A symposium at Massey University in New Zealand has come up with a profound thought: self-control is a key to a happier life. Academics have helped themselves to an ancient notion that teaching self-control to children leads to happier outcomes as adults. Did the world need science to reach this conclusion? Self-control is an important virtue in many religions and philosophies, such as Judaism and Stoicism. But at the symposium, “Head of School Associate Professor Cindy Kiro, a former Children’s Commissioner, says the symposium would bring together some of the most prominent scientists, health researchers, community providers and policy makers in New Zealand to make sure that “science informs policy” on such matters. The press release from Massey University said nothing about parents, churches, synagogues or other non-scientific entities having any role in teaching self-control to children. Rather, “If we can do the right things to promote self-control among children when they are young, we will significantly improve their chances of economic wellbeing, good health and lower participation in crime when they are adults,” according to a professor involved. The press release was echoed on PhysOrg.We need science telling us about obvious things like “self control is valuable” like we need government telling us to be kind to one another. Teaching self-control belongs at home, but only by parents guided by the Creator’s instruction manual. Scientists and educators cannot direct knowledge and virtue to good ends. Just as a well-taught mathematician can be a better swindler, a self-controlled sinner could become a radical terrorist, or a follower of a false religion willing to endure useless acts of self-torture. Self-control must be directed to good ends, but who decides the good ends? It takes self-control to become a champion athlete or skilled musician. These are best as individual decisions. Beware the government or scientocracy (see ID the Future) that decides the ends and trains its citizens, like Hitler Youth, to accomplish its political desires. Virtuous self-control requires submission to the Creator. Paul said that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23, I Timothy 1:7). In the last days, he said, people would be without self-control (2 Timothy 3:3). That is the natural state to which people descend without pressure from outside or inside. Can scientists, educators and government bureaucrats lacking the spirit of God produce a self-controlled society? How can they decide on “the right thing” for children? What does “right” mean for someone who believes in evolution or scientism? They have neither the means nor the ends to accomplish such feats among a population of sinners. Imagine teaching Johnny, “Now today, Johnny, we are going to teach you how to be self-controlled.” What answer could they give to “Why should I?” It’s doubtful that an answer like ,“You’ll be happier twenty years from now,” will carry much weight to a youngster who, as a self-indulgent brat, cares only about the present. To be lasting, self-control must be seen as a responsibility or duty toward our Maker. It is a virtue that is expected of us, but something for which (in relation to God) we are incapable of producing on our own. Righteous self-control has to start on the inside. Let those lacking self-control repent before God for their autonomy and self-indulgence. Let them submit to Christ for redemption and reconciliation. Let them receive God’s spirit and be grafted into His life. Then they will have the resources for learning self-control. Churches, don’t outsource the teaching of self-control or any other virtue to scientists. Bring the scientists inside. They need it, too.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 89 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sounds good in theory: scientists check each other with peer review, and knowledge advances. In reality, scientists are only human.Schools often present a rosy picture of science as the most reliable generator of knowledge. It uses a special scientific method, something like a secret sauce nobody else has. It employs mathematical proofs. Peer review confers additional reliability. Science marches on. Nevertheless, we have to ask some probing questions about the word “science” before it gets reified as something entirely new and different from any previous or contemporary method of inquiry. For instance, how did ancient Egyptians build the pyramids without modern science, or Mayans create accurate calendars, or Incas build Macchu Picchu, without peer review, p-values and the “scientific method”? To what extent does “science” differ from other fields in the academy, such as history, economics or even music? What subjects belong or don’t belong under the big tent we call “science”? How much of scientific activity involves plain old common sense and logic? What social, economic and cultural influences perturb the idealistic aspirations of science? As the articles below reveal, science cannot pretend to be any more reliable than the people who practice it.A litany of problems with p-values (Statistical Thinking blog). Frank Harrell is a biostatistician at Vanderbilt University. In this blog entry from Feb. 5, he lists numerous problems with a highly-trusted mathematical method for measuring “significance” of a given factor as a cause of some effect. His work-in-progress has nine reasons so far to distrust p-values. “In my opinion,” he begins, “null hypothesis testing and p-values have done significant harm to science.” How many tens of thousands of research papers are in jeopardy of irrelevance if Harrell is correct? (See Statistics in the Baloney Detector.)Certainty in complex scientific research an unachievable goal (University of Toronto). Donald Trump’s election and the Patriot’s win of the Superbowl are two recent examples of expert predictions gone awry. A new study published by the Royal Society “suggests that research in some of the more complex scientific disciplines, such as medicine or particle physics, often doesn’t eliminate uncertainties to the extent we might expect.” There’s always a “long tail of uncertainty” and a human tendency to underestimate the effect of small errors, especially as Big Data grows. Is this a problem just for soft sciences? No; “Physics studies did not fare significantly better than the medical and other research observed.”Publishing: Journals, do your own formatting (letter to Nature). It’s easy to presume that only the best-tested and more significant research makes its way into the top journals. John P. Moore, in his letter, points out reasons why the best science might actually get excluded from journals for entirely non-scientific reasons. The arcane rules of formatting submissions, which vary from journal to journal, can lead to rejections of papers that otherwise have significant value. A historian could probably find an eyebrow-raising list of important work rejected by experts.Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals (Richard van Noorden in Nature). Ideally, anyone who follows the best practices of the “scientific method” should have an equal chance of getting findings published. Here’s a stunning case where entirely different factors preclude that ideal. “One of the world’s most influential global health charities says that the research it funds cannot currently be published in several leading journals, because the journals do not comply with its open-access policy.” Those journals include Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine and PNAS. Update 2/14/17: Nature News says that an agreement has been reached for the AAAS to publish Gates Foundation research. It appears that the Gates Foundation is pushing journals to adopt open-access policies.The Promise and Limitations of Using Analogies to Improve Decision-Relevant Understanding of Climate Change (PLoS One). Does this paper’s title set off alarm bells? Rather than examining the geological and atmospheric evidence for climate change in an unbiased way, these two authors published a paper in a science journal on how to nudge people with storytelling toward the consensus view.Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints (Nature). Those who grew up with the comfortable aura of peer-reviewed journals may be shocked at what is going on. Scientists are flocking to “pre-print servers” that allow them to post their work before peer review. Physicists have enjoyed this alt-science phenomonen for ten years now at arXiv, a Cornell service that allows researchers to post their work in front of the public and all their peers, effectively bypassing the secretive filter of peer review. Biologists, chemists, paleontologists and other scientists are now getting on their own bandwagons with specialized pre-print sites for their fields. While some of the best papers do proceed to journal publication, many do not. Yet this new practice, while promising better transparency and fairness, is fraught with its own problems. How will the reliability of research be assessed in this new ‘wild west’ of open publication? Will it be by the number of ‘likes’ a paper gets, as on Facebook? Can rankings be manipulated by hackers? Who pays for the servers, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to run, and what control do the funding sources wield over the content? Will the sheer volume of submissions overwhelm any attempts to gauge reliability? How reliable will any new software tools be for mining the data? Will search engines be as likely to turn up bogus findings as legitimate ones, and who decides? How will retractions and corrections be managed? What happens to publications that relied on references that were later retracted? If nothing else, this social development in science facilitated by the rise of the internet and cloud storage shows that scientific practices of any given age are not fixed in stone.Higher education: The making of US academia (Nature). Of interest to historians of science, this book review describes the social and cultural developments behind what the public considers academia today, including science. Rogers Hollingsworth, reviewer of The Rise of the Research University: A Sourcebook, shows how much of what we consider normal scientific practice today emerged after World War II. He also shows that American scientific research differs from German practice, yet both are “unpredictable” and “unstable.” He says, “US universities seem to be in existential flux, questioning their size, function, structure, nature, philosophical bases and monumental student fees.” That raises additional questions: what potential great scientists couldn’t afford the fees? How many mediocre rich kids became influential scientists because they could afford the fees? Is the student at one university with a particular philosophical base equivalent to the student at a university with a different philosophical base? Who decides if a science grad from Liberty University is less qualified than a science grad from George Mason? When the foundations are in flux, the products are also in flux.Science is a misleading word. What was considered standard practice for scientific publication fifty years ago, when students perused the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature and scanned lofty tomes in the library stacks, is very different in the Google-search age. So which method was right? Is the work of prior decades and centuries to be discredited as ‘unscientific’ by contemporary standards? Or are contemporary standards in violation of acceptable norms? What becomes of the Nobel Prize if the rules change? If the rules and equipment of baseball evolve, did Babe Ruth really win ‘baseball’?There is nothing sacrosanct about peer review. There is nothing distinctively ‘scientific’ about it. Many great works of science were self-published, and scholars in other fields often have their work subjected to the scrutiny of their peers. C. S. Lewis questioned whether ‘modern science’ even exists. “There are only particular sciences,” he said, “all in a stage of rapid change, and sometimes inconsistent with one another.”The very word ‘science’ conceals as much as it illuminates. The root of the word ‘science’ is ‘knowledge’. Would it make any sense for a student to say, “I’m off to my Knowledge class in the Knowledge Building,” as if this signified anything substantially different from history, math, language or PE class? There is no knowledge without honesty. There is no knowledge without integrity. There is no knowledge without logic. Knowledge itself is useless without wisdom. You don’t acquire any of those things by a scientific method, by peer review, or by journal publishing.Obviously, all trust for science implodes without integrity. If you think integrity could be measured by some scientific method, think again. You would have to trust the integrity of the one doing the checking and so on up the line, ad infinitum (see Infinite Regress in the Baloney Detector). Every human investigation, from that of a child to that of a top research scientist, requires honesty—a moral quality that cannot evolve.Some consider the distinguishing thing about science is its subject matter: the ‘natural world.’ But here, too, you get into vexed issues of what is meant by ‘natural’— another word with half a dozen meanings. Big Science has arrogated to itself the investigation of matters far afield from magnetism, cells and chemicals. Journals routinely publish on politics or ethics. Evolutionary scientists in particular are guilty of this; they treat natural selection like The Blob that swallows up everything in its path, including philosophy and religion. Today’s scientists, inflated with self-importance, present themselves as experts on everything. They demand authority, expect politicians to bow to them, and demand that taxpayers offer sacrifices at their temples. It’s time to put them in their place. We’ll listen to them as long as they have something of value to say, but we reserve the right to scrutinize their logic, honesty, and evidence.
A lot of people, especially leaders, talk about empathy and how much of it they possess. They speak about it as if empathy alone was enough to prove that they care about people. But it isn’t.Empathy is understanding how someone feels and sharing their feelings with them. If what you do requires that you work with human beings, empathy will make you more effective. This is especially true if you are a leader, as all your results are generated through others, and this connection is powerful.Compassion is something different. Compassion is sympathy and concern for the suffering of others. Compassion requires more than an understanding and sharing someone else’s feelings. Compassion requires action, namely doing what you can to help alleviate the suffering.Empathy is imagining walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. Compassion is recognizing that those shoes are two sizes too small and helping the person into a pair of shoes that fit.Understanding isn’t enough. Neither is shared feelings. These things are nice, but it doesn’t move the needle when it comes to making a difference. What makes a difference is the action you take to make things better. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery reluctant to change XI over Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery won’t ring the changes over the Christmas programme.Emery will not unnecessarily rest players during the next week despite the threat of further injuries.He said: “In my career I never made these decisions. We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play full, not with considered options or playing with more caution.”The same three points are in Brighton that are in Liverpool and we are going to play first in Brighton. It’s a tough match and we will need every player with 100 per cent focus to do everything on the pitch to win.”I was speaking with Koscielny about the possibility of playing against Burnley and he said ‘not today’ because he was very tired after two matches in a week, so I decided for him not to be with the group. He said, ‘I’m not Matteo Guendouzi, Matteo is 19 and I’m 33!’.”
Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ Man City with five-goal rout of Atalantaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola labelled Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Atalanta as “incredible”.The game was tightly balanced with City holding onto a 2-1 at half-time, thanks to a double from Sergio Aguero.But the Italians couldn’t hold off an avalanche in the second-half, with Raheem Sterling scoring an incredible hat-trick.The only negatives for City on what was a magical night at the Etihad was an injury to Rodri and red-card for Phil Foden.Speaking after the game, Guardiola told BT Sport: “It was a really good result. The way Atalanta played created that. It was man to man all over the stadium, it was not comfortable, we’re not used to playing against these teams.”It was no surprise Atalanta finished third last season in Italy and even this season, they’re playing well so it’s an incredible result. It’s three more points. One more win and we’ll be in the next stage.”Raheem Sterling was brilliant. He could have scored one more. Not just with the ball, without the ball, he helps us a lot.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed.
New Delhi: Global internet servers are expected to be ready by June to enable people register complete website name in nine Indian scripts, according to Universal Acceptance Steering Group. At present, website name can be booked in several non-English scripts including Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Devanagari etc. However, top level domain (TLD) — which is the second part on the right side of the dot of a website address — can be booked only in limited set of characters identified by root server. As of now, people can book website name in Devanagari script and only .bharat in this script is available as extension. The nine Indian scripts that will be initially fed in root servers of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. “Label Generation Rules (LGR) for nine language scripts that are used in India are expected to be finalised in a quarter and will be fed in root servers that are managed by ICANN by June. “LGR in root servers will identify characters in Indian scripts. This will allow people to choose complete name of website as per their choice,” Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Chairman Ajay Data told PTI. Data is the first Indian to hold the position in UASG that has been set up with the support of custodian of global internet ICANN. UASG is working to finalise standard characters of non-English scripts to be accepted by internet system globally. Under the new system, people will be able to use any name, word, combination of letters in the nine Indian scripts after ICANN accepts it and completes the process of allocating the system to various bodies across the globe that will facilitate registrations. “We are only waiting for a response from Bangladesh to complete recommendations for Bangla script,” Data said. He said the new scripts are required to connect over a billion people who can understand, read and write in their local language. “This will also solve data security and localisation issue to a large extent. We will engage with Indian government, large enterprises, software and application developers, internet companies to accept e-mails and make their system universally acceptable to enable next one billion non-English speaking people come online,” Data said. UASG has also been given task to finalise standards for full website name in Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, Sinhala, Thai and Georgian scripts. “UASG will focus heavily on India, Russia, China, the UAE and Thailand as billions of people follow scripts that are used in these countries,” Data said. ICANN expanded TLD system from traditional .com, .org, .net to generic names in 2012. It invited applications from companies, organisations and individuals in 2012 who can come up with USD 185,000 (over Rs 1 crore) to buy specific words that will replace the present TLD names and other usual suffixes on their website addresses.
Madrid: Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has rubbished the idea of a European Super League replacing the Champions League, suggesting that Europe’s top clubs are using it as a means of extracting more money for themselves. European soccer’s governing body UEFA this week met with representatives from some of the continent’s major clubs to discuss the proposal of replacing the elite competition with a league featuring promotion and relegation. But in a week where Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur produced stunning comebacks to reach the Champions League final in Madrid, Ronaldo suggested that any new tournament would struggle to replicate the kind of excitement currently on offer. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I personally don’t think there will be a European Super League. What they’ve managed to achieve with what the Champions League represents today is something that would take so much time to even get close to,” said the Brazilian, who is president of La Liga side Real Valladolid, at a news conference. “I think that very soon there’ll be an agreement in which the biggest clubs will start receiving more and more money and they’ll be happy with that. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”For me it would be a stupid idea to try and create a new competition given all the success that we’ve seen in the Champions League.” Ronaldo, who scored 34 goals in 37 appearances for Barcelona between 1996 and 1997, also defended his former club’s season following their dramatic collapse at Anfield. “Look at the season they’re having. They’ve reached the semis of the Champions League, won La Liga with a number of games to go, they’re in the final of the Copa del Rey and that’s not something you can just forget and throw away,” he said.
Islamabad: Pakistan expects to resume talks with India to finalise the agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in New Delhi, according to a Pakistani media report. The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The corridor, once operational, will provide a visa-free access to Sikhs from India to their holiest Shrine located inside Pakistan. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPakistan expects the resumption of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in India, official sources were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune on Sunday. The last phase of six-week long general elections in India is scheduled to take place on May 19 and final results would be announced on May 23. A senior Pakistani official said there was no delay on Pakistan’s part. “It is India that is not willing to engage at this juncture,” the official added while requesting anonymity. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHowever, the official said Pakistan was confident that India would resume talks after the elections. The two countries, nevertheless, held technical level talks at Zero Point (Kartarpur) on April 16. The Indian team was supposed to pay a return visit to Pakistan in April but New Delhi pulled out of the meeting at the last minute citing concerns over the committee formed by Pakistan to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. India as expressed concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the ten-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. The Shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border and everyday a larger number of Sikh devotees gather to perform Darshan or sacred viewings of the site.
Washington – The expulsion by Algeria of Syrian refugees, including women and children, to Moroccan borders was condemned by US experts as immoral and shocking, all the more as this act comes at a time where the international community, and not only the Arab-Islamic nation, is concerned by the serious humanitarian situation in this country.“How can civilized nations turn their back to desperate Syrians seeking refuge” wonders Peter Pham, head of the Atlantic council’s African center, who called this a “regrettable gesture”.While stressing that he was not surprised by this act, the expert noted that the Algerian regime has been for a long time disregarding all international conventions related to refugees’ rights by allowing a guerilla group to sequester on its territory (Tindouf camps) populations for cynical considerations. Peter Pham also argues that by expelling Syrian refugees, the Algerian authorities are violating neighborliness principles and seriously jeopardizing the region peoples’ aspirations to economic integration.For Joe Grieboski, chairman of the administrative board of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP), Washington, considers that this “immoral” expulsion of Syrian refugees experiencing an extremely vulnerable situation is a “typical” practice by Algerian authorities who are once again “shying away from their international obligations”.“It is no surprise”, says Grieboski, knowing that for three decades now Algerian authorities have not been concerned and did not show any sign of humanitarian feeling for sub-Sahran refugees on its borders not for the plague of populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps.This deportation is actually a form of support to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and shows that the Algerian regime does not heed the tragedy experienced by the Syrians, he went on.By expelling the Syrian refugees, Algerian authorities fail to show any empathy for a humanitarian tragedy, he charged.