HENDERSON, Nev. – With a $1.9 billion stadium for the relocated NFL Raiders about halfway complete just off the Las Vegas Strip, a team headquarters and practice facility is taking shape a short distance away in suburban Henderson.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the $75 million campus includes a structure enclosing an artificial turf football field and a half, a three-story office building and three outdoor natural grass playing fields.Team President Marc Badain has said the facility, …
Evolution of rape? No way. Sharon Begley won’t let the evolutionary psychologists get away with their tales about how rapists, molesters, and cheaters can’t help themselves because evolution made them that way. The Science Magazine blog Origins seems to be cheering her on.Science writer Sharon Begley, who in 2007 returned to her old job at Newsweek after 5 years of writing the “Science Journal” column for The Wall Street Journal, has long reported skeptically about anything smacking of biological determinism. In the 29 June issue of Newsweek, she pens a 4300-word critique of evolutionary psychology, the theory that modern human behavior—including everything from mate choice to child abuse to warfare—is the result of evolutionary adaptations that took place 100,000 or more years ago. Her piece, titled “Why Do We Rape, Kill and Sleep Around?” concludes, as the subtitle puts it, “The fault, dear Darwin, lies not in our ancestors, but in ourselves.”Origins says that Begley gave the evo-psych people “lumps” and “digs” and “mocking characterizations” in her lengthy response. Her scientific critique depends, though, on another Darwinian mechanism: “calculations suggest that hunter-gatherers who rape will see their evolutionary fitness go down rather than up because offspring of such violent encounters have a lower chance of surviving or even being born.” Is that not a determinism of its own? It seems to be saying gentlemen are favored because of what psychological tendencies were favored by natural selection in their evolutionary past, not because of what lies in themselves. Overlooking that contradiction, the Science blog said, “Begley combines detailed scientific argumentation with rapier-sharp digs at evolutionary psychologists.” She’s relieved that evolutionary psychology has been losing ground among scientists in recent years, but laments the fact that “it remains very popular with the mass media.” It “represents a very simplistic view of human nature,” she feels. For Thornhill and Palmer’s theory on the evolution of rape, see the 07/18/2003 entry.You can’t fight Darwin with Darwin. It’s Darwin all the way, dregs and all. If you believe bio-Darwin made us, you’re stuck with psycho-Darwin as part of the package. If Ms. Begley wants to teach men to behave themselves, it won’t work to tell them that their ape-man past favored gentlemen. Tell that to the jerks in prison. Will that make them repent? Teach that to young boys in biology class and see if it motivates them to be nice to girls. The idea is laughable. Evolutionists publishing in Science and Nature routinely use game theory to teach that populations tolerate cooperators and cheaters. Begley’s sermon will have no force against the boy who chooses to go the cheating route, because it’s an evolutionarily stable equilibrium with no moral consequences. In fact, we could cast Ms Begley as the cooperator and the evolutionary psychologists as the cheaters in an explanatory game devoid of epistemological anchors. That means her story just refuted itself. Selfish, immoral behavior is not a bottom-up problem of evolution, but a top-down problem of rebellion against our Maker. Men need the fear of God. They need salvation. People know what is right. It’s not Darwin in their genes, but true moral evil in their souls that causes them to violate their consciences. Done often enough, it turns men into beasts. “The fault, dear Darwin, lies not in our ancestors, but in ourselves.” A Bible preacher could say that, but on what basis will Begley justify her anchorless moral platitude? Dear Darwin. Sounds like what the poor, starving, duped North Koreans call their selfish, cheating, molesting, raping, torturing, murdering, world-threatening dictator as they treat him like a god.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
School desks are being made out of the recycled caps and labels of plastic bottles; 15 double-seater desks made this way have been donated to an inner city Johannesburg primary school.Tania Krain (left), deputy principal of CityKidz Pre- and Primary School, shakes hands with Chandru Wadhwani, joint managing director of Extrupet (right). Also pictured are several learners. (Images supplied)Brand South Africa reporterA class of 30 children at the CityKidz Pre- and Primary School in Johannesburg will start the year with new school desks made out of recycled plastic.The 15 double-seater school desks were delivered on Friday, 1 December 2017 to the school. They were donated by Extrupet, a PET and HDPE bottle recycling company; Petco, the PET plastic recycling company of South Africa; and Ashith Sodha of self-storage facility Akrara.PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is best known as the clear plastic used for water and cold drink bottles. HDPE, high-density polyethylene, has several applications, including packaging for foods and cleaners. It is also used for pipe fittings, trays and hinges.The desks – which look and feel like wood – are made from the caps and labels of plastic bottles that are recycled at Extrupet. They are almost indestructible, but are also comfortable, low maintenance and portable.Earlier last year, the 15 double-seater desks were pledged by Extrupet, Petco and Akrara as part of the Joburg City Clean-up. The pledge was made in an effort to combat the shortage of school desks.Janine Basson, Petco stakeholder relations manager, said the desks met a real need at schools; at the same time, they demonstrated the importance of sustainable waste management and highlighted the great value in so-called “waste” materials in a circular economy.“Petco believes that schools are a critical platform for promoting the understanding of important waste management principles, such as recycling, among young people and at their homes. This is why we are so proud to be making this donation,” said Chandru Wadhwani, Extrupet joint managing director.Wadhwani and Basson called on corporates to respond positively and donate similar desks to schools.Wadhwani said: “Other corporates can make a real and practical contribution to our children’s education and our transition to a circular economy in South Africa by simply donating desks like these to schools. We challenge corporate South Africa to match or exceed these donations.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
South African government policy is intended to help small businesses grow through interventions intended to help lower the unemployment rate.Helping small businesses to thrive will grow the national economy. (Image: SA Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterSmall businesses are key to unlocking economic opportunities and achieving inclusive growth, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said last week at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan, Italy.South Africa’s high rate of unemployment, poverty and extreme inequality called for bold and far-sighted interventions, she said.“As government, we remain open and receptive to new policy ideas that will help accelerate the formation of new businesses and sustainability of existing ones.”Government initiatives exist to help small businesses thrive. (Image: SA Tourism)Zulu said the government’s policy interventions aimed to ensure that small enterprises grew into thriving businesses: “They cannot remain small forever”.She said the government would focus on providing financial and non-financial support to small businesses as it wanted to reduce obstacles to doing business wherever possible.“There is general recognition that Africa is the next growth pole of the world. It is up to us Africans to seize the moment and ensure that Africa becomes an unprecedented economic success,” Zulu said.The Global Entrepreneurship Congress provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to explore business networking opportunities and to learn and interact with their peers across the globe. Around 4 000 delegates from 150 countries attend the gathering.“We see the GEC as a powerful platform to learn what other successful nations are doing to promote and sustain enterprise development,” said Zulu.South Africa will be the first African country to host the GEC in 2017. The bid was awarded to Johannesburg as part of the opening ceremony at GEC 2015 in Milan.Accepting the award on behalf of Johannesburg, Zulu said: “GEC 2017 will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Related Posts Extension.fm, a Chrome browser extension we first wrote about in February, has launched to the public and announced that it’s received funding from a group of high-profile investors, including Spark Capital, Betaworks, Founder Collective (Caterina Fake, Chris Dixon and others) and Dave Morgan (founder of Tacoda and Real Media).Extension sits in your browser and automatically grabs the links to any music files you see around the web, rendering them easy to play later through a special interface. Based in New York, the company is lead by Dan Kantor, the creator of AOL-acquired Streampad and the feature in Yahoo’s Delicious that renders links to MP3 files playable. With that kind of background and backing, it’s hard to imagine there’s not a whole lot more in the company’s plans than a Chrome extension. That said, the Chrome extension is very impressive and Chrome is the best browser on the desktop.Extension is most appropriately described as a music discovery service. It’s not for listening to bands you already know and love – once you get access to Spotify, there’s no other game in town for that, except perhaps Mog. But if you’re a person who likes to peruse blog posts and other pages where new music is linked to, the Extension makes listening to those songs systematic and very enjoyable. It lets you capture and listen later to all the new music you stumble on while zipping around the web. Separating media from its initial place of discovery, temporal displacement for more conscious media consumption, is probably something that video files could benefit from as well. Time will tell if Extension gets into that business.With the investment, Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet will join the Extension Entertainment Board of Directors. Sabet lead Spark’s previous investments in Twitter, Tumblr, Boxee and more. He wrote about the investment on his popular blog today. Tags:#Multimedia#music#news#web marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout
Related Posts Tags:#Data Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Hundreds of thousands of websites are using a new service to track when readers copy and paste content from their sites into an email, blog post or elswhere. The service, called Tynt, isn’t just making sure that credit is given where it is due – it’s tracking what content is of interest to readers… right down to the word. Tynt says that people copy and paste content and links 50 times as often as they click on sharing buttons to post to networks like Facebook and Twitter. Now the company is opening up a series of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that will allow publishers to track automatically what particular words readers on their site are interested in. That data has incredible potential, but it’s not clear it will be used in ways that befit the opportunity it presents.You may have seen a link back to a source page inserted into text you’ve pasted somewhere – that’s Tynt. (Many people hate that, very much. See comments on this post for example.) The company may not be known well to Web users, but we are known to it – Tynt says it has now placed more than 1 billion tracking cookies in the browsers of people who have visited a page that uses its service. The numbers clearly show: The people want more Kim Kardashian content! Because ravenous consumption of raw human souls would be uncouth.Why Tynt Makes Me SadFor many people, Tynt’s insertion of links back are so annoying they consider the company a hostile parasite. There are problems beyond that, though.Services like this, and I say that broadly because I’ve not seen anything else quite like Tynt, tend to focus on website publishers because they believe that’s who will pay for this kind of information. Apparently some publishers don’t really know what kinds of content their readers like – but if they found out, they’d publish more like it. That’s understandable from a business perspective, but it’s also a little sad. Ought publishers not publish the best content their editorial team is capable of and interested in, according to their editorial brand’s unique voice? There’s something about publishing on such scale that the interests of your readers isn’t obvious, and then making editorial decisions based on sheer numbers, that seems sad to me. Call me a small fry in the publishing business, I guess.Meanwhile, the data that Tynt offers seems like it ought to be of interest to far more people than just publishers. What about application developers and others who would like to use this data to rank content from other sources? If copy and paste is really 50 times more common than sharing on Twitter and Facebook, then I would think that data would be invaluable for ranking content from third parties.We’ve written about sharing services ShareThis and AddThis, both of which already have large sums of money invested in the content sharing data as a platform. Tynt seems likely to have far more data, and data more representative of mainstream email users instead of just social network sharers.What will become of all this data, though? Will it just be used to steer editorial decisions in a way that panders to what people already know they want? Or editorial that leads, through discovery of things we don’t know about yet. Will it be used to target advertisements? That may not be bad – but it’s not very exciting either.What if we get a look into the Web’s collective consciousness and all we see is advertising opportunities? Services like Tynt seem like they inhabit a strange place – between an area of great generative potential and a dark and unpleasant place. (Maybe that’s just the name, I don’t know.)What would you like to see done with data about what millions of people are copying and pasting? It’s time we had that conversation, before this opportunity not just for one company, but for the Web in general, is lost. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now You can travel along in a straight line your whole life. You never have the breakout results you want. You never have really horrible results either. Your results in business and life are right smack in the middle of the bell curve, a lot of people produce better results, and a lot of people produce something less.If you want breakout results, you have to find your pivot point, that point where you change and your results go straight up from there.Have You Finally Had Enough?The fastest way to get to your pivot point is to hit rock bottom. When you finally can’t take it anymore, when the failure to produce some result suddenly overwhelms you with unbearable pain, you’re ready to pivot.Hitting rock bottom increases your willingness to give up your beliefs and try on new ones. Rock bottom forces you to start taking actions that you had long been avoiding. You can pivot from there. You can bounce off the bottom.Most people never reach the point where they are so uncomfortable that they change. That’s why they travel along in a straight line for so long. Sometimes their whole lives.What about the people that you know that pivot and produce breakthrough results without ever hitting rock bottom? Some, but not many, find mediocrity too painful to endure and make the pivot without hitting bottom. But there is another way to pivot.Are You (Finally) Inspired Enough?You don’t have to hit rock bottom to find your pivot point and make changes. You can have a positive, enlightening experience inspire you to change.You can discover that you have a vision of yourself that is far greater than any vision you have had until that very moment. You can experience that moment of clarity where you realize you are capable of so much more than you’d imagined.Some people find inspiration and they just catch fire. They are rolling along with the pack, and then “Bam!” They break out of the pack and start producing outsized results in business and life.Two ChoicesYou can make mediocrity more painful. You can look at the top 20% and decide that it’s too painful not to be where they are, not to have the success that they have, not to have the security of being a top producer. Make a list of what you are missing. In that pain you can find your pivot point.Or you can find inspiration. You can choose a bigger vision of yourself, set way bigger goals for yourself, and take massive action around that vision and those goals. You can catch fire yourself. In that fire you can find your pivot point.Find your pivot point. Achieve your breakthrough.QuestionsAre your results in business and life what you want them to be?Have you settled into the warm, comfortable bath that is mediocrity?Do you have enough pain to change your beliefs and your actions and find a pivot point, a point where your new actions produce greater and greater results?Is your vision so inspiring that you catch fire and improve your results? Does it move you to move mountains?What would need to change for you to find your pivot point?
Ahead of the unveiling of Sardar Patel’s giant statue over the Narmada on October 31 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Gujarat government has flagged off Ekta Yatra, which would be taken out across the State to spread Sardar Patel’s message of unity.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday flagged off the Yatra at Bardoli, where Sardar Patel launched his ‘Satyagraha’ against the British. Launching the Yatra, seen as a soft launch of the BJP’s campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Mr. Modi’s home State, Mr. Rupani said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken up Sardar Patel’s mantle and struggle on the world stage.Thin attendance “Sardar Patel united 562 States and became the sculptor of united India. The Ekta Yatra is also aimed at uniting all communities in the country, setting aside all differences on various fronts,” Mr. Rupani said at a thinly attended rally in a small town near Surat.The Yatra, in the run-up to the unveiling of the 182m tall statue — the world’s tallest — named Statue of Unity, is meant to connect with the masses and project the Congress as a party that cared only for one family while underplaying the contributions of other freedom movement leaders like Sardar Patel. During the Yatra, a prototype of the Statue of Unity is being carried through the length and breadth of the State, covering 5,000 villages through the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies.
Gautam Gambhir was on Saturday named captain of the Indian team for the first two matches of the ODI series against New Zealand starting on November 28 with the selectors opting to rest five senior players, including regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh were not considered due to injury concerns as a 14-member ODI squad was announced after a selection committee meeting in Nagpur.”M.S. Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh were not considered due to injury concerns, which require attention and rehabilitation,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra, who were part of the squad for the ODI series against Australia last month, were left out.Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and S Sreesanth were recalled to the ODI sqaud.The selectors also announced the Test team for India’s tour of South Africa next month with Dhoni as the captain and all the other four senior players rested for the ODI series against New Zealand returning.Saha also found a place in the 17-man Test squad, the same as paceman Umesh Yadav.Jaydev Unadkat, who was named in place of Zaheer Khan for the ongoing third Test against New Zealand here, was also retained in the squad.Team for first two ODIs against New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Sourav Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja.advertisementTeam for Test Series against South Africa: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.With inputs from PTI
Da Ma Cai, Toto and Magnum outlets had stopped taking bets on the numbers 1717 and 777 since Friday. (Photo courtesy: blog.moneysmart.sg)Some Malaysian shops selling lottery tickets and illegal gambling syndicates have rejected “hot” bets on numbers linked to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner.Da Ma Cai, Toto and Magnum outlets had stopped taking bets on the numbers 1717 and 777 since Friday, the Sunday Star said.Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was downed on July 17 over Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed.”We are not the only ones rejecting the numbers,” a worker at a Magnum outlet was quoted as saying. “Other outlets are also turning punters away.”A Reuters visit to Toto and Magnum outlets revealed 1717 was “sold out”, meaning further bets were off.Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was downed on July 17 over Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed.Gambling is hugely popular in Malaysia but strictly controlled with the four-digit lottery a favourite. Many Asian gamblers believe that numbers associated with bad luck, such as car numbers at an accident site, will later bring good luck.”The number 1717 has been sold out since yesterday. Too many people are buying,” a cashier working at a Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd outlet said.”It is not about bad taste or anything, it is just that too many people are buying the number,” a cashier working with Magnum Bhd said, adding that the company would have to pay out too much if the number came up.A member of an illegal syndicate also told the Star it had also stopped taking the bets because demand was so high.advertisement”Any digit placed in front or behind the number 777 was also not accepted,” the illegal syndicate member was quoted as saying. “This was the instruction from my boss.”