Imagine Copernicus, Newton, Pasteur “Marching for Science”

first_img Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man TagsAlfred WegnerEstoniaExpelledFacebookFinlandHelsinkiHeretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to DesignIsaac NewtonJonathan WittLouis PasteurMarch for ScienceMatti LeisolaNicolaus Copernicussciencesocial mediaTallinnThe Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas KuhnTwitterWashington DC,Trending Saturday’s March for Science, like last year’s original, promises to be an exercise in self-congratulation and virtue signaling. That, and a loud and sustained demand for conformity. Our colleague and Heretic co-author Jonathan Witt observes over at The Stream:Study the Facebook and Twitter feeds on the event. What you’ll see is a grab bag of public policy issues. Some of those issues are ones reasonable people, including scientists, disagree on. But in the M4S subculture, dissent is a thought crime.You see, the march isn’t mainly about science. It’s about marching — row upon row of obedient soldiers keeping lock-step time.This is why the march’s social media feeds are marked by an atmosphere of smug insularity. “There is No Alternative to Scientific Facts,” a protestor’s sign reads in one photo there. But who beyond a tiny fraction of people wants to throw overboard all or even most scientific facts?No, the debate is about what is and what isn’t an established scientific fact. It’s over what to make of those facts. It’s over which facts point to problems that merit public resources. It’s over which policy proposals best address those problems.And notice, those policy questions aren’t themselves questions of natural science. They’re questions of public policy and economics. Alas, the M4S drumbeaters routinely conflate these questions with science — which isn’t very scientific of them.The word “abuse” gets tossed around a bit too freely today, but what this is, really, is an abuse of science’s good name toward other purposes.Dr. Witt poses a great question. Imagine any of the great scientists of the past “Marching for Science.”Think about it. Thank goodness Copernicus had the courage not to stay in line and march. Thank goodness Newton didn’t scurry back into line when critics said his theory of gravity was “spooky action at a distance.” Thank goodness Louis Pasteur didn’t stay in line and support the mainstream scientific view that life could spontaneously generate from non-life. And thank goodness Alfred Wegner broke ranks and insisted the continents were not fixed but drift.Each of these scientists was ridiculed but later vindicated. Their willingness to break ranks and question the “scientific consensus” was key to scientific progress…Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions highlighted what is today a truism among historians of science: Reigning scientific paradigms, challenged by new and contrary evidence, do not go gently. Most scientists who invest their careers in a paradigm find it hard to admit the mistake. So scientific revolutions often happen very slowly, and only after brave scientists break ranks and wage a long campaign, risking the ire of their colleagues. (See the film Expelled for examples of the ire.)Right. Go ahead and picture Copernicus, Newton, Pasteur out there on the Mall in Washington, DC, or at numerous worldwide satellite locations, this weekend. For that matter, visualize bioengineer Matti Leisola, a super-productive scientist himself who co-wrote Heretic with Jonathan Witt and whose story the book tells, hefting a protest sign that reads “SCIENCE ROCKS” or something similar.Can’t do it? Neither can I. Maybe that’s because the March is about many things, but not so much about Science. Real scientists would have better things to do.Update: I just checked — sadly, there is no satellite March for Science planned in Finland. Dr. Leisola, in the unlikely event he had the free time to go and march, would have to make his way from Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, Estonia, in order to participate.Photo: March for Science, 2017, Brisbane, by interestedbystandr, via Flickr. Free Speech Imagine Copernicus, Newton, Pasteur “Marching for Science”David [email protected]_klinghofferApril 13, 2018, 12:28 PM Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Port of Hastings Authority Studies Western Port’s Weather and Wave Patterns

first_imgThe Port of Hastings Development Authority has begun detailed environmental studies of Western Port’s weather and wave patterns.“We are focusing on finding out as much as we can about Western Port and its environs to better inform planning and design decisions about the proposed container port at Hastings,” said Port of Hastings Development Authority’s CEO Mike Lean.“Understanding the many variables ranging from wind speeds and tidal patterns to water levels and wave actions, will greatly inform and direct the ongoing detailed scientific studies that we need to undertake to develop the design of the expanded port.“Findings from these studies, many of which will be recording data 24/7 for the next 12 months or more, will give us much greater insight and understanding of the natural forces that affect the outer heads and the channel waters.”Authority engineers involved in the project said it would be in the many gigabytes of targeted meteorological and oceanographic information.The instruments deployed in and around Western Port include:Waves•    Purpose: To collect data concerning the wave patterns offshore of Western Port,•    Instrument: Acoustic sensor placed on the seabed, lowered from a marine survey vessel,•    Location: Offshore of Western Port within Bass Strait in 70m of water.Weather•    Purpose: To collect meteorological data including wind speed and direction, humidity and temperature,•    Instrument: Compact meteorological station mounted directly to a wharf,•    Location: BlueScope Steel facility, Western Port.Currents•    Purpose: Improve the knowledge of currents within Western Port,•    Instrument: Acoustic sensor placed on the seabed. The instrument is initially lowered from a marine survey vessel and secured to the seabed by divers,•    Location: Western Port.Water Levels•    Purpose: Collect data on water levels within Western Port and supplement water level data already collected at Stony Point,•    Instrument(s): Tide gauge mounted to a wharf,•    Location: BlueScope Steel facility and Stony Point. Western Port.“It’s all about ensuring we have the necessary information to inform the design processes for the Port of Hastings development,” Mr Lean said.“This information will also eventually feature on the Authority’s website giving surfers, fishermen and recreational boaters up-to-the-minute details on wave size, wind direction, air and water temperatures and times for the next high and low tides.”Press Release, July 23, 2014last_img read more

Transfer: Arsenal finally decide on Aubameyang joining Man United

first_imgArsenal have finally decided to sell striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, amid interest from Manchester United.According to Newsmen, the Gunners are willing to sell the Gabonese international if they get at least £56million offer for the attacker.This is coming after Aubameyang had said “yes” to a switch to Manchester United.Aubameyang has been linked with a shock move from Arsenal to United in the past few days.Man United identified Aubameyang as a perfect replacement for Romelu Lukaku should the Belgian leave this summer for Inter Milan.Aubameyang scored 22 Premier League goals for Unai Emery’s side last season.The 30-year-old also netted eight goals for the North London in the Europa League last term.He joined the Emirates club 18 months ago from Borussia Dortmund.last_img read more

Security: Zero Trust Model for Cybersecurity

first_imgThe Zero Trust model is just that, no matter where access to a particular system is coming from, whether it is from inside or outside the perimeter of an organization, it should not be automatically trusted until it is verified.  The historical way security was implemented was like a castle and moat — security focused on the perimeter but assumed that anything inside and that had gotten past the external line of defense was okay.Charlie Gero, CTO at Akamai, said that “the strategy around Zero Trust boils down to don’t trust anyone. We’re talking about, ‘Let’s cut off all access until the network knows who you are. Don’t allow access to IP addresses, machines, etc. until you know who that user is and whether they’re authorized.”Jeff Pollard, analyst at Forrester, said that “the reason why we rely on the idea of zero trust is because it solves the problem of the disappearing perimeter. Your users don’t work from the places they used to work. Your systems aren’t spun up in the way they used to be spun up. [With zero trust], you move from implicit permission to explicit permission.” Chase Cunningham, analyst at Forrester Research, said that “people buy technology and Frankenstein it together and think if they keep throwing tech at the issue they will get it right. The reality of it is, when I ask them ‘What is your strategy?’ most of them don’t even have an answer.”last_img read more

Montreal Olympics: Indian contingent returns empty-handed

first_imgThe Indian contingent to the Montreal Olympics has returned empty-handed, thus establishing a dubious record after nearly half a century of participation. In fact, except for our small athletics team, no other member of the contingent performed creditably or even adequately. Our best bet for a medal till 1972-our hockey,The Indian contingent to the Montreal Olympics has returned empty-handed, thus establishing a dubious record after nearly half a century of participation. In fact, except for our small athletics team, no other member of the contingent performed creditably or even adequately. Our best bet for a medal till 1972-our hockey team proved the biggest disappointment.The track and field foursome in our 26 member contingent did exceptionally well. Sriram Singh, our representative in the 800 metres, ran the race of his life, clipping the Olympic record with a timing of 1:45:86 in the heats. This was also an improvement on his previous best time of 1:47:00. In the final he finished 7th achieving a career-best time of 1:45:77, thus becoming the fourth Indian to enter the final of an Olympic athletic event after Henry Rebello (1948), Milkha Singh (1960) and Gurbachan Singh (1964). His colleague, Hari Chand also bettered his previous best timing of 29:12:00 in the 10,000 metres, when he clocked 28:48:72, but this was not good enough to earn him a place in the final. T. C. Yohanan failed to give off his best due to a recurring foot ailment since the Teheran Asian Games, where he won the long jump event with a performance of 8.07 metres. At Montreal, he failed to reach the qualifying standard of 7.80 metres and finished 16th in a field of 33 contestants. Shivnath Singh, our marathon hope, ran a good race, but his lack of sufficient stamina let him down.In the absence of Dr Kami Singh, the performance of our shooters was positively pathetic. Randhir Singh finished a poor 21st in the Olympic trap shooting. Gurbir Singh Sandhu and Bhim Singh of Kota finished 56th and 67th respectively in the Skeet shooting event. Our boxers, S. K. Rai and C. C. Machiah joined the ranks of the also-rans and the lone weight-lifter, Anil Mondal, failed in each of his attempts. Our illustrious campaign in Olympic hockey which has fetched India seven gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals, fizzled out like a damp squib at Montreal. The performance of our hockey team came as a rude shock. From the elevated pedestal of World Cup Champions, the Indian team was reduced to the indignity of fighting for minor placings after suffering four defeats in a single Olympic tournament. India started well enough, beating Argentina by the convincing margin of 4-0. But the team gave a pathetic display against Holland, losing 1-3. Australia heaped further humiliation on India with an astounding 6-1 victory. Our sadly demolarized team managed to win against lowly Canada and Malaysia but by then the damage had been done.advertisementArgentina’s sensational triumph over Australia earned India a play-off against Australia for the right to enter the semi-final, but India revealed poor appreciation of this opportunity and lost to Australia in the tie-breaker. A dispirited India then lost to W. Germany in the match for deciding minor placings. India finished 7th, after New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Holland, W. Germany and Spain.It is ironical that Ajit Pal’s team, which had won the World Hockey Cup at Kuala Lumpur only last year, has proved a total flop this year. Several theories have been advanced for the poor performance of the Indian hockey team. The suggestion that the Indian team’s performance was due to unfamiliarity with the artificial turf is not valid, as Australia and New Zealand, who reached the final, also had no real experience of astro-turf. However, the decision to retain injured Govinda at the expense of promising Prabhakaran was a glaring mistake for which the officials accompanying the team-Manager R. S. Bhola and Coach Gurbux Singh-are largely to blame. Frequent chopping and changing in the forward-line also affected the rhythm of attack, thus imposing an additional burden on our half-backs. Centre-forward Ajit Singh was the weakest link in the chain. In fact, except Ashok Kumar all our regular forwards gave a below-par performance. Our full-backs, Aslam and Surjit, were easily rattled and in goal our regular keeper, Ashok Dewan, tended to be panicky. It has been reported that the team was riven by internal dissensions and lacked the willpower and the spirit to fight-back-a trait they possessed in plenty last year. Further, the team evidently suffered from a complacent attitude to the proceedings after their victory in the World Cup Championship at Kuala Lumpur last year.Today, hockey matches are mostly won by the corner-specialists. Gone are the days when ‘solo’ dashes by super-fast forwards like Harbinder and Balbir could change the trend of the game within a few minutes. Today it is the skill in the conversion of corners and penalty-corners which tilts the scales. Our specialists, Surjit and Aslam, have not proved worthy successors to Prithipal Singh. Holland has found a good successor to Kruize in youthful Litjens who topped the scorers’ list. Spain has Amat and Pakistan Munawar. Only Australian centre-forward Ronald Riley was able to score a few good field goals. Among the others, Ashok Kumar of India, Rashid and Shahnaz of Pakistan, Barry Maister of New Zealand and Browning and Charlesworth of Australia, impressed with their ball control, but not with their shooting ability. It is high time that India, who taught field hockey to the world, should rediscover hockey in the country. Of the 16 players, who represented India at Montreal, only reserve forward Syed Ali, reserve goal-keeper Chhetri and to a lesser extent Ashok Kumar gave glimpses of their talent. We should organize a nation-wide hunt for tapping budding talent at school-level and arrange good coaching and training for them.advertisementIt is also equally important that proper stress is laid on physical fitness and efforts are made to locate good athletes at the university level. Unless sports and track and field events are accorded the priority they deserve, we cannot hope to match the foreign countries in this field. It is indeed a shame for a nation of the size and population of India not to be able to produce any individual medal winner in world-class competition, while much smaller countries from Africa and Europe have produced a number of champions in various events. GDR’s is a case in point.Our athletes have shown their potential. With proper training and encouragement they can attain international status. The setting up of an independent Ministry of Sports would be the obvious panacea in this regard.last_img read more

Why you may need to reboot

first_imgIn Ctrl Alt Delete Mitch Joel issues a wake-up call for those that may find themselves lost in a rapidly evolving landscape of technology, media, and marketing. Joel, president of the digital marketing agency Twist Image, offers sharp insights on how these changes affect the way we learn, shop, communicate, and work. It’s an important reality check for nonprofit marketers because these factors directly affect how supporters and partners will interact with your cause. Organizations that understand and adapt to these new opportunities will thrive, while those who resist will find themselves struggling to connect with donors in the years to come.The book starts off with one of the most critical lessons for any marketer, especially those working in the nonprofit sector: embracing the shift toward more direct relationships with your consumers (donors), is no longer optional. People now have more access to information about your nonprofit, your impact, and *you* than ever before. Organizations and supporters are at each other’s fingertips, so it’s impossible (and unwise) to avoid direct contact with those who are interested in your work. Online or off, focus on creating and building relationships to succeed in raising money, spreading your message, and serving your cause. By the way, these relationships should be the two-way street kind. If you’re only broadcasting messages focused on your organization’s needs, you may need a reboot.Here are four tactics Mitch Joel recommends for building those direct relationships, and what they mean for your nonprofit.1) Deliver value. Stand out and earn loyalty by first providing value to your supporters. Of course, you’re doing great work for the people and communities you serve, but if you’re not building long-term relationships with potential supporters, you’re missing out on a bigger opportunity. How do you do this? Start by focusing more on providing valuable resources to the people you’re trying to reach, instead of only talking about your needs. 2) Be open.You can’t build meaningful relationships without trust and transparency. This is paramount for nonprofits. Donors won’t fork over their hard-earned cash to support your cause if they aren’t sure where the money goes. Show that you are an organization they can trust by being open about how your organization is run and how you use donated funds. Welcome questions and be upfront and honest if you make a mistake. Hiding in the shadows only makes people nervous, which is not a great relationship-building vibe.3) Be clear and consistent.Do donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit? Can they count on you for all the right reasons? Review your organization’s outreach to make sure you’re saying what you think you’re saying. Consistency also includes communicating with your donors on a regular basis to help them feel involved in your work. This means not waiting to reach out to supporters when you’re looking for gifts in December. 4) Focus on fans. Joel says, “The majority of people do not want to friend or like your brand. They use their social graphs for friends, family, and those they made fun of in high school.” Ouch! My guess is that many nonprofits may have it a little easier than most corporate brands, but it’s important to remember. Rather than working to get as many “Likes” as possible, focus instead on providing value through your social media content and focus on your truly passionate superfans. Put these champions to work spreading the message about what you do and why it matters. Of course, these suggestions are just the tip of the reboot iceberg. Ctrl Alt Delete delivers plenty of juicy nuggets for all marketers to heed. What aspect of your outreach or fundraising strategy would you like to reboot?last_img read more

How to Keep the Lines of Donor Communication Open

first_imgSend Regular UpdatesAfter you’ve thanked your donors, send them regular updates detailing the ongoing impact of their gift. They’ll be pleased to know that their donation is being put to good use and might even be inspired to give again! If yearly holiday appeals are the only time you contact your donors, chances are good that they aren’t feeling needed or cherished. So stay in touch—very close touch. Here’s how:Send AppealsWhen you first make the ask, let your supporters know why you need them. You can ask your donors to help in any way that they can and let them know how their help will lead to the achievement of your mission.Send Thank You NotesMake sure your thank you letter is timely and lets donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit in the future. Consider sending a second thank you note that asks for feedback and shows your continued appreciation. Send NewslettersNewsletters are a great way to describe what your organization has been doing. You can report on the impact of all donor contributions and help maintain your supporters’ interest. Don’t forget to remind your fans how important they are to you.RepeatRepeating this cycle of communication won’t annoy your supporters-it will make them feel involved in what you’re doing. To learn more about staying in touch with your supporters, check out our webinar Nonprofit 911: Turn First-Time Donors Into Repeat Donors with Tom Ahern and Jay Love.last_img read more

Still on the Fence About #GivingTuesday?

first_imgTo do, or not to do, #GivingTuesday…With 12 weeks to go, you are hearing about #GivingTuesday everywhere. In the press, and perhaps on your team, there are advocates and skeptics.And we get it. Year-end is a critical time, and your team has a full plate. So is #GivingTuesday worth it?From where we sit, the answer is simple: Yes!We are unabashed supporters and believers in the #GivingTuesday movement. For most nonprofits the question should not be ‘if’, but ‘how’, to incorporate #GivingTuesday into your December giving season.How does #GivingTuesday work (for your organization)?The genesis of #GivingTuesday is pretty well known. It started with a simple idea – to be a counterpoint to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. From a couple hundred nonprofits in 2012, #GivingTuesday is now an international day of giving around the globe.Think about #GivingTuesday as disaster fundraising in reverse (Tweet this). In a disaster, the tragedy brings people together to rally around those in need by supporting organizations that can make an impact.On #GivingTuesday, the movement rallies people around their desire to do good, to matter in their communities or their world. It’s not an obligation – it’s an opportunity to be part of something that’s big and meaningful and feels great.And just as disaster relief organizations recognize how important it is to raise funds when there is heightened public awareness, all nonprofits can capitalize on the awareness and excitement of #GivingTuesday.It’s all about the strategy, but there’s more than one approach.The big opportunity is to launch December on #GivingTuesday and carry the energy and excitement straight through to New Year’s. Think of it as a chance to throw a virtual giving-season kickoff party for your cause.The good news is that there is not just one “right” strategy.Your #GivingTuesday goals can be about more than dollars raised. Consider a goal focused on recurring givers, new donors, volunteers, in-kind gifts, or even social media followers.#GivingTuesday can be a chance to tell fresh stories, to attract new or younger supporters, to accelerate your social media presence or to diversify your fundraising channels. Beth Kanter shares some creative ideas about experimenting, measuring and learning in this video for #GivingTuesday Summer School.The lessons you take away from #GivingTuesday can impact all of December—and your fundraising into 2015.Ready? Let’s go!We’re here to help with free training, toolkits, expert advice, and of course, great software.Start by downloading our comprehensive Giving Days eBook. It is both a decision making and planning guide, and a week-by-week tactical outline sharing the steps your team can take each week between now and #GivingTuesday to launch a successful campaign.Then every Tuesday, we’ll bring you new resources to get ready for #GivingTuesday.And make sure your software is customized to delight and inspire your donors. We can help with two different fundraising platforms:• DonateNow – an easy-to-use customized online giving page to maximize donor conversion, plus baked-in expertise to help make you a better fundraiser• GiveCorps – a cutting-edge giving platform that offers donors a superior online giving experience, plus crowdfunding and peer-to-peer.Talk to a fundraising consultant today to get expert advice about the software that will best meet your needs.It’s time to plan for your best December ever!More #GivingTuesday resourcesWatch this video interview of Jamie McDonald for #GivingTuesday Summer School, highlighting tips and tactics for making #GivingTuesday work for your organizationAccess the archived presentation of our Top Tips for a Successful #GivingTuesdayRegister with #GivingTuesday NationalDownload These Free Fundraising Guides: Nonprofit Guide to Successful Giving DaysThe Nonprofit Crowdfunding CrazeStorytelling for NonprofitsMake this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever.last_img read more

The Hottest Charity Fundraising Idea? Peer to Peer Giving!

first_imgThe Hottest Charity Fundraising Idea? Peer to Peer Giving! Peer to peer giving, or peer fundraising, is catching on like crazy because it’s a fun way for supporters to engage their friends with your cause, and it’s an easy way for them to help you raise money.What Makes Peer to Peer Giving So Popular?Peer fundraising has taken off because it is all done online and is largely carried out through social media. The most popular channels for peer fundraising are Facebook and Twitter, but LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest can all be used.Peer funding has become a more acceptable form of fundraising because the popularity of crowdfunding has taken away the stigma of asking for money. In the past, asking for money was sometimes a delicate subject, and by some, even considered to be rude. But, now it is perfectly acceptable to get on a soapbox and proclaim “I gave to this cause and I want you to do the same!” The beauty of the online venue is that anyone who wants to can respond with “Yes, I will,” but those who are unable to contribute or choose not to, simply don’t reply and are not put on the spot. There are no awkward excuses required, and no apologies necessary for asking.The peer to peer fundraising model garnered a lot of attention with the ice bucket challenge last summer. Each participant was encouraged to challenge their friends, so with each person adding two or three friends to the game, it grew quickly.The “yes I will” participate/donate is a great place for supporters to add the “and I challenge my friends to join me/match my donation,” etc. That’s where the fundraiser becomes peer to peer rather than just a challenge that you proclaim—and where the opportunity comes to reach new donors by connecting with your current donor’s networks.To learn more about peer fundraising, download our free eGuide, The Crowdfunding Craze. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

Maternal Health in the Mobile Age

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 8, 2012Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this week, the Huffington Post shared a story on their Global Motherhood Blog, Maternal Health in the Mobile Age, that tells the story of one community health worker, Pushpa, in rural India who was recently introduced to a new mobile-based platform that aims to help her meet the maternal health needs of the growing population she works with.From the story:She then travels for close to two hours, often walking about five kilometers by foot in the hot tropical sun, to pass this information down to a health facility. Over the years, as the number of families in Pushpa’s village increased, she had to walk longer distances, and check on more mothers. Now, Pushpa agrees that her job has become more challenging and that she sometimes forgets. She knows she needs another way to keep track of the numbers, and to make sure that she can still look after every mother. With the help of the Maternal Health Reporter, a mobile-based platform developed by Global Health Bridge, Pushpa is able make this hope a reality.Read the full story here.Learn more about Global Health Bridge–and their work to improve maternal health in Jamkhed, India.Share this:last_img read more