If Materialism Is Bad, This Could Be Far Worse

first_imgA new movement in some science circles could have theists wishing for the good old days of battling materialism.It’s called panpsychism. Live Science writes about it in “Minds Everywhere: ‘Panpsychism’ Takes Hold in Science.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Aren’t minds better than molecules as a philosophical foundation? Not so fast. Here’s how the article opens:Are humans living in a simulation? Is consciousness nothing more than the firing of neurons in the brain? Or is consciousness a distinct entity that permeates every speck of matter in the universe?A conference was held in San Francisco recently at “the Victorian home of Susan McTavish Best, a lifestyle guru” who met with truth-seeker Lawrence Kuhn, who interviews leading leading thinkers (see his excellent interview with consciousness philosopher David Chalmers at Evolution News & Views). The present article reports that some scientists are moving away from materialism (which is good). But if “consciousness” is viewed as an entity that “permeates every speck of matter in the universe,” theists will have a whole new ball of wax to deal with. Actually, it’s an old ball of wax called pantheism (or panentheism). In its extreme form, it could undo science altogether.Philosophers have put forward many notions of consciousness. The materialist notion holds that consciousness can be fully explained by the the firing of neurons in the human brain, while mind-body dualism argues that the soul or mind is distinct from, and can potentially outlive, the body. Under the notion of panpsychism, a kind of re-boot of ancient animistic ideas, every speck of matter has a kind of proto-consciousness. When aggregated in particular ways, all this proto-consciousness turns into a sense of inner awareness. And other, Eastern philosophies have held that consciousness is the only real thing in the universe, Kuhn said.Neuroscientists and many philosophers have typically planted themselves firmly on the materialist side. But a growing number of scientists now believe that materialism cannot wholly explain the sense of “I am” that undergirds consciousness, Kuhn told the audience.Theists may find it refreshing that a growing number of scientists are finding materialism to be inadequate. Jumping to the opposite extreme, however, bypasses the balance of mind-body dualism that has been friendly to science. In not seeing this danger, Kuhn may be too open-minded. As refreshingly skeptical of materialism as he has shown himself to be, if he seriously advocates panpsychism, he could give aid and comfort to a worse pit of error that could undo science altogether. The balance is mind-body dualism, which includes classical theism. That was the worldview that allowed Newton, Kepler and the founding fathers of science to appeal to the purposeful intentions of a conscious Creator for investigating a material world that is “other” than the divine mind. As a “thing” distinct from the mind of God, the mechanics of nature was accessible to the mind of man.But if everything is conscious, what is science to work on? Understanding the world becomes a process of subjugation of the individual mind to the universal mind. Visions of Eastern meditation, prayers to trees and fear of spirits in everything comes back into view: a return to the paganism from which science tried to escape.The San Francisco conference didn’t go that far, of course. The attendees were heavily into thoughts about artificial intelligence, neural networking and other futuristic engineering concepts. If history shows anything, though, it’s this: ideas have consequences.You can reason with a materialist because usually the person respects science, logic, and observation. Anyone who has tried to reason with an Eastern mystic or animist knows how much harder it is to come to any agreement on a propositional argument. It’s like trying to nail jello to a wall. Pantheism robs the soul of any desire to understand the world; it turns the believer’s eyeballs inwards, makes the world mushy, and leads to philosophical navel-gazing. Christian apologists will rue the day that panpsychism replaces materialism. Better get equipped now to deal with it.Recommended resource: Dembski’s latest book Being as Communion is a thought-provoking exploration of the ontology of information as the fundamental reality in the universe. Information is the signpost of a mind, but it is distinct from mind, so this is a dualistic defense of classical theism. As usual, Dembski writes with clarity, logical rigor and a breadth of the history of ideas.(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WATCH: Texas football mascot topples barricade, charges Georgia bulldog

first_imgPH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea counting on red-hot Son Heung-min to shine on Asian Cup quest The incident, about an hour before kickoff, was caught on video and quickly became a sensation on social media.While it appeared to many that Bevo was advancing aggressively toward Uga X, the steer’s chief handler disputed that version of events.Silver Spur alumni association executive director Ricky Brennes, who is in charge of handling the 1,700-pound steer, said Bevo was simply agitated because he wanted to walk and was being restrained.“He had kind of gone up and bumped the barricade a few times before,” Brennes said. “He ran through the gate and into where Uga’s area was. It really was more just unfortunate timing and he wasn’t aware Georgia’s mascot was there. It had nothing to do with the dog.”Texas athletics spokesman John Bianco said “all established safety and security measures were in place for Bevo” at the Sugar Bowl, including two halters, two chains and six handlers to hold him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentscenter_img Bevo is not here for this mascot meeting. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/KXgaQzGm0W— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) January 2, 2019NEW ORLEANS — The Texas football program’s mascot, a large white and brown longhorn steer named Bevo, caused a stir at the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday when it knocked down its barricade and briefly charged in the direction of Georgia’s mascot , a bulldog name Uga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionUga X, an English bulldog wearing a bright red Georgia sweater, was quickly pulled out of harm’s way, but Bevo’s head and horns appeared to make contact with several people, including a couple of photographers, who scampered out of the way or were knocked down.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion There were no reported injuries and Bevo was quickly restrained.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Batting collapse leaves India humiliated in 4th Test

first_imgTeam India lost the 4th Test against England by an innings and 54 runs on SaturdayEngland skittled out India for 161 in less than four hours to win the fourth test by an innings and 54 runs on Saturday, earning a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.Statistical Highlights Part-time offspinner Moeen Ali finished with figures of 4-39, sparking India’s collapse from 53-2 to 66-6 on day three as England pressed hard for an early finish to the match with bad weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.Chris Jordan clinched victory by claiming the final two wickets in two balls.The English attack prospered even without paceman Stuart Broad, who retired hurt toward the end of the team’s first innings after edging Varun Aaron’s quick delivery between the grille and peak of his helmet and into his face.Broad looked groggy as he crouched down, with the ball lodged in his visor. He was led off the pitch with blood pouring from his nose, and needed stitches.”I think he has broken his nose,” said England captain Alastair Cook, who added that Broad had been taken to hospital. “He had a nasty blow but I think he’ll be all right.”England had established a 215-run lead going into the second innings after overnight pair Joe Root (77) and Jos Buttler (70) pushed their seventh-wicket partnership to 134.Some lusty blows from the tail took the total to 367 – Broad (12) didn’t reappear – and meant a draw was likely to be the best India could hope for.advertisementSurviving until stumps was the order of the day but after reaching tea at 33-1, India’s fragile batting lineup disintegrated in face of some fine spin bowling by Ali, who found pace and bounce on a good Old Trafford wicket.The last nine wickets fell in around two hours, even with Broad absent and James Anderson feeling ill and only bowling nine overs.”We knew we had to have a big effort in that three hours,” said Cook, whose position was under threat when India was 1-0 up after two tests of the series.On Ali, an allrounder playing in his just his sixth test, Cook added: “I have never seen a bloke work so hard and make such an improvement in a short space of time.”India was bowled out for 152 in the first innings in the face of some brilliant swing bowling by Broad and Anderson. The tourists’ two innings lasted a total of 89.4 overs.”The batting department is definitely something we will have to improve in the fifth test,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. “Maybe a few of them are going through a lean patch all together.”When Virat Kohli edged Anderson to second slip to be out for 7, leaving his average for the series at 13.5, India had lost four wickets for just eight runs in 23 balls and were reeling on 61-5.Only Ravichandran Ashwin (46 not out) offered any real resistance in the lower order.last_img read more

Prizewinning underwater photos will make you want to learn to dive

first_img Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 16 Photos Sci-Tech “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers,” said Scott Gietler, owner of Bluewater Photo and Travel and publisher of Underwater Photography Guide. “Myself and the other three judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.”More than $80,000 in prizes were awarded in 16 categories in the contest’s seventh year. Our gallery above displays the first-place winners from each category.The Best of Show image, taken by British-born photographer Duncan Murrell, shows three giant devil rays performing a graceful ballet. Other photographs include a clown fish caring for its eggs, a friendly seal, and a giant ray investigating an underwater diver. Not all of the shots are peaceful, however. In one, a crab devours a molted fellow crab, with a hungry gaze and no mercy. No one said underwater life was easy.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Some of us can barely take respectable photographs on land, never mind trying to do it well below the ocean’s surface. That’s why these just-announced winning images from the 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, made such a splash.last_img read more

Porsche rolls out its own car insurance in Illinois and Oregon

first_img Post a comment Car Industry Car Culture 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Porsche 911… 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S is a superhero 54 Photos 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to More From Roadshow Porsche Preview • 2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: Best of the best? Enlarge ImageIt’s fair to say that most insurers don’t really understand the enthusiast side of things, so this is a smart move on Porsche’s part. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Barring exceptions for antique vehicles and contraptions of that ilk (think Hagerty), car insurance is, for the most part, kind of a one-size-fits-all sort of industry. Creating insurance products tailored to specific brands hasn’t really been explored all that much, which is why Porsche has decided to take that route and offer its owners something unique and, above all, helpful.Porsche on Thursday announced that it is launching a mileage-based car insurance program. In its news release, Porsche said this insurance, offered in partnership with Mile Auto, “meets the unique needs of Porsche drivers by limiting costs to actual miles driven, plus a low base rate.” After all, not every Porsche owner is driving the industry average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.Porsche’s car insurance will track the mileage of each vehicle in a ridiculously simple way: Just take a photo of the odometer and send it to Porsche. There’s no app or tracking device necessary, which Porsche says will be a benefit to an owner’s privacy. There are other benefits, too. Having Porsche’s own insurance means that repairs stemming from claims will always use genuine parts, because Porsche isn’t out to devalue its own cars. There’s also a dedicated claims concierge for when things go wrong. The automaker also offers agreed value coverage, which means Porsche will pay out an agreed-upon value for the car in the event of a total loss. That last bit is especially important for owners of older or collector cars.Porsche Auto Insurance will be offered to owners of 1981 models or newer, so long as the vehicles are housed in Illinois and Oregon. As time goes on, Porsche will expand its offering to include additional states, but it did not offer up a timeline for doing so. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 0 Porsche Share your voice 2:13 More about 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S 2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Staying relevant in a changing segment Tags Review • 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S: One punch Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Love to Hate Bollywood

first_imgAs much as we love Bollywood, we love to hate it too. And what better way to celebrate the most irritating, the most frustrating and the most painful moments from Hindi films from last year than to sit around and have a hearty laugh at them while they get kelas. Literally and otherwise!The 5th Annual Golden Kela Awards were held in the Capital on a nice, unsuspecting Saturday afternoon when a group of movie buffs got together at India Habitat Center. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Golden Kelas celebrated half a decade in the industry by of course doing the usual – celebrating the worst of Indian cinema. The Golden Kelas have come to be an awards ceremony not every actor can rejoice but only the ones who have the wits to accept both good and bad that is thrown at them. The best and the funniest thing about this year’s awards was that most of the winners were the top grossers of Bollywood 2012.With over 6 lakh votes this year, the Kela Awards are making their presence felt strongly all over. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJatin Varma, founder, Golden Kela Awards, said, ‘Through the last five years we have lost all our minds and a lot of our money in this attempt to bring to light the Worst that Indian Cinema has to offer. But since we have lost our minds, the money doesn’t even matter anymore…so here’s looking at many more Kela-licious years to come. We will strive to bring the ‘worst’ to the forefront and remind them to make good cinema.”The top honor for the Worst Actor went to Ajay Devgan for Son Of Sardar & Bol Bachchan. Sonakshi Sinha won the Worst Actress award not for any one movie in particular, because according to GK team and the voters, she was worst at ‘Everything she did.’ Shirish Kunder’s Joker won two biggies of the night – Worst Film & Worst Director.Other big winners of the night were Dabangg 2 for the Worst Sequel, which proved that Salman can sell the crappiest of things to his fans, and that’s why even audiences voted for the Bawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award to Indian Moviegoers. Award for Most Irritating Song went to Chinta Ta Chita Chita (Rowdy Rathore) and Anvita Dutt won the award for Most Atrocious Lyrics for Ishq Wala Love (Student of the Year), for not writing the ‘Sense Wala Song.’Voters chose Jackky Bhagnani for an award as the name rightly says, a question that everyone wants to ask him after watching his films, Why Are You Still Trying? Award.last_img read more

CESC deploys 200 mobile vans to tackle power disruptions

first_imgKolkata: Power utility CESC said on Friday that it has deployed 200 mobile vans around the city to tackle any likely disruption caused by cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is headed to Bengal from neighbouring Odisha.A CESC spokesman said the mobile vans are fitted with dedicated radio communication sets and are capable of promptly springing into action in the event of power supply failure. Focus will also be on electricity supply to drainage pumping stations, to reduce waterlogging in and around the city, he said. “Teams comprising engineers, workmen and contractors are on standby to respond to consumer requirements across 567 sq km of licensed area,” he added. Company representatives will be present at the Kolkata Police control room and Kolkata Municipal Corporation control rooms, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Microsoft Azure reportedly chooses Xilinx chips over Intel Altera for AI coprocessors

first_imgXilinx Inc., has reportedly won orders from Microsoft Corp.’s Azure cloud unit to account for half of the co-processors currently used on Azure servers to handle machine-learning workloads. This will replace the chips made by Intel Corp, according to people familiar with Microsoft’s’ plans as reported by Bloomberg Microsoft’s decision comes with effect to add another chip supplier in order to serve more customers interested in machine learning. To date, this domain was run by Intel’s Altera division. Now that Xilinx has bagged the deal, does this mean Intel will no longer serve Microsoft? Bloomberg reported Microsoft’s confirmation that it will continue its relationship with Intel in its current offerings. A Microsoft spokesperson added that “There has been no change of sourcing for existing infrastructure and offerings”. Sources familiar with the arrangement also commented on how Xilinx chips will have to achieve performance goals to determine the scope of their deployment. Cloud vendors these days are investing heavily in research and development centering around the machine learning field. The past few years has seen an increase in need of flexible chips that can be configured to run machine-learning services. Companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon are massive buyers of server chips and are always looking for alternatives to standard processors to increase the efficiency of their data centres. Holger Mueller, an analyst with Constellation Research Inc., told SiliconANGLE that “Programmable chips are key to the success of infrastructure-as-a-service providers as they allow them to utilize existing CPU capacity better, They’re also key enablers for next-generation application technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence.” Earlier this year, Xilinx CEO Victor Peng made clear his plans to focus on data center customers, saying “data center is an area of rapid technology adoption where customers can quickly take advantage of the orders of magnitude performance and performance per-watt improvement that Xilinx technology enables in applications like artificial intelligence ( AI) inference, video and image processing, and genomics” Last month, Xilinx made headlines with the announcement of a new breed of computer chips designed specifically for AI inference. These chips combine FPGAs with two higher-performance Arm processors, plus a dedicated AI compute engine and relates to the application of deep learning models in consumer and cloud environments. The chips promise higher throughput, lower latency and greater power efficiency than existing hardware. Looks like Xilinx is taking noticeable steps to make itself seen in the AI market. Head over to Bloomberg for the complete coverage of this news. Read Next Microsoft Ignite 2018: New Azure announcements you need to know Azure DevOps outage root cause analysis starring greedy threads and rogue scale units Microsoft invests in Grab; together aim to conquer the Southeast Asian on-demand services market with Azure’s Intelligent Cloudlast_img read more

Introducing WaveMaker 10 An aPaaS software to rapidly build applications with Angular

first_imgLast week, the WaveMaker team released its enhanced platform, WaveMaker 10. This version comes with an advanced technology stack leveraging Angular 7, integrated artifact repository, IDE synchronization features, and more. WaveMaker is an application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) software that allows developers to rapidly build and run custom apps. It enables developers to build extensible and customizable apps with standard enterprise-grade technologies. The platform also comes with built-in templates, layouts, themes, and widgets to help you build responsive apps without having to write any code. Key enhancements in WaveMaker 10 Improved application stack with Angular 7 and Kubernetes support Developers can now leverage Angular 7 to build responsive web and mobile apps. Angular 7 support provides greater performance and efficiency, type safety, and modern user experience. Scaling applications with Kubernetes is supported via a 1-click deployment feature. You can now natively pack your apps as containers and deploy them to a running Kubernetes cluster. Enhanced developer productivity and collaboration To give developers more control over their code and help them build apps faster, WaveMaker 10 comes with enhanced IDE support. With the newly introduced workspace sync plugin, developers can pull code changes seamlessly between WaveMaker and any IDE without having to manually export and import them. To allow developers to share reusable application elements like service prefabs, templates, themes, and data models, an integrated artifact repository is introduced. The platform can now be localized in a regional language enabling better collaboration between global development teams. Increased enterprise security and accessibility Support for configuring and implementing role-based access at both platform and project levels is introduced in WaveMaker 10. You can now create multiple developer personas with unique permission sets. Open ID authentications for Single Sign-On (SSO) are supported by both the platform and applications built using it. Additionally, all WaveMaker 10 applications are protected from OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities to ensure greater security against threats and malicious injections. Applications built with WaveMaker 10 also support Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, making them more accessible to users with disabilities. Head over to WaveMaker’s official website to know more in detail. Read Next Angular 7 is now stable Introducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12 Kubernetes 1.12 released with general availability of Kubelet TLS Bootstrap, support for Azure VMSSlast_img read more

Canada has a lot to offer travellers during sesquicentennial year

first_img FREDERICTON — Canada already has a lot to offer travellers, but as the country celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 with a year full of sesquicentennial celebrations, there’s even more to see and do.“Because of the celebrations happening around the country, a normal festival event will be that more special because of the 150th anniversary. We see a lot of interest by Canadians to travel within Canada,” said Gary Howard of the Canadian Automobile Association.Howard said he’s hearing from people interested in exploring areas of the country they haven’t been to, or visiting favourite places again.“I think you will see a lot of movement with people from Eastern Canada going to the West, and vice versa,” he said.Howard said he expects most of the travel will be during the summer months, with the peak around Canada Day, July 1.He said there many great places to enjoy and take part in the birthday celebrations.“Charlottetown and Ottawa are the obvious ones, but I think that we will see each and every city and community is going to have its own celebration. You think about the Calgary Stampede _ it’s going to be much better in 2017 because they’ll use that event to get more excited about the 150th. There’s going to be lots of options right across the country.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTravel media company Lonely Planet has named Canada as the No.1 country to visit in 2017.“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energenic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health,” their “Best in Travel 2017” guide says.“You add that to the perennial favourites such as Vancouver’s great food scene, the great outdoors in the Canadian Rockies and beautiful fall colours in Nova Scotia. It’s a great destination whatever year it is, but 2017 has a lot to offer,” Lonely Planet spokesman Alex Howard said from his home in Nashville, Tenn.And he said with the weak Canadian dollar, Canada offers a great value.“International travellers, especially those from the United States, are going to have a lot to spend their money on,” he said.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaGary Howard said train travel is an interesting way to get across the country and see cities, towns and everything in between.“What we see for Western Canada is rail companies that go from Vancouver to Banff, or Vancouver to Calgary. They do that whole tour through the valley and the Rockies. That’s five to seven days, so it’s a lot shorter, but you have dining onboard, and those companies stop at night so that you’re not missing any of the scenery. They’ll stop at the evening, you stay at a hotel, and get back on in the morning,” he said.He said the cruise ship companies are also adding more ships to routes that make stops on Canada’s east and west coasts. He said it’s a great way to tour Atlantic Canada or British Columbia without having to drive. Tags: Canada, Festivals, Ottawa Canada has a lot to offer travellers during sesquicentennial year Monday, December 19, 2016 Share By: Kevin Bissett << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more