Social Darwinism Is Back

first_imgThe upshot of the study is that despite changes in birth control and social norms over the last 300 years, Darwin’s “natural selection” still operates on human populations. It’s a short step from treating humans as products of selection to creating public policies to control that selection. Although these researchers make no mention of public policy, they do juxtapose two highly-charged phrases: “survival of the fittest” and “global challenges.” Those concepts fueled the atrocities of eugenics from Darwin’s day until the end of World War II, when the world had to face its bitter consequences. But though eugenics and its philosophical foundation, “social Darwinism” lost popularity, this press release shows that the core concepts are still alive. The researchers published their “findings” in the journal Evolution.John West of the Discovery Institute has just updated his 2007 magnum opus, Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science. The first edition chronicled in withering detail, with thousands of references, the social consequences of Darwinian thinking and its incumbent scientific materialism on criminal law, business, psychology, racial politics, welfare, education, abortion, euthanasia, population control and more. His chapter on eugenics is particularly disturbing. He presents quote after quote from prominent political leaders, academics and scientists who felt that Darwin’s “law” of natural selection made it mandatory to save the “purity of the race” by weeding out “defectives” and “morons” and the “feebleminded” through forced sterilization and other means. These statements all preceded Hitler. In America, tens of thousands of people in 16 states were sterilized without their knowledge or consent after being judged “defective” by dubious standards. The practice was justified by the Supreme Court under Oliver Wendell Holmes, who made the chilling statement in Buck vs. Bell (1927), “Three generations of imbeciles is enough.” Only one justice, a Catholic, dissented from the court’s shameful decision. Yet Carrie Buck, the woman forcibly sterilized after being judged a “moron,” lived as a productive member of society till her death in 1983.Lest anyone think that couldn’t happen today, John West has sobering news. His updated paperback edition of Darwin Day in America, released yesterday, contains new information since 2007, including the Obama administration’s science policies, where ethics takes a back seat to “totalitarian science” as West calls it. The uptick in “scientism” he documents has occurred on both the Left (e.g., Eric Pianka) and the Right (e.g., John Derbyshire, Francis Collins). On both poles of the political divide, Darwinian thinking is paramount. An excerpt from the new edition of Darwin Day has just been published online by World Magazine. See also a video preview posted on Evolution News & Views.Darwinian thinking leads to the devaluing of human life, because human exceptionalism went out with rejection of Judeo-Christian values. Humans, in the Darwinian view, are nothing more than another form of animal evolving by natural selection. The social consequences of this idea are detailed by John West, and also by Wesley J. Smith in his recent book The War on Humans (see the website for a movie about the content). On Evolution News & Views, Smith shows that the devaluation of human life is ongoing in the news, such as the UK’s recent approval of three-parent babies despite ethical concerns over destroying human embryos, and in Canada’s vote to allow Belgian-style euthaniasia.It remains to be seen how big this year’s “Darwin Day” celebrations will be on Thursday, Feb. 12 (Darwin’s birthday). Perhaps in no other era in human history has it been demonstrated so clearly, and so catastrophically: “Ideas have consequences.”This is why we keep on. The battle over creation vs evolution is much more than a debate over the interpretation of various biological and geological facts. It is a battle of worldviews, with extreme consequences for each of us. Do you want a loving caretaker to stand with you in your hour of need, or a government bureacracy deciding you are unfit to live? What teachers poisoned a young man’s heart so that he said and did this, as retold by John West:A similar Darwinian worldview inspired ecoterrorist James Lee, who in 2010 took staff of the Discovery Channel hostage. Lee called on the Discovery Channel to “talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people’s brains until they get it!” Lee’s stated goal was to save “what’s left of the non-human Wildlife by decreasing the Human population. That means stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies!”The toxic attitudes of the Social Darwinists are coming back with a vengeance right now. In a sense, this is like the 1930s all over again, right before global conflict broke out, bringing death and destruction to millions. On one hand we have radical religionists following Islam with their minds closed to reason; on the other, evolutionists who think they are using reason but are destroying reason with their pseudoscientific religion of scientism. Both sides are capable of unspeakable atrocities. Nevertheless, the light of the Creator continues to shine like a lighthouse through the darkness, calling us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Those two principles could rescue the world and everyone in it. Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ theory continues to shape human evolutionStudy shows genetic influence on family size is higher in recent timesResearch will help predict what the population will look like in the face of global challenges like an ageing society If you thought Social Darwinism went out with eugenics, look at what leaders of social policy are saying.Some evolutionists like to point out that evolutionary theory has come a long way since Darwin, but the language in this press release from the University of Sheffield sounds fresh out of The Origin of Species. Here is Science Daily‘s copy:Survival of the fittest: Evolution continues despite low mortality and fertility rates in modern world.Charles Darwin’s theory on evolution still holds true despite lower mortality and fertility rates in the modern world, according to new research.The University lists these bullet points from a study of Finnish families collected from church records from the 1700s till today:center_img (Visited 128 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA invests in aquaculture

first_img5 November 2007After being neglected for much of the past, South Africa is giving its small-scale fisheries industry a major boost by investing R100-million over the current financial year to establish aquaculture projects in all four of country’s coastal provinces.Addressing delegates at the National Summit on Subsistence and Small-Scale Fisheries in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the initiative was a new milestone in crafting policy and ensuring proper management of subsistence and small-scale fisheries.“We acknowledge that this sector of the fisheries has not received the attention it deserves, as we have in the past not had a dispensation for small-scale fishers,” Van Schalkwyk said. “I am proud of the partnership that has been developed between our department, communities and [non-governmental organisations].”He explained that the R100-million Marine Aquaculture project would consist of various developments in the four coastal provinces for 2008/09, including:An abalone farm in Gansbaai, Western Cape.A finfish farm for silver cob or yellow tail in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape.Abalone ranching in Port Nolloth, Northern Cape.A finfish farm in Qolorha, Eastern Cape.A finfish farm in Sokhulu, KwaZulu-Natal.The development of a state hatchery.The global demand for fish products, the minister said, had increased in recent years, while supply capture fisheries had been decreasing.“Following this trends, capture fisheries in our country are in decline, affecting some 28 000 direct jobs that are allocated in areas characterised by high unemployment,” he said.Van Schalkwyk also pointed out that South Africa imports more fish products than it exports, with studies showing that the country imported 200 000 tons of fish per year, valued at about R700-million, between 2000 and 2004.“In this context, aquaculture presents a good opportunity to diversify fish production to satisfy local demand, export opportunities, and the creation of new jobs.“Currently the marine aquaculture industry in South Africa contributes 0.005% to the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) and provides 1 200 direct jobs,” he said.“This is modest compared to countries like Chile, with a GDP contribution of 1.4% and 60 000 direct jobs, a GDP of 1% and 4 200 direct jobs in Norway, and a GDP of 0.06% and 670 000 jobs in Vietnam.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Celebrating Two Million Geocaches

first_imgHomepage counter at 5:11 am Seattle time on February 28Join Geocaching in celebrating a major milestone! The 2 millionth active geocache was published on February 28 at approximately 5:11am Seattle time. It’s located in Australia. The 2 millionth active geocache is Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E). The traditional geocache is rated a terrain 3.5, difficulty 3.5 and promises to take geocachers to a lookout over the city of Alice Springs. As of 6:12am Seattle time, the geocache has not yet been found.To celebrate this milestone – Geocaching will be rewarding the global community with previously unreleased Geocaching Souvenirs. Hundreds of thousands of geocachers will receive never-before released country and region souvenirs. Find details here. Geocachers also have a new way to thank geocache hiders. Share this new “Thank a Geocache Hider” video with those who place and maintain geocaches so many enjoy.Click to see the latest Geocaching Souvenirs to be releasedDon’t forget to spread the word about geocaching by checking out and sharing the Celebrating 2 Million Infograph, and the videos 2 Million Geocaches in 1 Minute and Travel Bug® Travels. SharePrint RelatedNew Geocaching Souvenirs – Celebrating 2 Million Active GeocachesFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”Thank you to the Geocache Hiders Video – Celebrating the 2 Millionth Active GeocacheFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”What 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

July’s Geocacher of the Month: True Mentor and Friend

first_imgWith over a decade of geocaching and ambassador expertise, this adventurer can now claim the title “Geocacher of the Month”.Leftygator is known throughout the Mississippi geocaching community for his contagious smile, extensive GPS knowledge and round-the-clock helpfulness. With over 100 hides under his belt, he is also a master at hiding. Rumor has it that his are the toughest and best in the area.One geocacher writes, “Ricky and I first met Lefty in August 2008 at our very first event that we went to. When Ricky saw Lefty he told me he was going to hang onto Lefty’s coat tail and learn everything he could about geocaching and hang on we did. We went on a number of caching trips with him and he took time to show us how to load caches and how to use GSAK. Ricky was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 5, 2011 and Lefty visited with Ricky quite often while he was in the hospital and would take Ricky’s phone calls anytime of the day or night. Ricky went into remission and we had eight good months of caching before Ricky passed on Nov. 17, 2012. Lefty was there for me as well as many of our geocaching friends. Leftygator is my friend and hero.”Another geocacher says, “He was the first cacher I came across while on the hunt and stopped to talk to me for a few minutes even though he could have just continued on his way. His hides always make you think, “If I was Lefty where would I hide this cache?” He never hesitates to help, not only in the geocaching world but he passes on advice as a military veteran to the active military in the community. I consider it an honor to have Leftygator as one of my caching mentors.”Lefygator taking a break to pose with his handy gpsCongratulations again to Leftygator for earning the July 2014 title of Geocacher of the Month.The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinIf you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.Share with your Friends:More July 2014 Geocacher of the Month: LeftygatorSometimes the world is a big place. It’s a daunting place with crisscrossing borders and politics, and for many it’s often isolating. Then there’s geocaching. The Geocacher of the Month taught us a lesson. The world of geocaching is small, connected and ready to celebrate the contributions of other geocachers.We met three geocachers from different countries. Each delivers serious geocaching joy to their local geocaching communities, whether it’s gadget geocaches, inspiration and encouragement or a groundbreaking series of geocaches, or even all three.Each of the geocachers will receive special recognition and a prize package for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.It was a difficult decision.center_img SharePrint RelatedThe Newest Geocachers of the Month – A Geocache Series CreatorJuly 4, 2014In “Community”Announcing the January Geocacher of the MonthMarch 7, 2014In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 15, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Subscribe to Parts of HTML Pages with Superfeedr Fragments

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts klint finley Last month, real-time feed service Superfeedr introduced the option to subscribe to any type of arbitrary content – such as static HTML pages, V Cards, JSON and more. This week the company announced the ability to subscribe to only fragments of HTML pages. As an example, Superfeedr explained how to subscribe to just the “current conditions” on The New York Times Weather page.The basic use case for both subscribing to arbitrary content and subscribing to fragments is obvious: you can monitor when something on the Web changes. For example, if a company you want to work for has a job listings site but doesn’t have a feed for those listings, you could monitor just the part of the page that lists open positions. One person in the comments of the announcements mentioned using it to monitor price changes. There are some really interesting real-time intelligence gathering applications that could be built with this. But what are some less obvious uses?It seems like you could use this to embed and automatically update content from other sources into your own Web projects. For example, if you wanted to include a weather widget on your dashboard, you could use this to scrape weather data from The Times. The ethics of scraping is debatable, but you get the idea.Interestingly, enterprise software company SimplyBox has using fragments as a means to “remix” applications. Perhaps it should partner with Superfeedr to improve this feature.Scraping still seems like a pretty obvious idea. What else could you use this for? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Tools last_img read more

Royal Huisman Building Worlds Largest Aluminium Yacht

first_imgzoom Dutch shipbuilder Royal Huisman has launched the construction of the world’s largest aluminium yacht at its facilities in Vollenhove.The 81-meter-long vessel, which is being built for an Asian client, is a joint effort of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects, designer Mark Whiteley and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia, unveiled at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.Royal Huisman said that the keel is laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction. The build of the world’s largest aluminium yacht has started!Within a year Royal Huisman completed the design phase, the construction planning and a large part of the engineering for this iconic yacht – all in close interaction with the owner, his team and the architects.Royal Huisman’s largest shipbuilding hall was upgraded in preparation for the new project.last_img read more

The time travel

first_imgCuriosity and the passion to collect rare things can go a long way and is surely a tedious task. Tarun Thakral’s passion to collect unique things led him to incept the concept of Transport Heritage Museum so as he could share it with everyone.’I am collecting rare transportation objects since 1994, when I first went Paris for my studies. I was inspired by a friend who used to collect souvenir eggs. Over the years I’ve personally collected everything from various parts of country and abroad as well,’ he said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first level of the museum is the automobile gallery which showcases the evolution of the Indian car industry, as well as cars that have been used in India since advent of motoring. 75 vintage cars parked alongside a recreated scene of Indian roads. There is also a section which has cars used in Bollywood flicks like the red car used in Dil To Pagal Hai and more. All these have been either bought by Thakral or been donated for his collection.The second level is amusing to stroll around as each section on the level portray different era of locomotion like pre-mechanised section has an array of palanquins, howdhas, bullock carts, horse carriages and camel carts. Along with it on display are decorative items such as carriage lamps which also used to denote the status of people – the higher the status the bigger the lamp. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnother section is devoted to Indian Railways where a railway platform has been recreated of 1930’s including original posters, train tickets, lamps, railway maps. The heavy transportation section has bus, trucks, trams videos and a range of other things.The third level is especially amusing for us as it had collectible Indian toys looking at them will instantly take you back to childhood. A huge J3C Cub air craft in signature yellow suspended in the mid-air marks the aviation section which details history and evolution of Indian aviation industry. Next was the rural transportation section which has every two wheeler right from bicycles, tricycles, the SD motorcycle, Lambretta scooter, Vespa among other. Indigenous systems of transport such as phat-phat, chakhda, jugaad and Vikram auto are also on display.The final level has an art gallery where rural and contemporary art works are displayed. A section of historical collection displays old lithographs, original photos and rare pictures, vintage ephemera, vintage road maps of India among other.Thakral’s idea is to keep museum as dynamic as possible by constantly changing things and adding more. It’s also a fun way of learning so the museum has various educational programmes for children like educational visits, workshop, activities and also a weekend learning program for children.last_img read more