Why Animals Don’t Speak

first_img Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Responding to evolutionist Jerry Coyne’s review of Darwin Devolves, Michael Behe notes the real reason he sees the gap between human and apes as too great to be spanned by unguided material processes alone. It comes from the “personal awareness that we can reason, speak, think abstractly, and so on — in other words, that we have minds.” This is contrary to Professor Coyne’s snide assumption that Behe’s thinking “stem(s) from the Christian belief that Homo sapiens is a special creation of God.”Why does it seem implausible that a material process can account for the human mind with its powers of speech and all the rest? If what separates us from other animals were material in nature, material alone, then perhaps we could look to a material process for an explanation.The Right StuffBut read neuroscientist Michael Egnor’s comments at Mind Matters, “The Real Reason Why Only Human Beings Speak.” The fact that animals don’t speak is not because they lack the “physiological apparatus”:[M]any non-human animals have the physiological apparatus needed to form words. Yet they have no language. They can make and respond to signs — gestures, grunts and the like. A dog, for example, can respond appropriately to simple words directed at him (“Sit!” “Fetch!”). But all animal communication is symbols, that is, signals that point directly to an object. In this case, the object is a simple expected action the animal is to perform immediately.What animals cannot do is communicate using abstractions. They cannot use designators — words employed abstractly as language….The difference between human language and animal symbols or signals is the difference between abstract thought and concrete thought….It isn’t brain circuitry that renders humans capable of language and animals incapable. As Aristotle pointed out two millennia ago, abstract thought is inherently an immaterial power — it is the immaterial aspect of the human soul. Animals have material souls, without an immaterial aspect. It is the nature of, and the differences between, animal and human souls that provide animals with symbolic communication and grace man with language.An “immaterial power” is just the sort of power that seems highly unlikely to be the gift of a purely material, unguided, unintelligent process like Darwinian evolution. In abstraction, human communication attains a wholly different order from that of animals. We cannot seek an explanation for it simply in evolving “brain circuitry.”As Dr. Egnor observes, Aristotle would have recognized as much. This is not just a matter of “Christian belief.” Read the rest at Mind Matters.Photo credit: Marcus Wallis on Unsplash. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Neuroscience & Mind Why Animals Don’t SpeakDavid [email protected]_klinghofferMarch 12, 2019, 4:06 PM Tagsabstract thoughtanimalsapesAristotleChristianitycommunicationDarwin DevolvesDarwinian evolutiondogHomo sapienshuman mindhumansJerry Coynelanguagematerial processMichael BeheMichael EgnormindMind Mattersneurosciencephysiologysignssoulspeech,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Brexit News / Fashion returns bound up in post-Brexit red tape, raising costs for SMEs

first_imgID 69750723 © Martinmark | Dreamstime.com “This is because the problems impeding our business are things like courier surcharges and returns procedures, which couldn’t be known until the deal was finalised.”The fashion label owner said it had not been able to address the problem of handling returns from the EU, and refusals have been increasing as EU consumers find themselves having to pay duty.The owner said: “We decided to stop shipping to the EU in January because of the confusion surrounding duty, surcharges and VAT, but one shipment got through. This was refused by the customer, so we were charged £50 in refusal fees by our courier, on top of the initial delivery charge, plus there’s the outbound and inbound duty and duty when it originally came from our manufacturing plant, all for a product we could not sell.“It’s easier to sell to the US, because they have a threshold of $850 before duties and sale tax is required and their customers know they will be charged this.”Asked if that suggested this was just a learning curve for EU customers, the fashion label owner replied “potentially”, but noted that the EU was a huge market in terms of fashion brands and questioned whether they would need to shop for UK goods.“Maybe in five to 10 years, the UK will be able to sell there, but it would mean we need to set up a second website that does not include VAT,” said the owner.“Because we’re a micro-business, we simply do not have the human resources to manage two websites, and we have started doing duty-paid, but the costs have put customers off because it is so much more expensive.“Which is why, in reality, a lot of UK labels have just stopped and have accepted they will lose EU business until, or if, they get big enough to hold stock there.”Efforts to engage government have also seemingly fallen on deaf ears; a letter from Fashion Roundtable calling on government to address the difficulties facing SMEs in the fashion sector is still to receive a response.“It’s disappointing that government has not responded and it’s concerning, given the size of the fashion industry,” added the label’s owner. Refusals and returns represent a major impediment to UK SMEs seeking to re-establish an EU foothold, with many considering the US an easier market.Owners of both an independent record label and fashion label said they had received scant advice from HMRC in the run-up to Brexit, the latter noting that webinars had been designed for larger businesses.“We’re an SME and we were being directed to watch a webinar discussing weapons exports to the EU, much bigger operations than ours,” the fashion label owner told The Loadstar.“You’ll hear people saying things like ‘you had four years to prepare’, but to them I say, so too did government. We followed all the advice HMRC provided on preparing ourselves adequately for Brexit, but none of it has helped in dealing with the troubles we are facing.center_img By Alex Whiteman, Brexit reporter 07/04/2021last_img read more

J’can sentenced in US for giving fatal penis enlargement injection

first_img 853 Views   no discussions NewsRegional J’can sentenced in US for giving fatal penis enlargement injection by: Associated Press – November 10, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Kasia Rivera (Photo: Dailymail.com)NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A Jamaican woman who caused a man’s death by injecting silicone into his penis has been sentenced to five years in state prison.Kasia Rivera, who resides in East Orange, New Jersey, could also be deported to her native Jamaica under the sentence imposed Monday.The 38-year-old woman had pleaded guilty in September to reckless manslaughter, shortly before her trial was to start. She admitted delivering the silicone injection that killed Justin Street in 2011.Authorities say the 22-year-old East Orange man went to Rivera’s home so she could inject his penis with silicone, which he hoped would enlarge it. But the silicone she used wasn’t the kind used for medical procedures, and it caused an embolism which killed him.Rivera acknowledged that she wasn’t a trained doctor or licensed to administer the injection.last_img read more

A. Diasnes jins overall taekwondo champs in City Palaro

first_imgGold medal winners in cadet female advance were Chloe Jade Tachado and Gregmay Peñalosa, silver medalists were Sean Paul Paracha and Elisha Venice Aguilar, while bronze winners were Jana Ledesma, Jm Torreflores, Kharla Saberon, and Kyte Descutido.In cadet male advance, Denzil Palonpon and Julian Miguel Tingson won gold medals, Joshua Tecson and John Patrick Palonpon took silver, while Joshua Emmanuel Chua was the lone bronze winner.In junior female advance, gold winners were Kirstine Osorio, Regiona Abello and Mervone Nicor. Nicole Abadonio, Shaianne Hojilla, Kristine Demaisip, Nyla Nica Forro, and Kim Clarival bagged silver while Bridgette Belarmente, Estrelarynne Sotomil, Sanra Lizardo, and Angela Malones had bronze.In senior women advance, gold medalists were Scarlette Valencia, Christina Villasis, Cara Vidallon, and Remie Ann Ayalin. Silver medal winners include Sean Doce, Therese Octaviano, Sharmae Sarduna, and Cyril Aguire, while bronzes went to Ashley Delos Reyes, Marife Talamos, Shaila Ashley Alarcon, Roemay Christy Loot, Saina Camille Sarduna, and Jiesel Gabales.In senior men advance, gold winners were John Sendino, Adriano Horlador III, Clarence Gancero, and Rodfel Soria. Silver medalists were Jieben Lark Recabar, Joshia Paul Baad, Karl John Golez, and Rommer Sumande while bronze winners were Jean Albert Tunguia, Vicente Diono, Justin Flores, Mark Francis Salvalosa, and Kent Lance Macadagdag.The stable of Mark V. Pinggol also stamped class with Andrei Pido, Andria Margaret Palabrica, Christian Pudadera, Neljane Belgira, Akimeh Demavivas, Crisgel Castro, and Scarlett Valencia winning gold and Josh Karl Macahilig taking home silver./PN The taekwondo jins from the A. Diasnes Gym. PHOTO COURTESY OF FLORA NAVALES TAEKWONDO jins from the stable of the A. Diasnes Gym claimed the overall title in the Palarong Panlungsod 2018 in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.Among their gold medal winners in elementary advanced category were Anton John Palmes, Crisgel Castro, Kyle Chin, Justine James Diasnes, Jake Christian Mamigo, Angel Cerbas, and Mary Noelle Alim.Capturing silver medals were Shurik Habarabas, Felix Paredes, Josh Makahilig, Tristnan Abello, and James Salvador while their bronze medalists were Lansi Brotarlo, Mark Marmar, Kean Bornazal, Seth Porquez, and Josh Aniban.Taekwondo was one of the 11 events featured in the Palarong Panlungsod. It was held at SM City Iloilo on Aug. 4, a day ahead of the official launch of the games.last_img read more

Report: Iman Shumpert Requests Trade From Cavaliers

first_img Related TopicsIman Shumpert Don’t be surprised to see Shumpert traded before the start of the season. With J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Derrick Rose,  Kay Felder and Jose Calderon all taking up a spot in the current guard collection in Cleveland, Shumpert finds himself as the odd man out following his spotty perfomance during the 2016-17 season. The 2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have by far one of the newest looks that the team has had in quite some time. For the first time in seven seasons, Kyrie Irving will not be donning the Wine and Gold. Instead, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder will be the newest additions to the Cavs following the trade that sent Irving to the Boston Celtics. Now another member of the team is requesting a change of scenery.That player would be guard Iman Shumpert. Shumpert ireportedly asked for a trade after the season came to a close and the team has been trying to move the former New York Knick,. Dave McMenamin of ESPN said this regarding the Shumpert trade situation via NBC Sports.“Lost in the attention surrounding Irving’s trade request is that Iman Shumpert also requested a trade after the season, multiple sources told ESPN. Cleveland was in talks to trade Shumpert and his $10.3 million contract to Minnesota or Houston, but both deals fell apart. Logic would tell you that the Cavs will remain motivated to find a team to take Shumpert.”The Vertical’s Shams Charania had a different insight on the situation, though ultimately still confirming the Cavs will look to ship Shumpert elsewhere. Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Eli Mooneyhamlast_img read more

Hansen’s failure stuns Kitajima

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. – Double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima was barely able to conceal his surprise after American rival Brendan Hansen failed to book a spot in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke race at next month’s Beijing Games. Hansen placed fourth on Thursday in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.“I had a feeling that he might not win but never thought he would fail to make the team (for the 200 in Beijing),” Kitajima said Thursday in a statement issued by his management. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Speaking from Flagstaff, Ariz., where he is taking part in a high-altitude training camp, Kitajima added: “It shouldn’t have been so difficult for a swimmer of his (Hansen’s) caliber to make the Olympic team.”“From what I have seen on television his swimming has not been that great and his timing has not been good.”The reason? “He didn’t swim in his usual powerful style,” Kitajima told reporters.Looking ahead to Beijing, Kitajima said, “The real thing starts in a month and I am just doing everything that I should be doing.” last_img read more