Asian Games-bound Clarkson thankful ahead of PH debut

first_imgJordan Clarkson is Philippines’ flag-bearer in 2018 Asian Games View comments If Clarkson does miss the all-important game against Kazakhstan, his much-awaited PH debut will be against China on August 21.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipin0-American Jordan Clarkson couldn’t be more grateful for being allowed to finally represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.In a post on Facebook, Clarkson thanked the people who worked together to make his dream of wearing the Philippines’ colors a reality.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The NBA initially gave Clarkson a thumbs down before an appeal by Philippine sports officials convinced the league to make a U-turn and grant the Cleveland Cavaliers guard clearance to play in the continental meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Philippine men’s basketball team plays Kazakhstan in its first game on Thursday in a must-win duel that Clarkson will likely miss with the 26-year-old being a buzzer-beating inclusion.Clarkson, who was also chosen to be the country’s flag-bearer, is reportedly expected to arrive in Indonesia Thursday morning. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Consciousness Is Not Computable

first_imgA key principle of materialism and physicalism is that all processes must be reducible to matter and energy.In the march from molecules to man, materialists must not encounter any insurmountable hurdles: any observable facts that cannot be reduced to processes beyond matter and energy. That’s because matter and energy are all that exist. Materialist reality cannot countenance anything irreducible to those entities. Already they have a candidate for the insurmountable hurdle, because the proposition of materialism itself is immaterial. As Robert Jastrow said,[Film courtesy of Illustra Media, at TheJohn1010Project.com]Ignoring that show-stopper, the materialist faces several other candidates for insurmountable hurdles: (1) the origin of the universe, (2) the origin of heavy elements, (3) the origin of the Earth, (4) the origin of life, (5) the origin of mulicellular life, (6) the origin of sex, and (7) the origin of consciousness. Consider that last one. If consciousness were reducible to material processes, it should be computable. In other words, a sufficiently programmed computer should be able to re-create consciousness. (Ignore the conundrum for now that programming implies a programmer, which implies intelligent design.)An article by Subhash Kak from Ohio State, published at Live Science, explains flatly “Why Computers Will Never Be Truly Conscious.” One should never say never, but Kak is convinced that artificial consciousness is forever beyond the reach of robots and computers. It’s not a limitation of technology. His conclusion derives from the nature of human consciousness, that inner experience of self that is our closest experience of reality. We humans are aware of our thinking. Computers are not. Kak relates a thought experiment by the late Alan Turing that illustrates the problem: Try to prove that a program will stop on its own. Another computer, monitoring the program, would have to rely on a stop-checking algorithm to decide if it will stop or not. But a deceptive programmer codes the program to do the opposite of what its stop-checking routine says it will do. Kak describes what will happen:Running the stop-checking process on this new program would necessarily make the stop-checker wrong: If it determined that the program would stop, the program’s instructions would tell it not to stop. On the other hand, if the stop-checker determined that the program would not stop, the program’s instructions would halt everything immediately. That makes no sense — and the nonsense gave Turing his conclusion, that there can be no way to analyze a program and be entirely absolutely certain that it can stop. So it’s impossible to be certain that any computer can emulate a system that can definitely stop its train of thought and change to another line of thinking — yet certainty about that capability is an inherent part of being conscious.Human consciousness is also distributed throughout the brain (or at least activates disparate parts of the brain), Kak adds, as he recounts other show-stoppers to the computation of consciousness thought up by scientists and philosophers. So if consciousness is not computable, that makes it a strong candidate for a hurdle too high for reductionist materialism.Not Just One Man’s DifficultyLike Thomas Nagel, author of God and Cosmos, philosopher of mind David Chalmers would prefer to stay satisfied with a material universe. Both of them, however, only have highly speculative and untestable ways to maintain their preference. In a well-stated interview on YouTube reposted by Evolution News, Chalmers delves into the “hard problem of consciousness.” None of us can doubt our own consciousness, he says; it is the most direct experience we have. We can doubt other people’s consciousness, but not our own. He illustrates it with zombies—not the living dead, but theoretical zombies that appear and behave just like us but are not conscious.“When God created the world,” Chambers speculates (ironically for an atheist), He could have created a material world without consciousness. “That would make sense,” he says; it would be logically conceivable. But consciousness is something God would have had to add as a separate thing. Even taking out God, the problem remains that consciousness is separate from materialism, and superfluous to a material reality.Chalmers then dispenses with evolutionary theory as a source of consciousness. Theories about this are generally vague and doubtful, he says. The main problem, though, is that evolution has no need to invent consciousness. The world could work perfectly well without it. An evolutionist’s world would work just fine with complex reflexes and behaviors programmed by genes. Evolution also cannot explain qualia, the direct experiences we have of the world. A color-blind person can know about colors, but cannot have the experience of red unless cured of colorblindness. Chalmers concludes that humans will never be able to solve the hard problem: Why is our behavior and sensation accompanied by conscious experience? Scientists will never find that in neurons, he argues.How many show-stoppers does it take to stop a show? All the other insurmountable hurdles listed above for molecules-to-man evolution in a materialistic universe remain. But here we see three prominent experts in physics and philosophy of mind, who are non-Christians, stating explicitly that materialism is missing something critical. Two of them say that consciousness is permanently beyond the reach of materialism. So readers do not have to take our word for it that the materialist show is stopped. We would just heighten the hurdle infinitely further by saying that the very use of language by these thinkers requires supernaturalism. Every proposition depends on logic (which must refer to timeless, universal and necessary truths), and morality (which assumes that the speaker desires to share his logic honestly). The materialist show, therefore, is stopped; go to another show. There’s a good one across town about a Creator. It’s called the greatest story ever told. (Visited 528 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’

first_img21 July 2014 Teams of representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia have begun working on plans to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, in the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that was launched by President Jacob Zuma on the weekend. Inspired by the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia, Operation Phakisa – from the Sesotho word meaning “hurry up” – aims to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan. Key to this will be a series of “laboratories”, or work sessions, in which teams of experts and stakeholders conduct intensive planning at a practical and detailed level in order to deliver complete, signed-off action plans for presentation to Cabinet. The first implementation of Operation Phakisa will initially be led by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and focus on four priority sectors: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and governance. “South Africa is uniquely bordered by the ocean on three sides,” President Zuma told delegates at the launch of the initiative at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday. “With the inclusion of Prince Edward and Marion Islands in the southern ocean, the coastline is approximately 3 924 kilometres long.” But the full economic potential of this vast marine space remains largely untapped. South Africa’s oceans, Zuma said, have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while creating up to 1-million new jobs, by 2033 – compared to R54-billion generated, and 316 000 jobs created, in 2010. In the area of marine transport and manufacturing, Zuma said, the expert/stakeholder work sessions would look at exploiting South Africa’s location and expertise to increase its share of the global marine manufacturing market, including ship-building and repair, and oil rig repair and refurbishment. They would also look at capturing the benefits of growing volumes of cargo handling, and supporting activities such as storage and warehousing. Regarding offshore oil and gas exploration, Zuma said the government was looking at creating a more enabling environment in order to increase the number of exploration wells drilled, while maximising the value captured for South Africa. The government was also looking at enhancing growth in aquaculture, which was relatively underdeveloped in South Africa despite being an increasingly important contributor to food security globally. At the same time, Zuma said, the government recognised the need to continuously balance the economic exploitation of the oceans with the maintenance of their environmental integrity. This would be achieved by developing an institutional framework for the management of South Africa’s ocean space, and by improving the protection of South Africa’s oceans, particularly around critically endangered ecosystems. Zuma said the expert/stakeholder teams – comprising over 180 representatives – had begun their work last week, and would spend next few weeks, until 15 August, “further developing these aspirations and ideas, setting ambitious targets, and formulating detailed delivery plans for accelerating delivery. “These work sessions will help create transparency and help to remove bottlenecks and resolve the most critical challenges facing a sector,” Zuma said. Once the plans had been completed and approved, Operation Phakisa would enter its first implementation phase, which would be rigorously monitored and measured against publicly stated targets. “The people of South Africa deserve much better from all of us,” Zuma said. “Through Operation Phakisa and all our other key strategic interventions to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan, we must work tirelessly to move our country forward and build a better life for all, especially the poor and the working class.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Manipur boat capsize: 14-member Navy team joins search operation

first_imgA 14-member Indian Navy team on Wednesday joined the search operations to trace three people, including a girl, who were reported missing after their boat capsized in the Eco Park Lake in Ukhrul district of Manipur.The Navy team, including 12 divers and two hydrographers (survey sailors), were airlifted from Visakhapatnam by an IAF aircraft to Imphal on Tuesday evening.They started the search on Wednesday morning but had to halt the operation due to inclement weather triggered by rain, poor visibility and strong winds. The officers said they would resume the search on Thursday morning.Chief Minister N. Biren Singh thanked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for sending the team of deep water diving experts. A total of 12 tourists were travelling on the boat in the Eco Park Lake near the Maphou dam on Sunday afternoon when a sudden storm upturned it in the middle of the lake. Rani, Rajiv and Romen of the same family went missing in the incident while the others survived. Teams of NDRF, SDRF and fire service initiated the rescue operation.Following the incident, the Chief Minister announced that only boats manufactured by government-approved companies will be allowed in all the lakes and waterbodies in Manipur. The government has already issued a notification in this regard.However, the tribal villagers around the Eco Park, who use the makeshift boats for transporting items and visiting each other in different villages, said that they will not be able to afford the costly mechanised boats.District Collector Kenju Yuringla said, “Rescue operations is being carried out in full swing. There is inordinate delay as the lake is deep.”Congress MLA Govindas Konthoujam, who is a relative of the three missing persons, drew the attention of the government to lack of safety measures. Ms. Yuringla said if safety measures like life jackets were enforced, the three persons would not have gone missing. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: KL Rahul regrets losing India’s review in tied match vs Afghanistan

first_imgIndia opener KL Rahul says he regrets losing the review that could have saved the wickets of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a well-set Dinesh karthik in the tied clash against Afghanistan at the ongoing Asia Cup 2018.Dhoni and Karthik were both given out leg-before wicket (LBW) by the on-field umpires but in both cases the ball was missing the stumps by a long way.They couldn’t review the decision as India had lost their review early on in the run chase when Rahul used the Decision Review System (DRS) against his leg-before decision which turned out to be the wrong call.MS Dhoni takes a dig at umpiring howlers after India-Afghanistan tie”Obviously, looking back at it, I felt like I shouldn’t have taken the review but at that time, in the middle, I felt like maybe I was struck outside and I wanted to take that chance,” Rahul told reporters in the post-match press conference on Tuesday.”Sometimes you can sit back here and review the review you took and say maybe you could have left it to the guys at the end but I felt like I could have been struck outside so I took that chance,” the Karnataka batsman said.’The team management has given me a clear idea and plan on what they’re expecting me to do’ – @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/wV158ZhlgWBCCI (@BCCI) September 26, 2018Also Read – We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS DhoniRahul said he would be more cautious in future situations. India are already through to the tournament final, which is scheduled for Friday.advertisement”We learn with it. The shot I played, the review that I took, I’ll have to go back and maybe if it happens again I’ll be in a better position to know what to do,” he said.Also Read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsIndia had been set a target of 253 by a determined Afghanistan, who hung in there to steal a tie, bowling out India for 252 in a thriller.”We can’t take Afghanistan lightly anymore. They are a very competitive one day and T20 side. As a team, you want to be part of such matches where both team compete until the end. Nonetheless we are still happy we played a game like this,” said Rahul.Also read – Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS DhoniIndia were cruising along at 204/4 before a collapse changed the face of the match dramatically but Rahul rejected suggestions that the middle-order has become a cause of concern for the team.”I don’t think (middle order) crumbled. Wicket was getting harder to bat. When the ball starts slowing up and spinning like that, it’s hard for middle order batsmen to come and get runs. I think DK played well with Kedar,” he said.”As opening batsmen when we start like that we back ourselves to finish the game and not to get middle order guys to struggle. I don’t think it’s a concern.”For any middle order batsman, it is difficult to score. You don’t know how many balls you can take. You don’t know how fast is too fast, how slow is too slow. They will learn from their mistakes and they will know how to pace their innings,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Get Ready To TRANS4M With william

first_imgThe i.am.angel foundation will once again present its TRANS4M Conference and Benefit Concert on January 23, 2014.will.i.am launched the i.am.angel foundation in 2009 to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of its mission the i.am.angel foundation administers charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship Fund), financial literacy (i.am.home Fund) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track). i.am.angel has a passion to promote and expand education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Athletics and Mathematics (i.am STEAM).In February of 2012, will.i.am and the i.am.angel foundation held its first TRANS4M conference and benefit concert targeting the TRANS4Mation of will.i.am’s home town community – Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, California. In 2013, TRANS4M grew to include the inaugural class of 60 i.am College Track students and a visit from President Bill Clinton. The 2014 TRANS4M conference and benefit concert on Thursday, January 23rd will continue to chart their growth and expand our potential.TRANS4M is a conference sponsored by the i.am.angel Foundation co-hosted by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson, Futurist and Principal Engineer at Intel. TRANS4M is a collection of conversations, catalysts and performances geared towards a shared aspiration. The conference leverages a collaborative effort among businesses, non-profits, government, and community volunteers to promote innovation and solve large chronic problems. TRANS4M is where big ideas meet up with even bigger collective potential to deliver tangible results to the community.will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas have been hosting charitable events on the Thursday before the Grammys for over 10 years. The benefit concert has become the Grammy weekend kick-off event in Los Angeles. It brings an eclectic group of performers for a once in a lifetime musical experience. Past performers at the benefit concert have included: The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sergio Mendes, Erykah Badu, David Guetta, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Pink, Macy Gray, Common, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef Jean, Mos Def and many others.In 2013 more than 1,700 guests packed the house at Avalon Hollywood to hear performances by will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Coco Lee, Ludacris and Bobby Brown. The event generated more than $3.3 million in donations and partnership grants to continue funding TRANS4Mation in Boyle Heights. The venue featured various STEAM-themed exhibits including a fighter jet, a lunar rover; a hovercraft and the i.am ART lounge. The TRANS4M benefit concert is more than just another fundraiser. TRANS4M is where the world’s greatest entertainers meet the innovators of today to create a greater collective potential for tomorrow.To find out more about TRANS4M, click here.last_img read more