Tired of Old Gaia?  Try This: New Gaia

first_imgJames Lovelock gets the stage without flying fruit (yet) in the December 18 issue of Nature.1  His 1970-ish “living earth” view of evolution, the Gaia hypothesis, in which life and the earth co-evolve together as one big living system, gets a new screening as what might be called neo-Gaia in an unrefuted Concepts piece in the world’s most prestigious science journal.  But he hastens to emphasize, more than once, that Gaia is not in contention with the leading biological paradigm, and explains carefully what Gaia does not mean (emphasis added in all quotes):Gaia theory does not contradict darwinism, rather it extends it to include evolutionary biology and evolutionary geology as a single science [sic].  In Gaia theory, organisms change their material environment as well as adapt to it.  Selection favours the improvers, and the expansion of favourable traits extends local improvement and can make it global.  Inevitably there will be extinctions and losers, winners may gain in the short term, but the only long-term beneficiary is life itself.  Its persistence for over three billion years in spite of numerous catastrophes, internal or external, lends support to the theory.  I have never intended the powerful metaphor ‘the living Earth’ more seriously than the metaphor of ‘the selfish gene’.  I have used it, along with my neologism geophysiology, to draw attention to the similarity between Gaian and physiological regulation.So if Dawkins can use an anthropomorphic catch-phrase and get away with it, why can’t I, he seems to be saying.  James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis appear to be still smarting from reputations, deserved or not, that they (or their disciples) were imputing divine attributes to mother Earth and empowering the New Age movement.  They’ve learned their lesson, he claims, and modified Gaia according to valid criticisms.  New Gaia has been shown to be “fruitful and makes successful or useful predictions” which he displays in a table, and seems to be making a favorable comeback in some circles.    In his conclusion, however, he can’t seem to resist romanticizing, and politicizing, his pet theory, in picturesque prose, with Grandmother Nature gently nodding from her wheelchair in the background:As the Earth ages, the Sun’s heat ineluctably intensifies; in approximately one billion years the Earth will pass the limit of climatic stability and irreversibly return to inorganic chemistry.  Moreover, as it grows older the Earth system weakens, and before long a large planetesimal impact may throw our planet prematurely into its final hot, dry state.  A few thermophiles in oasis ecosystems might survive, but we could never recapture the abundant life and lush environment we now enjoy.  The Earth system is elderly and we should treat it with respect and care.    Gaia theory reconciles current thinking in evolutionary biology with that in evolutionary geology  It extends, not contradicts, Darwin’s vision, just as relativity enhances, not denies, Newtonian physics.  The theory is provisional, but provides an intellectual habitat where understanding of the Earth can evolve and grow.  Perhaps its greatest value lies in its metaphor of a living Earth, which reminds us that we are part of it and that human rights are constrained by the needs of our planetary partners.1James Lovelock, “Gaia: the living Earth,” Nature 426, 769 – 770 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426769a.Well, it’s going to be interesting to see the letters to the editor on this one.  Advice: stay out of the line of fire.  Maybe Nature has had it with Lovelock and Margulis’ incessant whining about how closed-minded establishment scientists are, and acquiesced, “All right already, here’s a forum, give us your best shot,” expecting Lovelock to implode in full public view.  It appears he did.    What’s funny about Gaia is not just its cute new-age, daisy-holding-hands metaphorical imagery, but the rancor it has generated among its adherents against the reigning Darwin Party.*  Like Simon Conway Morris’s demiurge orchestra-conductor model (see Dec. 7 headline), Gaia is just not mindless enough.  Darwinists hate minds.  They want a blind, aimless, purposeless, impersonal, mechanistic process from eternity to eternity.  Even our minds are supposed to be chemical illusions (see Oct. 3 headline).  Despite Lovelock’s valiant performance, trying to portray Gaia as an act without an actor, he blows it by talking about “the Earth system” being elderly and deserving of our respect.  One does not respect mindless, purposeless, undirected processes.  Darwin Party members in the audience will have a cow when he delivers his soliloquy about his pet theory being an extension to Darwinism comparable to relativity being an extension to Newtonian mechanics.    Well, Lovelock, you got your fifteen minutes on stage.  Gong.  Next.*For fun reading, look at the nasty things Margulis (and other evolutionists who are not deemed naturalistic enough) have said against the Darwin Party, as quoted in Henry Morris’s December commentary, “Willingly Ignorant,” from ICR.  If you think the Big Science establishment is open to unorthodox views, wait’ll you read these seething quotes.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WTO rules against COOL

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued its decision ruling against Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).“The World Trade Organization dispute panel has ruled that U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations for meats are not in compliance with previous WTO decisions. That means we need further effort to craft an acceptable COOL program,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau. “Farm Bureau will carefully review the decision and then determine recommended actions. We will work with Congress, USDA and USTR to reach the goal of an effective COOL program that conforms to international trade rules.”National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said while this is a set back for COOL, there is still ample opportunity for the administration, Mexico and Canada to negotiate an acceptable path forward.“As we have seen in other disputes, once decisions are handed down, WTO members often work together to find a solution that will work for them,” Johnson said. “In this case, such a solution must involve continuation of a meaningful country-of-origin labeling requirement.”Johnson pointed out that there have been various press reports in recent weeks indicating that the administration will work with Canada and Mexico on COOL.“We support that approach to the extent it results in a mutually agreed result that provides consumers meaningful information on the meat products they purchase, including the country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. With the significant interest by consumers in knowing where their food comes from, any other result is not acceptable,” he said. “While those who have opposed giving consumers more information on where their meat products are from have focused on potential retaliation, retaliation is relevant only if the parties cannot reach an agreement on how to move forward and then only after an arbitration process. And the amount of any retaliation is by definition speculative at best and aimed to raise alarm where none is warranted. Indeed, looking at the recent report from Dr. Robert Taylor at Auburn University, there is significant evidence indicating that any harm to our trading partners has in fact been negligible at most.”last_img read more

NAB 2019: Wipster Announces Collaborative Audio Review

first_imgAT NAB 2019, the video review and feedback platform Wipster has announced the introduction of dynamic audio waveform review.This audio upgrade enables video creators, podcasters, audio engineers, and musicians to dynamically share and receive feedback in real-time — eliminating the time-consuming email review process. This will be compatible with .WAV, .MP3, and .M4A files, welcoming a wide range of different creatives to the platform.Robyn Hough, the VP of Product at Wipster, had the following to say:We kept hearing how difficult it was for audio producers and video creators alike to share audio for feedback. Instead of simply storing a static audio file and calling it done, we wanted to create an engaging review experience that solves the real problem of getting fast, actionable, and organized feedback.Wipster has also had this to say about audio review:Wipster’s new audio review is the first to enable collaboration directly on the waveform, creating an experience that is intuitive, efficient, and enjoyable for teams and reviewers alike. Audio editors simply drag and drop audio into Wipster, and the platform encodes and generates a playable waveform from which reviewers can listen, comment on, and download if needed. The waveform is what makes Wipster’s audio review unique and understandable to collaborators.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2019/04/10112034/04-Commenting-Audio-v1.mp400:0000:0000:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These new audio features include the following:Waveform visualization for accurate feedbackTime-code accurate commenting tools that are simple and intuitive for reviewers.MP3, .WAV and .M4A file compatibilityVersion stacking to ensure teams work off of the most up-to-date file versionDownloadable uncompressed file option for final file delivery approvalRelease: April 16, 2019Images via Wipster.Looking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless System NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They AnnouncedNAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND Filterlast_img read more

PH finishes 4th in Asian Baseball Championship

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIEScenter_img Read Next Montalbo mum on costly inbound play in DLSU loss to Ateneo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Without much expectations, the Philippines fought valiantly and settled for a fourth place finish in the 28th Asian Baseball Championship at Xinhuang Stadium in New Taipei City in Taiwan.The Filipino batters bowed to 2015 champions Korea, 15-0, in the battle for third on Sunday to wrap up their respectable run for a team largely comprised of homegrown talents.ADVERTISEMENT However, the powerhouse foes just got the better of the Filipino batters as they lost again to Chinese Taipei, 0-14, on Friday, and to Korea, 0-11, on Saturday.Though the Philippines failed to make it to the top three and earn a ticket to the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup next year, the campaign was still a source of pride for the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) with coach Egay delos Reyes calling the shots.The Filipinos drew standout performances from former Baseball Philippines MVP Joennard Pareja, reigning UAAP best pitcher Paulo Macasaet and shortstop Aids Bernardo of Ateneo, La Salle’s Carlos Munoz and Diego Lozano, Adamson’s Erwin Bosito and Mark Manaig, and NU’s Junmar Diarao.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Defying the odds, the squad largely made up of standouts from the UAAP gave it their all as they proudly fought for flag and country in the mound.The Philippines went 1-2 in Group A of the classification round after facing off against Asian baseball giants in the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Nationals dropped their tournament opener, 2-12, against home team and world number four Chinese Taipei on Monday, before rebounding with a confidence-boosting 8-5 win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The Filipinos, then, suffered a 3-18 beatdown at the hands of Korea to finish the group stage.But given a new lease on life to progress to the super round, the Philippines made the most of its opportunity, blanking Hong Kong, 10-0, in the do-or-die match on Thursday to move on.last_img read more

Gay soccer star Robbie Rogers retires from LA Galaxy

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kobe Bryant on donning No. 8 and No. 24 for Lakers: ‘They’re two different people’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I will remain deeply connected to this sport and its surrounding community,” Rogers added. “I leave the game full of pride of what I have accomplished as a person and a player.”Rogers is a 10-year MLS veteran and two-time All-Star who won league championships in 2008 and 2014. But he struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, and he was ruled out for the current season in May because of nerve damage in his left ankle, requiring surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRogers came out while announcing his retirement in 2013 after being released by the English club Leeds. That retirement lasted less than three months before he signed with the Galaxy, determined to become a role model for gay youth. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Rogers is engaged to Greg Berlanti, a prominent writer and producer of several television series. They have a son, Caleb. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding FILE – In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Rogers (14) is shown during the first half of an MLS soccer game, in Commerce City, Colo. Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from soccer. The 30-year-old Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, through the Galaxy, saying he made the decision “with mixed emotions.”(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from soccer.The 30-year-old Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday through the Galaxy, saying he made the decision “with mixed emotions.” He missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I’ll never forget the feeling of returning to the field in my first game back,” Rogers said. “That feeling of acceptance and support pushed me as an athlete and as a person. Having the opportunity to win an MLS Cup in my hometown, with my hometown club as an openly gay man will be something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”Rogers was a part of the Galaxy’s MLS Cup championship team in 2014, and he became one of the top left backs in MLS before injuries derailed his career.“Robbie Rogers has been an integral part of our club and our community since he joined the LA Galaxy in 2013,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “During his time in Los Angeles, Robbie has been an elite athlete and a good teammate. He helped lead our club to a championship in 2014 while breaking barriers and being a force for positive change in our sport and in our community.”He also made 18 appearances for the U.S., including participation in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Rogers is a Southern California native who played college soccer at Maryland, winning the NCAA title in 2005 before playing professionally in the Netherlands. He signed with the Columbus Crew in 2007, joining current Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid and winning his first MLS title in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

’NBA Live 18’ to feature WNBA teams for first time ever

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress The game’s demo version is expected to come out on August 11, but the WNBA package won’t be available until the full release later this year. Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The talented athletes of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will finally receive the virtual treatment, as they will be featured in the upcoming “NBA Live 18” video game. The @WNBA is making it’s mark in #NBALIVE18Get ready for a new 🌊 🌊 🌊For more info: https://t.co/H5xKXsw3fV pic.twitter.com/L5dlIjHyhh— EA SPORTS NBA LIVE (@EASPORTSNBA) August 3, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars NBA: Knicks’ Porzingis looks to improve mentally next season, observes Conor McGregor’s routine ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the first time ever, gamers will finally get the chance to pick teams and players from the world’s premiere women’s league and use them as playable characters.“We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion,” NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien shared the milestone to Forbes’ Brian Mazique.“The WNBA is home to some of the most incredible athletes on the planet, and we’ve been working hard to integrate them into our game in an authentic and meaningful way. This is only a taste of what we have in store, and look forward to working with the league on more great integrations in the franchise in the future.”Previously, the likes of Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi and other WNBA players were only made available virtually through player made MODs (modifications).Furthermore,  EA Sports guarantees that they will capture the league’s essence and provide a gameplay “specifically balanced to reflect the unique play style of the league and skills of its players.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READlast_img read more

ONE: Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong hands Jihin Radzuan her first loss

first_imgGina Iniong uses all her tools to grind out a split-decision victory over the previously unbeaten Jihin Radzuan! #WeAreONE #ClashOfLegends #Bangkok #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/CLq1AhPJjD— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) February 16, 2019Gina Iniong dedicated her fight against Jihin Radzuan to her family and most especially to her mother, who is battling cancer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIniong did her loved ones proud.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Iniong redeemed herself from a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Istela Nunes last July.The Baguio City native now owns an 8-4 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 29-year-old Iniong came away with a split decision victory over Radzuan in ONE: Clash of Legends Saturday night at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Carlo Peñalosa takes home another KO victory View commentslast_img read more

10 months ago​Blackpool target Newcastle whizkid Sorensen

first_img​Blackpool target Newcastle whizkid Sorensenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackpool are chasing after Newcastle United youngster Elias Sorensen.The Danish under-21 international could go out on loan for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old has penned a new contract with the Magpies, but his first team opportunities are limited for this term.Chronicle Live suggests that a loan to Blackpool would help them boost their chances of making the playoffs.When asked about a loan for Sorensen, Newcastle coach Ben Dawson is quoted by Chronicle Live as saying: “It has to be the right place to go on loan – you saw tonight some of the strengths he has and some of the areas where he has to develop.”He needs to play every week and the best place for him to go on loan is somewhere where there’s an experienced striker for him to learn from.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoDenis Suarez only wants Arsenal – but the Gunners…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Denis Suarez only wants Arsenal – but the Gunners…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are still mulling over whether to pull the trigger on a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be keen on a switch to the Emirates and a loan deal would likely include the option to make it permanent this summer.However, Spanish pundit Guillem Balague says nothing has yet been decided at Arsenal’s end.”To update you on Denis Suarez,” he told the Guillem Balague Transfer Show.“Barcelona thought the deal was going to be taking place this week because they thought it was going to be an easy one.“Denis Suarez says ‘Arsenal or nothing, or I stay’.“But it’s not as easy as that, there are other teams that are interested.“Denis Suarez is saying exactly the same.“The problem is for Arsenal, Denis Suarez is not a top priority.“And because they’ve got a limited amount of money they can use on wages as well, and on loan deals, they’re just waiting to take a final decision.” last_img read more

Utah Fan Tries To Make Fun Of Cal’s Academics, Makes Grammatical Error

first_imgUtah fan makes fun of Cal saying "if Marshawn Lynch can get into Cal than anyone can".marshawn lynch cal utah fan spelling errorESPN’s College GameDay is at Utah this week, and Utes fans have come up with some pretty clever signs ahead of their big Pac-12 contest against Cal Saturday night. The one you’ll see below is not one of them.A Utah fan, attempting to make fun of Cal’s academics and question former running back Marshawn Lynch’s intelligence, made a grammatical error. Check it out:SIGN RULE NO. 1: If you’re going to make fun of the other school’s academics, check your grammar. pic.twitter.com/sz8SBEVqOx— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 10, 2015Marshawn knows the difference between “than” and “then” #gameday pic.twitter.com/qhDoZMinx6— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 10, 2015For the record, Cal is also one of the best public schools in the country. Major fail all around here.last_img read more