Alpena man dies in house fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — A house fire on Saturday claimed the life of one and sent another to the hospital.The Alpena Fire Department arrived on LaForest Ave. at around 11:20 a.m. to find fire and smoke coming from a broken front window of the house and both Mary and William Smith trapped inside. A city police officer and an off-duty firefighter initially tried to rescue them but was unsuccessful.Responding firefighters were able to remove the 76-year-old woman from the house and transport her to MidMichigan Health Center in Alpena. Fire Captain, Andy Marceau was one of the first on the scene. “We were able to get one victim out initially and transported to a Michigan medical center, and then we performed another attempted rescue and we were unable to get the second victim out,” he said.A city police officer was injured while attempting rescue and was treated and released from the hospital. Investigation has determined that the fire most likely started in the front room where the couple was sitting. The cause is believed to be 84-year-old Mr. Smith’s oxygen system catching fire from him smoking.There were also no working smoke alarms in the house.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Fire DepartmentContinue ReadingPrevious MSP encouraging community members to “Be Bold, Get Cold” for polar plungeNext Representative Sue Allor invites residents to office hourslast_img read more

Inconsisten Los Angeles Dodgers fall to Chicago White Sox

first_img“I wish I had the answers as to why we aren’t able to put anything together right now,” he said.On a night when Haren pitched well enough and relievers Paul Maholm and Chris Gomez threw a combined three scoreless innings, and on a night when the Dodgers made zero errors, it was even more frustrating.“We can’t expect to win if we don’t generate anything offensively,” Mattingly said.Last season at this time, Yasiel Puig came up and gave the Dodgers a burst of energy. But as Mattingly pointed out, other players — Hanley Ramirez in particular — also were hot.“It’s going to take a group of guys to sustain,” Mattingly said.Ramirez is batting .257, Adrian Gonzalez .264. Ramirez was 0 for 3, Gonzalez 0 for 4. In the eighth, Gonzalez hit the ball hard to center field with two runners on and two outs, but the ball was caught for the third out. He has one hit in is past 11 at-bats.“He looks pretty much the same,” Mattingly said of Gonzalez. “Certain pitchers give him a little more trouble, but for the most part it looks like he’s on most pitches. The ball he hit to center there, he was right on it.”Catcher Drew Butera had two of the Dodgers’ hits. Like Mattingly, he’s at a loss to explain the team’s troubles.“We’re struggling a little bit to get a few wins back-to-back together,” he said. “We’re still optimistic. I think it’s going to take a few lucky breaks.”They better come soon, Butera intimated.“The longer it goes into the season, the harder it is to get on that roll,” he said. “As long as you get on that roll, that’s all that matters.”On the positive side, the pitching and defense were solid. Even in defeat, Haren is doing just fine with an ERA of 3.50.“I feel better now than when the year started,” Haren said. “Nothing specifically was bothering me, but I feel mechanically I’m better right now.”Fans still were filing into the stadium when Abreu drove a Haren pitch over the fence near the 330-foot sign in left for a 2-0 lead. Gordon Beckham had doubled off the top of the left-field wall just ahead of him. Left fielder Matt Kemp appeared to have some trouble tracking both balls.The Dodgers had a chance to get some of that back in the bottom of the inning, but Adrian Gonzalez struck out swinging for the third out with Yasiel Puig on second and Hanley Ramirez at first.Los Angeles did get a run in the bottom of the second. Kemp was on second via a single and Chone Figgins was on first with a walk when Noesi walked Haren to load the bases. Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Kemp, and Andre Ethier flied out to left to end the inning.Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the White Sox (30-30) got that right back in the top of the third on run-scoring fielder’s choice by Abreu, who at that point had driven in all three of his team’s runs.Haren was sailing along in the fourth and retired the first two batters when the No. 8 hitter, Flowers, went the other way on a 3-2 pitch and cleared the right-field fence for a 4-1 lead.It was just last year when the Dodgers went 42-8 over a record-tying 50-game stretch. Manager Don Mattingly is not expecting anything like that, or is he relying on any kind of similarly stunning run. He does know his team has the talent to play better than it has.“We’re not playing good enough to be where we want to be,” he said. “But we also know that we’re good enough. And that means we need to play with a sense of urgency. Everything counts, it’s as simple as that. It’s not that complicated. Just get ready to play, every game matters.“If we can do that every day and grind it out, we’re going to be fine.”The Dodgers and White Sox complete their three-game series tonight at 7:10. Josh Beckett (3-2) is scheduled to face John Danks (3-5).Los Angeles is off Thursday before heading out for a seven-game trip to Colorado and Cincinnati. The loss left the Dodgers at 31-29 and seven games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.Hector Noesi, who had a 0-4 record and 5.83 ERA, earned his first victory. He pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out six. He was aided by a two-run home run by Jose Abreu, his 17th, in the first inning as well as a home run by Tyler Flowers in the fourth.Both of those homers came off Dodgers starting and losing pitcher Dan Haren (5-4), who gave up four earned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked one.Los Angeles managed just six hits, including five singles. They drew seven walks and scored their only run on Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly in the second inning.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly can’t put his finger on why his team is having difficulty getting on a roll. The Dodgers have had trouble stringing together victories through the first third of the season.Their longest winning streak was three. Not exactly what one might have expected, injuries notwithstanding — and the Dodgers have had a few of those.It has been a season of one step forward, one step back. Two steps forward, two back. And so forth.The Dodgers on Tuesday took the field against the Chicago White Sox, whom they took care of Monday in their series opener. But, in a true reflection of their season, the Dodgers had trouble putting together good games on successive nights and lost 4-1 to Chicago in front 44,477 at Dodger Stadium.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cowboys, Yankees headline Forbes’ 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

first_imgThe Lakers ($3.7 billion) and Warriors ($3.5 billion) also ended up inside the top 10.Here is the full top 10: 10. Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Giants: $3.3 billion9. Golden State Warriors: $3.5 billion8. Los Angeles Lakers: $3.7 billion7. New England Patriots: $3.8 billion6. Manchester United: $3.81 billion5. New York Knicks: $4 billion4. Barcelona: $4.02 billion3. Real Madrid: $4.24 billion2. New York Yankees: $4.6 billion1. Dallas Cowboys: $5 billion Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott planning trip abroad amid contract holdout, report says The Cowboys have had the title for the past four years and are valued at $5 billion. The numbers don’t lie. Related News Of the 50 highest-rated sports TV broadcasts last year, nine were regular-season Cowboys games. The team’s popularity helps owner Jerry Jones bring in an estimated $340 million in sponsorship and seating revenue at AT&T Stadium, which is twice as much as any other team, Forbes noted.“On and off the field, in season and out of season, there is a small soap opera going on every day,” Jones told Forbes last fall. “Everyone knows that marketing, especially in this day and time, is just another way to promote the circus, so to speak.”The NFL as a whole is still the most dominant sports league as more than half of the top 50 are football teams. The Yankees moved up Forbes’ rankings with a value of $4.6 billion.The NBA has also increased its value as the Knicks headline nine basketball teams on the list this year. New York’s $4 billion value ranks fifth among all sports teams.center_img The Cowboys aren’t just America’s team.Dallas remains the most valuable sports team in the world, according to Forbes, which just released its list of The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2019.  NFL-NFLPA end ‘productive’ talks about new CBA early, report sayslast_img read more

Milan Đurić: This is for my Bosnia and Herzegovina!

first_imgMilan Đurić really shocked in the Kirin Cup, scoring two goals against powerful world national teams such as Japan and Denmark. As the best scorer in the tournament, he brought BiH to the winning throne. After the victory, he posted on his Facebook profile:“This is for my Bosnia and Herzegovina! For all our fans and all those who doubted us! I love you Bosnia,” the BiH goalgetter and the player of the Italian AC Cesena wrote.(Source: nap.ba/photo: hayat.ba)last_img

Rashford hits double as Man Utd hold off Liverpool

first_img– Eventful afternoon –An eventful afternoon for Rashford continued moments later when he escaped with just a yellow card for a late lunge on James Milner.And he should also have had an assist to his name before half-time when a dinked cross picked out Mata perfectly only for the unmarked Spaniard to sent an acrobatic effort well wide.Liverpool enjoyed almost complete control of the ball in the second-half but failed to find a way through the mass ranks of United defence.The visitors did have two strong appeals for penalties waived away as Ashley Young pulled at Mohamed Salah’s shirt before an Andy Robertson cross rebounded off Antonio Valencia’s arm.When Liverpool were handed a lifeline, it came via a United boot as Bailly — who had excelled on his first start since November — flicked Mane’s cross into his own net.Mourinho then drew the ire of his own fans as he replaced Rashford with Marouane Felliani 20 minutes from time to see the game out.But once again Mourinho was justified as the hosts held out for six minutes of stoppage time.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 25 minutes as Manchester United held off a Liverpool fightback to move five points clear of their visitors in second place in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.United also close to within 13 points of Manchester City, but barring a late season collapse by the runaway league leaders that gap looks unbridgeable. More significantly Jose Mourinho’s men moved another huge step closer to guaranteeing a top-four finish by opening up a 12-point lead on fifth-placed Chelsea.Liverpool were left to rue a slow start as Rashford twice finished impressively after Romelu Lukaku had outmuscled Dejan Lovren.The visitors dominated after the break, but could only find a response via a United player when Eric Bailly turned into his own net 24 minutes from time.Just a second defeat in 21 Premier League games leaves Liverpool still in third, but they could drop to fourth if Tottenham win at Bournemouth on Sunday.Rashford may not have even have started but for an injury to Paul Pogba suffered in training on Friday.Without the £89 million ($123 million) French international, Mourinho moved Alexis Sanchez inside behind Lukaku and handed Rashford his first league start of the year on the left.The Portuguese coach’s plans worked to perfection when Rashford brought the game to life with a superb finish after 14 minutes.Lukaku beat Lovren to a long ball and the England international skipped inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before smashing a shot past the helpless Loris Karius.Liverpool had chances for an immediate response as Sadio Mane just failed to get on the end of Roberto Firmino’s dangerous cross before Virgil Van Dijk skewed a header wide from close range when unmarked from a corner.But soon Liverpool’s task became doubly difficult as United’s power and pace again proved too much.Lukaku shrugged off Lovren once more and when his ball through to Juan Mata was cut out by Van Dijk, Rashford swept home the rebound.last_img read more

Trio to be Inducted into Olympia High School Alumni Hall of…

first_imgDan Berschauer, class of 1962, retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench in 2005 after 20 years, previously serving four years as a judge in District Court and as a court commissioner for three years. In retirement, Berschauer serves as a private mediator, assisting in more than 1,500 cases.Dan Berschauer is retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Jim Brown, class of 1941, served as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Jim Brown was active in community service and was renowned for his recounting of history of the Tumwater area. He grew up on Deschutes Parkway before the freeway bisected Tumwater’s pioneer neighborhood.  Brown’s award is posthumous, with his passing in 2014.Jim Brown erved as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Elliott Sohn s a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirrycenter_img Facebook235Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charlie KirryAn innovative professor in ophthalmology, a retired Thurston County Superior Court judge and a Tumwater leader and historian will be honored by the Olympia High School Alumni Association at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, June 4. The recognition event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend.Elliott Sohn, class of 1994, is a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he seres as an associate professor, and director of Retina Fellowships. Sohn focuses on causes and treatments for retinal diseases, and is helping develop gene therapy and stem cell treatments for those blinded by retinal disease.last_img read more

Kolby’s fundraiser exhibition game a success

first_imgA fundraiser exhibition hockey game between the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack raised $11,285 for Kolby’s Trust Fund last Saturday. A special account has been set up at the TD Canada Trust branch in Trail for Kolby Zanier, daughter of Smoke Eaters assistant coach Barry Zanier, as she continues her road to recovery. Kolby is currently in Edmonton recovering from groundbreaking heart surgery — she has suffered from Alstrom Syndrome since birth. Alstrom’s is a rare genetic disease that affects many organs in the body, including sight, hearing, kidney failure and liver impairment. Most common affect is a decreased heart function that leads to the heart having difficulty pumping blood efficiently to all parts of the body. During tests in mid-July at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital it was determined Kolby Zanier would need a transplant and on August 28th she successfully received an LVAD or left ventricular assistive device — also known as HeartWare. Kolby’s parents have since taken a leave of absence from their respective jobs — Barry a teacher in Rossland and Aileen with Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. The Zanier family also has two other daughters who have been traveling to Edmonton from the West Kootenay, costing the family a considerable amount of money. The Smokies, like so many others in the community, wanted to help with those costs. The Smoke Eaters would like to thank Patty and Terry Martin for spearheading Saturday’s event, and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack for traveling to Trail to face the Smokies in Saturday’s game. The 2011-2012 regular season home opener is Friday, Sept. 23 vs. the Westside Warriors at Cominco Arena. The Smoke Eaters will continue raising money for “Kolby’s Trust Fund,” and are planning more special silent auction items for opening night.last_img read more

Dungloe housing project to proceed after issues

first_imgThe Dungloe Community Housing project is to proceed to construction stage immediately.The announcement comes following a number of issues which arose and threatened the project’s viability recently.Both Deputy Pearse Doherty and Pat the Cope Gallagher have held a number of emergency meetings with Minister Finian Mc Grath recently in order to overcome the issues. The issues had been highlighted by the HSE and were imposing massive constraints on the overall sustainability of the project in Dungloe.The project is funded by the Department of Housing and consists of Community Group Houses numbering 3 housing units of 4 individual self-contained bedrooms at Fair Hill Dungloe.The formal approval was granted to the Co Donegal Parents and Friends for People with Intellectual Disabilities for this development to progress to construction stage.Each proposed unit will consist of 4 individual living accommodations – made up of ensuite room up to current HIQA standards and each unit then will have a communal sitting room, quiet room, visitor room and dining room. When completed it is anticipated that the 3 units will provide assisted living accommodation for 12 people in total.This development will replace the existing unit on the Church Road at Dungloe. The proposed new development will be funded by the Department of Housing and Local Government and we expect construction works to begin within a matter of months.Pat the Cope and Pearse Doherty both added “We wish to pay tribute to the board of the Parents and Friends Association, who have worked tirelessly and have brought the project to this stage.“They have dedicated a great deal of time and planning into making this project a success and now as the project moves to construction stage they have a great deal to be proud of.“We wish also to acknowledge the work of the officials of the Housing Section of Donegal County Council for their excellent work on this project. “We also must acknowledge the intervention of Minister of State Finian Mc Grath, who through his offices and our continuous lobbying of the Department – the entire development as originally proposed and designed, will now proceed to construction rather than a scaled downed version which the HSE were proposing.“It was this revised proposal that lead to the recent delay in finally appointing a contractor for this most worthwhile development. But, we are glad to report that the entire project is to proceed now without delay and as originally proposed.”Both TDs met with the County Donegal Parents & Friends committee to convey this good news as the group were most anxious about the recent delays that were stalling this project.Dungloe housing project to proceed after issues was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldungloehousinglast_img read more

Giants need an All-Star: ‘Somebody is going to have to go’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — An attendance decline at Oracle Park isn’t the only way fans have expressed their disappointment in the Giants’ play this season.After Major League Baseball revealed updated vote totals from the ballots that have been cast, it’s clear Giants players haven’t received much support in the polls this year.Catcher Buster Posey was the only Giants starter to rank among the top 10 vote-getters at his position, but Posey is a distant eighth among catchers behind Cubs backstop Willson …last_img read more

Evolutionists Struggle to Explain Language

first_imgTheories of language evolution don’t rise much higher than ape chest-pounding, monkey screams and imaginative speculations.It’s another Big Bang Theory. The origin of human language remains just as puzzling today as it was in Darwin’s time. Many stories have come and gone, but they lack scientific rigor. The evidence we have shows that complex, grammatical language is unique to humans, but that hasn’t stopped evolutionists from trying to bridge the gap by conjuring it up from the bottom up (studying ape antics) or the top down (studying humans).Top DownMarcus Perlman (U of Wisconsin-Madison) has attracted attention for his new theory that language began by vocalizations and gestures together, rather than by gestures alone. In “Recreating language’s Big Bang through a game of vocal charades,” he describes the problem on The Conversation:Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands more have cycled in and out of existence throughout human history. Where did these languages come from, and how did our ancestors create the very first ones? One basic unanswered question is whether the first languages began as gestures, like modern-day signed languages of the deaf, or as vocalizations, like most extant human languages, which are spoken.Unfortunately for scientists interested in these questions, languages don’t leave fossils. So instead, experimental psychologists like me try to understand how language evolved by conducting communication studies with modern human beings.Perlman gathered participants to play a game where they had to use charades to invent new words. He says that the invented words tended toward onomatopoeia, like scratchy sounds to indicate “rough” or quick, high-pitched sounds to indicate tiny. But what about grammar? Here, he leaps forward in his imagination:Iconic gestures, which can be understood even when communicators lack a common language, can then be molded into a system of signs and grammatical rules that are shared between members of a community. Over time and generations, they can develop into a fully complex and expressive language.But can studies on fellow humans who already grew up speaking in grammatical syntax reveal anything about the origin of languages? The participants knew they were playing games concocted by the experimenter. At best, Perlman’s idea is heuristic; at worst, purely anecdotal – an outworking of his precommitment to materialistic evolution.  He himself recognizes the limitations of his work, only suggesting that it offers a “glimpse of how language could have evolved” —But what do these findings say about the bigger question of how the first languages originated? Certainly great caution is warranted in generalizing to the evolution of language from experiments conducted in the laboratory with English-speaking undergraduates or online with Mechanical Turk workers.But our experiments do show that the human potential to create iconic vocalizations is quite impressive, far exceeding many previous estimates that have influenced scientific theories of language evolution….Importantly, our claim is not that spoken languages must then have evolved exclusively from vocalizations. Rather, our argument is that there is considerable potential for vocalizations to support the evolution of a spoken symbol system….Yet even if language has multimodal origins, our study hints at the intriguing possibility that many of the spoken words of modern languages may have long ago been uttered by our ancestors as iconic vocalizations.His statements rank high on the perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCI). If anything, the empirical evidence he cites supports the conclusion that humans are unique. The equipment for language was already present; therefore, language did not evolve. Nevertheless, Perlman’s theory was picked up semi-enthusiastically by the science media as evidence for evolution, despite its debunking of the gesture-origins theory of language:Spoken language could tap into ‘universal code’ (Catherine Matacic at Science Magazine): “Sotaro Kita, a psycholinguist at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study, says the Perlman work is ‘theoretically very important,’ and could ‘knock out’ a common explanation for language evolution: that humans developed gestural language first, and only much later moved on to spoken language. Instead, says Kita, it is much likelier that gestures and spoken language evolved in lockstep.“Human language may have started differently than thought (PhysOrg): “These findings, the researchers claim, suggest that it appears more likely that our ancestors used both hand-signals and noises to convey meaning, which over a long period of time, evolved into more complex sounds that came to be associated with common ideas among multiple people.”It might be predicted from a design perspective that human languages would have commonalities. That, indeed, is what Science Magazine reports: despite their differences, human languages “evolved” to make communication “as efficient as possible.” But is their Genesis reference a Freudian slip?Have you ever wondered why you say “The boy is playing Frisbee with his dog” instead of “The boy dog his is Frisbee playing with”?  You may be trying to give your brain a break, according to a new study. An analysis of 37 widely varying tongues finds that, despite the apparent great differences among them, they share what might be a universal feature of human language: All of them have evolved to make communication as efficient as possible.Earth is a veritable Tower of Babel: Up to 7000 languages are still spoken across the globe, belonging to roughly 150 language families. … Yet despite these different ways of structuring sentences, previous studies of a limited number of languages have shown that they tend to limit the distance between words that depend on each other for their meaning. Such “dependency” is key if sentences are to make sense.So how did that evolve? They don’t say. After the suggestive phrase that languages “have evolved,” the E-word never again appears in the article. Instead, they talk about how existing sentence structures make sense in terms of efficient memory processing. Maybe there was some good sense, not just babble, behind Babel.Bottom-UpAt the other end of the gap, evolutionists look at monkeys and apes for clues they are evolving into language speakers.Marmoset kids actually listen (Science Magazine): In this article, readers can feel the tension the big-bang theory of language creates, along with a wistful longing to smooth it out for Darwin:Undergraduate linguistics courses typically present language as unique to humans. Chomsky and others have postulated a language organ that evolved in hominids. This idea found modest support in the lack of evidence for vocal production learning (imitating sounds) in nonhuman primates. But did language suddenly emerge in the Homo lineage as a “hopeful monster” who could learn new sounds and meanings? Evidence for vocal learning in nonhuman primates is now emerging, and in hindsight, looking at vocal production learning as the sole evolutionary precursor of language might have been shortsighted.Trying to bridge the “evolutionary canyon” between apes and humans, authors Margoliash and Tchernichovski discuss a paper by Takahashi et al., that studied vocalization development in marmosets. They found hope in “evidence for a developmental process, rather than its endpoint, which reveals a shared developmental program for animal communication and human language.”  But where did the developmental program come from? Bypassing that conundrum, they think “This indicates an ancestral developmental program that is shared not only between humans and other primates but also across mammals and birds.” Doesn’t that make it worse for evolution? Did the common ancestor of birds and mammals have this? Why not say that dinosaurs and alligators had it? Their discussion, also high on PCI, is heavy on “emergence” because they are determined to explain language in Darwinian terms:How can we relate these behavioral results to an evolutionary process? Perhaps, just as evolution can be understood as a modification of a developmental program, we could think about vocal learning as a modification of a program for vocal development. The early stages of vocal development are remarkably similar across taxa…. The infant produces highly diverse but loosely structured vocalizations, a cloud of sounds from which distinct clusters gradually emerge. This indicates a transition from a continuous, graded signal to a weakly symbolic vocal performance. Call types then undergo further differentiation and selective attrition. A process for combinatorial capacity emerges.This comes dangerously close to Haeckel’s “recapitulation” theory if they think the baby is replaying the tape of its evolutionary past. Let’s see if they pursue that: “A single explanation for the complex factors influencing changes in vocal developmental patterns over evolutionary time is unlikely to emerge. However, Takahashi et al.‘s findings point to an ancient substrate for vocal learning that an evolving large hominid brain could take advantage of, thus continuing the evolutionary process that has enabled communication in other animals.”Not quite recapitulation, but close. They leave the origin of the “evolving large hominid brain” to others.Gorilla my dreams: “Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think,” Science Daily suggests in its headline about Koko the gorilla.  This is another bottom-up approach, looking for language in our supposed nearest of kin. The local expert is, once again, Marcus Perlman. “Koko bridges a gap,” he says. “She shows the potential under the right environmental conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract. It’s not as fine as human control, but it is certainly control.”Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language (National Geographic). Forever in love with the ape-to-man transition (see also “Nut-Bashing Monkeys Offer Window Into Human Evolution“), NG promotes Neely Ann the Bonobo as a budding philosopher just slightly less precocious than Einstein. Liz Langley channels what Neely Ann is thinking. “As we watch the bonobos, I think I hear a vocalization called peeping—a short, high-pitched sound bonobos make with their mouths closed,” she whispers. “Peeping, which is very similar to the burbling of human infants before they form words, may tell us more about the evolution of human speech.” As Langley left, she missed Neely Ann burbling, “I peep, therefore I am.”Speaking humans exist. Gorillas exist. Marmosets and bonobos exist. To be empirically rigorous, evidence for bridges between them in the unobservable past hardly rise to the level of anecdote.Evolutionists use language to destroy it. Did you notice? They are not just peeping and burbling. (On second thought…). They are at least attempting to appeal to abstract concepts that are not reducible to onomatopoeic sounds. “Truth,” for instance, sounds very different between languages on different continents, but refers to the same abstract reality. These evolutionists assume free will, consciousness, thought, morality, and other Christian concepts to undermine them. They use language to destroy it, to rob it of its significance. If all they are doing is peeping and burbling because evolution developed the capacity for vocalizations somehow, then nothing they say makes any sense.Nancy Pearcey has a new book out, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God Substitutes. It looks pretty good for pointing out the materialist’s propensity for the self-refuting fallacy. Listen to her on ID the Future explain how materialists freeload from the Christian worldview to espouse their ideas, because they know they cannot derive them from their own assumptions. That applies to their theories of the “evolution of language” as well. “The evolution of language” is itself a self-refuting concept if it has to stand on its own as mere vocalization by material brains and vocal cords. Without logical concepts to which the words refer, the sounds of the words signify nothing. A parakeet can be taught to imitate the sounds. If humans are analogous to parakeets, they are not dealing in matters of truth, logic, or morality. (Visited 608 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more