Life’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made Accessible

first_imgIntelligent Design Life’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleDavid [email protected]_klinghofferDecember 2, 2020, 1:40 PM Recommended A Profound Impact on ID So kudos to World Magazine and its editor-in-chief, Marvin Olasky, for slightly refocusing their Book of the Year awards. For 2020 they highlight books for being accessible to a general audience, with categories like Accessible History, Accessible Theology, and Accessible Science.  “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 Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis The classic came into existence because Walter Bradley, then a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, understood that how life originated was one missing link in Darwinism: He asked “how you get started from scratch,” how does life come from nonlife? Bradley and Roger Olsen wrote a draft that found its way into the hands of chemist Charles Thaxton, whose first reaction was “Wow, this is kind of interesting. But why is there not more chemistry in it?” The three scientists met at Texas A&M, where Bradley had taken a teaching job, and Bradley and Olsen almost simultaneously responded to Thaxton’s objection: “You’re the chemist. You write it.”He did, and the reaction was both historic and hysterical. The Mystery of Life’s Origin received praise from Dean Kenyon, who came to doubt his own conventional theory of chemical evolution, and other scholars. It powerfully influenced today’s most influential intelligent design advocate, Stephen Meyer, as well as mathematician William Demb­ski and a whole new generation of pioneers. But chemist Richard Lemmon snorted about “religious creationists,” as did others, and Mystery became tantamount to a banned book among conventional scientists.Now to the present: Rice chemistry professor James Tour’s essay, which starts off the second half of the new volume, has the apt title, “We’re Still Clueless About the Origin of Life.” Tour appropriately ridicules reporters who fall for media hype about purported progress. He quotes What Is Life? by famed science writer Ed Regis, who explains, “Life began with little bags of garbage, random assortments of molecules doing some crude kind of metabolism. That is stage one. The garbage bags grow and occasionally split in two, and the ones that grow and split fastest win.” Tour: “Those ‘little bags of garbage’ have no more resemblance to living cells than a big bag of garbage resembles a horse.” Cells, we now know, are hugely complicated factories.But didn’t the 1952 Miller-Urey experiment feature an electrical discharge forming some amino acids, thus showing that life could emerge apart from God? That’s what I learned in a chemistry class 53 years ago, and many WORLD readers probably did as well. Jonathan Wells in his Mystery chapter — “Textbooks Still Misrepresent the Origin of Life” — blows up the mistaken assumptions essential to the famous experiment and quotes what famed physicist Freeman Dyson said before his death in 2000: Miller-Urey “was supposed to be a true simulation of prebiotic chemistry on the primitive Earth. But now nobody believes this anymore.” Update from the Center for Science & Culture: For a limited time, we’re offering a FREE download of two chapters from The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy. In “We’re Still Clueless about the Origin of Life,” Rice University chemist James Tour documents current failures to explain the origin of life. In “Evidence of Intelligent Design in the Origin of Life,” New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Meyer explains why intelligent design is the best explanation for the origin of life. Download the chapters here. As the winner under the last of these headings, it’s great to be able to recognize one of the year’s titles from Discovery Institute Press. It is The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy. As Olasky points out, this Accessible Science Book of the Year is actually “two books in one: a classic that in 1984 provided the base for the intelligent design movement of the 1990s, and a series of newly written, cutting-edge chapters that set the stage for a Roaring 20s decade of scientific advance.” Speaking of which, World also offers its readers some “honorable mentions” in the Accessible Science category, and again it’s gratifying to see another DI Press book get its just recognition. Biologist Michael Denton wrote the short and quite accessible book The Miracle of the Cell. It’s the latest in his Privileged Species series. Olasky notes: For centuries “fearfully and wonderfully made” were just words about our bodies from Psalm 139. Now we have proof: Biochemist Michael Denton shows how vast is the chasm between some chemical soup and a cell filled with genetic information encoded in the double helix, and much besides. Despite decades of experimentation and hypotheses, Denton reports that “no one has produced any convincing explanation of how nature could have overcome this chasm. … Science, it seems, has reached an impasse.” Logically, those with yard signs saying, “I believe in science,” should also have signs saying, “I believe in intelligent design.” Denton says this realization and road-mapping regarding cells “will be of far greater intellectual consequence than any other discovery in science” during the past 500 years. Read the rest here. If you “listen to the experts,” or anyway some of the experts, cells are “little bags of garbage” and Miller-Urey is a “true simulation of prebiotic chemistry.” Both notions are utter baloney, yet they persist. The updated Mystery of Life’s Origin empowers all curious readers to examine such claims for themselves. In a year that almost seems designed to break us down, recognizing the true design at the start of life can’t help but give you hope. The word “miracle” is seldom seen in scientific literature, but looked at objectively, the “mystery” here, of life from non-life, seems to demand it. Sharecenter_img Image credit: Brian Gage.2020 as the Year of the Expert? Not exactly. In fact, for many observers, one of the motifs in this annus horribilis has been the failure of experts to get things right. To “follow the science” or “listen to the scientists” was revealed, like never quite before, as a questionable piece of unsolicited advice: What science? What scientists? And why? The hopeful flip-side of this has been that thoughtful people who aren’t scientists were empowered — again, like never quite before — to think skeptically and independently for themselves. “Science Is Real” Thanks as always to the folks at World Magazine for their fine independent journalism and support for smart and well-informed skepticism. Read their full list of “2020 Books of the Year” here. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Mystery and Miracle The original book by Charles Thaxton, Walter Bradley, and Roger Olsen is updated with contributions by scientists and scholars — James Tour, Stephen Meyer, Brian Miller, Guillermo Gonzalez, Jonathan Wells. I wrote a historical introduction to the book detailing its profound impact on the intelligent design movement. Olasky writes: Tagsannus horribilisBrian Millercell’sCharles ThaxtonColorado School of MinesDarwinismDean KenyonEd Regisexpertsgarbage bagsGuillermo Gonzalezintelligent designJames TourJonathan WellsMarvin Olaskymetabolismorigin of lifePrivileged SpeciesPsalmsRice UniversityRichard LemmonRoger OlsenScience Book of the YearscientistsSeattleStephen MeyerTexas A&MtextbooksThe Miracle of the CellThe Mystery of Life’s Originvirtue-signalingWalter BradleyWhat is Life? How Chemistry Becomes BiologyWorld Magazineyard signsYear of the Expert,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Ha, I love the idea of a yard sign like the one Olasky suggests, modeled on the ubiquitous signs in our, and perhaps your, neighborhood. They begin, “In this house we believe…” One of the virtue-signaling statements that follows is “Science is real.” Please, who the heck doesn’t believe that? It would indeed be cheeky to substitute, “Intelligent design is real.” And how long do you think it would take for that sign to be knocked down, stolen, or vandalized? Here in Seattle, anyway, not long.last_img read more

Man who escaped Garda custody last week remains at large

first_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ By News Highland – February 5, 2018 Google+ Man who escaped Garda custody last week remains at large Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img A man who escaped from Garda custody in Donegal a week ago remains at largeThe man escaped from custody having appeared at Letterkenny District Court last Monday on assault and related charges.Gardai have confirmed a number of searches have been carried out in connection with the incident and the man remains at large with enquiries ongoing. WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Previous article19 people awaiting admission to LUH this morningNext articleDonegal Ladies Manager Damian Devaney please to get point in Glenfin. News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

IT’S TIME: IHF Beach WCh begins in Budapest

first_imgIHF presents 1st Beach Handball Tour Battle for Beach Handball as an Olympic sport in Paris 2024 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Beach Handball at European Olympic Games 2023 Related Items:Beach handball Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsIt’s time is slogan of VII Beach Handball World Championship and now it is really time for this fantastic sport as Championship started today in beautiful island Margitsiget in the middle of Danube and Budapest. Organisers did their best in order to give players from 24 national teams (12 teams in each gender) opportunitiy to show all qualities of this fast and attractiv sport.Both Brasilian teams are defending champions from previous BH WCh edition in their country, in Recife, two years ago. They will be chalenged from all other national teams, but it is expected that girls from Hungary, Norge, Italy and Spain will try to save “proud” of Old continent, while in male competition team leaded by Antonio Guerra Peixe will have strong opponents in Croatia, Qatar, Hungary and Spain.In first two rounds played on Tuesday, both victory in female competition won Hunjgary, Italy, Spain, Brasil and Norway, while in male competition authority showed teams of Brasil, Croatia (with two shootout matches won), Hungary and Qatar.Championship will finish on Sunday, July 17. All matches you can follow wia internet live stream on official web site of the BH WCh:www.beachhandball2016.com.PHOTO CREDIT: Jozo Čabraja Click to commentlast_img read more

HLS’s Olin Center and Harvard University Press offer first open access journal

first_imgIn partnership with the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business at Harvard Law School, Harvard University Press (HUP) launched the Journal of Legal Analysis, its first foray into online, open access publishing, on Feb. 3.“Harvard University Press’ mission has always been the dissemination of first-rate scholarship to the widest possible audience; we are thrilled that technology has enabled us to further that mission in ways never imagined when the press was founded in 1913,” said HUP Director Bill Sisler.The Journal of Legal Analysis (JLA) aspires to publish the best legal scholarship from all disciplinary perspectives and in all styles. The JLA is faculty edited, and all articles are subject to peer review. Articles are free on the Web and will be gathered into bound volumes once a year and made available for purchase.Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library, elaborated: “Possibilities opened up by the Internet are transforming the whole landscape of publishing. … By taking this step, Harvard University Press has signaled its determination to participate in the transformation and to do so in a way that will promote the diffusion of first-rate scholarship.”HUP ceased publishing academic journals about three decades ago because journal publishing no longer fit in with the overall strategy at that time. But the development of an online journal publishing program has long been a goal of HUP Editor in Chief Michael Fisher. He was thrilled when, in the summer of 2007, Director of the Olin Center Steven Shavell, along with Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies Mark Ramseyer, approached senior acquisitions editor in the social sciences at HUP with the idea of starting a journal. “With the emergence of online journal publishing and open access, the cost of entry into journal publishing is lower than it’s ever been,” Fisher said. “With an online journal a publisher does not have to spend start-up money recruiting subscribers, does not need a subscription-fulfillment operation, does not even have to print the journal. The fact that we can work with the Law School to jointly further the University’s scholarly mission while spending less in the current economic climate is very, very exciting for us.”For Ramseyer, the JLA represents a landmark in law journal publishing, one that fills a gap left by the student-edited law reviews. “Until JLA, there has not been a faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journal that covered the whole span of the legal academy. With the JLA, we are trying to create … the flagship journal for the Law School faculty as a whole.”Stuart Shieber, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and current faculty director of the Office for Scholarly Communication, congratulated the Press on finally achieving its goal: “Harvard University Press’ re-entry into journal publishing through the Journal of Legal Analysis represents an exciting development in the burgeoning world of open access journal publishing. HUP’s efforts are to be applauded for both their quality and their accessibility.”last_img read more

Neighborhood bar and grill called ‘The Bar’ opening on Mission’s Johnson Drive this fall after road construction

first_imgThe Bar, a neighborhood bar and grill, will open this fall on Johnson Drive in Mission. It will be operated by the same group that owns Bar West in Shawnee.The Bar will be a new addition to a rebuilt Johnson Drive this fall after construction is completed. The neighborhood bar and grill is projected to open in November at the corner of Beverly and Johnson Drive in a former gas station and auto repair shop.The Bar is a venture of the same group that owns Bar West on Renner Road in Shawnee and will offer many of the same menu items and drink specialties. Operating partner Barry Wiser said the Mission location will seat 96 inside and an additional 40 on a patio that will be on the front toward Johnson Drive. In the remodel, the group will retain two of the garage doors so they can be opened during good weather.“We are proud of our food,” Wiser said of the Bar West operation. “All of our veggies are cut fresh and the meat is never frozen.” Gourmet burgers and the wraps will be a highlight of the menu, he said. “Everything is made to order.” It will be serving lunch and dinner. Bar West has an extensive menu with a number of specials.“We are a neighborhood bar and grill,” Wiser said, “with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.” He said The Bar is more for the neighborhood and looks forward to having walkers stop in on the new Johnson Drive. “We’re not a corporate type atmosphere.” The Bar also plans to have live music on some nights.Wiser said Bar West is in its fifth year and has become “pretty popular” with good operations. The group had been looking for a “gas station type location” to start another bar and grill when the Mission spot came on the market. “It just makes sense for us,” he said. “The work they are doing downtown (in Mission) is fabulous.”The Bar plans to open after construction is completed in November. Besides the interior remodel, cosmetic changes will be made to the exterior to include taking the canopy down in front and landscaping. Wiser said just over 30 parking spots are available on the property. It expects to have the same 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. hours as Bar West.“We are happy to be part of the Mission family,” Wiser said.last_img read more

Tussaud’s puts West End Circus attraction on market

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Golf Courses Ordered To Close

first_img Share As quickly as golf courses opened, they were ordered to close.The mandatory shutter followed New York adding golf courses to the list of nonessential businesses April 9.The state had announced earlier in the month Bethpage State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, and Montauk Downs, as well as Nassau and Suffolk County town courses and private clubs, were allowed to open because golf can be played while social distancing. On April 7, Montauk Downs had 110 players, which was considered “an extraordinary amount” for April.Courses were extending tee times from eight minutes to 15, players were advised not to touch flagsticks or ball washers, and bunker rakes had been removed. Although many golfers were seen walking, carts were limited to a single rider and were being disinfected after each use.Under the Empire State Development Corporation’s new guidance announced Thursday afternoon, parks can remain open, with the exception of playgrounds, and golf clubs are currently allowed to keep kitchens open.The use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels is not considered essential. Any related businesses must remain closed through April 29.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone also announced all campgrounds at county parks are closed through May 1. Playgrounds at parks have already been closed for several weeks. Any reservations made at a camp site are cancelled and refunds will be issued.Trump’s Hunting Plan Gets Mixed ReviewPresident Donald Trump and his administration unveiled a plan last Wednesday to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries. The proposal was aimed at giving Americans more recreational access. The plan earned applause from several hunting and fishing groups, but one conservation organization called it “tone deaf” to needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distancing remains a major objective to stop the spread.There were no New York sanctuaries on the initial list of refuges being considered, but the proposal would allow fishing for the first time at several wildlife refuges.“America’s hunters and anglers now have something significant to look forward to in the fall as we plan to open and expand hunting and fishing opportunities across more acreage nationwide than the entire state of Delaware,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement.Rick Murphy contributed [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgThe KLU will be part of the Hamburg cluster for logistics research institutes which includes the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML). The KLU will co-operate with other Hamburg universities.The KLU plans to launch its teaching activities in October 2010, with the first non-consecutive Master of Science programme in global logistics.The programme includes a period of study at one of the Asian, European or American partner schools.The Kühne School’s executive programmes will continue and be expanded. State recognition will shortly be applied for from the education and science authorities of city of Hamburg.last_img read more

Zefiro 250NG included in revised high speed train contract

first_imgCHINA: After reviewing its operational strategy, the Ministry of Railways has issued a variation order to its 2009 contract under which the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture was to supply 20 eight-car and 60 16-car high speed trainsets. The number of 380 km/h trainsets has now been reduced, and more 250 km/h trains ordered with the aim of increasing operational flexibility. The contract will now cover the supply of: 70 eight-car Zefiro 380 trains, with a top speed of 380 km/h. 46 Zefiro 250 trains. 60 Zefiro 250NG trains. Announcing the order on September 5, Bombardier said there would be no change to the original contract value of 27·4bn yuan. The Zefiro 250 design is already in service, with 115 trainsets totalling 1 200 cars currently in operation. The Zefiro 250NG will be a new product, an evolution of the Zefiro 250 ‘to meet the future demands of the Chinese rail market’ and intended to enhance Bombardier’s competitiveness. It will feature a new aluminium bodyshell to reduce weight compared with the stainless steel Zefiro 250, as well as enhanced traction systems, optimised aerodynamics and lower energy consumption. ‘China has a clear vision of the role the world’s largest high speed rail network will play in supporting sustainable transportation for the 21st century’, said Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China. ‘The country is selecting the most advanced technologies to build a network that offers not only high speed but also unprecedented operating efficiency, reliability and capacity.’last_img read more