Solving a Global Cultural Crisis Without Moral Authority

first_imgOne cannot order scientists what not to do without appealing to a higher authority than man.“Human germline editing needs one message,” said the editors of Nature last week. “Science academies and the World Health Organization must act in unison.” There’s that word must. Like should and ought, the word implies morality. Scientists must do something. Scientists must not do other things. Says who?The speed of technological advance, coupled with some scientists’ determination to press ahead with editing human germline cells — eggs, sperm and embryonic cells — has been sounding alarm bells for nearly five years. Editing could produce unpredictable changes that an individual’s descendants will inherit — with potentially wide-reaching societal implications. Academies, governments and ethicists have been considering how to regulate this. But the manner in which it is being done is suboptimal.The editors must be kidding themselves. These are the very people who have pushed Darwinian evolution on the world since Darwin was still alive, who appreciated the good publicity he got from Nature magazine. The same Darwinian worldview is promoted by most science academies and the World Health Organization on whom they rely to “do something” about this crisis.On what basis are they going to tell other scientists what they must do? Is it because human brains “appeared” by the Stuff Happens Law, and “evolved” to cooperate? Their worldview promotes non-cooperation and a universal struggle for dominance even more than it conceivably might promote cooperation.Their worldview also believes that humans came to dominance by chance mutations. They believe that accidental events, perhaps a meteorite impact, turned tree-climbing apes into savannah hunter-gatherers who took over the world by learning how to control fire. All those things were selfish and utilitarian, not “moral” by any stretch. And now, humans are causing other “potential wide-reaching societal implications,” they believe, such as destroying the planet by anthropogenic climate change. Is that “suboptimal” too?There are some within the evolutionary camp who believe it is inevitable that humans will meld with machines, which will eventually discard their fleshy parts and evolve into cyborgs that will reproduce around the galaxy. So why do they think they can say, “Thou shalt not edit the human germline,” when that is the very thing their worldview expects?In their morality, the culture with the most fitness wins. Do they really think they can stop rogue regimes, like China, Iran, or North Korea, from doing whatever it takes to dominate the world? If there is any ‘good’ in Darwinism, it is that: Dominance. Power. Fitness. Survival. Stuff will happen, and there’s nothing they can do about it.Their imago dei is showing. Something deep in their hearts is crying out, saying that tampering with the human germline is dangerous (which it is). Without any appeal to a Creator God who makes the rules, these editors’ pleas are whispers in the wind.By the way, God is doing something about it. But He gave us fair warning that things are going to go from bad to worse—a lot worse—under a tyrannical world ruler possessed by Satan, whom mankind chose over their Creator. The catastrophic collapse of human effort to control the world will display forever the weakness of Satan as well as the futility of fallen man to solve his deepest problems and meet her greatest needs. Take the way of escape while you can.Credit: Decision Magazine cover, Dec 1966.(Visited 256 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Using the Channel Mixer for a Better Black-and-White

first_imgCranking the green and dropping the red and blue brings the background way up for a super bloomy look: Cranking up the red channel and dropping the other two brightens up the skintones, increases contrast, and even brings down the exposure on that sign in the background: Much moodier now that the mysterious man’s face is in shadow. If you raise the blue and drop the green, it does a great job of darkening the background between the two men and removing some of that distraction: One example where using the channel mixer in After Effects is particularly useful is with close-up shots of talent. Notice how with the default black-and-white the lips don’t really have tonal definition.By lowering the red and blue channels and raising the green, the contrast in the skintones is raised and you start to see good definition, especially with the lips:The channel mixer in After Effects is a great tool for better flexibility with your black-and-white looks. Get finer control over skintones through the red channel and the ability to re-light shots.center_img Use the channel mixer to create great monochromatic looks that are much more dynamic than a plain desaturation!When working on a black and white color grade in your video editing projects, typically the only tools people reach for are desaturation and contrast. However, there’s a better way to get your black and white look, and to have a lot more flexibility in the final outcome.In this post we’ll share how to use the monochrome channel mixer in Adobe After Effects to give your video a custom black and white treatment.The channel mixer is an effect that mixes the amount of red, green, and blue in each individual RGB channel. It can be a little hard to work with in color, but there’s a “monochrome” checkbox at the bottom, and the black and white controls are a lot easier to use. When you’re in monochrome mode, only the red channel controls work, but you can control the brightness of each channel. With this you can basically re-light the shot. It’s easier to see with an example, so we’ll work with this shot:Here’s the basic black and white look; not bad, but a little bland: Here’s a look at what we can do with a little channel tweaking. Since most of the color in our skin is in the red channel, look what happens when we lower that channel, then raise the others to compensate for exposure:last_img read more

IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings’ road final

first_imgChennai’s road to final in IPL-4Here’s how Chennai IPL team, lead by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached the final of the IPL season 4.DateTimeNo.Match DetailsVenueResult8-Apr-1120:001stChennai vs KolkataChennaiChennai won by 2 runsscorecard | report 13-Apr-1116:009thPunjab vs ChennaiMohaliPunjab won by 6 wicketsscorecard | report 16-Apr-1116:0014thChennai vs BangaloreChennai Chennai won by 21 runsscorecard | report18-Apr-1120:0018thKochi vs ChennaiKochi Kochi beat Chennai by 7 wicketsscorecard | report22-Apr-1120:0025thMumbai vs ChennaiMumbaiMumbai won by 8 runsscorecard | report 25-Apr-1120:0029thChennai vs PuneChennaiChennai won by 25 runsscorecard | report 27-Apr-1116:0031stPune vs ChennaiNavi Mumbai Chennai won by 8 wicketsscorecard | report1-May-1120:0039thChennai vs HyderabadChennai Chennai won by 19 runsscorecard | report4-May-1116:0043rdChennai vs RajasthanChennai Chennai won by 8 wicketsscorecard | report7-May-1116:0048thKolkata vs ChennaiKolkataKolkata won by 10 runs (D/L)scorecard | report 9-May-1120:0052ndRajasthan vs ChennaiJaipur Chennai won by 63 runsscorecard | report12-May-1120:0056thChennai vs DelhiChennai Chennai won by 18 runsscorecard | report18-May-1120:0064thChennai vs KochiChennaiChennai won by 11 runsscorecard | report22-May-1116:0069thBangalore vs ChennaiBangalore Bangalore won by 8 wicketsscorecard | report24-May-1120:0071stBangalore vs Chennai, Qualifier 1Mumbai Chennai won by 6 wicketsscorecard | reportlast_img read more

ATT makes it harder for spam callers to reach you

first_img AT&T 5G network has some of the fastest speeds we’ve… 7 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Tags Share your voicecenter_img AT&T FCC Comments 9:40 Mobile Save me from robocalls, please. Angela Lang/CNET AT&T is now making its Call Protect fraud caller blocking service a default for its new mobile customers.If you’re an existing customer, don’t worry: The company says it’ll make this feature the default for you, too, in the coming months.AT&T said Tuesday it was able to make this change thanks to a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission last month that lets US carriers “aggressively block” unwanted robocalls, allowing them to turn on blocking features by default instead of as an opt-in service.This work comes amid growing a uproar from the federal government and customers over spam calls. The FCC has said that frustration has made robocalls the No. 1 complaint it receives from consumers, amounting to hundreds of thousands of grievances filed every year. The number of unwanted robocalls skyrocketed 46% from 2017 to 2018, according to caller ID service Hiya.For any existing AT&T customers interested in using Call Protect now, you can download the service as an app or turn it on through your MyAT&T account. The company has already rolled out a suspected spam caller alert for existing customers, too, and says it plans to add more tools to fight robocalls in the coming months.last_img read more

BSE closes points 4814 up Nov 26

first_imgBSE closes points 48.14 up Nov 264.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 48.14 up Nov 264.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 48.14 points up to stand at 28,386.19. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.65 points up to stand at 8,475.75. GUJRAT GAS and OBEROI REALTY LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.55% and 7.64% along with TORRENT POWER LTD and DLF with an increase of 7.35% and 7.16% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and KAILASH with a decrease of 4.86% and 4.76% along with FINOLEX CABLES LTD and ZEE LTD with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.93% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 68.70 points at 18,805.38 while the banking sector is down 62.95 points at 20,586.35 and the reality sector is up 64.39 points at 1,660.73. The Indian currency is up 0.04% at Rs 61.84 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 48.14 points up to stand at 28,386.19. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.65 points up to stand at 8,475.75. GUJRAT GAS and OBEROI REALTY LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.55% and 7.64% along with TORRENT POWER LTD and DLF with an increase of 7.35% and 7.16% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and KAILASH with a decrease of 4.86% and 4.76% along with FINOLEX CABLES LTD and ZEE LTD with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.93% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 68.70 points at 18,805.38 while the banking sector is down 62.95 points at 20,586.35 and the reality sector is up 64.39 points at 1,660.73. The Indian currency is up 0.04% at Rs 61.84 per dollar.last_img read more