George Weigel, Biographer of John Paul II, Takes Note of David Gelernter’s Darwin Apostasy

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Some very interesting people were jarred by David Gelernter’s apostasy from Darwinism. The Yale computer scientist described in The Claremont Review of Books how his thoughts on evolution have evolved, influenced by Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski. Now the distinguished Catholic intellectual and writer George Weigel, official English-language biographer of Pope John Paul II, weighs in on Gelernter.Dismissing ID Is “Unscientific”Weigel was not previously known as a Darwin skeptic or as sympathetic to intelligent design. At First Things, he takes note of Gelernter’s essay as “a potential tool in the New Evangelization.” From “Getting Beyond Darwin”:Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the “Nones” — young adults without religious conviction — tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption that Science Explains Everything. And if science explains it all, who needs God, revelation, Christ, or the Church? To be even more specific: If Darwin and the Darwinian theory of evolution explain the origins of us (and everything else), why bother with Genesis 1–3 and Colossians 1:15–20 (much less Augustine’s “Thou hast made us for Thee and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee”)?Weigel summarizes David Gelernter’s points, and concludes:Gelernter is intrigued by “intelligent design” approaches to these evolutionary conundra but also suggests that, “as a theory,” intelligent design “would seem to have a long way to go.” But to dismiss intelligent design out of hand — to brand it piety masquerading as science — is, well, unscientific. The fossil record and molecular biology now suggest that Darwinian answers to the Big Questions constitute the real fundamentalism: a materialistic fideism that, however shaky in dealing with the facts, is nonetheless deeply entrenched in 21st-century imaginations. Thus, Gelernter asks whether today’s scientists will display Darwin’s own courage in risking cultural disdain by upsetting intellectual apple carts.See also Rachel Alexander at The Stream, “Renowned Yale Computer Science Prof Leaves Darwinism,” who points readers to the great hourlong interview, by Peter Robinson of Stanford’s Hoover Institution, talking with Gelernter, Meyer, and Berlinski. That interview has been watched by close to 700,000 people. Tags“nones”anxietybiologyBishop Robert BarronChristianityColossianscomputer scienceDarwinismDavid BerlinskiDavid GelernterfideismFirst ThingsGenesisGeorge WeigelHoover Institutionintellectualsintelligent designJohn Paul IINew EvangelizationPeter RobinsonRachel AlexanderStephen MeyerThe Claremont Review of BooksThe StreamYale University,Trending Intelligent Design George Weigel, Biographer of John Paul II, Takes Note of David Gelernter’s Darwin ApostasyDavid [email protected]_klinghofferAugust 22, 2019, 1:05 PM Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide We Haven’t Seen the End of ThisGelernter’s confession, of having turned away from Darwinism, is (yet another) piece of evidence Darwinists can’t satisfactorily explain. Such a thing shouldn’t happen. For a major intellectual like this to publicly reject evolutionary theory naturally catches the attention of other major intellectuals and of thoughtful people in general. For every George Weigel who follows up with a public admission of his own, confirming that the situation with Darwinism is more doubtful than previously thought, there are, you can be confident, many others who were shaken by Gelernter’s essay but who haven’t succeeded in squashing their anxiety about saying so.The anxiety is understandable. As Gelernter told Robinson in their conversation, “You take your life into your hands to challenge [evolution] intellectually. They will destroy you.” This is from a man who had his own hand and eye blown up by a terrorist’s bomb. We can be sure we haven’t heard the end of the welcome consequences of David Gelernter’s announcement.Photo: David Gelernter, “Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson,” via Hoover Institution, Stanford University (screen shot). Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos 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

Friday could bring new coronavirus restrictions to Belgium

first_imgPossible new restrictions, according to De Tijd, could include an alignment of rules for restaurants that serve food, which — following the latest measures announced last week — are allowed to stay open later than cafés and bars. The latter must close at 11 p.m. and have only four people per table. This would come on the heels of an announcement last week that all bars in Brussels that don’t serve food must close for a month.A bid to boost teleworking and cut down on the numbers of commuters crowding into public transportation is also on the table, the Flemish-language daily reported.At the regional level, meanwhile, new rules on sports are coming into effect. Starting Wednesday, Flanders will ban indoor sports where no social distancing is possible, and on Thursday, the southern French-speaking region of Wallonia will prohibit indoor sports except for kids under 12.The announcements come as Belgium continues to struggle with a rising rate of infections. The country is now averaging around 423 infections per 100,000 people, one of the highest rates in Europe, and its daily average number of cases over the past week is 4,449, according to Sciensano. Also On POLITICO Belgium health minister says he can’t rule out second lockdown By Jakob Hanke Vela Belgium cuts contacts to 3 as it tightens coronavirus restrictions By Barbara Moens New restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus in Belgium could be announced on Friday, according to Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke.Speaking to the national parliament’s health committee on Tuesday, Vandenbroucke said new rules might be the outcome of Friday’s meeting of the Consultation Committee of federal and regional leaders, La Libre reported.The government will also present a barometer, with color codes for different places based on the number of hospitalizations and infections, as well as the rate of positive tests. These color codes could signify which sorts of measures need to be taken.last_img read more

Close to home, Dayton has designs on going far in NCAAs

first_imgUSA TODAYTwo wins in, Dayton is rolling again in NCAA tournament Several thousand Flyers fans turning a neutral site at Nationwide Arena into a virtual home game for Dayton. —Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsCOLUMBUS, Ohio — A little more than 12 hours after the final buzzer, Mike Donovan was eating a quiet lunch Saturday afternoon, sipping a beer and contemplating what might have been for his Providence Friars. They’d been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament the night before — actually, it ended well after midnight — falling 66-53 to the No. 11 seed Dayton Flyers.“It would have been nice,” Donovan said, “not to have to deal with that ruckus.”He was referring to the raucous scene inside Nationwide Arena, several thousand Flyers fans turning a neutral site into a virtual home game for Dayton. And his sentiments probably go for just about everyone — except for the Flyers, of course. They’re all aboard with the unusual situation, which saw them play a First Four game against Boise State on their home floor at UD Arena on Wednesday and then travel 70 miles east on Interstate 70, followed by several thousand of their loudest fans.BRACKET HUB: BREAKING DOWN THE NCAA TOURNAMENTWhen Dayton plays Oklahoma on Sunday evening in the round of 32, it will have a significant advantage over the East Region’s No. 3 seed.“We’ll approach this just like we would any road game,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “We’re not concerning ourselves with whether it’s fair or not. That’s not an issue. The issue is we’re playing a very good team.”That’s what perhaps been obscured. In all the talk about where the Flyers are playing, there hasn’t been much attention paid to how they’re playing.“When all is said and done, Providence was outplayed,” said Donovan, the Providence fan, who traveled from Boston to see his team play. “Regardless of the circumstances, Dayton outplayed Providence. In another gym, Dayton would still win.”With just six scholarship players and a seven-player rotation — and no one taller than 6-6 — Dayton has won seven of its past nine games. And in winning their first two in the NCAA Tournament, the Flyers are trying to mimic their postseason run last season, when they reached the Elite Eight.“Especially after last year, you kind of get used to the feeling of what it’s like to be on the biggest stage in college basketball,” Dayton senior guard Jordan Sibert said. “You get used to the lights and you get used to just being in the atmosphere.”But yeah, Sibert admits it: The Flyers have definitely enjoyed the atmosphere for their first two tournament games.“It’s good that we’ve been able to stay close to home,” he said. “We’ve also had our home crowd support us, and that’s really helped us to victories. But it’s a mentality, and winning is a mentality, and over the course of these two years we’ve been able to gain that.”Dayton played in Dayton and then moved on to Columbus because of the NCAA Tournament’s selection and bracketing process. It gets complicated in a hurry, but once the selection committee gave Dayton one of the last four at-large berths, the Flyers were assured by rule of playing in the First Four — at home. From there, other bracketing principles came into play. BYU, another First Four team, would have had to play in a Thursday-Saturday pod if it had advanced because of the school’s prohibition on playing on Sunday, thus reducing the options for places to send Dayton. Another No. 11 seed, Texas, had to be placed in the Midwest region because of guidelines that prevent teams from playing conference members in the second or third rounds when possible.Maybe Dayton (27-8) should have been seeded higher. Otherwise, it got messy — and resulted in the unintentional homecourt edge in the First Four and then the virtual edge for the lower seeded team.As he prepares for the not-so-neutral setting, Kruger said he’s joked with Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, a member of the selection committee (he’ll assume the chair next year).“Joe says he was out of the room,” Kruger joked. “It’s one of those fallback (excuses) — but Dayton’s earned the right to be here. They had to win a game on Wednesday and a game on Friday (against) two good clubs.” USA TODAYStars of the NCAA tournament round of 64 Castiglione asked a reporter: “Which hat do you want me to wear?” He said the selection committee followed its guidelines, but added it might review those before next season.Figuratively donning his athletic director’s cap, Castiglione said he’d like to see Oklahoma play Dayton at a more neutral site, but noted:“When a team is in the NCAA Tournament, stop thinking of excuses,” Castiglione said. “You’re in the tournament. The team is gonna play tough games and you’re gonna play in tough environments. So focus on what’s within your team’s control and quit worrying about what isn’t.”Oklahoma has played in similar settings, first on the road during Big 12 play, but also during the conference tournament a few days back, when Iowa State fans took over the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., turning it into something like a game in Ames.“We don’t worry with that,” OU junior guard Buddy Hield said. “We’re used to playing against teams that have 18,000 or 16,000 (fans). It’s funny. It’s NCAA basketball and they’re close to home, but we have to go execute. Fans come and support their teams, but you’ve got to find a way to win.”Dayton coach Archie Miller noted that some have been “picking at” the Flyers’ location, and said he won’t apologize for any advantage.“When you get in the tournament, wherever they ship you, you’ve got a hard deal,” he said. “And I think our guys being put in the First Four, (people) immediately started to play the card of, ‘That’s unfair.’ I don’t know what’s unfair about somebody telling us we’re in the tournament. … They told us where to play. … If they would have shipped us to Pittsburgh, I think we would have had the same crowd. I think our guys would have played the same way.”They limited Providence to 33.9% shooting and frustrated the Friars’ best players, impressing Kruger.“I think probably the thing that stands out, I just like their personality,” Kruger said. “They’re attacking, playing off each other. They’re playing for each other. … They’re fun to watch in that respect.”A year ago, also as a No. 11 seed, Dayton advanced all the way to the South region final before losing to Florida. This season, even after attrition including academics, midseason dismissals and injuries, the Flyers have kept winning, propelled by a veteran nucleus that plays that swarming defense. In his fourth year as coach, Miller said the program is “rising,” but added:“We’re not anywhere near where we want to be.”Unless, of course, you’re talking about their current physical location.GALLERY: ALL THE NCAA TOURNAMENT ACTIONlast_img read more

Miami Terminal Conference Agreement Gets Green Light

first_imgzoom Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement, an agreement between two marine terminal companies located at the Port of Miami, entered into force on December 31, 2016, permitting the firms to seek cooperation in both business and operating matters, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) informed.On December 29, 2016, the FMC voted not to prevent the Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement from taking effect.The South Florida Container Terminal and the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company filed their agreement on November 16, 2016. Under the terms of their contract, the companies may establish a variety of common rates, rules, and practices as well as to meet to discuss these matters.“These two facilities are located in very close proximity to one another and allowing the entities that operate them the ability to communicate on a number of different topics creates an opportunity to achieve efficiencies that potentially can benefit both the Port of Miami and the shipping public more broadly,” Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman, said.While discussion agreements among ocean carriers are commonly filed at the FMC, agreements between terminal operating companies have been less common to date, the commission said.The FMC is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the US international ocean transportation system.last_img read more

Womens Cancer Research Fund To Host An Unforgettable Evening

first_imgOn Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with WCRF co-founders Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Kelly Chapman Meyer, and Jaime Tisch will welcome guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.After a three-year hiatus, the event returns to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and will benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).Hosted by comedian and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro, the evening will include a dinner and an awards presentation. Renowned fashion designer and film director Tom Ford will accept the 2017 Courage Award for his continued support and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award will be presented to Judy and Leonard Lauder for their charitable works and contributions.An Unforgettable Evening is the flagship fundraising event of WCRF, which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research and to recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. WCRF recently joined forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the highest rated breast cancer organization in the US and largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF investigators have been involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer research, impacting developments across a spectrum of cancers. This exciting new collaboration with BCRF allows WCRF to fast-track more effective approaches to the study and early diagnosis of women’s cancers.Saks Fifth Avenue is generously supporting WCRF to present An Unforgettable Evening for the 13th time. Over the last 18 years, Saks has donated nearly $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States.last_img read more