Meyer on Looking for Croissants in an Art Museum

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Intelligent Design Meyer on Looking for Croissants in an Art MuseumElizabeth WhatelyApril 19, 2021, 6:44 AM Unfortunately, question-begging is the norm in an academic context where science has come to be defined not as the search for the best explanation of everything, but the search for the best naturalistic explanation of everything. Scientists open to intelligent design are relentlessly framed as “science-stoppers,” when in fact they are the ones best able to recognize, appreciate, and study the art in the universal gallery, and in the process take the scientific enterprise to new heights. The God hypothesis is no stop-gap in that enterprise. Rather, it is the culmination of multiple converging lines of positive evidence. Of course, such openness to explanations beyond the material for our own minds and actions will inevitably and uncomfortably open up more questions about the ultimate source of mind, the ultimate source of free will. These are the sorts of questions that some scientists will candidly admit they do not want to pursue. Like Richard Lewontin thundering that “we cannot allow a divine foot in the door,” they will never break out of their self-imposed circle. They will be forever shaking their fist in the direction of the art gallery’s information desk, forever waiting for croissants that will never be delivered.  In their own far more suave, academic way, scientists who label ID theory as a “God of the gaps” argument are not unlike the incensed man in the art gallery. As Meyer points out, the “gaps” in the phrase are only “gaps” within a closed system — a system that allows for no outside influx of information or designing intelligence. The materialist assumes from the beginning that all questions must ultimately be answered by natural means (“This is a bakery, the croissants have to be here somewhere!”). Thus, every place where no such solution has yet been found is a perpetually yawning chasm in his mind. Photo: Stephen Meyer, via Discovery Institute.Stephen Meyer’s new book, Return of the God Hypothesis, contains one of my new favorite analogies for what it’s like to do science under the restrictions of methodological naturalism. (Although, as Steve was quick to inform me when I interviewed him, the analogy is not his own. Proper credit is originally due to Paul Nelson, who is a font of apt analogies at all times!) Here it is: Imagine a man who walks into an art gallery, but instead of expecting a tour of great painters, he is expecting to help himself to some delicious pastries. You see, this man has a problem. He has mistaken the gallery for a bakery. Tags”God of the gaps”art museumbakerycroissantsinformationintelligent designmaterialismmethodological naturalismpastriesReturn of the God HypothesisRichard Lewontinscience stopperscientistsStephen Meyer,Trending Meyer further pointed out in our interview that such limiting assumptions hinder not only the inquiry into universal origins, but the study of human consciousness and behavior. The whole literature of cognitive science is built on the materialistic assumption that who we are and what we do must ultimately be attributed to nature or nurture. “But,” he said, “if there’s something called genuine agency, human free will, and if that plays a role in understanding human action and human behavior, we again may miss it if we impose a rigidly materialistic methodology on our inquiry.” Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Closed Chasms Elizabeth WhatelyElizabeth Whately is a math teacher, freelance writer, and lover of old things, especially books. She holds a PhD in the field of mathematics. She especially enjoys writing about human exceptionalism, the arts, and the academic tugs-of-war between naturalism and theism. Share A bit confused, but undeterred, our hero marches up to the desk and demands to know where the croissants are. Upon being patiently informed that “Sir, this is an art gallery,” he becomes upset at this “gap” in the gallery’s service, or perhaps in the staff’s knowledge. “Bring out the croissants already!” he shouts, pounding the desk while the poor flustered woman at the desk calls for backup. “Come on, I know they’re here somewhere. You just don’t know where they are, so find someone who does!” It’s at this point or very shortly thereafter that the man should feel a firm hand on his shoulder, accompanied by a firm voice saying “Exit’s this way.” A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Limiting Assumptions But if once the scientist paused to consider that he might have walked into a different establishment entirely, the chasms would close. His model would be turned on its head. Instead of pounding the desk and demanding the staff cough up their secrets, he would stop and enjoy the Starry Night, marveling at its intricate design. As it is, he persists in begging the question.last_img read more

Montana Twisters are More Frequent, Powerful in 2010

first_imgHELENA – Tornadoes in Montana this year have been more frequent and more powerful than at any point over the past decade, as evidenced by twisters that destroyed an arena in Billings and killed two people in the state’s northeastern corner.While an unusually wet spring and early summer helped extend this year’s storm season, meteorologists can’t pinpoint just what’s caused the spike.Montana averages seven tornadoes a year, which ties it with New York for the nation’s 19th-lowest average. But over the first seven months of 2010, there were 24 tornadoes recorded in the state, according to data provided by the National Weather Service.The weather service has been unable to find another year with as many tornadoes reported, said Dan Borsum, senior meteorologist in Billings. The year that comes closest over the last decade is 2002, when 11 twisters were recorded.A contributing factor may be the unusually high amount of rainfall that has saturated the ground this year.“The amount of moisture that we’ve had is allowing us to stay in a thunderstorm pattern much later in the year, and that’s allowing us to have more intense storms,” Borsum said.Emergency officials also say there has been a comparative increase in the number of disaster assistance requests because of flooding this spring and summer. Notably, flooding on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in June led to evacuations, the closure of the reservation’s health clinic and left hundreds without drinking water. The damage was so great it resulted in a presidential disaster declaration, a relative rarity for Montana.There also have been disaster assistance requests for flooding in Dawson, Custer, Roosevelt and Petroleum counties, said Montana Disaster and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Thennis.“We’ve been so dry for so long, that we’ve had unseasonably heavy rainfalls that we haven’t seen for 10 years or so in some areas,” Thennis said.But even with the increased rainfall, it’s hard to know exactly why there are so many more twisters this year. It may have something to do with the transformation from an El Nino to a La Nina weather pattern. Or it could just be bad luck.But don’t blame global warming, at least not until more data is available from over a longer period that would suggest this year is something other than an aberration, weather service meteorologist Tanja Fransen in Glasgow said.“You can’t say that this is attributable to climate change,” Fransen said.In addition to more twisters touching down, the tornadoes hitting Montana this year have been more powerful.The number of strong tornadoes — those rated between EF2 and EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale — hitting Montana averages one each year. That number has more than tripled this year with storms reported in just in June and July.The tornado that killed two people and injured a third in northeastern Montana’s Sheridan County last Monday night was one of the most powerful the state has ever seen and the deadliest since 1923, when a tornado killed two people in Mineral County.With 150 mile-per-hour winds, Monday’s tornado was only the fourth in the state’s recorded history to rate an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, and the first since 1988.That tornado traveled overland for 18 miles at about 30 mph, demolishing phone lines, a bridge and an abandoned farmhouse that lay in its path. Then it hit the Smith ranch, an isolated house and buildings where Barbara Smith, 71, lived with her 10-year-old grandson, Robert “Robby” Richardson, and her nephew, 46-year-old Steven Smith.The twister ripped the house from its foundation and demolished everything on the property, obliterating a mobile home, blowing away grain bins and tossing vehicles more than a quarter of a mile. Cattle were found more than a mile away.Smith’s grandson and nephew were killed in the storm. Neighbors and authorities dug Smith from her basement and transported her to a hospital in Billings, where she was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.That tornado came just a month after a tornado with an EF2 rating — with winds up to 120 mph — touched down on top of the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, the state’s largest indoor arena.It was the first large tornado to hit Billings in more than a half-century, and it tore off the arena’s roof, damaged hundreds of homes and businesses and scattered debris across the city.The next day, a series of tornadoes were reported in southwestern Powder River County, and several of those were rated EF2, Borsum said.Not two weeks after that, another EF2-rated twister struck in the Gallatin National Forest southwest of Billings. Tornadoes in mountains are rare, particularly those that powerful, and this one left swath of downed trees 150 yards wide and a couple of miles long, Borsum said.Borsun said substantial amounts of low-level moisture is needed for a rotating storm’s funnel to connect to the ground and form a tornado. Once the state stops seeing so many rainstorms, and the ground starts drying out, the chances of a tornado forming will lessen, he said.But that also means the start of fire season, which could pose a new challenge for emergency officials. Authorities have worried that millions of acres of trees killed by mountain pine beetles could present an increased fire risk this year.“We’re prepared for it if we have to deal with the fire season,” Thennis said. “Overall, I think there are a lot of resources across the northwest to help with the fire season.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. 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“What About Peace?” Competition for Youth

first_img ← European Youth Conference, Poland Share 0 Deadline: 15 FebruaryOpen to: Young people between 14 and 20 years of agePrize: More than $2500 total prizes offered to winnersDescriptionGlobal Exchange invites entries for What About Peace? Program 2013. Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. This contest is to encourage high school age students to think about peace. Try using What About Peace? as a culminating project, an assignment, for extra credit or as a money-earning project for their group or class.ContestTo take part in this contest, answer the question What about peace? in visual or written media.Telling a story (up to 500 words)Writing an essay (up to 500 words)Creating a poem (up to 200 words)Painting a picture or collage (up to 18” x 24”)Taking a photo (up to 11” x 14” on photo paper)Designing a graphic, poster or comic strip/cartoon (up to 18” x 24”)EligibilityYou must be between 14 and 20 years of age to participate.One entry per person… One person per entry.Entries won’t be returned. What About Peace ? has the right to use any and all entries on our website, in displays, and in publicity for the contest.  Copyright belongs to the entrant.Be sure that you and your teacher/sponsor understand our stance on copying and plagiarism.  They are not allowed.How to enter the competition?Send your entry and the form to What About Peace ? at 2017 Mission Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94110. All entries must be received on or before February 15th.PrizesPrizes will be given in two categories: written (essay, poem, short story) and visual (painting, collage, photography and graphic).GRAND PRIZE is $1000 in any categoryFirst Place $300 each for the best written entry and $300 for best visual entrySecond Place $150 in each categorySponsor/Teacher’s prizes $100 for Grand prize and first prizeThe official website. Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. +1 Challenge Future Summit 2012-Where youth shape world’s future TODAY! Similar Stories TRAFO posting competition for youthcenter_img OECD’s Global Youth Video Competition 2013 Reddit January 30, 2013 Published by milan LinkedIn 0 “What About Peace?” Competition for Youth Tweet European Parliament Translation Traineeships, Luxembourg →last_img read more