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Leading Darwinist Advocates Breeding Humans with Chimps

first_imgNew Attempts to Interbreed Humans and Chimps to Prove Evolutionby Jerry Bergman, PhDA new movement headed by Professor David Barash to prove evolution by breeding humans with our claimed closest relative, the chimpanzee has gained credence. A core teaching of Neo-Darwinism is that humans are simply another animal produced by evolution. Researchers have produced many hybrids, even between two animals once classified as different species. Some of the thousands of examples include tigons (the offspring of a male tiger bred with a female lion), ligers (the offspring of a male lion bred with a female tiger), jagulep (a jaguar bred with a leopard), and a leopon (a leopard bred with a lion). As far as known, all of the big cats can successfully interbreed.Professor Barash concluded from this observation that it is “by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a chimera combining a human being and a chimpanzee could be produced in a laboratory. After all, human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA.”[1] He added that the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, an acronym for the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat system, is regularly used to deliberately modify the genome of many life-forms. This tool provides scientists with the ability of adding and deleting targeted genes from a genome.Consequently, Barash added, “it is not unreasonable to foresee the possibility—eventually, perhaps, the likelihood—of producing ‘humanzees’ or ‘chimp-humans.’ Such an individual would … be neither human nor chimp: rather, something in between.”[2]  Some evolutionists believe after humans and chimps separated from our common ancestor and became separate species we were still able to interbreed.[3] Consequently, since we used to interbreed, to do so today would not be unexpected.Barash’s GoalBarash believes that breeding chimps and humans “would be a terrific idea” for many reasons including to quell what he calls the most harmful “theologically-driven myth of all times: that human beings are discontinuous from the rest of the natural world, … specially created and endowed with souls, whereas ‘they’—all other creatures—were not.” Producing ‘chimp-humans” hybrids would be, Barash argues, the ultimate proof of evolution. Interbreeding humans and chimps would also “drive a stake into the heart of that destructive disinformation campaign of discontinuity, of human hegemony over all other living things.”1 It would also demolish the view that, as Genesis teaches, humans are to have dominion over the animals:And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.[4]The chimp-human goal is important to Darwinists because it “is almost impossible to imagine how the most die-hard advocate of humans having a discontinuously unique biological status could continue to maintain this position if confronted with a real, functioning, human-chimp combination.”1 Barash concluded, that “faced with individuals who are clearly intermediate between human and ape, it will become painfully obvious that a rigid distinction between the two is no longer tenable.”1 Human evolution from some ape would finally be proven beyond question.Critique of Barash’s GeneticsA major mistake Barash makes is his erroneous claim that “human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA.” Even a 12-year-old study that sampled protein coding genes found “humans and chimpanzees differ by at least 6% (1,418 of 22,000 genes), which stands in stark contrast to the oft-cited 1.5% difference between orthologous nucleotide sequences.”[5] As more comparisons were completed using more complete genomes, the similarity was reduced. The latest research found it is closer to 86 to 89%.[6] Given a 14% difference of 3 billion base pairs, that would yield a whopping 42 million base-pair difference.Professor Barash advocates this approach because he assumes its success will encourage humans to treat animals better because the great divide now existing between humans and all lower forms of life will be reduced. In fact, it will likely have the opposite effect. If humans are just another animal, a different kind of primate, it will likely influence humans to de-humanize other humans. After all, humans are just animals as are also the apes. This is exactly how Nazi Germany justified mistreating certain people, including Slavs, Jews, and Roma, that led to the Holocaust.[7]David P. Barash is not a fringe scientist, but a leading researcher and science popularizer. As a Professor of Psychology emeritus at the University of Washington, he has written, edited or co-authored 40 books, and over 230 scholarly articles, mostly on Darwin and Darwinism. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The Ivanov study is told in more detail in ch. 14 of this book by Dr. BergmanEfforts to Breed Humans and Chimps in the PastNor is this the first time human-ape breeding experiments have been attempted.[8] The first scientific attempt was in the mid-1920s at a laboratory, then part of French Guinea in Africa. The work was done by a leading Soviet Scientist, Professor Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, and his son. Ivanov was a world famous breeder of hybrids specializing in the field of artificial insemination and the interspecific hybridization of animals. His successes were sensational, especially among horse breeders from many parts of the world. He had wanted to try “the  ultimate test of Darwinian evolution” [interbreeding humans with chimps, i.e., humanzees] … since 1910, and he finally (after consulting with Hermann Muller, the Soviet-loving Drosophila scientist) screwed up the courage to request a research grant in the early 1920s.”[9]The “top Bolsheviks saw something promising in Ivanov’s idea: a chance to insult religion, the Soviet Unions avowed enemy… in our struggle for the liberation of the working people from the power of the Church.”[10] Only a few months after the Scopes trial the Soviet government gave Ivanov 10,000 dollars, 130,000 in today’s dollars, to prove his ape-human theory.[11]Ivanov attempted at least three times, without success, to inseminate female chimpanzees with human sperm. He also attempted a set of experiments involving ape sperm and humans, but was unsuccessful for several reasons.[12]  Ivanov used Negro women because they were in his day believed to be biologically closer to apes, thus, he reasoned, the experiment would more likely be successful.[13] His belief was based on the writings of Darwin and others.Darwin’s Race TeachingsDarwin expected that, at some future point, “not very distant … the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races,” thus making the gap between humans and apes even greater than it currently is now.[14] The eminent evolutionist Professor Carl Vogt, “distinguished, as did most biologists in the second half of the nineteenth century, between crosses of ‘allied’ races [such as negroes and apes] and ‘distant’ ones, such as white humans and apes.”[15] These scientists believed hybridization of the lowest human type and the highest ape type would vindicate Darwin and serve as powerful evidence of evolution.[16]Both the scriptures and Christian history condemn this attempt. The Bible is very clear: “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.”[17]  A real concern is that these experiments, although they will likely fail, will further erode human value and encourage inhuman experiments. Kean concluded that “almost all respectable scientists today would lay money on human-chimp fertilization being impossible.”[18] There are many reasons for these conclusions. For example, they include to activate the system to form a zygote and beginning cell division is species specific. Assuming that a zygote can form, human and chimp regulations of DNA are very different. Although in the case of different chromosomal numbers, a female horse with 64 chromosomes and male donkey with 62 can produce a mule with 63 chromosomes, which is usually sterile, but humans are not donkeys, and the same process may not work for humans. The 15 percent difference in genes (close to 400,000) will also cause enormous problems.This study recalls the now-shameful 1932 U. S. Government Public Health Service study of the natural history of syphilis among poor Blacks compared to Whites to justify certain treatment programs. The “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, and 201 disease-free. Rather than treat the disease with the medicine available after the study began, the physicians allowed it to progress to determine if the progression in Black men was the same as it was in White men.[19] The study continued for 40 years, and by then most of the infected subjects had died, many of horrible and painful deaths. As expected, the researchers concluded no difference existed in untreated syphilis between Blacks and Whites. The breeding study between apes and humans, regardless how it turns out, will no doubt likewise be an embarrassment if not an unethical fiasco.[1] David Barash. 2018. “It’s Time to Make Human-Chimp Hybrids.” Nautilus, March 8. David Barash. 2018. Through a Glass Brightly. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.[2] Barash, 2018.[3] Kean, Sam. 2012. The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, pp. 182-183.[4] Genesis 1:26 (KJV).[5] Demuth, J. 2006. “The Evolution of Mammalian Gene Families.” PLoS ONE 1(1): e85 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0000085[6] Tomkins. Jeffrey P. 2011. “Genome-Wide DNA Alignment Similarity (Identity) for 40,000 Chimpanzee DNA Sequences Queried against the Human Genome is 86–89%.” Answers Research Journal 4 (2011):233–241. www.answersingenesis.org/arj/v4/human-chimpanzee-genome.pdf . See also Tomkins, J. 2014. “Human–Chimp DNA Similarity: Separating Fact from Fiction.” In: Genesis & Genetics: Proceedings of the 2014 Faith & Science Conference, Springfield, Missouri.[7] Bergman, Jerry. 2012. Hitler and the Nazis Darwinian Worldview: How the Nazis Eugenic Crusade for a Superior Race Caused the Greatest Holocaust in World History. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Joshua Press.[8] Bergman, Jerry. 2017. Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries. Atlanta, GA: CMI Publishing, Chapter 14, pp. 219-236.[9] Kean, 2012, p. 180.[10] Kean, 2012, p. 180.[11] Kean, 2012, p. 181.[12] Pain, Stephanie. 2008. Blasts from the past: The Soviet ape-man scandal. New Scientist, August 20. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19926701-000-blasts-from-the-past-the-soviet-ape-man-scandal/[13] Rossiianov, Kirill. 2002. “Beyond Species: Ii’ya Ivanov and His Experiments on Cross-Breeding Humans with Anthropoid Apes.” Science in Context. 15(2):277-316.[14] Darwin, Charles. 1871. The Descent of Man. London, England: John Murray, p. 201.[15] Stepan, Nancy. 1985. “Biological Degeneration: Races and Proper Places.” Chapter 5 in: Chamberlin, J. Edward and Sander L. Gilman. Degeneration: The Dark Side of Progress. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, p. 110.[16] Wiker, Benjamin. 2009. The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin. Washington, D.C..: Regnery Publishing, pp. 106, 118.[17] 1 Corinthians 15:39.[18] Kean, 2012, p. 192.[19] Washington, Harriet A. 2008. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. New York, NY: Anchor Books.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 916 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Rural KZN charms urban skaters

first_imgDallas Oberholzer and his students Taking a break during skate camp(Image: Khanyi Magubane) Khanyi Magubane The soul of KwaZulu-Natal’s imposing Valley of a Thousand Hills is to be found in the majestic and extraordinarily green hills spread out as far as the eye can see. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the landscape, virtually untouched by urbanisation.It is against this backdrop that internationally renowned skater Dallas Oberholzer is living his dream life. When he first started building a skateboard park in the heart of the valley, many thought he had lost his mind. But six years down the line and after numerous consultations with the chiefs of the KwaXimba district, Oberholzer has secured land in Isithumba village to continue building and expanding what is now known as the Indigo Skate Park.The skateboard “headquarters” consists of a large household of eight tin-roofed rondavels, aptly painted green. These are used for various activities during week-long camps for young skaters. One or two of the huts are used as dormitories during camp; another has the amenities of a video lounge and the “Ancestors Rondavel” serves for lectures. It’s a typical Zulu compound with livestock – including ducks, roaming freely around. The skate camp is a community-run project and is shared with the locals in terms of the services provided.Life at the skate campIt’s just after 8am on a Sunday morning. The young skaters, ranging from ages nine to 18, have not yet emerged from their hut as they’ve been skating until three o’clock that morning. But Oberholzer, a tanned and dreadlocked skater, is up already, dressed in khaki shorts and ensuring that breakfast is ready for the young ones when they emerge. He stands out in the village, a young white man living comfortably in the community. Everyone knows him and he’s on a first-name basis with his neighbours.After about 15 minutes, the skaters slowly emerge from their hut with sleepy eyes and plonk themselves on the “icansi”, a traditional Zulu mat, where a medley of fruit and some juice is served. Breakfast is shortly interrupted by Oberholzer instructing the boys to head down to the skate park for the morning’s stretching session.A group of 12 campers from the North Beach Skate Park in Durban, including a 12-year-old street kid, are attending Summer Camp Two, one of five camps run throughout the year at Isithumba. Before arriving at the camp the children are advised what to expect. Most of the young campers have never been to a rural environment. The skate camp website reads “Our Camp and Skate Park are found within the property part of the Msomi family … Indigo Skate Camp is a community-based project. Over the past four years we have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Msomi household who had the foresight to allow us to build a skate park on their property.”Following a generous grant from the Sports Trust – an independent body funded by a range of major companies, as well as Element USA, an American firm selling skateboards, shoes and clothes, videos and photographs, Oberholzer will now be able to expand the existing park to build a uniquely African version. Currently, the skate park is located on the extensive grounds of the Msomi household. It has a 1.52m ramp joined adjacently to a 2.71m ramp and a 3.96 foot extension.Skate camp attracts Alaska nativeRoaming around the campsite is Chris Scanlon, a native of Haines, Alaska. He met Dallas Oberholzer on the Internet, through mutual skating interests. Scanlon says it had always been his wish to come to Africa. “I knew Dallas because he is a world famous skater. I’d always wanted to come here [to Africa] but I didn’t want to come here as a stupid white tourist. When Dallas told me about the work that he’s doing to uplift the community of Isithumba through the skating, I finally had a reason to come.”Scanlon’s desire to be part of the community project stems from his own passion of developing young people. “In Alaska, I work with kids too. I work with the Klinket people. They are like the Zulus of Alaska – poor but very cultured. Most of those kids come from dysfunctional families where a lot of their fathers are alcoholics and they grow up in abusive homes.”Scanlon took it upon himself to skate with the kids and also do graffiti with them as a form of anger management, giving them the means to vent their feelings about their family circumstances.Although Scanlon has only been in South Africa for a month now, he has become very close to the project. He spends hours with Oberholzer digging where the new expanded skate park is going to be and he is also very involved in the camps. The two men, with their common vision and desire to develop young people, have become quite close and Scanlon is like an “uncle” to the children.Meeting the pioneer urban ZuluThe man himself, Dallas Oberholzer, who was raised in Johannesburg, is very modest about his own achievements. He casually asks “Have you read the information on the website?” so that he need not repeat his long history with skateboarding. “Skating is too competitive. For me skating started as self-discovery and adventure. What I’m doing now is like coming full circle to that self-discovery and adventure. It’s fresh!” he says.Oberholzer is a world-famous skater who has performed with the likes of skating legend Tony Hawk. His journey of self-discovery in skating has taken him to over 40 countries throughout the world, participating in major contests including Slam City Jam in Vancouver, Canada.In 2000, he attended the European Downhill Championships where he won 1st place at the Hot Heels Downhill Festival, an achievement reported on CNN international news. In that same year in November, he skated in the Australian X-Games, where he walked away with fifth prize. His true fulfilment, though, came in discovering the Isithumba area after he had decided to implement his idea of starting a skate park in that area. Finally on 16 June 2005, which is also marked as Youth Day in South Africa, the skate park opened its doors.But the road has not been easy. His own white community shunned him at first, misinterpreting what he was doing in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. “I’ve always been viewed in a different light,” he says. “My parents had an issue with it at first, but they got over it. I used to get people asking me why I wanted to live there and the negatives of living here, but I didn’t believe in everyone, but rather in my own truth. The undercover racists would say ‘it’s good that you are helping the blacks’ but for me, this was yet another place to explore and have fun skating.”He says he received a warmer reception from the locals, who, although surprised at why he would decide to live in Isithumba, welcomed him as a brother.Future plans for skate campIn September next year, Oberholzer is planning to travel overseas to the United States to present a photographic exhibition of the work being done during the Indigo camps at the San Diego Skate Trade Show in San Diego, California. A German company is also planning a visit to the site in 2008 to help re-surface the ramps. But in the meantime, Oberholzer continues with life at Isithumba, where the pages of the history of the Valley of a Thousand Hills are being re-written, one ramp at a time.Useful linksIndigo Skate CampElements skateboarding Elements awareness programmeThe Sports TrustDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

5. Piketon farmer’s ingenuity scores him a U.S. patent

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One hot summer of dealing with the task of connecting his old 330 John Deere hay baler’s driveshaft to the PTO of his John Deere 6230 was quite enough for 80-year-old Roy Noel. As Noel was working on his rolling-hill farm in Pike County, he came up with a solution for this painstaking chore and a handy tool worthy of a U.S. patent.last_img

Your Augmented Future: The 3 Hottest Videos From International AR Symposium

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout marshall kirkpatrick 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 3D virtual pets to hold in your hand and interact with, software that turns drawn objects into movable 3D objects subject to the laws of physics and a Microsoft hiring-coup. Those are the stories behind the hottest videos from the eye and brain-candy world of Augmented Reality, as seen at last week’s International Symposium on Augmented and Extended Reality in Orlando, Florida.Who says the web is all about pages that you view in a browser? Check out these three visions of a fast-approaching future where data is drawn from and overlaid on top of the real world around us.Kid Stuff: Eye PetThe Eye Pet is a virtual critter that you can interact with through a webcam on your computer. Check out this demo where the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe pets the animal and spins through a 3D menu of toys to play use in playing with it. It’s pretty awesome. The Eye Pet is expected to be released for the PS3 game system as early as next month. We wrote about this international project last week and the team behind it went on to win the Best Student Paper award at the ISMAR conference.AR Sketch takes drawn images, processes live video capture of the drawings and turns them into 3D image overlays. Then it subjects them to a physics simulation. The team behind it just happened to hack into the private API for live video processing on the iPhone and make it available to developers around the world, too. Popular AR apps like Yelp or Layar on mobile phones don’t actually know what they are looking at, they just know where you are and which direction you’re facing. Thus they can tell you what they believe you’re looking at. Marker-based AR apps know only to look for one thing – a printed marker with a pattern on it that triggers display of an overlay. Sketch AR needs neither guesses nor markers – it processes and augments what you’re actually looking at.It’s nuts. As Ori Inbar wrote about the Sketch AR team in an overview of ISMAR, “Their work is revolutionizing the AR world by avoiding the need to print markers – or any images whatsoever.”Here Comes Microsoft AR!Oxford’s Georg Klein, whom Inbar calls “the smartest Computer Vision guy on the block,” just joined Microsoft this month, conference-goers learned. Is Microsoft going to make a major Augmented Reality play? They’d be fools not to explore the possibility. They don’t want to be left out in the cold if AR does become the next version of the web. Here’s what their new man’s been working on.These exciting examples of Augmented Reality have little to do with mobile location awareness, a nice reminder that there’s a whole lot more to the field. Mobile AR browsers are the best known commercial services so far, but academic research on other forms of AR has been going on for years. Ready to browse and interact with data on top of the physical world, through webcams, mobile phones and increasingly svelte AR glasses? A future when such experiences are mainstream may be fast approaching. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Related Posts That looks like a lot of fun for kids (who knows about the psychological impact) but imagine other interactive 3D objects with menus of options like this. Occupational training possibilities? Sports practice? There seems to be a lot of possibilities. Thanks to Canadian PhD student Gail Carmichael for shooting that video.The New AR Paradigm: AR Sketchlast_img read more

Agra orphanage sealed after inmate alleges gangrape

first_imgThe administration here on Sunday sealed an orphanage and booked its management citing irregularities, days after an inmate alleged that she was raped by three men inside the premises, officials said. Chief Development Officer J. Reebha said the sealing process was started around 7 p.m. and a case was registered against the management of the orphanage. She said 28 boys have been moved to a children’s shelter home in Shahganj here while three of the 10 girls were shifted to ‘Aasha Jyoti Kendra’. The younger girls have been moved to the Shahganj children’s shelter home, the CDO said. A 16-year-old inmate had jumped off the terrace of the orphanage into the river Yamuna on October 3. The locals rescued her. She had alleged that she was gang-raped inside the orphanage. A case was registered at the Itimad-ud-Daula police station and the three accused were sent to jail. After the report surfaced, State Commission for Women vice-chairperson Sushma Singh inspected the orphanage. During the inspection, empty bear bottles and used condoms were found.last_img read more

Valpak Goes Pink With Susan G Komen And Chef Sandra Lee

first_imgValpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, announces the launch of a powerful collaboration that puts a spotlight on the fight to save lives and end breast cancer.In partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and renowned television chef and breast cancer survivor Sandra Lee, Valpak will turn its monthly iconic blue envelope pink in support of the 1 in 8 women in the U.S. who will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime and the countless loved ones affected by the disease.Valpak’s pink envelope will highlight celebrity chef Sandra Lee, a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women’s health, as a “More Than Pink Hero.” The pink envelope will introduce a related sweepstakes, inviting consumers to nominate a hero who has taken action in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Valpak will share the submitted stories and ultimately 25 lucky winners will each receive a set of pink KitchenAid appliances in support of Cook for the Cure. The set includes a stand mixer, blender, 2-speed hand blender and a 5-speed hand mixer with a total retail value of over $800.The nationwide October Valpak envelope will also feature a special surprise for 500 lucky recipients, who will instantly win an immersion blender courtesy of KitchenAid by looking through their pink Valpak envelopes and finding a die-cut certificate shaped like an immersion blender.“Valpak is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen and Sandra Lee for this powerful initiative as we inspire others to join us in the fight against breast cancer,” explains Mike Davis, CEO for Valpak. “This initiative is personal for Valpak as many employees are affected by the disease in some way and we are determined to stand up and help find a cure. This cause month envelope is hopefully the first of many, as we are determined to make a big impact on a nationwide cause at least once per year.”The striking color of the pink envelope and its call to action to donate are only the beginning of Valpak’s commitment to helping raise funds and inspiring others to join the fight. In 2018, Valpak corporate will donate $50,000 to Komen regardless of sales. In addition, the company’s nationwide salesforce of over 600 hit the streets over the past few months to encourage local advertisers to join the fight by making donations. In turn, Valpak is recognizing the local allies online and in the Valpak envelope with a special pink-bordered ad. Valpak’s Media Sales Consultants reached over 3,000 local advertisers and together they raised over $135,000 in donations in the fight to save lives.For more information on Valpak’s campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to nominate a hero, please visit www.valpak.com/komen, or view Valpak YouTube channel here.last_img read more