LAF&SF: Dan Winske Speaks On ‘Miracles – Divine Free Will: What, How, Why’ Wednesday Evening July 31

first_imgScene from previous Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy/LAF&SFScene from previous Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy/LAF&SFLAF&SF News:Gerry Wood spoke to a full house Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series. The theme of the summer series is “Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind and Soul”. Wood spoke on the topic of “Evil: Is Anyone Responsible?” The ensuing table discussions were lively.Dan Winske will speak Wednesday, July 31, on “Miracles — Divine Free Will: What, How, Why”. Winske’s talk is the final talk for this summer.Winske’s abstract states:Religious scriptures, human history, and our personal experiences also reveal that the human response to miracles is wonder, awe and fear, contrary to the expectations of natural determinism. A robot’s programmed response to the same phenomena would be something like “Data does not compute”. No surprise here – unlike robots, humans are made in the image and likeness of God and thus are inherently open to God’s actions, however subtle or direct they may be.In this last session of the summer series we discuss the nature of miracles. They clearly demonstrate the conflict between science, as expressed through the natural laws of the universe, and religion, as manifested through God’s direct interaction in the world. We will define more accurately what miracles are, give a few examples from both the New and Old Testaments of the Bible as well as modern times and discuss them from both scientific and theological perspectives. We also briefly touch on the more difficult (from a human perspective) issues: how and why do miracles occur.Finally, we tie the question of miracles back to where we started two months ago: to mind-brain-soul. This then leads to an open discussion of what we have learned during this summer and suggestions on what topics we might begin to consider this winter in developing next summer’s series.Winske’s references include:Albright, Carol R., John R. Albright, and Mladen Turk. Interactive World, Interactive God. (Eugene OR: Cascade, 2017)Barbour, Ian G. When Science Meets Religion. (New York: HarperCollins, 2000)Barron, Robert. And Now I See. (New York: Crossroad, 1998)Brown, Warren S., and Brad D. Strawn. The Physical Nature of Christian Life. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)Dennin, Michael. Divine Science–Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith. (Cincinnati OH: Franciscan Media, 2015)Jeeves, Malcolm, and Warren S. Brown. Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion. (West Conshohocken PA: Templeton, 2009)Koch, Christoph. Consciousness–Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist. (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2017)Lewis, C. S. Miracles. (New York: MacMillan, 1947)McLeish, Tom. Faith and Wisdom in Science. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)Metaxas, Eric. Miracles–What They Are, Why They Happen and How They Can Change Your Life. (New York: Penguin Press, 2014)Moritz, Joshua M. Science and Religion–Beyond Warfare and Toward Understanding. (Winona MN: Anselm Academic, 2016)Murphy, Nancey. Bodies and Souls, or Spiritual Bodies. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006)Plantinga, Alvin. Where the Conflict Really Lies–Science, Religion and Naturalism. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)Sacks, Jonathan. The Great Partnership—Science, Religion and the Search for Meaning. (New York: Schocken Books, 2011)The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989)The meetings take place at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N Sage Loop in Los Alamos. The evening begins with a light supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, with the presentation starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions and table discussions.For more information, check out the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum website at Attendees of the 2019 Summer Series of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum – “Are You a Robot? Brain, mind, soul”.1. Were you satisfied with the summer program?Did we answer the summer’s question “Are you a Robot”? Or perhaps better, did YOU come to your own resolution of the question?Were the presentations at the right level? Was there enough introductory material presented in order to introduce the topic? Was there too much information presented?Was there a good enough balance between science and religion?What would have made the presentations better?Was there ample time for questions of the speakers?Were the table questions/discussions interesting/useful?  Should the discussions have been more formalized, i.e., did we need assigned table facilitators?2. This summer we had two special speakers: Warren Brown (Fuller Theological Seminary) and Garrett Kenyon (LANL).Were the contents of these presentations at an information level consistent with the other summer talks?Prof. Brown’s lectures were presented in the sanctuary at the Unitarian Church, rather than at Fuller Lodge, due to a scheduling difficulty. If both facilities are available next summer, do you have a preference for one over the other?3. Were you satisfied with the physical arrangements? e.g., the meeting/dining room? Project and sound system? Food and drinks?4. We are always looking for ways to improve things for next year. Your suggestions are most welcome.broadening the audience, e.g., more students and young adults.broadening the religious and scientific background of the governing board/speakers.ideas for next summer’s topic.Last year’s survey was very helpful to us, especially in coming up with this summer’s theme. The increased attendance at these sessions and the stimulating discussions that it produced indicate that this has been our most successful summer ever. Your input last year really helped. And we look forward to your comments about this season.You can respond to this survey in several ways: (1) You can write your comments on the back of this handout and give it to any of the board members; (2) You can email your comments to any of the board members (; (3) You can mail it to us [Dan Winske, 442 Ridgecrest Ave., White Rock, NM 87547-3548].last_img read more

Ceona, MPL to Work Off Nigeria

first_imgCeona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has been awarded two new contracts in Nigeria, along with its local strategic partner Marine Platforms Limited (MPL).The contracts, which are worth a total of more than $30 million, will see Ceona providing vessels from its first-class fleet together with its installation expertise on the ENI NAE (Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited) ABO12 well completion, as well as supporting MPL on the Sea Eagle FPSO on behalf of SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company).Engineering has already started on the ABO12 project with the full scope of work involving the installation of flexibles, umbilicals and a PLEM suction pile system. Offshore work is planned for February 2015.Mark Preece, Executive VP Commercial and Business Development at Ceona, said: “These contracts reinforce the high value, all-encompassing subsea construction service that Ceona is delivering to clients. It also demonstrates the strong strategic partnership we have developed with MPL in the country, and how it is supporting our growing geographical footprint across West Africa.”Press Releaselast_img read more

US bar votes for ownership reform – with caveats

first_imgUS state bars have received a green light from their central representative body to explore allowing new models of legal practice – but in a resolution which carefully avoids endorsing England and Wales-style reforms. At its half yearly meeting in Austin, Texas, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates approved a resolution encouraging states and other jurisdictions ‘to consider innovative approaches to expanding access to justice with the goal of improving affordability and quality of civil legal services’.However following concerns raised by some delegates, a resolution in favour of liberalising ownership was amended to state that it should not be construed as recommending any changes to rules relating to non-lawyer ownership of firms. Despite a blanket ban on non-lawyer ownership in the US, the ABA says at least six states have proposed or adopted ‘substantial regulatory changes that could loosen rules’. Resolution 115, proposed by the ABA Center for Innovation, encourages state regulators and bar associations to continue these efforts and ‘ensure that changes are effective in increasing access to legal services and are in the interest of clients and the public’. The resolution, which is not directly binding on state bars, was among more than three dozen passed at the meeting. These include recommendations for governments to review ‘deadly force’ policies, curb gun violence and lessen the burden for release after a conviction and before sentencing on criminal charges. Gun safety measures include recommending a ban on ‘ghost guns’, home made firearms lacking serial numbers or other identifying marks.last_img read more

East Anglia heavyweight goes international with merger

first_imgJonathan AgarChief executive Jonathan Agar said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for Birketts to build on the impressive strides we have already made and establish a London presence. The specialist services provided by EC3 Legal are ones that fit seamlessly in to Birketts’ full service offering as we look to extend our geographical reach while remaining committed to our East Anglian roots.’Meanwhile, another East Anglia firm, Ellisons Solicitors, has merged with Suffolk-based agricultural firm Blocks Solicitors, as of this month. Blocks equity partners Andrew Fleming and Frances Barker will continue as partners.The addition of the 130-year-old firm gives Ellisons a second office in Ipswich, to complement its four offices in neighbouring Essex. One of East Anglia’s biggest firms has announced a merger with a boutique London practice to create a £60m business.Birketts will increase its headcount to 730 with the addition of 20 staff members from specialist insurance firm EC3 Legal. The acquired firm, founded in 2012, brings with it domestic and international clients including trade associations and regulators.Birketts said the merger will allow the firm to build its reputation abroad and beyond its traditional East Anglia base, where it currently operates from four offices. Guy LonghurstEllisons managing partner Guy Longhurst said: ‘Merging with such a reputable firm perfectly reflects Ellisons’ ethos of traditional values with modern, innovative working, providing our clients with the highest possible standard of service.‘This is of course an extremely challenging time for everybody, but Ellisons has helped its clients and colleagues through various crises during its 250 year history, and now looks forward to supporting the clients, colleagues and contacts of Blocks.’last_img read more

More calls to fight vector borne diseases

first_imgLocalNews More calls to fight vector borne diseases by: – April 15, 2014 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Chikungunya is transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito.Director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit, Lloyd Pascal has advised Dominicans that they should not let their guard down in light of the increase of Chikungunya disease cases on the island.Pascal told Dominica vibes that the time has come for communities to join forces to eradicate the aedes aegypti mosquito and all other vectors on the island.Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health reveled that there were 81 confirmed cases and over 500 suspected cases of Chikungunya, a disease which is spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito, the same mosquito which causes the dengue fever.“We should have brigades of Dominicans mobilized around, eradicating mosquito and the vectors where they are proliferating, where they are growing, where they are multiplying”.The Ministry of Health has also advised citizens to ensure that if they store water in drums that are covered and do not have mosquitoes breeding in them. But, there has been some difficulty in getting them to comply.“Some people trying to make it appear as though is drums we have lived with all our lives and we still need to have drums,” Pascal said.Director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit, Lloyd Pascal.He noted that the issue of the stagnant water in various communities needs to be dealt with urgently and that Dominicans need to put their political differences aside to fight this “critical” issue.“Those are things that can only succeed if we do it as a community effort, not hiring a company and tell them today we are going to spray Mahaut”.“When climate change and Chikungunya come and so on its not going to be looking for workers people, those mosquitoes not going to look for workers people to bite you know and it is not to say that workers will die and labourites will stay alive,” Pascal added.He stated that if the issue is not dealt with earnestly, there could be major health problems for the island.“What we are saying is that the same mosquito that is causing Chikungunya, it is causing dengue and dengue is a killer”.He said Dominicans must continue to invade the breeding grounds of all vectors to eradicate them from the island.“As long as we harbor those mosquitoes in our houses, under our beds and in our closets one of those days we will see”. “We need to follow with the advice of the Ministry of Health, we have to be obedient citizens in that thing and don’t just leave it and say Mr Sylvester St Ville talking so is his work. All Dominicans have to pay attention,” Pascal warned.Dominica Vibes News Share 11 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Beaumont Farmington Hills allows visits as COVID cases drop

first_imgMore than two weeks after a spike in COVID-19 cases closed Beaumont Farmington Hills hospital to visitors, officials say the doors are – cautiously – open again.According to a press release, “the hospital campus has seen a reduction in the number of new cases with family members, staff and patients.” So starting Monday morning, visitor policies reverted to those in place at other Beaumont sites.Under those rules, family members must be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough and shortness of breath) before entering the hospital. Those who pass the screening will receive dated stickers; anyone with symptoms will not be allowed to visit patients.Family members must clean their hands as they enter and leave the acute care campus, patient’s room and before or after eating or using the rest room. Masks must always be worn while on the campus.To learn more about Beaumont’s COVID-19 policies, visit Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported bylast_img read more

u-blox Partners with Digi-Key for US Distribution

first_imgu-blox has announced that Digi-Key will be their exclusive distributor for the United States. They wanted to offer engineers, universities, and makers with a Digi-Key account the ability to bundle the purchase of their products with other components they are sourcing from Digi-Key. This partnership will allow customers to more efficiently develop prototypes and get to market faster.Digi-Key will offer the latest u-blox GNSS and 3D Dead Reckoning position modules, as well as LTE, HSPA, CDMA, and GSM modules. In addition, they will promote u-blox’s advanced Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi modules, along with evaluation kits and blueprints.Applications supported include Transportation/Telematics, Industrial Monitoring, Energy and Smart Grid, Healthcare, Home and Building Automation, Smart City and many more. u-blox products support a wide temperature range, with most of them supporting up to 85 degrees C.last_img read more

CORONAVIRUS SPREADS FAST: Treñas warns of ‘whole city’ infection

first_img* Barangay Pala-Pala I, City Proper What started as two COVID-19 cases at the fishing port in Barangay Tanza on Aug. 2 ballooned to 105 by Aug. 7 As of Saturday, Aug. 8, Iloilo City had 295 cumulative COVID-19 cases – 192 local cases and 103 locally stranded individuals and repatriated overseas workers – data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed. “I am requesting call centers to find ways for their agents not to dine together during meal breaks. They must be protected while they eat. Furthermore, they must avoid smoking, and smoking together,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The last few days saw this city recording over 200 new infections from the Iloilo Fish Port in the City Proper and two call centers in Mandurriao district. Mayor Jerry Treñas urged the public to observe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health safety protocols “to minimize the possibility of community infection in the whole city.” * Barangay San Juan, Molo “Our effort to prevent the spread of the virus is totally failing, because the virus continues to multiply. That is what we must arrest. We must take advantage of the lockdown to increase our contact tracing efforts,” Drilon said. * selective lockdown of barangays * mandatory use of face shields by city hall frontline workers One senior call center personnel died, Treñas also confirmed. * two-week moratorium on the arrival of locally stranded individuals and overseas workers Iloilo City also had nine COVID-19 deaths, all local or indigenous cases.  * banning alcoholic drinks * prohibiting mass gatherings (religious gatherings, fiestas, parties, etc.) * Barangay Pala-Pala 2, City Proper * restricting the movements of senior citizens and minors “For all that we are doing, having the strictest and longest lockdown that put the country at a standstill, we still failed to prevent the spread of the virus,” Drilon lamented./PN “I’ve heard that they are attributing the surge in the number of cases to the increased testing capacity. Ang hindi nila binabanggit ay ang pagtaas ng positivity rate. If we look at the data in March and April, the infection rate then was between nine to 10 percent, now it is anywhere between 12 to 13 percent and is still increasing,” said Drilon. As a precautionary measure, the mayor immediately ordered that call centers operate at only 50 percent of their total workforce effective today, Aug. 10. * IQOR The past week, the city government instituted the following in a bid to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases: Iloilo’s Senate Minority Leader FranklinDrilon expressed alarm over the increasing number of people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as the increasing rate of infection in the country, which is now reaching 12 to 13 percent in the past two weeks from below 10 percent early on in the outbreak. * suspension of flag-raising ceremony Most of the COVID-19-positive call center personnel belonged to IQOR, according to Treñas, and there was one at WNS. “The spread of the virus in the country is worsening,” Drilon said in an interview with radio station DwIZ on Saturday. Cumulative records would also reveal an increase in the rate of infection, which would dismiss the reasoning of government officials that the surge in the number of cases, outranking Indonesia, is brought about by increased testing capacity, according to Drilon. On the other hand in Mandurriao, the city government’s COVID team reported to Treñas that 49 call center personnel contracted the virus on Saturday, and an additional 50 more cases were detected there yesterday. * work-from-home arrangement for workers 55 years old and above RESTRICTIONS * Barangay Tanza Baybay, City Proper * lengthening the curfew – from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. * mandatory use of face shields for persons entering city hall * Barangay Cuartero, Jaro Treñas said the lockdown on the Iloilo Fish Port Complex will remain for as long as the management could not demonstrate substantial compliance to public health safety protocols (requiring people there to wear facemasks, provision of stations for hand-washing, physical distancing, etc.). ILONGGO SENATOR WORRIED * fish port / terminal market / call centers lockdown and disinfection “We will be strict with this 50-percent workforce operation for business process outsourcing companies. Their personnel should also strictly observe physical distancing. The rest of their agents may work from home,” said Treñas. “We have done these to minimize the possibility of community infection in the whole city. I thank all religious organizations, too, for following the restriction on mass gathering. Our goal is to minimize infections,” said Treñas. “(We must) avoid the city going into enhanced community quarantine (again) where public movement (is) restricted and businesses (are) again closed except (the) essential (ones),” said Treñas. * Barangay North Baluarte, Molo The city mayor also extended for three more days effective last night the selective lockdown of the following (the earlier-imposed lockdowns expired Sunday night):last_img read more

Cleveland Browns rookie CB Howard Wilson fractures kneecap in Rookie Mini-Camp

first_imgCleveland Browns fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Howard Wilson has been ruled out indefinitely with a fractured kneecap on his second day of Browns Rookie Mini-Camp. Related TopicsBrowns Rookie CornerbackFracutred KneecapHoward Wilson Wilson’s injury will require surgery and will force him to miss time during the 2017 season. There is no timetable on his return at the moment but after surgery, a timetable should be given. The Browns traded up in the draft to get Wilson in the fourth round. Wilson spent three seasons with the Houston Cougars.Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson had this to say about Wilson’s injury:“It is unfortunate. He will be out for a while, significant time. We will deal with it accordingly. His spirits are high. He understands it. He understands what he is dealing with. He has already started the process of getting his mind beyond that so he can get himself back as soon as he can.” beat reporter for the Browns Dan Labbe tweeted out the following on Howard Wilson’s statement on fracturing his kneecap.center_img Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on Payton Vincelast_img read more

Stunning win for Ando over Arakawa, Suguri

first_imgNational junior champion Ando received five first-place scores from nine of the judges at Big Hat ice arena to win the top honors while Suguri, who was gunning for her fourth straight title, settled for second and Arakawa, who led after the short program, took third.“I’m really happy and also very surprised. To win a spot in the next worlds is like a dream come true,” said Ando, who landed a clean quad jump in the competition which used the 6.0 judging system.In men’s action, Yamato Tamura of Nihon University showed his resolve with solid skating in the free skate to keep the overnight lead and claim his career second victory, with Kazumi Kishimoto taking second and Daisuke Takahashi third.Tamura, who will retire at the end of the season, crashed twice on quadruple jumps but also drew applause for his fluid movements in a performance to the theme song from the animation “Uchu Senkan Yamato” (Space Battleship Yamato).“I wanted to end my career as a champion,” Tamura said. “Until I saw the score, I didn’t feel I could stand it. It’s been six years since I won this competition as a third-year high school student,” he said.Japan ace Takeshi Honda, who finished fourth at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, sat out the three-day meet nursing a sprained right ankle.In ice dancing, Nozomi Watanabe and Akiyuki Kido claimed their first national crown after maintaining their lead from the opening day of the meet, which also served as a qualifier for the World Championships to be held in Dortmund, Germany, in March 2004. NAGANO – Sixteen-year-old Miki Ando picked up her first title at the National Figure Skating Championships when she came from behind to beat overnight leader Shizuka Arakawa and two-time world bronze medalist Fumie Suguri in the women’s free skate on Saturday.Miki Ando upset 2003 Grand Prix Final medalists Fumie Suguri and Shizuka Arakawa onSaturday at Big Hat in Nagano to win her first national figure skating title. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more