Scientific Findings Can Be Counterintuitive

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first_img(Visited 518 times, 3 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here are examples of recent claims in science that seem to contradict what some would consider intuitively obvious.  They should be kept in mind when evaluating other widely-accepted scientific truisms, like evolution.PhysOrg: Tough love, not small, incremental effort, is needed to turn around failing schools.Medical Xpress:  Conservatives with their strict morality tend to be happier than fancy-free liberals.BBC News:  The large horns on rhinoceros beetles do not slow them down during flight.Nature: Greenland defied ancient global warming.PhysOrg:  Geo-engineering to reduce global warming can have severe unintended consequences.Nature: Tropical forests are unexpectedly resilient to climate change.PhysOrg: African elephants do better in educated countries than in those with large nature reserves.Live Science: Fossil footprint depth can be misleading; depth is not necessarily related to pressure.Nature: The anus is a sophisticated organ.  Calling it a “remarkable orifice,” author Mary Roach said, “No engineer could design something as multifunctional and fine-tuned as an anus.  To call someone an asshole is really bragging him up.”In a final example of counterintuitive findings, Live Science now claims that brain size didn’t drive human evolution.  It’s the organization of the brain, not its size, that makes the difference between humans and lower primates.  What would Morton and Broca have thought?  This contradicts decades of assumptions about what drove humans forward in evolution.  But was the prefrontal cortex the “driving force” in the human brain, as the article assumed, or a distinguishing characteristic of an already well-designed being?  Who would argue the evolutionary line without assuming it to be the seat of rationality?Science is supposed to lead us away from seductive, fallible intuition (Bacon‘s Idols of the Theater) toward verifiability.  Yet scientists often contradict one another.  One thing is true this year; the opposite the next.  Don’t let intuition be your guide.  Darwin’s natural selection may seem intuitively obvious the way it is usually presented, but it is a vacuous idea: the Stuff Happens Law (9/15/2008, 9/22/2009).  We must not be fooled, even when the majority falls in line with insufficiently argued suppositions.last_img

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Farragut Changes Command at NS Mayport Authorities November 17, 2014 View post tag: NS Mayport View post tag: USS Farragut The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport Nov. 14.Cmdr. Cory R. Applebee relieved Cmdr. William Musser as Farragut’s commanding officer.After serving as Farragut’s executive officer during her deployment with the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group, Musser assumed command in May, 2013. He completed a tour overseeing the ships post-deployment maintenance availability, a highly dynamic and compressed basic phase, an Inspection and Survey, and several multi-ship exercises.For his next tour, Musser will report to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) in Fallon, Nevada as the Department Head for Tomahawk Missile Tactics and Training.Guest speaker, Capt. Ryan Tillotson, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 14, praised Musser for his successful tour onboard Farragut.Applebee graduated from the University of Kansas and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Program in January, 1996. He completed sea tours aboard USS Mount Hood (AE-29), USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and USS Underwood (FFG 36). Applebee’s shore assignments include serving as a NROTC instructor at the University of Kansas and Deputy Battle Watch Commander and the Current Operations Branch Chief during his joint tour at the United States Strategic Command. He earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University.His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, various unit and campaign awards.Farragut is preparing for her 2015 deployment with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group.[mappress mapid=”14450″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: americascenter_img View post tag: changes Share this article View post tag: News by topic USS Farragut Changes Command at NS Mayport View post tag: Command View post tag: Navylast_img

Tri-State Treasure: The Veterans Memorial Coliseum

first_imgMARCH 8TH, 2019 TOMMY MASON EVANSVILLE, INDIANAFrom basketball to big musical performers to bingo and even body slams Evansville’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted a wide range of events since its dedication in 1917. The 6,600 square foot limestone building was officially known as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum after construction in memory of those who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.After the completion of what is now the Old National Events Plaza in the early ’70s, Vanderburgh County officials had no use for the aging structure.General Manager Andrea Stafford says a new generation of veterans would soon be tasked with preserving the monument for many years to come.“Veterans Council said please let us take it over. We’ll maintain it. We’ll keep it open. We keep it running. So, they did. They took it over in 1971. They pay a dollar a year,” says Stafford.On average, the Coliseum hosts 75 events per year. In the 1970s and 80s regional pro wrestling promotions like the continental wrestling association.Stafford shares some of the big-name grapplers who jerked the curtain at the Coliseum.“Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Dutchman Tell, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, and the Undertaker. A lot of them actually got their start here,” says Stafford.And the list goes on with some of the most compelling live broadcasts shot in the bowels of the building.Stafford says there’s another show happen in those halls now. “We have some celebrities downstairs too. I don’t know if people have died in the building or they have an attachment to it. There is some spooks downstairs,” says Stafford.Stafford describes one of those spirits as a dark entity. That cell is part of a network of tunnels connecting it to the old jail and the old courthouse where prisoners would be transported.Those passages have since been sealed. The 4000-seat coliseum would later play host to the Evansville College Purple Aces basketball team before relocating to Roberts Municipal Stadium in 1950.Although, the event calendar has become a bit thinner in the 21st century the spirit of those veterans and the monument they allow us to enjoy makes this a must see Tri-State Treasure.Comments0 commentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Get your tax return filed in good time

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