Adventures in New Places — A Conference on Human Origins

first_img Ann GaugerSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureDr. Ann Gauger is Director of Science Communication and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, and Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Zoology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where her work was on the molecular motor kinesin.Follow AnnProfile Share This summer I have been venturing into new territory, at least for me. I have been to one event sponsored by the Templeton Foundation (thank you for letting me come!) called the Dabar Conference, and also to the annual American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) meeting at Gordon College in Massachusetts. I’ll save my comments about the ASA for another time.The Dabar ConferenceThe Dabar Conference is hosted every year at Trinity International University in the Chicago area, with funding from the Templeton Foundation for the last several years for something called the Creation Project. Their website says, “The Dabar Conference is a by-invitation event gathering 50+ evangelicals together from different disciplines, denominations, and institutions with the goal of orienting evangelical theologians to the relevant recent work in the natural sciences and to promoting scholarship in the field of the doctrine of creation.” They explain that the conference is intended to feature “honest, well informed, humble, and open conversation,” deriving its name, Dabar, from the Hebrew for “word.”This year there were a handful of scientists, mainly from BioLogos, one paleontologist from I don’t know where, and me. The stated purpose is pretty accurate. They want to orient theologians and pastors toward theistic evolution, or evolutionary creationism as they prefer to call it.This year the conference focused on questions about human origins, and the effect an evolutionary understanding of our origin has on doctrines like the image of God and original sin. Much of it was in a dialect I am not fluent in — “theolophilos,” I call it. One presentation I couldn’t understand at all, though he was speaking English with a Canadian accent. Other sessions I mostly followed.Specially Chosen IndividualsThere were breakout sessions where groups of specially chosen individuals were placed in a room together and asked to discuss things having to do with how to meld ideas like original sin with evolution. I asked fairly innocuous questions, realizing I was being allowed to participate as long as I didn’t cause strife. One question I remember very clearly. I asked how much we could learn about the image of God from just the one mention in early Genesis. This led to an explosion from the theologian next to me — something to do with temple theology — where he described, in near-rapturous terms, beautiful images and ideas drawn from all over the Bible. What he said must have had something to do with the image of God, but it came at me too fast for me to tell. (I later told him I thought he was a mystic, based on the emotion he expressed.) The other guy sitting next to me was a biologist and clearly uncomfortable with me. He kept his arms crossed and leaned away most of the time.An Idiosyncratic ModelSo why was I, an ID advocate, there? I study human origins, which is directly related to the topic of the conference, though my point of view is orthogonal to those of the organizers. I was one of two scientists there who openly allowed for the possibility of a historical Adam and Eve. Dr. Joshua Swamidass was the other. He has an idiosyncratic model of a de novo created, genealogical Adam and Eve, combined with a large evolved population of humans. He presented his model midway through the week. From my point of view, responses were cautious.I had been asked to respond to the topic of monogenism, which is the idea that we are all descended from a first pair, Adam and Eve, from whom we inherit original sin. This Catholic doctrine is articulated specifically to preserve the unity of the human race: We are all descended from the same original father and mother.My response was the very last one of the conference, as it happened. I will tell the basics of what I said another time, but the take-home message was (and is) that a historical first pair is possible at 500,000 years, and perhaps as recently as 200,000 years. The conference was stunned. No one knew what to say. The BioLogos table asked one cautious question, and then a theologian asked, “So what are we supposed to do now?” I hadn’t expected that question! I answered that what I had told him was preliminary and needed verification and peer review, and was not proof, merely possibility. “Don’t tell your congregation yet,” I joked. But I was serious.A Good CitizenWhy did I do it? Afterwards several people came up to express their gratitude. I was a lone non-evolutionary voice that gave them breathing space theologically. I even received an email from a participant some days later, thanking me.I don’t know if I will be asked back. I tried to be a good citizen and not cause conflict, but I also asked questions intended to trigger thinking in a new direction. All in all it was a rewarding experience talking to so many people with a different point of view on evolution. I hope they ask me back, because these are important questions and all viewpoints should be present at such discussions. But that’s up to the conference organizers.Photo: “Tree of Life,” a cave painting from Borneo, Indonesia, by Lhfage at English Wikipedia [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsAdam and EveAmerican Scientific AffiliationBioLogosChicagoCreation ProjectDabar ConferenceEvangelical ChristiansfaithGenesisGordon CollegeHebrewhuman originsJoshua SwamidassmonogenismRoman CatholicismTempleton FoundationtheologytheolophilosTrinity International University,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended Human Origins Adventures in New Places — A Conference on Human OriginsAnn GaugerAugust 9, 2018, 12:03 PM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour 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

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Team managing $440 million joins LPL from Royal Alliance

first_imgThe Pittsburgh-based team, known as the Monteverde Group, began 51 years as a solo insurance practice headed by James Monteverde. Monteverde continues to lead the firm along with partners Craig Shensa, Dan Martin and Wendy Asterino. A team of eight advisers managing $440 million has switched affiliations from Royal Alliance, which is part of the Advisor Group, to LPL Financial.last_img

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Elderly Woman Shows Muslim Doctor Some Love After Donald Trump News

first_imgAs for the presidential candidate, Dr. Rahim sympathizes with people who don’t understand Islam or American Muslims.RELATED:  Muslims Raise $102,000 to Donate to San Bernardino Families“I honestly don’t blame him. These kinds of ideas come when you don’t know,” Rahim told KIFI News.The doctor has publicly offered to let Trump spend a day with him on his rounds so the presidential hopeful can get to know “a real American Muslim.”(WATCH the video below from KIFI News) — Photo: Fahim Rahim, FacebookVote To Send This To Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt was a small gesture but a Muslim doctor in Idaho said it brought back “a faith in humanity.”After a 91-year-old patient heard about a politician wanting to ban Muslims from coming to the United States, she showed her doctor how caring America can be — she stood up for her friend.She crocheted some stuffed animals for Dr. Fahim Rahim, letting him know a lot of Americans are like her: “(We) can feel your pain and what you’re going through.”WANT MORE KINDNESS? GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSThe kidney patient, unnamed by Dr. Rahim, had been listening to her physician being interviewed on a local radio show in Pocatello, when he was asked about the proposed Muslim ban by presidential candidate Donald Trump.Dr. Rahim says his patient didn’t know who Trump was, but she didn’t like his idea.On her next visit to the Idaho Kidney Center, the lady brought along a bag full of stuffed animals she’d crocheted.last_img read more

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Rutland Chamber Golf Classic results

first_imgThe Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announces the winners of their 28th Annual Golf Classic fundraiser held recently at the Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington. Trophies and awards were presented to the following teams: First Place Gross: Casella Waste Systems ‘Matt Albertazzi, Peter Mitendorf, Andy Mayer, Randy Dapron; First Place Net:  Brileya’s Chrysler Jeep ‘Scott Brileya, Dave Fucci, Fred Cyr, Brian Wortman; Second Place Gross: Rutland Regional Medical Center Team 1 ‘Mike Dorian, Eric Marsh, Jim Russell, Dan Cole;  Second Place Net: Rutland Regional Medical Center Team 2 ‘Dale White, Dick White, Will Gormly, Paul Laramie; Third Place Gross:  Sport Clips ‘Bob Scarcello, Lefty Lopez, Ivonne Lopez, Vic Shappy;  Third Place Net: Downtown Rutland Partnership ‘Mike Coppinger, Colin Fingon, Ejay Bishop, Tom Hart. Men’s Longest Drive:  Adam Calvin; Women’s Longest Drive:  Aimee Trombly; Perfect Drive:  Ejay Bishop; Closest to the pin 2nd shot: Dale White; Closest to the Pin: Scott Brileya; Putting Contest: Joe Rodolfy.  First Place Bank was VSECU.   BrileyasFPN:  Brileyas Chrysler Jeep team of Scott Brileya, Dave Fucci, Fred Cyr and Brian Wortman receive their trophies and prizes from Chamber Executive Vice President/CEO Tom Donahue; Jack Healy of Northeast Sports Network and the WSYB Morning Show and Chamber President Marleen Cenate CasellaFPG:  Casella Waste Management team of Matt Albertazzi, Peter Mitendorf, Andy Mayer, Randy Dapron receive their trophies and prizes from Chamber Executive Vice President/CEO Tom Donahue,; Jack Healy of Northeast Sports Network and the WSYB Morning Show and Chamber President Marlene CenateRutland Chamber 6.6.2013last_img read more

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Running USA Award applications and nominations open for submission

first_img Related The application and nomination window for Running USA’s annual awards is officially open. Applications are available for those wishing to be considered for the Allan Steinfeld Development and Youth Program Awards, while nominations are being taken for the Running USA Hall of Champions, Women’s Leadership Award and the organisation’s new Rising Star Award.The AwardsAllan Steinfeld Development Award: Founded in 2010 and named after New York Road Runners past President Allan Steinfeld, this annual gift of US$25,000 is given to support the continued pursuits of elite athletes in the United States.Youth Program Award: Running USA gives one US$10,000 youth program award per year, recognizing a program that advocates the benefits of youth running, promotes healthy activities and inspires kids to get moving.Hall of Champions: In 2004, Running USA introduced the Hall of Champions as a way to acknowledge those with devotion, vision and commitment to build the sport of running.Women’s Leadership Award: Since 2005, Running USA has honoured women making a big difference in the sport. As women continue to influence the sport at the highest levels, the organisation has renamed this award from the Women’s Trailblazer Award to the Women’s Leadership Award.Rising Star Award: The purpose of this new award is to recognize the contributions of those who are relatively new to the sport of road running (five or fewer years of experience), while making a significant difference.All applications and nominations are due by Monday 9 October 2017. Awards will be presented at the Running USA Industry Conference, taking place on 11-13 February 2018 in Austin, Texas, at the Hilton Austin.Running USA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the status and experience of distance running and racing in the United States through ‘collective marketing and promotions, information and communications within the industry and to the national media, services to events and industry members, and the development of American world class stars.’The organization adds that it seeks the advancement of the sport and the provision of value to each of its members’ events and businesses.www.runningusa.orglast_img read more

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Mission eyes left-turn signals at Broadmoor and Martway, Woodson and Johnson Drive

first_imgBy Jerry LaMartinaThe Mission City Council will consider spending about $8,000 for a traffic study to determine whether a protected left-turn signal is warranted for southbound traffic on Broadmoor Street turning east onto Martway Street.The council’s Community Development Committee decided at its Wednesday meeting to forward a recommendation for the study to the council as an action item for the council’s Jan. 18 meeting.A new traffic study would serve dual purposes because a traffic study is required in order to get County Assistance Road System (CARS) funding for Broadmoor from Johnson Drive to Martway, Public Works Director John Belger said. Johnson County’s CARS program pays half the cost of construction and construction inspection for eligible projects.Olsson Associates conducted a traffic study in early 2011 and determined that a left-turn signal at Broadmoor and Martway wasn’t warranted and that a new signal at Woodson and Johnson Drive also wasn’t warranted. The committee also rekindled discussion Wednesday about whether to install a signal at that intersection, which would cost about $150,000. A signal at that intersection was removed several years ago as part of the Johnson Drive project.City Administrator Laura Smith said that installing an unwarranted traffic signal at Woodson and Johnson Drive several years ago could have jeopardized almost $2 million in federal funds for the Johnson Drive project.Smith cited the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices as the best guide for adding, removing or otherwise changing traffic signals and urged committee members to become familiar with it.“It’s sort of the bible for traffic engineers and traffic-engineering work,” she said. “It really is the guiding document for design, installation, management, operation and maintenance of all traffic devices, including signals. So you want to conduct traffic warrants or do the analysis before you make decisions about installing or removing signals or adding or taking away turning movements.”Smith estimated that adding a left-turn arrow to the signal at Broadmoor and Martway would cost about $2,000. Ward 1 Councilman Pat Quinn asked whether the city would lose any federal funds if it were to install the protected left-turn signal at Broadmoor and Martway without first having a traffic study done. Berger and Smith both said no.“Then why don’t we just do it?” Quinn asked.Belger said that doing so without first having a traffic study conducted could raise legal problems.“It does open you up to potential liability if somebody has a crash at that intersection and there’s a protected left turn, and is that warranted?” he said. “And we don’t have anything to back it up to say that it was.”Smith said the main issue was more fundamental than whether the city should spend the money for a traffic study for the left-turn arrow addition at Broadmoor and Martway, or whether it should spend the money for a new traffic signal at Woodson and Johnson Drive.“(The issue is) how are we going to make decisions related to traffic engineering in the community?” she said.last_img read more

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10th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy

first_img10th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy April 15, 2014 Regular News 1 0th JNC to fill a circuit vacancyThe 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill a circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Beth Harlan.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in Polk, Hardee, or Highlands county at the time the successful applicant is sworn into office.Applications may be obtained from Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., JNC Chair, Hardin, Pratt & Ball, 1905 Bartow Road, Lakeland 33801, 863-688-5200, [email protected] or from the Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org.  The original and nine copies of the completed application (no notebooks or binders) must be delivered to Hardin no later than 5 p.m., May 2.last_img read more

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Brain ‘reads’ sentences the same in English and Portuguese

first_imgPinterest An international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain “reads” or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same.Published in NeuroImage, the study is the first to show that different languages have similar neural signatures for describing events and scenes. By using a machine-learning algorithm, the research team was able to understand the relationship between sentence meaning and brain activation patterns in English and then recognize sentence meaning based on activation patterns in Portuguese. The findings can be used to improve machine translation, brain decoding across languages and, potentially, second language instruction.“This tells us that, for the most part, the language we happen to learn to speak does not change the organization of the brain,” said Marcel Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology and pioneer in using brain imaging and machine-learning techniques to identify how the brain deciphers thoughts and concepts. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Emailcenter_img Share LinkedIn “Semantic information is represented in the same place in the brain and the same pattern of intensities for everyone. Knowing this means that brain to brain or brain to computer interfaces can probably be the same for speakers of all languages,” Just said.For the study, 15 native Portuguese speakers — eight were bilingual in Portuguese and English — read 60 sentences in Portuguese while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. A CMU-developed computational model was able to predict which sentences the participants were reading in Portuguese, based only on activation patterns.The computational model uses a set of 42 concept-level semantic features and six markers of the concepts’ roles in the sentence, such as agent or action, to identify brain activation patterns in English.With 67 percent accuracy, the model predicted which sentences were read in Portuguese. The resulting brain images showed that the activation patterns for the 60 sentences were in the same brain locations and at similar intensity levels for both English and Portuguese sentences.Additionally, the results revealed the activation patterns could be grouped into four semantic categories, depending on the sentence’s focus: people, places, actions and feelings. The groupings were very similar across languages, reinforcing the organization of information in the brain is the same regardless of the language in which it is expressed.“The cross-language prediction model captured the conceptual gist of the described event or state in the sentences, rather than depending on particular language idiosyncrasies. It demonstrated a meta-language prediction capability from neural signals across people, languages and bilingual status,” said Ying Yang, a postdoctoral associate in psychology at CMU and first author of the study.Discovering that the brain decodes sentences the same in different languages is one of the many brain research breakthroughs to happen at Carnegie Mellon. CMU has created some of the first cognitive tutors, helped to develop the Jeopardy-winning Watson, founded a groundbreaking doctoral program in neural computation, and is the birthplace of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. Building on its strengths in biology, computer science, psychology, statistics and engineering, CMU launched BrainHub, an initiative that focuses on how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors.last_img read more

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New Multi-Fuel Bunkering Station for Port of Rotterdam

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Today, The Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that it wants a new multi-fuel bunkering station for refuelling with LNG and other cleaner fuels. The anticipated location of the bunkering station is Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and PitPoint.LNG have therefore signed a declaration of intent regarding a joint investigation into the construction of such a multi-fuel bunkering station.“As operator of Europe’s largest port, the Port Authority sees the establishment of a multi-fuel bunkering station as fitting in with its policy of pioneering European energy transition. It will help us stimulate the replacement of fuel oil by LNG as the fuel for shipping”, says Ronald Paul, COO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.The anticipated location for this multi-fuel bunkering station is the Duivelseiland in Dordrecht where the Oude Maas, Dordtse Kil and the Beneden Merwede meet. Dordrecht Inland Seaport is the most landward sea port in the Netherlands. Lying at the heart of the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp shipping area as well the being the starting point for shipping heading towards Germany, it is the perfect location for this kind of bunkering station.In the coming time, Pitpoint.LNG and the Port of Rotterdam Authority will work together on a detailed investigation into the realisation of the multi-fuel bunkering station. Among other things, this will involve talking to potential customers, partners and suppliers to look into how to match the supply of and demand for cleaner fuels as closely as possible.Whether hydrogen, electric power, bio-diesel or LNG/CNG, the central theme of the investigation is that all fuels at the multi-fuel bunkering station must produce less polluting emissions than traditional fuels. This applies to ships and lorries as well as passenger vehicles. The aim of the partnership is to work together in a cleaner climate and living environment.“Realising a multi-fuel bunkering station of this kind is part of PitPoint.LNG’s strategy of developing a European LNG refuelling infrastructure. We look forward to continuing work on this project with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, so we can contribute to cleaner transport,” says Jan Willem Drijver, Managing Director of PitPoint.LNG.Sea news, October 18last_img read more

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A Busy Day in Berea as the Browns Take a Look at Seven Players in Tryouts

first_img Matt Loede The Browns have a day off on Tuesday as they look ahead to a trip to Tampa on Sunday, but Monday the team was busy as they tried out no less than seven players according to Howard Balzer of BalzerFootball.com.The tweet below has the list of players the team take a look at Monday. Browns tryouts: C Luke Bowanko; T Gerhard de Beer; WRs John Diarse, Shay Fields, Tavarres King; FB Dimitri Flowers; LB Manase Hungalu.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) October 15, 2018* Luke Bowanko was drafted by Jacksonville in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s also played for the Ravens and Patriots, and on September 1st was released by New England.* Gerhard de Beer is 6-foot-7, 262 pounds from South Africa, he went undrafted in 2018 and joined the Bills’ practice squad before being released September 11th.* John Diarse was undrafted and played for the Broncos during the preseason, pulling in four catches for 68 yards. He played his collegeball at LSU* Shay Fields played his college ball at Colorado, and was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent this year. He had 21 career TDs at Colorado.* Tavarres King was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia. He’s played for five other teams since 2014.* Dimitri Flowers played with the Jets in preseason before being released during final roster cuts. He was inked to the Jaguars practice squad on Oct. 10, then released him two days later to sign former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.* Manase Hungalu played his college ball at Oregon State University, and was injured during camp, placed on the teams’ IR on September 3rd and released on the 6th. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsGerhard de BeerManase Hungalulast_img read more

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