Travel: Off-course in Hawaii

first_imgThere may be a lot of golf action to cover in Hawaii this month, but that doesn’t mean the Golf Channel crew isn’t having a little fun in between. Matt Ginella checks in from Oahu’s famed North Shore, where he shares some of his favorite activities on the island, including surfing with Kelly Tilghman.  Video: Top 5 activities on Oahu   However, even Hawaii regulars like Ginella still find new things to do. This trip, he finally discovered an Oahu institution: 4,000-acre Kualoa Ranch. Video: Discovering Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch More: Ginella and Mark Rolfing name their top golf courses in Hawaiilast_img

Cup 1/2 Full

first_imgCROMWELL, Conn – It’s been a rough week for Sergio Garcia. No, not his return to the Travelers Championship after a five-year hiatus. Not his 16 birdies in three rounds so far, nor his scores of 65-69-65. And certainly not his opportunity for a first PGA Tour title in nearly two full years. But for a superfan of Spain’s national soccer – er, fútbol – team, yes, it’s been a rough one. And yes, he is a superfan. Just listen to him break down his country’s ousting from the World Cup. “We’ve had such great six years with two European Cups and one World Cup,” Garcia said after Saturday’s third round. “I wasn’t expecting for the team to not get through the group stages, but I thought the season was getting very long – maybe they get to the quarterfinals, semifinals, they would play very well. But it’s different out there in South America for the European teams, so it was a little disappointing on that aspect. But there’s nothing that I can do.” It would be careless to suggest that he is using his frustration as fuel for his own performance. Or that he’s trying to vindicate national pride with a victory here in the heart of southern New England. As Garcia and everyone in fútbol-mad Spain understands, for the defending champion to lose its first two matches is a special kind of hurt that won’t be soothed by any other individual athletic achievements anytime soon. For him personally, though, earning his first victory in the United States since the 2012 Wyndham Championship would help ease what’s been a rough week. Travelers Championship: Articles, videos and photos “I would love for me to win and Spain does great,” he said when asked if he’d choose personal glory over national fandom. “You don’t want to be selfish or anything like that. Of course I want to do well for myself, though. That’s what I’m here for.” So far, it’s working. Playing here for the first time since a T-43 result in 2009, Garcia will enter the final round in a share of third place, just two strokes behind leader Ryan Moore. “If I shoot 62, I’ll probably win, but I don’t know. It’s just difficult to say,” he explained. “The way the course is playing every day, it’s playing harder and harder. “If it comes up with a little bit of wind and the greens start getting crusty – like they are at the moment – you know, it’s not going to be easy tomorrow. So I don’t know, maybe 3 under might be enough; maybe you need 6. You never know what the rest of the people are going to do. The only thing I can do is go out there, try to play the best I can and hope that that is good and see where that puts me.” In the past few years, his best has often been annoyingly shy of being good enough. Garcia owns a dozen top-10 finishes since that last PGA Tour win, including five already this season. Two of those – third-place results at the Shell Houston Open and Players Championship – have been serious title contentions, but despite wins in Thailand and Qatar already this year, he has yet to add to his ledger of eight career victories on U.S. soil. “Winning is not easy,” he admitted. “And every week there’s pressure to do well and give yourself a chance at winning. … It’s just a matter of keep putting yourself in that situation and wait for that day where you feel great, where everything goes your way, and you know, there’s no one that can catch you.” Those are profound words from a player who too often receives grief for a lack of wins – he would top most cringe-inducing Best Player To Have Never Won A Major lists – but in reality is searching for the 30th worldwide title of his career at the age of 34. If he’s able to add to that total on Sunday, if he’s able to climb the Travelers leaderboard and secure his name on another trophy, it will be more than just a silver lining in what’s been a rough week for the fan of Spain’s national team. Well, for him, at least – if not for the rest of his native country. “No, I wouldn’t say so,” he laughed. “Fútbol in Spain is everything. If I would manage to, it would be great to go and win tomorrow. [But] it wouldn’t make up for it, not for the fútbol fans.”last_img read more

U.S. Open qualifying an eclectic experience

first_imgPOWELL, Ohio – The 36-hole grind for 13 spots in the U.S. Open started just after sunrise on Monday. For some players, like former world No. 1 Luke Donald, the grind didn’t end until just after sunrise on Tuesday, in a six-for-five playoff. It was the end to another wild U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus. Players from all corners of the game teed off Monday at Kinsale and Wedgewood Golf and Country Club with the same goal – a tee time in 10 days at Oakmont. The field of 103 included many top pros like Donald, Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas, Brendan Steele, Adam Hadwin and Kevin Streelman, who just hours before were competing for one of the biggest PGA Tour titles of the year at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament. There were also plenty of amateurs, fledgling pros, college stars, guys who haven’t done enough to warrant a Wikipedia page, and one reigning U.S. Amateur champion (Bryson DeChambeau) who had already given up his spot at Oakmont to turn pro and then went out and qualified again. Those who made it pretty much had the same reaction as Donald. “Glad it’s all over,” he said after waking up at 5 a.m. Tuesday to make two pars and earn a return trip to Oakmont. U.S. Open sectional qualifying results One player who didn’t join them in the qualifier was William McGirt. He originally had a tee time on Monday, but McGirt went out the day before and won his first PGA Tour title to get into Oakmont. Everyone who did show up gathered around the hand-written leaderboard to see where they stood while also checking their phones to get the latest scores. The U.S. Open trophy was on display nearby and offered a not-so-subtle reminder to the qualifiers that, Hey, four more good rounds and I could be yours. But for those who got in – and for a few who didn’t – they took away more than just a spot in one of the four biggest tournaments in the sport. For Donald, now No. 80 in the world, it was another positive sign as he tries to move back up the world rankings. He used to easily qualify for the majors, but in April he missed the Masters for the first time since 2004 and had to earn his place in the U.S. Open for the second year in a row. “I want to play majors,” Donald said. “If you’re not playing you don’t have a chance to win. Sitting on the couch isn’t going to do me any good. I want to play for as long as I can.” Carlos Ortiz learned he was on the right track with his game even after missing nine of his last 11 cuts. He simply went out on Monday and fired a pair of 66s to lead all of the qualifiers in Columbus. Now the 25-year-old from Mexico is heading to his first major. “I’ve been playing great the last two months,” he said. “It’s just a matter of putting everything together and now it’s coming together.” Ethan Tracy (65-68) tied for second with DeChambeau and also qualified for his first major. It capped a roller-coaster week for the 26-year-old mini-tour player from nearby Galloway. He received an invite to the Memorial, a tournament he attended several times as a kid, but missed the cut. “On Friday I was pretty emotional,” he said. “I put in a lot of hard work and probably the hardest work I’ve ever done, and I’m glad it’s paying off … I know I’m doing the right things and going in the right direction.” After the qualifier, that direction will be north for a Canadian Tour event, and then Tracy will head to Oakmont where he may run into defending champion Jordan Spieth, a guy Tracy beat on his way to winning the 2011 Western Amateur. Tracy knew Spieth was going to be a star, but he also knows his game is pretty stout, too. “I know I can be out there with him,” Tracy said. Oklahoma State sophomore Zachary Bauchou and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton played in the same group and shot the same score, but they had different reactions after 36 holes on Monday. “Honestly, probably the coolest thing I have ever done,” said a smiling Bauchou, who drained a 5-foot putt in a downpour to post 4 under par. “I was really excited about it. Coming down the last hole I was like, ‘Shoot! I might get in the U.S. Open! That’s really awesome.’” Unfortunately for Bauchou and Compton, 4 under was not enough to get in. They were among six players who came back on Tuesday morning for a playoff for the second alternate spot and lost out to Adam Hadwin. Compton was emotionally spent on Monday, especially since he almost quit in the middle of his second 18 holes. He nonchalantly tried to knock in a par putt and missed from 2-inches. Yes, 2 inches. “It was so demoralizing,” he said. But he pressed on because Compton knows what can happen if you make it through. In 2014, he survived a two-hole playoff to punch his ticket to Pinehurst and then finished tied for second behind Martin Kaymer. “I feel like my form is close to where it was [in 2014], but you need to have some things go your way,” he said. “And you have to be really tough. It’s hard to be tough when you’re not a top player in the world, and you’re somebody who is always kind of grinding to keep your card. You’ve got to be tough every day, on every shot. That can wear on you after a few years.” Last year, Steele was one the many pros who withdrew before the qualifier even started. “I played really bad on Sunday [at the Memorial] last year and just knew my attitude wasn’t going to be good enough to go battle for 36 holes,” he said after easily making it to Oakmont with rounds of 66-68. “I didn’t want to give it half an effort, and so I pulled out last year.” Now his dream of winning the U.S. Open continues. “That’s the beauty of the U.S. Open,” Steele said. “That’s why it’s everybody’s dream to be able to compete and even just play this round. You get to come out here and play with some great players.”last_img read more

A. Jutanugarn tops sister; Wie, Ko advance

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Ariya Jutanugarn won a sister showdown Friday in the Lorena Ochoa Match Play, and Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr also advanced at Club de Golf Mexico. The third-ranked Jutanugarn edged older sister Moriya 2 up in the second round. ”Today we had fun because we are sisters – and we always have fun,” Ariya said. ”She plays so good. I can’t believe I beat her today because she’s so good.” Ariya will face Pernilla Lindberg in the round of 16 in the event that switched from stroke to match play and from November to April. Ariya never trailed against Moriya. ”We always say, ‘Just have a good day,”’ Moriya said. ”We know that we both are going to try our best, play our games. We don’t try to be easy on each other. Hopefully, next time we are not on the same pool and don’t have to see each other so early in the week.” Ko beat Jennifer Song 1 up to guarantee staying No. 1 in the world. Wie topped Laura Gonzalez Escallon 3 and 2, and Kerr defeated Jenny Shin 4 and 3. Wie eagled the par-5 second hole for the second straight day. She made a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 11 to take a 3-up lead. ”I’m happy with how I played,” Wie said. ”It was a fun but tough match. I am happy the way I’m playing, and just happy to survive.” Kerr won three weeks ago in Hawaii and lost to Haru Nomura on Sunday on the sixth hole of a playoff in Texas. Ko will play Mi Jung Hur, a 20-hole winner over Suzann Pettersen. Wie set up a match against friend Marina Alex. ”We are already texting each other. We do dinner every night,” Wie said. ”It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a lot of gifs sent tonight or over in the course of the day.” Alex beat Brittany Lang 5 and 4. Kerr will face Cydney Clanton, a 19-hole winner over Caroline Masson. Charley Hull beat Pornanong Phatlum 2 and 1, a day after a fainting spell midway through the back nine in her first-round victory over Nelly Korda. ”It was probably a bug in the morning and it got worse and worse in the afternoon, probably from dehydration,” the 21-year-old Englishwoman said. Hull will play Sei Young Kim, a 3-and-2 winner over Danielle Kang. Shanshan Feng outlasted Sarah Jane Smith in 22 holes. She will play Brooke Henderson, a 2-and-1 winner over Ryann O’Toole. Henderson was 2 down after 11. ”I knew I had some work to do,” Henderson said. ”I was able to do make four birdies in a row that helped my momentum. I played great today … and she played great too. It was just an awesome match.” Angela Stanford beat Olympic champion Inbee Park 3 and 2. Carlota Ciganda, the November winner in stroke play at Club de Golf Mexico in the then-Lorena Ochoa Invitational, dropped out with a 21-hole loss to Karine Icher. Stanford will play Icher. Lindberg beat Brittany Lang 4 and 3. The event is the LPGA Tour’s first match-play tournament since 2012.last_img read more

JT enters uncharted territory after dominant win

first_imgMEDINAH, Ill. – Thanks to a dominating weekend performance at Medinah Country Club, Justin Thomas will head to the Tour Championship as the man to beat. Thomas started the final round of the BMW Championship with a six-shot lead after shattering the course record with a third-round 61, and while things got a little more interesting than he would have preferred he still managed to win the season’s penultimate event by three shots over Patrick Cantlay. It means that Thomas, not Player of the Year frontrunner Brooks Koepka, will tee off at East Lake with a two-shot lead at 10 under using the Tour’s new staggered scoring format. Thomas bogeyed the opening hole Sunday, and he nearly found disaster on the par-5 10th when a double-crossed 3-wood was kept in bounds only after bouncing off a boundary fence. But the former world No. 1 steadied his nerve from there, curling in four birdies over his final eight holes to keep at bay the charges of Cantlay and third-place Hideki Matsuyama, who closed with a 63. The win was the 10th of Thomas’ career, and his first since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational more than a year ago. “It’s been awhile,” Thomas said. “It’s always easy when things are going well. When your back is up against the wall, or when you get pressured or put a little heat on you, I think how you respond is sometimes a little bit better or shows a little bit more.” BMW Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverage | FedExCup standings Thomas won the FedExCup two years ago to cap a remarkable season that included five wins and his maiden major. Now he’ll begin the 30-man event with a quantified advantage, two shots clear of Cantlay, three clear of third-place Koepka and 10 shots ahead of Nos. 26-30 in the standings. “Definitely beats the position I was in at the beginning of this week,” Thomas said. “I can certainly say, a thousand percent, I’ve never slept on a Wednesday lead. But I’m definitely excited for that, and I’m just going to try to win the golf tournament as if everybody starts at zero.” Thomas suffered a wrist injury earlier this year, one that led him to withdraw from both the Wells Fargo Championship, where he won his PGA title, and the PGA Championship at Bethpage. Thomas expressed at the time that those decisions were made out of an abundance of caution, and that strategy appears to have paid off based on the torrid stretch with which he has closed the season. Thomas has channeled his 2017 form in recent weeks, finishing T-12 or better in each of his last four starts. And that was before he bent Medinah to his will, shooting 15 under par over his final 36 holes on a course with a major pedigree. “I just kept telling myself I was beating everything by six through three rounds with a very mediocre Friday,” Thomas said. “I felt I was playing better than everybody else, and I felt that I was and I felt that I was good enough that I was going to be just fine. You’re going to have bogeys.” Now Thomas will make the trek south to Atlanta, where two years ago he won the season-long prize but not the Tour Championship title. With the two trophies now unified under the Tour’s new scoring format, he’s eager to head into uncharted waters equipped with an enviable position at the top. “I truly have no idea. There’s nobody in the history of this sport that has experienced it, so nobody knows,” Thomas said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be weird. It’s going to be different, I know.”last_img read more

At 40, Garcia continues to wow and confound

first_imgThe kid turns 40 years old today. How can that be? Sergio Garcia will forever be “El Nino” to anyone who saw him as that brash but colorful 19-year-old trying to steal the closing moments and the trophy from Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Medinah all those years ago. The kid’s birdie at the 13th that Sunday, his defiant glare back at Woods on the tee box, was terrific theater. So was his giddy scissors kick racing up the 16th fairway, to see where his clever escape from behind a tree was going to end up on a day he ultimately couldn’t wrestle away from Woods. Garcia may be the youngest 40-year-old in sports today. If you like watching him, you still see the boyish, playful nature, the mischievous exuberance you always find a way to forgive when it erupts in untamed emotion. He’s like the maddening but ultimately loveable rebel in almost every family. Somehow, he figures out how to make you smile even when you’re shaking your head. Photos Best of: Sergio Garcia through the years Images of Sergio Garcia throughout his amateur and professional career. If you’re not a fan, it’s different. You’re probably still wondering when he’s going to grow up. Garcia’s tempestuous meltdown in the bunker and on the greens in Saudi Arabia just last year reminded you of so many other tantrums over the years. Emotionally, Garcia is such an open book on golf’s public stages. We’ve seen the best and worst of him through the years, with struggles great and small adding to the richness of the drama we got to see play out in the game’s biggest events. For the longest time, he seemed destined to be remembered as an epically tortured character in major championships. He seemed fated to be remembered as golf’s version of Sisyphus, the king who was punished by the Greek gods, compelled for eternity to roll a boulder up a hill, only to endure it always rolling back on him before he reached the top. Garcia, however, got his rock to the mountaintop in one of the great upsets in golf history. He didn’t just win the Masters in 2017, finally claiming his elusive first major. He won the hearts and minds of American golf fans who so enthusiastically rallied behind him. That was the monumental upset. News & Opinion A little magic, a lot of maturity lead Garcia to a major BY Ryan Lavner  — April 9, 2017 at 10:29 PM It appeared to be another major defeat for Sergio Garcia Sunday at the Masters. But not this Sergio. Not this time. The guy American fans seemed to love to hate was transformed into the guy American fans couldn’t help loving in his march to the green jacket at Augusta National. “I am an emotional player,” Garcia once said. “While I believe that’s one of my biggest strengths, it’s also one of my biggest flaws.” Garcia may not always get it right in his career, but there’s an earnestness that has made his fans believe he really wants to get it right, and that he’ll keep working to get it right. “Show everyone that not only am I a good golfer, I’m a good person,” Garcia said. As a husband and father, Garcia has doubled down on that. His emotions in the game may also be like that boulder Sisyphus had to push uphill, but as he showed at the Masters, he knows how to endure until the worthiest of prizes are won.last_img read more

Podcast: Chamblee, Diaz preview the Masters

first_imgOn this Brandel Chamblee Podcast with Jaime Diaz, Brandel and Jaime preview the Masters, discussing how it will play in November and without patrons, pick their favorites, and speculate on how Tiger, Bubba, and others will fare at Augusta National.last_img

Scaffold Without a Blueprint? Another Wild Story of Cambrian “Enablement”

first_imgEvolution Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommendedcenter_img Intelligent Design Scaffold Without a Blueprint? Another Wild Story of Cambrian “Enablement”Evolution News @DiscoveryCSCMay 1, 2017, 2:21 AM For a billion years, microbes were lonely. They swam as individuals, occasionally forming little clubs to pass the millions of years together. Then, one of them found a Lego-like protein in its cytoplasm. Poking it outside its cell membrane, the curious fellow kept doing this, till some of the useless castoffs formed networks of strands floating in the water. As the microbe divided, its offspring latched onto the meshwork.Bang! Animals!We hope that is not too silly a retelling of the latest evolutionary attempt to explain away the Cambrian explosion. David McNamee of Vanderbilt puts it this way, via Science Daily:The dawn of the Animal Kingdom began with a collagen scaffold that enabled the organization of cells into tissues.This key innovation, which made possible the rich diversity of life on earth, is found in the most ancient of currently living animals — the ctenophore, Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists report in the online journal eLife. [Emphasis added.]Well, if a collagen scaffold “enabled” tissues, what microbe wouldn’t want to take advantage of the free offer? Did the microbe recognize what a “key innovation” collagen was? Did it know what to do with a scaffold? Did it imagine the possibilities? Someone should remind the thinkers in the evolutionary community that possibility is not evidence.Oh, but animals have tissues made with collagen! So there you go. Evidence! It’s perplexing that McNamee and his scientific colleagues look to ctenophores (comb jellies) to support their story. Comb jellies recently occasioned howls of protest when Antonis Rokas, one of the co-authors of the eLife paper, contended that they — not sponges — were the first animals. Another Vanderbilt news item explains:For nearly a century, scientists organized the animal family tree based in large part on their judgement of the relative complexity of various organisms. Because of their comparative simplicity, sponges were considered to be the earliest members of the animal lineage. This paradigm began to shift when the revolution in genomics began providing vast quantities of information about the DNA of an increasing number of species. Evolutionary biologists started to apply this wealth of information to refine and redefine evolutionary relationships, creating a new field called phylogenomics. In most cases, the DNA data helped clarify these relationships. In a number of instances, however, it gave rise to controversies that intensified as more and more data accumulated.Since then, evolutionists have batted the shuttlecock of earliest animal back and forth between the sponge-firsters and the ctenophore-firsters. What matters here is that Rokas is a ctenophore-firster. And yet now his institution is claiming that this complex animal, the comb jelly, with its symmetry, flashing lights, nervous system, gut, and complex behaviors, is the heir of a blind, aimless collagen scaffold. Some steps seem to be missing in this story. (And remember, ctenophores are just one of the 18 to 20 phyla that appear abruptly in the Cambrian.)The open-access paper in eLife relies on the concept of “enablement.” If collagen emerges, it will “enable” complex life to emerge.The role of the cellular microenvironment in enabling metazoan tissue genesis remains obscure. Ctenophora has recently emerged as one of the earliest-branching extant animal phyla, providing a unique opportunity to explore the evolutionary role of the cellular microenvironment in tissue genesis. Here, we characterized the extracellular matrix (ECM), with a focus on collagen IV and its variant, spongin short-chain collagens, of non-bilaterian animal phyla. We identified basement membrane (BM) and collagen IV in Ctenophora, and show that the structural and genomic features of collagen IV are homologous to those of non-bilaterian animal phyla and Bilateria. Yet, ctenophore features are more diverse and distinct, expressing up to twenty genes compared to six in vertebrates. Moreover, collagen IV is absent in unicellular sister-groups. Collectively, we conclude that collagen IV and its variant, spongin, are primordial components of the extracellular microenvironment, and as a component of BM, collagen IV enabled the assembly of a fundamental architectural unit for multicellular tissue genesis.Microbes don’t have collagen; ctenophores do have it (20 genes of it), therefore the mere appearance of collagen must have “enabled” a microbe to perform “tissue genesis.” Presto! Comb jellies. Watch these little guys on YouTube strut their fancy lights.We’ll rank this explanation a little higher than the idea that oxygen enabled the Cambrian body plans. But not by much. You can find the word “enabled” a dozen times in the paper, e.g.:Knowledge of collagen IV evolution may shed light on the fundamental features of the cellular microenvironment that enabled the transition from single-cell organisms to multicellular tissues. Together, the non-bilaterian animal phyla (Ctenophora, Porifera, Placozoa, and Cnidaria) represent this transition [i.e., the Cambrian explosion]. Importantly, Ctenophora has recently emerged as one of the earliest-branching extant phyla….Questioning the ExplosionWhile on the topic of the Cambrian explosion, let’s look briefly at a new paper in Geology that questions the explosiveness of the radiation. Five scientists went to an outcrop in Siberia where the transition from Ediacaran to Cambrian is exposed. By measuring carbon isotopes, fossils, small shellies and burrows, they conclude that the Cambrian explosion had “deep roots.”These observations raise doubts as to whether there is any true separation between the Ediacaran and Cambrian skeletal biotas, and suggest that there is a deep root for the Cambrian explosion of metazoans.While interesting, the outcrop is irrelevant to the central thesis of Stephen Meyer’s book, Darwin’s Doubt. Meyer claims that the abrupt appearance of new body plans in the early Cambrian requires a cause able to organize hierarchical layers of information into functional structures. The only cause we know that can do that is intelligence. With that in mind, it doesn’t matter how much time you give them; blind processes of evolution can’t do it.This new paper adds little to the discussion. Paleontologists already knew about small shelly fossils, Ediacaran organisms, and debates about deep roots. Basically, the geologists and paleontologists found overlap between the Ediacaran, the small shelly fossils and the Cambrian animals in this Siberian outcrop. “These observations in turn raise doubts as to whether there is any true separation between the Ediacaran and Cambrian skeletal biotas,” they conclude. That’s all well and good, but it’s not the issue. Where did the information for complex body plans come from? Notice what’s missing from this paper:Evolution: They don’t even mention it.Genetics: They don’t mention that, either.Ancestry or phylogeny: Zero mentions.Instead, they simply say, “In conclusion, our new integrated data do not support the contention that extinction of the Ediacaran biota facilitated the Cambrian explosion, but rather suggest that there is a deep root for the Cambrian explosion of metazoans.”They don’t deny the explosion, in other words. They just find overlap between the Ediacarans (which are not related to the Cambrian animals), the small shellies and burrows, and the fully formed Cambrian body plans.That word “facilitated” is noteworthy. It’s like the word “enabled” in the previous paper. You can “enable” a building all you want by erecting scaffolds. You can “facilitate” the building by getting trash out of the way. But without intelligence, nothing will happen.By the way, do take a moment to view the earliest Cambrian arthropod, estimated to be 508 million years old, just discovered in Canada, over at Live Science. This “sea monster” had fifty legs and giant claws — some of the strongest claws on record. It also had shells, eyes, and antennae. “The new finding is only the latest fossil discovery from Marble Canyon. Other Cambrian fossil discoveries there include an ancient fish known as Metaspriggina and a four-eyed arthropod called Leanchoilid.”That’s the kind of architecture that evolutionists have yet to explain.Photo: Arctic comb jelly (Mertensia ovum), by Kevin Raskoff (Mertensia on [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsarthropodCambrian Explosioncomb jellyCtenophoraDarwin’s DoubtEdiacaran organismsevolutionspongeStephen Meyer,Trendinglast_img read more

Kanye Imagine? “Scientists Don’t Have to Be Darwinists”

first_img TagsBerlin WallBrian JosephsoncensorshipChance the RapperCharles TownesDarwinian theoryDarwinistsDemocratsethnicityevolutionistsfree speechgroupthinkKanye WestKim KardashianNobel PrizeprofessorsraceRepublicansscientiststipping point,Trending Free Speech Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Share Recommended Evolution “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man News Media Kanye Imagine? “Scientists Don’t Have to Be Darwinists”David [email protected]_klinghofferApril 26, 2018, 5:33 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Thanks to Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, an idea has sprung on the culture like a thunderclap: “Black people don’t have to be Democrats.” This would appear to be beyond dispute. No one has to affiliate with either major political party, by virtue of race, ethnicity, sexuality, or anything else. Only the chairman of the Republican or Democratic party has to be a Republican or a Democrat, respectively.Black people don’t have to be democrats.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018Yet such is the power of group identity and groupthink that it comes as a shock to hear this common sense expressed aloud. Or in a tweet. I believe this is the first time we’ve cited Kim Kardashian in a post at Evolution News. But good for her when she endorsed her husband Mr. West as a “free thinker.” Even though she herself holds other political views, she says, “I believe in people being able to have their own opinions.” Can you imagine?He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018Whether the ripple in the news over these statements is an occasion to celebrate or not I leave to you to decide. But think about this. Imagine the shock if, say, some academics and scientists were to announce what’s equally obvious: “Professors don’t have to be evolutionists.” Or “Scientists don’t have to be Darwinists.”Much as race and ethnicity, in some people’s eyes, oblige members of certain groups to affiliate with certain political views, the magnet-like pull of evolution on academics and intellectuals is even more powerful. Because the truth is, African Americans, including prominent ones, who are conservative or Republican existed before Kanye West or Chance the Rapper came along. These black people took major abuse for it, not least from white liberals. And they still do. But I don’t think any have stood to be punished with total career ruin or equivalent reprisals. At least, not outside of Hollywood, which would punish and ostracize whites for this offense with just as much alacrity as it would blacks.The situation for scientists vis-à-vis Darwinism is considerably more severe and constricting. On most campuses, voicing doubts about Darwinian theory or, worse, support for intelligent design is flat-out career suicide. Scholars know it. I’m currently trying to help a prominent scientist who wants to announce his rejection of orthodox evolutionism to find an appropriate public forum for doing so. The guy has guts. He’s also very rare. And has tenure.I remember several years ago sitting in the office of a Nobel Prize winner, in a relevant field, who confessed to doubts about evolution but refused our entreaties to put his name on his view publicly. Brian Josephson and Charles Townes are two Nobel scientists whose coming out for ID took courage. Even at that exalted level of accomplishment and recognition, Darwinists can still hurt you. And they will if they get a chance. See my comments here yesterday, “Intelligent Design’s Witness Protection Program.”Will the situation change? Every scientist who stands up to the bullies and censors is like a giant green light, indicating to colleagues that they can at least consider thinking their own thoughts. There is the potential of a tipping point here. Remember, it wasn’t overnight, but the Berlin Wall did fall in the end.Photo: Kanye West, by rodrigoferrari [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

A Theory in Crisis: Darwinian Anomalies Accumulate

first_imgEvolution A Theory in Crisis: Darwinian Anomalies AccumulateEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 4, 2019, 4:08 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Darwin Day, February 12, is just a week from today! To help celebrate, here are a few recent findings that contradict Darwinism. The key word is recent. Listing all of them for the last 160 years would require a large book. A theory can only survive as many anomalies as Darwinism has if it is supported by a highly desired foundational ideology.Bird BeaksThe rotund, colorful beak of the puffin accompanies this headline from the University of Bristol: “Bird beaks did not adapt to food types as previously thought.”  Haven’t we all been taught that bird beaks adapt to the food source by natural selection? Aren’t Darwin’s finches the classic example?The observation that Galapagos finch species possessed different beak shapes to obtain different foods was central to the theory of evolution by natural selection, and it has been assumed that this form-function relationship holds true across all species of bird. However, a new study published in the journal Evolution suggests the beaks of birds are not as adapted to the food types they feed on as it is generally believed. [Emphasis added.]It’s not that there is no linkage, but “The connection between beak shapes and feeding ecology in birds was much weaker and more complex than we expected,” one of the researchers confessed. Truth is, birds use their beaks for many functions besides just picking food — essentially, everything. Linking beak shape solely to feeding behavior is simplistic. How could such a myth survive for so long? Answer: by assumption, without empirical rigor. Another on the team says, “This is, to our knowledge, the first approach to test a long-standing principle in biology: that the beak shape and function of birds is tightly linked to their feeding ecologies.” What took them so long?Genome PeriodicityNeo-Darwinism places most of the credit for all genetic change on mutations acted on by natural selection. But scientists at Barcelona’s Institute for Research in Biomedicine found the “mysterious periodicity of the genome” is actually a trail left by DNA repair processes. Contrary to assumptions, natural selection had nothing to do with it. “The explanation given has been that natural selection would favor the appearance of A/T bases as these bases would provide the DNA structure with a greater degree of flexibility, thus allowing it to wind around histones to form nucleosomes.” Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) have found an explanation for a periodicity in the sequence of the genomes of all eukaryotes, from yeast to humans. The results published in the journal Cell offer an alternative explanation to the one based on natural selection, which has been accepted by the scientific community to date.The researchers demonstrate that DNA damage and repair processes can play a role in the generation of sequence periodicity in the genomes of eukaryotic organisms. These processes are influenced by the orientation of the DNA structure when this molecule is packaged inside the cell nucleus, thus favoring a certain composition with a periodic nature in eukaryotic genomes.This sounds more like design, because DNA repair is a highly efficient and intricate system for maintaining genome integrity, and because “the structure of the DNA packaged inside the nucleosome favours the appearance of regions that are prone to damage and to repair.” Thus, mutations converting C/G into A/T pairs tend to occur at 10-base-pair intervals.Functional JunkMany neo-Darwinists expected junk to pile up in the genome over time. Here’s another case where that assumption led scientists astray, where they failed until recently to see a reason for “non-coding” transcripts of DNA in open reading frames (ORFs), which had been falsely classed as junk (without function). This is from Nature, “The translation of non-canonical open reading frames controls mucosal immunity.”Although the idea that such non-canonical ORFs can encode functional proteins is controversial, we identify a range of short and non-ATG-initiated ORFs that can generate stable and spatially distinct proteins. Notably, we show that the translation of a new ORF ‘hidden’ within the long non-coding RNA Aw112010 is essential for the orchestration of mucosal immunity during both bacterial infection and colitis. This work expands our interpretation of the protein-coding genome and demonstrates that proteinaceous products generated from non-canonical ORFs are crucial for the immune response in vivo. We therefore propose that the misannotation of non-canonical ORF-containing genes as non-coding RNAs may obscure the essential role of a multitude of previously undiscovered protein-coding genes in immunity and disease.A summary of this paper on warns that by mistakenly classing stretches of DNA as non-coding, scientists are missing out on important functions that could lead to cures for disease:The findings suggest many more protein-coding genes and functions may be discovered. “A large portion of important protein-coding genes have been missed by virtue of their annotation,” said first author Ruaidhri Jackson. Without vetting and identifying these genes, “we can’t fully understand the protein-coding genome or adequately screen genes for health and disease purposes.”Sharing GenesHybrids should be sterile. New functions should evolve through speciation by natural selection. Tell that to researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who, according to, were surprised to find that a gene jumped between two species of fruit fly. While they call it a “selfish gene” seeking to propagate itself, this process has the potential to share genetic information through hybridization, bypassing the neo-Darwinism mechanism.“What this suggests is that, sometime in the past, there was a hybridization event,” said [Colin] Meiklejohn, assistant professor of biological sciences at Nebraska. “And (the gene) jumped in, like, yesterday, in terms of evolutionary time. It was super-recent. So that was a surprise. We didn’t know that this thing had … moved between species.”Extreme ConvergenceParrots are birds; humans are mammals. Any similarities should be distant and simple, but New Scientist says, without overturning Darwinian belief, that “Parrots are clever because their brains evolved the same way as ours.” Among the astonishing facts that stretch neo-Darwinism to the breaking point are striking genetic similarities that, to attribute to evolution, would require independent emergence by chance. Not only that, they never evolved after that. This is not following the evidence; it is jamming the conclusion into contrary evidence.“It’s a surprise in the sense that these animals are so different from humans, but it’s also satisfying in that you might predict that since they evolved similar traits, they have some similar mechanisms,” says Claudio Mello at the Oregon Health & Science University. Parrots can produce complex vocalisations and they’re highly social, a lot like humans.To learn more how these birds’ brains develop, Mello and his team compared the genome of the blue-fronted Amazon parrot with that of 30 other birds. They found that regions of the parrot genome that regulate when and how genes for brain development are turned on are the same as those found in humans. These so-called ultra-conserved elements evolved in both species at different times, but with similar results.Early Emergence and StasisThe age of a marine organism just tripled. According to news from Friedrich–Alexander University, German and Australian paleontologists found a kind of red algae far earlier in the fossil record than expected:Coralline red algae have existed for 130 million years, in other words since the Cretaceous Period, the time of the dinosaurs. At least this was the established view of palaeontologists all over the world until now. However, this classification will now have to be revised after fossils discovered by researchers at GeoZentrum Nordbayern at FAU in conjunction with researchers at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, prove that coralline red algae existed as far back as 430 million years ago.The discovery made by FAU palaeontologists Dr. Sebastian Teichert, Prof. Dr. Axel Munnecke and their Australian colleague Dr. William Woelkerling has far-reaching consequences. ‘Our finds mean that we must now look at the fossil record in a completely new way’, explains Dr. Sebastian Teichert. Up to now, a higher age for coralline red algae was thought to be so unlikely that fossils found in layers of rock older than the Cretaceous Period were not even considered as coralline red algae simply due to their age. As these few samples show, Darwinism led science astray by assumption, not by observation. Repeatedly, evolutionists impose their view of the world and how complex traits emerge and progress over time onto biology as a dogma. But when they actually look in detail at organisms, they are surprised. Enough anomalies can kill a paradigm, even if it survives for over a century by the willful belief of an entrenched ideology.Photo: Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), by Sergio Martínez-Nebreda and Paula Medina-García/University of Bristol, via EurekAlert! Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Tags“selfish gene”anomaliesAtlantic puffinAxel Munneckebacterial infectionbird beaksClaudio MelloColin Meiklejohncoralline red algaeCretaceous PeriodDarwin DayDarwinismDNA repairEvolution (journal)finchesFratercula arcticaFriedrich–Alexander Universitygenome periodicityhumanshybridsInstitute for Research in Biomedicinemucosal immunityNature (journal)open reading framesOregon Health & Science UniversitypaleontologyparrotsRuaidhri JacksonSebastian TeichertUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnWilliam Woelkerling,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more