Federer into Swiss Indoors semis; Del Potro to play Cilic

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The top-seeded Swiss saved two break points when trailing 3-2 in the decisive set, including with a backhand half-volley winner from the baseline.Federer never gave the French left-hander another chance and clinched his first match point on Mannarino’s serve with another in a series of backhand winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA finalist in his last 10 appearances at his hometown event in Basel, Federer will play either David Goffin of Belgium or Jack Sock of the United States in the semifinals on Saturday.Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, both former U.S. Open winners, will face each other in the other semifinal after also being pushed to three-set wins. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Wolves hold off Thunder in Butler’s return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Second-seeded Cilic was on court for more than three hours to beat 100th-ranked qualifier Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (4).Cilic, the defending champion at Basel, clinched the quarterfinal with a delicate sliced backhand volley for a winner.Fourth-seeded Del Potro needed exactly two hours to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 against sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.Del Potro, who won back-to-back Basel titles in 2012 and ’13 beating Federer in the final, will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer was tested before beating 28th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Upgrades continue on GMS Generation Station

first_imgThere’s still a lot more replacements to be done that are slated for this year, including rotor poll replacements, transformer replacements and station service replacements. By Energeticcity.ca staff As Peace River residents settle into the New Year, the Gordon M. Shrum generation station continues with its transformation. Last year, the station, near the WAC Bennett Dam in Hudson’s Hope, began an extensive facelift. The project is separated into seven sections, replacing everything from outdated turbines to generator equipment.- Advertisement -Planning is already underway to replace turbines ‘One’ through ‘Five.’ The old 1960’s turbines produce around 12 per cent of BC Hydro’s power production capacity. The new turbines are expected to ensure ongoing reliability, availability and operational flexibility. The first turbine should be installed next year and fully operational in 2012. Installation of all five turbines should be complete by 2017. Meanwhile, installation of Generator Stators ‘Units one’ through ‘three’ has been complete. The last unit is expected to be completed this summer.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Warner gets back to work

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Whittier Councilwoman Cathy Warner returned to her first council meeting since her surgery for breast cancer on April 10. Warner stayed through all of the open session, only leaving in the middle of the closed session, but it went for nearly six hours. “It was great and interesting,” she said of the agenda that included issues involving historic buildings, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital expansion and the Independence Day celebration. “It felt like I had never been gone,” she said. “It was a a long agenda that had issues of interest to many people.” Warner’s surgery at USC Norris Cancer Hospital was a success, she said. She had a full mastectomy on her right side with immediate reconstruction. No more treatment is required. Still, the next day wasn’t much fun, she said. “I paid for it the next day,” she said. “I was extra tired.” Warner said she doesn’t regret picking Tuesday’s meeting as her first meeting back. “I was ready to go back,” she said. “It was important to get back to work and do the people’s business.” She also plans on being at the 8 a.m. study session today. Warner’s colleagues said they were glad to see her back. “Having her back helps round out the council,” Councilman Joe Vinatieri said. “She looked great and was ready and rearing to go. She was Cathy.” Still, council members felt sorry that the meeting ran so long. “You talk about coming back to the meeting from hell,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. “It was so long and stressful. But she’s tough and she felt like she could do it. You could see she was really tired. I hope she’s not overdoing it.” Mayor Owen Newcomer said long meetings like Tuesday’s aren’t even good for those who haven’t gone through surgery. “Most of us aren’t feeling fairly good when a long meeting ends like that and we don’t have recent surgery.” AUTHOR TO SPEAK: Jim Remington, advance man for Presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush and author of his “Advance to History” will speak at the noon Wednesday meeting of Rancho La Habra Republican Women Federated. The meeting will be held at Hacienda Golf Club, 718 East Road, La Habra Heights. Cost is $22. For reservations call (562) 697-2595 or (562) 694-2847 by Monday. Autographed copies of his book will be available for purchase. EDUCATION REPORT: Sandra Thorstenson, superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District, will speak at the 6 p.m. Thursday annual meeting of the League of Women Voters. The meeting will be held at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier. Cost ranges from $15 to $20, depending on the entree chosen. For reservations, call Carole Restovich, (562) 696-0296. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Stoke relegated from EPL after Palace defeat

first_img0Shares0000SStoke City were relegated from the Premier League after crashing to a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, May 5 – After a decade in the top flight Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday when they blew a one goal lead to lose 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.Paul Lambert’s side are second bottom, three points from the safety zone, but with only one game remaining they are doomed. With fourth-bottom Swansea and third-bottom Southampton playing each other in midweek, it is impossible for Stoke to collect enough points to avoid slipping into the Championship.Stoke spent 10 seasons in the Premier League, but a run of 13 games without a victory ensured that streak is over.Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland was in tears at the final whistle and City fans were just as emotional as the realisation of their team’s relegation sank in.Hundreds left the bet365 stadium in the closing minutes before those that remained sang “City til I die” in a defiant rallying cry.Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross conceded the players had only themselves to blame.“It’s difficult obviously but it’s not just about one game. It’s over a season and we’ve not been good enough all season,” he said.“Ultimately it’s down to the players. Since the gaffer has come in we’ve had a right go and been in every game.”The blame for Stoke’s predicament lies jointly with Lambert and Mark Hughes, who was sacked in January after a wretched run culminated with an embarrassing FA Cup third round defeat against fourth tier Coventry.“My emotions are up and down. It is a tough afternoon. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club,” Lambert said.“When teams don’t get results you can be sleep-walking into positions you don’t want to be in. We never had enough.“Since I came in the lads have given everything but we came short. It is a chance to rebuild.”The Potters won their first match with Lambert in charge against Huddersfield, but that was a false dawn as they remained deep in trouble for the rest of the season.Hughes could suffer the indignity of having a role in two relegations in one season as his Southampton side, who face Everton later on Saturday, are in severe trouble themselves.Xherdan Shaqiri had described the Palace clash as “a war we have to win” and the Stoke star landed the first blow in the 43rd minute.Having been fouled on the edge of the penalty area, Shaqiri picked himself up and exacted his revenge.Shaqiri’s superb left-footed free-kick took a slight deflection off Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as it curled past Wayne Hennessey before he could react.It was the Swiss forward’s first goal since February and he celebrated by sprinting to the touchline to jump into Lambert’s arms.But Stoke’s nerves were still frayed.They couldn’t cling onto their lead and Palace midfielder James McArthur equalised with a clinical finish in the 68th minute.Forced to throw men forward in search of a winner, Lambert’s side were carved open in the 86th minute as Patrick van Aanholt slotted home to seal Stoke’s fate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bruins feel heat, even on campus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As players walk around campus, sit in classrooms and talk with friends not on the football team, there is no escaping the reminders, which sometimes come from the most unexpected of places. “I’ve been in a couple of classes where teachers have made jokes about us not winning,” UCLA sophomore receiver Terrence Austin said. “There’s nothing I can say. I slump in my seat.” Austin said professors know he is a football player, but he declined to go into specifics about it because, after all, these are the same folks grading him. The Bruins are 5-3, and at 4-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference, they are in second place. They travel to seventh-place Arizona on Saturday, which should be a certain win, but not with this squad. Losing such games now define UCLA football, now known for playing well against top-tier teams, and mediocre, at best, against lower-tier teams. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Dorrell and players become butt of jokes. By Brian Dohn Staff Writer The physical pain comes on Saturdays. When UCLA loses one of its classic effort-questioning games to a supposedly inferior opponent, the mental battering lasts a few more days. Because of the inconsistent play, the job of fifth-year coach Karl Dorrell is in jeopardy, and some players are hearing about it nearly everywhere they turn on campus. “It’s tough because everyone is opening up a newspaper, and seeing photos and headlines of UCLA’s loss,” Austin said. “Everybody wants to know, we can get up for the big games, but how come we can’t win the ones we’re supposed to win? “Right now, we haven’t lost a game we were expected to lose. Right now, the mood around campus is how come we can’t win games we’re supposed to win? “I feel that hurt every day when I walk into class and somebody is looking at the newspaper and reading it. Or I’ll get a text message or something. It’s hard for me to respond. I can’t answer that question.” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero turned up the heat two days after Saturday’s 27-7 loss at Washington State by stating, “I will be very interested to see how we finish the season this year.” Everyone who thumbs through the campus newspaper today will be greeted by the controversy involving Dorrell’s status. An ad was purchased and will run in today’s Daily Bruin calling for Dorrell to be fired, according to Saba Riazati, the newspaper’s editor in chief. The contact number given for the buyer of the ad is a law firm in Orange County. Riazati added the ad is “a little larger than a quarter of a page,” and was subject to the same guidelines as other ads for the publication. “I’ve had at least a couple of students come up to me and skip the preamble of asking whether or not Dorrell’s going to lose his job, and just ask who I think will be replacing him,” said David Woods, a senior and football beat reporter for the Daily Bruin. “No one I’ve talked to really blames the players. On the other hand, this girl I know carved `Fire Karl’ in a pumpkin.” Woods added students who care about the state of the football program “are generally on the dump-Dorrell bandwagon.” The displeasure stems from Dorrell’s five-year coaching career, which is dotted with a few big wins, and some inexplicable losses, a few of which came this season. UCLA has faltered in colossal fashion in what was billed as an important season, and one in which 20 starters returned and many of the supposedly more difficult games are at home. As 16-point favorites at winless Utah on Sept. 15, UCLA was embarrassed, 44-6. The Bruins plummeted from No. 11 in the AP ranking out of the top 25 because of the loss. A lack of effort was cited by many players in the defeat. As 20-point favorites three weeks later against winless Notre Dame, the Bruins turned the ball over seven times, including six by walk-on quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, in a 20-6 loss. “Fire Dorrell” chants were heard coming from several sections of the Rose Bowl, and UCLA’s play calling was severely criticized. It remains the Irish’s only win in eight games. Then came the loss at Washington State, which was a six-point underdog. It was the Cougars’ only win in five conference games. UCLA’s lack of offensive execution – dropped passes, poorly thrown passes and missed blocks – was the main theme after the game. “The one feel you get from the fans around is it’s unacceptable, and I’m right there with them,” UCLA senior cornerback Trey Brown said. “That’s one of the biggest things I always say, is we’re not only out here playing for ourselves, but for the former players and all the Bruin fans out there as well. We have to get this thing in line, and we are.” Brown, one of UCLA’s top defensive players, said he hasn’t experienced professors making jokes at the football team’s expense, but said: “I’m sure they’re thinking it. And rightfully so. That’s not what we want to do out here.” But not all the players are feeling prying eyes and blistering words on campus. Senior defensive end Bruce Davis and sophomore cornerback Alterraun Verner each said the messages they are getting remain positive. “The only thing I ever hear is, `Sorry about the loss,”‘ Verner said. “I haven’t heard jokes. I think people are still juiced about football. I don’t think people have really given up on us yet.” As for jokes being made by professors, senior offensive lineman Brian Abraham said, “That stuff happens all the time.” But he ignores it. “I, seriously, couldn’t give a crap, to be honest,” UCLA senior right tackle Brian Abraham said. “I’m at the point where I don’t pay attention to it.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Ovie Ejaria urges Liverpool outcast to join him at Rangers

first_img scrap “And don’t forget Kyle Lafferty, who’s another top striker.”Solanke has started just five Premier League games for Liverpool since joining from Chelsea last year.He is behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the Anfield pecking order. “Dom is a very good player and I’ve known him for a very long time. If I was to speak to him about it, I’d only have good things to say about Rangers.“It’s a very good club and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. He’s another goalscorer – he scores a lot of goals.“Alfredo Morelos is also a top player. He scores goals and helps the team a lot and you saw the difference he made when he came on against Livingston. Liverpool pair Ejaria and Ryan Kent have helped Steven Gerrard’s side climb to within two points of league leaders Celtic.Solanke, 21, has not featured for the Reds this season, which has increased speculation of a move to Ibrox.Ejaria said: “If Dom was to join Rangers in January he would be a very good addition to the squad. It would increase the strength in depth of the squad and he would be a very good addition. Ovie Ejaria has made 25 appearances for Rangers this season The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade PAYBACK Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 RANKED gameday cracker 2 Dominic Solanke is Liverpool’s fourth-choice striker ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST revealed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS SORRY Ovie Ejaria wants Liverpool team-mate Dominic Solanke to join Rangers in January.The on-loan Gers midfielder believes Solanke would boost their title challenge.last_img read more

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DNA TESTS PROVE MISSING BODY IS DIRECT RELATION OF DONEGAL MAN

first_imgJames McGlynnA coroner’s court heard today that the body of a man washed up off Donegal almost 30 years ago is a direct relation of well-known Letterkenny man Jim McGlynn.The findings brings to an end a mystery which Mr McGlynn has been trying to resolve for decades. Mr McGlynn was convinced that the body was that of his brother Noel who left the family home in 1983 never to be seen again.A body washed up off Dunfanaghy a few days later was buried in an unmarked grave at the Holy Cross graveyard.It was widely thought the body may have been that of an American man who had gone missing locally at the time.However Jim McGlynn always believed it was his brother.A DNA sample was taken from the body buried in the graveyard and this was sent to a DNA profiling laboratory in Wales for independent analysis.Previous inquests heard descriptions of the body found and that of the missing Noel McGlynn which cast doubt on whether the body was the missing Donegal man or not.However Mr Jim McGlynn maintained it was always that of his brother.And today Coroner John Cannon was told today that the DNA sample matched that of Jim McGlynn mean that in all likelihood the body is that of Noel McGlynn.DNA TESTS PROVE MISSING BODY IS DIRECT RELATION OF DONEGAL MAN was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DunfanaghyJIm McGlynnLetterkenny Coroner’s Courtlast_img read more

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First-time-buyer program nets family’s first home

first_imgARLETA – Patricia Galleguillos will wake up this morning in a special place. She’s finally home for Christmas. Her own home in Arleta, a 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath $475,000 castle on Beachey Street. Galleguillos, her husband and their 18-month-old daughter moved in a couple of months ago, just in time for the holidays. This morning, the whole family will gather at her house, which is all decked out for the season, and fill it with the gleeful sounds of their special Christmas present-opening ritual that can stretch on for two hours. “It feels good,” she said. “I really like this house.” Galleguillos, a first-grade teacher at Langdon Avenue Elementary School, initially tried to use some other loan program tailored to first-time buyers, but always came up a bit short of qualifying. “I was very disappointed. I had found a really nice house,” she said. But the interest-only loan, which stretches 35 years, fit her family’s situation. For the first five years, she only pays the interest, and the monthly payments are manageable enough that she can pay down some of the principal. But that really starts in earnest in 2010. But since the interest rate is fixed for the entire 35 years, Galleguillos already knows how much her payment will increase. Ken Giebel, CalHFA’s director of marketing, said this is a nice feature in this rising-interest-rate environment. “There is a step-up,” he said of the monthly payment. “But the day you sign, you know what the payment will be when the principal kicks in.” CalHFA was created in 1975 to act as the state’s affordable housing bank. And while it is a state agency, taxpayers don’t foot the bills. The agency makes below-market-rate loans and gets its funds by selling tax-exempt bonds. Participants must meet income and credit requirements. Obtaining a CalHFA loan doesn’t take any longer or involve much more paperwork than one from a traditional lender, Giebel said. “Our programs are not any more difficult to do. They just require about five more pieces of paper,” he said. The interest-plus loan program started in March and has been growing in popularity. And with housing prices still expected to increase, more first-time buyers will likely seek out CalHFA’s help. Since last March 17, the agency has done 5,374 loans; 1,710, or 32 percent, are the interest-only product. That represents $477 million in home sales, he said. Countrywide Home Loans will join the program in May while Citibank and Chase will come on board next month. “It will easily be 40 percent of our business after the first of the year,” Giebel said. The agency also offers down-payment assistance and it is looking at introducing a 40-year loan. Information about all the programs, including income limits, is available at www.calhfa.ca.gov. Galleguillos learned about the agency’s programs at a home-buying fair and says making the extra effort was worth it to have the American dream. And it came with a few surprises. When the family moved in and began painting the house, they discovered it came with hardwood floors. They’ve restored the living-room floor and are planning to do the rest of the house. The outside got some special attention, too. “It’s our first house, so we put up some (Christmas) lights outside. We’re still decorating the inside. You have to understand, we’ve been there for two months so we still have boxes (to unpack),” she said. For Galleguillos, it’s a labor of love. — Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake How long had she wanted her own home? “Forever.” Now Galleguillos is where she always dreamed she’d be, thanks to a special state-sponsored loan program for first-time buyers. They’re building equity, but the family is in no rush to tap it. “I’m not thinking of selling the house. I’m not planning to move anytime soon,” she said. She and her husband bought the house with an “interest-only-plus” loan offered by the California Housing Finance Agency.last_img read more

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Fischer Named Eagle Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the fourth time this season, Drake senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) has been named the Eagle Bank Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, the league announced Nov. 22.Fischer, a member of the Drake cross country team, recently finished 50th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 19. The reigning MVC Champion, Fischer completed the course with a time of 30:33.4 in blustery conditions with 20 mph winds.  After getting stuck toward the back of the pack at the start, Fischer methodically moved through the field to nearly earn All-America honors. In addition to his MVC Championship, Fischer was also named the MVC Elite 18 Award winner and was a three-time MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week.Academically, Fischer holds a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average while double majoring in English and Public Relations.The honor is the fourth this season for Fischer as he was previously named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Nov. 22. He has also been named the MVC Cross Country Male Athlete of the Week on Sept. 6, 13 and Oct. 4.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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What Darwin Does to Psychology – And Humanity

first_img“Traits that we may find unsavory are nevertheless also products of our evolutionary history.”  This quote stands out boldly in a call-out from an article by psychologist Jerome H. Barkow (Dalhousie University) in a review of evo-psych (evolutionary psychology) in PNAS.1    Barkow acknowledged controversy about the premise that the evolutionary history of our psyches produces a deterministic picture of human behavior (e.g., 05/02/2008, 06/06/2008), but then embraced it, based on a paper in PNAS by Sell, Cosmides, and Tooby on the evolutionary history of anger.2  Those authors claimed 11 predictions confirmed by the “welfare tradeoff ratio” theory of anger, in which strong men tend to be angrier and women are more attracted to them: “This theory proposes that anger is produced by a neurocognitive program engineered by natural selection to use bargaining tactics to resolve conflicts of interest in favor of the angry individual.”  In other words, they justify anger as an evolutionary virtue – the ability to get one’s own way by inflicting costs on others.  Barkow began,Let us not ask whether the brain is “really” a biological computer.  The more productive question is whether it is useful to think of the brain as a computer, one designed by evolution to solve problems of adaptation via specialized “circuits” and “architecture.”  Does this biocomputational approach, pioneered by Leda Cosmides and John Tooby and then developed and expanded by them and others [such as David Buss, Geoffrey Miller, and Steven Pinker] lead to theory and research that further our understanding of human behavior?  Critics notwithstanding (e.g., ref. 7), the evidence of the article in this issue of PNAS,2 indeed, of the myriad books and research papers produced by the Cosmides�Tooby school of thought, is “yes.”  But, of course, there are caveats.Barkow put the engineering terms (computer, circuits, architecture) in quotes because those words usually imply intelligent design.  What, though, are the caveats he had in mind about evo-psych?  To find the answer, the reader has to wade through his discussion of controversies about intuition, welfare tradeoff ratios (WTRs), the levels of consonance between predictions of evolutionary psychology and folk wisdom, and whether competing schools of thought are contradictory or complementary.  Barkow reasons that whether or not evo-psych is true, it is useful.  “It is leading to theory, hypotheses, and data that are broadly compatible with other evolutionary perspectives rather than developing into an encapsulated and self-perpetuating citation circle,” he said.    What makes evolutionary psychology controversial is the unflattering picture it gives of the human psyche.  According to the theory of Sell, Cosmides and Tooby, for instance, “the strong and attractive, the people who are presumably winners in life, use anger to improve their bargaining position with those less strong and attractive.”  This would tend to promote anger as a Darwinian virtue.  It produces fitness.  Barkow remarked, “what we have here is one more rip in the romantic portrait of our species that many nonevolutionists would prefer to continue to enjoy.”  This provided the context for that bold call-out quote:From the unsentimental perspective of evolution, however, not just anger but sexual jealousy, male sexual insistence, infidelity (on the part of both men and women), sibling rivalry, preoccupation with one’s relative standing, nepotism, and individual and collective aggression are not pathologies or even errors to be corrected once and for all by morality and religion or at least proper child socialization, they are strategies that have often, at least in the past, been biologically adaptive.  Like socially valued traits such as love, loyalty, cooperativeness, and forgiveness, traits that we may find unsavory are nevertheless also products of our evolutionary history.Has Barkow just sanctified male chauvinism and nepotism as evolutionary virtues?  Has he destroyed the whole corpus of romantic literature?  Apparently so.  He also pointed out that evolutionary psychology gives the death blow to notions of human perfectibility, whether through the sermons of preachers, or through Marxists hopes of utopia via the distribution of wealth.    At this point Barkow mentioned some of the promised caveats.  Some criticisms of evo-psych are valid.  Contrary to the “biocomputationalism” that “unabashedly locates our ‘failings’ in the architecture of the human brain,”  some work on infants finds enough variability and contingency in human brain development to cast doubt on the apparent determinism of evo-psych.  Barkow excused this failing on two fronts: evo-psych can tolerate variability, and any useful theory is bound to be oversimplified.  “Even if the Cosmides and Tooby school of thought is indeed guilty, at times, of simplification, that is only to be expected: theoretical models necessarily simplify, and when predictions nevertheless receive empirical support it is difficult to argue that a simplification is excessive.”  Earlier, Barkow had acknowledged the fallacy of affirming the consequent: “accurate prediction can make a construct useful but is not, in my opinion, sufficient for one to be as certain of its ontological status,” he had said.  Usefulness of a construct is not the same as validity.  Ontology notwithstanding, evo-psych is a program on the move.  Examples he cited are part of a “broad enterprise of research and theory that, while not yet ready for full integration, is at least on its way.”  Spoken like a Kuhnian.    In passing, Barkow made a remark that may raise the hackles of critics of evolution.  He said, “Antievolutionist attacks have waned, in recent years, as Darwin’s insights have gradually spread from field to field and now, in an often lamentably simplified form, are part of popular discourse.”1.  Jerome H. Barkow, “Steps toward convergence: Evolutionary psychology’s saga continues,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, September 1, 2009, vol. 106 no. 35, 14743-14744, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0907723106.2.  Sell, Cosmides and Tooby, “Formidability and the logic of human anger,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, September 1, 2009, vol. 106 no. 35, 15073-15078, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0904312106.Preachers, theologians, philosophers and any man or woman with a sense of decency should be outraged at this commentary, for numerous reasons.  Let us first dispense with any claim to validity by Barkow and his idols (to show that our righteous indignation is not an artifact of ape in our past).  Reason: the whole premise of evolutionary psychology is self-defeating.  Anything that is self-refuting, remember, is necessarily false.  Why is it self-refuting?  Because Barkow’s own brain is determined by his evolutionary past.  Within his world view, he cannot act as an independent spirit taking control of his biocomputer from the outside and trying to run logic programs on it.  It comes pre-programmed.  He is inside his computer, not outside of it (according to the evolutionary view).  Everything he just said, therefore, has no ontological basis; he wrote all this because Darwin and his ape ancestry told him to.    By appealing to logic (something that refers to truths that are timeless, eternal, and immaterial), he just played the Yoda card.  His comments can be therefore summarily dismissed as nonsense.    Barkow, of course, and all the other evo-psych charlatans, cannot live with that realization.  Their innate createdness as beings made in the image of God forces them to talk as if Christianity is true.  Notice how this works.  “Perhaps there are ways in which the tendency to use anger as a negotiating tactic may be mitigated, just as good parenting can mitigate sibling rivalry,” he said.  “From the perspective of Sell, Tooby, and Cosmides, however, tactical anger is part of our biology and cannot be definitively eliminated by, say, a change in the distribution of wealth.”  Here’s the question to ask him: why should it be mitigated?  That’s his created conscience speaking.  How did such a thought even enter his head?  From whence did he get a notion that the inexorable march of evolutionary change needs mitigation?  How does he judge “good parenting”?  What angel whispered these notions in his ear?  If Barkow is a pawn of the evolutionary game, this hint of self-identity and conscience has no justification at all.  Notice that our criticism here goes beyond a possible comeback argument that evolution somehow produced elements of romanticism and virtue in addition to anger.  No; the point is that his position is self-refuting.  The very act of employing logic and morality as a disembodied Yoda on a higher plane of consciousness refutes the very notion that the human mind is a biocomputer produced by irrational, amoral processes of natural selection.  Don’t let him get away with it.  Evolution is what evolution does.  Any hint that we “should” mitigate it or alter it is, therefore, pointless.  It’s not only foolish to even try to alter evolution, it is impossible to conceive the thought of altering it if one is consistent with that world view.  The only way Barkow could have conceived those thoughts was by reaching outside his presuppositions into the Christian world view, where anger deserves to be suppressed, women deserve to be treated with respect, and righteousness has ontological validity – because there really is a righteous God who created us with that knowledge.    Make sure those points are well-grounded in your head.  We have just unplugged the black light creating a false mystique around Barkow’s intellectual pronouncements and shown him to be wearing a lycra Yoda costume, like some spiritualist fake.  Now he no longer looks like a wise man, but a clown.  This gives you the basis for strong opposition to evolutionary psychology – indeed, toward all the Darwinian baggage that has been a hodgepodge of illogical, irrational, self-refuting ideas, rationalizing the worst of human sin and producing the worst evils the world has ever seen (e.g., 11/30/2005).  (Note: If Barkow tries to say Mao didn’t realize that Marxism is based on a false premise of human perfectibility, penalize him for using Christian notions of reason, and say to him, “There you go again.”)    Regarding the paper by Sell, Cosmides and Tooby, it is predictably full of evolutionary nonsense and storytelling: e.g., “what (if anything) was anger engineered by natural selection to accomplish?”  Such a statement is completely nonsensical when they get outside their Yoda costumes and stop pretending to be Wise Ones above the human condition.  They spoke of “neurocognitive programs in social species [that] have been designed by selection” in another place.  Poppycock.  A bad case of equivocation trying to Darwinize ID language.  Their view also depends heavily on controversial views of kin selection and game theory.  They spoke of “selection pressures” which, as we have stated several times (e.g., 07/14/2009 commentary), are mindless constraints powerless to design anything.  Why is no one pointing out the illogic of their premises?  As would be expected for a theory built on generalities about human beings, their paper is filled with Darwin-style just-so stories.    If you want a world in which it is pointless to fight evil, in which men can commit any brutality against women they darn well please in Darwin’s name, in which might makes right, in which the angriest gets his way, a world in which there is no recourse to justice, then go ahead and embrace evo-psych.  If not, then understand the folly of what he just said and recognize its potential for horrors without end.  Any preachers reading this should feel a sermon coming.    Get righteously angry also at his suggestion that antievolutionist attacks have waned, and that now, in an often lamentably simplified form, Darwin’s insights are part of popular discourse.  “Darwin’s insights” – what a lamentable oxymoron.  This is time to wax, not wane.  Wax eloquent with well-placed whacks against waning myths that masquerade as reigning facts.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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