A Challenge to our Victorian Ethics: Humans and Chimps Interbreeding

first_img[Guest article]  Newspapers chipped away at Christian ethics last week with articles describing evidence that “early humans” bred (hybridized) with their supposed ancestors, the chimpanzees, for millions of years after becoming another species.  The New York Times reports:David Page, a human geneticist at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, said the design of the new analysis was “really beautiful, with all the pieces of the puzzle laid out.”  Whether the hybridization will turn out to be the right solution remains to be seen, “but for the moment I can’t think of a better explanation,” he said.  “These crucial events in early human evolution are hard to judge dispassionately”, Dr. Page noted.  “We’d like to have a more Victorian view of our genome,” he said.  “This reminds us that we are really animals and gives us a glimpse of our past and a story that we might like to have told in a different way.”The paper by Dr. David Reich of the Broad Institute concludes that humans and chimpanzees must have interbred during the “early years” after humans supposedly branched off from the chimpanzee family tree.  He basis this on the fact that while the human and chimpanzee genetic codes found in their chromosomes all differ by a percentage, the most similarity on a percentage basis is found in the X chromosome, two of which are found in females, while the male has one X and one Y.  Since evolutionists assume that the genetic code is changing at a steady rate over time, they attempt to “date” the time when one species splits off from another by the percent differences in their genetic code and the assumed rate of change.  Dr. Reich’s abstract reads:The genetic divergence time between two species varies substantially across the genome, conveying important information about the timing and process of speciation.  Here we develop a framework for studying this variation and apply it to about 20 million base pairs of aligned sequence from humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and more distantly related primates. Human-chimpanzee genetic divergence varies from less than 84% to more than 147% of the average, a range of more than 4 million years.  Our analysis also shows that human-chimpanzee speciation occurred less than 6.3 million years ago and probably more recently, conflicting with some interpretations of ancient fossils.  Most strikingly, chromosome X shows an extremely young genetic divergence time, close to the genome minimum along nearly its entire length.  These unexpected features would be explained if the human and chimpanzee lineages initially diverged, then later exchanged genes before separating permanently.“Exchanging genes” of course implies these “early humans” were mating with chimpanzees, a scenario that scientists found startling, according to a report in StarNewsOnline.  Nevertheless, some are taking the theory seriously.  However, not all are convinced.  Daniel Lieberman, a professor of biological anthropology at Harvard, is quoted by the Associated Press in an article appearing in BBC News: “It’s a totally cool and extremely clever analysis.  My problem is imagining what it would be like to have a bipedal hominid and a chimpanzee viewing each other as appropriate mates, not to put it too crudely.”  (If Dr. Lieberman were consistent in his evolutionary views, the concept of “crudely” would have no meaning.)    Others are not so easily convinced.  Science News reports that:Anthropologist Jeffrey H. Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh sees no merit in the new findings.  Reich’s team looked for data to support an assumption of close genetic ties between humans and chimps but skimmed over evidence of human similarities to other primates, Schwartz asserts.  The hybridization hypothesis “pushes the limits of credulity,” Schwartz says.For a creationist response, see David DeWitt’s article on Answers in Genesis.So what was really found in this study?  Evidence of evolution, or was evolution just assumed?  The StarNewsOnline article reports:A principal finding is that the X chromosomes of humans and chimps appear to have diverged about 1.2 million years more recently than the other chromosomes… One explanation for this finding, Reich’s team says, is that there was a hybridization between the recently separated chimp and human lineages.The principal finding of the study was not that the X chromosomes appear to have diverged over 1.2 million years more recently than other chromosomes.  This just assumes evolution and takes off from there.  The principal finding was that there is less percentage difference between the human and chimp X chromosomes than between other chromosomes.  That this happened because humans and chimps were hybridizing is an explanation for the difference, not a finding, and is based on the assumption of Evolution and Long Ages.  Hybridization is just speculation, however, it gets good headlines.  When you have no evidence, speculation is all you have, and there is no shortage of it.  Dr. Reich is quoted in the StarNewsOnline report:…chimpanzee ancestors, well-adapted for living off fruit in tropical forests, seem to have been adept at spinning off variations, such as gorillas, who live on vegetation, and the human lineage, which exploited the drier woodlands that opened up between the forests… Reich said.So now we not only know a bit about early man’s sex life, but also what they ate and where they lived.  And all this from variations in gene frequencies.  What will they come up with next?  Would you believe sexism?  Notice this astonishing claim from PoliticalGateway.com:  “Geneticists have also found that women are biologically closer to chimpanzees than men are.  That is because the Y chromosome, which only men carry, has changed more than the X chromosome.”(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Five Best Open-Source Antivirus’ for Carefree Cyber-Threat Protection

first_imgVirusHammer:A standalone virus scanner that end users can runScannerDaemon:This uses command line utilities to find virusesPatternFinder:Finds queries and sources of virusesSquid-vscan:A software program that lets you scan all your traffic to see if it contains any known malware or virusesMany developers are working together here to develop projects related to virus protection and computer security. You’ll want to make sure you check out this software’s various features and details as the progress they make is often quite fascinating.ClamAVAnother great open source antivirus software you’ll want to check out is ClamAV. Users say it does a great job when it comes to detecting viruses, Trojans, malware, and malicious threats.Some of the best features included within this program are:A multi-threaded scanner daemon and command line utilities for on-demand file scanningAutomatic signature updatesSupport for various types of filesFile and archive unpacking capabilitiesA variety of signature languagesScanning the internet and your email for virusesEndpoint securityA command-line scannerAn advanced database updater that supports scripted updates and digital signaturesBuilt-in support for various archive and document formatsClamAV is the open source standard. It doesn’t matter what operating system you’re using — this is a software you need to take into consideration. It’s a virus database is updated several times throughout the day.ClamWinAnyone who’s using a Windows-based device should take a few minutes to look at this free antirust software. There’s been some noticeable buzz about it since over 600,000 people throughout the world are using it on a daily basis today.They have some great reasons for doing so, including:The installer is easy to useSince it’s based on open source coding you’ll find that it’s easy to manipulate to fit your needsWhen it comes to detecting viruses and spyware, it’s very thorough and will even automatically download updates to its virus database on a regular basis for you without being prompted to do soThere’s a scanning scheduler includedAlthough this is a standalone virus scanner, you can also easily integrate it into your Microsoft Windows Explorer simply by right-clicking on its menu. Additionally, there’s an add-on available for Microsoft Outlook that lets you instantly remove any virus-infected attachments automatically.Unfortunately, the one thing it doesn’t come with is an on-access real-time scanner so you must manually scan your files when you’re looking for viruses and spyware.Moon Secure AVThe Windows Report says Moon Secure AV is another open source antivirus tool that uses the same ClamAV engine that Armadito Antivirus also uses.Moon Secure AV does a great job at detecting viruses, Trojans, and spyware that’s found in your scan engines, Net shield, Firewall, Exec scanner, and rootkits.With this software, you’ll be able to conduct these scans whenever you want. By doing so you’ll know whether you’re being affected by malware.Some of the other benefits of this software include:Real-time protectionLive updatesLow resource usageYou can run it on all Windows – XP+ and higherYou’ll protect any application you’re running from USBs and autorunsIn today’s digital era we see a growing number of people who rely on their computers for research and communication. However, we need to pause for just a moment to think about how safe you are as you engage in activities like email or chatting online.Fortunately, this activity is where antivirus software can step in and help keep you safe. An added benefit is that your computer will last longer, hence saving you money. So, make sure you check these various software offerings out and find one that you feel would work best for you so you can start using it today. Known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm. Evan works as a Freelance Networking Analyst, an avid blog writer, particularly around technology, cybersecurity and forthcoming threats which can compromise sensitive data. With a vast experience of ethical hacking, Evan’s been able to express his views articulately Evan Morris You can detect a lot of different types of malicious software by using open source antivirus products. Experienced developers in both fields will tell you this is the most secure way to connect to the internet today.These programs simply make their code available for free so you can modify and redistribute it. With this in mind, here are some of the best open source antivirus programs for you to choose from today.Shop around for your antivirus software. Tech Notification says with Armadito Antivirus software you’re protected from both viruses and malware. Simply install it on your Windows machine and you’ll have a web-based tool that lets you see everything that’s going on via its administrative console.By installing this software it will let you use the software remotely, from any location — as long as you have an internet connection.Some of its best features include:Traditional malware detectionClamAV signatures so you can scan your email for virusesSupport for YARA rule which examines any directories or files it suspects of being maliciousInnovative heuristic detection modules check binaries and PDF documents for any new viruses that were previously unknownReal-time protectionThe ability to quarantine specific zones – it even sends you alerts that it’s done soAn events journal so you have a record of everything that goes onEasily integration with the latest detection algorithmsOn-demand scanningTechnical supportThis software lets you develop modules in C. Doing so enables you to concentrate on anti-malware techniques. It also allows you to have third-parties review your codes so you can eliminate development flaws. This will result in a more secure code.It’s a user-friendly interface.This user-friendly interface will offer you a secure setup through which its various functions run. All of the functions you will be able to  see in real-time. You will be able to quickly check on your machine’s and server’s status the entire time.OpenAntiVirus Project.Another great open source option is the OpenAntiVirus Project. This antivirus software is based on the concept that creating a great open source software package allows you to have better portability, scalability, reliability, and effectiveness.OpenAntiVirus Project is something that developers (especially those who are really interested in and enthusiastic about researching computer viruses or network security). This program will allow them to add their personal contributions.A company can work together to improve this software. However, it already has a lot of great features, including: Tags:#antivirus#ClamAV#open source antivirus software Related Posts center_img AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

If You Think Learning Is Difficult

first_imgMost salespeople never read a single book on sales. Most business people don’t read books on business either, with the exception of enlightened leaders who are future-oriented and recognize the great power in reading. Over 33 percent of people never read a book again after completing high school.Worse, neither salespeople nor businesspeople take courses that help them to develop personally and professionally. A lot of people attend webinars, but that’s usually a narrowly-focused answer to a question or two, not a real development plan.Information is not power. It’s potential power. As the rate of knowledge increases, we are all being left woefully behind. There may not be a way to keep pace, but you must try not to let the gap grow so big as to make you irrelevant. Then, you must do something with what you learn.Learning is the key to growth. New knowledge can create new opportunities. What could you learn now that would enable you to create a better outcome in some area of your life? What could you learn that would allow you take your career to the next level—or maybe even start a new one?Learning is the key to a greater vision. It’s impossible to understate the value of vision. Until you learn what is possible, your vision will always be too small. New insights and new possibilities translate to new ideas, and even new businesses. Knowledge enables a bigger vision.Learning is the key to strategy. The difficult work in sales or in business is strategy. Strategy requires that you think, that you consider scenarios, that you explore different possibilities. But potential strategies and scenarios will evade you if you aren’t taking in new knowledge and making new connections.The price of not learning is high. Very high. Very, very, very high.The failure to learn will cause you to stagnate, doing what you’ve always done, and getting the same old results you’ve always gotten.Refusing to spend time learning cuts you off from a greater vision. How can you see when you keep your eyes, ears, and mind closed to new ideas, new discoveries, and new knowledge?Effective strategies require context. The strategist has to look outside to discover what is known, what is new, and what is relevant. They need to understand the current environment in which they compete, as well as how their competitors are responding.Learning takes time. It takes effort and energy. Some forms of learning require money, and in some cases, a lot of money. It sounds difficult.If you believe that learning is difficult, contrast that with how difficult is to succeed in a world where changes are faster, more frequently, and more disruptive.last_img read more

Patnaik campaigns for Bijepur candidate

first_imgChief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday campaigned for party nominee Rita Sahu in the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha where bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21. Hundreds of supporters stood along the roads when Mr. Patnaik undertook a roadshow and addressed people at several locations urging them to vote for Ms. Sahu for the all-round development of their constituency. Many senior party leaders were also present. Overnight stayMr. Patnaik is scheduled to stay overnight and campaign in different areas on Friday. Ms. Sahu had won from Bijepur as a BJD candidate when a bypoll was held in the constituency in 2018 following the death of her husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu. As campaigning will come to end on Saturday evening, other major contenders for the seat – Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Dillip Kumar Panda of Congress – have also intensified campaign in the constituency. Many senior leaders of the BJD, the BJP and the Congress have been camping in Bijepur to canvass for votes in favour of their respective candidates. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned in the constituency a few days ago, is scheduled to campaign again to seek votes in favour of Mr. Gartia on Friday. The bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who had won from both Bijepur and Hinjili constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.last_img read more

After Team Lakay’s rough start to 2019, Kevin Belingon determined to get clear win

first_imgTOKYO, Japan—Team Lakay’s first two title defenses went the distance and bore undesirable results with strawweight Joshua Pacio and flyweight Geje Eustaquio yielding their belts in a span of one week back in January.ADVERTISEMENT On Sunday night, it will be Kevin Belingon and Eduard Folayang’s turn to have their titles on the line against respective rivals in ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.And with their teammates’ painful losses in mind, Belingon and Folayang know just a way to surely avoid suffering the same cruel fate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We need to win by knockout because we’re going to be in trouble if it goes to decision. We’re going to really look for a finish, TKO or a just a really clear victory,” said Belingon in Filipino during Team Lakay’s media availability at Grand Prince Hotel on Friday.ONE bantamweight world champion Kevin Belingon talks about the importance of winning convincingly on Sunday. He faces former champ Bibiano Fernandes for the third time. | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/jQIoJDd6gs— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 29, 2019Belingon is slated to face Bibiano Fernandes for the third time while Folayang is up for a title rematch with hometown hero Shinya Aoki.ADVERTISEMENT A convincing win over Fernandes would also silence Belingon’s critics, who believe the Brazilian star won their second meeting that ended in a split decision four months ago in Singapore.“I’m looking for a finish to finally settle the score,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES As PBA becomes young man’s league, veterans shine in All-Star kickoff Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more