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The Limits of Scientific Speculation

first_imgHow far can a scientist speculate and get a respectful hearing, just because he or she is a scientist?  One case to examine is a story on PhysOrg, “The Chance for Life on Io” (see also Astrobio.net).  Jupiter’s innermost large moon Io might be considered the last place to look for life.  It is the most volcanically active place in the solar system.  Its surface varies between scalding hot lava lakes 1649°C and frozen sulfur dioxide snowfields at -130°F.  Beside that, the surface is bathed in Jupiter’s deadly radiation – and there is no liquid water.  Yet astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch at Washington State University speculates that there could be life there.    In the article, Schulze-Makuch acknowledges that most other scientists generally dismiss Io as a habitat for life, but he thinks there might have been a time in its history when water ice was plentiful, and if ice was there, liquid water might have been there, too.  If liquid water was there, maybe life was there.  If life evolved, maybe some if it went underground and still survives below the surface.  He thinks that the possibility is enough to warrant a future mission to Io to look for signs of life.    The comments after this article were interesting.  Readers got into questions of creation and evolution, atheism and religion.  One called it sheer speculation, but no one seemed to ask whether it was a scientific practice to engage in this kind of evidence-free speculation.Some of the Darwiniac drive-by mudslingers who pass by this site call what happens here “science bashing.”  OK, please: where is the science in the above PhysOrg story?  If you will point it out, we will gladly respect it and honor it.  Why?  Because we love science here (e.g., 06/12/2010, 06/09/2010 and 650 more “Amazing Facts” entries).  But we deplore nonsense.  Is it OK to bash nonsense?  Would you Darwiniacs join with us in bashing nonsense?    This astrobiologist has asked for willing suspension of disbelief by taking the most unlikely body in the solar system for finding life and telling us it might be under the surface.  OK, let’s play that game.  It might be under the sun, too.  After all, the sun has the building blocks of life: protons and electrons.  The sun is not a very likely place for life now, but early in its history it was cooler.  You never know, maybe life arose in a form we cannot even imagine – and maybe it persists today!  We shouldn’t rule that out.  NASA should send a probe to the sun to search for life under the sun.  (No, we won’t add the old joke about doing it at night.)    That extreme example could be multiplied endlessly with milder examples throughout the solar system.  We could speculate endlessly and mindlessly about life on Mimas, or Ganymede, or Iapetus, Pluto, Venus, Miranda, Triton, whatever.  Lots of bodies have water ice.  Many of them might have liquid water deep down under the surface.  Why stop at the current astrobiology favorites of Mars, Titan and Europa?  As long as evidence isn’t required, speculate at will.  All that is necessary is (1) Be a “scientist” in the modern sense (i.e., have a degree, work at a university), which entails no obligation of being correct, and (2) have the Darwinians on your side.  Then you are guaranteed to have a lapdog press to propagandize your views without critical analysis, and an army of Darwin Dobermans who will viciously attack anyone who calls your nonsense speculations “nonsense” as engaging in “science bashing.”  Most of our readers are astute enough to see what is going on.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Star-studded line-up for youth vote roadshows

first_img24 April 2014Generations star Patrick Shai, Rhythm City’s Mpho Molepo, Muvhango’s Nomsa Buthelezi and actress Maggie Williams will kick off roadshows at high schools and FET colleges across Gauteng province on Thursday to encourage young people to vote in South Africa’s 7 May elections.Zone 14 stars Kere Nyao and Thulani Didi will also grace the roadshows, as well as Scandal star Nthati Mosesh.The celebrities, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, will visit two high schools and one FET college per day to encourage young people to cast their vote.South Africans will head to the polls on 7 May. The roadshows, reflecting on the country’s 20 Years of Freedom and highlighting the achievements of the province, will through 6 May.“This year’s general elections are of significance because youth born in the year of democracy in 1994 will have an opportunity to vote for the first time,” MEC Lebogang Maile said on Wednesday.“As a department responsible for promoting democracy and civic duty citizenry, we hope working with these celebrated individuals will help us connect, especially with the youth.“We want them to go and vote but, before that, to understand the need and importance of voting. It is easy for them to ignore this because they were not there before 1994.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The victorious Philippine sepak takraw team at the recent welcome lunch in Makati tendered by local sponsors La Filipina Canned Meats and PLDT with their hosts (second row, starting 7th from left) La Filipina executives Danika Co and Nicasio Limjap; and Juan Alonzo IV, PLDT Senior Relationship Manager – Public Sector (10th from left).The Philippine Sepak Takraw team, which bagged two silver and two bronze medals in the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games, was treated recently with a warm welcome from local sponsors La Filipina Canned Meats and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).Hosting the welcome lunch were La Filipina Canned Meats executives Danika Co and Nicasio Limjap, and Juan Alonzo IV of PLDT.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Glen Rice Jr. drops triple-double as TNT nips NLEX Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ The Philippines won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event sharing the plum with Laos.It also disputed the gold medal with host Malaysia in the men’s chin lone (linking) but settled for the silver for its first medal of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJohn Jeffrey Morcillos, Johnjohn Bobier, Rhemwil Catana, Ronsited Gabayeron, Joeart Jumawan, and Alvin Pangan composed the team which bagged the silver medal.last_img read more

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Trudeau government inaction on interim report concerns commissioners of MMIWG inquiry

first_imgDennis WardAPTN Face to FaceAs the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls nears its end later this year the chief commissioner says it still has concerns about the Trudeau governments action so far on its previously released interim report.Which makes Marion Buller aware the recommendations in the inquiry’s final report can’t be ignored.It raises a lot of concerns for us,” says Buller, chief commissioner of the inquiry.“The interim report was ground-breaking in the work that was contained in it. So, of course it doubles our concern about framing our recommendations in a way that will be acted upon.”Buller was joined by commissioners Michele Audette and Brian Eyolfson on Face to Face with host Dennis Ward Tuesday night.Their interim report was releases in early November 2017.They acknowledged they have “more than one new level of frustration” with the federal government.Commissioners also expressed their disappointment with the inquiry being timed to the next federal election.“I’m trying to think of polite words to use but horribly disappointing not only to us but to Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people all across Canada,” says Buller. “We view this issue or issues of violence against Indigenous women and girls to be so serious and so important to all Canadians that it should have survived an election cycle.”Cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have continued as the inquiry has crossed the country.News broke of the death of Mary Madeline Yellowback while the inquiry was in Winnipeg holding hearings.The body of the 33-year-old woman from God’s River in Manitoba was discovered at a Winnipeg recycling depot on Sept. 28.Police are investigating Yellowback’s death as suspicious.“It is just a reminder that we have to keep going with this very important work and get the important recommendations out there to ensure that government makes the necessary changes,” says Commissioner Brian Eyolfson.Final submissions to the inquiry by Parties with Standing will take place in Ottawa from Dec. 10-14.The final report is due in April 30, 2019.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Security specialist Verimatrix has moved into the

first_imgSecurity specialist Verimatrix has moved into the Internet of Things (IoT) market with the launch of cloud-based platform, Vtegrity.The platform is designed to secure connected devices and services – providing protection for device software and communications, alongside proactive threat detection.Peter PeterkaVerimatrix said that Vtegrity will addresses the security gaps that exist with many current IoT services – both at initial deployment and over the lifecycle of the application.“The IoT market can be characterised as a large number of business applications that rely on device-to-cloud communication to generate value for the customer and revenue streams for the service provider,” said Verimatrix CTO, Petr Peterka.“As the market matures, the critical nature of overall application integrity has become more apparent. All revenue streams must be underpinned by a comprehensive approach to security—and the weakest link has often been shown to be at the device level.”Vtegrity is based on Verimatrix’s established security technologies and partnerships, and aims to offer the same benefits as its VCAS revenue security solution for pay TV.Verimatrix will exhibit at IBC in hall 5, stand A.59last_img read more

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