Why Some People Get ‘Skin-Gasms’ While Listening To Music

first_imgYou know that feeling when you’re listening to a song and you suddenly feel a chill run up your spine or down your arms? It typically comes during a dramatic shift in music, but some people also feel it while looking at an engaging piece of artwork, watching a particularly emotional scene in a movie, or having physical contact with another person.This experience is called “frisson,” which in French means “aesthetic chills” and is also known as “skin-gasms,” or goosebumps. It’s the feeling you get when a sudden wave of pleasure runs through you as a result of these artistic experiences, though studies have shown that only about two-thirds of the population are able to experience it.While the details of this phenomenon are still under research, scientists have traced the origins of frisson to how humans emotionally react to unexpected stimuli in an environment. The reactions happen mostly in music when there are unexpected harmonies, sudden changes in volume, or in the entrance of a particularly moving solo. The change violates the listeners’ expectations, in a positive way, ultimately triggering a frisson reaction.Scientists Have Discovered The Area Of The Brain That Responds To MusicSo why do these thrills cause such chills? Some scientists suggest that goosebumps are an evolutionary holdover from our earlier ancestors, the hairier ones, who used an endothermic layer of heat retained beneath the hairs of their skin to keep warm. Goosebumps were the result of a rapid change in temperature, but haven’t phased out of our evolutionary trajectory since the invention of clothing. Perhaps it is starting to decline, though, as frisson is only prevalent to about 55-86% of the population.So who are the lucky ones? What types of people are able to experience these “skin-gasms”? Scientists at the Eastern Washington University set out to find out. After testing the cognitive immersion of several people listening to a variety of different songs, known to contain thrilling moments, and asking them to complete personality tests, their research concluded that listeners who experienced frisson also scored high for a personality trait called “Openness to Experience.”“This graph shows the reactions of one listener in the lab. The peaks of each line represent moments when the participant was particularly cognitively or emotionally aroused by the music. In this case, each of these peaks of excitement coincided with the participant reporting experiencing frisson in reaction to the music. This participant scored high on a personality trait called ‘Openness to Experience’.”Studies have shown that people who possess “Openness to Experience” have “unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life,” explains social psychologist Mitchell Colver. Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional and others are cognitive, so the combination makes for an imaginative empathizer with great intellectual curiosity and appreciation of beauty.How Music Can Be Used To Influence Different Mood GoalsTheir research found that listeners were experiencing frisson as a result of “a deeply emotional reaction they were having to the music.” Contrastingly, the results also showed that “it’s the cognitive components of ‘Openness to Experience’ – such as making mental predictions about how the music is going to unfold or engaging in musical imagery (a way of processing music that combines listening with daydreaming) – that are associated with frisson to a greater degree than the emotional components.” This conclusion indicates that “those who intellectually immerse themselves in music (rather than just letting it flow over them) might experience frisson more often and more intensely than others.”The findings are now published in the journal Psychology of Music and contributes to the forever-building database of knowledge we have concerning music and the human connection. We are grateful for the precious moments music provides, and the scientific studies as to why we have certain reactions to such further proves why we Live For Live Music.Join fellow frisson-loving Reddit users in this page entirely dedicated to frisson-causing media, and enjoy this “Light” from Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2012, which Robert Randolph once told us really got him “caught up in the Phish moment.”[via Science Alert]last_img read more

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Study: New York State regulators are ignoring battery-storage trends

first_imgAcker said that the study had its merit in showing that there is an opportunity for energy storage to replace traditional peaker plants, even under 2013’s conservative load profile assumption.“We are at a point where energy storage can replace peakers in many, many situations. We want make sure that we do get this right, so that we’re able to really take advantage of the benefits of the storage technology,” Acker said.More: New York peaker study underestimates storage potential FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) on Friday submitted comments criticizing state regulators’ July 1 unit-by-unit peaker study, saying it underestimated how many peakers could be replaced by battery storage.The Department of Public Service’s study identified at least 275 MW of peaking units, or about 6% of the total rated capacity of New York’s peaking fleet, as potential candidates for replacement with six‐hour energy storage. This number increases to over 500 MW when using eight-hour duration storage.“There’s a lot of momentum right now for the replacement of large-scale assets on the grid with storage, and that’s why these studies are so important,” Bill Acker, executive director of NY-BEST, told Utility Dive.NY-BEST, a nonprofit trade association representing 175 member organizations, identified three major concerns with the methodology of the peakers study, according to its filing:The study ignores the temporal characteristics of traditional peakers that are more restrictive and less flexible than energy storage resources, and assumes that peaker operation is solely determined by system reliability needs;It is examining snapshots of individual units in isolation without a system model, or taking into account other operational factors at a given time, can create misleading results; And load shapes and peaking needs will change dramatically as renewable energy increases, making the Study’s use of 2013 data inappropriate to analyze future New York peaking needs. Study: New York State regulators are ignoring battery-storage trendslast_img read more

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5 reasons to attend a marketing event in 2019

first_imgThis year has already seen huge innovations in how financial institutions interact with their communities and members. Staying ahead of trends, technology advancements and best practices is no small feat, and doing it alone leaves us missing out on fresh perspectives. By presenting marketing professionals with the opportunity to learn and grow in an exciting environment, CUNA Digital Marketing School and CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools offer an unmatched opportunity to network, ask questions and return to your credit union with cutting-edge insights. If you still aren’t convinced, here are five reasons to consider attending one of these exciting events this year. 1. Influential Teachers and DoersAt CUNA Digital Marketing School and CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools, you won’t just hear from people who have knowledge on a subject. Speakers at these schools have diverse backgrounds and track records of innovating and evolving to successfully spark change within their organizations and the credit union industry. Events like these bring together industry experts and current credit union practitioners, ensuring that the content and topics you’re learning about are both relevant and applicable to your own line of work.2. Relevant InsightsThe digital space is constantly evolving. Trends come and go; best practices can quickly be stomped out and replaced; new technology is introduced daily. It’s vital to the success of a credit union that employees remain ahead of the curve. These events are organized and developed to capitalize on important industry advancements.By attending CUNA Digital Marketing School, you set yourself – and your credit union – up for success in the coming months and years. You’ll leave with an elevated and up-to-date knowledge of the digital marketing space and the skillset to capitalize on trends. 3. Networking OpportunitiesMeeting and reconnecting with other credit union employees and marketing experts is an incomparable resource. By weaving a network of like-minded industry professionals, the amount of resources and references available to you skyrockets. Fostering relationships while engaging in networks and communities – including the Marketing & Business Development Council – provides you with the opportunity to bounce ideas around, gain insights and share success stories with like-minded professionals. CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification School provides attendees with the opportunity to learn in groups of professionals who are all at similar stages in their career journey. Don’t miss out on the chance to expand your invaluable network.     4. Something for Every Credit Union Whether your credit union is big or small, ahead of the curve or still getting ready to step up to the plate, CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools and CUNA Digital Marketing School feature a diverse schedule of sessions, covering a wide range of topics to learn from. You can confidently return to your credit union with applicable knowledge and skills. “Every credit union can walk away with something to help them grow and learn more about reaching their members,” says Paul Bullington, attendee of 2018 CUNA Digital Marketing School. 5. Advance ProfessionallyCUNA Digital Marketing School and CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools offer attendees the opportunity to take big steps in their careers. If you’ve ever considered earning your Credit Union Business Development Professional (CUBDP) Designation or Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive (CUCME) Designation, these schools enable you to put this consideration into action.These designations help you send a powerful message to members that you are an expert in your field and dedicated to your craft. By attending all three years of CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools and passing the corresponding exams, you can earn your CUCME designation. The CUBDP designation can be earned by attending the Business Development track of this school and passing the corresponding exam. If you’re already a designee, one way to recertify either of these designations is to attend CUNA Digital Marketing School. CUNA Schools & Conferences offer hands-on experiences to help you grow and succeed as a credit union professional. By attending a CUNA event, you interact and engage with the resources and tools you need to continue developing your credit union and your skillset. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Forget being old

first_imgAs we Boomers age we know that life gets shorter so its important to prioritize your life s desires and to dos. I suggest you don’t follow the aging herd but break away and use the Nike Philosophy of “Just Do It! Before your ready to go for it, I encourage you to make a “Bucket List”—a list of all of the dreams, goals and activities, experiences you want to fulfill before you die.Write down and itemize all that will motivate you to pursue your real passions before it is too late. Anything and everything you have ever wanted to do or try. And don’t be afraid to Dream and make them Big and Audacious! At our stage in life we should stay away from playing the regret game.Why think about all this now? Because as we age time becomes our most precious commodity and how we spend it is crucial. Most of us live routine day to day activities that we accomplish in a rote fashion. Many boomers live by to do lists and goals that are family, personal or professionally oriented and framed within a societal context.The key is to look introspective and ask your self do many of these activities and tasks really mean anything to you if you were pass away tomorrow?So I suggest you take a moment and plan for the rest of your life by creating your personal list of what activities are and will be important to you. It is not a race against time—it’s a way to maximize your time in engaging in fulfilling activities.Your “Bucket List” is your way of benchmarking how you want to live the rest of your life to the fullest. It can be as few as 10 or as many as 50 things you want to do or partake in before your life ends.To get your soup started after you read this, get out your laptop or tablet and start writing down what comes to mind when you read the following questions:What would you do if you were to die tomorrow?What wish list would you ask for before you die?What is it that you always wanted to do?Who do you want to see and what would you say to them?If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?What have you been dreaming about doing all of your life?What difference did you make while you were alive?What would like to achieve before you die?Create your list with as many realistic wishes that make sense to you and are achievable and knock them off one at a time savoring the experience.To help get you going, the following are some items from my BL:Visit IndiaTravel to the birthplace of my family ancestorsMake a difference in someone’s lifeAchieve my ideal weightVolunteer for a new community causeAttend the Kentucky DerbySpend more meaningful time with familyTrek Machu PicchuDo more to appreciate friendsLearn a new gameParticipate in the Senior OlympicsRide horses moreTravel the historic Route 66Once you have your list keep it with you or in a visible place where you can refer to it. I would start out first with doing the simplest and easiest to undertake to give you a sense of self-accomplishment.It will be important to keep your mental/physical health and passion up for these new endeavors. Your list should give you a sense of purpose for moving forward. Keep the juices flowing for all that you want to experience. Let your Bucket List be the driver of an action plan for your end of life strategy and keep focused on accomplishing it.Remember what Morgan Freeman said in the Bucket List Movie:“Its not about worrying about dying—its all about living”!Work on Knocking Off Your Bucket List versus Kicking It! 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: www.theamericanboomer.com Detailslast_img read more

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Animal nightlife

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Local Author to Read Feb. 9 at River Road Books

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – River Road Books will host a reading at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, by local author Laury A. Egan, who will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Jenny Kidd.A psychological suspense tale set in Venice, the novel features a young American artist, Jenny Kidd, who attends a masked ball at the Palazzo Barbon and meets the seductive Caterina Barbon and her brother, Sebastiano. They entice Jenny into a world of glittering façades that cloak sexual perversion, art forgery and murder.Reviewer Jerry L. Wheeler called the book “a little gem” and “a top-notch thriller.” The author will also sign copies of her collection, Fog and Other Stories, and two poetry books. Her website: www.lauryaegan.comThe event is free to the public.Additional information and seat reservations are available by calling River Road Books at 732-747-9455 or visiting the store at 759 River Road.last_img read more

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LONGSHOT SHH SHE’S OURS SPEEDS TO 1 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN $75,000 DESERT STORMER II STAKES UNDER ESPINOZA; CASSIDY FILLY GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:07.75

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 26, 2016)–The longest shot in a field of five fillies and mares, Shh She’s Ours sped to the lead and never looked back as she took Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Stormer II Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by Jim Cassidy, she covered the six furlong distance in a rapid 1:07.75–despite the fact she stayed on her left lead the length of the stretch.“That’s just her,” said Cassidy in reference to his filly’s reluctance to switch leads. “She’s going so fast, she doesn’t know she’s doing it. She was a bad actress when we got her (following her first start in July, 2014), but she’s settled down quite a bit.“I honestly don’t think it matters how fast she goes because she’s got so much heart from the quarter pole home.”Although she had won her last three races, Shh She’s Ours, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Tiz Wonderful, was off at 13-1 and paid $29.60, $4.00 and $3.20. Owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, she now has five wins from nine starts and with the winner’s share of $47,580, she increased her earnings to $176,790.“She’s getting really good,” said Espinoza, who has been aboard throughout her four game winning streak. “Before, her biggest problem was that she was so tense and she wanted to go as fast as she could but she was doing it tensed up. She’s learned how to relax and save more for the end.“She’s so fast. I have to sit on her and just take a hold of that mane because she comes out of there like a rocket.”Ridden by Tyler Baze and conditioned by leading trainer Phil D’Amato, 1-2 favorite Sensitively was also in search of her fourth consecutive win as she sat second behind scorching splits but could never get on terms with the winner. Finishing second, 4 ¼ lengths clear of Brazilian-bred Juno, she paid $2.20 and $2.10.Idle since Sept. 7, Juno made her U.S. debut with Flavien Prat up for trainer Richard Mandella. Juno broke sharply and showed good speed as she laid third, just inside Sensitively, going into the far turn and outran Luminance through the lane for third money, finishing a half length in front of her. Off at 5-1, Juno paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.49, 43.89 and 55.66.last_img read more

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Donegal Rose of 2019 to be chosen this Saturday

first_imgTwelve young Donegal women are about to have their night in the spotlight as they compete to become the 2019 Donegal Rose.The Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town will host the Donegal Rose Selection in association with R McCullagh Jewellers this Saturday 25th May.There is much anticipation for the event as people wait to find out who will take on 2018 Rose Niamh Duggan’s role and go forward to represent Donegal in the Rose of Tralee International Festival. This year’s Donegal representative will have a guaranteed interview in the Dome, as the Rose of Tralee International Festival celebrates 60 years.The Donegal Rose hopefuls of 2019 are:Pictured in order L-R: Top RowAnila Devasia Sponsored by Indian AssociationEmma Rose Callaghan Sponsored by An Grianan Hotel BurtKara Meehan Sponsored by North Atlantic Basketball AcademyNadine McCarron Sponsored by The Harbour Inn BuncranaRachel Doherty Sponsored by Casey’s Super ValuRoisin Bonner Sponsored by Cara PharmacyBottom Row L-RBrid Cannon Sponsored by Teach MhicChloe Kennedy Sponsored by Rory’s Auto SparesClodagh Roper Sponsored by Slevins Department StoreDeyna Collins Sponsored by Allingham HotelRuth Gillespie Sponsored by Scoil Rince Tir ChonaillEllen O’Donoghue Sponsored by The Rusty MackerelThe women will have a big day on Saturday as they face interviews with the three Judges, both individual and group interviews, and in the evening all guests are invited to support the Roses whilst they are interviewed on stage with MC Lee Gooch.The Roses will be accompanied by their Escorts and also little Rosebuds.At the end of the evening the judges will then selected the 2019 Donegal Rose, she will receive the Donegal Rose Sash, Tipperary Crystal Jewellery including earrings, necklace and a bracelet and go forward to the Rose of Tralee Festival in August where she will enjoy the Rose Tour, be interviewed by a panel of judges attend Carnivals and of course all the events in the Dome with an interview on RTE with Daithi O’Se.Niamh Duggan was the Donegal Rose in 2018Once again this year in Donegal all of the Roses will wear jewellery from R McCullagh Jewellers and the wonderful team with Julian and Gareth Ball at the helm were on hand to help choose jewellery for the big event. There was great excitement this week as the girls selected their jewellery for the selection. The Donegal Rose Centre wish to thank R McCullagh Jewellers and all the Sponsors of the Roses.A spokesperson said: “A special word of thanks to Niamh Duggan 2018 Donegal Rose who will hand over her sash this weekend, Niamh has been an inspirational lady to many since she was selected last year, her passion for the Rose of Tralee and indeed her County Donegal and love of her homeland Tory Island has been conveyed through many trips to visit Roses around the World.“The friendships made in Tralee have continued and we look forward to welcoming a number of the Rose Class of 2018 to Donegal this Saturday along with Special Guest, the Reigning Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Maher who will be in attendance.“The Chairman of the Rose of Tralee Anthony O’Gara and his wife Oonagh will also make the trip from Tralee to attend the Donegal Rose Selection.” There were four Roses from Donegal in 2018The Rose Centre extends Special thanks to R McCullagh Jewellers and all of the Sponsors in the 2019 Donegal Rose Selection. Wishing all the Roses the best of luck on Saturday.Tickets for Saturday are available online or from any of the Roses.Banners of support are always encouraged to support your Rose and a prize will be given to the best bannerClick for Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rose-of-tralee-donegal-selection-in-association-with-r-mccullagh-jewellers-tickets-61610071382Show starts at 7pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal TownFor more information contact [email protected] Rose of 2019 to be chosen this Saturday was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Rose of Traleelast_img read more

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QPR v Watford player ratings

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Evolutionary Ethics Teeters on Brave New World

first_imgWhat happens when science pursues whatever it can do, unfettered by moral standards?  Three recent news stories should cause all futurists to ponder the ramifications:A BBC News story this month asked, “UK scientists are seeking permission to place human nuclei into animal eggs in a bid to create stem cell lines.  Why do researchers believe the intermingling of species could be vital to science?”  The article describes how research on animal-animal chimeras is turning toward human-animal chimeras, such as implanting human cells in mice to see what happens.  The research is ostensibly for the purpose of understanding development and curing disease, but further down, the article vacillates about the moral dilemmas involved:One of the latest chimeras to hit the headlines was created by scientists in Korea.  They sparked controversy when they injected human embryonic stem cells into developing mouse embryos.    The finding that these the cells were then distributed throughout the mouse’s body, including the brain, caused public outrage, and the scientists later abandoned the experiments as the protests increased.    But as ethically difficult as this research seems, these scientists said they believed it could add a great deal to our knowledge of how embryos develop.    The creation of chimeras forces us to reconsider just what it really means to be human, and the answer to this is not clear cut.Another BBC News announced that a lab in London has applied for a license to create human-cow embryos.  While implanting animal tissue in a human, such as a pig heart transplant, has only a mild “yuck factor,” these experiments involve embryos with the full complement of DNA to constitute an individual.  But is a chimera considered a person?  If the embryo is grown only for harvesting its stem cells for medical research, does the end justify the means?  Not all think so.  Calum McKellar of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics is concerned about blurring the line between humans and animals.  “In this kind of procedure, you are mixing at a very intimate level animal eggs and human chromosomes, and you may begin to undermine the whole distinction between humans and animals,” he said.  “If that happens, it might also undermine human dignity and human rights.”Richard Dawkins recently said that eugenics might not be so bad.  Nancy Pearcey commented on his statements.  The prominent atheist stressed that we need to “lay this spectre to rest,” speaking of Hitler’s plan to breed a master race.  He feels that “if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?”  Lawrence Ford also wrote a commentary on this item for ICR.The history of the early 20th century shows that eugenics began with good intentions.  Many philosophers and scientists wanted to prevent needless suffering.  Social Darwinists were concerned about harmful traits corrupting the human gene pool.  This led to attempts to prevent breeding by those with genetic diseases, mental illnesses and criminal records.  When that didn’t work, thousands were forcibly sterilized against their will and without their consent.  Hitler began his infamous purges modestly.  He first eliminated the mentally ill and others who were considered a drain on healthy society.  Once the precedent was set of considering some human beings unfit to live, the campaign expanded to eliminate other “undesirables.”    Speaking of chimeras, according to the current issue of Creation magazine, Stalin once sent a leading Russian scientist to Africa to try to breed humans with apes.  The plan was to create an ideal fighting force.  Presumably such “cannon fodder” could be thrown at the enemy in large numbers without qualms about human rights.  Stalin became an atheist and evolutionist after reading Darwin’s Origin of Species at a seminary where he was studying to become a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church.  Years later, as Russian dictator, he was said to have considered the slaughter of human beings for the purposes of the state as no different than mowing a lawn.    On November 14, a new group of scientists calling itself the Center for Inquiry issued a “Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism.”  It denounced creationism, intelligent design, religious moral influences on medicine and science, and the rise of “religious fundamentalism.”  The statement specifically denounced conservatives who impede embryonic stem-cell research and promote abstinence or faith-based programs for birth control or health, or who doubt global warming.  The list of signatories is a Who’s Who of secularists and evolutionists, including Steven Weinberg, Paul Boyer, Daniel Dennett, Ann Druyan, Donald Johanson, Lawrence Krauss, Paul Kurtz, Steven Pinker, Peter Singer and E. O. Wilson.  Peter Singer has also publicly advocated eugenics and euthanasia.The mad scientists must be stopped.  They can and will bring about another holocaust.  If you doubt it, remember that Hitler did not act alone; he was surrounded by the most brilliant scientists of Germany (all secular evolutionists), who willingly joined his program to purify humanity.  To them, the Third Reich heralded a glorious future, a new age that would usher in unprecedented health and prosperity.  It was all for the ultimate good of society, they felt.  After the devastation of World War II, they argued that everything they did was perfectly legal within their own social and political context.  That was their defense at the Nuremberg trials.  They had not broken any laws.  The judges appealed to a higher law that they should have obeyed: their conscience – presupposing a universal standard of morality.    It’s time to call our modern secularists what they are: Social Darwinists who have not learned from history.  Don’t trust for a moment those who believe morality evolves and is a mere social convention.  Don’t think the consequences of their policies will be nicer this time around.  If you get on the wrong side of the consensus, there will be no sanctity of your life.  It will be perfectly legal to use your body parts for the improvement of those deemed more valuable, or to eliminate you to make space for the fittest.  Those whom the new Social Darwinists have bred will, of course, be more fit, with all their mathematical ability or athletic prowess or whatever.  Naturally, they will be more worthy to consume limited resources than you, with all your diseased genes and “irrational” beliefs.  If secular science stands at the helm of moral consensus of the world, what Nuremberg will stand in judgment of them?  If the top scientists of the 1930s supported Hitler, would not today’s Dawkinses and Singers prefer, and readily support, the next smooth-talking, idealist fuhrer – the next antichrist?  Undoubtedly such a leader will entice them with all the stem cells they want, and liberal funds for cloning and chimera research.  In a secular political state, would they not consider the systematic elimination of “fundamentalists” a necessary step for the sake of planetary health and global evolution?    Granted, the Hitler comparison gets overused.  But Hitler was a Social Darwinist, and the supporters of Hitler were Social Darwinists!  The shoe fits.  Today’s Darwinists have very overt social and political agendas based on their secular evolutionary beliefs.  What, pray tell, has changed?  Describe for us, Wilson, Dawkins and Singer, on what basis you would have protested had you been Berlin professors in 1935 when things were looking so up and up.  Tell us on what basis you will protest any future slippery-slope developments defended by your fellow secular evolutionists.  At what point would you say, as an individual, that enough is enough?  What moral arguments will you use?  On the contrary, Dawkins says we need to “lay the spectre to rest” of past abuses of eugenics and Social Darwinism, implying he’s tired of hearing “we must never forget.”    Spectres do not lay to rest.  They must be cast out and replaced with a holy spirit.  A spectre kicked out of a secular house will return, finding it empty, swept and in good order, and will bring with him seven spectres more wicked than itself.  The final condition of that house will be worse than the first.  That is how it will be with this wicked generation, prophesied a son of man quite knowledgeable about spectres and their ways.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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