West advances at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

first_imgDEAL, N.J. – Former Alabama tennis player Susan West won two matches Tuesday in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at Hollywood Golf Club. The 50-year-old West, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, beat Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round, and topped Martha Leach of Hebron, Kentucky, 1 up in the third round. ”I had a good morning and I grinded it out in the rain,” West said. ”This afternoon, I played as solid a round of golf as I have in a long time.” Leach upset two-time defending champion Ellen Port of St. Louis 3 and 2 in the second round. ”She played better than me,” Port said. ”Her short game was better, her putting was better and she recovered better. I made more mistakes than Martha and that’s the bottom line.” West will face Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, a 2-up winner over South Africa’s Louella Kanew. In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Joan Higgins of Glendora, California, will play Canada’s Helene Chartrand. Higgins beat Andrea Kraus of Baltimore 3 and 1, and Chartrand edged Noreen Mohler of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1 up. In the lower bracket, 2011 winner Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Oregon, will face Kim Eaton of Tempe, Arizona; and Canada’s Judith Kyrinis will play Mexico’s Mina Hardin. ”We all have the expectation that we can win it or we wouldn’t come here,” said the 50-year-old Kyrinis, a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital. Frohnmayer beat Patricia Brogden of Garner, North Carolina, 1 up; Eaton edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, California, in 19 holes; Kyrinis routed Laura Algiero of White Plains, New York, 8 and 6; and Hardin topped Sherry Herman of Jackson, New Jersey, 4 and 3.last_img read more

Davies wins by 10 on ‘best ball-striking round’

first_imgWHEATON, Ill. – Laura Davies immediately recognized the significance of having her name inscribed on the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open trophy. It might be a long time before anyone secures the title as emphatically as Davies did. Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday’s final round of the inaugural USGA championship for women 50 and older, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster. ”It’s great seeing this (trophy) paraded down for the very first time and I get my name on it first, you know?” Davies said. ”This championship will be played for many years and there will only be one first winner – obviously a proud moment for me to win that.” The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club. It was the English player’s 85th career win, and she felt the pressure even though her lead was rarely in danger. ”I haven’t won for eight years – my last win was India, 2010,” Davies said. ”So that’s the pressure you’re playing under, when you’re trying to do something for yourself, prove to yourself you can still win. ”So this ranks highly up there. And obviously it’s a USGA event. It’s hard comparing tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements.” A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster and what she said would be a sleepless night worrying about the pressure. Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Women’s Open The World Golf Hall of Famer widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey. Davies said a par she salvaged at the 10th was another turning point. ”It wasn’t the greatest hole I ever played, but I think that, to me, was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there.” Inkster shot an even-par 73. England’s Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back. ”I mean, she was absolutely spectacular this week,” Johnson said about Davies. ”I’ve played against her for 35 years. Yesterday was the best I have ever seen her play in her entire career. ”She just said walking down 18 it was best ball-striking round she ever had. Considering she’s won 85 tournaments, that’s quite some feat.” Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth. Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298. Davies plans to play in the Women’s British Open next month, and called this win a confidence-booster as she continues to compete against the younger generation. She finished tied for second at the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year. ”You build up a little bit of momentum, and a golf course is a golf course,” Davies said. ”Sometimes the field strength is a little bit different, but in your own mind if you’ve done something like this, 16 under for four rounds around a proper championship course, it can’t do anything but fill you full of confidence.”last_img read more

Li makes 4 (!) eagles to tie DJ in Saudi Arabia

first_imgKING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia – Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the Saudi International on Saturday for damaging greens in frustration during his third round, and the Spaniard said he has apologized to fellow players for his actions. In an eventful third round of the new event in the Middle East, Haotong Li of China made four eagles, including two in his last two holes and three of them on par 4s, to share the lead with Dustin Johnson. Just as Li was finishing his round of 8-under 62, the European Tour released a statement saying former Masters champion Sergio Garcia was disqualified for ”serious misconduct.” Garcia said ”in frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologize for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.” It wasn’t immediately clear what the extent of the damage was, and on which greens it took place. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Saudi International Garcia shot a 71 and was even par – 16 shots off Li and Johnson – at the time of his DQ. Li, who had his own disciplinary issues in Dubai last week when he received a two-shot penalty for having his caddie line up a putt, said he was ”very, very lucky” to become the first player since Mark Pilkington (Singapore Masters, 2007) to make four eagles in one European Tour round. He chipped in for eagle at No. 1, did the same at No. 10 from about 20 yards, and then drove to within 6 feet of the pin at the par-4 17th. At the par-5 18th, he holed an eagle putt from 8 feet to tie with Johnson (65) on 16 under. ”Those eagles, especially the last couple shots, were really solid,” Li said, ”but except (from) that, honestly, my play wasn’t that good.” Johnson, who had a three-stroke lead overnight, made four straight birdies from No. 9 to move to 5 under for his round. He made par in his final six holes. ”If I want to get it done tomorrow, I’m going to have to play really good golf,” the No. 3-ranked Johnson said. ”Haotong is a good player and he’s been playing well. So I’m looking forward to it.” On Li’s round, Johnson added: ”Yeah, that’s pretty impressive. Four eagles in a golf tournament is pretty good, but four in one round – take that any day.” The Saudi International is new to the European Tour and is being held amid scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record and condemnation following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.last_img read more

S.H. Park, Liu share Founders lead; Ko two back

first_imgPHOENIX – Sung Hyun Park isn’t a big fan of birdie-fest golf. She’s still awfully good at it. ”Personally, I like the difficult course better than the easy course,” Park said through a translator. The top-ranked Park shot her second straight 6-under 66 on Friday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup for a share of the lead with Yu Liu in the event that honors the 13 women who founded the LPGA tour. Coming off a victory three weeks ago in Singapore, Park birdied five of the first six holes on her final nine in perfect conditions at Desert Ridge. She lost the outright lead with a closing bogey on the par-4 ninth. ”Overall, I’m really happy with the play today, especially putting was really good,” Park said. ”The shots were better than yesterday.” The 25-year-old South Korean has six victories in her first three years on the tour, winning majors in far more testing conditions at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and 2018 Women’s PGA Championship. Liu had 10 birdies in a 64 to match Park at 12-under 132. ”I don’t expect this to happen every day,” Liu said. ”When a day like this comes, I just am glad I was able to take advantage of it.” The 23-year-old Chinese player teed off at 7 a.m., local time, in the first group off the 10th tee. ”Definitely being the first off, the greatest advantage is pure greens and calm conditions,” Liu said. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup Former Arizona State player Linnea Strom lost a share of the lead with a closing double bogey. With Arizona State’s players and coaching staff following her, she pulled her approach from the middle of the 18th fairway into a plugged lie in the face of the left bunker. The Swedish rookie took two shots to get out of the bunker, with the second racing through the green and almost into the exit tunnel under the grandstand. She got up-and-down from there for a 65. ”A bit unlucky on the last hole, but overall very happy with my round,” said Strom, a member of the Sun Devils’ 2017 NCAA championship team. ”It was so much fun to play out there with my whole team supporting. This is like home for me to be here.” Lydia Ko (67) also was 10 under with first-round leader Celine Boutier (70), Amy Yang (66), Mi Jung Hur (66), Angel Yin (67), Nanna Koerstz Madsen (69) and Monday qualifier Cheyenne Knight (68). ”Obviously, the golf course is known to have some low scores,” Ko said. ”You just have to go out there, try to play your game, and maybe play a little bit more aggressive than any other golf course.” Boutier eagled the par-5 15th – holing out from a greenside bunker after hitting a drive that bounced off a cart path and went 340 yards – to tie Park for the lead at 13 under, but dropped three strokes on the final three holes. The 5-foot Frenchwoman, the Vic Open winner last month in Australia for her first LPGA title, bogeyed the par-4 16th and had a double bogey on the par-4 18th. ”I don’t feel great right now,” Boutier said. ”Just not a good finish.” Boutier teamed with Liu to help Duke win the 2014 NCAA title. ”She’s one of my closest friends out here,” Boutier said. ”We played on the Symetra Tour two years ago together, we graduated together and then last year we had a pretty good rookie year on the LPGA tour together.” Defending champion Inbee Park topped the group at 9 under with Women’s Australian Open champion Nelly Korda (67) and Brooke Henderson (68). Na Yeon Choi followed her opening 65 with a 71 to reach 8 under. She’s playing her first event after an 11-month layoff because of a back injury.last_img read more

Tavatanakit takes fast track – and surprising road – to the LPGA

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If everything had gone according to plan, Patty Tavatanakit would be in North Carolina this week preparing for two weeks of the LPGA Q-Series in her bid to earn status on the LPGA tour. It didn’t work out that way. It went much better. That’s why the 20-year-old Thai from UCLA is chasing her other hobby in New York. A foodie at heart, Tavatanakit has an Instagram account she calls ”eatunderpar” and already has posts from Joe’s Pizza, Liberty Bagels and The Big Szechuan Cuisine. She had reason to celebrate. Tavatanakit is two weeks removed from securing her LPGA tour card with alarming ease, and she might have been on the LPGA even sooner if not for a recent change in regulations. She was the only three-time winner on the Symetra Tour, a feat that used to come with an instant promotion. It went away with the creation of the Q-Series, consecutive 72-hole events at Pinehurst that determines who gets cards. That’s where Tavatanakit hoped to be when she turned pro in June after the NCAA championship. The late start gave her about three months to try to finish in the top 35 on the Symetra Tour money list and qualify for the Q-Series. That was her goal. ”I didn’t have a good sophomore season, so I didn’t have a high vision of myself shooting all these numbers,” Tavatanakit said. ”But you know how things happen when you least expect it? That’s probably why this all happened.” What happened was a blazing debut. After a tie for 34th in the U.S. Women’s Open in her pro debut, and a tie for 14th in her first start on the Symetra Tour, she finished second and then won her next two tournaments. She won her third tournament in her eighth start, coming from six shots back with a birdie-birdie finish for a 62 and winning a playoff. Tavatanakit was Rookie of the Year, finished No. 2 on the money list in 11 starts and earned an LPGA card to avoid another trip to Q-Series. At least this time, she would have wanted to be there. A year ago, Tavatanakit was among 11 top amateurs invited to Q-Series. She was coming off a summer in which she tied for fifth in the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek to be low amateur, and she contributed two points in the Palmer Cup. She wasn’t ready to leave UCLA. She began her sophomore season by closing with a 63 to win the Annika Invitational in the fall. She was runner-up in her next event. Her heart wasn’t in turning pro just yet, and it showed. Of the top five college players at Q-Series, Tavatanakit was the only one who didn’t make it. ”I didn’t want to go,” she said. ”It was weird timing. Me being at Q-Series taught me to be sure, to be committed, to anything I do in life. I wanted to go back to L.A. when it was raining and cold. I wish there was a cut, but there wasn’t. I had to play eight days. It was the worst two weeks of my life.” Being back in Westwood didn’t make life any better. Golf was a struggle. She wasn’t winning. She wasn’t even contending. ”I had my worst finishes,” she said. ”It’s a college event, the competition wasn’t as strong, and I still managed to finish out of the top 20. When you’re in college, half the girls are not going to turn pro. I put a lot of pressure on myself.” She finally won again at the NCAA regionals, but the Bruins crashed out at the NCAAs, and so did Tavatanakit, tying for 43rd in medal play. And then she turned pro, and before long it seemed like she couldn’t lose. Funny game. Meanwhile, 98 women are teeing it up this week at Pinehurst No. 6, including college stars Sierra Brooks and Albane Valenzuela. It’s different this year. The LPGA now gives college stars a pass into the second stage of qualifying, not directly to the final Q-Series stage. It’s a reminder for Tavatanakit of how unhappy she was playing golf, and how happy she is that it turned out the way it did. ”I’m glad I didn’t make it,” she said. ”You never know what would happen. I probably would have turned pro right away and forced myself to be committed to this. But I don’t think I would have played like how I did this summer. I need to be down low to realize how golf is important to me and how much it takes to climb back up.” The Symetra Tour was ideal to teach her how to travel, use her time wisely and learn to be a pro. And even a short stint gave her time to explore new restaurants, though the UCLA foodie kept the posts to minimum at the final event. It wasn’t the pressure – she had locked up her card by then – but the location. When it comes to eating, Daytona Beach is not Manhattan. ”I did post some stories, but yeah, nothing that great here,” she said. ”The beach is pretty.” Doug Ferguson is a golf writer for The Associated Press.last_img read more

Welcome to the Not-So-Normal major season

first_imgWhen play gets underway on Thursday at TPC Harding Park it will end a Grand Slam hiatus that stretched 382 days. As the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the foundation of the golf world, the loudest headlines centered on the major championships. The U.S. Open and Masters were relocated to the fall with hopes of better days and the promise of a vaccine, while The Open Championship was pushed to 2021. The PGA Championship, which was originally scheduled for the second week of May, moved to the front of the line. The strangest of years will serve up the most surreal major championship since the U.S. Open was replaced in 1942 by the Hale America Open (which was won by Ben Hogan, and which historians argue should count toward the Hawk’s major championship haul), and it’s not just because it’s been more than a year since Shane Lowry won the game’s last major. “It’s odd, but the whole 2020 thing, very odd,” said Jason Day with a familiar redundancy of words. “We’ve got no fans out here. I mean, it’s just a whole kind of cluster, you know what I’m talking about. Just got to kind of just roll with it.” News & Opinion Monday Scramble: Top 10 favorites for the PGA BY Ryan Lavner  — August 2, 2020 at 9:40 AM It’s August, but the season’s first major is finally here. And with it comes a look at the top-10 favorites to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday. Sure, let’s start with the lack of fans. It’s not as though players haven’t had enough time to get used to the silence that’s become the soundtrack to golf’s return, and Day’s “roll with it” mentality has been widely embraced. But this is a major. With San Francisco hosting its first major since 2012, this week’s PGA Championship was going to be a standing-room-only and raucous affair played on a public gem. Instead, it will be 156 players and caddies filling the void. The championship will still be played at TPC Harding Park, which has made cameos as a PGA Tour venue before but is hosting its first major, as a party with no invited guests. Since the Tour’s restart in early June it’s been a similar scene of empty fairways and peaceful fields and that’s been fine, but this was supposed to be different. “All these tournaments are created by their atmosphere and everyone has a different feel, and every tournament since coming back off the lockdown has felt the same, whether it’s the Colonial or the Travelers Championship or the Memorial or whatever it’s been,” Rory McIlroy said. “It’s the people and the atmosphere, that’s what makes a tournament and when you don’t have that, there’s nothing really for them to differentiate themselves. “Obviously, the courses are different, setups are a little different, but at the end of the day, it’s all sort of the same.” Harding Park will be ringed with predictably thick rough and the greens will deliver the required zip, the competition will be of championship quality and officials will still hand the Wanamaker Trophy to a smiling champion on Sunday. “It’s going to be weird to not have fans next week, but we’ve been playing with no fans for a while now so we’re kind of used to it,” Day said. “I think there’s going to be a little bit more pressure and intensity next week, I understand that, but I think a lot of the guys kind of understand what needs to be done.” The intensity will resemble something close to what we’ve become accustomed to but everything else will be different. And it’s just not the lack of fans that will fuel this week’s dystopian vibe. Harding Park has never hosted a major so there’s nothing to compare it to. When the U.S. Open is played in September at Winged Foot, also without fans, there will be a collective recall to help fill in the blanks. It remains to be seen if fans will return for November’s Masters but if not, well, it’s Augusta National and the cathedral creates its own audience. Three-peat? Can Koepka win another Wanamaker Trophy? Vintage footage of the 2009 Presidents Cup or ’15 WGC-Match Play at Harding Park won’t be enough to fill in those gaps. There’s also this week’s field. Major championships are defined by the depth of the tee sheet as the game’s best flock to compete for the ultimate prize, but since the Tour’s restart golf’s best have traveled well. After three months of quarantine the fields at both Colonial and Harbour Town were historically deep and even last week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational assembled an impressive cast despite some high-profile no-shows, most notably Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Adam Scott. The best example of this was last month’s Memorial, which drew an 803 strength of field, according to the world ranking. By comparison, last year’s PGA Championship had a 901 strength of field. For the vast viewing audience that has tuned in since golf’s restart, the relative rankings and eerie tranquility haven’t seemed to impact what’s become a television-only product. Those distinctions are left only to the players. “It’s not going to have as much of a major-like feel because of not having fans, so that’s something that’s going to be drastically different,” Justin Thomas said. “But in terms of a golf course setup and everything else, it will still be very major-like, I’m sure, so we’re all going to experience the same thing.” After a 382-day wait, even a “different” major is worth savoring.last_img read more

That was fast: Spieth takes lead into 2nd straight Sun.

first_imgJordan Spieth was two shots off the lead when he pulled 8-iron from 158 yards out at the par-4 16th Saturday at Pebble Beach. Adjusting for the wind on a blustery day on the Monterey Peninsula – and some mud – Spieth threw the shot out to the right and watched it track back left toward the hole. “In the air I thought it was going to be really good, it was one of the only shots I kind of said, ‘Oh, be good,’” Spieth said. “And as it landed it was just exactly where I was trying to hit it, certainly a bonus for it to drop. … It’s a good lesson to learn for tomorrow: how quickly things can change out here.” Spieth’s hole-out eagle propelled him to 13 under, while two of his competitors, Daniel Berger and Nate Lashley, struggled coming in. Berger hit his tee ball on No. 18 out of bounds and made double bogey to drop to 11 under, where he’s tied with four others, including Lashley, who bogeyed each of his final two holes. They are all two shots back of Spieth, who shot 1-under 71 and now holds a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour for the second straight week. Last Sunday in Phoenix, Spieth closed in 72 to finish T-4, extending his lengthy losing streak that dates to his last win, at the 2017 Open Championship. How Spieth will adjust after Round 3 at Pebble So, while Spieth knows how quickly things can change in golf, he’s also well aware of how slowly they can’t. The past few years have certainly been a struggle for Spieth, who nearly fell out of the top 100 in the world rankings, to No. 92, before his performance at TPC Scottsdale brought him back inside the top 70. The swing, particularly with the longer clubs, is mostly to blame, but the confidence also waned, so much so that there were times when the three-time major champion and former world No. 1 didn’t recognize that player. Yes, there were flashes mixed in there, but those spurts of success were the result of a duct-taped game. Now, seemingly on the other side of it all after seven straight promising rounds, Spieth finally looks poised to end the drought. “I don’t really care about the time frame stuff,” Spieth said Saturday. “I’m really just going to throw that out of my head because I’m finally consistently doing things over the last two weeks that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I think, obviously the more you continue to do that, the bounces go your way, like the hole out did today on 16. Someone may do that to me tomorrow or come shoot a 64 or something. I mean, it’s golf, and it’s Pebble Beach, and you can go low, and it can also be really challenging. … What I’m asking for is a chance to win the golf tournament on 18.” He may not be all the way back. He may not have that “phenomenal control” like he did when he was winning multiple times a year. He may not possess that supreme confidence from when he was winning majors. But he’s getting there – and quickly. “I’m just trying to have it feel a little bit better than yesterday,” he said. AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Full-field scores | Full coverage He’s more confident than he was a Sunday ago. He’s hitting it better, more consistently, and putting with more aggressiveness. You can bet he’ll still be nervous when he sticks the tee in the ground on Pebble’s opening hole in less than 24 hours, but he’s never not been nervous when he’s had a chance to close out a tournament. And after last week, he knows what that feels like again. “Jordan’s going to have to play well because there’s a lot of guys right there,” Berger said. “It’s not going to be handed to him. He’s going to have to shoot a good score.” For a change, Spieth is ready.last_img read more

To Create or Destroy, Via Twitter

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Free Speech To Create or Destroy, Via TwitterSarah ChaffeeJanuary 21, 2020, 11:36 AM Sarah ChaffeeNow a teacher, Sarah Chaffee served as Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. She earned her B.A. in Government. During college she interned at Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office and for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Before coming to Discovery, she worked for a private land trust with holdings in the Southwest. Share Many people are intuitively aware of the importance of free markets to a strong, healthy economy. Free markets allow supply and demand to drive the production of goods. In the same way, there is a marketplace of ideas — we call this free speech. When free speech is protected, everyone has a chance to contribute and ideas can be debated and discussed.  But in order to preserve the marketplace of ideas, society must not demonize dissent.Storm on the HorizonAccording to the Wall Street Journal, there is a storm brewing over the National Association of Scholars (NAS) conference, “Fixing Science: Practical Solutions for the Irreproducibility Crisis,” in February. A scientist is trying to get it cancelled, using the tool of Twitter. The president of the NAS, Peter W. Wood, writes: But one scientist, armed with a keyboard and contempt for contrary opinions, has set out to cancel our conference. Leonid Teytelman has busied himself writing to the speakers at the event to warn them away. And he has found fellow censors who agree the conference is “problematic.” Our critic calls us “clever and dangerous.”How so? Once a Twitterstorm starts, the reasons multiply. Our list of speakers includes no women. (All declined our invitations.) Our initials share three letters with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, or Nasem, therefore we are “deceptive.” Wikipedia describes us as a “conservative” organization. We are also accused of “climate denialism,” and of having invited some climate-change skeptics to speak. The truth is that we are a traditionalist group of scholars who hold to a rigorous standard of open-mindedness on controversial issues in the sciences. We welcome critiques from anyone who agrees to play by the rules of rational argument, openness and scrupulous use of evidence. That’s clever, I suppose, but dangerous only to those who balk at giving the “other side” a voice. Our Twittering critic sees our conference as a sneaky way to legitimate views that he regards as akin to blasphemy — ironic for a man accusing us of politicizing science. So far, the conferees have held fast. Some of the responses are inspiring. One scientist wrote: “The science fields badly need whatever we can accomplish at this conference in the way of understanding and solving the HUGE problem of irreproducibility.” Another batted away the critic by explaining: “If conservatism means antipathy to post-modernism, identity politics, political orthodoxies, and assaults on Enlightenment values and the Rule of Law, then count me in.”Elsewhere in his article Wood takes issue with the idea that women are an essential part of a well-rounded discussion. I heartily disagree with him on that. It is vital to have women at the table, as we bring a different perspective critical for society. Men and women are not the same, and a discussion populated solely by men is very different from one that includes women (or a discussion composed solely of women, for that matter). It is one thing to defend yourself from criticism after inviting female speakers who end up declining to participate. It’s another to consider the issue of including a group that makes up half the population as mere “identity politics.”To Create and to DestroyThat having been said, it is much more difficult to create something than to destroy it. Wood here is the creator. Teytelman is the would-be destroyer. He could work with people sympathetic to his view to hold an alternate conference. But right now, he seems set on quashing an important conversation. He’s entitled to resort to Twitter and to write to confirmed speakers, but that’s the easy, and destructive, way. A friend of free debate would do otherwise.I’ve alluded before to my interest in competitive debate, practiced at the school or college level. In debating policy, a team takes weeks or months to craft an affirmative case ready to present in an eight-minute speech. The negative team in the debate round may have spent a few hours preparing to negate the affirmative case, or they may come up with arguments on the fly. It is much, much more difficult to create and present something positive — be it a debate case or an entire conference — than to denigrate it. On that note, let the discussion resume — and the NAS conference continue. Image source: Free-Photos via Pixabay. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis TagscensorshipconferencedebateeconomyEnlightenmentfree marketfree speechidentity politicsirreproducibilityLeonid Teytelmanmarketplace of ideasmenNational Association of ScholarsPeter W. Woodpost-modernismscienceTherese HustonTwitterTwitterstormWall Street JournalWikipediawomen,Trending Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Wonder of Water: Michael Denton at Bridalveil Fall

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsbiospherebody heatBridalveil Fallcarbon dioxidecirculatory systemID the Futureintelligent designMichael DentonmineralsnutrientsoxygenriversrockstreamsThe Wonder of WaterwaterYosemite,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Intelligent Design Wonder of Water: Michael Denton at Bridalveil FallEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 15, 2020, 5:49 AM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All On a classic episode of ID the Future, geneticist and biochemist Michael Denton reads the beautiful introduction to his book The Wonder of Water. Download the podcast or listen to it here.He begins at Yosemite’s Bridalveil Fall and explores how water is curiously fine-tuned for life. Indeed, thanks to a unique cluster of properties, water is able to fulfill many roles essential to our living planet. It’s thanks to some of those properties that rivers and streams can leech and carry minerals from rock to various places they’re needed in the biosphere.Water’s unusual properties also make it an ideal medium for our circulatory system. There it serves not only to transfer nutrients and oxygen but also to expel carbon dioxide, excess body heat, and waste products — again, thanks to a unique group of properties.Photo: Bridalveil Fall, by Geosultan4, via Wikimedia Commons. Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Sex Chromosomes Refuse to Fit One Origins Theory

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Paul NelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CulturePaul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.Follow PaulProfile Share Doesn’t everyone like sex? Of course they do — and the designer made the sexual organs of angiosperms, namely, flowers, to be the most spectacularly beautiful structures in biology, so he evidently likes sex too.  An invited review (open access) in Genome Biology and Evolution explores the “incredible diversity of sex chromosome systems,” but especially how their evolutionary origins refuse to fit any one theory. See, “Sex chromosome evolution: So many exceptions to the rules.”From the abstract:Despite many convergent genomic patterns exhibited by independently evolved sex chromosome systems, and many case studies supporting these theoretical predictions, emerging data provide numerous interesting exceptions to these long-standing theories, and suggest that the remarkable diversity of sex chromosomes is matched by a similar diversity in their evolution.Photo: Ophrys apifera, also known as the “bee orchid,” by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE / CC BY-SA. Recommended TagsangiospermsbiologyevolutionflowersGenome Biology and Evolutionintelligent designOphrys apiferasexsex chromosomes,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution Life Sciences Sex Chromosomes Refuse to Fit One Origins TheoryPaul NelsonApril 24, 2020, 4:37 PM center_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more