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Maraño shows lighter side in F2’s title-clinching Game 2

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The lady known as “Beast Mode” amassed a couple of UAAP MVP awards and countless Best Middle Blocker awards be it of the first and second degrees.Maraño did all this brandishing a personality that is best described as intense. But the national team skipper and F2 Logistics veteran also has a lighter side amid her passionate demeanor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In the title-clinching Game 2 of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference finals, Maraño, in the middle of her shouts, was seen smiling to her teammates in an attempt to cool down the situation against Petron.“I was just telling them over and over that they shouldn’t be fooled because whoever gets fooled is ugly,” said Maraño in Filipino Saturday at Ynares Sports Center. MOST READ “I want them to play with a peaceful mind, happy, and they can think clearly,” said Maraño, who had 15 points to lead the Cargo Movers. “If we give ourselves to the game, everything will just fall into place.”“I kept reminding my teammates about it and I see them really getting into it and I see them agreeing with me so the flow of the game went smoothly for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sweet sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I was just trying to make my teammates happy because I don’t want them to feel tight during the game.”Maraño’s antics seemed to have worked its magic as the Cargo Movers fended off the Blaze Spikers in four sets, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, to claim the title.F2 got stunned in the second set when Cherry Rondina, who finished with 20 points, led the Blaze Spikers in a rabid comeback.Petron was down, 16-8, midway through the second set but Rondina willed the blaze Spikers, scoring their last five points and eventually taking the set.Maraño said she reminded her teammates to calm down and have a peaceful thought process to prevent themselves from getting too stressed out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Aby Maraño made a name for herself not just as one hell of a player but also as a fiery on-court personality.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

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‘Worst Than the Past’

first_imgThe opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has termed as “worst” the condition of the state under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf than past governments.Addressing a news conference on Monday in Monrovia, MPC through its political leader Simeon Freeman noted that Liberia’s economic, education and governance systems have broken down as though they did not exist in the past.”Today, Liberia, like the late 80s, is a place of huge capital flight, huge trade deficit, extremely low employment and especially high youth unemployment rate, non-performing educational institutions, very poor infrastructure and non-existing health delivery structure,” the MPC former standard bearer stated.According to Mr. Freeman, outlook of the Liberian economy deprives any well-meaning Liberians of the possibilities to live a standardized and well-organized life that will provide for his/her family.“There is no opportunity for Liberian businesses in terms of capital because of the high interest rate associated with loans from commercial banks,” he said.He added, “Liberians have never competed with Asian and Middle Eastern businesses for several reasons [than is happening now].”Giving his justification, he further said foreigners have access to small interest rate loans from the banks than Liberians.He also stated that the lack of government’s resources to initiate, develop and prosper a non-existent Liberian private sector, and government jobs have historically been a means of employment and wealth creation for some in isolation of the rest of Liberians from the wealth creation chain.Commenting on the education system, MPC termed Madam Sirleaf’s approach as “replicating similar trends of yester-years when the largest employer was government. The maintenance of the same system guaranteed that government will be the largest employer. The largest colleges at our universities are mainly political or arts-related courses while national support to university education is extremely dismal.”“A good quality education in Liberia should cost a minimum of $2,000 per annum,” Freeman said. “This cost,” according to him, “automatically discounts the US$10 million government support to the University of Liberia. When support to education is dismal and the educational focus is non-technical, Government will certainly remain the largest employer,” the MPC leader asserted.The party believes that the negative situation facing Liberia as allegedly created by Madam Sirleaf has greatly deteriorated the image of Liberia.MPC: “Liberian students have a long history of massive failures in WAEC exams and that has worsened under Ellen. Liberia has a history of extremely poor health delivery system and that has worsened under Ellen.Liberia has historically been a source of huge Foreign Direct Investment with little or no benefit to its people; huge benefit to public servants and poor FDI corporate tax payment history. It is worst under Ellen because every natural resource of Liberia has been mortgaged for peanuts to the detriment of the country and in many instances to very shady companies.Liberia has long been a place of growth without development. That indication has worsened under Ellen. While shady investments appeared to have propped up growth, the resultant impact of growth on development is not forthcoming.Liberia has historically been one of the poorest economies in the world.”President Sirleaf very recently told the nation that conditions surrounding the country’s recovery process have made Liberians to fall far behind.Addressing the nation on the state of the economy on Wednesday, May 28, President Sirleaf stated the difficulties in the recovery process have been a result of constraint on the part of government to prioritize everything at the same time.“Our continued post-conflict recovery process is of such that we must continue to do everything at the same time,” she said.The Liberian leader likened the post-conflict recovery process to driving an old bus while at the same time repairing its many deficient and dysfunctional parts.“As we know, for the past years our bus has been parked, some of the parts have gotten rusty, some are unusable, and many of our people were left stranded and abandoned on the sides of the road. From opportunity to morality, our children, and in many respects ourselves, have fallen too far behind,” President Sirleaf stated.The President’s statement that day is, however, in sharp contrast with several comments made earlier that the country has now been placed on the right trajectory for economic growth and infrastructural development.It must be noted, however, that much efforts have been made to restore the country’s damage infrastructures, power, roads, ports and other facilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Convicted cocaine trafficker to know fate next week

first_imgAs the ongoing cocaine trafficking trial of Dennis Jones comes to a close before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, the Chief Magistrate on Thursday declared that she will rule on the case on Tuesday.Jones, who is being represented by Attorney Eusi Anderson, was invited to lead his defence on the same day set for the ruling.Dennis Jones, 63, of Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown was charged and remanded to prison in January of this year, for attempting to smuggle to Canada 10.618 kilograms of cocaine in custard/baking powder packages and Banko wine bottles, through the Guyana Post Office Corporation.He was subsequently released on bail following a successful bail application by his lawyer. Jones maintains his innocence before the courts of law.However, the Prosecution in its case pointed out to the court that it is convinced there is overwhelming evidence to convict Jones of the offence when it showed video surveillance footage from the GPOC which shows the defendant in action.When Police ranks went to Jones’s home to arrest him, he was found hiding in the ceiling, the court was told.Police reports indicate that Jones was also in 2012 charged and convicted for trafficking in over 300 kilograms of cocaine in soap powder to Niger, West Africa for which he served time at the Camp Street Prison. Jones was deported from the United States after he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.last_img read more

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Malik emerges as a prospect

first_img“He’s stepped his game up and emerged as a legitimate prospect,” Spartans coach Tom Hofman said. “He’s always had the ability and talent, but now the confidence has kicked in.” Never was that more apparent than this past weekend in the Southern Section Div. III-AA title game, when Malik scored 31 points in a 61-57 loss to Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, ranked No.2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No.19 in the nation by USA Today. UC Davis and UC Irvine have scholarship offers on the table, but Malik doesn’t plan on making a decision soon. “I’m playing some of my best basketball right know,” Malik said. “This is it for me, the end of my high school career. I’m not worried about who’s watching me, my focus is with my team and leaving it all out on the floor at the end of every game.” La Canada High Something to prove: Campbell Hall is eager to re-establish itself as the premier program in the area. The Vikings (29-1) will have the opportunity to do so tonight against LACES of Los Angeles (13-22) in a first-round game of the Southern California Div. IV regional playoffs at Crespi High in Encino. “We’re focused. We’re ready,” Vikings senior Justin Holiday said. “We won’t be taking anything for granted anymore.” One step closer: Poly of Sun Valley benefited from its 12-day layoff between a nine-point loss to Westchester in the City Section semifinals and Tuesday’s 86-69 victory over Centennial of Corona in a first-round game of the Southern California Div. I regional playoffs. It will be interesting to see how the Parrots (24-5) bounce back tonight as they take on host Pasadena (31-2). “The victory was a combination of having fresh legs and being healthy for the first time in a while,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “At this point, it doesn’t matter anymore. The rest of these games are huge.” sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Adam Malik has been contacted by several Division I college basketball scouts over the past year, with most of the interest being generated by programs in the Big West, Big Sky and West Coast Conferences. The 6-foot-7 senior’s stock continues to rise based on his outstanding postseason play for the Spartans (28-3), as they head into tonight’s Southern California Div. III regional playoff opener against visiting Hanford West of Hanford (18-2). last_img read more

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Proposition 103 finally near to the end of a long road

first_imgBut the 18-year journey to implement the entire ballot measure involves one of the longest delaying tactics ever seen, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. Stern said it was a huge surprise when voters passed it in the first place because of the intense opposition by the insurance industry, which mounted an $80 million campaign against it. The legal battle continued afterward in what Stern compares to the tale of David and Goliath. “The problem is that David slew Goliath in a much faster way. It didn’t take 20 years,” Stern said. “But things moved quite faster in the old days. And Goliath did not have car insurance.” Advocates still hesitate to say the war has been won, because insurance companies could still appeal a court decision over regulation. But the rules are in place and people are already beginning to see some signs of relief. The Automobile Club of Southern California agreed in 2006 to base rates on a driver’s history instead of ZIP code, the first company to do so. Some rates ticked up about 5 percent, but most saw rates decrease by 7 percent, an annual savings of about $134, spokeswoman Carol Thorp said. Over the course of the next year, customers of other companies will see the changes, said Doug Heller, executive director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. “Sometimes the only thing worse in the delay of justice is to give up the pursuit of it,” Heller said. “Here we have resolution. Finally the peoples’ word will finally take hold. It’s taken a darn long time though.” In the end, California has dropped from one of the most expensive states in the nation for auto liability insurance to No. 20, according to a 2004 study from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Policy holders pay an average of $832. New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and New York are the top three contenders for priciest rates, paying an average of $1,192 for liability insurance. If you’re looking for cheapest, you’ll have to move to Idaho, South Dakota or Iowa, where the average cost for liability insurance is $585. How do your car insurance rates fare? What are your thoughts about mandatory insurance and regulation? Tell our blog at www.insidesocal/alongfortheride. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s been a 20-year battle fraught with court challenges and millions in legal bills, but California drivers should emerge victorious in a contentious battle for fair auto insurance rates by August 2008. By then, insurance companies have to be in compliance with state rules that say your driving history matters more than where you live when determining rates. We’re nearing the conclusion of the long, drawn-out battle over Proposition 103, which was approved by voters in 1988 and imposed stringent regulations on the insurance industry. “I was only 37 when I wrote this, and I’ll be 55 next year,” said Harvey Rosenfield, author of Proposition 103 and founder of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. “In a way, I’ll tell you, it reflects very poorly on our government and judicial system.” Of the state’s 23 million motorists, those with good driving records should eventually see some relief when their car insurance bills arrive in August 2008 or later – in particular city dwellers who have fumed about paying more than suburbanites simply because of their ZIP code – a practice commonly referred to as redlining. Some have already seen changes. But what makes the savings even sweeter is the triumph over a mega-sized industry that fought to keep the rules in their favor. Car insurance became mandatory in California in 1970. And it didn’t take long for motorists to become angry and frustrated with insurance rates – emotions that led to the birth of Proposition 103. A main component of the measure – a 20 percent rate reduction that forced insurers to refund more than $1.2 billion to policy holders – took hold in 1993. And the call for an elected rather than an appointed insurance commissioner was also answered, along with greater regulation of home, auto and business insurance. last_img read more

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‘Typical Wengerite: brainwashed! Arsenal have too many fans like that’

first_imgDo you fancy becoming a football pundit? Take a listen to the clip above and give it your best shot hereArsenal’s poor 3-1 defeat at home to Monaco in the Champions League has prompted plenty of soul searching from Gooners, not least Claude, who called talkSPORT to vent his frustration.Familiar to viewers of Arsenal Fan TV, Claude spoke with our very own Adrian Durham on the talkSPORT Drivetime show and explained that “I’ve had enough of the manager”.Then, after being played a clip from Arsenal Fan TV of pro-Wenger supporter Ty claiming all was not lost for the Gunners, Claude let rip.“Typical Wengerite… brainwashed! You could sleep with his missus and he’d stay positive.“It’s a joke. This is the problem with Arsenal, we’ve got to many fans like that. They can’t see what’s going on. It’s time for a change.Wenger’s “been a great manager in the past,” Claude continued, “but everything comes to an end.”What do you think of Claude’s view? Do you think you could be as entertaining on the airwaves?This is your chance to prove how good a football pundit you could be! talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to www.thepeoplespundit.co.uk to find out more now.last_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League tips: 10 important things we learnt from Gameweek 1

first_img latest 11 4. Ben Chilwell is going to get forward A LOT The first weekend of the Fantasy Premier League season has already got managers in a spin.A number of superstars and fan favourites failed to strike, including Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne, while some unheralded players proved they should be in your consideration. changes 1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka IS the bargain of the season Out of every starting player this weekend for top-six clubs, Sissoko was the least picked player with just 0.2 per cent of managers picking him. The next least selected was Ross Barkley who was selected by just 0.5 per cent. silverware The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 10. Lee Peltier is not the bargain you were looking for revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade We saw Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra dazzle with a double against Brighton and Hove Albion while, among other surprises, Richarlison proved he was well worth the money Everton spent on him with a brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers.But what else stood out? Find out below. With a price of just £5.5m it’s worth keeping an eye on the Liverpool loanee. He played just 34 minutes against Burnley but in that time played four key passes and took three shots on goal. gameday cracker 11 7. Nobody loves Moussa Sissoko England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3. N’Golo Kante is set for more points than ever before possible standings 2. Managers didn’t pay attention to Heung-Min Son’s trip to the Asian Games Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 11 The Norwegian spent 34 minutes on the pitch and made four key passes, although some of these were from set-pieces. He looks set to be a real threat with his left foot at St Mary’s. Yes, he’s seemingly a starter but he got a yellow card against Bournemouth and the Bluebirds look like they will leak goals. Get rid of him before his price drops and leaves you unable to sell. 11 SORRY Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 11 At one stage 8.6 per cent of bosses had the South Korean in their side and this is now down to 4.7 per cent, while his value has already dropped 0.1m due to these transfers. If you had him, you’ve lost money. Not a good start. smart causal 11 Already playing in a more advanced role thanks to the arrival of Jorginho, the France ace is set to give more goals and assists than in previous years. If you have room for another Chelsea star he’s a smart buy. We’ve been given plenty to think about in the Fantasy Premier League. 6. Mohamed Elyounoussi could cause havoc once he starts games Already known for his attacking more than his defending at Leicester City, his average position was high up the left flank against Manchester United. If it’s a trend that continues he’ll get some goals and assists, for sure. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 11 Okay, he drew a blank against Crystal Palace but not for the lack of trying. He took seven shots, an amount usually taken by Harry Kane, so we know he’s the focal point for Fulham. He also had the most shots on target too, with three, along with Callum Wilson and Mohamed Salah. 11 Whisper it quietly but the Belgian striker looked pretty good against Fulham and could have scored were it not for a good save from Fabri. whoops If you got on this one early then congratulations to you. A £4million star before the campaign his price is set to rocket and has already hit £4.1m thanks to his display against Fulham. He’ll go a lot higher too as he’s one of the cheapest sure-to-start players. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 11 9. Danny Ings could do some damage at Southampton 11 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted 11 Most Popular Premier League News 8. Christian Benteke might be back Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 5. Aleksandar Mitrovic is going to get plenty of goals this yearlast_img read more

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KEATING SEALS THE POINTS FOR HARPS WITH DELIGHTFUL DOUBLE

first_imgOn loan striker Ruairi Keating struck twice to give Finn Harps full points against league newcomers Cabinteely at Finn Park tonight.The Sligo Rovers player, in his second loan spell at the Ballybofey club, certainly knows where the net is.Keating struck in just the 5th minute to give the home side a great start. But Cabinteely continued to plug away and indeed had one effort cleared off the line in the 15th minute.Harps closed the half the stronger but failed to convert the pressure into anything of substance.Keating sealed the points in the 69th minute when Packie Mailey’s cross saw the striker head home form close range.Olie Horgan will be pleased with four points from a possible six in Harps first two outings. KEATING SEALS THE POINTS FOR HARPS WITH DELIGHTFUL DOUBLE was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man charged with rape is given passport to attend music festivals

first_imgA man charged with two counts of rape has been allowed to travel to the UK for two music festivals.The man, who is in his 20s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal. The alleged offences took place at an address in Letterkenny on July 29th, 2016.Barrister for the accused man, Mr Ivan Toner, made an application to the court asking if the man’s bail conditions could be varied.A previous court ruled that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, should sign on at Letterkenny Garda station and surrender his passport.However, Mr Toner said his client was working at two music festivals in the UK and would not be able to sign on and would also need his passport returned.The man will be out of the country for a total of eight days when he travels to the two festivals.He is to return his passport to Gardai when he returns from the festivals.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan agreed to the application on behalf of the Gardai.Inspector Sheridan said the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to prosecution on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.Among the other condition imposed including a cash lodgement of €2,000, that he provide a mobile phone number and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.Legal aid was granted to the man.Judge Deirdre Gearty adjourned the case has been adjourned until September 21st.Man charged with rape is given passport to attend music festivals was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalmusic festivalspassportrapelast_img read more

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Henry David Thoreau’s Debt to Darwin Led to Loss of Belief in God

first_imgFor a thoroughly-documented yet disturbing tableau of the pernicious effects of Darwinian thinking on all aspects of society, we recommend one of Dr Bergman’s most recent books, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality (2017).(Visited 848 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The effects of Darwinism go far beyond biology. On the bicentenary of Henry David Thoreau, a historian traces his fall from grace into Darwinian materialism.by Dr Jerry BergmanNovels and literature can be critically important avenues for changing Western culture. Most surveys find that more people read fiction and stories in general, such as historical fiction and romance, than nonfiction of all types. Fiction has a huge impact on our beliefs for this and other reasons.What is nature? A product of design, exalting life, or chance, demeaning it? Photo by David CoppedgeIn Concord, Massachusetts this year, on July 11, a bicentennial celebration will be held for Henry David Thoreau, a giant American literary figure known for advocating the romantic ideal of a simple life surrounded by the beauty of nature. In an article in Nature, Randall Fuller traces Thoreau’s debt to Darwin after Walden, watching him fall from the grace of nature’s sublime design to a material world of chance.Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was one of the most important American writers. He is best known today for his book Walden, that stressed the benefits of simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for disobeying unjust actions of government. He was a prolific author whose works have been a staple of American education from high school to college for decades. Along with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott (the father of Louisa May Alcott), Thoreau and his circle of friends were writers with wide influence. But another writer would come to heavily influence them all: Charles Darwin.[i]For example, up to this time Thoreau accepted transcendentalism, the view that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material. But then, his reading of Darwin’s Origin began to severely challenge this worldview for which he was best known, Fuller says.[ii] Many other leading early American writers and clergy, after they understood “Darwin’s theory of natural selection … discover[ed] that it also posed enormous threats to their other beliefs, including their faith in God and their trust that America was a country divinely chosen for the regeneration of the world.”[iii] Thoreau had to face these issues head on just five years after he had published Walden in 1854. (He died of tuberculosis in 1862 at age 45, three years after Darwin’s Origin had arrived in America.)This process can be wrenching; it leaves people trapped between two ways of thinking and believing, stranded between two existences.Due to the influence of Darwin, Thoreau moved “close to Darwin’s position. He assumed the universe was governed by laws, but he also believed that the products of those laws occurred in a more or less random way. He hovered between design and chance, between idealism and materialism.”[iv] In the end, Thoreau rejected the transcendentalism for which he had been famous, and placed the mystery and wonder of life within the worldview of materialism. Nonetheless, Thoreau realized that empirical knowledge is finite, and afterwe have exhausted its limits, we are still left with speculation, supposition, and hypotheses. And those are invariably influenced by belief in some ordering principle. For many people, that principle involves a divinity inherited from four thousand years of tradition.[v]He was speaking, of course, of the influence of the Bible as the “ordering principle” that influenced “many people”. But for himself? He was raising questions and having doubts. Even Darwin had faced similar doubts as he discussed the implications of his theory with a close friend. For example, in an early draft of his Origin of Species, Darwin wrotethat nature was composed of “laws ordained by God to govern the universe.” Soon after sending his book to Asa Gray, he wrote, “I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance.” (Within a year or so he would abandon the idea of design entirely; it was unnecessary, he realized, for his theory.).[vi]Darwin’s dangerous idea led to the two camps still existing today, namely those who advocate Intelligent Design and creationism, and the other camp that has chosen Darwinism as the explanation for all living things, and thus dispenses with any need for design or guiding intelligence to explain the origin and development of life.Fuller says that Darwin’s theory of natural selection maintains that all life evolves largely as a result of the environment, “thriving or dying as a result of their ability to adapt. This process can be wrenching; it leaves people trapped between two ways of thinking and believing, stranded between two existences.”[vii]  He concludes that, in the end, Darwin’s theory has “remade the world” from the Christian era to the Post-Christian world.[viii]Darwinism had a major influence on America not only through his own writings, but through other influential writers like Thoreau who converted to Darwinism after reading Darwin’s Origin of Species. Because Darwin had raised fundamental questions about the nature of life, his influence permeated novels and other works of literature, converting the man best known for transcendentalism and the sublimity of nature into a materialist seeing his formerly-sublime world as the product of mindless chance.In summary, Darwin’s 1859 book was “the single most important idea of the nineteenth century,” Fuller says. “It is also an account of issues and concerns that are still very much with us, including racism, one of the most intractable problems in American life, and the enduring conflict between science and religion.” [ix] And that was the very book that turned Thoreau into a Darwin disciple. Thereafter, his tainted pen helped spread Darwinism to the masses.For more on Randall Fuller’s research into Darwin’s influence on Thoreau and the Transcendentalists, see Evolution News & Science Today.[i] Randall Fuller “Thoreau’s Debt to Darwin.” Nature. June 15, 2017. 546:349-350.[ii] Randall Fuller “Thoreau’s Debt to Darwin.” Nature. June 15, 2017. p. 349.[iii] The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, by Randall Fuller, New York: Viking. 2017. p. x.[iv] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. pp. 193-194.[v] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. pp. 193-194.[vi] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. pp. 193-194.[vii] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. p. x.[viii] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. p. x.[ix] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. p. x.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, scientist, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. For more of his writings, see his Author Profile.last_img read more

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