“Think only the religious right is anti-science? How about the spiritual left?” asks Lee M. Silver in The Scientist. His article details the holistic thinking invading much of popular culture and university student minds, that pictures nature as a benevolent super-organism (with usually feminine characteristics). The article is an excerpt from his book CHALLENGING NATURE: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life (Harper Collins, 2006). Silver (molecular biologist, Princeton) points out cases where “Mother Nature” can be downright nasty. He finds it surprising that “even in America, where traditional Christianity is still a powerful force, highly educated young people are attracted to the post-Christian worldview of a unified ‘Mother Nature’ that is more than a metaphor.” One reviewer of the book said, “The threat to science from what Silver calls the spiritual left may already have overtaken the threat from the religious right. Now it’s time to apply our collective energy to counter the rise in mysticism and fall of skeptical inquiry.”Metaphors can be misleading (07/04/2003), but so can excesses of rationalism and skepticism. Silvers is described as a rationalist. The term requires clarification; is he a rationalist like Descartes, as opposed to an empiricist like Locke? To what extent does he trust reasoning out of his own mind, and to what extent his sense experience? The history of science, and its underlying philosophy of knowledge, is replete with rich debates about how much we know and can know. Many of these same debates are with us today. It would be very simplistic for Silver to Hi-Ho about the rationalist’s ability to describe the world in ways that are value-free or neutral, or to know anything in science that is universal and certain. Silver cannot avoid engaging in his own metaphors to attack those of his target; he calls Mother Nature “nasty” and pictures organic life as a laissez-faire democracy. It wouldn’t take too deep an analysis to reveal that, while Silver criticizes both left and right (a metaphor), there are some deep questions he needs to ask himself. Assume, for instance, he is a materialist. If his brain is composed solely of atoms, how can he know his brain is composed of atoms? Nevertheless, it’s good to hear a scientist point out the fallacies in leftist mysticism instead of making the “Religious Right” the perennial bogeyman. (Note: there’s another metaphor right there.) OK, now can we talk scientific evidence?*(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
28 June 2011Work is under way on building one of Africa’s greenest buildings as Vodacom and its parent company Vodafone plan an alternative energy innovation centre to help reduce carbon emissions across the world.Once completed, the Midrand, Johannesburg-based innovation centre will house a team of experts tasked with developing energy efficient technology to counter environmental challenges.The Vodafone Innovation Centre, which will serve all of Vodafone’s global markets, is expected to be completed in the latter part of the 2011. The innovations developed in South Africa will be rolled out across markets to benefit the entire Vodafone group.“The innovation centre will be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the entire Vodafone group, powered with renewable energy using cooling and heating technologies,” Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys said at the launch of the building in Midrand last week. “We are working with the Green Building Council of South Africa to ensure the building is accredited according to the Green Star rating system.”Climate benefits, cost savingsIn emerging markets, diesel generators are often used to provide energy to base stations that are off the electricity grid, so more efficient energy solutions can play a key role in reducing carbon emissions from such power sources.According to Vodacom, considerable climate benefits and cost savings can be achieved by creating technology that runs on renewable energy.“Building sustainable, environmentally focused systems and infrastructure is critical in the current economic and environmental climate,” said Uys. “Not only will the innovation centre help to deliver energy savings across the Vodafone group, but it will also save us money.“Business can no longer look at sustainability as a nice-to-have element of operations – it is a critical aspect of our business strategy that adds enormous value to the bottom-line.”Driving efficiencyThe Smart 2020 report stated: “Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age”, published by independent non-profit The Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), suggests that global ICT companies could apply their technology to help other industries and consumers mitigate 7.8 gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2020 or 15% of the current global emissions.“The innovation centre is a critical component in our global strategy to create mobile technology that impacts the environment in a positive way,” said Uys. “If we are able to aggressively drive efficiency and cost reductions in this area, we can pass these reductions on to our customers, a core component of this strategy.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
23 July 2014Construction company Murray & Roberts has become one of the first beneficiaries of diamond giant De Beers’ R20-billion expansion of its Venetia mine in South Africa, winning a R2.6-billion contract to develop the shafts, tunnels and associated infrastructure for the new underground operation.Venetia is currently an open pit mine and South Africa’s largest producer of diamonds, contributing around 40% of the country’s annual production.Last year, De Beers announced that it would be investing R20-billion in converting the mine to an underground operation, to begin producing its first diamonds in 2021, ramp up to full production in 2024, and continue producing beyond 2040.President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the official launch of construction work on the project in October, said it signalled that South Africa’s mining sector was poised for new growth, adding: “This project is also significant because it demonstrates confidence in South Africa as an investment destination of choice by both foreign and South African companies.”On Wednesday, Murray & Roberts was awarded the contract to build a decline shaft, two vertical shafts, horizontal access tunnels, loading levels, and associated ventilation, ground and water handling infrastructure for the project.Company group chief executive Henry Laas said this was the first of a series of potential awards to Murray & Roberts Cementation, and “potentially represents the single largest opportunity to Murray & Roberts since the Eskom power build programme”.Laas said the “more advanced” Canadian shaft sinking methodology would be used for sinking the vertical shafts, adding that Cementation Canada, “who is recognised as leaders in applying this methodology, will be providing specialist training of the shaft sinking crews.“Although good sinking rates are possible with this methodology, the primary drive in the transition to this methodology is improved safety, as no concurrent shaft sinking activities are required,” Laas said.SAinfo reporter
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “It’s all him. You can’t teach rebounds and blocks and he saw that it’s what he can contribute to the team. He’s also not forcing to take the shot,” he observed.READ: Andre Paras delivers solid numbers in debutThe patriarch also doesn’t want Andre to listen too much on the comparisons to current PBA players like Marc Pingris, saying the 6-foot-4 banger is still miles away from today’s stars.“You can make comparisons on his defense and rebounds. But he’s still far. Marc is more on post up and Andre has yet to show a post play,” he said.Glad to see his son perform at this stage, the only advice Benjie could give to Andre is to stay the course and continue working hard.ADVERTISEMENT Deyto rescues Global with key saves in stunning triumph over Geylang “One of the things coaches look for from players is their hardwork. Andre said that as of now, this is like an unfinished business for him and he’s just taking it slow. He’s happy with what he’s doing right now and enjoying his time here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But through three games, the 21-year-old Andre has definitely been making his father proud, averaging 7.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks for AMA Online Education this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.READ: Andre Paras continues to make impact for AMAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe younger Paras racked up 10 points, 22 rebounds, and four blocks in the Titans’ 95-76 loss to Batangas on Thursday.Benjie, the only rookie to win the MVP award in the PBA, was in attendance and was glad to see his son prosper with AMA. But the “Tower of Power” wants no credit for son’s solid performance so far. Andre Paras. PBA IMAGESFor PBA great Benjie Paras, watching his son Andre carve his own niche on the hard court is undoubtedly a gratifying feeling.“I’m happy because when he came into the D-League, I told him there’s no pressure and he has to do whatever he can to help the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken
After months of hype and profanity Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor take their war of words into the ring on Saturday for a boxing mismatch that is poised to become the richest fight in history.From motorcycle daredevil Evil Knievel to off-the-wall comedian Carrot Top, the Las Vegas strip has seen it all, but nothing quite like the crossover fight between undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor.Boxing purists have dismissed the bout as nothing more than a cash grab with McGregor in line for a $100 million pay day and Mayweather adding upwards of $200 million to push his career earnings towards the $1 billion mark.Despite what is by most barometers a massive mismatch there is global fascination in the fight that could prove to be the richest in boxing history.Promoters have sold the bout as “historical,” a fight that will be talked about around the world for years to come and many intrigued fight fans have bought into the hype.A crowd of close to 20,000 is expected to fill the T-Mobile Arena, where ringside seats on resale sites are being offered for more than $100,000, with millions more around the globe watching on pay-per-view.There will be no titles on the line, only a gaudy “Money Belt” with a strap made from crocodile leather and featuring 24 karat gold, 3,360 diamonds along with sapphires and emeralds, but much will be riding on the result.For Mayweather it will be the culmination of a life’s work, a chance to surpass former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano, who retired with a perfect 49-0 career record.advertisementFor McGregor, a victory would give him the greatest upset in combat sports history and establish him as a crossover star able to choose big money fights in both the octagon and the ring.The brash, charismatic Irishman, also known as ‘Mystic Mac’ for accurately predicting the outcome of his fights, has gazed into his crystal ball and says he will knock out the 40-year-old American inside two rounds of the scheduled 12-round bout.Mayweather, a 12-times world champion over five weight divisions who traditionally fights defensive battles, is also calling for a knockout, something he has not done since stopping Victor Ortiz nearly six years ago.”I’ve said it’s not going the distance and you can mark my words,” said Mayweather. “I know that I’m in for a tough fight but there is one thing I do know, this fight is not going the distance.”McGregor, who was on social welfare from the Irish government as recently as four years ago, is the blue collar populist champion but the bulk of the money being wagered is all in Mayweather’s corner.Smaller bets are going on McGregor with UFC fans backing up their loyalty with their wallets. But the Las Vegas smart money is all streaming towards Mayweather with reports of several $1 million bets being laid on the ‘Money Man.’So sure is Irish bookmaker Paddy Power of the outcome that they have already paid out on a Mayweather victory.As far as McGregor is concerned, anyone betting against him should take their money onto the Strip and set it on fire.”I will go forward and put the pressure on and break this old man,” said McGregor. “I don’t see him lasting two rounds, I feel I will have the decision to end it inside one.”He’s a beaten man. He will not be able to take the ferociousness that I come with.”Aside from McGregor’s cocky assurances there is little in the tale of the tape to tip an upset.Mayweather, who will bring a 49-0 record into the ring, is already recognised as one of the greatest fighters of all-time, a brilliant defensive tactician and counter puncher who has ruled the ring for 21 years.In the other corner stands hard-hitting McGregor, a two-time world champion in the octagon making his professional boxing debut who will try to do what a long list of great fighters have been unable to do — stop Mayweather.McGregor’s potential to register the biggest upset in boxing history rests largely with the intangibles.As aggressive in the ring as he is outside it, the 29-year-old Irishman will have youth and power on his side.A fearless and vicious fighter taking on an ageing boxer who hasn’t fought in almost two years, McGregor’s best shot at a victory will be connecting with a thundering left hand like the one that dropped Jose Aldo 13 seconds into their UFC featherweight championship fight.advertisement”Everyone knows I can fight. I can give it and I can take,” said Mayweather. “After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here.”
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says by next week he will report to the country, “once and for all,” the way forward in relation to an alternative source of energy. Addressing students and energy stakeholders at a seminar on energy management at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Papine campus on January 31, Mr. Paulwell informed that Thursday, January 31 was the final day for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to “complete its process of determining and convincing the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that it has a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) solution.” Mr. Paulwell said following its meeting with the JPS, the OUR is expected to meet with the Energy Ministry on Friday, February 1, to present its views on the power company’s plans. “And by next week we intend to signal to the country, once and for all, the way forward in relation to whether it’s going to be LNG or some other fuel,” he said. The Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment under the National Energy Policy, to reduce the cost of electricity to Jamaicans through the use of alternative sources, such as LNG. He noted that for many years, governments have failed to reach a decision on the matter to the detriment of the country and consumers. “For many years we have failed as a country to diversify our energy sources. And the governments have to bear a brunt of that embarrassing situation, because we have not been able to make timely decisions on transforming to various fuel sources,” he pointed out. Mr. Paulwell said for too long governments have been in “varying minds” in regard to the country’s plans for energy diversification. “At one time we were clear about coal being the best alternative fuel, then we got caught up with LNG and it preoccupied our minds for some time. In 2006, when I was Minister, we shifted to coal and I mandated coal, and if coal had come, today the prices would have been 50 per cent less,” he said. He pointed out that a change of government in 2007 saw the country going back to LNG “and last year we came back and inherited this LNG project.” Mr. Paulwell said if he had been given a clean sheet when the administration returned to power in 2011, “the policy would be that the government would play no role at all and that the market would determine, on a competitive, basis the best way forward.” The Government, last year, removed itself from the fuel source selection process of the LNG project, turning that responsibility over to the JPS, while it concentrated on creating the appropriate legislative and regulatory framework. The Minister further noted that as the government seeks to cut the cost of electricity to Jamaicans, other energy sources such as coal, nuclear and renewable energy are being considered. On the matter
Kolkata: Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Thursday lashed out at the Left councillors after they alleged that KMC is suppressing facts about dengue in the monthly meeting.”The initiative that the present board of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking to create awareness and prevention of dengue should be lauded by all. The councillors are holding door-to-door campaigns and the state government is constantly helping KMC in its drive against dengue. In case of the Board before 2010, not even 5 percent of work was done to fight vector-borne diseases,” Chatterjee said reacting to a claim from Left councillor Mrityunjoy Chakraborty that the Health department of the civic body is suppressing the actual figure of dengue affected people in the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMayor further reiterated that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself constantly keeps coordinating with the state Health department and keeps a tab on such cases.According to the Mayor, currently, there are 732 people affected by dengue and 2,547 by malaria in the KMC area.”Our government is a transparent government and we always give out the correct figures,” Chatterjee said claiming that the number of people afflicted with dengue is far less than the previous years.Talking about the steps taken to fight dengue, a senior official of KMC’s Health department said leaflets have been distributed and billboards containing the do’s and dont’s to prevent the disease have been put up at different places.”The Durga Puja committees have also been encouraged to carry out door-to-door dengue campaign,” the official said.
The second beta of iOS 12 has been released by Apple yesterday to the registered developers for testing purposes. This is two weeks after the first beta was rolled out following the much-awaited Worldwide Developers Conference. All thanks to the ongoing beta releases, beta 2 includes modifications to many of the new features which are introduced in iOS 12 such as changes to screen time, battery usage, and other smaller tweaks. Let’s have a look at the key updates that will change your iPhone or iPad for the better. Key Updates Battery Usage The usage charts that represent the activity and battery level for the past 24 hours is redesigned in iOS 12 beta 2. Also, fonts and wordings have been updated in this section. Source: macrumors Screen Time The existing toggle that helps with clearing the Screen Time data is removed. The interface which lets you add time limits to apps via the Screen Time screen has been modified. With the first beta, when you tapped an app it would go right into the limits interface. Now when you tap on an app, more information gets displayed on the app. This information includes daily average use, developer, category, and more. There’s a new splash screen available for the Screen Time feature. There are also new options in screen time which lets you view your activity on either one or all devices. Notifications The new iOS 12 comes with a feature where Siri makes suggestions to the user about limiting the notifications from the sparingly used apps. Now with beta 2, the Notifications section of the Settings app has a new toggle that will allow you to get rid of the suggestions made by Siri for the individual apps. Photos Search With the iOS 12 beta 2, the Photos now support more advanced searches. So if you search for a photo taken on a specific date, say, May 15, all the photos from all years taken on May 15 will pop up. This is quite different than the iOS 12 beta 1 behavior. Also, the font of listings such as “Media Types” and “Albums” has changed. Now the listings’ font size in the Photos app is way bigger, which makes it easier for the users to read. Voice Memos A new introductory splash screen is added for Voice Memos in iOS 12 beta 2. Apart from these updates, there are also certain minor changes which are listed below: On unlocking any content using Face ID, the iPhone X now says “Scanning with Face ID.” Now, on opening iPhone apps on the iPad, such as Instagram, these apps get displayed in a modern device size (iPhone 6) in both the modes namely: 1x and 2x. A new interface for auto-filling a password saved in iCloud Keychain is added. Podcasts app will now show ‘Now Playing’ indicator for the currently playing chapters. Time Travel references have been removed from the Watch app. The iOS 12 public beta will launch after iOS 12 developer beta 3 around June 26. The release date for the final version of iOS 12 is set sometime in September 2018. Also, there are some known issues regarding the latest iOS 12 beta 2 update that needs resolving. Registered developers can check out the release notes for beta 2 on the official Apple developer website. Read Next WWDC 2018 Preview: 5 Things to expect from Apple’s Developer Conference Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with features including AirPlay 2, and HomePod among others Apple introduces macOS Mojave with UX enhancements like voice memos, redesigned App Store, Apple News, & more security controls