Warriors report: Curry should eclipse his latest milestone against Memphis

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up shootaround Monday afternoon in anticipation for Monday’s matchup against the Grizzlies.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. Curry is ready for his latest milestone.Warriors guard Stephen Curry is just 10 points away from 15,000 career points, meaning there’s a good chance he’ll break the milestone Monday evening against the Grizzlies — which put the guard in a reflective mood. “It’s just a reminder to appreciate what you’re doing and …last_img

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Evolutionists Need to Mind Their Matters

first_imgTo a Darwinian evolutionist, the mind is the product of unguided mutations and random environmental pressures acting on material forces.  This raises questions about the mind and morals: do they have any validity?  Evolutionists need to “mind” their matter.  The following examples show how they try to justify these non-material entities arising from matter in motion.The smart thing:  Intelligence is an immaterial property that, to an evolutionist, must be an epiphenomenon or illusion arising from particles in motion.  New Scientist asked whether intelligence – “what distinguishes humans from the myriad other species with which we share our planet” – can be explained in evolutionary terms.  The article is more a question than an answer about intelligence:It is a key factor in everything from our anatomy to our technology. To ask why we are intelligent is to ask why we are human; it admits no discrete answer. But let’s ask it here anyway. Why are we, alone in nature, so smart?One answer is that maybe we aren’t as smart as we think we are.  “Maybe our anthropocentric conceit prevents us from fully appreciating the intelligence of other animals, be they ants, cephalopods or cetaceans.”  This approach however, invokes one immaterial concept, conceit, to dodge another, intelligence.  It seems the article is marching in place so far.  Time for another tentative step:So let’s rephrase the question. There is a cluster of abilities that seems unique to humans: language, tool use, culture and empathy. Other animals may have rudimentary forms of these abilities, but they do not approach humans’ sophistication and flexibility. Why not?Again, though, language, tool use, culture and empathy are immaterial, so this approach suffers the same shortcomings.  Appeals to variations of intelligence within species doesn’t solve the problem.  At this point, the anonymous author of this article leapt into storybook land about why not all chimps became champs of intelligence:Some did, but a long time ago: our own ancestors. Somewhere in our evolutionary history, there were presumably similarly prodigious protohumans, produced by some accident of genetics or environment, whose greater intelligence gave them the edge over their less gifted peers. Today’s chimp prodigies do not seem to profit from their intelligence in the same way. Their society and environment do not reward it as ours did.So our ancestors may have been fortuitously placed to embark on the runaway cycle of biological and cultural development that led to modern, multitasking humans… and to a level of adaptability that allows us to adjust readily to changes in our environment, and even modify it to suit ourselves.To avoid belaboring the point that words like history, prodigy, gifted, reward, and suit refer to immaterial concepts and values, this answer reduces to “stuff happens” – we got smart “fortuitously,” by “some accident of genetics or environment.”  If intelligence is an accident, though, philosophers will want to know what gives it validity to be turned on itself to ask questions about its own origin.The right thing:  Kate Douglas tried to evolutionize morality with a book review for New Scientist entitled, “When did our ancestors learn to do the right thing?” but whether she did the right thing evolutionarily is the question at issue.  The book under review is Christopher Boehm’s Moral Origins: The evolution of virtue, altruism, and shame.  A social anthropologist, Boehm studied the !Kung people of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa for answers.  He believes the !Kung mimic “the original moralists – late Pleistocene foraging societies living in Africa 45,000 years ago.”  Here’s his thesis in a nutshell:So how did we evolve from amoral apes to moral humans? It is a question that has perplexed many, from Darwin onward, but what sets Boehm’s approach apart is his effort “to make the natural history of moral origins more historical“. In so doing he provides a new and coherent map of the evolution of morality.He argues that our ancestors were “preadapted” for morality. Like today’s chimps and bonobos, they had a sense of self and of fairness, a tendency for young to learn appropriate behaviour from their mothers, and the potential for collective action, giving subordinates some power over dominant individuals.The first step was to develop a conscience, or what Boehm describes as a “Machiavellian risk calculator”. At first, this controlled selfish urges through fear of punishment, but morality began to emerge when our ancestors learned to internalise their society’s social rules, connecting them with emotions such as shame and honour. Finally, he says, altruistic genes got a boost as societies came to value generosity and punish selfishness. Our egotistic and nepotistic tendencies still far outweigh the altruistic ones, but by social selection we have unwittingly made our own gene pool more virtuous.It’s hard to see how Boehm can justify using words like self, fairness, rules, values, shame, honour, altruistic, and virtuous in a materialistic context.  Some of these things he seems to think were just “there,” being somehow “preadapted.”  His law of “social selection” seems contrived out of Darwin’s natural selection.  Another problem is that Boehm studied modern, living humans who already are “egalitarian and share big game equitably,” begging the question on how such immaterial traits got started.  Kate Douglas tried to be as nice as she could: “It is a complex story and Moral Origins is a bit muddled at times, but Boehm’s experience doing fieldwork with humans and wild chimps makes him a wonderfully knowledgeable guide. And some of his ideas are truly revolutionary.”In short, somewhere, in an unobserved evolutionary history, presumably, an accident of genetics or environment did something, perhaps developing a conscience, that internalized rules, generating “altruistic genes” that in turn produced true altruism, leading chimps down a path that led to us humans with our intelligence, virtue and morality.  To call evolutionary answers “a bit muddled at times” is being truly altruistic.  That, in and of itself, is evidence that altruism and intelligence are not products of material processes of selection and “fortuitous” accident, but of design.  It follows logically that it is neither virtuous nor sensible to think otherwise. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Stink bug damage in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants, Inc.Stink bug damage is becoming a greater concern in Eastern Corn Belt soybean fields, especially with the presence of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a species that has moved into our sales footprint in recent years. While other stink bugs cause damage, the BMSB is of special concern because it is an invasive species from Asia that was introduced into the United States within the last 20 years.First discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001, the BMSB has continued to move west. Over the last few years, university experts and company agronomists have heard more reports of stink bug damage to soybeans. Growers scouting their soybean fields around harvest time may have seen some pods that were shriveled and/or soybean seed that was very small or appeared to be missing.This damage may have been a result of stink bug feeding. Stink bugs prefer to feed on reproductive tissues, they have piercing mouthparts that allow them to feed on soybean seed in the pods of plants. As the presence of the BMSB grows, this damage may become more common in parts of the Eastern Corn Belt. For more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug check out these Ohio State resources.last_img read more

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Super sub: Rozier powers Celtics past Hawks, 119-110

first_imgRozier passed his previous career best of 23 points on a pair of free throws with 1:10 remaining in the third. He eclipsed 30 points with a 3-pointer at 6:10 of the final period. Irving is the only other Celtics player with a 30-point game this season.Schroder’s jumper with 7:19 left brought the Hawks within 10 at 103-93, but Atlanta wouldn’t come any closer until the final minute with the game out of reach.Atlanta led 32-26 after one quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks to pass to forward Daniel Theis (27) as Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)BOSTON — Terry Rozier had a career-high 31 points and seven rebounds in his second NBA start, Jayson Tatum added a career-high 27 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-110 on Friday night.Rozier started in place of the injured Kyrie Irving. The third-year guard became the second player in league history with a triple-double in his first start, totaling 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Wednesday’s blowout of the Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT Irving missed his second straight game with a right quad contusion that he suffered in Monday’s win at Denver and was one of four Boston players who sat with injuries on Friday.Jaylen Brown scored 19 points and Al Horford had 17 with seven assists to help lead Boston to its fourth win in five tries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTaruean Prince had a career-high 31 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hawks, who have lost five of six. Dennis Schroder added 25 points and Marco Belinelli had 15.Trailing 55-53 at halftime, Boston opened a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter after outscoring Atlanta 41-20 in the third. MOST READ LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH DeRozan’s shooting lifts Raptors over Blazers 130-105 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

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Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif patch-up at Kjo bash

first_imgDeepika Padukone and Katrina KaifKatrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone have patched up. At Karan Johar ‘s mega party on January 3, 2011, Deepika took the initiative to sort out matters that had soured their relationship in the past. Onlookers say it was Deepika, sporting and frank as ever, who approached Katrina and expressed her wish to end their cold war.Deepika approached Katrina and said, “It’s time we let bygones be bygones. Personally, I have nothing against you. I don’t blame anybody else for whatever happened between us”.The ‘anybody else’ Deepika was referring to could be ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. The fact has been widely reported that Ranbir started getting intimate with Katrina on the sets of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Raajneeti, which were being shot around the same time, even though he was dating Deepika.The break-up between Deepika and Ranbir happened soon after, and the actor has been seen cosying with Katrina once too often in the recent past.”Karan’s parties are famous for being grounds of patch-ups. Karan himself never has prejudices for or against anyone in the industry and in his own way tries his best to bring together warring industry colleagues and let them sort out differences. That’s what happened on Tuesday,” says a source at the party.Incidentally, Karan’s best friend, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was seen striking a patch-up between Bollywood’s other two top divas, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The incident happened a day before a recent award ceremony where both Kareena and Priyanka were to perform.Owing to technical problems, Priyanka’s rehearsal seemed to take longer than the stipulated time. Kareena, who was to rehearse next, was seen patiently waiting outside.Says an eyewitness: ” SRK got to know about the tension brewing and spoke to both the actresses separately. Kareena shifted her rehearsal schedule to the next morning. Priyanka went up to Kareena and gave her a warm hug.” It seems like the season of patch-ups in Bollywood. But then again, what is showbiz without its share of catfights? We are sure the claws will come out any time soon again.advertisementlast_img read more

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PBA memo won’t stop Arwind Santos from pulling off his Spiderman dunk again

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Team Lakay champs eager to prove they can also hold on to ONE belts Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Santos, however, said he still wants to do the dunks while also reminding the fans to be careful.“Of course everyone who does that doesn’t want to get hurt, who would want someone to actually fall down?” said Santos ,who tied his career-high of 34 points in the loss.“For me, I’m doing these dunks to make the fans happy, and these have been my trademark. As long as I can play, my dunks are what my supporters will remember me for.”Santos’ teammates Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot even expressed to shoulder the fines if the 2013 MVP is sanctioned.“If I have a chance, and with the backing of my teammates, I’ll do those dunks once more.”ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Arwind Santos skies for the block against Jack Corpuz. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos isn’t letting the Commissioner’s Office from stopping him on putting on his dunking antics.San Miguel’s veteran leader said he’d still pull off his trademark “Spiderman Dunk” if he gets a chance and the league should look into other things to fix aside from his feet-on-the-board finishes.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I’m not doing anything wrong when I do that. There are a lot of other things the league could focus on, they can leave the Spiderman dunk out of it,” said Santos in Filipino after the Beermen lost to Columbian 124-118 in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.“There are kids who want to see it, and also my fans. If I have a chance to do it, for sure I’ll do it maybe except when I know that I’d be in risk then I won’t do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe PBA Commissioner’s office had outlawed the “Spiderman dunk” because Willie Marcial said it also poses risks to kids who want to try Santos’ actions on substandard rims.As per Spin.ph, Marcial said kids trying to copy Santos might suffer serious injuries in the case of an unexpected fall. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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