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Independent Councillor says Green Party are “space-cadets”, as row over Limerick…

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Frankie Daly, Independent. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA Limerick councillor has described the Green Party as “space cadets” over its controversial stance on a €58million road, that Green Party leader and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, has stalled funding for.The Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road which has been planned for the past 14 years is seen as a critical route, opening up the Moyross area to investment opportunities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The parish priest of Moyross, Fr Pat Hogan, who has presided over many funerals of young men from the community who were murdered by drug gangs, has said that in his opinion, any delays to, or detours of the route would jeopardise future jobs and investment in the area.Despite almost €20m already been spent on the route, which was highlighted in 2007 as a critical vein of the Regeneration of Moyross, Minister Ryan has stalled on releasing a further tranche of funds to progress the road for the past four months.Minister Ryan has signalled his preference for investigating developing existing rail links, while Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin has said that options for road and rail should not be mutually exclusive.Independent Limerick councillor Frankie Daly weighed into the controversial debate and described the Greens as “a cult”, and “a bunch of spacers”.“They’re fundamentalists, they’re space cadets, they’re not living in the real world.““They want to consider a new plan, and to to change something that was decided 13 years ago following rigorous planing, design, tendering, environmental impact statements — And, in the final hour you have these spacers, and that’s a polite way to describe them, who ride in like Oisin on a white horse into Tir na nOg,” Cllr Daly said.“All we are short of here is Star Wars, they’re spacers, they are living on another planet.”Fr Pat Hogan said he has no confidence in Minister Ryan and has called for the minister to resign.Minister Ryan has said he is “still considering” the project.“This is about jobs and developing the Moyross region for the future for our children, so they don’t have to leave for Dublin and try to get jobs,” said Cllr Daly.“Lets not forget, we have to keep our local GAA clubs going too, by providing jobs and opportunities for our young people to stay here. Limerick is a beautiful European city – we are not perfect but we have a lot of potential,” he added.Local Green Party councillor Saša Novak Uí Chonchúir, responded: “I have a lot of respect for Frankie because he does make a lot of representations on behalf of local people, but his comments here are ridiculous and purely populist to try to get votes.”“He says we come from cuckoo-land, and I really don’t know how to respond to that, or do I even want to,” she added.An Bord Pleanala, directed on 16th September 2011, that the entire road be built “to facilitate the regeneration, urban development, and future employment opportunities, in the Moyross area”.Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell said the project is protected under an agreement within the framework of a review of the National Development Plan, which states that no existing projects – including the Coonagh-Knockalisheen Road can be frustrated or delayed.“Any question now of not proceeding to complete the entire route as one is not in compliance with this an Bord Pleanala direction/order and contrary to the real commitments given on existing projects as set out in the current Programme for Government,” Deputy O’Donnell said.The Taoiseach has said he will raise the community’s concerns with Minister Ryan. Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebook Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twittercenter_img Previous articlePrivacy issues could foil council efforts to tackle illegal dumpingNext articleOn This Day: Mixed results for Limerick in 2018 League double David Raleigh LimerickNewsIndependent Councillor says Green Party are “space-cadets”, as row over Limerick Road rumbles onBy David Raleigh – February 4, 2021 823 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Millen stunned by Pulis blow

first_img Pulis left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on Friday after reportedly falling out with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfers this summer. Palace had collected just four points from 11 games when Pulis was appointed manager in November but the former Stoke boss instigated a remarkable turnaround. The team finished 11th and 12 points clear of the drop – an achievement that saw Pulis named Premier League manager of the season three months ago. “We’ve lost a great leader of a football club and of men,” said Millen, who has been put in temporary charge for the team’s Barclays Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday. “He likes to control the club and what goes on in the club but he also controls the players. “He’s close to the players, he works them hard, he’s very structured and organised, he’s very single-minded. “He knows what he wants and the players understood that.” Pulis took training with the first-team on Thursday afternoon as normal before meeting Parish in the evening. It was decided there that the pair’s relationship was not sustainable and Millen was informed at 9pm he would take charge of the first team on Saturday. “You can see both sides of the argument,” Millen said. Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen believes the Eagles have lost a “great leader of men” after Tony Pulis’ shock departure from the club. “When you look at the structure of the club overall, there’s been a lot of work done at Selhurst Park and at the training ground. “We’re trying to build a club that can sustain staying in the Premier League. “It’s the balance of spending money on the stadium and trying to strengthen the squad. “Whether that’s been the source of the clash I don’t know but it’s about getting that balance of trying to do both.” The club’s technical coach David Kemp addressed the players on behalf of Pulis on Friday morning, expressing his gratitude for their hard work last season. Millen also took temporary charge of the first team in October after Ian Holloway left and the team picked up four points from four matches while he was at the helm. “When Ian left last time there was a sense that it might happen because the results hadn’t been going well,” Millen said. “There was disappointment when Ian left but also maybe a bit of relief as well because we’d been struggling so much. “This time, on the back of the season we had, it’s shocked the players in a different way. “They want questions answered as well on where we’re going as a club now.” Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been installed as the early favourite to replace Pulis while Tim Sherwood, Neil Lennon and David Moyes are also available. Millen insists he is undecided on whether he would like to be considered but believes the appointment will be made quickly this time around. “The beauty of when Ian left and I took over was the chairman wanted to see what was out there and he was happy with what we were doing in the meantime,” Millen said. “I don’t see it taking so long this time. The timing of it means the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. “We are looking to do more business and it’s important the new manager picks those players.” He added: “I would have thought there won’t be any more players coming in until someone new is appointed. “Ever since I’ve been here the manager has had a big say in the players brought in and we want to get off to a good start so I think the chairman will be very proactive.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Wire to wire Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf title for Birchbank’s Tyler McKay

first_imgHowever, McKay played the afternoon round in one over par to finished the tournament one under par and three shots better than Braden McKay. Moroney finished third in the tour championship and secured top spot for the season in the 17 and 18 year division. Braden McKay was top player in the 15 and 16 year division and Aiden Browell took home the trophy for the 14 and under division. Carson Arcuri from Granite Point was awarded the prestigious Emily Beauchamp Award.  This is given to the player who best demonstrates ability, sportsmanship, dedication and improvement. A number of local juniors will be continuing their competitive schedules very soon.  Tyler and Braden McKay will be attempting to qualify for the US Junior next week.David Launier, Brenan, Tyler, Braden, Carson and Isaac Janzen will all be playing the BC Junior Golf Championships July 2-5 at the Revelstoke July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpuf July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpuf July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpuf July 2 – 5 Revelstoke Golf & Country Club, Revelstoke – See more at: http://www.britishcolumbiagolf.org/competition-rules/championship-schedule-2/#sthash.922wJEJ7.dpufJeff Ashton and Jake Kolodychuk will be playing in the BC Juvenile August 20 – 22 at the Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.. Tyler McKay concluded the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf circuit the way he started – with a victory.The Birchank golfer fired a 1-under-par 107 to edge Brenan Moroney and capture the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf title Sunday at the Balfour Golf Club.The tour championship was originally scheduled to be 36 holes, but was shortened to 27 holes.  McKay opened the day with a first round two under par score of 70, three shots better than Braden McKay’s 73 and nine better than Moroney.  Only Moroney and Braden McKay had a mathematical chance to catch Tyler McKay for Player of The Year. last_img read more

Ice stay close but drop pair at BCMMHL Showcase Weekend

first_img“We were out shot badly but goalie Jason Mailhiot was outstanding for us.”Despite the poor start the game was scoreless until the second when Uy scored his first of two in the game.Greater Vancouver added to the lead with a pair in the third.Sunday, Kootenay once again got behind but this time rallied to cut the margin to 3-2 midway through the second period as Luke Madge and Garrett Patterson scored for the Ice.Kootenay came within a whisker of tying the game when a shot rattled off the crossbar.However, Sami Pharaon scored late in the frame to restore the two-goal advantage for Greater Vancouver.Solomon Burk was solid between the pipes for Kootenay.The Ice return to the ice at home base in Nelson for practice before taking to the road Saturday for a two-game set against the Thompson Blazers in Kamloops.The first home date for Kootenay is Saturday, October 18 against the Valley West Hawks at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Kootenay Ice opened the BC Hockey Major Midget League season on a sour note falling twice during Showcase Weekend to Greater Vancouver Canadians in Richmond.Showcase Weekend, the first of two during the season, has all teams playing at one location, giving junior and college scouts a chance to view prospects.Kyle Uy scored twice for Greater Vancouver Saturday afternoon to lead the Canadians to a 3-0 victory.Sunday, five different players scored to lead the Canadians to a 5-2 win.“We had a poor first game . . . nervous kids possibly,” said Ice assistant coach Brian Jones.last_img read more

Nelson U18 Selects strike gold at Kamloops Slurpee Cup

first_imgThe Nelson Selects overcame a ton of adversity to capture the gold medal at the Slurpee Cup this past weekend in Kamloops.Jaden Dyck scored the only goal in the final to power the Selects to the U18 Boy’s title with a 1-0 win over Chilliwack Attack.“I was especially pleased with this result given that Kamloops is always a high-end, difficult tournament and our group of boys had never previously won a medal there,” said Nelson coach Kerry Dyck.Dyck said the squad banded together after suffering a loss of players due to injury.“We suffered some adversity, with a combination of other commitments and injuries resulting in us being down to only 11 players, and hence no subs, for the final game, which determined the gold medal,” he said. Nelson opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over European Football School.Milo Baranyai-Sheppard scored the only goal in the game for Nelson.The Selects then bounced Mission elite 3-1 on goals by Aaron Abrosimoff, Jaden Dyck and Josh Fogal.The lone blemish came against zone rival Kootenay East as the Cranbrook based squad defeated Nelson 1-0. Kootenay East finished second in the tournament.“The boys really dug deep and rose to the occasion, playing what I felt was their best game of the year, with a solid performance from all 11 and a great team effort,” Dyck said of the final game.Hunter Lloyd, a 16-year-old keeper from Christina Lake, was in goal for the entire tournament for Nelson.Lloyd was thrust into the starting lineup after the Select regular keeper was lost for the season due to a torn rotator cuff.“Hunter, though younger, is a fantastic keeper and we are really appreciative of him playing with us,” said Dyck.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2017)–Unhurried early, heavily favored Calculator was next to last among a field of six older horses with a quarter mile to run and finished gamely at the rail to prevail by a head under Norberto Arroyo in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature, run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Trained by Peter Miller at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, Calculator, who had been away since July 23, got the distance in 1:13.64.“I’m relieved,” said Miller, who sits atop the Santa Anita trainer standings with 24 wins.  “We had a rough ride and a rough trip…The one (pacesetter Cautious Giant, with Corey Nakatani) tried to make it tight (at the rail, the final eighth of a mile).  I think Norberto had ’em measured…Norberto’s strong suit is getting him to relax and finish up and that’s what he did.“He’s had bad feet, so I’d like to give this him a shot to be a good grass horse.  I think this horse could be a top miler on grass.”A close third in the Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes here last March, Calculator was subsequently second, beaten a head in the Grade I, seven furlong Carter Handicap on April 9 at Aqueduct and he was a close second three starts back in the Grade II Churchill Downs on May 7.Off today at 3-5, Calculator paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.Owned by Richard C. Pell, the 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by In Summation improved his overall record to 12-3-4-3 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $483,260.Cautious Giant, who carried both Hawkedon and Aotearoa wide at the dirt crossing three sixteenths of a mile from home, was second best by 2 ¼ lengths over Aotearoa and at 5-1, paid $4.20 and $2.80.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Aotearoa was off at 4-1 and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.41, 45.36 and 1:07.84.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Cambrian Explosion Precursors, or Drops in the Bucket?

first_img1Jun-Yuan Chen et al., “Phosphatized Polar Lobe-Forming Embryos from the Precambrian of Southwest China,” Science 312, 16 June 2006: 1644-1646.2Katherine Unger, “Fossil Embryos Hint at Early Start for Complex Development,” Science 312, 16 June 2006: 1587.The Schopf talk was egregious for claiming Darwin has been vindicated.  For one thing, he gave no clue how microbes exploded into a plethora of complex body plans in the Cambrian.  For another, he guaranteed he cannot see evidence against evolution!  One of his criteria was, “Does it fit with evolution?”  This means that no matter what is found, if it doesn’t fit with evolution, it must be mistaken.  Darwin in, Darwin out.    Bilaterian embryos are too little, too late.  These are just drops in the bucket, in a bucket too large for Darwin to fill.  Read the Paper View article from 04/23/2006 for a detailed account of the problem.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two recent presentations, one in person and one in print, tried to fill in the gap of fossils that led to the explosion of diversity in the Cambrian, known as the Cambrian Explosion (see 04/23/2006 entry).Darwin’s Dilemma Solved?  Dr. J. William Schopf (UCLA), renowned discoverer of Precambrian microfossils, triumphantly announced the solution to “Darwin’s Dilemma” at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a slide presentation to scientists 06/14/2006.  He showed examples of cyanobacteria, stromatolites (see 03/22/2006) and carbon isotope anomalies.  All these, however, showed evidence for microbes, not the complex body plans that burst on the scene in the Cambrian.  Moreover, he showed fossil cyanobacteria dated as 3.5 billion and 1.5 billion years old alongside modern species that looked identical; he even speculated that their biochemistry was probably the same.Bilateral Split:  Fossil embryos with “polar lobes” characteristic of bilaterians (animals with two-sided symmetry) were reported in Science this week from Precambrian deposits in China.1  Though simple microscopic bundles of 3-5 cells, the authors claim, “these fossils imply that lobe formation is an ancient evolutionary device, and that the general strategy of precocious blastomere specification still used in most bilaterian groups was extant at least 40 million years before the Cambrian.”  Katherine Unger wrote in the same issue2 that “Some scientists are reluctant to give the fossils their unequivocal endorsement.”  No adult forms were found; some speculate they could represent an extinct lineage of early bilaterians.last_img read more

Preprocessed Sound Produces Tone Map in the Brain

first_imgMost of us know that our ears involve three domains: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.  We learned in school how the eardrum transmits the sound to tiny bones that transmit it to fluid in the cochlea, which stimulates hair cells that send the impulses down the auditory nerve to the brain.  What happens after that?  Scientists know surprisingly little, reported Andrew J. Kinga and Jan W. H. Schnupp in Current Biology,1 but are beginning to find out.  “Research on the auditory cortex is at an exciting stage,” they said as they shared some of the current knowledge about how the brain hears sound.    The article mentions nothing about the origin of hearing by evolution or design.  It begins, though with this accolade for the sensitivity and complexity of the system:Recognizing other people, animals or objects by the sound they make is something that most of us take for granted.  In fact, this ability relies on a series of rich and complex processes that begin when sounds are transduced into electrical signals by the exquisitely sensitive hair cell receptors that lie inside the cochlea of the inner ear.  These messages are then encoded as volleys of action potentials by the axons of the vestibulo-cochlear nerve and transmitted via a complex chain of nuclei in the brainstem, midbrain and thalamus towards the auditory cortex (Figure 1A),* where the interpretation and recognition of sounds is thought to take place.  Compared to other sensory systems, in which information reaches the cortex more directly, auditory signals are heavily pre-processed by the time they arrive at the cortex, and, in many animal species, this subcortical processing can mediate quite complex auditory tasks. *A diagram of the auditory cortex regions in the brains of rhesus monkey and catThe pre-processing is so extensive, in fact, that they “wonder what is left for the auditory cortex to do.”  Quite a lot is the answer.  We get clues from studies of people with brain damage to the auditory cortex, which can result in “severe hearing loss, at least temporarily, and an inability to recognize complex sounds or to pinpoint sound source locations,” they continue.  “Auditory cortex thus plays a crucial role in hearing, but how it does this is still very poorly understood.”  One thing is known: each sense “maps” the incoming information onto the brain:A common feature of the primary cortical areas in different sensory systems is that they contain topographic representations or maps of the appropriate receptor surface.  Thus, neighbouring neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1) receive inputs from adjacent parts of the retina in the eye, which results in the presence of a map of the visual world across the surface of the cortex.  Similarly, each region of the skin is represented in a different part of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), producing a cortical map of the body surface.  The same principle applies in the auditory system, except that hair cells located at different points along the length of the cochlea are tuned to different sound frequencies rather than to different locations in space.  The topographically organized projection from the thalamus to the primary auditory cortex (A1) therefore gives rise to a ‘tonotopic’ map of sound frequency.These cortical regions for different senses appear so similar, in fact, it raises the question of whether one could substitute for the other.  To some degree, in fact, this appears to be the case.  Experiments with “rewiring” ferret brains showed that the auditory cortex could, after a fashion, “see” what was coming through the eyes.  We all know how the deaf can read Braille, and some blind people have been given devices that allow them to “see” through their skin.  Then there is the phenomenon called synesthesia, in which some people “taste” color or “smell” sound.  We each experience some of these mixed cues while falling asleep or dreaming.  The parts are not completely interchangeable, however.  The visual cortex appears optimally organized for sensing motion, while the auditory cortex appears to work as “linear filters of the acoustic stimulus,” detecting edges of frequencies instead of edges of moving objects.    The auditory neurons are more than simple filters.  Kinga and Schnupp describe how they can adapt to the circumstances:A number of studies have now shown that the response properties of A1 neurons can change over different time scales, indicating that they are sensitive to the context in which stimuli are presented.  This plasticity allows the filter properties of the neurons to be rapidly retuned according to the stimuli that have occurred previously and the task that is being performed.  These findings have important consequences for the way in which combinations of different sounds are represented in the cortex and argue against the presence within A1 of an invariant representation of the physical features of sound sources.They next describe how portions of the auditory cortex seem to respond to specific properties of sound, like the controls on an oscilloscope: “response threshold, dynamic range and shape of response-level functions, sharpness of frequency tuning, sensitivity to frequency modulation, and the type of binaural interaction exhibited by the neurons” (i.e., differences in the data coming from the left and right ears).  This information is mapped onto the brain.  Sounds of a certain frequency, for instance, might form an “isofrequency contour” with intensity orthogonal to it.  It’s more complex than that, though: “more recent studies have characterized the interactions between the ears in more detail and shown that they are organized into smaller clusters, rather than continuous bands of neurons with similar properties.”    Another aspect of the brain’s interpretation of sound is “division of labor.”  Researchers have found areas outside the auditory cortex involved in the perception of pitch, and other areas involved in processing spatial orientation of sound.  These areas are not distinct, however, and some overlapping of function occurs; “it is possible that this segregation of function relates more to differences in how information is processed than to clear categorical distinctions in what is processed there.”    Another interesting finding involves the two-way communication of the brain and the ear.  Sound is not just dropped off at the brain’s doorstep like a postal package.  The brain talks back to the ear and tells it what to focus on.  Surprisingly, the brain replies more than it listens:As in other sensory systems, the auditory thalamus receives a massive descending projection, with four times more inputs arising from the cortex than from the ascending pathways.  Cortical neurons also innervate the midbrain as well as various targets in the brainstem, nuclei that do not have direct access to the cortex, indicating that their influence on subcortical processing is likely to be very pervasive.Thus, auditory inputs, after processing by the brain, set off a massive response of signals to the ears and other parts of the body.  Think of how your body responds to a loud sound like a gunshot.  You might start breathing faster, your head will turn, and your adrenaline may flow – all before you even consciously take any action.  That’s what these “corticofugal” signals trigger.  But they might also send messages back to the ears to filter out unwanted information.  The constant hum of a motor, for instance, or the sound of a passing train – while detected by the ears – is effectively shut off by the brain that has learned that these inputs are uninteresting during work or sleep:These findings have led to the suggestion that corticofugal axons may be involved in selectively filtering information in the midbrain and thalamus, which may enable us to pay particular attention to certain aspects of our auditory environment while ignoring others.  This, in turn, would lead to an enhanced representation of stimuli that are frequently encountered or of particular significance, and could trigger longer-term, use-dependent plasticity.That last sentence indicates we can train our ears to hear things.  Hope, perhaps, for the tone-deaf?  Or for husbands who don’t pay attention?  Practice makes perfect – maybe even perfect pitch.  In closing, Kinga and Schnupp remark that these are exciting times for research on the brain and hearing.  Scientists continue to watch what happens to different parts of the brain when selected auditory “probes” are used.A better understanding of the transformations that take place from the thalamus to the cortex and between different cortical fields will shed light on the extent to which the processing of biologically important information is parsed into parallel functional streams.  At the same time, elucidating the functions and mechanisms of action of the many descending corticofugal projections will provide insights into both the dynamic coding of information throughout the auditory pathway and the role of the cortex itself.  Finally, a complete description of how the auditory cortex works also has to take into account how inputs from other sensory modalities – now known to be widespread in the temporal lobe – as well as cognitive factors, such as attention and memory, influence the activity of its neurons.1Andrew J. Kinga and Jan W. H. Schnupp, “Primer: The auditory cortex,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 7, 3 April 2007, pages R236-R239.Philosophers have a field day with information like this.  Are we really hearing what is “out there” in the world?  We say that we “hear” a Beethoven symphony, but in reality, there is catgut scraping on horse hair, vibrations of air columns in tubes, impacts of cotton on stretched plastic or metal on metal, and other physical activity generating pressure waves in gas (the air).  By the time the eardrum has sympathetically vibrated and sent these pressure waves through the bones and fluids and nerves, a great deal of preprocessing has occurred.  Then, the brain is effectively shutting out what it doesn’t care to hear, either consciously or by habit.  A “trained ear” is going to hear much more out of the performance than someone unfamiliar with the nuances of music.    Similarly, what do we know about things heard in conversation?  We cannot get “outside our head” to truly connect with someone else’s thoughts and feelings.  My thought has to be modulated through a voice and tongue (with feedback from my ears modulating the pitch and intensity of my words) to set up pressure waves, which your ear picks up and manipulates before your auditory cortex sends it to your conscious mind – and vice versa.  We all know people who tune in and tune out of a conversation or lecture.  We find ourselves doing it, too.  We joke about things going “in one ear and out the other.”  The amusing line sums up the problem: “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”    This filtering and processing happens in all our senses, individually and in concert.  To what extent, then, can we know anything outside of our minds as it “really is”?  Interesting questions – with no simple answers.  It’s what leads some philosophers to become solipsists (“only I exist”) and others to become realists, trusting that our senses provide reliable representations of reality, while other philosophers camp on a variety of positions in between.  We know how realistic dreams can seem, complete with sounds, sights and physiological responses.  Exercise: try proving that you are not just a brain in a vat, with someone sending you impulses from an elaborate program called “This is your life.”    Enough of that.  Assuming a degree of realism and trustworthiness of our senses, we are at the threshold of understanding the mental processes involved in hearing.  As if the ears themselves were not remarkable enough, what the brain does after receiving the nerve impulses remains a vast uncharted territory.  We have just the first glimpses of what is going on in the black box.  All that these two authors have described, though, still involves the physical – the midbrain, the auditory cortex, the thalamus.  Above that is an additional layer we call “consciousness” (as if giving it a name confers understanding).  How these layers upon layers of complexity interact to give us a life that is simultaneously physical, mental, emotional and spiritual is a puzzle whose sophistication is underscored by each attempt to tease out the details.  This is irreducible complexity to the extreme.    That is why we think it is essential to be reminded daily of the details under the hood of life.  Every time someone comes along claiming that something as elaborate as hearing emerged out of deaf chemicals by mistake, through long processes of purposeless, directionless, disinterested collisions of matter, you can ask some probing questions.  Hold up a head-shaped rock next to his head, and ask him what’s the difference in response when pressure waves impinge on the two shapes?  Read this article to him.  If he refuses to listen, you can say to the rock, he who has ears to hear, let him hear.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Philippines scores gold in lawn bowls men’s fours

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The PH athletics team had a late gold-medal spurt Wednesday to save the Philippines’ campaign from a goldless day. The team composed of Emmanuel Portacio, Curte Robert Guarin, Leoncio Carreon Jr., and Ronald Lising bested host Malaysia 16-14 in the championship round. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThailand, meanwhile, took home the bronze in the men’s fours. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Unlike its fate on Wednesday, the Philippines pinned down a gold medal early on Thursday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. The Filipinos struck gold in the men’s fours event of the lawn bowls tournament in Kuala Lumpur for the country’s 11th medal so far. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

McCarthy, Yanks Tame Tigers, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Brandon McCarthy has been a steady presence in the New York Yankees’ rotation since his arrival in a trade with Arizona. Still, he knew the stakes were even higher against Max Scherzer and the AL Central-leading Tigers.McCarthy won his fourth start in a row with a gritty effort, and the Yankees took the first of three straight matchups against Detroit’s Cy Young Award winners, beating the Tigers 2-1 the night of Aug. 4.“This is a chance to step up against one of the best and to make our own mark,” McCarthy said. “It’s on me to do my part to kick in, especially against a tough team and Max.”Brian McCann hit an RBI single and Jacoby Ellsbury had a sacrifice fly in the third, an inning in which the Tigers saved several runs with fine fielding.McCarthy (4-0) allowed five hits and an unearned run in 5 2-3 innings. The Yankees have won each of his five starts since being acquired July 6. Using a sharp curveball, he threw a season-high 116 pitches and struck out eight, including all three in the second when Victor Martinez led off with a double and Detroit loaded the bases.“He’s been huge for our rotation,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s come over here and pitched about as well as you could.” David Robertson was perfect in the ninth for his 30th save.Scherzer (13-4) gave up nine hits over seven innings in losing for the first time since June 17, a span of eight starts. The reigning AL Cy Young winner yielded two runs in the third, but it could’ve been much worse.With the bases loaded, Ellsbury sent a deep drive to center field. Ezequiel Carrera, promoted from Triple-A last week after Austin Jackson was traded in the deadline deal that sent David Price to Detroit, made a long run before diving back toward the wall. Fully extended, Carrera made the catch and slid on his stomach onto the warning track.“That looked like it had a chance to give us a much bigger lead,” Girardi said. “That was an unbelievable play by Carrera.”Carrera was making his first start in center field for Detroit. “Very happy,” Carrera said through a translator. “Being aggressive is what helped me make the play and that is what I am trying to do here with the team.”Ian Kinsler made two nice plays at second base in the third and had an RBI single in the fifth after Eugenio Suarez reached on third baseman Martin Prado’s throwing error.On Aug. 5, Price the 2012 AL Cy Young winner, will make his Tigers debut. He’ll be followed by 2011 winner Justin Verlander.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more