Month: May 2021

Donaldson two behind Sordet in Thailand

first_imgCHONBURI, Thailand – Clement Sordet of France produced an unblemished 9-under-par 63 to steal the lead from Jamie Donaldson of Wales by two strokes after the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship on Saturday. Sordet made seven birdies and eagled the par-5 15th hole for the outright lead, his first on the Asian Tour. Sordet turned pro this year after graduating from university in the United States, and usually competes on the European Tour’s second-tier Challenge Tour. ”I just stayed patient, but honestly I had no idea I was 9-under at the end,” he said. ”So, 9-under, I’m pretty happy about it.” Donaldson, leading since the opening round, began the day with a two-shot lead but fell two behind and clung on to second place. He mixed in six birdies, three bogeys, and a double bogey on the par-4 12th to submit a 1-under 71 and a three-day total of 14-under 202. ”I was cruising. Playing not great but doing enough until 12, which was a killer,” Donaldson said. ”Tomorrow’s another day, and I just have to get off to a quick start. I’ve done enough to stay in the tournament – I’m still in it.” Defending champion Lee Westwood was in contention for a third title at Amata Spring Country Club after carding 64 to be 13 under for the tournament, three off the lead. He was alone in third place. ”I was confident and in control, and it has got to do with being on a course which I’ve won twice before,” Westwood said. ”I hit it close a lot, and I played with a new putter. It feels a lot more stable, and I’m rolling the ball quite nicely with it.” Another stroke behind in fourth was European Tour rookie of the year Byeong-hun An of South Korea (68). Tied for fifth, five shots off the pace, were 2013 champion Sergio Garcia (70), and last year’s runner-up, Martin Kaymer (72).last_img read more

USGA needs to address video review

first_imgOAKMONT, Pa. – Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open Sunday in a stylistic tour de force. He put on one of the great displays of driving in the history of this championship, blasting his way through Oakmont’s formidable defenses and maybe even more impressively through all the doubts and uncertainties that his past failures on major championship stages created. Johnson won spectacularly, and it’s just a shame we had to watch his virtuoso performance through the fog of angst and confusion the USGA created in the middle of the round. It’s frustrating we couldn’t fully appreciate just how masterful Johnson’s triumph was without the USGA clouding our view in a way that threatened to compromise the integrity of the competition. That’s the shame of how the final round unfolded. The USGA allowed the final seven holes to be played with the competitors, gallery and television audience uncertain the scoreboard was correct. Based on a video review, the rules committee decided to wait until after the round to rule on whether Johnson should be assessed a one-stroke penalty for causing his ball to move over a putt in violation of Rule 18-2. The putt in question came back on the fifth green. U.S. Open: Full-field scores | Live daily blog | Photo gallery The Rules of Golf are devised to protect the integrity of the game, but this was a quintessential example of how the integrity of perfectly good rules can be undermined by the manner and timeliness of their enforcement. The ancient game has a complicated problem in this age of video review and the ruling bodies need to think through a fix. Before moving on with this point, let’s get this straight, Johnson’s triumph was not diminished by the near fiasco the USGA created. The fact that he was so undaunted through it all makes his performance all the more impressive. He deserves our highest praise. The problem Sunday was video review and how it is used in golf to enforce the rules. Video review helps other sports “get it right” in reviewing calls. Too often, video review makes golf feel like it’s “getting it wrong.” Never was that more the case than here at Oakmont. After Johnson saw his ball move as he prepared to putt at the fifth green, he called in a referee. Under the old Rule 18-2b, a player was automatically assessed a penalty if his ball moved after he addressed it. Under new Rule 18-2, the player is penalized one stroke only if facts show the player caused the ball to move. Johnson noticed the movement after taking a couple practice swings to the side of the ball and soling his club. He noticed it move as he began to lift his putter behind the ball, but he did not believe he touched the ball or caused it to move. The referee he consulted found no cause to apply a penalty. As Johnson played on, USGA managing director of rules and competition Jeff Hall and senior director of rules Thomas Pagel reviewed video of what happened. “As a committee, when we viewed the tape, we looked at it and said `Given the timing of his actions, it was more likely than not that Dustin was the cause of the movement,” Pagel said. The application of the new rule is complicated, but the short explanation is the committee doesn’t have to be 100 percent certain a player caused the ball to move. In fact, it merely needs “the weight of evidence” to indicate the player caused the ball to move. The problem here isn’t really in the assessment of the penalty. It’s in the USGA going to Johnson at the 12th tee to discuss the issue but then leaving without a ruling. “It was clear we needed a further conversation, and the 12th tee did not seem to be the right place for that,” Hall said. So the USGA decided to wait for a more thorough review with Johnson after the round. “We put him on notice that based on the action we saw, he could have caused the ball to move,” Hall said. So Johnson played on knowing he could be assessed a one-shot penalty. Pagel said the rules staff also then began informing other players on the course that they were “reviewing a situation” with Johnson “that could cause him a one-stroke penalty.” So as Johnson left the 12th tee, he wasn’t certain if he was 5 under or 4 under. He wasn’t certain if he was one shot ahead of Shane Lowry or tied for the lead. The rest of field wasn’t certain, either. That matters immensely. It matters in how Johnson plays strategically, in how those chasing him play. It matters in how aggressively or conservatively both he and his fellow competitors should play. That’s where the integrity of the competition is impugned. Imagine the Pittsburgh Steelers down the road from Oakmont driving for a late score not knowing if they need a touchdown or field goal to win because they’re not sure the scoreboard is right. Imagine fans not knowing exactly what they’re cheering for. “This isn’t right for anyone on the golf course,” Rory McIlroy tweeted. “If it was me, I wouldn’t hit another shot until this farce was rectified.” Jordan Spieth was just as indignant. “This is a joke,” he said. After Johnson finished, the USGA did meet with him again and did decide to assess a one-stroke penalty. Johnson made sure it didn’t matter building himself a cushion. There’s no intent here to say the USGA rules staff wasn’t trying to do the most honorable thing. “At the end of the day, it’s about getting it right,” Hall said. But that’s the big problem for golf with video review. If you wait too long to get it right, did you really get it right? They don’t wait until the game’s over to review a call in the NFL or Major League Baseball or in the NBA. Golf’s different, but it’s not that different. The integrity of the game hangs in the balance when you wait until it’s too late to get a call right. Golf is too often too late when it comes to catching violations on video review. It’s time to fix that so we can more fully appreciate the tour de force efforts of today’s best players.last_img

Phil highlights FedExCup bubble boys at BMW

first_imgLAKE FOREST, Ill. – There’s a trophy at stake at the BMW Championship, a nice piece of silver that will look great in pictures and, in all likelihood, will belong to Marc Leishman by Sunday night. But whether or not the Aussie converts his five-shot lead, another tournament will play out in a different section of the high-definition leaderboards lining Conway Farms Golf Club. Each stop along the FedExCup Playoffs brings with it a bubble watch, but nowhere is the cut more dramatic than here. Players talk all season long about hoping to make it to the season-ending Tour Championship and giving themselves a shot at a $10 million bounty. In the case of Phil Mickelson, it could provide a satisfying conclusion to a tumultuous year. Mickelson hasn’t made it to East Lake since 2013, and earlier this season it appeared he would end that drought with ease. The southpaw continued his winless run but amassed a string of high finishes, stockpiling points along the way. But then he switched caddies, and missed the cut in the season’s final two majors. Suddenly Mickelson entered this week’s event outside the bubble at No. 34, still with work to do. Saturday’s round served as a bit of a microcosm for Mickelson, as he raced out with three birdies over his first six holes to move comfortably inside the top-30 projections. He then played his next 12 holes in 2 over and watched his name drift back to the wrong side of the bubble. “It was a little disappointing,” Mickelson said. “I’ve got a good round in me. [I’m] playing too well not to go out and shoot a number and get in the top 10 to make it to next week.” Mickelson will start the final round in a tie for 15th, 32 projected points behind Gary Woodland, who clings to the 30th and final spot. He will be one of several players whose postseason fates will be determined by the permutations of the final-round leaderboard. Some will stay glued to the standings with each projected change – but not Mickelson. BMW Championship: Articles, video and photos Current FedExCup Playoff points standings “I just kind of set a number,” he said. “I know I’ve got to shoot probably 4, 5 under par. Like I said, I’m playing well enough to do that with ease. I let a lot of shots slide today.” The final-round stakes extend far beyond a bigger piece of the prize pool in Atlanta. Make it to East Lake and you’re in the first three majors of 2018, not to mention the WGC-Mexico Championship. It’s an enticing prospect for rookie Mackenzie Hughes, who has worked his way from 31st to 24th in the projected standings through three rounds, as well as Patrick Cantlay, who started the year on a major medical extension but will still tee off Sunday inside the top 30. But young and old, the benefits of making the season’s final event are unmistakable. “If you’re in the top 30, your schedule is just different,” said Stewart Cink. “You’re just in all the tournaments you want to be in, and you can look ahead to things.” Cink knows full well the spoils of making the Tour Championship. He was there each of the first three years of the FedExCup, and the former Georgia Tech standout relished an opportunity to play in front of partisan crowds. But he hasn’t been back since 2009. Now 44 years old and eight years removed from his last win, Cink bogeyed the final two holes of his third round to drop from inside the projected top 30 to No. 44. So there’s work to be done, but he’s not shying away from the stakes. “There’s no point in trying to hide from it, because there’s no way you’re not going to see it or hear it, or something’s going to alert you to it. And then what are you going to do?” Cink said. “You can’t un-know it or un-hear it. So I don’t think it’s appropriate to try to ignore it. You have to embrace it.” It’s an interesting dynamic here in the season’s penultimate event. The top 20 or so players have already booked hotels for Atlanta, while most of those who started the week outside the top 50 know full well that they are heading into their final competitive round until next season. But for the handful of players in the middle, those with realistic aspirations of either staying inside the top 30 or crashing the party at the last minute, there’s everything still to play for and only 18 holes left to make a move. “Where I am, and the season so far and my career, and my age and all that stuff, I’ve got nothing to lose except to go out there and try to go all out tomorrow,” Cink said. “One good round might just be enough to get me in the Tour Championship.”last_img read more

Olesen in good shape to make Ryder Cup team

first_imgAARHUS, Denmark – Thorbjorn Olesen was in a strong position to secure the final qualifying spot on Europe’s Ryder Cup team despite making the cut on the number at the Made In Denmark event on Friday. Only a victory for Matthew Fitzpatrick or Eddie Pepperell can deny Olesen the last automatic spot in the Europe team via the world points list, but the English players were far off the lead after the second round at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club. Pepperell shot a 3-under 69 and was 5 under overall, eight strokes behind leader Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa. Fitzpatrick shot 68 and was a stroke further back. Full-field scores from the Made in Demark They both need big weekends in central Denmark to deny Olesen a first-ever Ryder Cup appearance under the captaincy of his compatriot, Thomas Bjorn. The biggest 36-hole deficit made up by a winner this season is nine shots, by Alex Noren at the French Open. ”It will take a silly low weekend,” said Fitzpatrick, who made his Ryder Cup debut in 2016 at Hazeltine. ”If I could shoot a couple of 64s then I would have a chance.” Olesen shot 69 and made the weekend on the cut mark at 2-under 142. ”I feel like I am very close to shooting a low number,” Olesen said, ”and playing the way I have been for the last three months or so.” Bezuidenhout made eight birdies in a 65 that left him on 13 under, tying Bradley Dredge’s tournament record after 36 holes. Bezuidenhout was two strokes ahead of Ryder Cup vice-captain Lee Westwood (65) and first-round leader Jonathan Thomson (69).last_img read more

‘Part-time’ player shares lead in Malaysia, with Els three back

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Former champion Marcus Fraser and Nacho Elvira turned in 7-under-par 65s for the joint lead of the Maybank Championship after the opening round on Thursday. A shot behind were Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, Angelo Que of the Philippines, and Matthias Schwab of Austria. Thomas Pieters of Belgium was two shots behind on 67 after he eagled the par-5 first hole. Fraser won the inaugural event in 2016, his third and last European Tour victory, and by his own admission the Australian has become a ”part-time” player. But he was in fine form in humid conditions at Saujana Golf and Country Club with eight birdies and a bogey. ”[Golf] doesn’t mean as much as it used to,” Fraser said. ”When you’ve got that mindset it probably helps. I was more surprised than anyone going out there and shooting seven under.” Full-field scores from Maybank Championship By coincidence, Elvira’s sole bogey was on the same hole as Fraser’s, the 14th. Elvira is coming off a tie for second at the Qatar Masters. Que was on track to be the first-round leader after he cashed in nine birdies in his opening 11 holes, but the Filipino’s fiery start was hampered by double bogeys on holes 15 and 16. ”I thought I was dreaming when I got to 9 under after 11 holes,” Que said. ”You try not to think too much and get ahead of yourself by ignoring it and keep playing.” Schwab, seeking a first professional win, was pleasantly surprised to find himself high up the leaderboard. ”I went into the day not expecting a whole lot, just going shot by shot, and it turned out to be a 66 which I am happy about,” Schwab said. ”It’s my first time here, the greens are really good.” Four-time major winner Ernie Els was at 4 under, and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington, making his usual tour start in Malaysia, was at 2 under.last_img read more

Don’t let 2012 fool you: Kiawah is no pushover

first_imgKIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – One could be easily fooled into thinking that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is on the softer side of the major-championship scales based on the last time the PGA Championship visited the tony enclave. Back in 2012 when the seaside gem last hosted a major championship, Rory McIlroy made the place look like a pitch-and-putt. The Northern Irishman finished at 13 under for a tournament-record eight-stroke victory that somehow included a second-round 75. He was first in driving distance, scrambling and was 13th in greens in regulation. He made it look easy – too easy – when the truth is that the Ocean Course ranked as the second-toughest course on the PGA Tour in 2012 behind only The Olympic Club, which hosted the U.S. Open. Five of the final nine holes at Kiawah ranked among the season’s top 50 toughest, and while McIlroy was ridiculously dominant, consider that David Lynn, who finished alone in second place, ended at 5 under, which was more than seven-and-a-half shots better than the field average. “There’s just parts on the golf course where me as a player felt more comfortable than other parts on the golf course. Rory is obviously feeling at ease on the whole of the golf course. That’s good golf,” Lynn said at the time. Golf Central PGA Championship 101: Guide to the major BY Golf Channel Digital  — May 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about the PGA Championship, the second major of the year. It’s likely not going to be a great comfort to any of the 156 players who have converged on this slice of the Lowcountry for the PGA Championship that the 2012 edition of the Ocean Course was, at least in theory, a more user-friendly version than what they’ll play this week. That PGA Championship was played in August, when the course generally plays much softer thanks to the ubiquitous afternoon thunderstorms that roll through the area like the one that halted play on that Saturday. If this week’s forecast holds, there won’t be any relief. The rain probability drops to zero percent starting on Thursday with temperatures in the mid-70s for most of the tournament. The bigger issue will be the winds that regularly buffet the layout with gusts to 15 mph predicted for Friday and Saturday. It will be those winds, which are forecast to sift throughout the week, that’ll likely complicate things based on conventional wisdom. PGA Championship: Tee times | Full coverage Jordan Spieth has never played the Ocean Course, but based on most assessments, he described it as a “second-shot” layout. “I hear it’s a second-shot golf course with a lot of blind shots off the tee,” he said Sunday before leaving Dallas. “I’m just going to need to be sure we get a lot of information in our practice rounds about what line to take off the tee, and from there I feel like iron shots in the wind and controlling distances is a strength of mine, and hopefully that’s what it comes down to.” Spieth estimated he will spend most of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday getting a feel for the layout and how the wind will impact certain shots. Statistically, it’s probably more accurate to call the Ocean Course a mid- to long-iron test based on how long it can play because of the sea breeze which robs players of valuable distance. And it’s already really long: a major-record 7,876 yards this week. News & Opinion PGA: Kiawah’s Ocean Course, hole by hole BY Associated Press  — May 15, 2021 at 2:18 PM A hole-by-hole look at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, site of the 103rd PGA Championship to be played May 20-23. McIlroy remembered his record-setting week in 2012 a little differently. Although he acknowledged how well he hit his driver, it was a sublime short game that he recalls most fondly. “I’ve watched a couple of videos back over the last few weeks of that, just sort of trying to refamiliarize myself with the course a little bit. I chipped and putted so well that week. I mean, that’s the one thing I remember,” McIlroy said earlier this month. “I got it up and down a lot and my chipping and putting was really good.” McIlroy was also something of a different player a decade ago. He was young, fearless and overpowered a course many thought couldn’t be overpowered. “I was probably maybe a little more one dimensional, but it was a very consistent move. I hit this big swooping draw all the time, but it was consistent,” he said. “I’m probably a little more versatile now, I probably have a few more shots in the locker, it’s just a matter of choosing those shots correctly and hitting them at the right times.” Whether that “locker” is on full display this week remains to be seen, but regardless of how he, or anyone else, makes it look, the Ocean Course won’t be easy.last_img read more

Variant Genetic Codes — Another Reason Biologists Are Thinking Twice

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Share Intelligent Design Variant Genetic Codes — Another Reason Biologists Are Thinking TwiceDavid [email protected]_klinghofferApril 16, 2017, 1:02 AM I wish all our Christian readers a wonderful Easter. For your enjoyment: our Discovery Institute colleagues Brian Miller and Paul Nelson had a really fascinating conversation about failed predictions of the theory of universal common ancestry. Listen to it here, or download the ID the Future podcast here.Dr. Nelson observes a pattern where until recently, evolutionary biologists protected common descent against the evidence of its own inadequacy. He gives as one example variant genetic codes — something that ought not to be possible under the standard picture of a single tree of life.As challenges accumulate to the Darwin Tree, biologists are thinking twice — not necessarily to embrace non-Darwinian paradigms such as intelligent design, but subjecting this particular pillar of evolutionary thinking to new skepticism.Questioned by Dr. Miller, Dr. Nelson, superbly lucid as ever, outlines the implication for the evolution debate.Photo: DNA represented in maize, by Jason Wallace (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos TagsBrian MillerDarwin TreeDNAgenetic codeID the FuturePaul Nelson,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Mancenter_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share 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 Recommended Evolution “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more

Weikart, Medved: Getting to the Bottom of “Hitler’s Religion”

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man You think Adolf Hitler is dead? In a physical sense, yes, but he lives on in ludicrous comparisons that political and cultural partisans seem unable to stop themselves from making. Is there a prominent person, idea, or fact that you really don’t like? He or it must be like Hitler, like Hitlerism, or like the Holocaust.Example? Atheists and others in the media point to Hitler’s nominal Catholic upbringing and to a few self-serving public statements he made as evidence that he was a believing Christian. Hence, goes this way of thinking, the Nazi takeover of Germany is a crime that can be blamed on the Christian faith. The comparison between Nazi and Christian thought fails in so many way that I wouldn’t know where to start in listing them. Yet foes of religion will not desist from this particular talking point.Was Hitler a Christian?When you get down to the bottom of it, what’s the truth? Was Hitler in any meaningful sense a “Christian”? Historian Richard Weikart talks about the question with host Michael Medved on a new episode of Great Minds with Michael Medved, from Discovery Institute. You’ll find it up now at the Great Minds website in both audio and video versions.Weikart is a Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellow and professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus. His most recent book is Hitler’s Religion, which explains that Hitler is most accurately classed as a pantheist, someone who identifies an impersonal God, not the God of the Bible, with the laws and glories of Nature.An Aryan IconProfessor Weikart mentions, fascinatingly, that some Nazis did in fact attempt to incorporate the historical figure of Jesus as an Aryan icon, whose teachings were spoiled by the “Jewish rabbi” Paul. How to reconceptualize Jesus as something other than a born Jew? Nazis theorized that Galilee by the 1st  century had been Hellenized, so Jesus’ mother had a Greek “racial” background. Meanwhile, they said, his father was a Roman soldier. As Hitler believed, the rise of the Greek and Roman civilizations could only have been fueled by the energies of the racially superior Aryans. Hence Jesus, part Greek and part Roman, was an Aryan. That’s absurd, but as I said, fascinating. Where else would you go to learn such things?One great value of the Great Minds podcast series is that it allows serious and original thinkers like Weikart and Medved to step back and reconsider the shallow, easy answers to important questions that the media are often satisfied with. Check out the Great Minds website for past podcasts and please consider donating to keep this fine series going strong! Recommended Culture & Ethics Weikart, Medved: Getting to the Bottom of “Hitler’s Religion”David [email protected]_klinghofferSeptember 13, 2018, 4:18 AM TagsAdolf Hitleranti-SemitismAryansCalifornia State University StanislausCenter for Science & CultureDiscovery InstituteGalileeGreat Minds with Michael MedvedGreeksHitler’s ReligionHitlerismHolocaustjesusJewsMichael MedvednatureNazismpantheismRichard WeikartRomans,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide 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 Alllast_img read more

Richard Weikart on How Darwinism Fueled Scientific Racism

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Photo: Visitors admire the iconic Darwin statue at London’s Natural History Museum, by Thomas Fabian, via Flickr.On a new episode of ID the Future, historian and Cal State Stanislaus emeritus professor Richard Weikart speaks with host Michael Keas about the dark history of “scientific” racism. Racism, of course, long pre-dated Darwinism, but as Weikart argues, Darwin and Darwinian evolutionary theory greatly fueled racist thinking in the late 19th century and even down to the present. Download the podcast or listen to it here. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis 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 Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsCharles Darwineugenicsevolutionevolutionary theoryFrancis GaltongenocideID the FutureMargaret SangerMichael KeasPlanned ParenthoodpodcastRacismRichard Weikartscientific racismThe Descent of Man,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Culture & Ethics Evolution Richard Weikart on How Darwinism Fueled Scientific RacismEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCSeptember 21, 2020, 6:06 PM Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Weikart notes that Darwin himself was “intensely racist,” writing (in The Descent of Man, 1871) that “at some time the civilized races of man will exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.” Darwin didn’t merely predict this; he thought it would advance human evolution. His cousin Francis Galton, a strong proponent of eugenics, agreed, as did Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger a few years later. Recommendedlast_img read more

James Tour Video Series on the Origin of Life — Synthesis of the Building Blocks

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Tomorrow, “James Tour Video Series on the Origin of Life — Properly Combining Building Blocks.” Evolution The analogy that comes to mind is that of a golfer, who having played a golf ball through an 18-hole course, then assumed that the ball could also play itself around the course in his absence. He had demonstrated the possibility of the event; it was only necessary to presume that some combination of natural forces (earthquakes, winds, tornadoes and floods, for example) could produce the same result, given enough time. No physical law need be broken for spontaneous floods formation to happen, but the chances against it are so immense, that the suggestion implies that the non-living world had an innate desire to generate RNA. The majority of origin-of-life scientists who still support the RNA-first theory either accept this concept (implicitly, if not explicitly) or feel that the immensely unfavorable odds were simply overcome by good luck. To make any semblance of progress, researchers must resort to relay synthesis where they constantly restart with intermediate molecules in sufficiently high concentrations and purity to force each step to proceed artificially. Even if the series of experimental conditions in a protocol corresponded to actual interlinked environments on the early earth, the requirement of such extreme intervention — what Dr. Tour labeled as “cheating” — would still completely disconnect the experiments from attempts to identify an undirected route to life’s origin.  Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Moreover, the yields of intermediate molecules are often in very small quantities mixed with multiple other molecules, many of which are extremely similar to the biologically relevant ones. If the other products were not removed, interfering cross-reactions would block additional progress toward the target molecules. No natural process could have isolated and concentrated an intermediate sufficiently for the next step in any pathway to have commenced at a useful rate.  Tagsamino acidscarbohydratescheatingcross-reactionsearly EarthearthquakesfloodsgolfJames Tourlipidsnucleotidesorigin of lifeRice UniversityRNARobert Shapirotornadoesvacuum pressurewindsYouTube videos,Trending Requirement of Relay Synthesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Intelligent Design James Tour Video Series on the Origin of Life — Synthesis of the Building BlocksBrian MillerMarch 31, 2021, 6:34 AM Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Photo credit: Andrew Shelley, via Unsplash.Evolution News has commented already on Rice University chemist James Tour’s video series on the origin of life, which details common misperceptions about the state of origin-of-life research (here, here, here, here, here). I watched the series in complete awe as Dr. Tour exposed how the vast majority of journal articles published under the rubric of origin-of-life research have no direct relevance to addressing the actual question of how a cell could have emerged on the early earth. The videos detail several of the monumental challenges that apply to all origins scenarios. The technical details can come across as quite daunting, but the problems addressed in each video can largely be summarizing in simple terms.  Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Many steps entail precise adjustments in temperature, pH, the physical environment, and other conditions. In addition, chemicals must often be introduced that could not plausibly have existed on the early earth in non-trace quantities, and several physical conditions must be employed that could never have realistically existed in just the right locale at just the right time, or perhaps not at all (e.g., vacuum pressure). Such research has no direct bearing on what could have occurred in any setting at any time in earth’s history.  Exquisite Exactness of Protocols The irrelevance of such research was perhaps best articulated by leading origins researcher Robert Shapiro: Brian MillerResearch Coordinator, Center for Science and CultureDr. Brian Miller is Research Coordinator for the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He speaks internationally on the topics of intelligent design and the impact of worldviews on society. He also has consulted on organizational development and strategic planning, and he is a technical consultant for Ideashares, a virtual incubator dedicated to bringing innovation to the marketplace.Follow BrianProfile Share Seemingly, the simplest task should be identifying how the building blocks for the first cell could have emerged. Yet, experiments over the greater part of the last century have consistently demonstrated that even this stage faces monumental challenges. In particular, the synthesis of complex amino acids, nucleotides, carbohydrates, and lipids all require exquisite exactness in the synthesizing protocols that include dozens, if not hundreds, of properly ordered steps.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share 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 Alllast_img read more