Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: Handy Dandy Modus Operandi

first_imgCharles G. Gross and Asif A. Ghazanfar win the prize for this gem in Science1 from a book review of The Sensory Hand by Vernon B. Mountcastle (Harvard, 2006):In one of the first systematic attempts to describe the differences between primates and other mammals, Thomas Huxley argued that the former are distinguished by virtue of their adaptation to arboreal life.  Central to this arboreal life is the grasping hand.  Indeed, the primate hand is so fundamental to how we define ourselves that some, including Friedrich Engels, have claimed that hand use (particularly with tools) was the driving force that gave rise to our sophisticated cognitive abilities.  Though this idea is an overstatement, our hands do represent a masterpiece of Darwinian evolution; its elegant design is on a par with the eyes and ears.1Charles G. Gross and Asif A. Ghazanfar, “Neuroscience: A Mostly Sure-Footed Account of the Hand,” Science, 2 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5778, p. 1314, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125179.Well, since eyes and ears evolved, obviously, hands must have, too.  In fact, natural selection not only invented the hand, but used it as a driving force for more natural selection.  Now that just drives it out of the park, doesn’t it?  Darwinian evolution makes hands that make Darwinian evolution make brains.  Who needs artists and engineers any more?  Darwinian evolution, the masterpiece maker, the masterpiece-maker maker, renders all other makers obsolete.  It even makes masterpiece critics who know what “elegant design” means.    The reviewers must be communist sympathizers, because they ended with another quote by Engels, a guy on the dustbin of history known more for his radical economics than knowledge of anatomy: “Man alone has succeeded in impressing his stamp on nature … and he has accomplished this primarily and essentially by means of the hand … step by step, with the development [i.e., evolution] of the hand went that of the brain.”  They add, “Mountcastle’s book shows us how we are beginning to understand this process.”    You can’t know you’ve understood a process at the beginning, but only at the end.  Their “masterpiece of Darwinian evolution” statement shows that they understand little, if anything, about the origin of masterpieces.  Their choice of guru (Engels) shows that they understand even less about economics – and logic.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio’s crops in need of some rain this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mike Lutmer, Warren Co.I am going to finish up corn today. It is a little later than I’d like, but the ground is right and I don’t have very much left. I am a little concerned about planting this late but it is a 104-day hybrid and as long as we don’t have a super early frost I don’t think it will be a problem. We are down to the last couple of days planting beans. I’d like to get finished by Wednesday if the weather holds out.Within five miles I can go from ground that has water laying to a field that just got rain but hadn’t had anything for two weeks. We have places that are way too dry and places that look like a swamp.We made a good bit of hay the last two weeks. We are still fighting time to get all of the first cutting done the way I like it. The hay dried well and we had good quality. We sold it out of the field.The wheat is turning quickly. We have some that looks really good and some that is just OK. I am looking at cutting wheat around the last week of June. We had a little too much water in the fall that left it thin in some places. We haven’t had any blow down yet. We’ll bale the straw and double-crop beans.I still have a few loads of corn in the bin and I was going to sell it last week, but it kept going up. I may hold onto it for a few more days. The beans have rallied and we contracted some a few months ago and I’m glad I didn’t contract more than I did.All of the corn that is up looks great. We hope to get some sidedressing done in the next week. Some of the bean emergence I am not really happy with. In the really dry areas the beans have taken longer to get out of the ground.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.last_img read more

Iniesta: No problems during contract talks

first_imgBarcelona No problem between me and Barcelona during talks, insists Iniesta Last updated 2 years ago 03:16 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona La Liga 23042017 David Ramos/Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Denying any talk of any issues during negotiations, the midfielder assures his mind is on “continuing to have glory” at Camp Nou A revitalised Andres Iniesta insists he never had any concerns over his future at Barcelona, despite lengthy negotiations over his new deal.The Spanish club announced on Friday they had finally agreed a lifetime contract with the 33-year-old, who would otherwise have become a free agent at the end of the season.Barcelona 8/15 favs to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The midfielder – who joined Barcelona from Albacete in 1996 – dismissed speculation last month that he had already agreed to an extension, raising the possibility of him ending his glittering career away from the Camp Nou.However, after protracted talks between the two parties, Iniesta is happy to stay at the only club he has played for professionally.”There’s never been any kind of problem between myself and the club,” Iniesta said.”It’s simply that things have to run their natural course, you have to talk to find common ground and beyond that we just try to take care of things and be positive.”If this should have happened earlier or in a different way, I don’t know about that. But this is how it has turned out.”Happy #WorldSmileDay!!!— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 6, 2017Barcelona are keen to manage their captain’s minutes to prolong his impact on the first team, although the evergreen Iniesta has still started six of their seven LaLiga games this season.While he picked up an injury last time out against Las Palmas, Iniesta believes he has enjoyed a new lease of life after a difficult 2016-17.”I know how the world of football is. Last year, it looked like I was maybe done, but this year I’m living something of a rebirth,” he said.”I know my mind and body, but every player is conscious of their possibilities. I’m thinking about having fun and continuing to have glory with this club.”last_img read more

$200 Million Renovation for Montego Bay Convention Centre

first_img He indicated that the renovation will be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, from November 27 to 29. The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this forms part of the Government’s undertaking to make the facility “fit for purpose” in its transformation into a major venue to host meetings and conventions, thereby boosting its profitability.He indicated that the renovation will be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, from November 27 to 29.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said efforts will continue to consolidate the facility’s status as a venue of choice to ensure it remains foremost in the minds of stakeholders in the local, regional and global marketplace.He was addressing a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry ‘Invest MoBay’ breakfast forum at the Royal Decameron Hotel in St. James on July 28.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said the convention centre continues to rebound after suffering millions of dollars in losses over the past several years.He reiterated that consequent on interventions over the last nine months, “we have improved revenue by 65 per cent and we have turned around a projected loss of US$2 million to J$40 million.”The Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.It was constructed by the Government of Jamaica in conjunction with the Chinese Development Bank, in response to the growing need for first-class meeting and convention facilities on the island.The facility was previously owned by the Urban Development Corporation before being transferred to the Ministries of Tourism, and Finance and the Public Service. The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million. Story Highlights The Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.last_img read more