Felipe: “My dreams are to win the Champions League and the World Cup”

first_imgAbout your dreams, about your hobbies and on Atlético de Madrid. Felipe reviewed all the things in Esporte IG, in a couple of phrases wherein he additionally valued Simeone’s demand And, how that reveals in his legs, the evolution he has skilled since becoming a member of the rojiblanco membership final summer season to grow to be the finest signing of the season, forward even of João Félix.aims “All gamers have a dream of profitable a Champions League and a World Cup. I clearly have these two objectives outlined and I understand how tough it’s. However, should you work all the things is feasible. I’ve to do what I’m doing no matter age and focus. I’ll do my finest, I’ll attempt to have a much bigger evolution than what I’ve already had, to be chosen, attain a World Cup and, who is aware of, win it “. Tite and Simeone“They are two nice coaches, who work quite a bit on the defensive facet and very effectively. I ended up studying quite a bit from each of them. At Atlético I’m nonetheless at the starting, however I already present an evolution. Simeone additionally likes to speak quite a bit, particularly about the half the place the participant has the most issue, however is a little more demanding than Tite. Pressures you in his personal manner. It’s tougher, however the gamers know it’s for the finest. With Tite, I feel I realized virtually all the things and contribute numerous what I realized. He’s very human, trustworthy and tolerant. He by no means reproached me or scolded me. Tite speaks, accepts, works and works. He’s a man who has at all times been appropriate and could be very clear. “The portray“My relationship with the drawings comes from a toddler. Round the age of 14 I began to get and noticed that he had a bit expertise. From there, I began drawing and it turned a behavior. I purchased a pocket book, a sheet of sulfite and copied all the things I noticed in the books. I did it till I used to be 17 years previous. Now, staying residence all the time, I needed to draw“Methodology“I’ve at all times favored cartoons, Pica Pau and Mickey, for instance, which have simpler traits. Now in quarantine, since I’ve extra time, I began to draw the real looking half, in black and white, which requires a bit extra consideration. At present I watch movies on YouTube and attempt to do the similar. I at all times attempt to enhance to give you the chance to draw my mom, my father and my mates. Till the second the employees begins asking to be drawn. It isn’t simple, however it’s essential to concentrate and do the step-by-step, what you’ll be able to. I’m beginning with a rose, a flower, the eyes … which is what they are saying is the best to begin. “last_img read more

76ers start West Coast road trip with Embiid on the bench

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are the only team that can stop Joel Embiid.Perhaps the best center in the East starts a West Coast road trip on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ F1 champion Hamilton avoided taxes on luxury jet – leaked docs Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Sixers also play games at Sacramento, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. All teams on the trip except for the Kings have at least a .500 record. Embiid is expected to play against the Kings.The Sixers have won four straight games for the first time since January.“That means we’re growing and we’re learning,” Embiid said.J.J. Redick scored 31 points and hit eight 3s in Philly’s win over Indiana on Friday and suddenly seemed worth every bit of the $23 million the Sixers will pay him this season. The Sixers tied a team record against the Pacers with 18 3s.They will need more of that on the road from Redick — and there’s little reason to expect Simmons won’t continue to play like a top candidate for rookie of the year.Simmons had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Pacers for his second triple-double of the season. He joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies with multiple triple-doubles in the first nine career games. Simmons also has five double-doubles.Embiid and Simmons are each averaging at least 18 points and nine rebounds per game and are two of nine NBA players with such averages. The only other pair of teammates on the list is the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.“When everyone’s scoring, doing their thing, I think it’s hard to stop us,” Simmons said.They’re much harder to stop with Embiid in the lineup.Brown and the Sixers would like to try that out on a more regular basis. 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Without Embiid, Philadelphia will be challenged to keep its four-game winning streak alive. The Sixers (5-4) open a nine-day, five-game road with their first winning record in November since 2012 and first time overall since Nov. 13, 2003.Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson and maybe even Jahlil Okafor will get minutes against the Jazz.Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons have made the Sixers an early season surprise, and their record is a boost for a franchise that underwent one of the more painful NBA rebuilding efforts in decades.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Something called “load management.”Oh, Sixers fans think the excuse to sit Embiid is a load of something, for sure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEmbiid hasn’t been hurt in months and has dominated so far, averaging team highs with 20.5 points and 10.1rebounds. His big numbers on the stat sheet finally draw more headlines than his social media posts.Embiid can just about do it all — except shed the “handle with care” sticker the Sixers seemed to have stamped on his uniform. Yes, Embiid has a medical chart as thick as a playbook, but the Sixers have decided to rest him Tuesday against the Utah Jazz as they monitor his number of games and minutes. Embiid has averaged 27.6 minutes and played in eight of nine games. He’ll miss the one four days after the Sixers beat Indiana.last_img read more

Police to Arrest Bush Meat Sellers, Crowded Vehicles

first_imgIn line with measures to combat the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Christina Tah, has with immediate effect authorized the Liberia National Police (LNP), headed, by Police Director, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi, to arrest anyone found with bush meat.Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, July 30, at the Ministry of Justice in Sinkor, the Justice Minister said the police were enforcing the bush meat ban because it has been suspected that bush animals are carriers of the deadly Ebola virus.“The police will confiscate any bush meat to ensure that the Ebola virus is curtailed,” Minister Tah said.The Justice Minister also called on the media to help support the government’s awareness and sensitization campaign to combat the virus. The government cannot solve all of the problems for its people, the Justice Minister said, and called on the media to play a responsible role in combating the disease.“We will arrest anyone who will give wrong Ebola information to the public, as the media is a powerful medium that is to be used to propagate the right messages about the virus that is killing our people, including doctors and other health workers,” she declared.She reminded the public that the Ebola problem remains a national emergency, but that the government is doing all it can to fight the epidemic.Law enforcement officials have also been mandated to closely monitor and regulate the transportation sector. The Ebola virus can be contracted by contact with a carrier’s bodily fluids, to include sweat. Cllr. Tah stated, therefore, that commercial drivers will not be allowed to over-crowd their vehicles, promising to enforce traffic laws to this effect through the Liberia National Police (LNP).The government is also making sure that all borders have Ebola testing equipment in order to get people tested before leaving and entering the country, Minister Tah asserted.“We want to call on the general public to comply with the health workers, who will be carrying on the testing at the various borders. If anyone is  found in misconduct, that person will be arrested and forwarded to the police for further questioning.”At the conference, the Deputy Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, finally admitted that due to increase in Ebola cases among health workers, including deaths, some  hospitals were closing their facilities. Health Ministry officials had previously maintained that health facilities were not closing, but that people had simply stopped going to hospitals out of fear.“The Phebe and C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospitals have closed down due to the absence of health workers and Ebola protective equipment for health practitioners. This is due to the deaths of 28 health workers, including doctors who lost their lives since the outbreak of the virus.”Mr. Nyenswah urged the public to do its part and observe strict sanitation measures such as hand-washing, submitting to medical testing and adhering to other Ebola measures to ensure that they do not contract and spread the epidemic. He said hand gloves must be reserved for health workers and practitioners.Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Isaac Jackson, warned those misinforming the public about Ebola to desist, as the Government will not relent in arresting perpetrators.The Deputy Minister said it was unfortunate that a pastor would use the media to propagate misleading information, describing Ebola as a curse and stating that he (pastor) could bathe with an Ebola patient and not contract it.     The conference brought together officials of government from the security and law enforcement sectors, including the Commissioner of Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Lemuel Reeves; Police Director, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi; and Deputy Police Director for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah, as well as Solicitor General of Liberia, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ross H. MacLean Flyers take fifth in weekend tournament

first_imgThe Flyers first game of the tourney came against Williams Lake where Fort St. John fell 5-1. Nathan Brownlee scored the lone Flyers goal and shots at the end of the contest were 33-27 in favour of Williams Lake.The early struggles continued in the Flyers second game when they took on Terrace. The outcome was 6-2 in favour of Terrace and they also had the advantage in shots 33-16. Goals for the Flyers were scored by Cooper Beamish and Curtis Hammond. The fortunes of the Flyers began to turn with their third game against the Grande Prairie Energetic Services Knights. The Flyers badly outshot the opposition 41-16 but score was a lot closer with a 4-3 Flyers win. Goals were scored by Duncan Ross, Connor Bowie, Connor Kindrat, and Isaac Wagner.- Advertisement -The final game of the round robin came against Quesnel where the Flyers took the game easily by a score of 6-0. Goals came off the sticks of Connor Bowie (2), Curtis Hammond (2), Cooper Beamish, and Connor Kindrat. Jordan Fairlee got the shutout between the pipes. Final shot count was 50-17 in favour of the Flyers.The Flyers skated with Kitimat in the 5th/6th place game and the Flyers dominated throughout. Fort St. John was victorious 7-0 and Tyler McArthur got the shutout. Goals were scored by Logan Kimmie, Nathan Brownlee, Connor Kindrat, Cooper Beamish, and Connor Bowie. Shots in the contest were 38-23 for Fort St. John.The Flyers action will be on Sunday at the Pomeroy Sport Centre when they take on the Whitecourt Wolverines at 9:15 a.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘It’s an absolute joke. Levy out!’ – Tottenham fans slam chairman over Berahino deal

first_img Levy Out signs at Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur have got themselves into another fine mess on Transfer Deadline Day.Four paltry bids for Saido Berahino have gone in and been rejected by West Bromwich Albion as they look for a new striker to give Harry Kane a helping hand.With the deal not going through, the player has taken to Twitter to rant about his treatment at the hands of the Baggies and inform chairman Jeremy Peace he won’t play for the club again.Spurs fans have taken to social media to hit out at their own chairman Daniel Levy for his attitude to transfer and it’s fair to say they aren’t too happy.Check out what they said on Twitter below… 1last_img read more

Guess what Majella O’Donnell did for this marvellous mini company?

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has given one Donegal mini-company the ultimate seal of approval.The broadcaster and mental health advocate was so impressed by a book created by six Royal and Prior students that she ordered not one, but 50 copies.The book, titled “Take One Day At A Time”, is packed with inspiration to promote a positive mindset and well being. The product was developed by a team of Raphoe students who added many quotes alongside beautiful photographs taken throughout Donegal. It also has a section for personal notes and reflection on your day.The students proudly presented a large delivery of 50 copies to Majella O’Donnell recently, who will no doubt be sharing the kind messages within the books.Majella O’Donnell often speaks openly about her own experiences with depression and its daily challenges. She founded the Donegal Mind Wellness charity in 2014 with the simple aim of encouraging people all over Donegal to learn more about looking after their mental health.The charity gave rise to a series of Stress Control programmes run by passionate volunteers available all over Donegal. The “Take One Day At A Time” book is one small step that helps people reflect on each day and on their own mental health. To find out more about the mini company check out www.facebook.com/Take-One-Day-At-a-Time-298412727552671Guess what Majella O’Donnell did for this marvellous mini company? was last modified: February 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMAKING A COLD CALL TO MAKE SURE THE BAGS WERE ON THEIR WAY – PIC PAUL DOHERTY IN ALASKA FOR DONEGALDAILY.COMPIX: PAUL DOHERTY: This is just an update with what has been happening with us.We landed in Fairbanks last night at 11pm, which would have been 7am in Donegal, to realise that our luggage didn’t make it and was still in Paris where we got a connecting flight. This was a major set back for us as Paul had a lot of equipment in the case which he needs for filming… not only that but neither Paul or Denis had a coat in these freezing temperatures!Eventually we had it organized that the bags were to arrive 24 hours later which means they should be here tonight at 11pm which is perfect as we leave Fairbanks to begin the drive early the next morning. After leaving the Airport and on the way to the hotel we had the pleasure of watching the Aurora Borealis, swirling around in the sky, out of the car window the whole way to the hotel and even looking out of the hotel window – talk about a window with a view!Today we had to get a lot of things organized (while still wearing the same clothes from Wednesday!) such as food supplies for the week and survival equipment but we still had time to visit the World Ice Sculpture Championship, which is being held in Fairbanks this week, and we were blown away by the detail and size of the ice sculptures. I have attached a photo of Denis and Leslie sitting in an Ice House.Tomorrow we leave the Hotel at 7am and head to Carlile Transport HQ where we will meet some of the Truckers to give us a bit of advice for traveling this treacherous road, after we meet them we begin the journey. On day one of the trip we hopefully will make it to Coldfoot, which is the half way point and inside the Arctic Circle. After leaving Fairbanks we will have no Phone Coverage or Internet, we have been told there is a pay phone in Coldfoot so we will call back to Donegal then to let everyone know how the first leg of the Journey went.Overall our opinion of Alaska so far is that the people here are very friendly and helpful while the town is very clean and well maintained. Follow us on Facebook to get regular updates www.facebook.com/donegaliceroadtrekkers and Twitter @donegaliceroadThanks again,The Donegal Ice Road Trekkers  HELLO THERE FROM ALASKA – DONEGAL ICE ROAD TREKKERS UPDATE was last modified: March 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HELLO THERE FROM ALASKA – DONEGAL ICE ROAD TREKKERS UPDATElast_img read more

Man wins McElhinney’s voucher in weirdest way!

first_imgPaul Kelly thought he’d chance his arm asking McElhinney’s Facebook page how many likes and shares he’d need to get kitted out for free this Chistmas; they accepted his challenge and he smashed all the goals they gave him! During the week McElhinney’s uploaded the following status; “Ok so we’ve all seen the like/comment/share challenges sweeping Facebook at the moment. Well I had a laugh with Paul Kelly sending us a challenge today. If we can get him to 100 shares, 500 comments, and 1000 likes on this post by October 31st then we will gift Paul a voucher to use in any department he chooses, even Bridal!”Paul’s status has 1,300 likes, over 400 shares, and 540 comments!Well done Paul – enjoy your new kit!Man wins McElhinney’s voucher in weirdest way! was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bridalCHristmasFacebookFunnymc elhinneysPaul KellyVirallast_img read more

Woeful Dodgers misfire

first_img Media: Then why is he being made the scapegoat? Paul: “The difficulties between us existed whether we would have won 71 games or 95 games. I think we’d make the same call regardless of the record.” Media: So if the Dodgers win the NL West again in 2005 we’re still having this conversation? Paul: “The time was now to move on.” When you’ve been around the business for more than three decades, one learns that many people out there don’t need any help hanging themselves. In this case, DePodesta knotted his own cord. Even if you were one of those who found Jim Tracy annoying and believes in DePodesta’s schemes and Hee-Seop Choi, it’s hard to look at DePo’s resume and not conclude the wrong guy got fired. Not because of his system, which relies heavily on certain stats and puts some old baseball truisms into storage. He should have been fired because he’s failed in every other phase of being a G.M. While the Dodgers were leading the NL West in 2004, he made a series of trades that sent very important pieces of the Dodgers out of town, most notably clubhouse leader Lo Duca and Dave Roberts. The Dodgers survived because Jose Lima, Eric Gagne and Robin Ventura kept the club’s morale intact and Tracy massaged a depleted pitching staff. In the offseason, the Dodgers had one obvious priority, retain the key parts of a division winner. It was not DePodesta’s priority. Adrian Beltre? Jose Lima? Steve Finley? Gone. One can say their stats in 2005 give credence to DePodesta, but all three players switched leagues and their stats elsewhere wouldn’t necessarily have been the same if they had remained in L.A. He began rearranging the roster without asking Tracy for any input; he hadn’t even gotten around to offering his manager a new contract. Some CEOs operate this way, and don’t clue middle managers into their plans, but the system doesn’t work in baseball since the manager is steward of the clubhouse for eight months. Then he made bad free agent personnel and contract decisions. He gave Odalis Perez a three-year, $24 million deal, even though his popularity rating in the clubhouse was minus-something. He gave Derek Lowe a four-year deal; no other team was prepared to give him more than three. He gave Drew an $11 million-per-year deal for five seasons, which was one year and $2 million more per than anyone else. Plus, he gave Drew an opt-out clause that is of absolutely no benefit to the franchise. Shades of Kevin Malone. As the Dodgers’ season unraveled in 2005, DePo proceeded to sit on his hands. One key acquisition might have been enough to keep the Dodgers competitive in the worst division in baseball history. Instead, he gave Tracy a gaggle of journeymen and non-prospects that turned into the worst roster in Los Angeles Dodgers history. So why is Paul DePodesta still employed? Because he is less a G.M. as he is a consort for owner Frank McCourt. The Dodgers’ owner said his team would have a competitive $100 million payroll, but the last two seasons have come home in the $85 million range, and that includes money to players who never saw the field. The owner won’t admit it, but his plan from the beginning was to trim the payroll and try to win with less, because he’s cash-shy and he promised Bud Selig he would in exchange for approval to buy the team. That’s why McCourt hired DePodesta, a product of the Oakland system that relies on financial numbers as well as on-base percentage. If the Dodgers’ farm system produces starting players as the brass hopes, there will be at least a half-dozen rookies filling key roles on the team by 2007. The Dodgers’ obligations for 2007 right now stand at $40 million, and two of those players with salaries totaling almost half that figure are candidates to be moved. In McCourt’s fetid dreams, he’s playing with a $60 million payroll in 2007 and contending for a division title. Possible? Sure it is. The Florida Marlins won two World Series titles. But he may have picked the wrong guy to implement it. The bottom line on DePodesta is he’s simply in over his head. If this was just a matter of him beating a computer sim, he’d have a chance. But he’s competing against other G.M.s who have more experience and savvy, and dealing with agents who have snake DNA, and trying to run an organization without understanding that a team is a living, breathing entity and not a computer printout. Next on his plate to break: hiring a new manager. You can immediately dismiss hopes that the Dodgers will aggressively seek an experienced, successful veteran manager, because McCourt doesn’t want to pay the tab. The new guy has three requirements to fulfill: allegiance to DePodesta’s theories, an understanding of McCourt’s long-term, penny-pinching goals, and modest salary need. That’s why Terry Collins and Jerry Royster are candidates. They’re malleable. Jim Tracy is the lucky one. It may hurt that he was fired after posting four winning seasons in five and that he’s gone because of the mistakes of others, but he gets out with his reputation and the opportunity for a managing job elsewhere. Dodgers fans are the ones who are stuck, with McCourt, with DePodesta, with Choi, Jason Repko, Elmer Dessens, Jason Phillips, Oscar Robles ad infinitum nauseum. It makes one wistful for the past. The O’Malley era? At this point, it’s even easy to lament the passing of the Fox era. Bob Keisser can be reached at bob.keisser@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! These sessions are naturally chaotic because one side wants answers and the other wants to avoid giving them, and in this case, DePodesta failed as badly as he did the days he traded Paul Lo Duca, spurned Adrian Beltre and signed J.D. (Just Disabled) Drew to a five-year contract that included his own private wing at Centinela Valley Hospital. Some examples of Paul’s comments and media responses: Evisceration can be fun, as long as you’re not the ones on the cutting end of the sharp objects. This past week provided insight into this when the jackals of the fourth estate — Los Angeles branch, toy division — got their chance to ask Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta why he fired manager Jim Tracy. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Paul: “We decided it was best for both of us. He felt he needed to move on as well.” Media: Didn’t Tracy ask for an extension? Paul: “I won’t get into details on our philosophical disagreements. We just didn’t see eye to eye.” Media: Don’t you think people deserve to know what those differences were?” Paul: “We just weren’t on the same page. I think Jim did a terrific job. We all regret the frustrating way the year has gone. Months ago, I said if anyone is to blame, it’s me, and I still feel that way.” last_img read more

Astronomy Columnist Tackles Naturalism vs. Intelligence

first_imgBob Berman is an unusual columnist for a science magazine.  He’s independent-thinking, unafraid to tackle big questions and criticize powerful institutions, but all the while able to keep a sense of humor.  In his monthly column “Bob Berman’s Strange Universe” in the November issue of Astronomy (p. 10), he took a moment from munching on his hot dog under the moon to think big.  “Astronomy leads us to deep issues,” he began.  “Many are so profound, we can’t even handle them.”  In “Hall of Mirrors,” he nevertheless handled, in his own whimsical way, some of the biggest: quantum theory, consciousness, perception, time, space, and intelligence.Take the question of intelligence lurking throughout the cosmos.  This topic arises when we look for life beneath the martian surface or perform SETI searches.  We assume life is out there, but we don’t know its limits….    Or consider nature itself, which most of us feel is smart.  Yet, it supposedly arose randomly from inert matter.  So we have this universe, which is basically as dumb as gravel.  A few billion years ago, some witless bits of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen slammed together for awhile until out popped Kobayashi – the Japanese competitive eater who devours hot dogs.  How carbon and oxygen atoms should have ever developed a taste for frankfurters is mysterious.  But there you have it, and it probably happened on other worlds, too.  We’re left with a combo plate: Some of the universe is smart, some of it is dumb.  We’re never quite sure where to draw the line.So given that the source of intelligence in the universe is a profound mystery, who does a better job explaining it: scientists, or theologians?  Berman switches the conventional whipping boys:If all this sounds far-out, well, you bet it is – although no more so than the standard model where the universe popped out of nothingness like a jack-in-the-box.  Any way you slice it, the biggest aspects of the cosmos are strange and mysterious.    Religions push back these mysteries by one step, and science, understandably, finds this unhelpful, even if it cannot come to the rescue itself.  We’re left with the stuff no one talks about, the uncle with the facial tic that everyone tries to ignore.    I think mysteries are among the best parts of astronomy, the perfect accompaniments to a starry night.  Scientists love ’em too, as they brilliantly chip away.  It would be nice, however, if cosmologists would put a lid on their arrogant ghetto-talk about their latest theory of everything and admit – just once in a while – that their knowledge is a single snowflake in the blizzard of the unknown.So even though he called it a draw, he reserved his biggest put-down for the standard cosmologists.  No worries, mate: “Me, I’m gonna observe the Moon,” he ended amicably.  “Want a hot dog?”Bob Berman is a rare columnist unafraid to stand up to the big guys in Big Science when he thinks they are a bunch of clueless loudmouths who don’t know what they are talking about (see 10/06/2004).  Bravo.    Is it really adding another step, though, to posit God as the Author of intelligence?  Is it really unhelpful?  This common misconception needs to be put in its place.  Carl Sagan used this in Cosmos as one of his many digs at religion, saying “Why not save a step, and say that the origin of the universe is an unanswerable question?”  Don’t just swallow this line and feel intimidated by it.  It’s time to go on offense:It begs the question that saving a step is a good thing.  Sometimes it is, but not always.  Should a pilot save a step, and skip over his flight checklist?It is not really saving a step.  Materialists have exactly the same problem.  They need a step to explain the origin of the cosmos, so in the place of God, they put a multiverse, nothingness, or their own imaginations.  If anything, they are adding steps if not multiplying them.Omitting a source of intelligence for the cosmos leaves intelligence unexplained.  It is a deficient answer.Supposing that intelligence can arise from non-intelligent matter (Berman’s “dumb as gravel” stuff) has no empirical support.  It is tantamount to ascribing God-like powers to inanimate objects.Skipping the question just because it is mysterious is a cop-out.  This is an arbitrary move in a debate, which spells death to logic.  Deal with it.  Either explain how intelligence arose spontaneously without an intelligent cause, or consider the alternatives honestly, without arrogance.Rational discussion is impossible in a material universe of impersonal, unintelligent particles and forces, because reasoning presupposes the existence of truth and the laws of logic – which are immaterial and unchangeable.  Deny that and your arguments become arbitrary and inconsistent; i.e., you forfeit the debate.In a day when most science reporters and columnists just regurgitate whatever scientists say about everything, it is refreshing to see an exception every once in awhile.  Bob understands the enormity of these questions for religion and philosophy and does not endure arrogant posturing even by the inhabitants of powerful ghettos.  We applaud Mr. Berman for having the guts to call it like he sees it.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more