Determinism: Smart People and an Absurd Claim

first_imgPhysics, Earth & Space Determinism: Smart People and an Absurd ClaimCornelius HunterOctober 22, 2020, 6:51 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man 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 Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis But why is that true? Hossenfelder makes the Humean appeal to the laws of nature. They show how systems evolve deterministically, so therefore the data from our personal experience must be false. Hossenfelder fails to see the unjustified leap she has made. She has declared the laws of nature to be authoritative without justification. Recommended Tagsanti-realismBig BangbrainsCorinthiansDavid Humedeterminismevolutionfree willhumansillusionintellectual necessity argumentJohn Earmanknowledgelaws of naturemiraclesparticlesPierre-Simon LaplaceSabine HossenfelderSt. Paultheoretical physicstruth,Trending This brings us to the second problem with Hossenfelder’s determinism, which is her many truth claims. As she explains above, “the whole story of the universe in every single detail was determined already at the Big Bang.” But if that is true then Hossenfelder cannot know anything. Everything she has typed out was, well, pre-determined by some initial conditions and some blind natural laws. Cornelius G. HunterFellow, Center for Science and CultureCornelius G. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Hunter’s other books include Darwin’s Proof, and his newest book Science’s Blind Spot (Baker/Brazos Press). Dr. Hunter’s interest in the theory of evolution involves the historical and theological, as well as scientific, aspects of the theory. His blog is Darwin’s God. Share Why should Hossenfelder think for a moment that anything that occurs to her has any correspondence to truth? Above she made the classic intellectual necessity argument but, in fact, it is precisely the opposite. Her determinism undercuts her many truth claims, and knowledge in general. The End of Knowledgecenter_img These laws have the common property that if you have an initial condition at one moment in time, for example the exact details of the particles in your brain and all your brain’s inputs, then you can calculate what happens at any other moment in time from those initial conditions. This means in a nutshell that the whole story of the universe in every single detail was determined already at the big bang. We are just watching it play out. An Unjustified Leap As if sensing a problem Hossenfelder attempts to justify her leap. She explains that “These deterministic laws of nature apply to you and your brain because you are made of particles,” and that “we know that brains are made of particles.” Furthermore, “the laws of nature that we know describe humans on the fundamental level.” But rather than saving the theory, Hossenfelder is merely digging deeper into the fallacy, as she simply begs the question. These are all non-empirical truth claims that are beholden to the assumption of determinism. She simply asserts these claims, but why should we believe any of them are true? The first problem with Hossenfelder’s sophism is that it is non-empirical. We experience free will continually in our personal experience. Hossenfelder’s claim amounts to a denial of untold mountains of evidence. Hossenfelder’s predictable solution is anti-realism. The problem, according to determinists such as Hossenfelder, is that our experience is uniformly false. We may think we have free will, but that is nothing more than an illusion. Yet Hossenfelder is supremely confident in her finding. Drop this free will nonsense, she warns, or “you will never understand how the universe really works.” This is the classic intellectual necessity argument, so common in the evolution literature. In this case it is determinism that is required for scientific progress and truth. Hossenfelder has identified a conflict: our experience says one thing, and the laws of nature say the opposite. Something must give, and Hossenfelder unilaterally and without justification concludes that the laws of nature win out. The fallacy is reminiscent of Hume’s argument against miracles that John Earman demolished twenty years ago. The Intellectual Necessity Argument Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Photo: Sabine Hossenfelder, by HossenfelderS, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.As noted here yesterday, theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder has become the latest in a long line of smart people to make the absurd claim of determinism (see her blog or video), and that therefore there is no such thing as free will. This silliness traces at least as far back as Laplace and is based on the idea that any system evolves from time point 1 to time point 2 according to the laws of nature. As Hossenfelder puts it: There would be no reason to think anything we ever generate has any particular truth value. For instance, I could decide to type 2+2=5. In fact, there I did it. But of course, Hossenfelder would say that sentence was all preordained. She also would say it is not true. So certainly preordained sentences are not necessarily true. In fact, for Hossenfelder our notions, thoughts, commitments, and conclusions are merely a consequence of the arrangement of particles in our heads. Why should we think they would be true, if there even is such a thing? Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Hossenfelder’s conclusion, that “the whole story of the universe in every single detail was determined already at the Big Bang. We are just watching it play out” is fitting. For it is the ultimate in meaningless, trivialization of the profound. She is mired in the absurd. Hossenfelder is the best and the brightest — a cutting-edge theoretical physicist. The wisest that the world has to offer and look where she has landed. As Paul informed the Corinthians in the introduction of his first letter to them, God made foolish the wisdom of this world.last_img read more

Full genome sequence of novel coronavirus expected shortly

first_imgSep 27, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – British health officials said today that a Rotterdam lab that first characterized the novel coronavirus linked recently to two severe illnesses hopes to publish the whole genome in the next 24 to 48 hours, and the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) launched guidance to help clinicians investigate and manage possible cases.The HPA said in an update that the full genome sequence will be published by Ron Fouchier, PhD, based at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. The sequence will be based on cultured virus that has been at the lab since early July.Yesterday the agency gave the same time frame for release of the full sequence and did not change the estimate in today’s update.The HPA had earlier released the partial sequence for the virus’s polymerase gene, obtained from an infected patient undergoing treatment in London, which enabled scientists to compare it with others and determine that the new virus is related to bat coronaviruses. The HPA said it doesn’t yet have a viral isolate, but clinical material from the patient is being cultured to make isolates.Also, the HPA shared new details about molecular diagnostics for identifying the new virus. It said pan-coronavirus primers described by an international group of researchers in 2003 and in a 2008 report from Belgian researchers should both be useful. However, the clinical material the HPA has does not react with specific assays it has for OC23, 229E, NL64, or SARS. It said it welcomed offers of reagents and information from scientists who specialize in the area.In other developments, the HPA published some clinical tools to help clinicians manage suspected and confirmed cases along with close contacts. The tools include an algorithm for investigating and managing possible cases; it describes the testing process, protective actions to take if an infection is confirmed, and the next steps to take for sample collection and data reporting.Another algorithm walks clinicians through investigating close contacts of patients with confirmed novel coronavirus infections. For contacts who don’t have clinical symptoms during the initial visit, the HPA recommends that baseline clotted blood samples be taken as soon as possible, ideally no later than 7 days after exposure. The algorithm recommends that follow-up samples be taken at least 14 days after baseline or 28 days after exposure if a sample couldn’t be taken when the case-patient was asymptomatic. It says a contact form should be completed 10 days after the initial data is collected.The HPA also issued a nine-page infection control resource for handling confirmed and suspected cases. It noted that coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with secretions. The agency also said the viruses can be detected in feces and urine and in some instances can be transmitted by aerosolized respiratory droplets and feces. It detailed steps to take in addition to standard precautions, such as what type of respirator and personal protective equipment (PPE) to use.In developments elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said today that the process to make novel coronavirus infection a notifiable disease is under way. It said a legislative amendment will be recorded tomorrow, taking effect immediately. Health practitioners will be required to notify the CHP’s director of health if they suspect the disease, and labs will be required to report virus leaks that may pose a public health risk.No new infections involving the novel coronavirus have been detected beyond the Qatari man hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness and renal failure in a London intensive care unit and a 60-year-old Saudi Arabian man who was infected with a virtually identical virus who died in June.The identification of a new coronavirus has raised global health worries, because a then-novel one in 2003 caused the SARS epidemic that sickened 8,422 people, killing 916 of them. Health officials have said the new virus is clearly different than the one that caused SARS, and some have said that an animal source can’t be excluded.See also:Sep 27 HPA updateSep 27 CHP statementSep 26 HPA algorithm for investigating possible novel coronavirus infectionsSep 26 HPA algorithm for investigating close contacts of confirmed casesSep 26 HPA infection control advicelast_img read more

UCLA’s Gyo Shojima striving to realize NFL dream

first_imgLOS ANGELES – All eyes were on quarterback Josh Rosen, a potential top-three pick in this month’s NFL Draft, during UCLA’s pro day on a mild, sunny day in Los Angeles last month.Gyo Shojima might have been the most unlikely person there, but that was of no concern to the Japanese player. Regardless of what others might have thought, his just-do-what-I-have-to-do mentality never wavered. The Tokyo-born player was one of many who showed up to showcase their potential and skills to NFL coaches, scouts and officials.“I had a lot of fun,” Shojima told The Japan Times after the March 15 event. “I think I was able to showcase what I can do. I was preparing for six to seven weeks for this. So I’m happy I was able to show what I can do.”Shojima added: “Overall, it was a great day and I know what I have to do in terms of improvement. So I’m going to keep working for it and the work never ends.”The 24-year-old, who played as a backup center and on special teams the last two seasons for the Bruins, is a serious, humble man who chooses his words carefully. When he arrived at UCLA in the fall of 2015, after playing two years at Santa Monica College, he said he wanted to concentrate on the Pacific-12 Conference team, not saying too much about his post-college career.But now, with his stint on the team having ended and his graduation coming in June, Shojima hopes to keep putting on a helmet and pads — this time on the NFL gridiron.Shojima said he has “always had aspirations to go to the next level” after his collegiate career, although he carefully thought it over and considered “a different course in life.” (He’s majoring in geography and environmental studies and has been on the honors list in the last six quarters with a 3.577 GPA. So he would certainly have other job options outside of football).But in the end, he decided to tackle what he describes as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”“So I didn’t want to waste it and I took a shot,” said Shojima, who moved to Redondo Beach, in the Los Angeles area, when he was 9, because of his father’s business.Shojima believes he gave a good performance at the pro day. But when it comes to the possibility of making a 53-man NFL roster, he again chose his words carefully.“I don’t think it is for me to decide,” Shojima said. “All I can do is just work on what I can work on and prepare myself to be the best player that I can be. And if all things click and if all the pieces come together, I will continue to be optimistic.“What I concern myself with is what I can do for myself. And I can’t do anything about being on a 53-man roster or who’s going to remain on the roster, things like that. So I’m just focused on what I can do, which is prepare for what’s to come.”Shojima looks set to get invited to a rookie mini camp and then a preseason training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent, which some of the great NFL centers in the league of late and in the past, have done. The Japanese mentioned one of his favorite players is Shaun O’Hara, who helped the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII as their starting center, having entered the league with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2000.The 190-cm, 130-kg Shojima insists it’s important to “get my name out there,” which includes to showing film of himself to teams.According to a source, Shojima was asked to work out for an NFL club days after the pro day.Jerry Neuheisel, who now serves as an offensive graduate assistant for the Bruins under new head coach Chip Kelly, recalled the time when the two played on the scout team in the 2015 season, in which the Japanese redshirted. Neuheisel said Shojima would “give unbelievable effort” and is “more athletic than people give him credit for.”“I think he’s got a chance of at least making a team, at least a rookie minicamp and see what happens from then on,” said Neuheisel, who played one year for the Obic Seagulls of Japan’s X League in 2016 before working as an graduate assistant for the Texas A&M University football team last year. “He can find a way to be productive at a camp, they’ll find a way to keep him.”By coming to UCLA, Shojima achieved something big for Japanese football. Though there is not a clear way to figure it out, Shojima is probably the first player of full Japanese heritage to play for an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program. And now he is attempting to make more history by becoming an NFL player.But Shojima does not dwell on his own background too much, and thinks it has nothing to do with him striving to fulfil his dream of reaching the game’s peak.“My mentality is, I’m just a football player, not a Japanese football player, or a foreign football player,” said Shojima, who has practiced Japanese martial art Shorinji Kempo and holds a black belt. “My mentality hasn’t changed. I always consider myself as just one of the football players that play, that love the sport, and want to be good at it.“So even though the stage has changed or the level has changed, my mentality hasn’t changed per se. And I just consider myself as another football lover that wants to play at the next level and make my dream come true.”Neuheisel, son of former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, said for many of the players trying out for the NFL, and not just Shojima, they have to “get a little bit lucky,” because many of them could get cut even though they are “supremely talented.”But he added that if Shojima ends up cracking a NFL roster, it would have “the same kind of impact with the first Japanese baseball player who made it to MLB would have.”Shojima is not a man who brags or talks big. But he said this with certainty: he believes he would not have had a chance to try out for the NFL if he had not come to UCLA.“This would not have been possible in any way if I hadn’t come to UCLA from my junior college,” said Shojima, who played for Japan at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. “We had Josh Rosen working out today, so almost every single team in the NFL was here to watch him. I’ve got to thank him for that. All the connections the UCLA program has with football coaches, that’s unchallenged.“I was able to train for six to seven weeks at one of the greatest football facilities in the nation. So everything we have to consider that got me into this situation right now, the opportunity that I was able to have, I couldn’t have done this without me coming to UCLA.” Japanese center Gyo Shojima, who played for UCLA the past two seasons, works out with a teammate during the school’s pro day in Los Angeles last month. Shojima is hopeful of catching on with an NFL team this offseason. | KAZ NAGATSUKA NFL, NFL Draft, UCLA, Gyo Shojima, Josn Rosen KEYWORDScenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Liverpool player’s agent has ‘communicated’ asking price and salary details for…

first_imgStandard Liège and Club Brugge are looking to bring in a new goalkeeper in the summer because Guillermo Ochoa (33) has over a year left on his Standard contract and Brugge’s Ethan Horvath is attracting interest from England and Germany. Het Laatste Nieuws claims the two clubs have turned their attention towards Mouscron’s Jean Butez, who is available for €3m.Simon Mignolet’s name was mentioned at Club Brugge. Amid interest, the Liverpool goalkeeper’s agent has ‘communicated’ the asking price and current salary level.It’s claimed around €5m is needed to complete the transfer, and that Mignolet earns about €100k, with the wages figure potentially flexible.For Brugge, the financial demands make it extremely difficult to complete the transfer, even if a gesture was made to lower salary.The 31-year-old has made one start in the League Cup and another in the FA Cup and the Merseyside club ended up suffering defeats in both fixtures.Embed from Getty ImagesAnother report from HLN explains the shot stopper wants to have more minutes, which is why he wants to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side in the summer.From his side, the goalkeeper is ready to take a pay cut and has kept all options open. Mignolet wants to join an ambitious club where he can become the first choice stopper.That club also needs to be able to afford the transfer fee. Perhaps the €5m estimate is a little on the low side.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more