Liberty Is an Anti-Darwinian Concept

first_imgThe Darwinian worldview that allegedly freed people from ‘religion’ actually enslaves them to the worst kind of tyranny.In the United States today, Americans will celebrate Independence Day with parties, barbecues, and fireworks. Hopefully mixed in with the fun is some appreciation for the founding principles of America:All men are created equalHuman rightsLife, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessLiberty and justice for allE pluribus unum (out of many, one)In God we trustThe American dreamAll of these ideals are profoundly anti-Darwinian. The secular worldview in vogue today, resting on Darwin’s advocacy of nature run by unguided natural processes, cannot derive any of these. In fact, the opposite is true: secularism undermines every one of these, and historically, has fought against them.Darwin and his successors limited all scientific explanation to chance and natural law. The natural law Darwin is famous for was natural selection, which is simply a restatement of the Stuff Happens Law. Natural selection, therefore, gets subsumed within the ‘chance’ category. Chance, we know is not a scientific explanation at all. It means, “The unknown and unpredictable element in any event that has no assignable cause or guidance from a natural law or intelligent category.” As such, it represents the “other” category when natural law is exhausted. It is not a cause. It is not an explanation. It is empty of meaning.Credit: Illustra MediaWhat natural laws are left? Well, there are Newton’s laws of motion. There is universal gravitation. There are the laws of thermodynamics. Toss in Einstein’s relativity and quantum mechanics. You can add any other so-called ‘laws of nature’ into the mix, and you will not find liberty. Or justice. Or equality. None of these physical laws can produce any of the American ideals, because the ideals involved concepts, not particles subject to mathematically-describable forces. To the extent they are mathematically describable, they are not free. Particles must act the way the laws say they will. (For radical empiricists, who describe laws as patterns in experience, they would say particles “do” act the way the laws say, not that they “must” act that way.)There is no liberty in physics. Physicists speak of “free parameters” but those are merely starting conditions. They do not change the deterministic outcomes (except for some quantum effects, which typically operate at the nanometer scale, as in radioactive decay). There is no justice in physics. The laws are as they are. No human is at liberty to change them, or to choose a different universe with different laws to live in.Many Darwinians deny free will. The late William Provine stressed this point. So much for liberty. According to Richard Dawkins, we are pawns of our selfish genes. But do genes have liberty to mold us according to their selfish desires? Of course not; they are particles that ultimately obey the laws of physics, or chance. Liberty is not chance; it is a choice against alternatives—one option, to the exclusion of another. Information can be described that way: a choice to put together certain letters—to the exclusion of others—to convey meaning that an intelligent agent chooses to communicate.Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn, Hollywood, California (DFC)Because natural selection was often twisted into Social Darwinism, assuming that “survival of the fittest” implied a “struggle for existence,” Darwinian evolution bore much anti-liberty fruit. The genocides of the 20th century, extending into the 19th century, were motivated by Darwin’s “law of nature” (law of the jungle) where, since only the “fittest” survive, it was necessary to prove oneself the fittest by putting down everyone else. Dr. Jerry Bergman has documented outrageous atrocities that Darwinians committed in his books The Darwin Effect and How Darwin Corrodes Morality. There were actually Darwinians (beginning with Darwin himself) who believed that charity to the weak and the poor was against nature, because it undermined survival of the fittest. Some took it upon themselves to exterminate the weak and sick as a duty to nature. Certainly Hitler felt this way, but he was not alone; the communist dictators used the same justification.The Cold War pitted two opposite worldviews against each other: the “free world” led by the Americans who believed in liberty, and the “communist bloc” (or “evil empire” as Reagan called it) who followed Darwinism to its logical conclusions: the view that nature favors the powerful, whether individual or collective. Bergman shows how the Japanese had fallen for Darwinism before World War II. Their belief in “emperor worship” was not religious, but Darwinian. Needless to say, the worst totalitarian dictatorships the world has ever seen relied on Darwinian views.Some will argue that America’s founding fathers were not Biblical creationists, but deists. Some were; some were not. But even the deists like Thomas Jefferson believed in intelligent design and divine providence (see John West argue this at Evolution News). Their deity was not distant and uninvolved. Jefferson penned the consensus of the fathers in the Declaration of Independence drafted July 2, 1776, but proclaimed on July 4: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”Those who are attracted to socialism ignore history at their peril. With Darwinian dictators, you only get one vote, one time.The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is inscribed with the words of Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” If you desire liberty, follow Jesus Christ. He quoted Isaiah 61 in the synagogue in Nazareth, expressing his heart for man’s welfare, while identifying with God—thereby claiming deity and expressing the heart of God the Father as well: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).Detail of mosaic, Liberty Hall, Forest Lawn, California (DFC)(Visited 502 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Energy efficiency on show in Durban

first_img30 November 2011 If you’re looking for state-of-the-art innovations in energy efficiency, the South African Climate Change Response Expo, running alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, has got it all. South African technologies and those from around the world supporting the shift to a climate-resilient future are on display at the expo – which is free and open to the public – for the duration of COP 17.Solar-powered street lights In the Quinine tree marquee, South African start-up BENBEN gives product demonstrations on solar-powered street lights that are currently being piloted in several of the country’s municipalities. The BENBEN power generator produces 220V AC power and is suitable for lighting, television and charging mobile phones. It can be powered from a 12V solar panel or by hand cranking, with 15 minutes of cranking providing up to three hours of electricity. The BENBEN Eco Geezer provides hot water on demand without the need for a storage tank or heating element, saving up to 80 percent on electricity costs compared to traditional hot water geysers. The City of Cape Town exhibit, which can be found in an interesting plastic crate structure, runs completely on solar and wind-powered energy. “We’ve got a hand-held LCD screen here so we can read at any time how much power we are drawing, and what we’re putting back into Durban,” said Stephen Lamb, director of Touching the Earth Lightly.Vertical shaft brick kiln technology The Swiss stand promotes an extremely relevant vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK) technology that is both energy-efficient and cost-effective. Firing bricks is an energy-intensive process that typically results in high greenhouse gas emissions. The VSBK technology is said to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 60 percent compared to conventional firing techniques while reducing particulate emissions by up to 90 percent. The open source VSBK technology facilitates access to green funds and the CDM market, and the Swiss have provided technical support for a pilot plant in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape.A ‘Joule’ of an electric car Even though South Africa will have to wait until 2015 before it sees the Joule, a locally developed electric automobile, on the country’s streets, interest in the vehicle has been strong. “Due to no spark plugs and no mechanical moving parts in the engine, the maintenance and longevity of an electric vehicle far outperforms today’s combustion engines, only requiring a service every 45 000kms,” said Jaco van Loggerenberg, communications manager of Optimal Energy, the company behind the vehicle. It comes as no surprise that Japan’s stand is filled with technologies, from state-of-the-art energy-saving heat pumps to innovative steam traps used to reduce CO2 emissions from oil refinery processes. The expo is situated at Centrum Car Park, Bram Fischer Road, within 300 metres of the International Convention Centre, directly between the COP 17 transport hub and the formal COP 17 negotiating space in the Convention Centre. It will be open from 10am to 6pm Sundays through Thursdays, and from 10am to 8pm on the Fridays and Saturdays of COP 17. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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U.S. Navy CIO: Social Media Should Be Part of Military IT Standard

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… jolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Social Web#web In a blog post this week, U.S. Navy CIO Rob Carey wrote that social media is a resource for the American military that should be used to build trust and collaboration, both within and outside the organization.In attempts to balance communication, transparency, and operational security, the military has encountered both practical obstacles and general criticism. In a recent podcast, Carey said, “Most social networking tools come with no rules of the road. As the Internet moves towards user-generated content, we thought there was a void we could fill… to mitigate some of the security risks associated with social media.”Beyond risk management, Carey said, “Social media has a powerful collaboration engine associated with it.”Generally, military organizations have the options to reach out directly to large IT companies to configure customized security profiles and inherent OPSEC protection for personnel; traditionally, however, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have not been particularly receptive to working within that type of culture or framework. From the sharing-and-access social media pole to the security/military pole, both sides are resistant to different approaches to shared and social information. Still, Carey is an advocate for the usefulness of these tools, even behind a military firewall.“We must remain a learning organization. As the Internet evolves, so must our workforce and its associated skills. To that end, we must be able to embrace change,” Carey wrote in his blog post. “Many of our processes are rooted in the Industrial Age and will need to move toward the Information Age to remain relevant in the coming years.”With specific regard to social media and the American military, Carey stated, “Social media is an inherent part of the toolbox for members of the millennial workforce, while baby boomers are just adopting it. Social media tools should become the standard by which we can share and collaborate on information inside and outside the network boundaries.”He also highlighted green initiatives, mobile working, and the use of modern technological tools in recruitment efforts.To see Carey’s office’s Policy and Guidelines for Secure Use of Social Media by Federal Departments and Agencies, click here for a full PDF.While Carey’s optimism is to be applauded, one wonders what our military-minded friends will have to say about OPSEC vis-a-vis social media. The battlefield isn’t really Foursquare-compatible, and the military might actually have the last plausible use case for censorship. Every servicemember is probably aware of existing regulations for Internet and social media use; how do you think Carey’s goals and statements will affect the state of affairs on the ground, and do you feel such a shift is needed or welcomed? Let us know your opinions in the comments. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Report: Huddersfield 0 Liverpool 3

first_imgHuddersfield 0 Liverpool 3: Can, Firmino and Salah get Klopp’s men back on track Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 1/31/18 RobertoFirmino - cropped Getty Images Humbling losses to Swansea City and West Brom loomed over Liverpool’s trip to Huddersfield but Mohamed Salah closed out a 3-0 victory. Liverpool put back-to-back defeats behind them as Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured a routine 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.The glow of the Reds’ stunning 4-3 win over Premier League leaders Manchester City earlier this month quickly faded as a loss at lowly Swansea was followed by West Brom arriving at Anfield to ransack Jurgen Klopp’s FA Cup bid at the weekend.Klopp, who benched record signing Virgil van Dijk, initially looked like he would get few favours out of close friend David Wagner and Huddersfield until Can’s deflected drive broke the deadlock after 26 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Firmino caught out Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl in first-half stoppage time, leaving a mountain that the hosts seldom looked like scaling before Philip Billing clumsily fouled Can in the box and Salah dispatched his 26th goal of the season in all competitions.It proved to be a profitable night with regards to Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions as Arsenal went down 3-1 at Swansea City, while Klopp can look forward to the prospect of Manchester United and Tottenham taking points off one another on Wednesday.pic.twitter.com/yKRramHqDl— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 30, 2018Huddersfield adopted the deep-lying but energetic defensive approach that almost bore fruit against Manchester City in November and Liverpool were frustrated in their bid for clear chances during the opening 15 minutes.It was the hosts who fashioned the first clear sight of goal when wing-back Chris Lowe galloped down the Liverpool right and crossed for Laurent Depoitre, who failed to catch his shot cleanly and Loris Karius saved well.The heavily protected Lossl got down to keep out an awkwardly bouncing strike from Can but he had no chance when the same player’s venomous drive clipped Billing and flew into the bottom right corner.A raucous home crowd’s backing for their team did not waver and Lowe almost raised the roof five minutes before half-time when his free-kick curled just wide after Sadio Mane brought down Town captain Jonathan Hogg.But Wagner’s men were forced to absorb a sucker punch on the stroke of the interval when Firmino made light of an acute angle to squeeze a clever finish between Lossl and his upright.How did Bobby score from there?!? pic.twitter.com/JGAQFAMu7Z— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 30, 2018Huddersfield still showed little inclination to operate outside their own half for too long and Mane might have done better when he headed Can’s searching cross at Lossl.The same combination almost succeeded in the 69th minute, with Can launching the ball over the top from midfield and Mane powering a diving header wide.Wagner’s side had hopeful penalty appeals waved away when Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson tangled with substitute Colin Quaner.It was then Salah’s turn to be wasteful in front of goal by prodding into the side-netting having scooted around Lossl.That miss did not discourage the Egypt star when Kevin Friend pointed to the spot 12 minutes from time and Salah sent the Lossl the wrong way – also the direction in which Huddersfield’s season is heading.Winless in seven, they are 14th and only a point above the relegation zone in an increasingly congested fight for survival. KEY OPTA STATS- This was the 58th ground that Liverpool have played at in the Premier League; they’ve won at more different stadiums than any other side in the competition (54).- Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 25 Premier League goals this season, the most of any player in the competition (19 goals, 6 assists).- Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances against newly promoted teams (eight goals, two assists).- Five of Emre Can’s nine Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box, including three of his last five. read morelast_img read more

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