A’s were last team to face Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs before his death

first_imgOAKLAND — Monday’s off-day was stricken with grief. The bad news — that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had died , cause pending an autopsy — hit the A’s group text chat that afternoon.Marcus Semien checked his phone and couldn’t believe the news was real. Skaggs’ last career start came last Saturday in Anaheim against the A’s.“I saw the last pitch he ever threw,” Semien said, recalling the first pitch fastball he knocked for an RBI double. “Like we just played against him.”Many …last_img

This Is Your Brain on Intelligent Design

first_imgYour brain comes with amazing capabilities. It won’t look like a fried egg unless you abuse it.Fantastic JourneyAs the brain of a baby forms in the womb, how do the neurons grow outward to reach their designated targets? A press release from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York describes the “Fantastic journey: how newborn neurons find their proper place in the brain.” This “orchestrated” process requires multiple virtuoso players.This week in the Journal of Cell Biology, Professor Linda Van Aelst and colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) describe for the first time (in mice) how baby neurons—precursors called neuroblasts, generated from a permanent pocket of stem cells in a brain area called the V-SVZ—make an incredible journey from their place of birth through a special tunnel called the RMS to their target destination in the olfactory bulb. They travel as far as 8 mm, “a huge distance, when you consider how tiny the mouse brain is,” Van Aelst says.The journey is made possible by two forces, one pulling from the front, the other pushing from behind. A single protein called DOCK7 helps to orchestrate these two steps. Ahead of the newborn neuron’s soma, or cell body, is a threadlike projection called a process. It stretches forward through the tunnel, guided by various signals. At the same time, the cell body, lagging behind, is powered forward by the activation of tiny molecular motors that push it from the rear. Multiple cells migrate together, one virtually on top of another, somewhat in the manner of a group of tiny worms inching forward by morphing the shape of their bodies.Unevolved CircuitryAn article on Science Daily professes evolution only because processes they describe in the brain are found in zebrafish and in mice. This means, however, that the complex circuitry involved in “neuronal basis of brain states” was already present in the common ancestor, if there was one. “This suggests that the human brain is likely similarly wired for this state critical to survival.” In other words, this complex networking of brain circuits has not undergone significant evolutionary change for hundreds of millions of Darwin Years. The unevolved circuits are involved in brain states like alertness and vigilance. Defects cause serious mental disorders like mania, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.A paper in Science Magazine by Ann Gibbons seeks to shed light on “how the human brain takes shape” by evolution. The article speculates, “as the human cortex expanded in the course of evolution, it reorganized to allow more complex connections between regions.” Gibbons speaks of “what changed as brains rewired over the course of evolution.” The only cases we know of rewiring and reorganizing things come by intelligent design. These phrases personify evolution as a creative force. That’s opposite what Darwinian evolution teaches.Innate GPS App“Aaron Wilber, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Florida State University, discovered new insights about how the brain helps us get around from place to place,” reports Medical Xpress. What he found is that “The brain performs a complex calculation that works a lot like the Global Positioning System.” No satellites required. Here’s how it works:The parietal cortex is the part of the brain that helps make that happen. It integrates information coming in from various senses and helps a person understand what action to take as a result. The response gets recorded as a memory with help from other parts of the brain, creating a “map” of the location that a person can recall to help get around from place to place.Then in the future a person can link that same view, or even just a part of it, to the brain’s map and know what action to take.Materialists Puzzle Over ConsciousnessThree international scientists, writing in Science Magazine, review various meanings of ‘consciousness’ and ask whether robots will ever have it. As evolutionists, they apply the “It evolved” explanation, combined with a high perhapsimaybecouldness index, to account for any puzzle. For instance, “Thus, circuits in the prefrontal cortex may have evolved to monitor the performance of other brain processes.”The explanation makes no sense from a materialist perspective. Nothing made of atoms is capable of deciding “to monitor the performance of other brain processes.” Such language presupposes the ability to know what information is, and to collect it and measure performance according to some objective standard. What else can the authors do? They are limited by their assumptions to consider only naturalistic explanations.“What we call ‘consciousness’ results from specific types of information-processing computations, physically realized by the hardware of the brain,” they say in the Conclusion section of the paper. They specifically reject dualism, the view that mind and body are both independently required to explain human behavior. “Although centuries of philosophical dualism have led us to consider consciousness as unreducible to physical interactions, the empirical evidence is compatible with the possibility that consciousness arises from nothing more than specific computations.” But this speculative view undercuts their own reasoning, because no objective standard for truth and logic can emerge from mindless matter in motion.Most of the essay consists of futureware, speculating about what robots will be able to do some day.CBS NewsScience Cannot Explain What You Are About to HearIn a recent episode on 60 Minutes, host Scott Pelley was almost brought to tears as he heard 12-year-old Alma Deutscher compose a classical piece in the style of Mozart from four random notes he had just selected from a hat. This pre-teen young lady, full of zest and vitality, is already a virtuoso violinist and pianist, but her greatest gift may be her creativity. She has composed a violin concerto and a piano concerto of stunning beauty (and difficulty) that have been performed by symphony orchestras, and at age 10 composed her first opera, having written all the instrumental parts for these works. Alma says that she always has melodies pouring out of her head. “We cannot explain what you are about to hear,” Pelley began. “Science doesn’t know enough about the brain to make sense of Alma.”Alma imagines her improvisations before playing them on the piano. Do brain waves differ when you listen to music and when you imagine it in your head? Phys.org says, “That music playing in your head is a real conundrum for scientists.” Experiments in France on brains of epileptics (difficult to do) seem to show the same brain wave patterns in both cases.This is the first time a study has demonstrated that when we imagine music in our heads, the auditory cortex and other parts of the brain process auditory information, such as high and low frequencies, in the same way as they do when stimulated by real sound.The sounds Alma hears before playing, though, do not exist except in her imagination. Are they real?Nothing in brain biology makes sense except in the light of intelligent design. There, it not only makes sense, but arouses awe and inspiration. What is the survival value of creating complex works of music that are beautiful? Compare Alma’s lovely work with the sound made by goats (and some humans).Listen to more from Alma Deutscher on her YouTube channel (try the soft movement from her piano concerto), and read some of the comments. The capabilities God has put into the human brain are beyond comprehension. It makes you wonder what heaven will be like. (Visited 694 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Who Is Pouring Enterprise Weedkiller and Why?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#enterprise#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… At the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, one question I asked all vendors was about their sales model. Were they relying on grassroots adoption, one click at a time, letting the software do the talking, not employing any sales people? Or did they follow the tried and true model of mixing inside sales (telephone, qualifying, small deals) and big-game hunters who close major deals with the large firms?A lot of vendors said it was a mix of both, the first model for SMB and the second for enterprise. That makes sense. But some were pure play (i.e. no salespeople employed). Before dismissing this as crazy, think of some of the highly successful companies in this category; Basecamp, Atlassian, and Zoho come to mind. But grassroots adoption flies in the face of the enterprise’s need for structure and control. So, some enterprise are pouring weedkiller on it (tip of the hat to Oliver Marks for the weedkiller analogy). Presumably, they see these young shoots as weeds and not beautiful flowers or nourishing plants. Why?Gasp! Our Staff Is Using Facebook to Discuss BusinessThis heading was the sort of thing one heard at the conference. It usually meant that the company had not deployed something that was as easy and fun as Facebook and also “enterprise-safe.” From merely observing the vendors with stands, there is absolutely no excuse for that. A lot of vendors have collaboration software that is intuitive and functionally rich and that takes care of the usual enterprise concerns about security and control.Block IP Address X But Not YClearly, though, enterprises want to block plenty of sites. In some cases, their reasons seem obscure and unreasonable to the vendors. In some cases, blocking is motivated by serious deficiencies in the vendor’s software, most likely something related to security.In other cases, the enterprise may have chosen its vendor and want to drive adoption of the product. That is a reasonable strategy in some cases. There is great value in network scale with collaboration tools. This tends to favor the top-down strategy: decide on one tool and force it on everyone. That has tended to lead to clunky, expensive, time-sucking disasters in the past. Getting that balance right is tough. The CIO’s job is not a simple one.This will give firms with big sales teams an advantage. Those big firms will acquire the smaller vendors that have traction but cannot scale on their own.Bootstrapped vendors, aware of that reality, have either remained in the SMB market or chosen a niche. Atlassian, for example, is growing like a weed without any salespeople by focusing on developers (developers being the kind of people who resist anyone telling them what tools to use).Overcome Three Objections to Avoid WeedkillerAccording to a recent Forrester report, enterprise CIOs are concerned most with these three big issues when considering SaaS:Security 31%,Total cost 27% (i.e. volume discounts),Integration 22%,Vendors simply have to address these issues. Any vendor that can’t address them shouldn’t even be in the business. And any vendor with a solid track record in the enterprise will have reasonably good solutions for all three. Probably not perfect solutions, but we live in an imperfect world.Where Is the Internet Scale + Enterprise Safe Sign-On Service?In the consumer Internet world, we speak in terms of OpenID vs. Facebook Connect vs. FriendConnect.Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, we have the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Single Sign-On (ESS).It is possible that both actually do exist in the same universe and will benefit from each other. If one of the three players in consumer-land would address some of the enterprise’s reasonable concerns, the table might tip in their favor. Or maybe an enterprise vendor could convince people that they can be very open and very secure at the same time. Letting the outside world (you know, those pesky customers) into the enterprise is generally a good thing. But keeping out the bad apples is equally critical.(Image: James H. Miller.) bernard lunncenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Sorry Facebook, This Was A Privacy Bungle! Here’s What You Should’ve Done

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web A week ago Facebook got itself caught up in yet another privacy controversy, when old Wall posts from 2007-09 were automatically converted into Timeline posts. The confusion was that for some people, those old posts seemed private in nature. So it was thought that Facebook had mistakenly turned private messages into Timeline posts. Facebook responded that no, it only converted “older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages.” That makes sense, but its users have every right to be angry.The Facebook of 2007-09 is a totally different ballgame to the Facebook of 2012. Here are three of the more obvious reasons why:Your Facebook profile page used to be a “Wall” of messages to and from your friends. Now it is a multimedia-filled “Timeline” of your everyday life.These days we’re accustomed to using lists to segment our friends. We post different things to different lists.Facebook now allows you to post updates publicly, a concept which didn’t exist back in 2009. Related, people you don’t know can now “subscribe” to your public updates.The upshot: while those old Wall posts probably were always visible on a user’s profile page, that’s a very different thing to those posts being visible on today’s Facebook Timeline.Even the concept of a “friend” has changed. In 2008, your entire Facebook network may have been what is now labeled “Close Friends”. In 2012, we also have “Acquaintances” (as the name suggests, people you don’t know very well) and “Subscribers” (people you probably don’t know at all). Not to mention the many custom lists we’re encouraged to create – I have one entitled “Tech Influentials”, for example. These aren’t necessarily friends of mine, but they’re people who I befriended for professional reasons.The point is, being social on Facebook encompasses far more today. Back in 2008, if you posted something on your Wall then it was very likely meant for real-life friends. But nowadays, if you post something to all your Facebook friends, then it will almost certainly be seen by people you don’t know in real life. Some of us have several hundreds of such “friends”. That’s a big change in context.Put another way: in 2007-09, Facebook was an exclusive, private social network. You had no reason to think that would ever change. But change it did, from December 2009 when Facebook suddenly set the new default for status messages as public. Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote on ReadWriteWeb at the time that “this move cuts against the fundamental proposition of Facebook: that your status updates are only visible to those you opt-in to exposing them to.”And that’s the crux of this latest privacy bungle from Facebook. Once again, the company has unilaterally decided to impose a new concept of privacy onto its users. It may be technically correct of Facebook to claim that what you posted to your friends via your Wall in 2008 is equivalent to a Timeline post to your friends in 2012. But for most Facebook users today, a friend in 2012 simply doesn’t mean the same thing as a friend in 2008.So the problem isn’t that Wall posts from 2007-09 “were always public [and] looked like something you might say privately today,” as Gizmodo and other publications are characterizing this.The problem is that Facebook in 2007-09 was actually a private space. Not quasi-private. Not public-but-looked-like-private. In 2008, Facebook was – hard as it may be to fathom nowadays – private.But in 2012, that is no longer the case. So when we have something to say to real-life friends, we either use private messaging or we do a post to a small subset of our friends – our “Close Friends” or a custom list of people (such as “Family”).So this isn’t the fault of Facebook’s users. We knew what we were doing then, when we posted to our Walls. And we know what we’re doing now. The lesson here is that Facebook should have given us the option of selecting the privacy setting for those old Wall posts. Or maybe even made those old posts available to “Close Friends” only, as the default. Then we could adjust if we wished.Facebook’s mistake was that it had no right to assume that our “Friends” of 2007-09 means the same thing as “Friends” in 2012. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts richard macmanuscenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents

first_imgThis post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, MS & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTAmerican families are continuing to grow in diversity. A recent New York Times article describes American families as “multilayered and full of surprises” highlighting that researchers studying family structure and evolution in the U.S. are finding families to be ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically more diverse than previous generations [1].  Military families are no exception. Many of our recent blogs have featured non-traditional military family structures. We’ve discussed the growing number of single military parents in recent posts as well as the prevalence of dual military couples.[Flickr, The Family_GayDays_08 by Grow by Love, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015In light of the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which legalized openly homosexual men and women to serve in the military, we’ve also featured research on gay and lesbian family trends to provide professionals working with military families the latest research on dynamics within this family structure. As more same sex couples engage in military services, it is important for professionals to better understand the needs of gay and lesbian families. Today’s blog continues the conversation utilizing Biblarz and Savci’s (2010) review of research on children of same sex parents [2].The researchers found that lesbian couples tend to adopt girls more often than boys.  As compared to heterosexual parents, lesbian parents tend to provide their children with less stereotypically gendered toys and are less concerned about their children conforming to stereotypical gender roles. Children and adolescents with lesbian parents show no differences in psychological well-being than that of children with heterosexual parents in areas such as:Social and behavioral adjustmentSocio-emotional developmentPeer acceptance and relationshipsAdolescent participation in risky behaviors (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana use)The researchers also found that gay men can have greater difficulty becoming fathers due to barriers such as large expenses associated with adoption and surrogacy as well as obstacles with state laws.When gay men become co-fathers, or when gay male fathers co-parent with their partner, they tend to engage in higher levels of positive discipline techniques and lower levels of spanking as compared to lesbian co-mothers. The researchers note the lack of studies done on children with gay fathers or co-fathers and the great need for more to be done in the future. Further research will provide better insight into gay fatherhood.References[1] Angier, N. (2013, November 25). The Changing American Family. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/health/families.html?ref=science&_r=0[2] Biblarz, T., & Savci, E. (2010). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 480-497.last_img read more


first_imgJLR India sales up 66% in Jan-Jun periodMumbai, Jul 10 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India todayreported a 66 per cent increase in sales at 2,579 units in thefirst half of 2018 buoyed by a strong product portfolio.Rohit Suri, president and managing director of theTatas-run company, said, “We have seen tremendous growth onthe back of new launches like the Range Rover Velar, EvoqueConvertible and the Model Year 2018 Range Rover and RangeRover Sport.”These, coupled with dedicated retail and after salesinitiatives have helped us register a solid growth of 66 percent in the first half of 2018 at 2,579 units.”Other luxury brands also did well with the marketleader Mercedes-Benz clocking 12.4 per cent more volumes at8,061 units and the number two player BMW selling 13 per centmore units at 5,171.Swedish player Volvo reported over 30 per cent spikein volumes at 1,242 units in the first half of 2018.The third largest player Audi has not yet disclosedits half-yearly sales figures. PTI BEN SSSS SS SSlast_img read more

19 days agoJames delighted playing with ex-U9 pal Mount at Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say James delighted playing with ex-U9 pal Mount at Chelseaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James is delighted playing with Mason Mount at Chelsea.Growing up the year group below Mount, the two would often train and play together, a bond that has remained from Under-9s to the Champions League.”I’ve known Mason since he was nine years old so it’s great to be playing with him now in a Champions League game,” James told chelsea.com.”It’s a dream come true. When I was nine or 10, he was in the year above but when we played at tournaments, we were in the same [year-born] age group so we’d play together then. We were good friends and we still are now.”It’s fantastic to see the young players coming through together and it just reflects on how good the Academy actually is. Frank helps us a lot, he wants as many young players as possible to play and he’s there to give you opportunities if he feels you deserve it.” last_img read more

Braxton Miller Trolls Jim Harbaugh With Ridiculous Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is usually quiet and reserved – and prefers to let his play on the field do the talking. Wednesday, however, he apparently couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get in on the trolling of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh after the Wolverines head coach blasted Ohio State’s AD on Twitter.Miller took to Twitter Wednesday to re-post a ridiculous meme that was put together last offseason after Harbaugh took his shirt off during a satellite camp. Check it out:‘ what a time.. Who made this? pic.twitter.com/3buDE1nnN2— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) March 23, 2016Between Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Thomas and now Braxton Miller, it’s clear that Ohio State’s former players have no problem taking shots at their former rival. We’ll see if Harbaugh strikes back.last_img read more

Dancing through Greyeyes marvellous career

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn his three decades on the stage and screen, Michael Greyeyes has emerged as a respected director, choreographer, dancer and actor.APTN National News reporter Tina House recently caught up with him in Vancouver to review the many achievements of a remarkable First Nations man.last_img