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Origin of Agriculture Defies Evolutionary Long Ages

first_imgEvolutionists are at a loss to explain why agriculture arose suddenly in many regions relatively recently.At the University of Colorado, postdoc Patrick Kavanaugh does his best to tip-toe around an evolutionary conundrum: If modern humans were around for hundreds of thousands of years, why did agriculture arise so quickly just a few thousand years ago? The University press release promises new clues but no credible answers. We’ll see why when we think about their proposal.Vineyard below ancient Lachish (DFC)The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, at those particular times in human history?Using a new methodological approach, researchers at Colorado State University and Washington University in St. Louis have uncovered evidence that underscores one long-debated theory: that agriculture arose out of moments of surplus, when environmental conditions were improving, and populations lived in greater densities.The first-of-its-kind study, “Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture,” published in Nature Human Behaviour, lends support to existing ideas about the origins of human agriculture. In contrast, they found little support for two other, longstanding theories: One, that during desperate times, when environmental conditions worsened and populations lived at lower densities, agriculture was born out of necessity, as people needed a new way of getting food. And two, that no general pattern exists, but instead the story of agriculture’s origins is tied to unique social and environmental conditions in each place.Senior author Michael Gavin, an associate professor in CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, said the findings and the general methodological approach may help explain other watershed events in human history.But it doesn’t explain it. According to evolutionary theory, modern humans identical to us emerged from “antique humans” up to 315,000 years ago, and lived in a variety of climates and habitats. Are we to believe that not a single man or woman had an entrepreneurial thought one day, figuring that life could be simpler by planting seeds?The press release and the paper are both remarkable for dodging that question. We know they are evolutionists, because they refer to natural and artificial selection in the paper (artificial selection, we note, is a form of intelligent design).Agriculture began with a critical innovation: the domestication of plants and animals for food production. Specifically, the pathway to agriculture started with low-level food production, including the cultivation of wild-type species. This cultivation continued for a number of generations, and in some cases thousands of years, before natural and artificial selection resulted in domesticated species used for food production.As Darwinians are in the habit of doing, they attribute everything to the environment. The climate got nicer. Populations got denser. Poof! Instant agriculture! What a shame that nobody thought of that earlier.Orchard, California (DFC)Update 6/08/18: A rare mention of the Garden of Eden made a press release reprinted by Phys.org. It comes from Prof. Achim Walter, professor of agricultural science at ETH Zurich. His article, “A brief history of agriculture,” is remarkable in that it does not mention evolution or long ages, either.The Garden of Eden has long since gone. Somewhere in Mesopotamia in the 8th millennium B.C. a cultural and technical revolution took place that presumably formed the context for the biblical fall of mankind and still today brings sweat to our brow. In a settlement between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, somebody came up with the idea of cultivating collected seeds so that they could produce a grain yield. And so began the domestication of useful plants.Humans changed from hunter-gatherers who, so to speak, helped themselves in the Garden of Eden, to farmers who had committed the sin of behaving rather like God in intervening in the course of nature. It was a transition that bore fruit in the truest sense of the words, yet also created hardship – just as God had ordained.The planned cultivation of useful plants probably didn’t stem from any conscious desire to create a better society, but was born of necessity, as the high population density meant that hunting grounds were depleted. Archaeological findings show that the first arable farmers were smaller and less long-lived than the neighbouring clans of hunter-gatherers. Indeed illness and malnutrition were widespread among the farmers.Dr Walter does not seem to be promoting either Biblical history or evolutionary history, since his emphasis is on the downsides of agriculture (pollution, over-exploitation, wars, diseases etc.). His theology of the Fall and sin is unorthodox as well.We need tolerance and acceptance to appreciate that in one situation one solution offers advantages, and in another situation, another. Diversity in the field requires diversity of thinking and thorough analysis. We have tasted of the Tree of Knowledge and learned that there are no simple solutions. And so, some 10,000 years ago, we initiated a process that forces us time and again, by the sweat of our brow, to take good care of what is happening next with our nutrition.Undoubtedly Dr Walter is employing these Biblical references only as metaphors. Nevertheless, his only mention of evolution is “co-evolution” of crops and humans, presumably by artificial selection—a form of intelligent design as humans select the breeds they prefer.Except for Dr Walter’s very rare exception in the media, readers only get a choice of evolutionary theories embedded in long-age Darwin Years. It’s like having only three choices on the menu: fish sticks, fish balls, or fish cubes. What if you want salad, steak or chicken? Why must we always be offered three bad choices, none of which makes any sense?The reason is evolutionists’ hatred of Biblical chronology. All the problems evaporate if you accept the Genesis time frame: people have not been on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years or millions of years, but just for a few thousand. Our ancestors were smart. They didn’t need millions of years to learn how to make tools and plant seeds. They were agronomists from the beginning. Even after being cast out of Eden, they knew what to do, but it was harder work after sin entered the world. In just a generation or two they were building cities, using metals, and making music. Agriculture was all in a day’s work from the beginning. Noah’s family knew what to do again after leaving the Ark. He planted a vineyard.We know that evolutionists love to mock the Genesis account. Let them mock. We have some counter-mocking to do. To accept the evolutionary story, you have to dramatically underestimate human intelligence. Do you think for a minute that over 300,000 years, human beings who knew how to hunt, migrate, make tools and even travel on boats never ever, once in their lives, figured out that plants grow from seeds? Surely they gathered plants and saw the seeds in fruits and vegetables they favored. Surely they saw seedlings sprout from the ground. Who can possibly believe that they were so dumb that they never put two and two together? ‘Say, if I put this seed in a hole, and water it, my favorite food will come up!’ Nobody ever thought, ‘Say, if I hitch a pointed stick to this horse, it can carve a furrow to put the seeds in.’ Nobody thought, ‘Hey, maybe I could hop on this horse and let it take me longer distances! I think I’ll build a corral and keep several of them handy.’ Agriculture could have been born in one person’s lifetime. To accept the evolutionists’ theory, you also have to believe that the weather was terrible until just about 10,000 years ago (plus or minus). Humans, social though they are, had to live in small isolated populations as they hunted and gathered in the gloom of storms or drought. The sun didn’t smile on them till roughly 10,000 years ago. (We know that isn’t true from Neanderthal evidence alone, which stretches from southern Africa all the way to Asia.) Once the climate improved, then—and only then—human societies grew, and finally, finally, after all those hundreds of thousands of years, somebody thought of agriculture. What absolute lamebrains evolutionists make our ancestors out to be! The Bible teaches that humans were fully human, smart and creative from the beginning. They were probably better endowed with physical and mental powers than we are. Our only advantage is the collective learning over generations, and the ability to store it in writing. In just 6,000 years, we went from huts made of sticks to flying spacecraft to Pluto. Who can possibly believe that the invention of agriculture took 50 times that long? Absurd!The evolutionary story gets worse when you consider that their so-called archaic human species (Homo erectus, Neanderthal man and the lot) essentially had the same capabilities as Homo sapiens— tool making, controlled use of fire, long-distance migration, and more, even further back in their mythical time. This makes the long fuse before agriculture’s big bang even longer. How can anyone believe their tale? Long, long ages. Same old, same old. Every day the same diet. Boredom. Mammoth stew again. Jimmy wants his own cave bedroom. One day, not that long ago, instant agriculture! Maybe little Jimmy got hit by a cosmic ray and got the Farmer mutation. ‘Woo-hoo! Now we can feast!’ Why aren’t we all laughing at the University of Colorado’s ‘scholarship’ that presents such ideas under the guise of science? This stuff propagates around the web, regurgitated by reporters around the world. Ooo. Aah. Such wisdom. Science. Like terrified North Koreans, the peasants don’t want to be the first to stop clapping, even when their hands are bleeding and calloused. Dear Leader Charlie might be watching.The only motivation to believe these absurd notions is to glorify Darwin and Lyell (Charlie & Charlie) and their beloved millions of years. Charlie worshipers cannot ignore the fact that agriculture is recent, but they need a long time period to collect enough random mutations to get an ape to evolve a brain big enough to figure out farming. Do YOU need the long time period? We’re turning the lights on, folks! Read the paper. Read the press release. Evolutionists have NO ANSWERS. We give you the whole menu. With them, you only get the putrid, spoiled fish cubes. 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Remember It Reminds You That Your Didn’t Pay Your Bar Tab

first_imgTags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Are you forgetful? Always leaving stuff places? Well, a new location-based alarm application called Remember It for the iPhone will alert you when you have left a location so you can go back and collect your belongings. The example that creator Fernando Pizarro likes to use is that of a credit card. Pizarro said he came up with the idea the morning after a night on the town where he left his credit card at a bar with an open tab. It struck him the next morning when he was trying to pay for his post-hangover coffee.“Prior to coming up with the idea, I had a few credit cards stolen. I had a card stolen and the thief went on a gold shopping spree in Dubai,” Pizarro said. “The idea is that there are a lot of use cases out there but this is the one that really resonates with people.”The app is pretty simple and Pizarro said he has been working on it as a side project to his primary startup, (Cinecandy), since January. Basically, it looks like it creates a geo-fence of either 50, 200 or 500 feet from the location you set it and when you leave that area, your phone or tablet will alert you with a noise or song chosen from iTunes.You do have to remember why you set the app as there is no field within it that allows you to put in notes attached to the alarm. It would be helpful to remember things if you programmed a note into the app that said as you were leaving the bar “did you remember your credit card?” For me, I would always have a note for when I am leaving my apartment that says “do you have your phone charger?”Pizarro could make some improvements on the app, which is $.99 in the app store. Pizarro is using the proceeds from the app to fund his other startup, a social video creation app. Pizarro may have built a lightweight app, but he’s a heavy hitter himself. According to his LinkedIn profile, he studied at the Cairo American College, learned Chinese in China, got a BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard, studied cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, got an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, then worked in business development at News Corp, Disney, Discovery and Yahoo South East Asia. He was a co-founder of The Founder Institute, an organization dedicated to spreading tech entrepreneurism around the world.Update: Pizarro emailed to note that he is a “graduate” of The Founder Institute. Apparently all graduates call themselves “founders.” According to Pizarro, Adeo Ressi is the founder of The Founder Institute. Ressi is associated with TheFunded.Com.There are other geofence reminder apps out there for iOS. Geofence from iApp Ventures allows you to set a radius with categories, notes and reminders in an area. The iHound Tracker, ostensibly for finding a lost or stolen phones, can set geofences parameters and show you updates with reminders. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img dan rowinski Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Patna High Court withdraws judicial work from senior judge

first_imgThe Patna High Court has withdrawn all judicial work from a sitting senior judge of the court Rakesh Kumar who had in the course of hearing a corruption case against a former IAS officer on Wednesday highlighted the state of corruption in the judicial system. A 11-judge bench also suspended Justice Kumar’s order and ruled that no action ordered by him would be taken.“All the matters pending before Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rakesh Kumar, sitting singly including tied up/part heard or otherwise stand withdrawn with immediate effect,” read a notice issued by the chief justice of the Patna High Court on August 28. “The registrar will implement the order forthwith subject to further orders with regard to the formation of the bench,” the bench said in the notice, which came into the public domain on Thursday. The bench also observed that their fellow judge had no “jurisdiction to pass such an order on a case that had been closed”.“The registrar (list) will inform as to how and in what manner Cr. Misc. No. 4117 of 2018 that had been disposed of finally earlier was listed on Thursday at Sl. No. 1 under the heading ‘To be mentioned – Tied up’ before Justice Rakesh Kumar,” the bench said in the notice.The Bihar Advocate General Lalit Kishore told journalists in Patna that the bench had also made strong observations and expressed serious concern over the long order passed by Justice Kumar in which he had raised questions over the majesty of the court and integrity of judicial system.Before his elevation as a judge, Justice Kumar had served as a CBI counsel in the Patna High Court during hearings on the multi-crore fodder scam case against the then chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad . On Wednesday, while hearing a corruption case against retired IAS officer K. P. Ramaiah, Justice Kumar in his 20-page order had questioned how the former officer was granted bail in a corruption case when the High Court as well as the Supreme Court had earlier rejected it. Mr. Ramaiah was accused of financial misappropriation of ₹5 crore in the Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission when he was its CEO. “A corrupt officer like K. P. Ramaiah secured bail as a vacation judge heard his case in place of the regular judge of the Vigilance Court,” Justice Kumar said in his order.“In normal course, I would not have passed such order, but since last few years, this Court is taking notice of the fact that in Patna Judgeship, things are not going in its right perspective,” Justice Kumar observed, while adding that the manner in which Mr. Ramaiah was granted bail required a deeper probe as it had raised questions about the judiciary. Justice Kumar also ordered an inquiry to be conducted by the District Judge, Patna, to check the veracity of a news report. Further while calling for a report within four weeks, he also ordered an inquiry into whether on the date of granting bail to Mr Ramaiah, the regular vigilance court judge was on leave due to a genuine cause or had gone on leave in a calculated way. The District Judge was also asked to examine the record of cases disposed of by the in-charge judge in the last six months.In his order, Justice Kumar also raised questions about the judiciary and said that the full bench of the Patna High Court had taken a lenient view every time the case of any judge from the lower judiciary came up. “Despite my opposition, a judge facing serious charges was let off with minor punishment instead of exemplary punishment,” Justice Kumar said in his order. He also made scathing remarks about taxpayers’ money being spent on renovation of judges’ homes. “There were instances of crores of the taxpayers’ money being spent on renovation and furnishing bungalows of judges as well as nepotism,” he said in the order. Further, Justice Kumar ensured that a copy of his order be sent to the Chief Justice of India, the Prime Minister’s office and the Union Law ministry.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: How Mueller became Lord Nataraja

first_imgThats Lord Nataraja in Muller. pic.twitter.com/OTKvauuvjM TweetErrant (@TweetErrant) June 16, 2014India may not be a football nation, competent enough to qualify for the World Cup, but fans of this sport in this nation are not short of contributing their own two Brazilian Reals to the World Cup. Twitter, they are finding, is the best place to play their game – through funny memes. One such meme is from a Mumbaikar by the name of TweetErrant, who describes himself as a ‘right arm, medium-pace engineer’. His meme shows a badly cropped frame of German football player Thomas Mueller scoring a goal, planted on the pedestal of the celestial dancer Lord Nataraja. The idea is clear: Lord Mueller performing the cosmic dance to destroy Portugal in a football match.On Monday, Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on its style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener.Earlier, memes posted by European twitterati showed Netherland’s Van Persie midair, wearing a Superman vest, when he scored the acrobatic goal against Spain in their 5-1 victory on Friday.last_img read more

Members of Bioethics Committee Benefit from Training

first_imgMembers of the National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica (NBCJ) are benefiting from training to strengthen the body’s capacity to address the ethical and moral implications of medical and biological research.It is the third such session under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s(UNESCO) Bioethics Programme.Speaking at the opening ceremony for the two-day session at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on Monday, May 20, Vice-Chairman of the Jamaica National Commission (JNC) for UNESCO, Dr. Donald Rhodd, said the training is crucial in continuing the process to increase the visibility of bioethics in Jamaica.“It will also provide appropriate training for (committee) members to be able to keep us informed on various ethics-related matters,” he said, while calling on civil society to collaborate with the NBCJ in organising seminars on such issues.“There is so much we need to embrace. There are so many hot topics (in relation to ethics) which need to be dealt with,” he noted.Dr. Rhodd, who was representing Chairperson of JNC UNESCO, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said while he recognised the “important under the radar activities” the committee has undertaken, there is still much work to be done “if we are going to make a real impact and be true to the tenets, which are stated in our Constitution.”UNESCO Programme Specialist (Bioethics) for Latin America and the Caribbean, Professor Susana Vidal, noted that Jamaica is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to establish a National Bioethics Committee under the UNESCO’s Assisting Bioethics Committee (ABC) initiative and one of only six countries around the world to do so.The ABC project offers technical guidance and capacity-building to UNESCO member states interested in building national bioethics infrastructure.Professor Vidal also lauded JNC UNESCO for its firm commitment to advancing the bioethics agenda, “not only regarding organisational matters, but also its contribution to all the steps needed to meet our common objective and to support the committee from the beginning.”She noted that UNESCO will continue supporting the NBCJ by providing any technical support needed.Established in 2006, the NBCJ, which comprises individuals from the health, religious, academia, social science and other sectors, provides a forum for discussion of bioethics issues. The committee was officially launched in 2009.JNC UNESCO advises the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to UNESCO’s areas of competence in education, science, culture, and communication.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more