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The very title of Luther’s famous first protest spells the death of all materialistic philosophies.Today marks 500 years since the day Luther supposedly nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, although there is some doubt about whether he nailed it, hung it, or just sent a copy to the archbishop (History.com). That detail doesn’t matter; the content of his writing is what concerns the impact of the Reformation that it triggered. What is a thesis? The dictionary defines it as follows:Thesis: a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections.Luther’s propositions were not material. They may have been expressed with ink on paper in 1517, but they could have been expressed verbally. Today, people can read them electronically on a computer screen. Moreover, verbal and written expressions of his ideas have been translated into a number of languages, as they undoubtedly were when sent to the Pope. They were still the same theses, the same propositions, the same ideas.The world of ideas is conceptual; it is not material. In his essay “Evil and God” (1941), C. S. Lewis showed why this spells the death of materialism:Mechanism, like all materialist systems, breaks down at the problem of knowledge. If thought is the undesigned and irrelevant product of cerebral motions, what reason do we have to trust it? As for emergent evolution [Lewis’s term for Darwinism], if anyone insist on using the word God to mean ‘whatever the universe happens to be going to do next’, of course we cannot prevent him. But nobody would in fact so use it unless he had a secret belief that what is coming next will be an improvement. Such a belief, besides being unwarranted, presents peculiar difficulties to an emergent evolutionist. If things can improve, this means that there must be some absolute standard of good above and outside the cosmic process to which that process can approximate. There is no sense in talking of ‘becoming better’ if better means simply ‘what we are becoming’ — it is like congratulating yourself on reaching your destination and defining destination as ‘the place you have reached’.With Darwinism thus reduced to the Stuff Happens Law, C. S. Lewis goes further to undermine materialism itself. In his essay on “Miracles” given as a speech in 1942, Lewis continued the argument from reason. You can’t even reason about whether miracles are possible, he says, without assuming the supernatural realm:The belief in such a supernatural reality itself can neither be proved nor disproved by experience. The arguments for its existence are metaphysical, and to me conclusive. They turn on the fact that even to think and act in the natural world we have to assume something beyond it and even assume that we partly belong to that something. In order to think we must claim for our own reasoning a validity which is not credible if our own thought is merely a function of our brain, and our brains a by-product of irrational physical processes. In order to act above the level of mere impulse, we must claim a similar validity for our judgments of good and evil. In both cases we get the same disquieting result. The concept of nature itself is one we have reached only tacitly by claiming a sort of super-natural status for ourselves.If you are a materialist reading this, try to refute what Lewis just said. By that very act you prove his point. If you are considering Lewis’s proposition, and using logic or evidence to prove or disprove it, you just proved it by two routes. First, you proved the existence of propositional truth, which is supernatural. Second, you (hopefully) were trying to be honest in your arguments, which presupposes the validity of ‘judgments of good and evil’ which are also supernatural. If either of these values (truth and morals) evolve, they are not trustworthy.It would be an argument which proved that no argument was sound—a proof that there are no such things as proofs.In his book Miracles, Lewis summed up the hopelessness of all material philosophies:A theory which explained everything else in the whole universe but which made it impossible to believe that our thinking was valid would be utterly out of court. For that theory would itself have been reached by thinking, and if thinking is not valid that theory would, of course, be demolished. It would have destroyed its own credentials. It would be an argument which proved that no argument was sound—a proof that there are no such things as proofs.In the same work, he also said with cunning wit:The Naturalists have been engaged in thinking about Nature. They have not attended to the fact that they were thinking. The moment one attends to this it is obvious that one’s own thinking cannot be merely a natural event, and that therefore something other than Nature exists. The Supernatural is not remote and abstruse: it is a matter of daily and hourly experience, as intimate as breathing.Martin Luther was certainly not the first person to write a thesis. He was not the first to employ the mind in the supernatural act of arguing for the truth of propositions. The art of arguing of propositions, furthermore, was not a Protestant invention (think of Aquinas and the scholastic tradition long before Luther). It’s really as old as man, found throughout the Bible and in non-Judeo-Christian traditions as well (think of the Greek philosophers). That fact does nothing to undermine the argument from reason. Without the distinctively human ability to argue propositions, nothing whatever would make sense, because sense is a value judgment based on the assumption of unchanging truth and morality in the conceptual realm. Our human capacity for seeking the good, the true, and the beautiful sets us apart from the animals. One either has to assume this, or undercut all reason—including arguments for evolution.The Reformation fed directly into the American Revolution, with its assumption that truth exists and has a moral element. The Declaration of Independence (1776) says,We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.Abraham Lincoln pointed out that the Founders’ self-evident truths were indeed propositional statements. In the Gettysburg Address (1861), he said,Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.So as we remember today Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses (which you can read online), consider the fact that the mere reading them and thinking about them is a supernatural act. Show the Ninety-Five Theses to a monkey, a dolphin or a parrot, and they will likely be looking for a trick or treat, not a rational debate on the merits of the propositions.Martin Luther desired a rational discussion on the merits of his points, but was met with fierce opposition from a powerful institution, the medieval Catholic church. In our day, those of us who attempt a rational discussion on the merits of intelligent design are met with similar hostility from powerful institutions: Big Science, Big Media and Big Law. By fighting the merits of propositions through force instead of reason, opponents show themselves to be animals, not men. Only Darwinians would use force to demonstrate the survival of the fittest. But if they win, they also spell the death of reason. The self-refuting hostility of today’s evolutionists and materialists against rational debate about intelligent design shows the need for a modern Reformation. (Visited 467 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Was C. S. Lewis a theistic evolutionist? Check out Dr Bergman’s book C. S. Lewis: Anti-Darwinist for “a careful examination of the development of his views on Darwinism.”
Youth members from the President’s Award were involved in various service projects, including the refurbishment of desks at Meyerton High School, which is under-resourced.(Images: Romaana Naidoo) Lerato Funeka, an ex-pupil at Meyerton High School, was delighted to help restore the desks at his old school.MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122• Janine HansenOperations DirectorThe President’s Award+27 46 622 7273RELATED ARTICLES• Youth urged to build a better future• Implement NDP in everything you do• To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’• Investing in African youthRomaana NaidooThe quality of questions and input coming from the young people at the Dialogue and Action Workshops have impressed all the partners, says Brand South Africa’s chief executive office, Miller Matola. “It shows that many of our youth are serious about understanding the NDP National Development Plan and becoming involved in its implementation. South Africa has recently improved in terms of innovation on the World Economic Forum Innovation Pillar. Young people are ideally placed to participate in a knowledge-based economy, which is the trajectory South Africa is pursuing.”Brand South Africa teamed up with the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment – which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary – to organise three Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops to acknowledge those youngsters who are playing their part in building a better South Africa. The most recent of the Brand South Africa Play Your Part – National Development Plan Outreach workshops was held at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, in Gauteng, on 14 September.It was the third in a series in which youth have interacted with representatives from the President’s Awards, the NDP and Brand South Africa. The first two were held in East London and Cape Town on 31 August and 7 September, respectively. Speaking at the third, Leo Makgamath, the programme manager for civil society at Brand South Africa, pointed out that the youth were not leaders of tomorrow but rather leaders of today.The purpose of the workshops was to expose President’s Award participants to The National Development Plan (NDP) which was presented to Parliament last year by the Minister in the Office of The President, Trevor Manuel. The aims of the NDP, its broad objectives, and practical ways that young people can be involved in the realisation of its Vision 2030 were a common theme at each of the workshops. Voluntary community serviceAt each, delegates were also involved in service projects, which included a literacy project, a second-hand clothing distribution project and refurbishing desks for an under-resourced school. Marius Gwebu, from Barberton Correctional Services, was on hand at the third workshop to help the youngsters work on the desks for Meyerton High School, and about 150 desks were refurbished by the participants and their parents. Gwebu belongs to an initiative in Barberton that restores desks at the correctional facility for schools in Mpumalanga.Makgamath, who worked on a few desks, took the opportunity to interact with the youngsters. He spoke to them about shaping their future today and not waiting for tomorrow. Lerato Funeka helped him with some of the desks and the 22-year-old spoke with pride about restoring old desks for Meyerton High School, which he attended. “I believe that I’ve been through a lot with that school and the projects that are being done through the President’s Award will not only help with desks but will also help with books in the library, among others,” he said.An Mpumalanga project had stood out for him, Makgamath added. It involved a group of 32 children and teachers, who planted food gardens in impoverished areas that were not only used for the schools, but for the community at large. Apart from their feeding schemes, the group also cared for the elderly in the community by clothing them, feeding them and cleaning their homes for them.Another standout project, he said, was a stationery drive run by two Tshwane residents. Charl and Ella van der Merwe run the Write Project, which involves collecting stationery and distributing this to disadvantaged youth. Makgamath said it was initiatives such as these that broke the boundaries between groups and encouraged social cohesion among different races and social classes. This, he said, was laying the foundation for a cohesive nation. The National Development PlanThe NDP offers a long-term strategy of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. South Africa can realise these goals, it says, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment has over 15 000 active participants drawn from schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional services. Its aim is to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. These awards are affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association and the patron-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma.Through these awards, Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops have been running since 2008, encouraging participants from a broad diversity of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with themes relevant to their lives as young South Africans. The chief executive officer of the President’s Award, Martin Scholtz, said the programme demanded young people take responsibility for their own development and the development of those around them.“Engaging young people in their role in the realisation of Vision 2030 is critical. The award programme is about action and we are excited to make the link between what award participants are already doing on the ground and the objectives of the NDP, through these Dialogue and Action Workshops. The NDP is not a government initiative – it’s a citizen’s initiative,” said Scholtz.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#Video Services#web Related Posts Finding specific online videos from TV networks and independent producers can often be a daunting challenge. Some TV shows are on Hulu, some can only be found as paid downloads on iTunes or Amazon and some are only available for streaming on the network’s and producer’s own sites. Clicker wants to change this by making it easier to find shows from TV networks, music videos, and web videos from across the Internet. Clicker is currently in private beta and only available in the US. The company gave us 1000 invites for our readers. Read on to find out how you can get yours.Clicker aggregates over 300,000 episodes from over 1,200 networks, as well as 50,000 music videos and thousands of movies. Features and User InterfaceThere are, of course, already numerous video search engines like blinkx or Truveo. Few of these make it as easy as Clicker to find the videos you are looking for, however. With auto-completed searches, a smart categorization system and well designed search results page, finding the right video on Clicker is a snap. Whenever possible, Clicker uses video embeds to play videos right on its own page, though if a show can’t be embedded, Clicker will point to other sources. It’s important to point out that while most of these videos are available for free, Clicker also indexes shows that are only available for paid downloads and streams on services like iTunes or Amazon. Clicker also indexes shows from Netflix – though you need to be a Netflix subscriber to stream these.A very useful feature on Clicker is that users can subscribe to shows and build up a personal library of shows and playlists. Every episode page gives users the option to add this episode to the playlist or to subscribe to the complete series. Clicker also keeps a record of all the shows a user has watched already. All of these features are nice and useful, but the area where Clicker really shines is in how it presents the search results and how easy it is to browse the site and discover shows. Taming the Wild West of Online VideoWith its focus on indexing high-quality videos and making it easy to find them, Clicker manages to stand out from its competition. Earlier this week, Clicker added Blake Krikorian, the founder of Sling Media to its board of directors, whose experience in this market will definitely be a boon for the company.As Clicker’s CEO Jim Lanzone told us earlier today, online video is still going through its Wild West phase. Thanks to services like Clicker, it’s now getting a lot easier to find and play online videos without having to search through dozens of sites.InvitesClicker gave us 1000 invites. Simply click here, sign up, and you are ready to go. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
BBC released an in-depth 360 video showing just how they shot the magnificently epic Iguana vs. Snakes clip that recently swept the globe.All images via BBCIf you were on the internet for even five minutes last week, it’s highly likely you encountered the viral Planet Earth II video of dozens of Galápagos Racer snakes relentlessly chasing an adolescent iguana across a beach. The epic pursuit was easily some of the most engaging and suspenseful television footage in recent memory. If you haven’t seen the clip, its a must.Many viewers took to the comments section to question the validity of the whole thing — until BBC quieted skeptics with a behind-the-scenes video of how they shot the incredible scene.Iguana vs. Snakes: How They Shot ItBBC released two behind-the-scenes videos, the first showing what went into filming some of the “not so lucky” iguanas. For the other BTS look, they released a 360 video detailing some of the gear, the positioning of the cameramen, and the techniques used to get these jaw-dropping shots.The setup is relatively simple when it’s broken down. A shooter with a telephoto lens/tripod combo captured the static tight shots of the lizards and snakes. For the on-the-move footage, a Ronin allowed the shooter agility and freedom as the reptile-on-reptile action unfolded. It also appears each crew member might have had a point-and-shoot or DSLR ready to shoot at anytime, just in case. And though they didn’t mention it, some of the shots seem to be taken from a drone — but that’s just my observation.360 videos are an excellent way to promote your content, exposing your viewers to your process in a fun new way. Hopefully BBC continues to put out clips like this for the remainder of Planet Earth II. The series is truly a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking and proves exactly what manner of magic can be captured if you’re in the right place at the right time.What are your favorite behind-the-scenes documentary videos? Share in the comments below.
With snakebites emerging as the leading cause of natural disaster deaths in Odisha, the State government has decided to ensure deployment of doctors at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas and make ambulances available for swift transfer of patients to hospitals.As many as 1,716 people lost their lives due to snakebites during the past three years. The number of casualties due to snakebite, highest among all disasters, accounts for about 37% of the total disaster deaths (4,689) during the period.“We have asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to ensure availability of medical officers at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas. Besides, required number of 108 ambulances will be made available in blocks for shifting snakebite patients to the nearest health institution,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.The State government is working on a plan to bring all snakebite victims to the nearest health institution at the earliest for medical examination and administering anti-venom. Highest deaths The highest of 164 deaths has been reported from Balasore district, followed by 147 in Ganjam and 145 in both Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj during the period.
White had a career-high 36 points and the Spurs beat the Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday night, withstanding a first-half lapse to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.“I just had a chip on my shoulder,” White said. “This is the way I’ve played since I was young. Just try to go out there, compete and have fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNikola Jokic had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Denver.Game 4 is Saturday in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 3-0 against the Nuggets this season. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments MINDSET?Popovich was bemused when asked what the Spurs’ mindset is after earning a split on the road.“What’s their mindset,” Popovich asked. “I didn’t give any psychological tests today or anything. It’s their job, they are going to come play, so will the Nuggets. They are going to try to win. Nuggets are going to try to win. It’s a competitive sport, that’s the mindset. It’s not too difficult to imagine.”EXPERIENCEDWhite made his first postseason start in Game 1 at Denver, but he joked that he has plenty of playoff experience.“Everybody said I didn’t have playoff experience, but I did this in the G League,” White said. “Just kidding. But it was big for my development.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Saturday in San Antonio. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Warriors retaliate, demolish clippers Clippers to pick up 2-1 lead Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “They are doing a good job of attacking the paint,” Jokic said. “They were living in our paint. I think it’s not just smalls, it’s our bigs, too. I think we all need to be more disciplined and more focused.”White had 10 points in the opening quarter while primarily being defended by Murray.“He was obviously spectacular,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “I don’t know what else to say. At both ends of the floor.”Denver’s second unit dominated, turning a 31-22 deficit after the first quarter into a 38-31 advantage early in the second quarter. The Nuggets opened the second quarter shooting 7 for 8, including a pair of 3-pointers by Malik Beasley. San Antonio’s first points came on Jakob Poeltl’s two free throws with 8:41 left.Beasley finished with 20 points, and Gary Harris added 12 points.Harris stole the ball from Gay at midcourt and then calmly drained a 3-pointer before the Spurs’ defense could set for a 50-40 lead. San Antonio then went on a 21-8 run to close the half and recapture a lead it would not relinquish.“We got our (butts) kicked because we couldn’t guard anybody,” Malone said.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver is the eighth youngest team in playoff history. . Jokic is averaging 11.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists the series. … Isaiah Thomas was eligible to play but did not. … Millsap picked up his third foul with 2:12 remaining in the first half after bumping Aldridge near the 3-pointer. Millsap threw his hands up in frustration as he exited. He finished with five fouls.Spurs: The Spurs are 22-7 against the Nuggets in the postseason, including 13-3 at home. … White’s previous career highs were 26 points in the regular season against Brooklyn on Jan. 31 and 17 against Denver in Game 2. … Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are the only players to score more points in any half for the Spurs in the postseason than White’s 26 points in the first half. San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) celebrates a score against the Denver Nuggets with teammates during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Thursday, April 18, 2019. San Antonio won 118-108. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio point guard Derrick White was screaming, flexing and stomping around the court after almost every basket against Denver.It was completely out of character for White, but the mild-mannered point guard has never been in this situation before.ADVERTISEMENT White attacked Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray from the opening tip after being on the receiving end of Murray’s career outing Tuesday night. Murray had only six points, a game after scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Denver overcome a 19-point deficit to even the series.“There is no doubt in my mind that Derrick White, the last couple of days, has been reminded about Jamal Murray’s fourth-quarter performance,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Derrick White came out like he hadn’t eaten in two days. He came out hungry, he came out (ticked) off and he sent a very loud and clear message. I’m anxious to see our guys, how do we respond to that.”White set his career high after being fouled by Paul Millsap on a driving layup that bounced off the side of the rim, hit the backboard and fell in to give the Spurs a 99-89 lead with 8:52 remaining. White added five rebounds, five assists and three steals while shooting 12 for 17. The point guard matched his overall career high with 26 points in the first half.DeMar DeRozan took over after that, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the second half. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Spurs finished with 62 points in the paint and had a 45-37 rebound advantage.ADVERTISEMENT
The recent outburst by veteran tennis star Leander Paes and the subsequent response by Sania Mirza has once again highlighted the growing problems in Indian tennis and there seems to be no clear cut solution in sight at the moment.Social media has become the favourite platform for sportspersons to vent out their anger or raise their voice against something which they feel is not right. It all started when Paes missed out on the opportunity to participate in the mixed doubles event at the Rio Olympics as Mirza and Rohan Bopanna had been picked to represent India in the Games and the duo lost in the semi-finals before going down in the Bronze medal playoff as well. (Did Sania Mirza call Leander Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)Unhappy with this, Paes said, “I can very clearly say that in this Olympics and tlast Olympics we didn’t put the best team forward. This Olympics the mixed doubles was a great opportunity. What more does a man need to do than win four Grand Slams in 14 months. There was no more tournaments to win, I could not create anymore tournaments. Sad. Long story short, let’s nurture these kids.”The All India Tennis Association (AITA) once again failed to handle this situation properly which caused yet another rift between the players right before the Games started in Rio. Selection problems had happened right before the London Olympics in 2012 as well. Theses lingering issues had a direct impact on India’s performance with Paes and Bopanna crashing out in the first round in men’s doubles while the mixed doubles team also failed to impress despite being seeded sixth. (Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)advertisement”I always believe it is the decision of the selection committee and captain but considering the way we played against a gold medal winning team and that too against 14-time Grand slam champion and Marc Lopez who has just come from winning a grand slam, good God, it will be crazy to switch anything around but having said that I am here to support the team,” the 43-year-old told the media after partnering Saketh Myneni in a hard-fought men’s doubles loss to Olympic champions Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the ongoing Davis Cup.Mirza immediately hit back with a reply which was an obvious dig at Paes over his somewhat caustic remarks.The ONLY way to win with a toxic person, is not to play!!! #karmaiswatching #zenmode ?????? Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) September 18, 2016In a separate incident, cricketer Gautam Gambhir stoked a fresh controversy on Sunday asserting that films shouldn’t be made on cricketers but on those people who have contributed for the welfare of the country and hence are more “deserving” of biopics. (I don’t believe in biopics on cricketers: Gautam Gambhir)pic.twitter.com/Uy7hwqipT3 Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 18, 2016Gambhir’s comments were seen here as controversial considering his rather cold relationship with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and he said all this barely days before the release of an eagerly-awaited biopic on the life of India’s most acclaimed captain.In the film, titled “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”, Dhoni’s character is being portrayed onscreen by Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput. The film, releasing on September 30, is believed to unfold the rags to riches story of Dhoni and has been shot extensively in Dhoni’s hometown of Ranchi.Gambhir though, was quick to clarify that his comments were not directed at any particular person but against the very concept of biopics on cricketers in general.My detractors got it wrong. Am not against ANY ONE cricketer’s biopic, am against d very concept which includes a biopic on my life. Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 19, 2016All this is happening in the full glare of the general public, the fans and millions of followers who idolise these sports stars. But trash talk and trivial fights is all they are getting in return.