Darwin Still Rules from the Grave

first_imgDarwin died in 1882, but more than any other scientist, seems to live on in the science news.  Here are some recent examples.  The question is: do any of these articles really have anything to do with the theory that made him famous?  Or is some other dynamic at work that keeps him in the forefront? Darwinian funding:  Science magazine (11 November 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6057 pp. 753-754, doi: 10.1126/science.334.6057.753) lamented how the bad economy is affecting funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In “Darwinism vs. Social Engineering at NIH,” Jocelyn Kaiser wrote about the competition between labs.  “As National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus recently put it, NIH is weighing some type of ‘social engineering’ rather than simply letting ‘Darwinian forces’ cull weaker labs and shrink the number of mouths NIH feeds.”  It sounds like a metaphor of the battle between Intelligent Design and Survival of the Fittest, but surely she did not mean that medical labs are products of random, undirected mechanisms.  [News Flash: Darwinism is not a force.] Darwinian robots:  New Scientist committed a colossal non-sequitur in its short article, “Darwin trumps self-obsession in robotics.”  The point is that creating robots in our own image is doomed to fail.  A new generation of rebel roboticists, the editorial claims, is thinking that robots should be soft and squishy, “inspired by the theory that intelligence emerges from the body.”  Here was the ending non-sequitur: “Crucially, the next generation of robots will not be designed as if by gods – in our image – but by using the principles revealed by Darwin. Once again, evolution has dealt a blow to the idea that humans were created special.” Darwinian emotions:  The only one of these three articles that related specifically to Darwin’s theory was an update on his theory of emotions posted by the BBC News.  The Darwin Correspondence Project is trying to recreate his experiment nearly 150 years later, reporter Stephanie Hegarty wrote, “to test his results, and draw attention to his contribution to psychology.”  Hegarty gave him a pass: “It was somewhat unscientific by modern standards, with no control group and a very small sample, but it was revolutionary for its time.”  Darwin wanted to prove that facial expressions in response to emotion were innate and universal, and that “expression was a trait that humans shared with beasts.”  His results were published in his 1872 book, The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals.  The BBC News article, however, drew no connection to his hunch and his theory of natural selection; nor did it seek to explain how facial expressions lead to fitness and survival.  Anyway, has the Darwin Correspondence Project replicated the results?  No; it’s a work in progress.  That didn’t stop Hegarty from heaping praise on Darwin with quotes from others who called him “an immense intellect” and “truly a genius” who “formed the basis for an entire canon of psychological study.” Darwinian weapons:  On the premise that “evolution is a simple fact” and “the fact of evolution itself is not disputed by any reputable scientist” (appealing to Coyne and Dawkins as authorities), Paula Kirby at The Washington Post took glee in skewering Christian conservatives as guilty of willful ignorance, because “Evolution Threatens Christianity.”  Without mentioning Darwin directly, she referred to two of his greatest defenders today.  This has long been a legacy of Darwinism: a tool to attack religion – and not just any religion, but Christianity.  Paula Kirby’s screed and New Scientist’s loony non-sequitur are so typical of the Darwin demagogues.  Their notion of scientific “truth” could not withstand a freshman course in philosophy of science.  The modus operandi of their ilk is: (1) hate Christians and conservatives first, then (2) appeal to the authority of Darwin and his disciples to call anyone who disagrees an ignoramus. Charles Darwin is the god of atheists and naturalists, the Bearded Buddha at whose shrine they offer their sacrifices.  For a balance to the worship and adoration given to the B.B. you need to read Jerry Bergman’s eye-opening book, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin (available at Amazon.com).  It’s amazing this troubled con-man ever became famous at all.  For instance, Bergman reveals that his photographs used for The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals were faked (just one of many scientific sins he committed).  The guy was as bad as Haeckel, but got away with it, because of his gift of gab and manner of carefully cataloguing things to present a façade of scientific rigor, then telling stories that had little or nothing to do with the data or his theory (if it can even be called a theory), winning acceptance through association. Getting Moses out of science was really the goal.  It so appealed to other anti-religious disciples that, with the aid of his X-men like Huxley, they redefined science altogether as naturalism; something like Darwinism, therefore, had to be true – by definition!  Natural history became confabulation, scientific rigor, mortis.  The articles above show that his disciples completely misrepresent his ideas and portray “natural selection” as if it performs intelligent design miracles!  This is insane.  It’s time we expose the fraud of this flawed, disturbed man who has been morphed into a caricature of Moses leading science into a promised land.  They’re not in the promised land; they’re wandering aimlessly in Fantasyland.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Surprise: Men and Women Greatly Differ Genetically

first_imgby Dr Jerry BergmanAn article in New Scientist titled “Sex Differences in Human Gene Expression” concluded that “Researchers uncover thousands of genes whose activity varies between men and women.”[1] Specifically, their study found 6,500 genes were differentially expressed. They concluded that men and women are distinctly dimorphic, consequently one result of this fact is that they have very dissimilar disease susceptibilities.[2] The sexual dimorphic traits result mainly from differential expression of the genes that exist in both sexes. These results strongly go against the current politically correct view that the only differences between males and females are a few minor plumbing variations and a couple of small hormones.Two researchers, Shmuel Pietrokovski and Moran Gershoni, evaluated organ-, tissue-, and individual-specific gene expression from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTex) Portal data base. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science produced a comprehensive genetic map of the genes that are differentially expressed in men and women.[3]This was not the first research in this area. One study found that mutations likely accumulated in genes that produced sperm because these mutations were expressed only in men. As a result, harmful mutations that cause health problems or death in only half of the population are passed on by women who have no sign of the mutation. The result is even further evidence for the accumulation of deleterious mutations that leads to mutational meltdown, the exact opposite that is required for Darwinian evolution. Evolution is thus true, but going backwards.To explore if other genes were differentially expressed, Pietrokovski and Gershoni examined close to 20,000 protein-coding genes. Of these, around 6,500 were expressed more in one sex than the other. They found removal of these genes by death or reduced fecundity was lower in these genes, thus these gene were more likely to be passed on to the next generation, resulting the accumulation of deleterious mutations.[4]The study is just one example of the latest research that emphasizes the many genetic differences between males and females. More surprising is the same sexual differences that have been found in animals. Kathleen Gardiner, a neuroscientist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, found evidence of brain region sex differences in mice.[5] Other studies have documented that sex differences in mice exist that can affect cardiovascular health, liver disease, and even cancer risk. These and many other studies were published in the Journal of Biology of Sex Differences.The study is just one example of the latest research that emphasizes the many genetic differences between males and females.Researchers studying pigeons determined that the sexes showed notably different gene expression patterns.[6] The researchers found hundreds of examples of differential patterns of gene expression in the hypothalamus, pituitary, and gonads, and, if they had looked at every body structure, presumably they would have found hundreds more differences.These differences may be due to, or in addition to, differences caused by genomic imprinting, the epigenetic silencing that allows certain genes to be expressed in a parent-of-origin-specific manner. Also, an allele on the Y chromosome inherited from the father causes sexually selective imprinting, silencing hundreds of genes. As a result, only the allele from the mother is expressed. Epigenetic silencing involves DNA and histone methylation, attaching a methyl (CH3) group, to block expression of the gene without altering the genetic sequence. Likewise, the Xist (X-inactive specific transcript), a gene located on the X chromosome in placental mammals is a major effector of the X inactivation process, creating even more genetic differences.Update from Editor 5/10/17: Science Daily mentioned the Weizmann report on May 4. On May 9, a WND Exclusive report offered more “proof that a man can never become a woman.” The report includes multiple stories of transgender males outcompeting true biological women in sports. “A biological male can take hormones, surgically alter his body and identify as ‘female,’ but the procedures still won’t make him a woman, according to new evidence found by Israeli researchers,” the report begins. “That’s because there are at least 6,500 genes that contain sex-specific instructions for males and females.” President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University Dr. Everett Piper notes that the transgender craze invading our culture is actually anti-woman and anti-feminist, because it pretends womanhood is unreal. If anyone can claim to be a man one day and a woman the next, that’s tantamount to denying the very existence of the female. Feminists should be outraged.[1] Akst, Jef. 2017. Sex Differences in Human Gene Expression. The Scientist. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49347/title/Sex-Differences-in-Human-Gene-Expression/[2] Gershoni, Moran and Shmuel Pietrokovski. 2017.  The landscape of sex-differential transcriptome and its consequent selection in human adults. BMC Biology. 15(7):1-15[3] https://www.gtexportal.org/home/[4] Weizmann Wonder Wander May 3, 2017. http://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/life-sciences/researchers-identify-6500-genes-are-expressed-differently-men-and-women.[5] Krisch, Joshua A. 2017. How Much Do Sex Differences Matter in Mouse Studies? February, 24. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/48616/title/How-Much-Do-Sex-Differences-Matter-in-Mouse-Studies-/[6] https://www.nature.com/articles/srep45125.Dr. Jerry Bergman is a professor, author and speaker.Men and women are different in many major ways and the politically correct movement cannot change that fact. Every scientific test we have performed has documented this fact and now we know that many of these differences have a genetic basis.(Visited 847 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgAfter the Raiders upset win over the Cowboys in the NRL last weekend, hearts are certainly pumping in the nations capital and the trip to Melbourne to face the Storm on June 18, now has some added spice. TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director, Michael Lovett, have been working with the Melbourne Storm side to organise the scheduling of a 30 minute Touch game at Olympic Park as a curtain raiser to the Storm vs Radiers match. While the details are not all confirmed yet, TFA will be promoting this opportunity to it’s fullest as the event draws near…so keep your eye on the website for more information! The NSW Country Championships saw 101 teams hit Dubbo, with several interstate teams taking part in the round matches before competing against each other in the Interstate Challenge on the final day. Wagga Wagga are undoubtedly the strength of Country NSW claiming the double in both the Mens and Womens Open. Below are all the results from the 2006 NSW Country Championships:Mens Open: Wagga (7) def Wallsend (6)Mens Open Interstate Challenge: ACT (8) def SA (3)Womens Open: Wagga (5) def Newcastle University (4)Womens Open Interstate Challenge ACT (5) def Victoria (2)Mixed Open: Griffith (7) def Newcastle City (3)Mens 18’s: Wallsend (5) def ACT (3)Mens 23’s: Wallsend (5) def Dubbo (3)Womens 18’s: Tamworth (6) def Wagga (3)Womens 23’s: Wollongong (6) def Tamworth (0)Mens 35’s: Victoria (7) def Leeton (3)Womens 35’s: Port Macquarie (2) def Wallsend (0)Senior Mixed: Forster Tuncurry (7) def Dubbo (5)Mens 40’s: Wollongong (5) def Port Macquarie (2)Womens 40’s: Central Coast (2) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 45’s: Wagga (6) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 50’s: Newcastle City (5) def Wollongong (2) The Yass knockout has been set for January 27-28 2007, with over 90 teams expected to attend and fight for $12,000 in prize money. Welcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where there is plenty of news in Touch for all. It is certainly a massive week with tournaments, announcements and more big news… TFA’s new partnership with Esus Footwear will be headlining the opening of our online shop, set to begin business this week. The latest from our web group is that we can hope to be up and running this week, with the new Esus shoes and the 2006 NTL Fox Package DVD’s set to be the hottest items for purchase. For all the information on the Esus Touch Football boots check out ESUS TOUCH FOOTBALL BOOTS. Here’s one for all interested referees out there…WA referee John Bedford has been promoting the sport on ‘Have a Go TV’ in WA, check out the link to see his story: http://www.haveagotv.com.au/segment.php?id=84&l=1 The latest edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter, will be delivered this week, so keep your eye out on the TFA website or subscribe on the homepage to receive it direct to your email. The University of Southern Queensland are sending a mixed side to the Northern Uni Games, with several experienced Australian junior representatives and Queensland Origin players. They’re keen for a sponsor to help them make the trip to the Sunshine Coast and to help them in their quest for Gold or Silver. If your business is keen to support them, please contact Christopher Kavney on 0427 161 590 for more info. NT will also be holding their annual Elite Training Camp from June 29 to July 1 in Darwin. The 2006 NTL Fox Package is now available for purchase! The package (as seen on Fox) contains highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open grand final, as well a majority of the Mens Open final. With commentary from Australian Mens Open coach Tony Trad and also skill packages leading players such as Sharyn Williams and Phil Gyemore, it’s a fantastic production. The DVD is available for purchase for $20 inc GST, (plus $5 postage) and can be ordered by phoning Rachel on (02) 6285 2703 or emailing media@austouch.com.au. Rugby Union have the Wallabies, in League they are the Kangaroos, while the basketballers are the Boomers and the Opals…and I’ve heard of some side called the Socceroos??? But what about our National Touch sides? TFA are after suggestions of either names or a mascot for our National sides heading to the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Email your suggestions to media@austouch.com.au. We’ll keep you updated on the progress! In news from the Northern Territory the NT Secondary Schools Championships are set to be held in Alice Springs this Wednesday to Friday, with NT teams being selected for the National Secondary School Championships being held in Perth this October. Later this week TFA will be approaching all members who have subscribed to the TFA website email database and asking them to complete an online survey on the 2006 NTL package shown on Fox Sports. The survey is aimed at providing feedback on the package, it’s value and quality. If you would like to take part in the survey you will need to subscribe on the front page of the TFA website today. If you tend to be an affiliate hopper in NSW, that may no longer be you, as the NSWTA Board have introduced a new affiliate representative transfer rule. Check out NSW Touch for all of the info. They are hoping that the first of their measures will help ensure a clean, fair and equitable system for the sport in NSW. Remember, if you have any info for this weekly column, email it to media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more