Creationism as “Contamination”

first_imgSome evolutionists see anything less than 100% pure Darwinism as a kind of contamination, like unpasteurized milk, a threat to public health.Andy Coghlan wrote for New Scientist, “Texas Creationism Showdown May ‘Contaminate’ Textbook.”  It appears that the only changes proposed by the textbook committee are to “cast doubt on the scientific validity of evolution.”  Coghlan is worried, however, that a decision by the 15-member Texas State Board of Education “may contain creationist arguments.”  He did not provide any examples.Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network originated the contamination metaphor: “Texas could contaminate the education products sold in the rest of the country,” he said.  He threw in a wild-west metaphor speaking of the publishers: “Will they stick to their scientific guns or put the junk in, that’s the question.”Coghlan’s only hope is that Texas will adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in time.  As Evolution News & Views reported, the NGSS mandates teaching of evolution dogmatically, free of critical thinking and contrary facts.  John West at Evolution News & Views tried to set the record straight about the Texas Board of Education standards.Don’t fear the DODO‘s guns; the barrels are pointed backwards.  So, what junk would they like to keep in the textbooks?  The junk about Haeckel’s fraudulent embryo drawings?  The junk about the early-man march of progress?  The junk about peppered moths and finch beaks?  The junk about partridge chicks mimicking dinosaurs running up slopes and taking off like birds?  The junk about junk DNA?  The textbooks are already contaminated.  Creationists would like to clean them up.  Isn’t it just like the Saul Alinsky DODO radicals to call the clean-up crew the purveyors of contamination?  Let’s give Darwinism a Dennett-brand acid bath and watch it eat itself. (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BRICS bank ‘to boost South Africa’

first_img26 June 2012The development bank planned by members of the BRICS group of influential emerging economies could help South Africa finance its state-led infrastructure drive, says Business Unity SA CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni.According to I-Net Bridge, Majokweni told an African National Congress (ANC) business forum in Johannesburg on Monday that an immediate benefit of a BRICS bank would be “a massive injection in our infrastructure development plan, which could help the government meet some of its very ambitious growth targets”.At the BRICS summit in New Delhi, India in March, the leaders of the five countries considered a proposal to set up a BRICS-led South-South Development Bank, funded and managed by the BRICS and other developing countries.Such a bank could help its member countries pool resources for infrastructure development and lend among themselves during difficult global times.Majokweni said on Monday that a BRICS bank would “promote growth and investment in its member states and other emerging markets, and will be a strong voice in the lobbying for the reform of international financial institutions”.The bank could be launched as early as 2013, when South Africa hosts the next BRICS leaders summit.BRICS financial safety net discussedLast week, South African President Jacob Zuma, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Mexico.During their meeting last Monday, the five leaders discussed the possibility of setting up a currency swap arrangement and a foreign exchange reserve pool within the five-member framework.The foreign exchange reserve pool would act as a financial safety net, creating a joint pool of reserves to be used in case any member country was faced with sudden capital flight.BRICS agree to help recapitalise IMFThe Brics leaders also agreed that they would contribute to a recapitalisation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).On the Tuesday following the meeting, South Africa announced that it was commiting US$2-billion of its foreign reserves to the IMF’s firewall fund to help prevent future financial crises.Business Day reports that International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, also addressing the ANC’s business forum on Monday, said the IMF loan would help South Africa gain influence internationally.“This pledge by BRICS countries is in line with the provision to transform institutions of global governance,” Business Day quoted Nkoane-Mashabane as saying.“It has been a tradition … that decisions in international financial institutions are made and influenced by countries with strong financial muscles. The more we contribute … the better the prospects for us as a country to influence decisions.”Mexican President Felipe Calderon, in comments on the weekend reported by London’s Financial Times, noted that this was the first time that the IMF was being recapitalised without the participation of the US, “which reflects the importance of emerging markets”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Netflix: We’re Working On HTML5 Standard to Bring Streaming Video to All Devices

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Remember a couple months back, when we were all waiting breathlessly for Netflix to release an app for the iOS, so we could finally watch streaming movies on the go? Well, iPhone and iPad users finally got their wish, as did Windows Phone 7 users, but Android users are left awaiting their own, device-specific app. According to Netflix VP of Engineering Christian Kaiser, this is a key area of focus for Netflix in the coming year, and the company hopes to help define a standard that will bring streaming video to a variety of consumer electronics using HTML5.When the company posted about its use of HTML5 technology earlier this month, it spoke of “the freedom to create rich, dynamic and interactive experiences for any platform with a web browser.” HTML5, it said, was the core to its iPhone, iPad and Android apps.  Immediately, the comments were filled with Linux, WebOS, Android and other platform users asking when streaming video would be brought to them. The post was later updated to say that the company would address these issues in the near future. Today’s blog post addresses this issue, explaining that HTML5 “seems like a natural next step for us to use it for streaming video playback within our HTML5-based user interfaces. However, as of today, there is no accepted standard for advanced streaming through the

When Little Data Is Bigger Than Big Data

first_imgBig Data is all the rage. And with good reason, too. There is so much data being created, captured, sorted, sifted through, analyzed, reported, sold, and shared that extraordinary business insights are inevitable. And we’re just getting started.But not so fast! With all this trumpeting of the “new” new thing, let’s not forget about what’s really important: Little Data.Little DataBig Data is the aggregated data from lots of individual consumer transactions (as well as all of the rest of the data in the digital wake now trailing behind each of us). The data is being used to determine how to sell to individuals and businesses. But you already have Little Data, and that Little Data can help you serve your clients and dream clients now.Over time, you’ve captured your client’s communication preferences. You know that they prefer phone calls to email, or in some cases, they prefer a text message. You know that they like a follow up call when they place an order. You know that sometimes they need to see your face, and sometimes they just want you to listen. You’ve got information about your client’s communication preferences in your sales force automation software right now.You’ve also captured information about your client’s ordering patterns. You know the big shifts in their business, their peak season, and their client’s ordering patterns. You’ve got this information in your system now.You have a lot of data about your clients at your fingertips now.Context and InsightIf you’ve done a reasonably good job capturing information from all of the interactions you’ve had with your clients and dream clients, you’ve also got something Big Data doesn’t necessarily give you: context.I bought my son the Hellsing videos on Amazon.com. I think I bought two separate sets of videos. Now, Amazon is recommending I buy all kinds of cartoons and manga. The data collected doesn’t come with context. It doesn’t recognize that I am not my son, that the videos were a reward for good grades, and that they are cluttering my experience with what their data tells them I want to buy. It’s not the perfect analogy, but Amazon’s algorithm says that if I bought Helsing, I am interested the stuff that other Hellsing buyers bought.You, on the other hand, know why your clients ordered what they ordered, when they’ll need to order it again, and how they might do better by doing something different.You are all the time collecting and capturing data about your clients and your dream clients. But to make this Little Data work for you, you have to use it to generate insights, ideas, and value for your clients and your dream clients. Sometimes Little Data is more powerful than Big Data.QuestionsWhat little data do you collect?What do you know about your clients that helps to you serve them better than anyone else could?What ideas and insights does your insight give you?Is your Little Data as important as any Big Data? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more