U.S. officials warn of challenges administering Eli Lilly’s antibody drug

first_imgIn this May 2020 photo provided by Eli Lilly, researchers prepare mammalian cells to produce possible COVID-19 antibodies for testing in a laboratory in Indianapolis.David Morrison | Eli Lilly via AP States and local health-care systems should expect to face some early challenges administering Eli Lilly‘s coronavirus antibody drug, senior administration officials warned Tuesday, after the FDA authorized the drug to treat patients with Covid-19.Eli Lilly’s drug, similar to the one given to President Donald Trump after he contracted the virus last month, is administered to Covid-19 patients via an IV infusion that takes more than an hour and requires another hour of observation afterward, officials said. That may be difficult in certain health-care settings, and Eli Lilly and the U.S. government are developing “playbooks” to help states navigate the process, said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.“We anticipate that initially there’ll be challenges for the health-care system in administering IV infusions to infected patients,” Woodcock said on a conference call with reporters. “There are probably going to be multiple different solutions depending on the setting, [like] community health centers, home IV, health infusion companies, nursing homes.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized the treatment, called bamlanivimab, for people newly infected with Covid-19 and who are seen as at risk of developing a severe form of the disease. Officials said the treatment shouldn’t be used to treat patients who are hospitalized as there is currently no data to show the drug is helpful at that stage of the disease.The drug will “likely work best early in the disease and the goal during this [emergency use authorization] should be to treat high-risk individuals as soon as possible after they have symptoms and are diagnosed,” Woodcock said. “The data we have suggests that early treatment may help people avoid disease progression and avoid hospitalization.”“We’re all going to need to get the word out that people at high risk have a therapeutic option now .. Because until this point, people have been told to stay at home unless they get very sick,” she added.- Advertisement –center_img Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the U.S. government, through Operation Warp Speed, will begin distribution of the drug this week. Allocation of the drug will be based on states’ and territories’ share of the country’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 patients and the total number of confirmed hospitalized patients in a given week, he said. The drug will be distributed in two phases, with hospitals and hospital-affiliated locations getting it first, followed by outpatient centers.Health-care facilities must have the appropriate staffing, training and equipment to accommodate an IV infusion, according to Dr. John Redd, chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.“We have a contract to purchase 300,000 doses of this product through December with the option to purchase another 650,000 doses through next June as well,” Azar said. “There are over 80,000 doses available for allocation and distribution this week, and we’ll be working with state, local and territorial health departments so that patients can receive the infusion in hospitals, outpatient clinics or alternate care settings.”Eli Lilly’s drug is part of a class of treatments known as monoclonal antibodies, which are made to act as immune cells that scientists hope can prevent the virus from infecting cells. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found 1.6% of trial participants who received Eli Lilly’s antibody treatment ended up hospitalized or had a coronavirus-related visit to the emergency room, compared with 6.3% of people who received the placebo.Eli Lilly Chairman and CEO Dave Ricks told CNBC earlier in the day that the company’s antibody drug will still be an important treatment for Covid-19, even if a widely available vaccine is brought to market.Even in well-controlled [other] respiratory illness … we still have vaccination and antibody therapy because some patients escape the vaccine and still get the condition, and they need to be managed with a therapy,” he added. “This will be useful in the long term, hopefully at much lower volumes” in fighting Covid-19 as well.–CNBC’s Kevin Stankiewicz contributed to this report. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Janus scoring when it counts

first_imgWhen the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team faced a setback this weekend in a loss to Michigan that effectively eliminated the Badgers from the Big Ten regular season title contention, senior forward Nick Janus wasn’t the problem.Janus tallied yet another goal this weekend against Michigan, providing a spark for the Badger team before they finally fell to the Wolverines. The goal was Janus’ seventh of the year, making him the leading goal scorer for Wisconsin.Janus, a senior from Deer Park, Ill., has not been anything short of astounding this year for the Badgers despite a slow start. Janus didn’t make a mark on the score sheet until four games in when he scored his first goal of the year against South Florida on Sept. 12. Since that game, Janus has scored seven goals in 10 games. Along with two assists, Janus leads the team with 16 overall points.Janus has exceeded even the high expectation set for him when head coach John Trask brought him into the program at Wisconsin.“[Nick] adds elements that any good soccer team needs,” Trask said. “With outstanding physical tools and good ideas, he should complement the other attacking players we have well.”His seven goals this season make up just more than a quarter of the Badgers’ 27 goals of the season, making Janus one of the most pivotal members of the Wisconsin offense.Janus’ impressive goal-scoring ability has landed him on the top of the charts in the Big Ten. Janus is currently third in both goals scored and points per game in the conference behind only Northwestern’s Joey Calistri and Michigan State’s Tim Kreutz.Janus is also not only an effective striker but an efficient one. Despite being one of the conference’s top scorers, he has only taken the eighth most shots in the conference. Seven other players have more shots than Janus while he has been able to outscore all of them except Calistri and Kreutz.“The coaches have been talking about not squandering goal-scoring opportunities this year,” Janus said. “I think we have been doing a really good job of being efficient offensively this year.”Janus has chosen the right moments to score this year too — something Wisconsin has grown accustomed to especially at home. His ability to step up for the Badgers in close situations, and score three game winners, has landed him on the list, tied with five other Big Ten players, for most game-winning goals.Janus not only is scoring goals, but is leading the team by scoring goals. One of John Trask’s four captains for the season, he leads by example when the Badgers are in a bind.“Janus is a great leader out there,” Trask said. “His control of the field and understanding of the game make him a powerful weapon on the field.”Out of his seven goals this season, five of them have been the Badgers’ first goal of the game, while three of them ended up being the Badgers’ only goal in the game. When Wisconsin fell behind Penn State 1-0 early in their matchup earlier this month, Janus was able to put away the equalizer and give life to the restless Badgers.A similar situation occurred just this weekend against Michigan. After going down 1-0 to the Wolverines, Janus helped Wisconsin fight back and tallied a quick goal just 11 minutes after Michigan’s first blow.Against Marquette, Janus was able to redirect a cross from last year’s leading goal scorer Chris Prince into the net for the one and only goal of the game as Wisconsin defeated their in-state rivals for the first time in five years.Trask clearly understood he could trust Janus with the game on the line as he sent Janus to the dot to take a penalty kick that would end up sealing Wisconsin’s victory against Drake the next week.With five games remaining, it’s evident that all of Wisconsin scoring records of the early 1980s remain safe, but that doesn’t detract from what Janus has been able to accomplish this year. If he is able to reach 10 goals, he will tie the record for the Badgers in the last 10 years and, even more importantly, he will be part of an effort by Wisconsin to make a late season push to the NCAA tournament.The prospects are looking a bit more likely as Wisconsin continues to climb in the RPI and polls, but the future is still uncertain.If the Badgers do make the tournament, their goal from the onset of the year, it will be their first NCAA tournament appearance since they won the championship in 1995. And leading Wisconsin’s offensive charge will be their top goal scorer, Nick Janus.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 22nd November 2019: Pogba injured for the football field but not…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@paulpogba)Advertisement 4z19NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqjjwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Etfmk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 35gkWould you ever consider trying this?😱q4jxCan your students do this? 🌚peRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the Arsenal clash back in September, Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been out from action due to injury, and as stated by Solskjær earlier, the Frenchman will possibly return in January 2020. But, the midfielder is seen enjoying a game of basketball in court, despite under recovery!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@paulpogba)After the whole wantaway episode in the transfer window, Pogba had to remain at Old Trafford. However, the French international was getting back into regular first team football for the Devils, until the 1-1 draw against the Gunners, where Pogba suffered an ankel injury.The 26 year old uploaded a video on Instagram on the court with American professional basketball player and NBA superstar Jimmy Butler. In a blue hoodie, the World Cup winner was seemingly fit as he was seen enjoying a game with the Miami Heat forward, and also dipping the ball into the hoop with ease, enacting the famous Euro Step Challenge.Advertisement Check out the video below-“We don’t play basketball. I don’t see many basketball players tackling ankles, twisting and turning with studs. He’s not ready to train.” Ole told Daily Mail.The Norwegian gaffer has cleared up to the press that Pogba’s activity is not harming but will speed up his recovery process, as he is regularly doing physical activities.“He’s been out for six or seven weeks so he’s gradually stepping it up, walking, on the treadmill and bike. We hope to see him in 2019.” the 46 year old added.Since the fixture against Gunners, Pogba has not starred in any of Red Devils’ fixtures, and was also out of the French squad that played the Euro qualifiers. However, the manager is hopeful to see his star midfielder return to the pitch by December.The Devils are travelling to Bramall Lane tomorrow to take on Sheffield United. Advertisementlast_img read more

Little Silver Shopping Center To Get A Facelift

first_imgBy Jenna O’DonnellLITTLE SILVER – Plans to turn the borough’s dated Acme-anchored shopping center into a more modern and pedestrian-friendly downtown hub will soon be under way with a major makeover this summer.The busy plaza sees a steady stream of cars on a regular business day, but its meandering parking lot, subdued lighting and limited sidewalks aren’t currently optimal for pedestrians or cyclists looking to move between its shops. The parking lot is a key item that Ben Lucarelli hopes to change. Lucarelli is Fair Haven’s mayor, as well as a principle in Markham Prospect Associates, LLC, the company that owns the complex. He said the current look and layout had been largely unchanged since the shopping center was built in the late 1950s, and it shows.“We want to make the property more open and inviting for people to stay and congregate,” Lucarelli said. “We are really looking forward to turning this into a focal point for the community.”Plans for shopping center at 507 Prospect Ave. include updates to the façade of the buildings, a major reconfiguring of the parking lot, and landscaping work. The application seeks a number of variances to allow for a larger LED-illuminated sign to replace the current freestanding sign, and changes to the parking lot layout, as well as increasing the number of parking spaces from 169 to 195. The renovation plans incorporate both sides of Prospect Avenue with design elements intended to tie the two separate shopping areas together.Little Silver Acme’s outdated look and confusing parking lot will soon be a thing of the past. Photo courtesy of Jenna O’Donnell“What we’re shooting for has a Jersey Shore feel.” Lucarelli said. “We’ll soften up some of the hard spots and make more soft spaces.”Small business owners at the plaza said they were looking forward to the update.“I’m excited about the new look,” said John Sommers, owner of Olivia’s Trattoria & Artisan Pizza. He hoped that more pedestrians and cyclists at the shopping center would mean more hungry people stopping in for a slice or a sandwich. “I think it’s going to be good for my business,” he added.A few doors down, Craig Smith, who owns Pet’s General Store with his wife Kathleen, said he was happy with Lucarelli’s plans.“It definitely needs an update,” Smith said. “So we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be very nice when it’s done.”Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff said planners were supportive of the improvements being made in such a visible part of town.“We are really happy with the owners,” Neff said.Lucarelli presented plans to the Little Silver Planning Board in April and will seek final approval at the May 18 meeting. Once approved, Lucarelli said work should start within the next four weeks and be finished in time for Labor Day.“Hopefully on a nice, hot summer night kids will ride their bikes into town, get an ice cream or some dinner and then ride back home,” Lucarelli said. “The idea is to create a clean, inviting and well-lit place for people to congregate.”Correction: This story was updated on May 16. Under the proposal, the number of proposed parking spaces will increase, not decrease. Presently there are 169, and the applicant would like to create 195.last_img read more

Hawks edge Leafs 2-1 to close in on Murdoch Division leaders

first_imgBeaver Valley opened the scoring in the first period when Bradley Ross beat Quinn Yeager in the Nelson nets 14 minutes into the frame.The visitors doubled the lead in the second when Aidan Browell scored less than two minutes into the period.Beaver Valley maintained its lead until Logan Wullum gave Nelson some life with a shorthanded tally early in the third period.Nelson pressed for the equalizer, out shooting Beaver Valley 8-6 in the period but was unable to score on 6’3” netminder Owen Sikkes in the Hawks net.Beaver Valley out shot Nelson 24-20 in the contest.Both teams return to the ice Saturday.Beaver Valley hosts Golden Rockets while Spokane Braves pay a visit to the NDCC Arena to face the Leafs.In other Murdoch action, Fernie travels to Castlegar and Kimberley is in Grand Forks to face the Bruins. It appears there’s not a lot to choose from between the Nelson Leafs and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two Murdoch rivals played another tight contest Friday night in the Heritage City, this time Beaver Valley coming out on top with a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.The two clubs opened the season with the Leafs escaping with a 1-0 win — both games were played in Nelson.The victory moves the Hawks to within two points of the Murdoch Division-leading Leafs, which saw an end to a four-game winning streak.Nelson, dropping its second game of the season, is currently tied for top spot with the Grand Fork Border Bruins.The Bruins scored three times in the third period to outlast Golden 7-4.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2016

first_img-30- FINISH LINES: Art Sherman had California Chrome out for a 5:30 jog Saturday morning. “He was so full of himself,” the trainer said, “I could hardly get him back to the barn.” . . . Former top jockey Ray Sibille, winner of more than 4,000 career races, including the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Turf with Great Communicator, will present a trophy to the winning connections of today’s Unzip Me Stakes . . . Fans can meet and greet Santa Anita’s jockeys Sunday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. outside the jockeys’ room where riders will autograph full color posters of the colony free to those with paid admission, while supplies last . . . Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin is set to work six furlongs Sunday as the son of Kodiak Kowboy owned by Tarabilla Farms prepares for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 under the guidance of trainer David Hofmans, who won the 1996 Classic with longshot Alphabet Soup . . . R Sunday Surprise, who ran last at 4-1 in Friday’s seventh race, is a full sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. The two-year-old chestnut filly is by Lucky Pulpit out of Love the Chase and was bred by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, who also bred California Chrome . . . Santa Anita presents another of its popular bargain days on Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day, when beers, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for just a buck on Dollar Day . . . You “Auto” Know Better: Goseecal, a two-year-old filly that ran third in Friday’s seventh race, is trained by Vladimir Cerin for principal clients David and Holly Wilson, owners of several major Toyota dealerships in Southern California. Goseecal, as any veteran Southland resident should know, has been the long-time commercial catch phrase of rival Ford auto dealer Cal Worthington, who became a cult celebrity before he died in September of 2013. Goseecal was sired by Cowboy Cal. SWEET SIGNS FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGARCHROME RARIN’ TO GO AFTER JOGGINGJOCKEYS’ POSTER SIGNING ON SUNDAYMELATONIN TO WORK FOR BC CLASSICPOPULAR DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, OCT. 10center_img FAVORABLE JOHN HENRY SCENARIO FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGAROn paper, Ashleyluvssugar has much going for him Sunday in the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter on turf: a favorable pace scenario, a tendency to put together back-to-back victories; and a fondness for Santa Anita’s turf course, having won three of five starts over the layout.The five-year-old California-bred son of Game Plan won three straight at Santa Anita from Feb. 5 through May 24, including the San Luis Rey and the Charles Whittingham, both Grade II stakes.“He’s won at a mile and a quarter and won at a mile and a half,” pointed out Peter Eurton, who trains the bay gelding for Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC. “If there’s pace for him to run at, it’s OK, if there isn’t, he makes his own as he did at Del Mar.”Eurton was referring to the Grade II Del Mar Handicap on turf Aug. 20 which Ashleyluvssugar won by a nose after leading virtually throughout the 1 3/8-mile race.“We just don’t know what kind of (grass) surface this is going to be, being recently renovated, whether it will favor speed or closers,” Eurton said.“At Del Mar, I think it was pretty fair. We had three races down the hill on Friday, and I think everybody will be on the conservative side since we don’t know what to expect.”The field for the John Henry, race six of nine: El Huerfano, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Wanstead Gardens, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Flamboyant, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ralis, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Metaboss, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Messi, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 12-1.last_img read more

2 more nations see bird flu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The EU’s executive office said Croatian veterinary authorities had told them the H5 bird flu virus had been isolated in samples taken from wild swans found dead near a pond and a fish farm in the eastern part of the country. About 1,500 migratory swans arrived in the area a few days ago and a fish farmer then found about 15 of them dead, the EU said. Tests carried out by Croatian experts on samples from six of the birds led to the discovery of the virus. Croats had feared the arrival of bird flu in their country – a major migratory route for various bird species. Britain’s chief veterinarian, Debby Reynolds, said Friday the diseased parrot, which had been imported from Suriname and held in a quarantine unit with a shipment of birds from Taiwan, had tested positive for a “highly pathogenic” form of bird flu. Further tests were being carried out to see if the bird carried the H5N1 strain, which is easily transmitted between birds, but is hard for humans to contract. Experts are closely watching the disease, however, for fear it could mutate into a form easily transmitted between humans. The EU, which has also taken measures to restrict the import of live birds and feathers from Russia after the spread of bird flu there, said its vets were continuing to carry out tests on samples from suspect birds found in Greece. Norway on Friday joined other European countries in ordering poultry farmers to keep their flocks indoors as a precaution against the disease. In Latin America, meanwhile, top health officials from six Andean nations made plans to prevent a pandemic as Venezuela closed its border with Colombia over concerns about a milder strain not fatal to humans. Top regional health officials held a hastily arranged meeting Friday in Peru’s capital of Lima, downplaying the risk of bird flu hitting Latin America because it is largely isolated from migratory bird routes thought to be responsible for carrying the disease recently to Turkey and Romania. But Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said the six nations did agree to negotiate as a bloc to obtain Tamiflu, the drug thought to be most effective in treating the disease in humans. The Andean officials also agreed to establish a group to develop “a proposal to permit confronting jointly an eventual flu pandemic that would affect our region,” according to a statement. Honduras and Panama also said Friday they are monitoring their borders, had prohibited importation of birds from affected nations and would keep an eye on migratory birds, which officials fear could carry the disease to the Americas from Asia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Britain and Croatia confirmed cases of bird flu on Friday as countries around the world scrambled to put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In Croatia, the Agriculture Ministry said the country’s first cases of bird flu were confirmed in six swans found dead in a national park. British officials said a parrot that had been imported from South America died of bird flu in quarantine. In both cases, authorities did not know whether the birds had the deadly H5N1 strain that has devastated poultry stocks across Asia and killed 60 people in the past two years. The strain has recently been found in birds in Russia, Turkey and Romania. The European Union said Friday it was preparing a ban on all poultry imports from Croatia. EU officials have previously ordered restrictions on bird markets and shows, and urged nations to present a program of vaccination for zoo birds as part of measures to head off the spread of the disease. last_img read more

Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine

first_imgOne of the biggest charity events in Donegal takes place this year when the mock wedding is held in aid of the Smile for Jasmine Fund.More than 200 guests are expected to arrive at the ‘wedding’ of Brendan McGlinchey and Ann Marie McNulty at The Banjo Bar in Castlefinn.All proceeds from the event will go towards the family of the late tragic Jasmine McMonagle who was killed in Killygordon in January last. Now the people of the area have together in a bid to help Jasmine’s young family.Today’s events begin at 5pm with a full sit-down meal schedule for 6pm – if the bride arrives on time!With The Logues taking to the stage at 7pm along with Chrissie Mac and Richie Remo, there will be a full two-hour music session followed by dancing into the night. And unlike most weddings, you don’t need an invite!There are still some tickets available for the evening Reception from reception in The Banjo.The late Jasmine McMonagle  Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine was last modified: September 21st, 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)last_img read more

Nature Prints Anti-ID Letters

first_imgThe May 19 issue of Nature1 printed seven letters responding to its editorial about the intelligent design movement (see 04/27/2005 entry).  They were all critical of ID.  Not one even tolerated Nature’s suggestion that scientists try to help students integrate their faith with science.  Apparently, last month’s editorial was not sufficiently vicious against ID, says Rob Crowther on Evolution News.  Crowther knows that at least one letter favorable to ID was not printed: the one by Stephen Meyer, interviewed in the April 27 article, who wrote in to correct some misconceptions (see it at Discovery Institute).1Correspondence, Nature 435, 275 (19 May 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435275a.OK, since some readers are intimidated when Big Science raises its collective voice against anything, let’s examine this correspondence.  First, we don’t know how many readers wrote responses, and of those, how many were pro vs. con.  Since Nature was born as a pro-Darwin mouthpiece (see 03/04/2004 commentary), it is not surprising the editors would continue the propaganda campaign of associating Charlie with science and anything else with foolishness.  Second, scientists are fallible.  The majority has been wrong before, often strenuously, sometimes for long periods of time.  Third, scientists can be woefully ignorant of issues outside their specialties; in fact, one of the writers (Roy, below) admits it.  This means that a molecular biologist or geneticist may know a lot about a particular molecule or gene but very little about intelligent design theory and the history and philosophy of science except what his liberal Democrat ivory-tower colleagues in academia tell him or her (see 12/02/2004 entry).  They may be oblivious to the fact that their work rests on the shoulders of centuries of creationists and believers in design (see online book).    What onlookers must do is get past the hot air, bluffing and bandwagon tactics of these selectively-printed letters and evaluate the strength of the arguments.  See if you are impressed with what any of these self-styled Darwin champions have to say:Jerry Coyne (U of Chicago) uses the word science or scientist 17 times in 3 paragraphs, but really means materialism.  Substituting in the correct word makes his whole point fall apart, i.e., “scientists” have no duty to help “religious” people come to terms with “science” – recast as: materialists have no duty to help non-materialists come to terms with materialism.  By perpetuating the either-or fallacy of science vs. religion, Coyne contributes nothing to the discussion.  Remember how Coyne flip-flopped in the 07/05/2002 entry?David Leaf (Western Washington U): this letter is all about politics and strategy for fighting ID.  He thinks high schoolers are too dumb to understand the controversy, because they are “just learning the basics of science” (read: materialism).  He recommends waiting to allow students to think until they have been thoroughly indoctrinated by their junior or senior year of college.  (In the film Icons of Evolution, a high school student takes offense at the suggestion they can’t handle the controversy.  He points out that evolution is taught to kindergartners.  “If we can’t handle it, we shouldn’t be in high school,” he quips.)Chris Miller (Brandeis U): no merit in this letter, either; he just perpetuates the dysteleology argument with a presumably witty remark about Tinkerbell in the kitchen, “Evolution is a short-order cook, not a watchmaker.”  Read the 05/18/2005 entry again, and the 03/11/2005 commentary.Douglas Yu (East Anglia U): perpetuates the non-overlapping magisteria science vs. religion stereotype, making the odd claim that “ID actively undermines the basis of Christianity.”  Presumably Darwinistic materialism does not.  He defines all of Christianity in terms of the advice to doubting Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  Talk about a quote out of context (see half truth).  Jesus often urged his disciples to follow the evidence, not engage in blind faith (and especially not human tradition).  Thomas should have followed all the overwhelming prior evidence he had rather than demanding more physical proof.  Jesus meant that future disciples would not have the benefit of his bodily presence.  It does not follow that they had no evidence or should have believed out of ignorance.Rustum Roy (Penn State) equates ID with the ignorance of different cultures or belief systems, and advocates a relax and stay-the-course strategy.  “Ham-fisted efforts will simply alienate much larger numbers of people from the rest of science,” he says, so just treat ID like you would those who are ignorant or illiterate.  Even for scientists, “amazing ignorance” of things outside their specialties does little harm, he argues.  Maybe if they ignore ID it will go away.  What if it doesn’t?  Again, no effort to understand or answer the case for ID was offered.Michael Lynch (Indiana U) pounds the nail about ID being equivalent to intellectual laziness: i.e., just giving up and saying “the Designer made it that way.”  That didn’t seem to be an obstacle for James Joule (see Joule’s own words) and many other great scientists (see also von Braun’s own words); on the contrary, their fascination with God’s design was their motivation to do good science.  Lynch also tries to distance evolution from dependence only on natural selection – interesting admission that Charlie’s famous mechanism is not omnipotent, but then what naturalistic mechanism can produce a wing or an eye? (see 05/15/2005 attempt).  Lastly, he repeats the faulty analogy that evolution is not just a theory, but a fact like respiration or digestion.  Surprisingly, Lynch touts evolution as the most quantitative field in biology, and suggests that teaching evolution will help students gain the mathematical skills necessary to compete in our technical world.  Is this a record for non-sequitur density per paragraph?Dan Graur (U of Houston) embarrassed himself with a senseless rant, equating ID with “flat-Earthers, tea-leaf readers, astrologers, geocentrists and phlogiston theorists” who, like ID (he thinks), “cannot publish their studies in respectable journals.”  This guy is clueless; the egg is on Nature’s face for printing it, unless their intention was to make ID look good by contrast.  Jonathan Wells on Discovery Institute shouldn’t have had to give it the dignity of a response.So thank you, Nature, for giving us a sample of your best and brightest Darwin defenders taking on intelligent design.  If this collection of ridicule, straw man arguments, loaded words, false dichotomies, big lies, equivocation and pure ignorance of the issues is the best the Darwin Party can offer, then all ID must do is stand back and watch evolutionism implode.  Just don’t let them try to delay the inevitable by letting their illogic and ignorance go unchallenged.Suggested reading: The Design Revolution by William Dembski.  This 2-PhD mathematician/philosopher answers typical objections to intelligent design, including all those of the above challengers.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more