Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:  Astrobiology Takes on I.D.

first_imgThe Center for Astrobiology at the University of Boulder is hosting a symposium today entitled, “Fossils and Genes: Exploring the Evolution of Life.”  Douglas Futuyma (State University of New York) calls Evolution the “most important theory in biology.”  By his own admission, though, it is a theory filled with paradoxes:Evolution is both a fact and a theory: the most comprehensive explanation of the features and diversity of living things.  It is the most important theory in biology, yet is surrounded by paradoxes.  Despite the simplicity of its central concepts, evolution has a long history of misunderstandings.  Despite its lack of moral or prescriptive content, evolution has been used to justify social policies that range from the admirable to the appalling.  Despite the increasingly important role evolutionary principles and knowledge play in human biology, evolution is rejected by more than half the American public.  Of all the biological disciplines, evolutionary biology has the most far-reaching philosophical implications and the most diverse applications to society.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He is joined by Warren Allmon (Cornell), speaking on “Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Uneven Search for a Consistent World View.” Darwin succeeded where others before him had failed in part because he offered the first truly scientific (i.e., purely materialistic and therefore testable) theory to explain the history of life.  He permanently changed the terms on which theories in biology would be acceptable as science.  Yet few of Darwin’s contemporaries or those who followed truly internalized Darwinism into a coherent and consistent world view.  Materialistic science is vastly more important to modern society than it was in Darwin’s time, yet scientists and non-scientists alike still struggle to fully reconcile materialistic science with their personal and social search for meaning in life.  On the one hand, proponents of intelligent design have declared their intention to overthrow “materialism and its cultural legacies”, which presumably would include not just Darwinism but also everything from agriculture to modern medicine [sic].  On the other, many mainstream scientists – both those who claim to be religious and those who do not – have attempted to reconcile their scientific pursuits with their non-scientific personal philosophies.  Can one simultaneously hold two mutually exclusive philosophies of reality – one materialistic and the other not?  If so, how?  And does doing so make one intellectually dishonest?  Is it possible to construct a logically consistent world view that fully accommodates meaningful religious belief with materialistic science?Sounds like Allmon has quite a challenge before him – and so does Futuyma.Notice several flaws, contradictions, and admissions in these abstracts.Charlie Worship:  It is always Big D that is the figurehead of everything wonderful in science. Charlie Science:  Notice that Darwin was responsible for redefining science as materialism.  Before Darwin, creationism and design thinking was common and produced no conflict, but Darwin “permanently changed the terms on which theories in biology would be acceptable as science.”  Changing the terms of acceptability is not a matter of science, but a matter of philosophy about science.Charlie Morals:  Darwinism knows no morals (as Futuyma admits), so it is illogical for him to find anything “admirable or appalling,” or for Allmon to talk about intellectual honesty and meaning.Charlie Truth:  Futuyma and Allmon just shot themselves in the foot (see self-refuting fallacy).  As materialists, they pulled the rug out from under any validity to concepts of truth, while referring to “philosophies of reality.”Charlie Logic:  Allmon asserted that attacks on evolution are attacks on agriculture and modern medicine (see non-sequitur).  Those disciplines were doing just fine before Charlie came along.Charlie Control:  This Astrobiology symposium was only open to evolutionists.  This shows you not only which bed Astrobiology sleeps in, but how evolutionists rig the game to ridicule their opponents while keeping them out of hearing range.Charlie Leadership:  If less than half the population accepts Darwinism, Futuyma should seriously consider the proposition that it would be good for him to get religion, because that apparently confers better fitness.  This would be a win-win situation.  Religion would lose an enemy, and he would necessarily undermine the fitness principle of Darwinism itself – thus burning the bridge behind him.  As a bonus, he might even win Pascal’s Wager.The only question left is which of the two quotes is winner of the SEQOTW prize, or whether it’s a draw.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ace the Art of Muzzle Flashes in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgMake your action scenes more epic with explosive muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.When it comes to indie VFX work, there are few things as fun as creating realistic muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro. While there are certainly many different ways to create the effect, the following video tutorial demonstrates one of the easiest ways to create Hollywood-quality muzzle flashes using only a few simple video elements.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and create some muzzle-flash mayhem! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you FREE assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Muzzle Flash Assets Creating a Muzzle Flash in Final Cut ProCreating muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro couldn’t be easier. Just follow the steps below.Step 1: Place Your Fire Element Into Your VideoThe first thing to do is place your fire elements into your timeline. You can do this by dragging and dropping the clips from the media browser into your timeline (or hitting the ‘Q’ key with the files selected).Step 2: Reduce to One FrameBy default, the fire element will be longer than a single frame — but if you’re wanting to create a realistic muzzle flash, that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. To cut your footage, select the blade tool by hitting the B key on your keyboard and cutting up your clips into a single “flash” frame.Step 3: Set the Blending ModeYour muzzle flash element will have a black background. For obvious reasons, this won’t work for your video project. With your muzzle flash selected, navigate to the Inspector in the top right part of your Final Cut Pro window. Click the Video button, and select Linear Dodge from the Blending Mode menu located under the Compositing section.Step 4: Scale the ElementYour muzzle flash will likely be too big for your frame. To alter the element, use the Transform tool to scale and position the muzzle flash as needed.Step 5: Add Ambient FlashesAt this point, your video may look cool — but you need to add some ambient light elements into your scene to really push it over the top. While you could use a simple solid shape layer, the best thing to do is use an organic video element. For our example, we’ll use a clip of a lightning storm.Drop your lightning footage into the scene and scale it up using the Scaling and Position features in the Inspector. Set your blending mode to Linear Dodge. Now delete the clip so it only pops up over each flash frame. Next, it’s time to color the element orange.In FCPX, there’s a simple color correction effect called Sepia. This effect quickly applies an orange stylization to your clip.Step 6: Duplicate Your VideoNow we want to colorize our video at the exact frame where the muzzle flash happens. To do this, you need to duplicate the bottom footage layer. This is accomplished by dragging the bottom video layer while pressing and holding the option key.Step 7: Colorize the VideoTo colorize the video, use the Color Correction effect and apply some slight orange color grading. After you do this, cut the video down to the frames in which the muzzle flashes are flashing.See below for the epic results.What is your favorite method for creating muzzle flashes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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World Cup semifinal preview: Fans expect Brazil to overcome loss of Neymar

first_imgBrazil’s NeymarBrazil did it once without Pele, and just about everyone in the country is waiting and hoping to do it again without Neymar. The Brazilians advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup last week, but they lost their best player in doing so. Neymar, the national team’s star attraction with the same yellow No. 10 shirt that Pele made world famous, broke a vertebra after being kneed in the back and will miss the rest of the tournament. That means Brazil will have to do without Neymar’s quick moves and sharp shooting when the team plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday at Mineirao Stadium. And for the final, if they make it that far. “It will be difficult, but we can win it without Neymar,” said Matheus Christoff, a 22-year-old chemical engineering student from Belo Horizonte. “In 1962, we won without Pele, so we can win without Neymar.” Pele became a global star when he was only 17, scoring two goals in the 1958 final to give Brazil its first World Cup title. Four years later in Chile, he was injured in the opening round and was forced to sit and watch as his teammates won again. But win they did, with Garrincha stepping up to carry the load. Watch: Neymar speaks in tearful video for Brazil after back injury rules him out of World Cup  This time around, there is no obvious goal-scoring replacement for Neymar, who cuts his hair in a fauxhawk and has become the face of the World Cup, at least on billboards and in TV commercials all over Brazil.advertisement Or, instead of one person stepping up to provide the goals, maybe there is more than one. “They have another 22 players,” said Patricia Mendes, a 35-year-old consultant in Belo Horizonte. “If they wear the yellow jersey, they can score.” Neymar did most of the damage himself in the first round, scoring four goals in the opening three matches to put Brazil at the top of Group A. The two strikers playing alongside him, Fred and Hulk, have combined to score only one goal, while defender David Luiz has provided the offense by scoring two in the last two matches. A slumbering attack, now without its most important component, is going to make it hard against the Germans, who seem to have put their defense back together after a substandard performance in the second round. And the loss of Brazil captain Thiago Silva, who is suspended for the match after foolishly picking up a yellow card in the quarterfinal win over Colombia, is going to make things even tougher. “I really don’t think we can win without Neymar and Thiago Silva,” said 23-year-old Rafael Seixas, who works at his family’s convenience store in Belo Horizonte. “They are the best players in the team, and Germany is really good.” The thought of losing to Germany, however odious that may be for most Brazilians, is still better than considering one other possibility of this year’s World Cup – an ultimate victory for Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium. “That,” Seixas said, “would be the worst possible scenario for the World Cup in Brazil.”last_img read more

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World IPv6 Day test runs 24 hours starting June 8

first_img Citation: World IPv6 Day test runs 24 hours starting June 8 (2011, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-ipv6-internet-protocol-billion-space.html IPv6 guide provides path to secure deployment of next-generation Internet protocol On June 8, 2011 major web companies such as Facebook, and Yahoo!, will allow IPv6 to run on their main websites for 24 hours. These websites along with Google have more than one billion combined visits each day. They are joining major content delivery networks Akamai and Limelight Networks along with the Internet Society, for the first global-scale 24 hour trial run of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.Internet users will not have to do anything to prepare for this 24 hour global event. According to the Internet Society, the vast majority of users, about 99.5%, will be unaffected. There will be some cases where users may experience connectivity problems due to the fact that their home network device is not configured correctly.The major goal of World IPv6 Day is to identify the potential problems under controlled testing and address them in a timely manner. Organizations involved in this global event will be working alongside operating system manufacturers, networking vendors and ISPs to minimize the number of users affected.World IPv6 Day marks a critical day in Internet history that will pave the way for future growth and enabling more computers, networks and handheld devices to come online. Explore further IPv6 is a new version of the Internet Protocol that is designed to succeed the existing Internet Protocol version 4. More information: World IPv6 Day, IPv6 © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Today’s Internet protocol, IPv4, is expected to run out of space this year. On World IPv6 Day the first steps will be taken to test a long-term solution that will address the 30 year old 32 bit addresses.last_img read more

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