The Role of God in Science and Life

first_imgBig science today may seem to be controlled by atheists, but that’s clearly not the case for many involved in science.  Here are two unrelated stories from unexpected quarters expressing support for belief in God:No God, No Scientific Laws:  Noted philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright has a new paper coming out that argues that one cannot have the concept of scientific laws without God.  The full paper, that begins as follows, is available on her personal website.My thesis is summarized in my title, ‘No God, No Laws’: the concept of a law of Nature cannot be made sense of without God.  It is not as dramatic a thesis as it might look, however.  I do not mean to argue that the enterprise of modern science cannot be made sense of without God.  Rather, if you want to make sense of it you had better not think of science as discovering laws of Nature, for there cannot be any of these without God.Cartwright, a philosophy professor at LSE and UCSD, won the McArthur prize in 1993.  She has previously argued that science gives us a dappled picture of the world, not a progressive, exact, certain image of reality.    Speaking of God and philosophy, another philosopher of science, Del Ratzsch, was interviewed by Galilean Library.  He talked about God-of-the-gaps, front-loading, intelligent design, scientific motivations and other issues related to science and theology.  He said he has been influenced by a third philosopher of science, Alvin Plantinga – another who has made a case for God in scientific endeavor.No God, No Career:  Shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma said his faith led him to his career in space and gave the program success, reported Petoskey News.  Speaking at a church in Michigan, the 70-year-old veteran of 17 years as an astronaut spoke of his faith that began at age 9.It was that belief in God that led him to his career with NASA and helped him through his 17 years as an astronaut.    “I believe my relationship with Jesus Christ and my decision to do so was the best decision I ever made,” Lousma said during the “Dinner with an Astronaut” evening hosted by the Liberty Baptist Church of Alanson.  “At every juncture … we noted that whenever there was a change it was God directed.  God helped us prosper.” Cartwright did not argue that one cannot do science without God, and we do not mean to imply she is a believer (which she is not), but rather that it is nonsensical to speak of laws of nature without reference to God.  The word “law” implies an edict that is prescriptive in nature, rather than descriptive.  Maybe scientists and textbook writers not wishing to acknowledge God will have to change their terminology.  It is clear that many scientists in history did not have that decision to make (see online book).  Speaking warmly to his audience after a long and successful career, Jack Lousma held the Bible he had carried with him into space.Lousma’s testimony recalls Solomon’s wisdom in Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  Maybe that’s why the Darwinists are in such a hopeless muddle of dogmatism on the one hand, and despair on the other: they do not acknowledge God.    Great Christians scientists have been known to stop and pray for wisdom and guidance in the lab during their work.  They were not asking for miracles, but for Divine guidance and providence, knowing their own limitations, and acknowledging the wisdom of the Maker of Nature.  That’s perfectly natural.    Are you reading this and missing out on the vast, spiritual dimension of reality?  Are you adrift with a world view lacking purpose and direction?  Faith in God is not antithetical to science: look at Newton, Faraday, Pasteur, von Braun and so many other scientific heroes outlined in our online book.  They believed, like astronaut Lousma, that God directed them into science and gave them success; Newton said, “All my discoveries have been made in answer to prayer.”  Read the wise words of Boyle, Joule and von Braun about science and God.    If you are not ready for this, do a controlled experiment.  Live like a consistent Darwinist.  Don’t use the phrase scientific law.  Purge your mind of all thoughts of purpose, beauty, direction, goals and morality (if you can do this for more than a few seconds without pain), and imagine a world where everyone felt the same.  Ask yourself: can I live with this belief?    That’s one half the experiment.  Now try out Proverbs 3:5-6 on yourself.  It must be sincere, though; no scientific fraud gets past the Ultimate Reviewer.(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved their 1-0 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday.Karim Benzema’s second half header made sure that Zinedine Zidane’s side responded in the right way after their 3-0 defeat in Paris on Wednesday.”Today we saw a good Real Madrid team,” Monchi said.”They were a team that performed at a very high level, nothing like the level of Wednesday.”They were a team made to win and at this level it’s not easy.” last_img

Intl Tiger Day Measures in place to augment tiger population says CM

first_imgKolkata: The tiger population in the Sunderbans have gone up to 88 from 76 in 2014. The tiger census for the entire country that was released by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday to mark the occasion of International Tiger Day has pointed out this rise in tiger count much to the delight of the state Forest department. The count in the year 2010 was 70. The data has been compiled by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Today is #InternationalTigerDay. The tiger is an endangered species. We must save our tigers. In #Bangla, augmentation of tiger population in Buxa Tiger Reserve has been initiated. In Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, radio collaring and monitoring of tiger is continuing,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted. State Forest minister Bratya Basu said: “The growth of tigers in the Sunderbans is encouraging. We are constantly striving towards creating an ecosystem which is friendly for both man and animal in the forests.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA senior official of the state Forest department credited the rise in the count to public cooperation. “The incidence of tiger straying in human territory and vice versa has also been kept in check by putting up of nylon nets at different strategic locations,” the official added. There are also certain restrictions imposed on trawlers and mechanized boats used by fishermen for venturing into the core forest areas for catching fishes. “Fishing is one of the prime activities of the villagers inhabiting the islands of the Sunderbans and we have to maintain a balance between allowing them to catch fish and at the same time prevent man-animal conflict in the process,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the tiger census in the Sunderbans was undertaken in October-November 2018. The camera traps at the Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar have captured the presence of tiger on more than one occasions in 2018-19 but during the counting exercise that lasted for eight days, the presence of the animal was not found. Photographs of the big cat have also been captured from Neora Valley, the only virgin forest in the state situated at Kalimpong district. Three photographs of the animal have been found since January 2017. “Neora Valley could not be brought under the census exercise as there was some disturbance in the Hills when the count was held on March 2018,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the 2018 census has been the most technologically intensive wildlife enumeration exercise ever undertaken in the country. Android phone applications of M-STrIPES (Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status) — a software introduced in 2010 by the NTCA was used extensively. The software enables both data collection and analysis. The application logs earlier findings in an area, authenticate the findings through geo-tagging of photos, and this results in more accurate assessment of tiger numbers.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cornwall Visits Montenegro With UNICEF

first_imgHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall last week visited Montenegro to see how UNICEF is using a new digital application to help children stay safe on the internet and protect themselves from online sexual exploitation.The app was developed through UNICEF’s work with #WeProtect – a global initiative created by the UK government to tackle online child sexual abuse and exploitation that includes UNICEF’s programme to address the issue in 17 countries.The Duchess of Cornwall met with teams to see an exclusive preview of the new app and to discuss how it will protect children online. On her visit The Duchess of Cornwall also met with a classroom of children to find out how UNICEF is supporting them develop essential skills and competencies so they can thrive in school and their future careers. The programme, developed and conducted in partnership with the Jubilee Center and University of Birmingham, aims to help children grow into well-rounded human beings with strong social and emotional skills as well as a formal education.The Duchess of Cornwall also met children in foster care and their foster families as part of UNICEF Montenegro’s Every child needs a family campaign. The initiative aims to encourage more people to become foster parents so that vulnerable children are not placed in institutions.Actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, a long term supporter of the Unicef work in Montenegro, was also at the event to meet The Duchess of Cornwall.Unicef UK Executive Director David Bull, said: “We are delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with UNICEF in Montenegro to understand how we are protecting children from danger. Online sexual exploitation of children is a huge and deeply disturbing issue that needs urgent attention and we are working with #WeProtect to keep more children safe online.”last_img read more

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country’s medical emergency service crashed.Portugal’s National Institute of Medical Emergencies says Sunday that the helicopter went down Saturday in the Serra de Pias hills east of Porto while it was returning to base after transporting a patient. The two pilots, a doctor and a nurse died in the crash.The service says the cause of the crash is under investigation, but added it came as the area experienced “adverse weather.”The service did not reveal the identities of the four victims. Spanish media reported that the doctor was a Spaniard.The Associated Presslast_img

One charged after incident on Highway 43 near Crooked Creek

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course. The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.last_img read more

Jonathan Vilma Expects To Play This Weekend

Jonathan Vilma, the New Orleans Saints  linebacker who has been embroiled in the bounty scheme saga, says that he will come off the physically unable to perform list after an equally lengthy battle with a knee injury.“I’ll be allowed to practice, I’ll be allowed to play versus Tampa Bay (Sunday),” Vilma said, according to WVUE-TV in New Orleans.Vilma’s lawyers, meanwhile, filed a 29-page motion Monday in a Louisiana court to vacate his season-long suspension, seeking “to put a halt to the ongoing and fundamentally unfair treatment of Jonathan Vilma by … Roger Goodell.”In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Monday, Vilma says Goodell engaged in a “farcical review” of his previously vacated disciplinary action before reaffirming the Saints linebacker’s full-season ban last week.Although Vilma has an appeal pending within the framework of the NFL’s labor agreement, the linebacker argues that Goodell has continued to abuse his power and demonstrate bias, leaving no hope for a fair process that would respect Vilma’s “industrial due process rights.”Vilma also asks U.S. District court Judge Ginger Berrigan to bar Goodell from handling any further action in the bounty matter and appoint a neutral arbitrator.“Goodell’s manifest bias and partiality is palpable, reflected in his many judgmental, accusatory and unsupported public accusations against Vilma and manifested in a procedure he has invoked which rips at the heart of any notion of fundamental fairness and due process in order to punish Vilma for acts he did not commit,” the motion reads.Vilma, who went on the PUP list in Week 2, has been dealing with the injury to his left knee since last season and has had numerous procedures, including the now popular platelet-rich plasma therapy in Germany.“I’m feeling good, feeling good,” Vilma said, according to the station. “I know that the media hasn’t seen much of me for a while, but I’ve actually been working out, working hard, training hard so I can get to this point to be able to give our team a chance to win in Tampa Bay.”Vilma was suspended for one season for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, but the penalty was vacated on a technicality. Goodell has now reinstated his suspension, and Vilma has appealed, along with Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita.The appeal asks that Goodell recuse himself from the proceedings on the grounds that he can’t be impartial.All four players are eligible to play or at least get paid until the NFL rules on their latest appeals. The new appeals hearings likely will take place a week from Tuesday, according to a source. read more

The Rams Really Made A Mess Of Things

It’s appropriate that the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever saw an interception on the first pass and set a record for the longest punt in a title game. In a season with the second-most points scored per game in NFL history, it was defense, not offense, that ruled the day.Throughout the 13-3 New England victory, the Patriots frustrated the Rams’ offensive plans, pressuring quarterback Jared Goff into off-target throws, ill-advised scrambles and finally — when it mattered most, with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter — a game-clinching interception. In holding Los Angeles to 3 points — which tied the 1971 Dolphins with the lowest point total in a Super Bowl — the Patriots were relentless in their pass rush. They blitzed an incredible 41 percent of the time, and Goff was pressured on 39 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And it wasn’t just the Patriots front six that made life difficult on the Rams; the Patriots secondary blanketed Los Angeles all night long. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Rams receivers had the worst separation when targeted by Goff since Sean McVay was named head coach.But this wasn’t a case of the Patriots defense — one that was middling most of the regular season — suddenly morphing into the 1985 Chicago Bears or the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.1Both of which, incidentally, gave up more points in their respective Super Bowl wins. The Rams’ execution and play-calling were suspect as well. The Patriots held C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley to 57 yards on the ground, and they did it without stacking the box. The Rams never faced a defensive front with more than seven men near the line of scrimmage — not even once in the game. Against a light box of six or fewer defenders, the Rams offensive line was able to generate only 21 rushing yards on six carries — a 3.5-yard average. That was 2.2 yards worse than their regular-season average of 5.7 and just a 10th of a yard more than the 3.4 yards per carry2On 12 carries. they averaged Sunday against a seven-man front. The Rams went from being the third-ranked rushing team in the league against these light and neutral defensive fronts — averaging 5.4 yards per carry in the regular season — to one that could muster only 3.4 in the biggest game of the year.Goff, who was hit five times in the game, was never able to find a consistent rhythm and frequently missed his target. Most notably, he was late on a pass in the third quarter, allowing safety Jason McCourty to break up a sure touchdown to a wide-open Brandin Cooks in the end zone. McVay, meanwhile, failed to aggressively push small edges, never going for it on fourth-and-short. The Rams also played sloppily, earning nine penalties for 65 yards to New England’s three for 20. Much was written about the experience gap between the two teams at coach and QB, and it showed. At one point, Goff forgot the snap count he called in the huddle and was flagged for a false start, an incredibly rare feat for an NFL quarterback.The net result of the Rams’ offensive futility was historic: They became only the second team in Super Bowl history not to score a touchdown, wasting a defensive effort that held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points. And while there may be more to football than scoring points, it’s hard to argue that this Super Bowl was a shining example of compelling low-scoring football. Neither team was efficient on third down, with each converting just three opportunities into a new set of downs. A total of one play was run in the red zone by either team. The first half of the game was so uneventful that the two plays with the highest impact as measured by positive win probability3Using the nflscrapR win probability model. added were punts by Johnny Hekker.In a season defined by high-scoring excitement, this Super Bowl could have been a showcase for explosive offensive efficiency. Instead we got nine Hekker punts and Maroon 5 in the halftime show. In short, it was one of the worst Super Bowls ever. read more

Nice Balotelli wants to stay

first_imgPresident Jean-Pierre Rivere has said that “Mario Balotelli expressed his wish to stay at Nice,”.Balotelli was expected to join Marseille this summer, but the move fell through.The Italian forward even had a medical with Marseille and refused to report for pre-season training with Nice.Nice club president has said that talks with Balotelli have gone well and that he will be staying at the club. Football Italia reports.“After last night’s meeting, we gave each other 24 hours to reach a decision. In the end, Mario Balotelli expressed his wish to stay at Nice,” Rivere said.“The situation is very simple. We had a player who was approached. There were some very big offers coming from China, but the player turned them down.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“He was upset we were not playing in the Champions League this season and was approached by Marseille. They worked hard on him, but in the end, he decided to stay and we are very happy with that.“At the start of July, Marseille called to find out if Balotelli had a release clause. I said we had a gentlemen’s agreement to let him go for €4-5m if we failed to qualify for the Champions League. There was no offer for a month, then they finally stepped forward with a proposal of €5m plus Cabella on loan.“Another offer was that we had to buy Cabella for €5m in return for them paying €2.5m for Balotelli. After that, we couldn’t possibly negotiate. It was time to put an end to the whole thing.“All I know is, if they had offered €4m, then Balotelli would’ve left. This soap opera dragged on for two-and-a-half months. I can justify Balotelli not attending pre-season training because, in his mind, he was leaving.“The situation became more complicated and today Mario is fully involved in the Nice project, otherwise he wouldn’t be with us.”last_img read more

Alcantara believes Spains playing style is still based on possession

first_imgOne of Bayern Munich’s star midfielders Thiago Alcantara has maintained that Spain’s playing style ‘is still based on possession and territorial control’.The ex-Barcelona player revealed that even though there had been little alterations in Coaches and players, the fundamental style of play is still the same.“Spain’s style is still based on possession and territorial control,” Thiago is cited as telling reporters by Marca via Football Espana.“It is not exactly the same through the years because the Coach has changed and many of the players have to, so it is normal.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I like our style of play, it is normal not everyone agreed with this but I believe football based on controlling the ball is important.“It (the game against Wales) is important because they have had a lot of success in recent times and pose a challenge for us, we must be focused.“The events in Mallorca? Obviously this is something that we are all hugely sensitive to and saddened about, we would like to do anything we can for Sant Llorenc.“Rafa (Nadal, the tennis star) led by example (in cleaning up) and we want to offer our support for the victims.”last_img read more