Spieth: ‘Bit too soon’ to judge any new era

first_imgSHANGHAI – Jordan Spieth wore a black tunic with red trim around the collar to take part in a Chinese drum ceremony late Tuesday afternoon just as the Shanghai skyline began to glow with lights behind him and three other top players. This was the traditional photo opportunity to kick off the HSBC Champions. One observer noted that Spieth had not dressed like that since graduation, which for him was only four years ago – from high school. The landscape in golf is changing quicker than the rapid beat of those Chinese drums. One year ago, Spieth wasn’t even in the top 10 in the world and had only one win as a pro. Since then, the 22-year-old Texan has won seven times around the world, including the Masters and the U.S. Open, along with a Tour Championship that capped a record $22 million year. He is looked upon as the future of American golf. At least for now. Also on the stage with Spieth was 26-year-old Rickie Fowler, who is coming off a big year of his own. Fowler won three times, the biggest at The Players Championship where he delivered perhaps the greatest finish of the season when he made three birdies on the island-green 17th to win a tension-filled playoff. Jason Day couldn’t make it to China. The 27-year-old Australian is home awaiting the birth of his second child. And the drum beat had to go on without 26-year-old Rory McIlroy, who was coping with a stomach ailment. Not to be overlooked are the three winners of the new PGA Tour season – Emiliano Grillo (23), Smylie Kaufman (23) and Justin Thomas (22). That explains why PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem sounded at ease when asked Monday about golf moving along without Tiger Woods. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”1263916″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”701″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”1442″}}]] Click here for photos from the WGC-HSBC Champions ”We are headed for a long period of parity with a lot of stars being developed,” Finchem said at the HSBC Golf Business Forum. ”And in today’s world, you can become a star in a hurry. It’s a great thing. The professional game is in exceptionally good shape. But I think the next 10 years are the most exciting we’ll ever see to this point.” It sure seems that way. The top three players – Day, Spieth and McIlroy – are all in their 20s and hail from three continents. Players in their 20s won three majors for the second straight year. That had occurred only twice in the previous four decades, and one of those years was 2000 when a 24-year-old Woods won three majors. Woods had another back procedure last week – that’s three in the last 20 months – for another clear sign that his time is about up, if it isn’t already. But leave it to Spieth, with his wise head on such young shoulders, to preach patience and perspective. A new era in golf? ”I think it’s a bit soon,” Spieth said. ”For Rory, it’s different because it’s been consistent for years now. Jason and I, we’ve played solid golf the last few years. In order to create an era, you almost need a decade of years like this. Sure, we have the potential to do it. But this was the first year of it. But unless we keep our heads down … unless we’re aware of it, and it drives us, and we get the right breaks, there’s a lot of factors. So maybe it’s a big premature to say that. ”But,” he added, ”I believe there was a step needed in the right direction, and it took place this year. If we can ride with that, it will be significant.” Spieth looks at this as a new year, and the World Golf Championship that starts Thursday at Sheshan International is his first event of a new PGA Tour season. McIlroy, still catching up from the two months he missed this summer from an ankle injury, is wrapping up another Race to Dubai title the rest of the month. The beauty of having a cast of stars so young, as Fowler noted, is that they can battle each other for the next 10 or 15 years. Then again, maybe the conversation might include a different list – or a longer list – of players at this time next year. That seems improbable now, but consider where golf was a year ago. McIlroy was No. 1 and the only debate was which player was best suited to challenge him. McIlroy now is No. 3, and the list is growing. ”The top five in the world ranking, we’ve seen now in the last two years how much that changed,” Spieth said. At the end of 2013, the top five included Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson. Spieth suspects things will stay in motion. ”I believe we’ll all battle it out,” he said. ”But to battle it out on highest stages and to stay up in the ranking and all that … it can happen. But it’s going to take more than just this year.”last_img read more

Juggling Terms to Maintain the Illusion of Darwinian Selection

first_imgAdd now the confusion over the unit of selection. Is it the gene? The protein? The cell? The organ? The species? The body plan? The population? The ecosystem? Evolutionary biologists divide into camps supporting classic gradualism, punctuated equilibria, evo-devo, species selection, kin selection, group selection, multilevel selection and more. It would be easy to allege that “selection” is one of the most imprecise terms in all of science. It means whatever it must mean in order to keep those wicked ID people out of the game. Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share The Selection Deception Like stern English teachers, ID advocates would make excellent proofreaders and reviewers of such casuistry given the chance: demanding precise definitions, redlining circular arguments and extrapolations, pointing out invalid inferences. The authors would undoubtedly dislike all the red marks, but science would improve. The number of synonyms indicates that many people have a shared experience encountering it. Synonyms can be short (bosh, bunk, cant), sophisticated (amphigory, rigmarole, balderdash), or emotional (baloney, drivel, gibberish, hooey, rubbish, and a few other unmentionables). Synonym counts escalate with related words like equivocation, casuistry, sophistry, prevarication. Their commonality is an effort to manipulate words to put on airs while communicating no meaningful information. More evolvability with fluff from the University of Zurich, but first, pause and salute for the obligatory Darwin Party PSA: Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share In order to recognize gobbledygook and not be deceived by it, perceptive readers of evolutionary literature need to focus their laser-beam attention on the precise meanings of words. They also need to remain aware of the difference between association and causation. And they must avoid the fallacy of extrapolation: i.e., a particular fact cannot be extended without warrant TagsDarwinian evolutionDarwinismdeceptionDollo’s LawDuke Universityevolutionary biologistsevolutionary biologyfruit fliesgenesgobbledegookHunter FraserIcarusIndiana UniversityNorthern Arizona UniversityPNASpositive selectionSanta Fe Instituteselectionskin colorspeciousnessUC BerkeleyUniversity of Zurichword saladYale University,Trending Selectionists used to teach Dollo’s Law, that once adapted, an organism cannot revert, because the changes become canalized. But evolutionists at Santa Fe Institute claim that evolvability itself evolves! What a convenient theory rescue device. Does the evolution of evolvability evolve, too? How far can one take this game?  Evolution Juggling Terms to Maintain the Illusion of Darwinian SelectionEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCJanuary 28, 2021, 6:58 AM It is important to note that results from all trait-based tests of selection must be treated with caution when trait ascertainment bias is present. Darwinian evolutionists are masters at this kind of empty talk. Their victims are often caught unprepared to encounter or recognize it, because they have been trained to “respect science” and “follow the science” (the popular meme today). Way too much gets mashed together into the concept of “science” to give that word precision: is multiverse theory on the same level as electrodynamics? Black holes with gene sequences? Human evolutionary psychology with titration levels for chemical reactions? Evolutionary biologists are poised at the junction of a rich, meaningful science (biology) with a vague, descriptive concept (evolution). This makes the talkers especially prone to shift deftly toward either end of the spectrum of plausibility between. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share If this seems overstated, look at these recent examples. “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 All The only kind of selection potentially able to contribute meaning to Darwinism would be positive selection. Something has to get better — significantly better. A selected variation must gain genetic information that provides new function. Cross off all the other types right now: stabilizing, relaxed, purifying, or any other type that goes down or sideways; even many creationists allow for “horizontal” variations within groups. Darwin’s tree must grow upward. The real-world genetic evidence that Michael Behe has accumulated has only shown survival by breaking things and losing information. One might imagine polar bears from brown bears that way, but not whales from wolves, or sequoias from mosses. Evolutionists claim to measure positive selection, but the reasoning is circular: if a gene survives, it must have been selected, irrespective of the function. But selection is the very question at issue. The Origin of Species Two UC Berkeley evolutionists try again in PNAS to find the elusive selection that makes any difference. Find anything? No; it’s all theoretical. Any positive or directional selection? No, but the graphs show that it “should” happen in their models.  Photo credit: Matt Bero via Unsplash.What are synonyms for saying lots of words without conveying any real meaning?  “Lamarck, come in here: I need you!” Large portraits of Darwin and Lamarck side by side introduce this news from Yale. Apparently, Darwin can’t do without his erstwhile rival at scientific explanation. A Yale University lab mixes natural selection with epigenetic inheritance to upgrade the Origin, saying, “both genetic and epigenetic mechanisms need to be combined in a ‘grand unified theory’ of evolution.” There goes almost a century of neo-Darwinism, the last big patch.center_img In PNAS, Hunter Fraser from Indiana University makes a valiant effort to rigorously measure selection to differentiate it from neutral drift in cases involving hybrids, but it’s all the useless kind of selection. In a hundred instances of the word selection, there’s only stabilizing selection. He mentions “directional selection” but it’s only theoretical, except in trivial examples like male head shape in Hawaiian fruit flies and human skin color, which involve members within species. He cautions wisely,  Word Salad: “incoherent speech consisting of both real and imaginary words, lacking comprehensive meaning, and occurring in advanced schizophrenic states.”Gobbledegook: “language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand.”Speciousness: “pleasing to the eye but deceptive.” A pernicious, ubiquitous term of confusion in evolutionary biology is “selection.” Even 161 years since Darwin put the word on the title page of the Origin, nobody knows what it means. Who or what is the selector? What is it selecting for? How does the concept of selection support Darwin’s dream of a natural world growing and developing into the rich biosphere without guidance or direction? There are many papers publishing “coefficients of selection” on graphs and charts that give an air of precision to the word. There are adjectives that parse selection into various directions: positive selection, negative selection, balancing selection, stabilizing selection, relaxed selection, purifying selection, and more. But that is part of the deception. Since the conclusions were derived by circular reasoning (“Whatever we find, it will support Darwinism”), those adjunct terms become part of the word salad garnished to different tastes. If large gene segments differ between populations, there must have been an explosive radiation. If no genes change much, ah: there is purifying selection at work. Selection selects except when it doesn’t. And since the selector is deemed impersonal, it could not care less what happens. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour The rest, as already noted, is just fluff. Evolutionists must hang on to evolvability so that the animals don’t get locked in. How that evolvability will work, and what particularly it will select — hey, didn’t you hear that in the speech? Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Everywhere we look in the natural world, there’s evidence of natural selection: the resin armor of a lodgepole pine cone evolved to defend against seed-hungry birds and squirrels; the long neck of a giraffe was evolutionarily favored for reaching high vegetation that the competition can’t touch. We know that natural selection shapes how animals and plants evolve and adapt. But does natural selection also influence an organism’s very capacity to evolve? And if so, to what degree? [Emphasis added.] A Duke evolutionist writing at bioRxiv predicted finding purifying selection in the LTEE, and that it would mostly occur in the “superessential” metabolic genes. The results were so contrary to expectations, he invented a new category “idiosyncratic purifying selection” to describe them and likened it to a game of Jenga. If this is Jenga, “who” is selectively removing the sticks carefully to prevent the tower’s collapse? The only potential instances of improvement the author mentions all occurred from loss of genes, as Behe said. Here was a case where scientists knew the actual ancestral paths, and after 60,000 generations, that’s it? Incidentally, all the trillions of cells were still one species, E. coli.  But lo! He finds directional selection in crop breeding — artificial selection! Darwinians clap nervously. Masters of the Art Darwin and Lamarck at Yale Slippery, Vague, Useless Waste of time. Next. Recommended Positive selection must be significantly greater than tiny steps that might appear to a Darwinist to be an improvement, unless they can be demonstrated to be cumulative. The improvements must also lead to the origin of species and larger taxonomic groups; it cannot occur merely with a species. Look at the variety within the human species; where, though, does history show a landlubber evolving into an Icarus by selection except in fables? No; positive selection, to differentiate Darwinism from random drift or from intelligently-designed front-loading, has to yield mammals from microbes, appealing only to unguided natural processes that “selected” the outcome in hindsight. Yet Darwinists’ main examples in the literature are about tiny variations at the gene or protein level, which fall under the “edge of evolution” according to Behe.  Our primary focus here has been on evolution in laboratory populations. It is unclear whether we should expect a similar impact of selection in natural populations. Naïve students are taught that selection works at the individual level, but evolutionists at Northern Arizona University appeal to multi-level selection to explain whole communities.  Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Selection is a slippery, vague, useless word in evolutionary biology that masks its lack of clarity with gobbledygook. In these seven recent examples from different institutions linked only by reliance on the word “selection,” the possibilities for obfuscation became apparent in practice. Pick your favorite synonym for gobbledygook. Hooey works just fine. last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Sept. 17

first_img Amanda Crosby, Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 2 p.m.Harold Rachal, , Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches, 11 a.m.Bonnie Michelle Fields, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves, 10:30 a.m.Bolton Alton Mercer, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m. Services today and death notices for Sept. 17Services todayTheadora Williams, St. James Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 9 a.m. Edward Isedore Sr., Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Joe Gardner, Shilo Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Roland Hilstock, Eternal Rest Cemetery, Elton, La., 11 a.m. Nhi Thi Truong, Hannah Funeral Home Chapel, Port Arthur, 9 a.m.Lewis Teague, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 11a.m.Guiliette Botello, Oak Bluff Memorial Park, 10 a.m. Death noticesShirley Brown, 65, of Port Arthur died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Walterine Durham Anders, 73, of Nederland died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.last_img read more

FLU NEWS SCAN: US flu picture still quiet, H1N1 and viral co-infection, protection against H1N1

first_imgNov 11, 2011Some US flu indicators up slightly; overall activity still lowSome measures of US influenza activity ticked up faintly last week, but activity remained low overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) in the CDC surveillance network was 1.3%, up from 1.2% the week before but well below the national baseline of 2.4%. Forty-nine states, the same number as last week, reported minimal ILI activity; Idaho had low activity. From the standpoint of geographic spread, Virginia reported local flu activity, 25 states had sporadic cases, and 24 states reported no activity; in the previous week, 20 states had sporadic cases and 30 states had none. The fraction of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu was 6.3%, compared with an epidemic threshold of 6.8%. No pediatric deaths related to flu were reported. Only 11 (0.6%) of 1,833 respiratory specimens tested and reported to the CDC were positive for flu.CDC flu update for week ending Nov 5Previous weekly updateViral co-infection rates similar for hospitalized, community H1N1 casesA UK study published today found no difference in levels of respiratory virus co-infection between hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients with 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu (pH1N1). Researchers analyzed data from 450 respiratory specimens taken during the 2009-10 pandemic from patients with flu-like illness in the UK West Midlands region who were tested by polymerase chain reaction for other viruses. Of the specimens, 231 were from hospitals, of which 151 (65%) were H1N1-positive, and 219 were from the community, of which 126 (58%) were pH1N1-positive. (No other influenza virus was detected in the samples.) Of the pH1N1-positive hospital specimens, 5.3% (8/126) contained another virus, compared with 6.3% of the pH1N1-positive community specimens. Of the pH1N1-negative specimens, co-infection rates were 30.0% (24/80) for hospital samples and 33.3% (31/93) for community samples. Rhinovirus was the most common pathogen found, accounting for 47.4% (36/76) of detections, followed by parainfluenza and adenovirus. The researchers conclude that, because of a lack of statistical difference in co-infection rates between inpatients and outpatients, “underlying factors were likely to be more significant than viral co-infections in determining severity of influenza A(H1N1) disease.”Nov 11 Epidemiol Infect abstractStudy: Antibodies to seasonal H1N1 may have protected against 2009 H1N1Having antibodies to seasonal H1N1 influenza viruses appeared to protect against pH1N1 flu, according to a study of 513 healthy adults published yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Texas researchers measured volunteers’ serum antibody levels at enrollment in fall 2009 as well as in spring 2010, after the pandemic had peaked. They excluded those who had received the pH1N1 vaccine. Of the 513 adults, 23% became infected, 31 of whom had moderate to severe illness. As expected, the investigators found fewer pH1N1 infections with increasing pH1N1 antibodies. But they also found a decreasing frequency of pH1N1 infections as antibodies to seasonal H1N1 increased.Nov 10 Clin Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

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Independence 2014 Literary Competition winners announced

first_img Share Delroy Williams copped two prizes in this year’s competitions (file photo)The Division of Culture has announced the winners of the Independence 2014 Literary Competitions. The announcements were made at the Cultural Gala on November 3. The competitions were in English Poetry, Short Stories and Kweyol Poetry. Leandra Lander topped the English poetry category with her poem ‘I Love Her Still’. Ian Jackson copped second prize with his poem ‘Bosum Buddy’ while Delroy Williams earned the third prize with his poem “A Woman of Roseau”.In the Short Story category, Michelle Belle captured the first prize with a story entitled “Neg Mawon”.Delroy Williams won the second prize with ‘The Bond” while Judith Margaret Alexis copped the third prize with “Carnival Nightmare”.In the Kweyol Poetry category, the first prize went to Justina Prince John with a poem entitled “Domnik Bat Ladje”. Leandra Lander copped the second prize with the poem “I Pa Ni Dot Kon Gwan manman mwen” while Iris Andre won the third prize with the poem “Konet Kont Nati Lil la”. Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 304 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Independence 2014 Literary Competition winners announced by: – November 6, 2014last_img read more