Nelson off to Canada

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson left the island yesterday to ride in Canada for an extended period for the second consecutive year. The 32-year-old, who is the leading jockey with 26 winners so far this season, will ride at Assiniboia Downs, Northlands, and Canada’s premier racetrack, Woodbine in Toronto. Nelson, popularly called the ‘Warrior Chief’, was champion jockey for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014. Having ridden the brilliant 3-y-o filly to victory in the recent Post to Post Guineas over a mile, Nelson will miss the ride in the April 30 Jamaica Oaks. He has, however, disclosed that he will return home to ride her in the June 25 Jamaica Derby over 2400 metres. Meanwhile, the filly’s trainer, Gary Subratie, said reigning champion Shane Ellis is likely to ride her in the Oaks. Nelson, who rode 46 winners on his first visit to Canada last year, joins fellow jockeys Paul ‘Country” Francis, Richard Mairs, and Shamaree Muir, who all left the island in recent weeks to ride in Canada. – O.C.last_img read more

51-y-o ‘Razor’ Ruddock to fight for Canadian title

first_imgDonovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock, once regarded as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world, created waves in boxing circles earlier this year, when he returned to the ring after a 10-year break, at age 51.He is in the news again, as he is scheduled to fight champion Dillon Carman, for the Canadian heavyweight title, in Toronto on September 11.Not many people believed Ruddock when he announced his comeback earlier this year, after not fighting since October 12, 2001. He has, however, had two fights, one in March and the other in May, won them both, and has been given the go-ahead to challenge for the Canadian title that he once held.The present title holder is 29 years old and has a 8-2 record. He won the vacant Canadian title on October 25, 2014 by defeating Eric Bahaoeli, and will be making his first title defence. He has been a professional boxer for only four years, so he does not have much experience.momentum gainedRuddock prides himself on his physical fitness and has stated that there is no doubt in his mind that he will regain the title that he once held. His two fights earlier this year have given him the momentum that he needs he said, and his camp is confident that his many years of experience will serve him in good stead this time around.Ruddock has a very impressive 40-5-1 record, and when one recalls that the men who have beaten him are top-class fighters, it has to be accepted that he has had a remarkable career. He lost to Mike Tyson twice in two very exciting fights, to Lennox Lewis and to Tommy Morrison, all exceptional fighters.The only question to be answered now is, how his body will respond to this ring challenge at age 51.The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, which is unusual, as these title fights are usually over 12 rounds, and the shorter distance will definitely be better for him. He showed in his two fights this year that he still has power in both hands, so it could be a very interesting fight.last_img read more

Guiao keeping an even keel amid Clarkson situation

first_img“Besides, our system is really simple,” he told reporters earlier.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There was the wave of optimism after Clarkson was cleared to suit up for the Philippines by Asiad organizers late Friday night. That was followed by the letdown as reports flooded in that the NBA did not clear Clarkson to play. And then there was a holding out for hope as reports sprouted about a last-second appeal to get Clarkson in a national jersey.Throughout it all, one person kept an even keel, refusing to be sucked in the highs and lows of the Clarkson situation—mostly because he needed to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Hope for the best, expect the worst,” national coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer when asked how he was handling things.“I’ve already read reports that he wasn’t given the clearance to play by the NBA,” added the mercurial mentor. “But then, during our practice (Saturday) morning, we were told that there had been no official denial yet. So we’re just waiting how the situation will play out.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Scrounging for a team in a summer league, Brownlee finds a home instead Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It has been kind of a roller-coaster ride for the men’s national basketball team to the Asian Games since it saved a spot for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms There is one thing Guiao can control—and he is focusing his energy toward that.“We still have to prepare regardless of what happens,” Guiao said. “We still have to compete and represent the country. So whether or not he’s there, that’s what we’ll do. Prepare hard to try make the country proud.”Strangely, the timing of the Clarkson situation actually helps Guiao ground his focus. Clarkson would be a solid addition to the squad and could easily be the focal point of the Philippines on offense. But with the possibility of his suiting up coming at the tail end of an already late start to preparations, Guiao was really left with no choice.“We had to establish already how we’re going to play,” he said. “So if he doesn’t suit up, then our preparations wouldn’t be affected. If he does, then he’ll have to adjust to our system.”Guiao had earlier said that Clarkson had the talent and basketball IQ to easily navigate his way through the team’s playbook.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Sugar estates starved of capital – new GuySuCo Chairman

first_imgWith sugar production reaching its lowest in decades since the downsizing of the industry and with the closure of three estates, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is now in dire need of capital to bring the level of production to an improved mark.GuySuCo Chairman John DowThis point was made by newly-appointed Chairman of GuySuCo, John Dow, who told Guyana Times in an interview on Wednesday that the aim is to improve infrastructure and purchase new equipment that will aid in increasing the industry’s performance.“The estates have been starved of capital. There have been a lot of deterioration of the infrastructure at these estates…the dams, bridges, timber revetment… It’s a chicken and egg situation. We need to put some money in getting the infrastructure up to scratch before you can expect these increases in production,” he explained.Dow, an agriculture expert and a member of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that looked into the state of the industry, said apart from that, people cannot expect three estates to produce what eight were doing. “So, obviously there is a reduction in the quantity of sugar that can be produced,” Dow explained, adding that there are other factors too.At present, GuySuCo is working to improve the sugarcane yields to beyond 70 tonnes of cane per hectare. He said if improvements in this area take place, then there are chances that this too can add to an overall improvement in the production by the Corporation.“Also the replacement of equipment is important… You have tractors that are very old and the availability time of those units… 15 years old cannot be the same as a new tractor,” he added. Dow said a replacement programme should have been in place to ensure that a certain percentage of vehicle are replaced annually so as to guarantee efficiency.“However, because of the unavailability of capital over the last 10 years or so, you are in a bit of a bind… So, you cannot get increases in production without spending money in getting that infrastructure and equipment up to scratch,” he asserted.President David Granger said recently that the Government’s vision is to revamp the Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt sugar estates. He said the intention is to employ some 10,000 people to maximise the profitability of the local sugar industry.In declaring that GuySuCo is important to Government, the Guyanese Head of State said the plan is to produce about 147-150,000 tonnes of sugar with the 10,000 work force. This is about 7000 less workers than when the coalition Government took office in 2015.GuySuCo has produced a dismal 34,450 tonnes of sugar for the first crop in 2018, out of a low production target of 36,105 which was set. The figure will likely be the lowest ever first crop for the industry which has seen four of its estates taken out of production in the last two years. Sugar production at one time in Guyana was around 300,000 tonnes.Last year, GuySuCo fell short of the projected figure for its first crop by some 24,566 tonnes. The Corporation had set a target of 74,172 tonnes of sugar but was only able to produce 49,606 tonnes. This year’s first crop is a further decline of 15,000 tonnes.Over the years, GuySuCo has also complained about the poor attendance figures of the harvesters for their respective estates. It has called on communities to encourage the workers to turn out to assist with the harvesting and production. But Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand has repeatedly said that the underperformance can be credited to a lack of motivation among the workers.A few months ago, the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) secured a syndicated bond worth $30 billion to assist with the revitalisation of the cash-strapped GuySuCo. It was reported that almost $2 billion has been disbursed to GuySuCo for operational expenses of its three estates.Only this week, Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited has made known several of its concerns with how the $30 billion bond that was loaned to NICIL is being spent. On Tuesday, SPU Head Colvin Heath-London admitted that that the Bank had registered an official complaint and asked that some of the matters be corrected with some level of urgency.The $30 billion bond arrangement with the bank is aimed at helping to finance capital works for three GuySuCo estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Local businesses collection donations for Fort McMurray residents

first_imgFort McMurray Aid Help us, Help Fort McMurray. Drop off your donations at any of our dealerships, and We will make sure it gets to those in need. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several Fort St. John businesses are stepping up to help support victims of the forest fire in Fort McMurray.Wednesday morning, Revolution Honda announced they will be taking monetary donations, or donations of clothing, toys, or non-perishable food items to the Revolution Honda Dealership in person.Sean Mulholland with the company’s sales team says a truck will be filled up with goods, and send it to Whitecourt, Alberta. He says the truck will go to that dealership as many times as it needs to, to distribute the donations.- Advertisement -Revolution Honda has also setup a GoFundMe, if you’d like to donate online.  You can donate to the GoFundMe here.St. John Advertising and Energetic Services have joined forces to also collect donations for those in need.  St John Advertising will be donating all of its discontinued clothing samples and is asking the community to donate more items.  You can start dropping donations off on Thursday at 7:30 a.m.Energetic Services and one of their drivers have donated their truck and trailer to drive the donations to those affected.  They hope to fill an entire truck by 4 p.m. on Thursday.Advertisement Donations can be dropped off at St. John Advertising at 8211 100 Ave.You can also make donations through the Red Cross at www.redcross.caIf you know anyone who is looking to help Fort McMurray residents, please email news@moosefm.ca to let us know.Over 80,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray after a forest fire entered the City on Tuesday.  At last report over 1,600 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the community.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, December 12

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Arsenal are ready to rival Manchester City and Chelsea in the race to bring Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba back to the Premier League. (Daily Express)Juventus have moved to block any lingering Arsenal interest in defender Stephan Lichtsteiner by preparing a new contract for the Swiss star. (Daily Express)Borussia Dortmund are already preparing themselves for the departure of Marco Reus, leaving Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool on red alert. (Daily Star)Real Madrid are ready to pounce as Raheem Sterling stalls on a contract extension at Liverpool. The European champions have been monitoring the 19-year-old’s progress since he broke onto the scene last season. (Daily Star)Liverpool target Martin Montoya will tell Barcelona today that he wants to leave the club, the right-back’s agent has said. (Independent)Manchester City are understood to have held talks with Estudiantes over a possible £8million deal for Argentina prospect Joaquin Correa. (Daily Mail)Sam Allardyce has slapped a £20million price tag on in-demand defender Winston Reid.  The West Ham centre-back, 26, is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a January move to Arsenal or Liverpool, but Allardyce says no amount of money will convince him to cash in next month. (The Sun)Fernando Torres is to be offered for free around Premier League clubs this January – only four years after costing a British record £50m. Milan are seeking to cancel the Spaniard’s two-year loan deal agreed with Chelsea in August. (Daily Mirror)England Under-21 international Nathaniel Chalobah looks destined to return to Chelsea when his loan at Burnley expires next month after Sean Dyche suggested the 19-year-old may be finding it difficult to adapt to the top flight. (Daily Mail)Harry Redknapp has distanced QPR from a January transfer window move for Robbie Keane. (Daily Mail)QPR are in talks over a deal for Galway teenager Ryan Manning. The Republic of Ireland U19 international has also held talks with Tottenham after they agreed a fee with his club but Manning is expected to sign for the Loftus Road club. (Daily Mail)Everton and Newcastle are locked in a three-horse race with Napoli for £5million Legia Warsaw star Ondrej Duda. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Arsenal plot loan move for Italy internationalReports: Tottenham defender set for loan exitSouthampton boss Koeman targeting two players in JanuaryLiverpool have ‘no chance’ of landing Italian ace, says agentAgent squashes ‘nonsense’ reports of possible Man United return for former favouriteReports: QPR and Spurs to battle for Roma hotshotNorwegian sensation urged to join Celtic amid Man United and Real Madrid interestExclusive – Howey: Prove you’re worth £32million, Mangala!Exclusive – ‘Average’ Liverpool have no identity, says GrayExclusive – Dutch legend backs Van Gaal but admits Man United are ‘not worth watching’last_img read more

Real spot on while Barcelona held to cup draw

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Jose Arnaiz (L) celebrates a goal with teammates during their Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Jan 4 – Two penalties helped Real Madrid to a healthy 3-0 win in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey tie with second-tier Numancia on Thursday, while Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw as the La Liga giants rested their stars.Gareth Bale was one of a handful of Real first-team regulars on display at the Estadio Los Pajaritos, and was on hand to slot home the first from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break after Lucas Vazques was clumsily brought down in the box by Carlos Gutierrez. They survived a serious scare in the 76th minute when Inigo Perez snatched the ball from Marcos Llorente and launched a 40-yard shot over the head of keeper Kiko Cassila that thumped the crossbar and came agonisingly close to crossing the line.Real sealed the win with another spot kick a minute from the end, again won by Vasquez but this time slammed home by substitute Isco, and Baroja Mayoral completed the rout a minute later with a close range header.“We had a few problems in the second half but it’s the result that counts,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “It’s a good result for us.”Shorn of attacking stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde also left out captain Andres Iniesta and others including goalkeeper Ter Stegen, centre-back Samuel Umtiti and midfielder Ivan Rakitic from the starting line-up for their match at Celta.However striker Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance, as a 71st-minute substitute, since tearing his hamstring at Getafe on September 16, just three games into his Barca career following a 105-million-euro ($124 million) move from Borussia Dortmund.Despite the raft of absences Barca took the lead after 15 minutes through a neat Jose Arnaiz finish, but after a bright start they ceded control to the hosts.Celta hit back 16 minutes later through Pione Sisto, who reacted quickest after Iago Aspas hit the bar from close range and rifled a shot past Barca keeper Jasper Cillessen from a tight angle to give his side a chance in the return leg at the Camp Nou next Thursday.In Thursday’s other matches, Leganes beat Villareal 1-0 thanks to an Nordin Amrabat goal while strikes from José Luis Morales and Ivan Lopez Álvarez saw Levante come back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Espanyol.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Wednesday, July 6

first_imgListen back as Paul and Andy bring you the best bits from Wednesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.It’s a special Welshfest edition of the podcast today – featuring Welsh comedian Max Boyce, Welsh referee Keith Cooper, a Welsh fan who drove to the wrong Lille and another who got a tattoo of Hal Robson-Kanu. All this plus Andy’s rant about Anna Wintour’s appearance at WimbledonListen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

Humbled 49ers defense now could miss Kwon Alexander

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Richard Sherman, as usual, was blunt. The 49ers defense, he said, got humbled, and perhaps needed that. What it didn’t need, however, was to lose a key starter to injury.Linebacker Kwon Alexander’s pectoral injury is a paramount concern after Thursday’s 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.“He needs to get back healthy and he’s going to be missed,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said.last_img

Darwin Follies and Fallacies, Part Two

first_imgWhen it comes to evolution, fallacious reasoning spreads far and wide through Big Science and Big Media.Here we pick up where we left off with Part 1, showing fallacious reasoning in Darwinian explanations.Guppy romance: “Mate choice” is a trendy term in evolutionary circles when discussing Darwin’s controversial notion of sexual selection (1/30/16). Mate choice supposedly makes male peacocks evolve exotic feathers and peacock spiders evolve pom-pom dances. Seven evolutionists engage this personification fallacy in Science Advances, in their paper, “Female brain size affects the assessment of male attractiveness during mate choice.” So who are the choosy females this time? Guppies. That’s right, guppies. The Darwinian authors endow these little fish with the ability to assess “attractiveness” of their boyfriends. You can imagine what late-night talk show hosts will do with their conclusions: basically, larger-brained females (supposedly smarter) are better at picking out attractive males than small-brained (supposedly dumber) females are. And you thought dumb-blonde jokes were out of style. The stupidity doesn’t get any better when ensconced in Jargonwocky: “We thus provide the first experimental support that individual variation in brain size affects mate choice decisions and conclude that differences in cognitive ability may be an important underlying mechanism behind variation in female mate choice.” (Reminder to authors: fish have no free will in the Darwinian worldview, and  Stuff Happens is not a ‘mechanism’.)Chance computers: Neurons are highly complex cells involved in signaling. They have exquisite molecular machines, such as ion pumps and rotary engines, underlying their rapid, functional responses. To an evolutionist who deals in glittering generalities, they are mere products of blind chance. Look at Medical Xpress to see how assertion, obfuscation, and generalization hide the underlying complexity: “thought by scientists to have evolved relatively recently, and specifically in vertebrates, in order to [teleology] enable rapid, precise signaling in the complex circuitry of the vertebrate nervous system.” The evolutionist in the article quibbles about when certain parts evolved, but not that they evolved. To speak this way of any other complex circuitry in a signaling system would be met with laughter and derision, but apparently such talk is perfectly acceptable in Darwinism. Behold this hand-waving assertion: “The giant ankyrins, he explains, are in fact ancient forms that evolved in a bilaterian ancestor.”Arsenic resistance: Some humans can drink arsenic-contaminated water. The story about settlers in the Atacama Desert in Chile is pretty remarkable, but raises question about evolutionary theory. New Scientist seems to assume Darwinism handles any observation. Notice the fallacious phrase “evolved to” – a hint of forbidden teleology.People in a south American desert have evolved to detoxify potentially deadly arsenic that laces their water supply….. The arsenic contamination here exceeds 1 milligram per litre: the highest levels in the Americas, and over 100 times the World Health Organization’s safe limits. There are virtually no alternative water sources, and yet, somehow [Stuff Happens], people have survived in the area. Could it be [suggestion] that arsenic’s negative effects on human health, such as inducing miscarriages, acted as a natural selection pressure that made [personification] this population evolve adaptations [teleology] to it? A new study suggests this is indeed so.But is this evolution? The explanation involves ratios of existing molecular machines in the cells of the body that handle arsenic. And nobody would dare suggest that these people are a different species than Homo sapiens. Claiming this is an example of Darwinian evolution is like claiming your own children have diverged into separate species. Come to think  of it, some may feel that way.Woodpecker party dunces: A story in New Scientist is quickly dismissed on the same basis. Richard Byrne at St. Andrews University gets the royal raspberry for this quote in Andy Coghlan’s just-so story, “Sociable woodpeckers that cooperate have evolved smaller brains.” Here’s personification and the fallacious teleological language, “evolved to”:“Our result emphasises that a large brain is a costly organ, both to develop and maintain, so evolution readily acts to reduce its size when it isn’t needed,” argues Byrne. “Sometimes, people think having a big brain is just a ‘good thing’, but it is a major metabolic cost.”Combing over jellies: The People of Fluff are in a huff about the earliest animal ancestor. In “Big data renews fight over animal origins” (Nature) Amy Maxmen calls the boxing match between scientists who thought our great granddaddy was sponges, then the comb jellies landed a punch, and now the sponges are winning again. Nobody ever questions the Stuff Happens Law; just what stuff happened first. For those who doubt our description of evolution as ‘stuff happens’, read on:In the most recent study, the authors attempt to resolve one of the biggest challenges in building evolutionary trees based on DNA comparisons. Some genomes evolve faster than others, and fast-evolving genomes from unrelated animals can converge on a similar sequence. “By chance, lineages accumulate genetic similarities not due to a shared history but due to random change,” explains Michaël Manuel, an evolutionary biologist at the Institute of Biology Paris-Seine, and the study’s senior author.It should be noted that comb jellies have a nervous system and complex bioluminescent organs. Regardless of the order in which they appeared, comb jellies show no ancestors in the fossil record, appearing fully formed in the Cambrian explosion.Balancing act: Evolutionists have created a taxonomy of natural selection. They speak of positive and negative selection. There’s balancing selection, kin selection, group selection, purifying selection, directional selection, and others – all purely matters of blind chance in that selection by definition has no goal, not even survival (i.e., if something goes extinct, selection did that, too). We must remember that Charles Darwin purported to explain all the innovations of life as a progressive trajectory toward increased complexity, ratcheted upward by natural selection (see Tom Bethell’s book Darwin’s House of Cards, ch. 21, for how Darwin was swept up in the Victorian idea of Progress). Balancing selection—keeping things the same—was not exactly what he had in mind. A paper in PNAS about balancing selection that “maintains polymorphisms at neurogenetic loci in field experiments,” while promising to shed light on “our understanding of the evolution and adaptive significance of behavioral diversity,” really has no more significance to evolution than standing does to running a marathon.Brain freeze: Some evolutionists like to rock the boat without capsizing the paradigm. Notice Science Daily‘s teaser headline, “How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model: Early results counter prevailing thought on major evolutionary drivers of humans’ large brains.” Recall that if evolution is a driver, it is a blind driver without a map or a destination. Indeed, this article begins by admitting that “the factors that drive evolution of big brains remain unclear.” Hidden in this statement is the assumption that bigger is better, but some spiders, insects and birds demonstrate that a lot of power can be packed in a small brain. Miniaturization can indicate even more design (e.g., compare your smartphone to a Univac). In the evolutionists’ model, Darwinism is assumed throughout, as in “Given natural selection, it predicts how much energy is used to support brain growth at different ages under different biological settings” (see DIGO in the Darwin Dictionary). The model of “different possible evolutionary scenarios” goes downhill from there.Fair enough? As Darwin’s all-purpose demon, natural selection promises knowledge of good and evil everywhere, even in politics and ethics. PLoS One demonstrates this with a paper “On the evolution of equity.” It’s another case of ‘evolutionary game theory’ with its built-in personification of cooperators and cheaters arising out of blind processes. Given that equitable treatment of others is costly, “How can natural selection account for the evolution of such costly preferences?” they ask. The question is a setup for their coup. They come up with a model game where presto! natural selection produces equity. But if it is a blind outcome of chance processes, is it really equity? And is it fair for the authors to step outside of their own evolved brains and expect us to believe they are being equitable with us? Maybe they are cheaters trying to pull the wool over our eyes. They have no free will in Darwinism, after all (see Yoda Complex in the Darwin Dictionary).Father Charlie knows best: Another example of applying Darwinism to anything and everything (and destroying it in the process), is Science Daily‘s dalliance with “the evolution of parenting.” Don’t tell this to the children. If natural selection just rewired Mom and Dad’s brains to make them pretend to be loving parents, then Junior can claim natural selection rewired his brain to disobey them. All the joys and lessons of family life go out the window in this Darwinian case of reductionism (see How Darwinism Corrodes Morality by Jerry Bergman). Anything you do is just a ‘behavior’ sculpted by Darwin’s randomized view of the world.Rapid fish: According to Live Science, rapids make fish evolve rapidly. “Water ‘Walls’ Spur Evolution of New Colorful Fish Species,” writes Stephanie Pappas. According to this line of reasoning, tornadoes should spur the evolution of birds, and earthquakes should spur the evolution of earthworms, too. We coined the term sophoxymoronia to describe terms that are internally contradictory. Pappas uses this one: “evolutionary potential”— a phrase rich with possibility thinking, but only as meaningful as “chance potential.”He sawfish evolve: Richard Schiffman claims in New Scientist, “Sawfish’s fearsome snout evolved to be undetectable to prey.” That sawfish must have been a good intelligent designer to evolve its rostrum with teeth that dampen vibrations, just like human engineers do to make silent wind turbine blades.Twenty examples of evolutionary nonsense so far, and we’re still not done. Watch for Part 3. Readers need to witness that evolutionary philosophy is full of clown and flurry, signifying nothing. (Visited 85 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more