First United Methodist Church Pasadena Welcomes its New Pastor

first_img First United Methodist Church Pasadena welcomes their new pastor, Rev. N. Adiel A. DePano, who will begin his appointment with the church on Sunday, July 1, 2012, when he will give his first sermon as lead pastor at 10am. Rev. DePano brings 21 years of ministry experience with gifts of healing, energy, motivation and a readiness to lead the church in a collaborative worship.Rev. DePano was born in Manila, Philippines in 1960. He is the fourth child of nine born to Nathanael, a lawyer and former Presiding Justice of the Philippines Court of Appeals, and Aurora, a school teacher and former head of a home economics department. He is a fourth-generation United Methodist minister.After receiving his Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology, Rev. DePano served his internship at Rosewood UMC in Los Angeles.FUMC welcomes everyone to join in celebration during this historic time at FUMC Pasadena, which is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, and on the web at www.fumcpasadena.org Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Business News Top of the News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Faith & Religion News First United Methodist Church Pasadena Welcomes its New Pastor Published on Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 2:39 pmcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Ready for Spring

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I feel like I’m just going through the motions, living in a fog. Every winter I suffer from seasonal depression, but this year seems to be worse than usual for me. I’ll be happy when the first flowers bud, when the sun shines warm, and when light fills the evening hours.Any tips for surviving winter?Yours, Ready for Spring Dear Ready for Spring,Winter’s assault can get us all down. There’s a lot I love about living in western North Carolina, but winter isn’t one of those things. Between the grey skies, the wintery mixes that keep me buried under layers of wool but provide no snow for playing, and the long, dark nights that keep me from getting outdoors as often as I’d like, I find myself longing for warmer weather, too.It’s easy to hate winter. But there’s another way. Instead of saying, “I’ll be happy when,” try finding happiness now. Sometimes it takes digging deep to find happy moments during the day. Those who take the time to dig, to find bright spots in the grey and cold, will be rewarded with real joy. Amplify your joy by focusing on it, letting your mind dwell in the beauty of a snowflake or the mystery of the wind. Take pictures or write about it, anything that helps you focus on the positive moments.It’s tempting to stay safe and comfortable all winter long, patiently waiting for spring. Instead of avoiding freezing rain and ice, embrace them. Bundle up and allow yourself to get uncomfortable, because pushing through your discomfort allows you to get to the other side. Dealing with adversity and facing challenges inspires us, allowing us to grow and evolve in ways that staying safe doesn’t. Stepping away from what’s comfortable gives us a new perspective.We can all benefit from getting outside more. Luckily, every day it’s staying light later. Each day it stays light two minutes longer. Chase the light instead of the lingering in the dark.Bundle up and get out there!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Bo McDonald – Meaningful work (#69)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 69 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.On this week’s episode, I’m exploring relevancy and strategic planning with my colleague and long-time friend, Bo McDonald. As President and CEO of Your Marketing Co, Bo has a ton of experience and knowledge helping credit unions, both large and small, refocus their marketing and member service efforts in order to stand out in the crowded financial landscape. Throughout the episode, Bo and I discuss what he’s learned about remaining relevant and creating lasting, meaningful relationships since founding Your Marketing Co over 12 years ago. Bo shares how he has been able to translate those powerful lessons into helping credit unions, as well as his own business, find their why, define their ideal member/client, and develop a culture of service and empathy. Additionally, Bo and I discuss how his leadership style has been influenced and changed by those around him, starting with his time as a radio DJ up to now, and how the many mistakes he’s made along the way have helped him become a better leader and teacher for his employees. We also talk about making difficult decisions, common myths about leadership, and taking a risk. Recalling his favorite piece of advice, he reminds us that “can’t, never did a thing”. We finish up with the rapid-fire questions, where Bo shares what he wanted to be when he grew up, what has become more and less important in his life, and what credit union leader he thinks of when he hears the word success. I hope you enjoy this great episode and maybe even get a few chuckles from our conversation. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Bo:Bo Mcdonald, President and CEO of Your Marketing [email protected] | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedInShow notes from this episode:A big thank you to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the great work Bo and his team at Your Marketing Co are doing for credit unions here Shout-out: Greenville, South CarolinaShout-out: David MillerShout-out: Lauren CulpShout-out: Rhonda HotardShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Leo ArdineLearn more about your personality with the DiSC assessmentShout-out: Bo’s father Shout-out: Mike BartooShout-out: Jeff OlsonShout-out: Credit Union Association of the DakotasShout-out: Mills42 Federal Credit Union Shout-out: Maple Federal Credit Union Shout-out: HopeSouth Credit Union Shout-out: Bo’s friend in NashvilleShout-out: CUESShout-out: Bo’s elementary school art teacherShout-out: Todd ClarkShout-out: Bo’s former boss at the radio stationShout-out: Geoff WassermanShout-out: Scott ButterfieldShout-out: CUNA Governmental Affairs ConferenceShout-out: Bo’s father Shout-out: Lois KitschShout-out: Jim MorrellShout-out: George OmbadoLearn more about DE, the National Credit Union Foundation’s signature programAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Elton JohnAlbum mentioned: Ultimate Collection: The Complete Hits by Captain and TenilleBook mentioned: Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday Book mentioned: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Lauren Culp, Rhonda Hotard, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Leo Ardine, Jeff Olson, Todd Clark, Lois Kitsch, Jim Morrell, George Ombado,You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:51] – Bo, welcome to the show![03:02] – Bo shares that relevance, and not knowing who we serve is the biggest issue he sees credit unions facing today.[04:08] – How does your company help credit unions?[04:53] – Bo speaks about what he thinks credit unions need to change to stay relevant.[06:09] – When you are working with credit unions, do you help them define who their ideal member is?[09:27] – Bo speaks about being able to spend more time in the office leading people and working directly with credit unions.[10:55] – A year from now, what will you be the proudest of that you and your team have accomplished?[12:29] – Bo shares that he has tried to temper his impatience and a short fuse, he tries to have more empathy.[14:26] – Bo discusses what the inspiration was to start YMC twelve years ago.[16:00] – How has the inspiration changed with time in the company?[17:13] – Bo believes his leadership style is a teacher and what that means to him.[19:53] – Bo shares what his team at YMC has heard him say so often they can finish the sentence.[21:46] – Bo speaks about how he has cultivated the ability to make hard decisions.[22:50] – What mistake do you see young leaders make today?[24:09] – Bo shares some advice he was given growing up that he still uses today.[25:32] – Bo chats about a mentor he had at the radio station.[28:07] – Did you ever have a time in your business when you felt lost? What did you do to change it?[29:37] – Bo describes what a typical workday looks like, and what he would call a perfect day.[31:45] – Bo talks about what he does to unwind and recharge when he has a day off.[33:37] – Bo shares that he was a geek in high school, and the first time he got into trouble.[34:01] – Bo says he wanted to be a bus driver when he grew up and a radio DJ, the latter of which he worked as for ten years.[35:05] – What is your favorite album of all time?[35:39] – What book do you think everyone should read?[37:40] – Bo shares that time has become more important, and money has become less important.[38:52] – When you hear the word success, who comes to mind?[40:30] – Bo’s final thought is, evaluate your leadership. Be a better leader today than you were ten years ago.[41:38] -Thank you again, Bo, for being on the show today. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

first_imgBeijing imposed new legislation on the former British colony earlier this month despite protests from Hong Kongers and Western nations, setting the financial hub on a more authoritarian track.Australia, Canada and the UK all suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong earlier this month. US President Donald Trump has ended preferential economic treatment for Hong Kong.Peters said New Zealand will treat military and dual-use goods and technology exports to Hong Kong in the same way as it treats such exports to China as part of a review of its overall relationship with Hong Kong.Travel advice has been updated to alert New Zealanders to the risks presented by the new security law, he added.China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner, with annual two-way trade recently exceeding NZ$32 billion ($21 billion).New Zealand’s ties with China have frayed recently after the pacific nation backed Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization (WHO).  Topics : New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes following China’s decision to pass a national security law for the territory, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday.”New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China,” Peters said in a statement.”If China in future shows adherence to the ‘one country, two systems’ framework then we could reconsider this decision.”last_img read more

Nigeria should not obey FIFA rules against its own laws: Commissioner Ebewele

first_imgBrown Ebewele, a former Commissioner of Sports in Edo, has described as unfortunate the withdrawal of the court case against the Aminu Maigari-led board of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).Mr Ebiakpo Baribote on Wednesday withdrew a case she filed against the NFA at a High Court in Jos to avoid a ban on Nigeria from FIFA.But Ebewele  on Thursday in Abuja said that Nigeria should not continue to obey FIFA at the detriment of its own laws.“For FIFA to say that a government that gives subvention to a federation and the government is asking for accountability and FIFA is saying you are sanctioned, that is corruption itself.“That means FIFA is corrupt; that is why they are supporting corruption.“But it’s a shame that as big as this country is, the biggest black race in the world will make a pronouncement today and because of FIFA, you are reversing your position; it’s a big shame.” Ebewele, popularly called “Juju man’’ stressed that other countries make money from football while Nigeria spent without accountability.“If other countries are making money from football, Nigeria is spending money on football.“So what is the interest, what is the benefit of football, football, football when there is nothing that comes from it.“Its either we get scandal from it or we get fraud from it; so what is Nigeria benefitting so much from it that it cannot forget football for one or three months.“It is even time for some of these third world countries to come together and say they are sick and tired of FIFA manipulation. “America changed some of the FIFA rules when they wanted to host the World Cup.“America told them that this goal-line technology must be introduced, if you don’t introduce it we are not in your business.“It was America that told them that this traditional uniform of referees black and black is outdated and that was why designers came in.“Nigerians are very intelligent people; we cannot because of corruption allow some individuals to manipulate us; it’s all about manipulation.’’Baribote, the proprietress of Nembe City Football Club, was persuaded by the National Sports Commission and House of Reps to withdraw the case in the interest of Nigeria. FIFA had suspended Nigeria from all international football engagements following a court order that restrained the board from performing its duties.It went further to kick against the arrest of NFA chairman Maigari over corruption allegation levelled against the board by some stakeholders.– See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/07/nigeria-obey-fifa-rules-laws-says-ebewele/#sthash.J4IXw7Zk.dpuflast_img read more

Bayern thump Hanover to go level with second-place Gladbach

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Thomas Mueller had a frustrating time in front of goal in his 300th Bundesliga game, but Bayern continued their run of form with a 4-0 win at Hanover on Saturday.Joshua Kimmich’s second-minute volley from an awkward-looking flick from Thomas Mueller gave the Bavarians an early lead.Bayern doubled their lead in the 29th minute when David Alaba rocketed a strike into the top of the net from the edge of the box.Kimmich turned provider for the last two goals.In the 53rd minute, he played a low cross for Serge Gnabry who weaved through traffic before toe-poking home from close range.Ten minutes later, Kimmich floated a perfectly-weighted cross into the path of Robert Lewandowski who headed his 10th goal of the season, going to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.Bayern’s win cut the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points ahead of Dortmund’s evening game against Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park. Hanover sit dead last with 10 points from 15 games. Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach, who started the day in second drew 0-0 at wasteful Hoffenheim. The home team dominated throughout, racking up 22 shots to four for the visitors, but were unable to convert.Schalke’s Bundesliga struggles continued, held 1-1 at Augsburg. The visitors thought they had snared the three points in the dying stages after Breel Embolo netted, but the effort ruled out for offside.Mario Gomez secured a valuable win for relegation-challenged Stuttgart who won 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin.Berlin took the lead in the 38th minute through Max Mittelstadt, before Gomez stretched out a leg to tap it into the bottom left corner in the 64th minute.Gomez added a second just ten minutes later, powering a header into goal after an expert cross from Christian Gentner.Fortuna Duesseldorf improved their chances of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 home win over Freiburg thanks to two goals from Kaan Ayhan.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Jacks drop series to Sonoma State after Saturday’s twin bill split

first_imgRohnert Park >> After scoring a paltry two runs in their previous three games against conference-rival Sonoma State, the Humboldt State softball team’s offense shook off the slumber to salvage the final game of a Saturday doubleheader, 7-3, at Seawolves Softball Field.HSU (33-11 overall, 21-10 California Collegiate Athletic Association), which scored one run in losing both games of Friday’s doubleheader to the Seawolves, fell behind 2-0 after the first inning of game one when Sonoma State’s …last_img

Steve Kerr on playing Kevin Durant in Game 5: ‘Would we go back and do it over again? Damn right’

first_imgOAKLAND – Stephen Curry has not only become an expert on making 3’s. He also understands how sports debate shows work.“Everybody has great 20/20 hindsight,” Curry said. “There are 24 hours in a day and there are a lot of different takes.”Especially when it applies to Kevin Durant, his defection to the Warriors, his legacy, his pending free agency and his response to criticism. Durant elicited a new set of debate topics when he ruptured his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of …last_img

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:  Evolution of ABC

first_imgFour Caltech scientists have tried to explain the shapes of alphabet letters in evolutionary terms, reported EurekAlert:In a new study forthcoming in the May 2006 issue of The American Naturalist, Mark A. Changizi and his coauthors, Qiang Zhang, Hao Ye, and Shinsuke Shimojo, from the California Institute of Technology explore the hypothesis that human visual signs have been cross-culturally selected to reflect common contours in natural scenes that humans have evolved to be good at seeing. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They believe that the contours of letters tend to correlate with contours in nature.  There’s more.  “The researchers also examined motor and visual skills and the shapes that are easiest to see and form,” the article continues.  “They make a strong case [sic] that the shape signature for human visual signs is primarily selected for reading, at the expense of writing.”No hint, now, that these skills might have been designed that way?  As usual, evolution is both the premise and the conclusion.  It is the question and the answer, the approach and the justification, the jot and the tittle, the alpha and omega.  (Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionary Explanations Come Up Empty

first_imgWhen evolutionists claim that they have explained the evolution of this or that, or that their research sheds light on its evolution, a closer examination sometimes shows verbiage covering up hollow reasoning, or even employing intelligent design concepts as weapons against design.Snap goes the dragon:  PhysOrg highlighted a research project by some UK biologists and computer scientists who claimed they explained, in Kipling fashion, “How the dragon got its snap” – the snapdragon, that is, a popular garden flower.  Snapdragons (genus Antirrhinum) have asymmetrical dorsal and ventral parts that form a hinge.  When the bee lands on the welcome mat, the flower snaps open, allowing entry into the inner sanctum of pollen and nectar.  According to PhysOrg, the work not only sheds light on the evolution of shape, it throws it: The study also throws light on how different shapes may evolve.  In the computational model, small changes to the genes that influence the growth rules produce a variety of different forms.  The shape of the snapdragon flower, with the closely matched upper and lower petal shapes, could have arisen through similar ‘genetic tinkering’ during evolution.  Evolutionary tinkering could also underlie the co-ordinated changes required for the development of many other biological structures, such as the matched upper and lower jaws of vertebrates.Left begging by this explanation is how a blind, purposeless, aimless process produced growth rules, closely matched parts, and coordinated changes.  The tinkering metaphor also connotes some kind of personality aiming at a result, however haphazard the method might be.  Even “trial and error” still connotes having a goal in mind.  In evolutionary theory, survival is not a goal; it is an artifact.    The paper in PLoS Biology on which this story was based did not explain things any better.1  “The results suggest that genetic control of tissue polarity organisers has played a key role in the development and evolution of shape,” the authors said, leaving it unclear who controls the development, or who wrote the screenplay, who gathered the cast of characters, and who directed their roles.  It also merely assumes that shapes evolved rather than were designed.  If this throws any light, it throws it onto assumptions, not onto evidence.    Regarding evidence for shape formation, they admitted they were clueless at the outset: “Genes are known to control the shape of biological structures, like flowers, hearts, and limbs, yet how they do this is poorly understood.”  They proceeded to study how (but not why) genes influence the shape of snapdragons, and found that a model that simply accounts for local tissue growth is inadequate.  “These could be most readily explained if genes also affect an internal field of orientations along which growth is directed, established by organisers of tissue polarity,” using words that connote intelligent design.  “Our analysis therefore revealed a previously unsuspected role of shape genes in the control of tissue polarity, highlighting the importance of this process for the development and evolution of tissue forms.”  The word evolution was tagged onto that sentence full of design words like a bumper sticker on a car announcing “Chance rules.”.  Such a message has nothing to do with the design of the car.    Nothing improved by the end of the paper.  “We propose that effects on tissue polarity have played a key role in the evolution of shapes, such as the closed Snapdragon flower, and thus provide a general mechanism for the generation of complex forms.”  A close reading of that sentence reveals design concepts being employed to argue for a chance process: propose (stating a proposition, appealing to logic and evidence for its support); effects… played a role (a dubious proposition, unless the effects are coordinated and controlled); mechanism (a word normally used of plans and goals); and generation of complex forms (a phrase that could be used for a chance process, but not for one with functional benefits, like snapdragon pollination).  The authors proceeded to include a paragraph on the “Evolution of Shape” as a general principle.  The same problems plagued this attempt: use of subjunctive mood hiding the active causes, assumption of evolution, hedging words (might have, may have), and the use of design words to argue for chance:Dorsoventral flower asymmetry is a common feature of the Lamiales (the Order to which Antirrhinum belongs).  However, the formation of flowers that have a closed mouth with a hinged palate (known as the personate form) is restricted to a small but diverse clade within the Lamiales.  The Antirrhinum corolla model indicates that a key step in the evolution of personate flowers may have been bringing tissue polarity organisers under the control of genes like DIV and DICH.  In particular, the formation of a hinged lower palate matching the upper corolla depends on promotion of CENORG by DIV.  It is possible that equivalent morphogenetic changes could have been brought about through changes in patterns of specified growth rates rather than tissue polarity.  However, modulating tissue polarity may provide a simpler developmental mechanism for some coordinated changes in form and may therefore have been favoured during evolution.  Other evolutionary innovations, such as formation of flower spurs, may also involve genes influencing organisers of tissue polarity.  Thus, changes in polarity as well as specified growth rates may play a key part in the evolution of complex morphologies.It should be clear to the skeptical reader that random changes to a coordinated mechanism are not likely to produce functional “innovations” in any blind system.  The authors therefore shrewdly co-opted the language of design and implied that it supported the explanation of complex shapes (not only those of snapdragons, but “complex morphologies” throughout life) by a random, unguided, purposeless, aimless process of evolution – provided one overlooks the bet-hedging phrases suffusing the explanation (may have, it is possible, could have been, may provide, may therefore have been favoured during evolution, may also involve).    PhysOrg and Science Daily both dutifully reproduced the press release from the John Innes Centre without any critical analysis, even with its overtly evidence-challenged, design-free statement that extrapolated their puny work on snapdragon genes into an over-arching principle: “the researchers show how these principles allow very complex biological shapes to generate themselves.”  One of the authors was even more explicit: “How do hearts, wings or flowers get their shape?” Prof. Enrico Coen asked.  “Unlike man-made things like mobile phones or cars, there is no external hand or machine guiding the formation of these biological structures; they grow into particular shapes of their own accord.”Eh? goes the tetrapod:  “Were our tetrapod ancestors deaf?” asked PhysOrg, assuming out of the starting gate that humans had tetrapod ancestors.  The article gave credence to researchers at the University of Southern Denmark who “have shown that the closest living relatives of the tetrapods, the lungfish, are insensitive to sound pressure, but sensitive to vibrations.”  That may be true of living lungfish, which are fish, but tetrapods are four-footed non-fish.  “Many changes in the sensory systems of tetrapods are associated with the water-to-land transition,” the article stated, again announcing a truism only logical if evolution is assumed.  That statement was followed by an uncontroversial fact of living tetrapods: “In hearing, one of the crucial elements in detecting airborne sound is the tympanic ear”    But next was a statement of profound faith in a string of chance miracles: “Surprisingly, the tympanic ear originated independently in the major tetrapod lineages and relatively late after the terrestrial tetrapods emerged – in the Triassic, more than 100 million years after the origin of tetrapods.”  By couching the proposition in passive voice verbs (originated, emerged), the authors misdirected the readers from a hollow scientific explanation onto a dogmatic assumption.    Surprising is an understatement.  Look at the chain of chance occurrences to even get close one time: “Sensitivity to airborne sound entailed three major changes of the ear between the age of Carbon and the Triassic: a changed sensitivity in the inner ear, a change in the articulation of the middle ear bone and finally coupling of the middle ear bone to skin covering the spiracle, creating a tympanic ear.”  But those are the least of their worries for evolution to get right.  The structures would be useless without a brain to hear the sounds and the senses to react to them.  The authors, naturally, neglected to explain how those details “emerged.”Yum! goes the caveman:  A psychologist at McGill University says that the sight of red meat makes humans less aggressive, why?  Because, he believes, “humans may therefore have evolved an innate predisposition to respond aggressively towards meat,” Frank Kachanoff said.  This counterintuitive belief is explained by the hunt being over and the cave clan gathering around the soothing campfire.  After the fact, the psych reasoned, “it would make sense that our ancestors would be calm, as they would be surrounded by friends and family at meal time.”  But does testing 82 living males reveal anything about unseen evolutionary ancestors?To show these are not isolated examples of assuming evolution while pretending to explain it, the news media provide a steady stream of illustrations.  Here are just a few of the most recent:Oxygen produces complex life, says Live Science.Life?  Primordial soup not needed; primordial haze will do (Space.com).Human evolution was shaped by plate tectonics (New Scientist).Fly eye similarities to human eye show that sight is an “evolutionary bestseller” (PhysOrg).The fossil record doesn’t really undermine Darwin (Science Daily; see 10/31/2010 for details).And for an indication that evolution is indeed an all-encompassing, cosmic world view to secular scientists, Space.com suggested that a collision between galaxies – an unplanned crash full of entropy – “may reveal insights on universe’s evolution.”1.  Green, Kennaway, Hanna, Bangham, and Coen, “Genetic Control of Organ Shape and Tissue Polarity,” Public Library of Science Biology 8(11): e1000537, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000537.Is this the folly of deception or of ignorance?  Are these evolutionists intentionally trying to foist a false view of the world on the public, or are they just so blind, they confuse their own imagination with reality?  Readers can draw their own conclusions.  One thing is indisputable: this is not science.  Even strong evidence of design, and the language of intelligent design, becomes twisted into weird faith that Darwin has been vindicated.  Holding to beliefs so empty, so committed to a view in spite of evidence, so beholden to a godlike hero named Charles Darwin, can only be described by a new term specially coined to describe it: funDOmentalism, where the DO stands for “Darwin Only.”  To a funDOmentalist, no evidence can alter their faith; it is the one great truth they most surely know, even if all of reality must be contorted to fit it.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more