vox events,” Ceutaactualidad.com photographer Antonio Sempere told RSF Spain. “We journalists are directly denounced by regional parliamentarians who are on the public payroll. This is very serious.”Spain is ranked 29th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) blames Vox’s constant hate speech against the media for the violent verbal and physical attacks against journalists covering the anti-government protests that the Spanish far-right party organized in several major cities last weekend. December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

Community safety provides assurance for Garryowen residents

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCommunity safety provides assurance for Garryowen residentsBy admin – November 12, 2009 628 WhatsApp Advertisement Email GARRYOWEN residents are feeling more assured following the arrival into their area of the community co-ordinator team.Over the next six months, the team will work on pilot projects and in the process, improve community safety, the local environment and community spirit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said this is a very positive move that the residents will benefit from.“I’m delighted that the co-ordinator team is coming into Garryowen and I’m certain it will do a lot to raise morale for everyone living there, both young and old”.The co-ordinators are carrying out a street lighting blitz in the large housing estate, reporting any defects to the city council and during this month and December, safety chains and smoke alarms for elderly residents will be installed, free of charge.“We will be putting together a list of eligible residents over the winter months, so if you are 60 years or over and would like to be considered for this project, please ring us on 407247,” invites a spokesperson for the Limerick City Community Safety Partnership.A specially prepared educational programme focusing on the topic of community affairs, will be delivered in the Garryowen schools by the co-ordinators, who will also deliver a Christmas card initiative in the schools, aimed at building links with the old and young in the community.The new year will get off to a clean start with the implementation of an environmental educational programme. Aimed at young and older residents, the proposed plan of litter picks and window boxes, will see residents collecting litter on the area’s large green areas and learning how to plant seasonal flowers to enhance the environment.A special crime awareness initiative developed by Youth Reach and the Gardai National Juvenile Office, will be run by members of the Irishtown Gardai Division Programme, with the aim of encouraging young people to think about community safety and the consequences of their actions before doing wrong and in a lighter vein, there is an after-school activity club that focuses on promoting community spirit.“JUMP is an after-school physical activity programme – a one hour session that involves fair play activities for boys and girls. It is to be run in the local boys and girls primary schools and parents will be notified by the schools if their child is invited to participate. Twittercenter_img Facebook Print Linkedin Previous articleThe tallest tree and a host of activitiesNext articleFlannery and Hayes return to face Australia adminlast_img read more

Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry

first_img October 31, 2017 1,687 Views Tagged with: Hensarling HOUSING Housing Finance Committee mortgage Senate Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Hensarling HOUSING Housing Finance Committee mortgage Senate 2017-10-31 Nicole Casperson The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last? Next: Hidden in Plain Sight Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who currently chairs the Financial Services Committee, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.”Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the US Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned,” Hensarling wrote in a statement on Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.Despite his retirement announcement, Hensarling expressed how more work remains at the House Financial Services Committee in the areas of housing finance reform, regulatory relief, cybersecurity, and capital formation. “Furthermore, important work remains in the Congress as a whole—especially pro-growth tax reform. I look forward to continuing this work on behalf of the people of the 5th District of Texas and all Americans,” Hensarling wrote.Looking back at Hensarling’s financial positions, this announcement could impact the housing industry.Hensarling has long advocated replacing Dodd-Frank, the reform package designed to limit the high-risk practices that triggered the financial crisis, and has often been at odds with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray.DS News has been following Hensarling vs. Cordray throughout the year, reporting Hensarling’s displeasure towards the bureau.Additionally, Hensarling once called it, “the most powerful and least accountable Washington bureaucracy in history.”To defend himself and the bureau, Cordray responded at the time, “Years of uneven federal oversight on behalf of consumers allowed a lot of bad behavior to go unchecked. As the independent consumer watchdog, we are solely focused on the job Congress gave us of assuring that these markets are fair, transparent, and competitive and consumers have access to sound financial products and services.”However, on June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, originally introduced by Hensarling, as it significantly amending the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, DS News reported.In mid-April, Republicans introduced the bill, arguing that Dodd-Frank and the subsequent regulation that ensued harms economic growth and ultimately, the American consumer. According to the proposal, Dodd-Frank’s particular brand of regulatory complexity and government micromanagement made basic financial services less accessible to small businesses and lower-income Americans.Hensarling has continuously fought for what he is passionate about during his time in office and although his time is coming to a close, he assures the public that he will continue to press for what he believes is best for the financial services of the American people.”Although I will not be running for re-election, there are 14 months left in my congressional term to continue the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited constitutional government—the causes for which I remain passionate,” Hensarling wrote.The industry will have to wait and see how the rest of Hensarling’s term pans out to determine the type of impact the end of his tenure will truly have.Hensarling has represented Congressional District 5 in the Dallas area since he was elected in November 2002.Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said in a statement that throughout his time in Congress, Hensarling has always been a conservative, principled leader, Dallas Morning News reported. “I want to thank him for his service to our country, the Texas delegation, and to our conference as Financial Services Chairman,” Sessions said. “I am proud to call Jeb not only my colleague but my dear friend.” About Author: Nicole Casperson Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Gang Investigator Shot, Wounded in Huntington Station

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Huntington Station man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and wounding a Suffolk County police Gang Unit officer in Huntington Station late Wednesday night, authorities said.The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Sheldon Leftenant, pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated murder and resisting arrest during his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday. Officer Mark Collins was driving an unmarked police car was he pulled over a vehicle on Mercer Court, when Leftenant allegedly shot him twice shortly before midnight Thursday, authorities said.Leftenant was apprehended an hour later. The officer, who was shot once in the neck and once in the hip, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. He was reportedly placed in medically induced coma. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir not prioritizing India- Bangladesh match over worrying environmental pollution in Delhi

first_imgAdvertisement lweaxtlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 624sWould you ever consider trying this?😱8ya1feCan your students do this? 🌚9zrRoller skating! Powered by Firework The former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir is not prioritizing India- Bangladesh T20 match over worrying environmental pollution in Delhi. The pollution level in Delhi post Diwali becomes too high and it is serious problem to deal with. According to the former Indian cricketer, a cricket match is a very small issue in front of a big problem like environment pollution.Advertisement Gautam Gambhir has joined BJP after retiring from cricket. Now he is also a MP and certainly his views are getting affected with this position. BCCI scheduled the match at Arun Jaitley Stadium knowing the environmental pollution level in Delhi in this time of the year. According to Gautam Gambhir, BCCI should have thought of an alternative venue for this game where the players would feel comfortable to play.Advertisement The practice sessions of both the sides might be cancelled ahead of the match due to this condition. According to the former Indian cricketer, the state Government of Delhi should be more active in reducing the pollution level in Delhi. The central Government has always been very much serious about this. However, the pollution rate in this year is less than the previous years and Gambhir has thanked people of Delhi for this.Sourav Ganguly unhappy with the omission of Gill and Rahane from the ODI SquadAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

SANTA ANITA’S COMBINED WINTER & SPRING MEETINGS GENERATE OVER $1 BILLION IN PARI-MUTUEL HANDLE AS TRACK CONTINUES TO LEAD WAY WITH LARGEST GUARANTEED POOLS WHICH PROVIDE PLAYERS WITH CONSISTENT LIQUIDITY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 20, 2015)–From the commencement of its Winter Meet on Dec. 26 through today, Santa Anita Park has now eclipsed the $1 billion mark in pari-mutuel handle, as the track continues to provide players across the country with large guaranteed pools and dependable levels of liquidity–making Santa Anita a consistent “best bet” with horseplayers nationwide.“Everyone knows what you get when you spend a day at Santa Anita,” said veteran horseplayer and longtime editor/publisher of The Horseplayer Magazine, Tom Quigley. “It’s the most beautiful track in the world, with the mountains, architecture and multimillion dollar improvements, which all serve to enhance what serious horseplayers have come to know, especially in recent years, and that is that Santa Anita consistently offers players the biggest and best wagering pools in the country.”With the nation’s highest rated jockey colony and many of America’s top trainers represented on a daily basis, Santa Anita racing consistently provides players with the highest average pari-mutuel handle per horse in the country.Santa Anita currently leads the nation with a $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick Four pool and a $150,000 guaranteed Pick Six pool each weekend.First post time at Santa Anita over closing weekend, June 27 & 28, will be at 1 p.m. For tickets, reservations or more information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com. –30–last_img read more

Promoter vows to deliver DeGale title fight

first_imgPromoter Mick Hennessy has responded to James DeGale’s discontent by vowing to do all he can to secure a world title fight for the Harlesden man.DeGale, who successfully defended his WBC silver super-middleweight title against American Dyah Davis on Saturday, is frustrated at his apparent lack of progress since signing with Hennessy last year.To make matters worse for the 27-year-old, his rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves will take on champion Carl Froch in a world title clash in Manchester this weekend.But Hennessy insists he is capable of delivering big fights for DeGale in the new year.“No-one wants that world title fight to happen more than me. I don’t want James to keep treading water,” he told West London Sport.“I’m going to do my utmost. Absolutely every which way I’m going to try and nail down a world title fight for him.DeGale and Groves could meet again“I’ve got a proven track record for it and I’m going to put that track record to the test.”DeGale, who narrowly lost to Groves on points in 2011, has been touted as a possible future opponent for the winner of Saturday’s all-British showdown.The more likely option seems to be a final eliminator against Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban for a shot at the WBC’s world champion Sakio Bika.But Hennessy, formerly Froch’s promoter, believes DeGale is capable of beating the Nottingham fighter were they to meet.“I’d prefer him to fight the winner of Froch-Groves and then have a big unification fight with Andre Ward,” Hennessy said.“Carl Froch is a great fighter – determined and strong – but the way to beat him is with hand speed, skill and movement.“James has got all those things and I do believe he has the ability to beat Froch were they to fight.“That’s the preferred route but sometimes you’ve got to take what you can get.”Hennessy added: “I don’t think James should have taken a world title fight earlier – definitely not.“You’ve got to get the right time, when he’s had the right experience, to go into a world title fight.“I can understand James’ frustration, but sometimes patience is a virtue.”See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator James DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happenedDeGale keen to put on ‘wicked’ displayYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Wigan 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR made a solid start to the Championship play-off semi-final first leg at the DW Stadium, where Armand Traore and Junior Hoilett were both named in the starting line-up.Wigan’s only early chance fell to Gary Caldwell, who headed straight at keeper Rob Green from Jordi Gomez’s cross.At the other end, Gary O’Neil had an effort blocked after being set up by Charlie Austin and Traore headed over from Hoilett’s cross.Roared on by more than 3,000 travelling fans, Rangers have so far defended in numbers when needed and looked to hit on the counter-atack when possible.Green produced a decent save shortly before half-time, reacting quickly to keep out Gomez’s low shot at his near post.Veteran centre-back Richard Dunne, back in the R’s starting line-up, has struggled at times and is on a yellow card, having been booked for a foul on Callum McManaman. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Barton, O’Neil, Traore, Morrison, Austin. Subs: Murphy, Carroll, Yun, Doyle, Hughes, Henry, Kranjcar.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Who Explains Whom?

first_imgPicture an evolutionary anthropologist and a Biblical theologian sitting on a park bench having a lively discussion.  The theologian claims the scientist believes in evolution because of pride that came through sin at the Fall.  “Your conscience and innate knowledge of God has been corrupted,” he asserts, “therefore you choose belief systems that rationalize your desire to live autonomously from your Creator.”  The scientist counters that the theologian only believes in God because religion was naturally selected in a primitive ape-like ancestor.  “Deep in prehistory, early hominin populations reinforced beliefs in supernatural beings that provided comfort against natural mysteries,” he claims.  “But now science is shedding light on those mysteries and undermining those primitive beliefs.”  Whose position should have privileged status in a society?  Should the scientist’s explanation automatically be granted epistemic privilege by a culture simply because he is a scientist?  Perhaps some recent examples of evolutionists at work trying to explain human behavior can inform the discussion.Altruism:  PhysOrg printed a press release from UC Davis debating which kind of evolution – cultural or genetic – explains the human propensity for altruism (sacrificial charity).  “Why do people willingly to [sic] go to war, give blood, contribute to food banks and make other sacrifices often at considerable risk to themselves and their descendents?  Evolutionary explanations based on both genes and culture have been proposed for this human behavior, which is unique among vertebrates.”  The article went on to argue for social vs. genetic causes, but the statement makes it clear that non-evolutionary explanations were completely off the table for consideration.  The report in Science Daily spoke of an “equation… that describes the conditions for altruism to evolve.”  Sometimes the explanation mixes causes and results in a “gene-culture coevolution of human prosocial propensities.”  Similarly, National Geographic News tried to show chimpanzees expressing a form of altruism, saying “this adds to evidence that chimps are more similar to humans than previously thought.”  Altruism even applies to amoebas, wrote Science Daily: “In Amoeba World, Cheating Doesn’t Pay.”  It becomes clear looking at their explanation that altruism has no external essence, but is a mere manifestation of selection pressures – a “characteristic” that can be observed from ameba to man.  They did not consider the converse hypothesis.  Is it possible that the scientists are imputing human moral characteristics on non-sentient beings and interpreting animal actions in terms of internally-assumed abilities?  If altruism is a physical trait, why is not the act of explanation?  Why aren’t chimpanzees and amoebas writing papers on human behavior?Leadership:  Science Daily reported on a paper from Current Biology called “The Origins and Evolution of Leadership” that puts Darwin in the lead.  The authors “argue that due to ‘a hangover from our evolutionary past’ factors like age, sex, height and weight play a major part in the determining [sic] our choice of leaders.”  Here’s what Dr. Andrew King (Zoological Society of London) had to say:Evolution has fashioned principles governing leadership and followership over many millions of years.  We need to ground the complex, even mystical, social phenomenon of leadership in science.  Through empirical observation, theoretical models, neuroscience, experimental psychology, and genetics, we can explore the development and adaptive functions of leadership and followership.  This analysis of data, combined with an evolutionary perspective on leadership, might highlight potential mismatches so we can see how evolved mechanisms of leadership are possibly out of kilter with our relatively novel social environment.Dr. King failed to explain how science escapes being an evolved mechanism or gains any power over evolutionary “principles.”  His co-author Dr. Dominic Johnson (University of Edinburgh) thinks it’s about time evolutionary biology tackles this overlooked question, “arguably one of the most important themes in the social sciences.”  He sees overlap between human and animal leadership behaviors that point to evolutionary origins.  He said, “By identifying such origins and examining which aspects are shared with other animals offers us [sic] better ways of understanding, predicting and improving leadership today.”  His evolutionary approach goes beyond explanation, therefore, and advocates social action.1 Sex and war:  In Science this month,2 Hillard Kaplan, an anthropologist at University of New Mexico, reviewed Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World by Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (BenBella, Dallas, 2008).  The book explores the “phylogenetic origins of human warfare” and describes armed conflict, no matter the players or their causes, in strictly evolutionary terms.  The scope of their explanatory project must be considered when evaluating every conflict from withstanding playground bullies to decisions to liberate Nazi Germany.  Kaplan opened, “They argue that group aggression by males is a fundamental feature of human evolutionary history, whose roots are well developed in our closest living relative, the chimpanzee.”  This would seem to eliminate any rationality for the concept of a “just war,” e.g., an altruistic rescue of an oppressed people (since altruism also falls within the domain of evolutionary explanation).  One can sense the tension between morality and determinism in their explanation:The book begins with Potts’s own experiences in 1972, attending to (and providing abortions for) women who had been raped and abused during the war in Bangladesh.  He recounts the cruelty enacted by groups of men, united in an armed struggle for power, on thousands of women.  He then presents the book’s main thesis: such acts of violence are far from isolated incidents and modern aberrations due to extreme conditions—rather they are the norm for our species.  What Potts calls “behavioral propensities to engage in male coalitional violence” are products of a long evolutionary history, in which males who engaged in such behavior produced more genetic descendants than males without such propensities.  He further argues that coalitional violence by groups of males evolved at least as far back as the common ancestor before the chimpanzee-human divergence and is a direct manifestation of sexual selection on male-male competition.  Such behavioral propensities did not evolve in females of either species.    The term “behavioral propensity” is used throughout the book to highlight the idea that a propensity can be controlled by cultural and social means.  Propensities to form coalitions among males against other males are in some sense genetically programmed into chimpanzee and human psychology, but there are also norms for culturally appropriate behavior as well as social institutions that can serve to counteract those propensities.  In fact, the solution to decreasing violence and warfare in modern times comes from the recognition that our biological heritage has produced very different behavioral propensities in human males and females.The book makes the point that the males’ evolutionary propensities to be violent can be restrained by “empowering women to be leaders in cultural, social, and political spheres.”  This seems to beg the question of the origin of morality.  Why would the products of an evolutionary process restrain what the process produced?  The reviewer and the authors differed only on the methods likely to be most effective.  Kaplan said, “We still lack a definitive understanding of group-level violence and its variation in different societies and during different historical periods.  But I agree with Potts that such an understanding will likely require a joint theory of our biology and social history.”  In evolution, though, is there a difference?PhysOrg also reported on “When Being a Cuckold Makes Evolutionary Sense.”  We’ll leave it as an exercise whether or not “evolutionary sense” is an oxymoron.1.  Science can say, “The earth appears to be warming.”  Explanation says, “The earth is warming because of human industry.”  Activism says, “Because humans are warming the earth, we need to redistribute the wealth and start a depression.”2.  Hillard Kaplan, “Anthropology: Sex and War (and Ecology),” Science, 9 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5950, pp. 232-233, DOI: 10.1126/science.1176071.These three examples (plus one) can be considered representative of a long history of evolutionary speculation about why we act the way we do.  A strong underlying assumption is that these evolutionary explanations are somehow better than the old Biblical ones because they fall within the domain of “science,” and only “science” leads to “understanding.”  The gaps don’t matter; though we “still lack a definitive understanding” of this or that aspect of a phenomenon, someday we will, because “science” is in the business of explaining.  Science explains everything.  When you hear about the evolution of war, the evolution of leadership, or the evolution of altruism, you “understand” it.  Now, using your rationality, you can “control” it.    The inherent tension and contradiction in that mindset should be evident in the above examples.  As we have pointed out numerous times, these scientists are plagiarizing Judeo-Christian presuppositions to engage in the act of explanation.  Rationality refers to concepts that lie outside of naturalism.  Naturalism is impossible.  To explain something, you have to believe that your sensations correspond to external reality.  You have to assume that your explanation contains the possibility it may be true.  How can anyone believe anything, including one’s own brain, that is the product of an unguided process like evolution?  To believe in truth, furthermore, you have to exercise morality – the assumption that truth is good.  None of these things come with the evolutionists’ explanatory toolkit.  If they are there, they were stolen.  In fact, the whole toolkit was stolen.  Using stolen implements, they construct impossible arts and humanities: tales of millions of years of monkey screeching and pounding morphing into Bach (10/17/2009), opera extolling a world without violent males, with moral leaders, with charity for all.  (They forget that Milton wrote the libretto to Paradise Lost, not Darwin.)    Here again we find that explanation is the domain of theology.  The bigotry of modern science is to exclude the contractors who own the tools.  Theologians have answers to why males tend to be violent, why we share traits with chimpanzees, why we are attracted to strong leaders, and why we care about the suffering of our fellow human beings.  None of these phenomena have escaped the notice of great theistic scholars.  None of them lie outside the domain of Scripture.  In our day, imposters have usurped the role of theology.  Evolutionary scientists presume to engage in explanation using tools they did not and could not manufacture.    It’s not clear from any philosophy of science if scientists can, or should, try to explain anything, or how they would do so.  Bas van Fraasen rejected explanation as a function of science.  It should be noted that “folk psychology,” the common-sense version we all practice that attributes reasonings and feelings to our fellow human beings as causes of their actions, works just as well, if not better, than any advanced scientific explanation – thus the popularity of Dr. Laura Schlesinger (who, by the way, advises from an Old Testament presuppositional foundation).  We all assume explanation is what scientists do because we were taught simplistic positivism in middle school.  It’s time to graduate to the real world.  Science does best trying to cure cancer, imitate design in nature, predict earthquakes and the weather, explore space, measure, observe, study, classify, organize, falsify, predict, learn, find relationships, derive equations, and inform technology.  Anyone presuming to explain nature without a theological premise is engaging in self-refuting nonsense.  Go re-read those three entries above in that light.  Now it all makes sense.  They engage in counterfeit explanations because they are prideful, irrational sinners, in rebellion against their Creator.    If scientists really want to understand human nature, if they want to do something about war and brutality, and increase levels of charity, nothing can beat the record of transforming lives by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ: Example 1: from gang banger to soulwinner; example 2: from proud evolutionary biologist to joyful Christian; example 3 from terrorist to liberator of souls; example 4: from genocide torturer to repentant follower of Christ.  Don’t look to science for results like this.  Open the Operations Manual and get people back on track, one life at a time.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more