Venues, victories and very peculiar calls

first_imgThe calm before the PGA Championship storm is upon us but that doesn’t mean there’s a dearth of winners and losers to fill out this week’s Cut Line. Made Cut Rule of three. While the public and some players continue to stew over everything that went wrong at last month’s U.S. Open (and there was plenty to stew over at Chambers Bay), the USGA went a long way to changing the conversation with Wednesday’s unveiling of the 2022-’24 Open venues. Although it was not exactly a surprise, Pinehurst will host the ’24 Open – marking the fourth time the national championship is played on the No. 2 course – and The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., was named the venue for the ’22 championship. The biggest news, however, was Los Angeles Country Club being awarded the ’23 Open to become just the sixth Left Coast course to host the national championship. It will mark the third West Coast Open venue in five years (the 2021 championship will be played at Torrey Pines) and continue an interesting shift for the USGA away from the traditional Eastern staples. Tweet of the Week: Actually, this week’s social media snapshot comes via FaceBook and caddie Damon Green, who posted a picture (below) of Jordan Spieth drinking from the claret jug won by Zach Johnson. Count this as reason No. 642 to admire Spieth, whose bid to become just the second player to win the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship came up agonizingly short on Monday in St. Andrews. Despite the obvious heartbreak, the 21-year-old was waiting to congratulate Johnson after he won the four-hole playoff and, as this picture suggests, had no problem joining the celebration afterward. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”1168956″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”540″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”600″}}]] Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Time for a Hall call. There seems to be plenty of blame to go around following last week’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony at St. Andrews. Laura Davies was unable to attend the ceremony because of travel issues after she tied for 47th place at the U.S. Women’s Open. Maybe the Hall could have tried harder to get Davies to the ceremony. Maybe Davies could have taken greater precautions to avoid the empty seat on the stage, but it seems the real issue here would be the easiest fix. The current Hall of Fame criteria allows a player to be considered for induction at 40 years old. Given the length of current careers – Davies is 51 – it seems like a good time to adjust that minimum (55 sounds like a good number) and possibly avoid a similar scenario in the future. Slow play. Maybe the wheels of justice grind slowly for good reason, but as the PGA Tour digs in for another protracted legal battle it’s hard not to see some of this maneuvering as a delay tactic. On Thursday a U.S. District Court judge denied the Tour’s motion to change venue in its ongoing lawsuit with a group of caddies. After months of motions and discovery, judge Vince Chhabria needed only about 40 minutes to deny the circuit’s request to move the case to Florida’s middle district, which is closer to the Tour’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The next legal speed bump will be an Oct. 1 hearing on the Tour’s impending motion to dismiss the lawsuit and on it will go. We understand why lady justice must be blind, but does she need to be so slow? Missed Cut Olympic effort. As the 2016 Tour schedule continues to come into focus, it’s also becoming clearer how much of an impact next year’s Olympic Games will have on professional golf. The Games will be played Aug. 11-14 in Brazil, leaving Tour officials to dramatically overhaul the second half of next year’s schedule, a nip/tuck that will see the Travelers Championship moved from its normal spot behind the U.S. Open to the week after the PGA Championship in early August. Sources also suggest the John Deere Classic will be played the same week as the men’s competition in Rio followed by the Wyndham Championship. None of these moves are ideal, although everyone involved is putting a positive spin on the overhaul, and should prompt officials to begin proactive planning to avoid a similar fire drill in 2020 when the Games are played in Japan. Moon ball. Duty and honor are concepts Cut Line can understand. What we struggle to fathom, however, is a shortsighted and dogmatic adherence to the rules, like in the case of Sangmoon Bae. Bae was informed this week that a South Korean court had denied his request for an extension to delay his mandatory military service. South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 years must complete two years of military service because the country technically remains at war with North Korea. Bae is the second-highest ranked South Korean in the world (107th) and is currently qualified for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio. Perhaps more compelling is the 29-year-old’s potential status on this year’s International Presidents Cup team. The two-time Tour winner is currently 23rd on the International points list and a strong candidate for a captain’s pick considering that this year’s matches will be played in South Korea. The value of Bae to the South Korean military is understandable, but just imagine his worth to the nation as a Presidents Cup player and Olympian?last_img read more

Stefani, Hoge, Noh co-lead St. Jude after Round 1

first_imgShawn Stefani, Tom Hoge and Seung-yul Noh shared the FedEx St. Jude Classic lead at 5-under 65 on Thursday. Little wind and fast greens created near perfect scoring conditions at the TPC Southwind. Some extra rough requiring tight shots also provided a good test for players preparing for the U.S. Open next week at Oakmont in Pennsylvania. Hoge had a bogey-free round with five birdies in the morning group. This is only the second time Hoge has played the event, but he has qualified for the U.S. Open twice in Memphis and tied for 12th at Southwind last year. ”I don’t know if it’s the food or the water or what it is, but Memphis has been good to me,” Hoge said. ”Hopefully, I can keep it going.” Stefani was the lone player teeing off in the afternoon to work his way into a tie for the lead and stay there. The Texan was 5 under between Nos. 7 and 10 with an eagle at No. 9 where he was just trying to avoid the water with the hole tucked left. ”It was nice to see one go in for a change,” said Stefani, who has made only eight of 20 cuts this season. ”Most of them have been hitting and spinning back going in the water this year. It is nice to kind of see some balls going my way and shots going my way for the day.” Dustin Johnson, the 2012 champ here, was in the group at 66 with Steve Stricker, Jamie Donaldson,Colt Knost, Brian Gay and Miguel Angel Carballo. Retief Goosen, Scott Stallings and Justin Leonard – a two-time champ here – all shot 67s. Henrik Norlander of Sweden had a share of the lead with two holes to play among the final players on the course. But he three-putted from 4 feet on the par-3 eighth and finished with a 67. Phil Mickelson matched defending champion Fabian Gomez of Argentina at 70. Johnson had a share of the lead too with three holes left after going 6 under between Nos. 16 and No. 2 with an eagle and four birdies. He might have had the top of the leaderboard to himself if not for what happened during the rest of a roller-coaster round that also featured a double bogey, three bogeys and three other birdies. FedEx St. Jude Classic: Articles, photos and videos He said he feels as if he’s playing well with the exception a few lapses in concentration. The last came on his final hole at the par-4 ninth when he came up well short of the hole, resulting in his third bogey and dropping him a shot back of the leaders. ”Obviously, I hit a lot of great shots and, you know, just a little disappointed I made a bogey on the last hole being in the middle of the fairway,” Johnson said. ”I pulled my wedge shot a little bit, but it’s right there. I mean, 15 feet from the hole you got to get that up and down. Have to hit a great chip shot. All in all, it’s a good day, 4 under out here is not a bad score but I feel like I’m playing a lot better than that.” That Johnson is. He finished third at Memorial last week for his seventh top 10 this season, and a tie for 28th at The Players Championship in May is his worst week since tying for 41st at Pebble Beach in February. But Johnson has a streak of winning at least once a season the past eight seasons, and he also is prepping for the U.S. Open after his agonizing three-putt on the final hole of that major a year ago to miss out on a playoff. ”I’m very excited. The game is in good shape all around,” Johnson said. ”Everything is working pretty well. Just a few poor swings today but other than that, I made most of the putts.” Goosen is playing after a three-week break to prepare for Oakmont, and he needs to work on his putting to finish off more birdie chances. Hitting the fairways is a must this week. ”Generally there’s not much rough, and this year we have rough,” Goosen said. ”Hitting fairways this year is a premium, and in the past you could miss a few fairways and get away with it. But you get punished this time.”last_img read more

Aguilar keeps two-shot lead through 36 at Lyoness

first_imgATZENBRUGG, Austria – Chilean golfer Felipe Aguilar followed up his strong start with a 2-under 70 Friday to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Lyoness Open. After a 65 in the opening round, Aguilar carded four birdies and dropped two strokes as he went 9 under for the tournament. Graeme Storm of England shot a 69 to stay within two strokes of Aguilar, while Sweden’s Johan Carlsson and England’s Oliver Fisher were another stroke behind in third. David Horsey, who had a 75 in the opening round, matched the course record with a flawless 8-under 64. The Englishman joined a group of four at 5-under 139, which included 2012 winner Bernd Wiesberger. The Austrian, the highest-ranked player in the field at 29th, completed his round with two straight birdies.last_img read more

Tom Byrum tops Champions Q-School

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tom Byrum eagled the first hole of a playoff with Tommy Tolles on Friday to win the PGA Tour Champions’ National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale. A day after tying the tournament record with a 10-under 61, Byrum had a 5-under 65 to match Tolles at 19-under 265 on the Champions Course. Byrum eagled No. 17 for a share of the lead, and won the playoff with a 7-footer. Tolles closed with a 66. Byrum and Tolles earned full exemptions for next season along with Kent Jones, Tim Petrovic and re-instated amateur Ken Tanigawa. Jones (64) was third at 18 under, and Petrovic (72) and Tanigawa (70) tied for fourth at 17 under.last_img read more

Blixt leads by 1 despite Na’s hot day at Colonial

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Na enjoys Colonial and has the cluster of low rounds to prove it. Na eagled the par-5 first hole Friday on the way to an 8-under 62, his third score at least that good in the past six rounds on the cozy course made famous by Ben Hogan. Na, tied for second at 8 under with first-round leader Tony Finau, trailed Jonas Blixt by one halfway through Colonial. After opening with a 62 and closing with a course record-tying 61 to finish fourth last year, Na followed the eagle with six birdies in a bogey-free round after being happy to shoot par 70 on a windy afternoon in the first round. ”One of those golf courses I look forward to coming to,” said Na, a two-time PGA Tour winner who puts Colonial in his top three along with Riviera and Hilton Head. ”Fits my game. You’ve got to take advantage of those weeks because there is not too many golf courses like this on tour anymore.” Blixt, a three-time winner playing with Na, holed out from 132 yards for eagle on No. 17 and shot 64 to reach 9 under. Finau, playing the back nine first, started with nine straight pars before three birdies and a bogey on his final nine for a 68. Local favorite Jordan Spieth, a shot off the lead to start the day, shot 70 and was four behind Blixt. Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 67 and was 1 over, one stroke above the cut line. Rory Sabbatini, the 2007 Colonial champion, shot 66 and was alone in fourth at 6 under. Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion who hasn’t won in four years, shot 66 and was among five at 5 under. Blixt, a three-time tour winner, had a little more success navigating the wind than Na in the first round, shooting 67. Both were thinking more about hanging on while hoping to make a move in the second round. Na didn’t waste any time, hitting his second shot to 3 feet for the easy eagle before three birdies on putts of at least 30 feet. After Blixt went up two shots with his pitching wedge from 132 yards at 17, Na pulled within one with a closing birdie when his approach settled inside 5 feet. ”Well, I was trying to do it, so …” Blixt said about his eagle, the 35-year-old Swede pausing for effect without smiling. Full-field scores from the Charles Schwab Challenge Charles Schwab Challenge: Articles, photos and videos ”Nah, so the last two times I played the hole it’s been the same kind of wind. We’ve been thinking it’s like left-to-right wind or almost into us, so today I just played more like a little downwind.” Jason Dufner got to 8 under with four straight birdies and a 25-foot putt to save par. But the two-time Colonial runner-up missed a short birdie putt at No. 6, his 15th hole, and bogeyed three of the last four for a 68 that left him at 5 under. Spieth made birdie putts of 50 feet on No. 10 and 46 feet at 12, giving him three putts of more than 40 feet in the same tournament for the first time after making a 46-footer in the first round. But the three-time major winner missed three par putts under 10 feet among his five bogeys. ”I thought today was average; I thought yesterday was spectacular,” Spieth said. ”Today I missed maybe an 8-footer and a couple 5-footers, but then I made a couple long ones to make up for it. They were kind of misreads. They weren’t bad strokes. That’s the difference.” Rickie Fowler missed the cut by one shot at 3 over, ending a streak of 21 straight cuts made. It was tied for the second-longest active streak with Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama, one behind Jason Kokrak (22). Other than the 16th-ranked Finau, Colonial has been unkind to the eight players in field among the top 20 in the world rankings. Francesco Molinari, ranked seventh, and Rose are the only others playing on the weekend. Molinari joined Rose at 1 over after a double bogey on his last hole. No. 11 Jon Rahm shot 71 and missed the cut at 6 over after finishing in the top five in both of his first two Colonials the past two years. Eighth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau (4 over) and No. 9 Xander Schauffele (6 over) missed along with Fowler (10th). Paul Casey, ranked 13th, withdrew because of flu-like symptoms after opening with a 69. Two-time Colonial winner Zach Johnson shot 75 to finish 7 over, missing the cut for the second straight year after playing on the weekend in his first 12 Fort Worth appearances. Brian Harman put himself under par for the tournament on his last hole when his approach shot at 9 bounced off the grandstand behind the green and rolled within 2 feet of the hole. He made the birdie putt and handed the ball to a fan sitting not far from where it caromed.last_img read more

PGA Tour knows it can’t stay silent on race

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas – When the loudest voice often wins, silence can have its own empowering elements. Only this won’t be the kind of silence that’s complicit. This will be the kind of hush that prompts reflection and a dialogue that doesn’t stop when the headlines fade. As Tony Finau so powerfully explained this week, “the worst thing that I could say pertaining to Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and systemic racism, is nothing.” On Thursday, and every morning this week at Colonial and TPC Sawgrass, PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour officials will set aside the 8:46 a.m. tee time for a minute of silence to “amplify the voices and efforts underway to end systemic issues of racial and social injustices impacting our country.” Golf has historically been silent when it comes to deep social conversations and racial insensitivity. In particular, the PGA Tour has been unwilling or unable to address issues that, honestly, don’t impact the vast majority of its membership. Just four of the Tour’s 267 members are players of black heritage. The most high-profile of those four is Tiger Woods, but it was Harold Varner III whose voice carried the loudest last week as protests built and tensions heightened across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who was under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee for eight minutes, 46 seconds before he died, according to prosecutors. It’s a role Varner reluctantly embraced, but like Finau, who is Polynesian, silence wasn’t an option for Varner, and his thoughts via social media were equal parts therapy and thought-provoking. “I’ve been helped by every type of race possible, and then it was all of a sudden Harold should say something because he’s black,” Varner explained. “I don’t like when people are like, just because you’re black you know the answers to racism, so that letter was super good for me because it let me expose that even like you were telling white people they need to listen right now, black people need to listen right now, too, and we need to come together and figure out what it is.” Golf Central Varner: Don’t believe ‘tons of racists’ on Tour BY Rex Hoggard  — June 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM Harold Varner III found himself in an unofficial spokesperson role for an entire race during a difficult time. Here’s what he had to say. Varner’s post prompted something of a digital townhall meeting with Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and what appears to be – at least at the moment – a legitimate desire at the highest levels of golf to listen to how the game can help bridge the racial divide. “I think some will forget about it. I think so many people will move on, but the conversation I had with Jay when we weren’t being recorded, I think this week won’t be the last week,” Varner said. “It’s getting to the point where everyone has a voice that if the PGA Tour was to forget it, they would get hounded every day.” What exactly that means remains to be seen. Monahan talked Wednesday about employee resource groups, one of which was responsible for this week’s tee time tribute, and a continued commitment to diversity both among the circuit’s members and its employees. “We have an Inclusion Leadership Council with five specific objectives around how we make progress across our business in this area,” Monahan said. “You look at what we’re doing this week with the 8:46 tee time, that came from our Inclusion Leadership Council, so we’re doing a lot as a business. I am not claiming that we’re perfect. We’re on a journey. But it’s an organizational commitment.” Monahan: ‘No place for racism, discrimination or racial injustice’ While all of those thoughts are well-intentioned, and certainly a compelling step forward for an organization that hasn’t exactly presented itself as a force for racial equality, the question remains: how can the Tour, which consists of wealthy and mostly white players, be a force for change? For Varner, the answer is greater opportunity and inclusivity. It’s the central tenet of his charitable foundation. “I’ve talked about this a hundred times, a million times. It’s access,” Varner said. “Any time that someone wants to be great at something, they have to have the opportunity to experience it, learn how to get better. It’s just so expensive to play golf, and that’s the problem.” Although Varner has become the unofficial spokesman, he’s hardly the only Tour player who has been moved by the protests and the call for social change. Growing up in Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy endured his own share of prejudices and injustices, and he offered his thoughts on the subject. “A great word that I’ve sort of been thinking of over the last couple of weeks is tolerance,” McIlroy said. “I think everyone can just be a little more tolerant, and a little more educated and not as ignorant. The fact that it does seem to be this real will to change and have reform is amazing. It’s been a great thing to see, and I hope it continues to be in the conversation.” That education, at least in Tour circles, has been accelerated in recent days by a desire to speak out, by a need to remain silent no longer. In a post on Instagram, Finau detailed a 2014 incident with police in which he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car for simply asking the officer why he was being removed from his car. Golf Central Finau speaks out about 2014 police incident BY Rex Hoggard  — June 10, 2020 at 1:01 PM Tony Finau took to Instagram after deciding he could no longer stay silent about “Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and systemic racism.” “Have I dealt with racism in my life as a person of color in this country? Yes, I have. I’m not proud to say,” Finau explained. “I’m not proud to say that I have been disrespected and mistreated because of the color of my skin.” At 8:46 a.m. Thursday, the Tour will go silent. It will be a moment to honor Floyd and all of the others who have suffered and died because of police brutality. It will be a moment of protest. It will be a moment to reflect and learn. What will no longer acceptable, though, is the kind of silence that’s complicit.last_img read more

Fowler now needs help just getting in majors

first_imgThere was a time when being side-by-side with Tiger Woods at a major was a good sign. That wasn’t the case for Rickie Fowler, mainly because they were nowhere near a golf course. Woods was watching the Masters from home in Florida while recovering from broken bones in his legs, the worst of more than a decade of injuries. Fowler was watching with him because for the first time in a decade he wasn’t eligible to play. At least he gets a chance in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, courtesy of a special invitation that received more attention than it warranted, mainly because of who he is. Still to be determined is whether Fowler will be at Torrey Pines next month for the U.S. Open. He hasn’t missed it since his rookie year when he didn’t make it through qualifying. “It’s been humbling,” Fowler said. “For someone who’s been positive, when you go this long through a low point, it tests all facets of life.” How long? He has gone 49 tournaments worldwide since he last won, the Phoenix Open, moving him to No. 8 in the world. He has gone 29 tournaments since he last finished in the top 10, at The American Express, that one moving him back into the top 25. He now is No. 122, his lowest ranking in more than 11 years. He goes into the PGA Championship having missed his last two cuts. Now it’s a matter of finding his way back from what can either be described as a process, a journey or a grind. “You can pick them all. It’s been a bit of everything,” Fowler said. “A big part of it was playing too much golf swing, which needed to be done early on. But I think it went on for too long. Now it’s back to playing golf and hitting shots.” Fowler looking to worry less, ‘play golf’ more The invitation to the PGA Championship was not surprising. The PGA of America takes players from the last Ryder Cup team if they’re still among the top 100 in the world — Fowler was just outside it at the time — and any player just outside the top 100 as it tries to make sure no one cracks the top 100 at the last minute. Fowler stands out mainly because of his popularity, which has led to some of the biggest endorsement deals, along with no shortage of commercials. Fowler makes people notice. That’s not always a good thing. Jordan Spieth can relate. He went three full seasons without winning as he coped with the first real struggle he’s had in golf. Spieth finally turned it around early this year, and he capped it with a victory in the Texas Open. “For him — and I think for me, too — the most difficult thing about struggling is when you’ve had a lot of success and it’s then almost impossible to struggle in silence, in darkness,” Spieth said. “There’s just going to be so much noise around and so much emphasis on results versus the true understanding of what your end goal is and how much time that can take in golf.” The change began toward the end of 2019 when Fowler decided to change coaches from Butch Harmon to John Tillery, who also works with Kevin Kisner. It didn’t help that golf shut down for three months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The farther he fell, the greater the struggle. “It’s not like he’s giving me bad information or we’re working on the wrong things,” Fowler said. “We’re all out here to try to be better. Sometimes it doesn’t work out as quickly as you want. It’s unfortunate that it has taken this long. As the same time, it’s been humbling. You learn a lot when you’re at tough points. These are things that can make or break you. They test you. “I’m still upright and moving forward.” Nick Faldo took a jab at Fowler when he didn’t make it to the Masters, suggesting in a tweet that he would have more time to shoot commercials with his many sponsors. Faldo later said he was trying to motivate him. Fowler didn’t bother to respond, even when pressed. With nine worldwide wins, including The Players Championship and a FedEx Cup playoff event, perhaps the greatest trait of the 32-year-old Californian is being unfailingly polite. That stems from growing up in a family that rarely spoke negative words. His father, Rod, says one of the early influences for his son was seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath. “Rickie grew up around him. Jeremy was very humble. He let his bike do the talking,” Rod Fowler said. News & Opinion PGA: Kiawah’s Ocean Course, hole by hole BY Associated Press  — May 15, 2021 at 2:18 PM A hole-by-hole look at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, site of the 103rd PGA Championship to be played May 20-23. The clubs have been silent lately. Except for a few nagging injuries that slowed Fowler, this is his first real struggle. Fowler said he’s had close friends ask him if everything is OK outside the ropes, and that’s as frustrating as anything. He married Allison Stokke, who rivals him in positive thinking, in the fall of 2019. “You get people from the outside making comments, ‘It’s because of this, it must be something at home.’ My life is awesome,” Fowler said with a big grin. “I’m just not getting the ball in the hole very well right now.” Fowler’s last top 10 in a major was at Royal Portrush two years ago, which assured him a spot in this year’s British Open at Royal St. George’s. He has been runner-up three times in the majors, and had a 50-foot eagle putt on the final hole in the 2014 PGA Championship that would have forced a playoff with Rory McIlroy. He three-putted and tied for third. McIlroy said slumps can end without notice, though rarely without putting in the work. Fowler feels he has put in plenty of time. He’s still waiting to see it pay off. “Rickie always sees the brighter side of things,” former PGA champion and golf savant Jason Dufner said. “I know he hasn’t played his best. I know he can turn the corner. I don’t ever think it’s as far away as people think.”last_img read more

Milton and the Psychology of Materialism

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagsatheismbiochemistryBrightscosmosDavid KlinghoffereugenicsEzekielGaiahatehuman bodyhuman exceptionalismhuman lifehuman mindIsaiahJohn MiltonmankindmisanthropyNew AtheistsParadise LostpridepsychologyRichard DawkinsSigmund Freud,Trending Neuroscience & Mind Milton and the Psychology of MaterialismMichael EgnorJuly 9, 2019, 1:44 PM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Michael EgnorSenior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial IntelligenceMichael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.Follow MichaelProfile Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide My friend and colleague David Klinghoffer asks a great question:What is it about materialism that drives those under its influence to tell us over and over that the world sucks, we suck, everything sucks, even as they imagine they could do a lot better job of designing the cosmos, or the human body?It’s an important question, and I think there’s a clear answer to it. It’s an interesting answer, and it’s disconcerting. First, David’s observation that materialists are always telling us that mankind sucks, etc., is very true. Their visceral disdain — hate is not too strong a word — for mankind is quite remarkable. Materialists insist that men have no spiritual souls, no free will, that we’re meat machines, that we are merely animals who are deluded into thinking we are special, that we have no actual knowledge of reality at all (i.e., our brains “construct” reality for us), that human life begins long after conception and its moral value depends on rationality, that there are too many humans on the earth and we need to depopulate humanity (through contraception, sterilization, and abortion) to save Gaia, that mankind can and should be bred like cattle (eugenics), that disabled children in the womb should be killed before birth because they’re imperfect, that pesticides that (might) kill birds but save millions of human lives should be banned, and that the human mind is entirely material or doesn’t even really exist at all (i.e., eliminative materialism). The list is endless. For materialists, mankind really sucks. Step Back and ConsiderIf you step back and look at atheistic materialism, it is basically the denial of human exceptionalism. That is, it is hatred of man, in practically every way imaginable. And of course it’s not only man that they hate. Materialists are nearly always atheists, and much of modern atheism is as much hatred of God as it is denial of God. Richard Dawkins:The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.In addition to hatred of man and God, materialism has, as David Klinghoffer observes, an overweening pride. Materialists insist that they could have designed things better — the New Atheists’ own moniker for themselves (before they were roundly ridiculed for it) was “Brights.”Ideology as an AfterthoughtWhen you consider the question — why do materialists think humanity sucks? — it seems that the view that humanity sucks is at the core of materialist ideology, and that materialism or atheism or any ‘-ism’ adopted by these folks is an afterthought. The hate comes first.The most parsimonious view of atheistic materialism is that it begins with hatred of man, hatred of God, and with a brash pride, while the ideological framework comes later. Whence this prideful hate? Three explanations come to mind. The materialist explanation (if materialists were prone to self-reflection, which they are not) would be that there’s something in our neurotransmitters, something biochemical, that disposes us to misanthropy. But that’s materialist hand-waving, and nonsense. The Freudian explanation would be that materialists have some deep unconscious conflict — daddy issues perhaps — that they project on humanity. Well, maybe. The third explanation can be called that of Milton, who wrote Paradise Lost. In Milton’s great poem, drawn from the theology of the Bible and particularly from the books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation, the origin of man’s hatred of God and of himself, and his insolent pride, is explained. In this telling, evil is personified, and we humans participate in it. The parallel between Milton’s Satan, a profound psychological portrait if nothing else, and modern atheistic materialism is remarkable, almost eerie. Both entail pompous pride, hate of God, and hate of man.So as to David’s question, there are various explanations — biochemistry, Freud, Milton. I think Milton got it right.Image: Detail from “Milton Dictates the Lost Paradise to His Three Daughters,” by Eugène Delacroix, via Wikimedia Commons.  Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Gelernter: Berlinski’s Human Nature Is “Number One” Book I’d Recommend to Yale Students

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Endorsements don’t come much better than this. David Gelernter is the Yale computer scientist and polymath who made many headlines recently with an essay, “Giving Up Darwin,” that cited books by Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski as primary influences in his rejecting evolutionary theory. Now Gelernter has read the brand new book by fellow polymath Berlinski, Human Nature. Says Gelernter:Berlinski is a modern Hannah Arendt, but deeper, more illuminating, and wittier (i.e., smarter). His ability to use science and mathematics to illuminate history is nearly unique. If I were assembling a list of essential modern books for undergraduates at my college or any college, this book [Human Nature] would be number one. Not only would students learn a tremendous lot from this book; many would also love it. Likewise their teachers. Berlinski’s gift to mankind is gratefully received.If students at Yale read Berlinski, they’ll find much of the favored quasi-evolutionary “Whig” interpretation of history detonated, with its smug assumption that we moderns are better, happier, more peaceful, and wiser than those who came before, and we’re getting better all the time. That would upend just about everything else they imbibe at Yale, to their own benefit.Photo: David Berlinski, “Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions,” via YouTube/Hoover Institution. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Tagsbook recommendationsDavid BerlinskiDavid GelernterHannah ArendthistoryHuman Nature (book)mathematicsscienceStephen MeyerYale University,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended Education Gelernter: Berlinski’s Human Nature Is “Number One” Book I’d Recommend to Yale StudentsDavid [email protected]_klinghofferNovember 13, 2019, 8:35 AM last_img read more

I Beg Your Pardon? More on “Mainstream Science”

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share I was struck by the statement, which I can’t let go without answering: “Nelson really sees methodological naturalism as the fundamental reason why Christians cannot work with mainstream science.” I beg your pardon? Paul thinks “Christians cannot work with mainstream science”? I didn’t see that anywhere in Dr. Nelson’s article and I know it’s not what Paul believes. His point, as I understood it, was that Professor Swamidass folds into the phrase “mainstream science” a couple of tenets that needlessly constrain the search for truth about a historical first couple. Of course, that’s a wholly different idea. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Update: See also, “The Genealogical Adam and Eve: A Rejoinder,” by Professor Swamidass. Photo: Paul Nelson, by Nathan Jacobson.Joshua Swamidass asked me to note his responses on his website to Paul Nelson’s critique of Dr. Swamidass’s book, The Genealogical Adam and Eve. I’m happy to do so. See here and here. See also, “Adam and Eve and ‘Mainstream Science.’” “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidecenter_img TagsAdam and EveChristianityfirst coupleJoshua Swamidassmainstream sciencemethodological naturalismPaul NelsonThe Genealogical Adam and Eve,Trending Recommended Intelligent Design I Beg Your Pardon? More on “Mainstream Science”David KlinghofferAugust 28, 2020, 4:52 PM Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tourlast_img read more