Scientists could do themselves a favor by getting off the materialist merry-go-round and contemplating their Creator’s purpose for their lives.Numerous articles in the past decade have bemoaned the worrisome increases in scientific fraud, malpractice, and sloppiness (e.g., 23 Sept 2017). Is there a fountainhead of integrity that can help? Can secular scientists get it from Darwinian theory? (12 March 2009).Religiously engaged adolescents demonstrate habits that help them get better grades, Stanford scholar finds (Stanford News). Stanford University researchers, not particularly friendly to “religious” outlooks, found some desirable traits in “religiously engaged adolescents.” These are students that not only believe in God, but consider their faith a key factor in their lives. Carrie Spector writes,The findings indicate that religious communities socialize adolescents to cultivate two habits highly valued in public schools: conscientiousness and cooperation. Religious engagement may influence grades more than researchers realize.“The United States is a highly religious country, and religion is a powerful social force,” said the study’s author, Ilana Horwitz, a doctoral candidate at the GSE. “If we, as education scholars, are trying to understand adolescents in America, we should pay attention to this very important part of their life.”One must realize that secular researchers often lump many disparate groups into the word “religious” even though the differences may be far more profound than the similarities. Students being trained to hate Jews and become soldiers in violent jihad at a madrassah may have vastly different values than Christians. “Religiosity” becomes a vacuous designation when the content of belief is ignored. Indeed, it could be argued that secularists are ‘religious’ in terms of having reliance on a worldview that determines their reason for being and attitudes about life. In fact, everyone exercises faith (search on “people of faith” in the Darwin Dictionary).With the researchers’ nondescript word “religious” in mind, it’s instructive that they used a term Jesus Christ used for those who are ‘religiously engaged’ — abiders. Jesus instructed his disciples to “abide” in him like a branch connects to a vine (John 15): drawing its nutrition and life from the source. Only in this way can a branch fulfill its purpose to bear much fruit. Can we read between the lines of the report to see that the researchers are primarily considering abiders in the Judeo-Christian forms of faith – i.e., those who get their values from the Bible?Horwitz assigned each respondent to one of five common “types” of religiosity using a classification system developed by sociologists Melinda Lundquist Denton and Lisa Pearce. At one end of the spectrum were abiders— those who attend religious services, pray on a regular basis, feel close to God, and emphasize the role of faith in their daily lives. On the other end of the spectrum were avoiders— those believe that a God exists but avoid religious involvement and broader issues of the relevance of religion for their life.Abiders, Horwitz found, earned significantly better grades on average than the avoiders. Abiders had an average GPA of 3.22, compared with 2.93 among avoiders.“Being religious helps adolescents in middle and high school because they are rewarded for being obedient and respectful and for having self-control,” Horwitz said.If these positive behaviors carry on to other spheres of life, it’s clear that scientific institutions would benefit from members who show respect, self-control, diligent study, cooperation, and conscientiousness. Are scientists not students themselves, needing to call on these values to understand nature and get better grades on the test of reproducibility?Promiscuous America—smart, secular and somewhat less happy (Medical Xpress). For contrast, let’s examine the kind of people lacking those qualities. It takes no self-control to be promiscuous, and little respect, although non-violent “cooperation” might be a requirement. But even criminals know how to cooperate, as the phrase “partners in crime” indicates. This article says that young men are currently engaging in less sex outside marriage than before (the old word was “fornication”), while women are becoming more “adventurous.” But adventurism outside the purpose of sex in family life is not making them happy. Results from a survey of 30,000 respondents indicated that “younger Americans are having sex with fewer people than their boomer or gen X elders.”Promiscuous America is urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated, Wolfinger found. Indeed, Americans with postgraduate degrees are the most likely to be promiscuous.He also found that the most promiscuous people report being less happy, which he attributes to marital status. Promiscuous survey respondents are less likely to be married and more likely to be divorced.…“The happiness story changes when promiscuous Americans get married,” Wolfinger said.Are evolutionary scientists among the unhappy fornicators? There are no statistics about that in the article. However, it seems likely, given liberal attitudes about family values (e.g., 24 March 2018), that those who embrace Darwinian evolution would also tend to be “urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated.” Being more educated is not necessarily virtuous. It depends on the content of the education. “Mere education is not enough,” old preacher and college president Bob Jones (1883-1968) used to say. “You cannot put a man in the penitentiary for forgery until you first teach him to write.” The film A Beautiful Mind showed John Forbes Nash as a grad student treating sex with a cheapness that bordered on contempt. He dispensed with any attempt to woo a woman on campus, telling her outright he wanted to have sex with her. Why was she shocked? Would that attitude not be a logical outcome of an evolutionary worldview that views humans as evolved primates with no obligation to a Creator, out to fulfill their urges? His only happiness, as portrayed in the film, came when he conjured up as much self-control as he could. That seems a very anti-Darwinian strategy.The Source of VirtueSix-year-olds can cooperate to protect common assets (Nature). Evolutionists have to believe that all the virtues listed above among the “abiders” have their roots in natural selection. They certainly ascribe “cooperation” in animals as small as bacteria to unguided Darwinian processes. Christians and Jews, by contrast, believe all humans have a conscience and are created in the image of God, even if that image was corrupted by sin. This article shows that primary children are observed to solve the puzzle of the “tragedy of the commons” by learning to work together. Which view of human nature explains this? Why would the material “selfish genes” of Darwinist Richard Dawkins make children cooperate? Evolutionists can explain such behaviors after the fact, but not from their foundational belief that selfishness is the highest good.Secular scientists can’t cook up their own self-control, diligence, cooperation, conscientiousness or integrity. They have to borrow those goods from the Christian smorgasbord. Tell them they can’t get away with that any longer without paying the price. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many,” Jesus warned. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).(Visited 268 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Johannesburg, Saturday 5 October 2013 – As the 2013 One Young World Summit draws to a close, Brand South Africa wishes all delegates to the Summit 2013 well, they travel to their respective countries. Around 1,500 young people from over 180 countries participated in this year’s Summit.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “As the delegates travel home, we wish them all the success in their efforts to make their countries better. We also thank them for the energy and enthusiasm they have brought to the conference and we look forward to welcoming these young leaders back to South Africa in the near future. We will be watching with interest, as so many of them make a positive impact on our world”Brand South Africa on Friday hosted a One Young World breakout session at Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg. As the country gears up to implement the National Development Plan, the session was held under the banner of Youth’s Role in Long-Term Planning.The panel that interacted with approximately 35 youth at the session was made up of Brand South Africa’s Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, the Police Ministry’s Head of Communication Zweli Mnisi, the National Planning Commission’s Zama Ndlovu, the head of NGO 35 Maveris, Bokang Seritsane, and Tebogo Ditshego from Read A Book SA.“This is a platform that brings young people from around the world together, to share ideas, perspectives and projects. Our role as Brand South Africa, at this breakaway session, is to focus on long-term planning, in the context of South Africa’s National Development Plan, and to deepen the discussion about youth’s involvement in that process,” said Dr de Kock.Brand South Africa ambassador to the Summit, Aslam Levy said, “One of the quotes that has stuck with me from this conference, is that we have an opportunity to think globally and act locally. This was something that Kofi Annan left with us on day one, and that really struck a chord with me.”The discussions focused on issues that affect competitiveness in South Africa and other nations and is critical since young people in all countries of the world will drive their nations’ developmental agendas that will impact on the lives of all citizens.On Thursday evening, Mr Matola participated in a panel discussion on Sustainable Development at the One Young World Summit, at the Sandton Convention Centre, during which young people from Croatia, Uzbekistan, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and South Africa shared success stories related to their work in the fields of sustainable water management, farming, literacy, medicine and energy efficiency in the corporate world.“Hearing about the work these young people are doing in their various countries, gives us hope and inspiration. They are truly playing their part – they’re not waiting for their governments to do things for them, they’re using their initiative and in so doing, they are making positive changes in their communities and beyond. It is exactly this type of initiative that will see us, here in South Africa, reach the goals outlined in our National Development Plan. As a nation we must harness the energy of these young leaders, to implement Vision 2030,” said Mr Matola, following his interaction with the youth.Brand South Africa has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit, namely, Zanele Mabaso, Luvuyo Mandela, Raelene Rorke, Thembi Graham and Aslam Levy.The One Young World 2013 summit closing ceremony will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre at 19h30 on Saturday.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit www.southafrica.info for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: email@example.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
Thobile Msomi with the many awards she has received for her work chanpioning widows’ rights. (Image: South Coast Sun)When her husband died, leaving her with three children to raise as a single mother, Thobile Msomi was forced to find the means to support her family. She could have chosen to keep secret the lessons she has learned in how to raise a family as a single parent, but instead Msomi chose to play her part in empowering other women who find themselves in the same boat and who are in need of advice and support.Qina Mfelokazi (A Woman with Courage) is one of her books targeted at women who have to deal with their husbands’ deaths without support from their families. The book has become a beacon of hope for women who do not have the opportunities or community facilities that provide counselling for widows.Msomi is the founder of the South African Association of Widows and Single Ladies. It assists women who suffer the loss of husbands or partners, especially those with children. Brand South Africa salutes Msomi for providing a platform for women to heal and achieve success.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’d really like to have some rain. We’ve been dry for about three weeks. We had a tenth of an inch the last week of July and that’s it. The beans need rain badly right now. The corn is starting to fire up in some places. One of our corn varieties has some southern rust but we are going to take a chance on it and not spray because of how late it is. It is not that bad but you can find it. It could be a 10-bushel loss potentially and if it is really bad it could be 20 bushels. It is not that bad though. We’re just going with it. The rust is much worse in some of the neighboring corn fields. The neighbor has sprayed all of his corn locally because it was much worse there than we found in our corn.I think we’ll be alright on corn. Beans, though, need some rain. The leaves are starting to roll up next to the house in the beans. They still have a good color and they are standing good but they look like they are starting to dry up. It has been three weeks since we’ve had a good measurable rain.We haven’t seen many Japanese beetles and we haven’t seen damage from them yet. Over towards Greenville, though, we heard that the leaves have been covered in some fields but they haven’t been doing much damage yet.It is supposed to rain this coming weekend, but it was supposed to rain this last weekend too and it didn’t. We have been missing the rains and we could definitely use some moisture to help with these beans.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Bryan family of Virginia made the long trek to the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo to show their miniature herefords against other cattlemen in attendance. The Expo has a notable exhibit of mini herefords.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Amazon Web Services announced several updates to its Virtual Private Cloud service today. The VPC service lets customers create a slice of private, isolated space within the AWS cloud that is only available through a VPN connection. Today, AWS announced several updates to the service, including a wizard for easier VPC creation, improved access controls and the ability to access VPC resources without a VPN connection.AWS has been seen as a developer-centric, rather than an enterprise, or cloud solution due to its limited support and lack of management options. New management tools like the ones announced today, and CloudFormation, along with the platform-as-a-service offering Elastic Beanstalk, may help turn this situation around. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A new VPC Wizard to streamline the setup process for a new VPC.Full control of network topology including subnets and routing.Access controls at the subnet and instance level, including rules for outbound traffic.Internet access via an Internet Gateway.Elastic IP Addresses for EC2 instances within a VPC.Support for Network Address Translation (NAT).Option to create a VPC that does not have a VPN connection.The blog goes into more detail about the features. klint finley According to the Amazon Web Services blog, the new features include: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers
There is a complicated client issue. You’re not sure what you should do. Doing nothing exposes you to the risk of losing the client. Taking some action may also put the client at risk. Being stuck between a rock and a hard place, you do nothing.An A-player who is putting up the numbers is also seriously abusive to the people they work with–especially those they believe have no power and who they believe are the source of their problems because they don’t give this person what they want when they want it. You don’t want to deal directly with the A-Player because they are delivering. You also can’t allow them to destroy the people with whom they work. You wait, hoping the problem will resolve itself. It doesn’t.Another employee colors way outside the lines. They make deals that are out of line with what is possible, and they create situations that are a potentially legal liability. You’ve spoken to them about staying within the boundaries of what they are permitted to negotiate, but each deal brings more problems than the last. You’re not sure what it is going to take to change their behavior, and what you have tried hasn’t worked. You are paralyzed.You’ve fallen behind your competitor who continues to innovate. Keeping pace–or leaping ahead–would mean that you have to change your overall strategy. Addressing this competitive mismatch is complicated, time-consuming, and it comes with a good amount of risk. To move, you need the support of the board. Doing nothing means the board is eventually going to act–and potentially that action will be a negative event for you.Leaders make hard decisions. It means you deal with complicated client issues, doing what is right, even if it is unpopular, and even if it isn’t easy. You deal with problem employees based on your values, even if it costs you an A-Player. You make decisions based on non-negotiables by making them known, and by holding people accountable. You make decisions, knowing that you have incomplete information, and knowing that you cannot always be 100 percent certain that you are making the right decision at the right time.Right or wrong, you must decide. This is what leaders do.