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Pre-Adaptation: In Evolutionary Explanations, Too Much Serendipity

first_imgEvolution 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 Tagsbombardier beetlechemicalsevolutiongene productsintelligent designIrreducible ComplexityMichael BeheProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesRichard DawkinsSean Carrollserendipity,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Intelligent Design Pre-Adaptation: In Evolutionary Explanations, Too Much SerendipityCornelius HunterApril 17, 2018, 1:25 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoscenter_img Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Cornelius G. HunterFellow, Center for Science and CultureCornelius G. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Hunter’s other books include Darwin’s Proof, and his newest book Science’s Blind Spot (Baker/Brazos Press). Dr. Hunter’s interest in the theory of evolution involves the historical and theological, as well as scientific, aspects of the theory. His blog is Darwin’s God. Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended Who is the author of the following statement?In contrast [to trait loss], the gain of genetically complex traits appears harder, in that it requires the deployment of multiple gene products in a coordinated spatial and temporal manner. Obviously, this is unlikely to happen in a single step, because it requires potentially numerous changes at multiple loci.If you guessed this was written by an advocate of intelligent design, such as Michael Behe describing irreducibly complex structures, you were wrong. It was evolutionist Sean Carroll and co-workers in a 2007 PNAS paper.When a design person says it, it is heresy. When an evolutionist says it, it is the stuff of good solid scientific research.The difference is the design person assumes a realist view (the genetically complex trait evinces design) whereas the evolutionist assumes an anti-realist view (in spite of all indications, the genetically complex trait must have arisen by blind causes).To support their position, evolutionists often appeal to a pre-adaptation argument. This argument claims that the various sub-components (gene products, etc.), needed for the genetically complex trait, were each needed for some other function. Therefore, they evolved individually and independently, only later to serendipitously fit together perfectly and, in so doing, form a new structure with a new function that just happened to be needed. As Richard Dawkins once put it:The bombardier beetle’s ancestors simply pressed into different service chemicals that already happened to be lying around. That’s often how evolution works.The problem, of course, is that this is not realistic. To think that each and every one of the seemingly unending, thousands and thousands, of genetically complex traits just happened to luckily arise from parts that just happened to be lying around, is to make one’s theory dependent on too much serendipity.Photo: A bombardier beetle, by Patrick Coin [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.Cross-posted at Darwin’s God.last_img read more

Sutherland muscles past SOTA into sectional semifinals

first_imgFor School of the Arts, Ethain Clarke-DeSouza and Logan Hayes led with 11 points apiece. Hayes knocked down three shots from beyond the arc and Clarke-DeSouza [email protected] A2 Quarterfinals – @PCSDSutherland vs. School Of The Arts: Logan Hayes from deep to end a 9-0 Knights run. 21.5 2Q: tied at 26. @PickinSplinters— John Mitchell Likanje Junior (@jml5798) February 29, 2020Keshaun Chatman and Ke’Vion Mitchell chipped in eight points each. Reggie Smith (6) and Loral Dillard (3) rounded out the scoring for the [email protected] A2 Quarterfinals – @PCSDSutherland vs. School Of The Arts: Keshaun Chatman with another free throw line jumper. @PickinSplinters— John Mitchell Likanje Junior (@jml5798) February 29, 2020Pittsford Sutherland advances to the sectional semifinals for the third straight year. The Knights will match up with East High in a rematch of last season’s sectional final. Game is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Gates-Chili High School. East defeated Wilson Magnet, 67-41, in the quarterfinals.“They are coming into sectionals with a pretty similar record than they had last year,” Nally said. “Their guards are a year older, a year more mature, a year of more experience. They’re playing really solid. That’s going to be a tough cover.” Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. 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(PHOTO: JOHN LIKANJE)By JOHN LIKANJEROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Pittsford Sutherland Knights were in an unusual predicament: up three in a close game on the road with the home squad having one last chance to tie. They had two options: either intentionally foul to prevent a shot or play out the remaining 17.3 seconds.However, the Knights were out of timeouts and, with no time to draw up a gameplan, decided on the latter. Fortunately, it worked out for John Nally’s squad as they forced a missed three-pointer, Ben DiGiovanni hauled in his eighth board and flung the rock to the other side of the court before being fouled. The buzzer sounded and the Knights celebrated a 50-47 grind-out win over School of the Arts.“It was either foul with four seconds or we force a tough one,” DiGiovanni explained. “Once it hit four and he (Ke’Vion Mitchell) was looking like he was trapped and had to pass it, we decided we weren’t going to foul there. That’s just being mentally there and knowing what we wanted to do.”“Without the timeout, we were trying to get matched up in man-to-man and we’ve talked about fouling in that situation to put them on the line,” Nally explained. “Without the timeout, at this level, that’s really hard to communicate. We were playing triangle-and-two.”Trailing 43-42 with 4:18 left, DiGiovanni pulled up and swished a left-wing three-pointer to give the Knights a lead they would not relinquish. Jake Priesser made 3-of-4 foul shots for a 48-43 cushion – Sutherland’s largest of the game. The junior forward scored seven of the Knights’ 10 points in the final stanza.“They were really good with the guard pressure,” Nally explained. “We talked about, all week, how they play behind that post and we got to be willing to give those post guys the touch. They were behind and frankly, Jake was the only guy open. So we had to be willing to go to him. We found him and he made big plays for us.”[email protected] A2 Quarterfinals – @PCSDSutherland vs. School Of The Arts: Jake Priesser flips it up and in. @PickinSplinters— John Mitchell Likanje Junior (@jml5798) February 29, 2020The game featured six ties and 15 lead changes. School of the Arts led by as many as six points (twice) in the first half. Despite only making two long-range shots the entire game, the Knights’ size and matchup zone defense forced 13 turnovers and 32 missed field goals in 57 possessions. Nally’s squad did not allow a three-point make in the second half after giving up seven in the first 16 minutes and corralled 26 rebounds as well.“Our size is huge,” DiGiovanni proclaimed. “All year, we’ve been working on getting in the paint. Getting our own rebounds. We miss a bunny, we get the board and finish it. Threes come when we want it. Today, we weren’t hitting them, so were just attacking the paint and it worked out in the end.”“Defensively, all night, we got plenty of stops,” Nally said. “They hit a lot of threes in the first half. They shot it really well. 21 of their 26 points from three in total. We were okay with the number. We felt like we had a chance, coming out in the second half, to hold them under 50. That was the goal. We did it and that got us the W.“Honestly, we felt like we just had to get out on it a little harder. But we didn’t adjust incredibly. In the end, it doesn’t really matter how they get them, but how many they get. Even though we were giving up some threes, we had only given up 26 points. It’s the quarterfinals of sectionals against a good team who scored a ton of points this year.”DiGiovanni led the offense with a game-high 20 points. The senior guard made seven layups, including a fastbreak dunk in the second quarter, and 3-of-5 free throws.“I want to go as far as I can in basketball,” DiGiovanni commented about his performance. “It’s a sport I love to play and I want to go hopefully get another block this year.”“He comes down with such great pace,” Nally said about his senior guard. “At 6-foot-4, when you can see over the defense like that, at this level, that makes him really dangerous. He’s been our leader all year though. When we’ve been good, he’s been dominant like that. He leads us in every category. We lean on him a ton and he’s stepped up and grown.”Garrett Glanton pitched in 10 of his 13 points in the first half. Priesser added 12 points. Owen Flisnik had two points and 10 boards. Drew Kull (3) rounded out the scoring for the [email protected] A2 Quarterfinals – @PCSDSutherland vs. School Of The Arts: Garrett Glanton with the hoop and harm. @PickinSplinters— John Mitchell Likanje Junior (@jml5798) February 29, 2020 Share on Facebook This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. By johnmitchelllikanje on February 29, 2020No Comment Sutherland muscles past SOTA into sectional semifinals last_img read more

Charles Busch & Linda Lavin to Star in Tale of the Allergist’s Wife Benefit for Actors Fund

first_img Linda Lavin Linda Lavin & Charles Busch(Photo: Bruce Glikas for The Actors Fund has announced a one-night benefit presentation of the 2000 Tony-nominated play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. The benefit will feature playwright Charles Busch taking on the lead role of Marjorie, which was originated on Broadway by Linda Lavin, who will also appear in the benefit in the role of Frieda. Lynne Meadow will repeat her Broadway work as director for the event, set to be held at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on November 18 at 7:30pm.Joining Busch and Lavin onstage will be fellow original cast members Tony Roberts, Michele Lee and Anil Kumar, who will reprise their turns as Ira, Lee and Mohammed, respectively. Additional casting will be announced soon.The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran from November 2, 2000 through September 15, 2002, playing 25 previews and 777 performances. The show received Tony nominations for Best Play, Best Actress in a Play (Lavin) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Lee).”I am honored and thrilled to be able to have this play come back to Broadway for one night to support such a special organization,” said Busch. “I am thankful to Lynne Meadow for giving us the Friedman Theatre and for once again leading us with her brilliant direction of this play. I am really excited and touched that Linda suggested that I play Marjorie for this performance. She’s a character near and dear to my heart and I am thankful that I get to play her now on the stage alongside my dearest costars and friends.” Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Lenexa council approves updated plans for Sikh gurdwara

first_imgA rendering of the gurdwara design approved by the Lenexa City Council on Tuesday.The Lenexa City Council approved the final plan for a new, $4.5 million Sikh temple — the Midwest Sikh Gurdwara — at its Tuesday night meeting.The council had put plans for the project on hold at its April 17 meeting because of concerns about the project’s design expressed by some Lenexa City Council members and nearby residents. The Lenexa Planning Commission had recommended approval of the project’s preliminary plan at its April 2 meeting.A view of the gurdwara from the southwest.The developer held a community meeting June 5 at Fire Station 3, which about 30 people attended, and later submitted an amended preliminary plan, which the council approved at its June 19 meeting. The planning commission recommended approval of the final plan with no stipulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.Ward 2 councilmen Thomas Nolte and Bill Nicks opposed the final plan; Ward 4 Councilwoman Mandy Stuke was absent.The Lenexa gurdwara is planned for the northeast corner of 101st Street and Lone Elm Road. The two-story building will contain about 24,750 square feet. The second floor will hold the main worship hall with capacity for about 325 seats at roughly 11,000 square feet. The first floor will contain roughly 13,750 square feet for a kitchen, dining hall, classrooms and conference rooms, Pradeep Shukla, an architect and planner with Shukla & Associates in Leawood and the project’s architect, said in April.The building’s exterior will comprise precast concrete panels and brick, and three ornamental, golden domes in Sikh-style architecture will sit atop the building. The building’s parking lot will have 125 spaces.The building will sit on 12 acres, part of a 42-acre lot purchased two-and-a-half years ago by the Midwest Sikh Association, Shukla said. The association plans to eventually sell lots to build single-family homes on the remaining 30 acres in the same price range as existing, surrounding homes.The association plans to sell its Shawnee gurdwara but won’t put it on the market until the new one is completed, association President Swinder Singh said Tuesday. He estimated that groundbreaking on the new temple could start early next year and be completed about a year later. The Shawnee gurdwara is at 6834 Pflumm Road. It opened in 1989, according to its website.last_img read more

Conference gains “record attendance”

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LEGALESE: County stalls on Active Transportation Plan

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Cameron County Commissioners’ Court struggled to reach a consensus and ultimately stalled on taking any action in regards to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Active Transportation and Tourism Plan during a regular meeting Tuesday, April 18.At issue were two words —”support” and “adoption” — and what those two words would mean in terms of the County’s binding commitments to the plan via the contribution of funds, properties, rights-of-way and other County resources.Ramiro Gonzalez, government affairs liaison for the City of Brownsville, which has spearheaded the project thus far, gave the Court a brief overview of the plan before yielding the floor for questions. “This is a plan that was adopted by 10 different cities — 10 cities in Cameron County. And it has gotten a lot of support not only locally but nationally,” he said. “It will be considered a project of national significance by the Rails to Trails Conservation Association. And they are in the process of dedicating resources to the area.”According to a report published by Rails to Trails, the Active Plan hopes to create, “a 428-mile network of multiuse trails, bicycle routes and paddling trails aimed at connecting the region’s rich natural and cultural resources.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedROAD WORK AHEAD: County approves $1.6 billion transportation infrastructure improvement planSpecial to the PRESS Cameron County Commissioner’s Court today on a 4-0 vote provided an Order establishing a County-Wide Transportation Reinvestment Zone that is projected to support approximately $1.6 billion in transportation projects that will promote safety, support development, and facilitate the movement of traffic in Cameron County. In approving…December 31, 2015In “News”Seeking Support: Caracara Trails plan continues fund-raising effortsBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Eva Garcia, project manager for the Caracara Trails plan, reached out to Laguna Vista officials recently, seeking a letter of support as part of its continued fundraising efforts. Initiated with a $100,000 Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation grant, the overall vision for the 428-mile…January 10, 2020In “News”County hears progress report on Isla Blanca improvementsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Plans for the gem of the Cameron County Parks System have hit a snag. That was the news according a presentation heard by the County Commissioners’ Court Tuesday afternoon. For the past couple of years, the County has been undergoing a concerted effort…September 22, 2017In “News”last_img read more

Nasa Hataoka finishes 10th as Thai Ariya Jutanugarn wins U.S. Women’s Open

first_imgThe 22-year-old Thai, who started the round with a four stroke lead, shot a 1-over 73 and finished at 11-under, allowing Kim to force the playoff after she tied on a 67, the day’s best score. But Jutanugarn remained focused and earned her second major crown when Kim faltered a return to No. 18.“It was pretty tough for me because I didn’t finish well on the last two holes, but I wasn’t nervous or excited anymore during the playoff,” said Jutanugarn, who won the Women’s British Open in 2016. “I feel great, and I feel really honored to join the list of winners before me.”Hataoka, who narrowly missed out on her first Tour win after finishing runner-up at last month’s Kingsmill Championship, said she was glad to reach the top 10 in her first U.S. Women’s Open appearance but wished for a better result.“I was able to start out aggressively with a birdie, but it’s disappointing that I finished at even-par,” the 19-year-old said.“It was a tough four days. The weather was pretty rough and it was hard to stay focused. But I think I’m gradually getting closer to a (LPGA Tour) victory.”Rumi Yoshiba finished 40th at 7-over, while Ayako Uehara failed to make the cut. Nasa Hataoka plays a shot during the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama. | USA TODAY / VIA REUTERS BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – Nasa Hataoka finished in 10th place at an even-par 288 after Sunday’s fourth round of the U.S. Women’s Open, won by Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn after besting South Korea’s Kim Hyo-joo in a four-hole playoff.Hataoka cancelled out five birdies with five bogeys for an even 72 at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, while Jutanugarn became the first Thai player to win the tournament and earned her second LGPA major victory despite struggling on the back nine. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOScenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES U.S. Women’s Open, Nasa Hataoka KEYWORDSlast_img read more

Peterson Has Torn Meniscus

first_imgViking Head Coach Mike Zimmer has indicated that Running Back Adrian Peterson has  torn Meniscus and has no timetable for his return. Peterson suffered the injury in the Vikings 17-14 win over the Packers Sunday night.The injury is to his right knee. Heven tore the ACL in his left knee a couple of years ago. Typical recovery time from a torn meniscus ranges from 3 weeks to 3 months.last_img