Nature vs. nurture? Both are important, anthropologist argues

first_imgEvolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist.“Seeing bodies and evolutionary histories as things that can be measured separate from the human cultural experience is a poor approach and bad science,” Fuentes said. “Seeing cultural perceptions and the human experience as unconnected to biology and evolutionary history is equally misguided. Data from a vast array of sources tell us that we need an integrative approach to best understand what it means to become and be human.”In a forthcoming paper in the journal Current Anthropology, Fuentes builds on the extended evolutionary synthesis of biologist Kevin Laland of the University of St. Andrews and colleagues. “The extended evolutionary synthesis is basically an update of what we know about how evolution works,” Fuentes said. “Most people think ‘survival of the fittest’ is all that happens in evolution and that DNA and genes are all that really matters. Both counts are wrong. Evolution is an awesome mix of bodies, ecologies, behaviors, chemistry and history. We know more about how life works, and the range of systems that impact it, than ever before. Organisms are constructed in development, not simply ‘programmed’ to develop by genes. Things don’t ‘evolve’ to fit into environments. They co-construct and co-evolve with their environments.”Fuentes argues in the paper that anthropologists can, and should, combine evolutionary science, cultural analysis and ethnographic research.“In the extended evolutionary synthesis, what we think, feel and do can be as relevant as our DNA, the shape of our bones and the density of muscles … Many of those things are connected,” he said. “This makes evolution approaches to why humans do what they do more exciting and more accessible to a wide range of researchers, but it also makes our jobs a lot harder.“We need more collaboration across areas in anthropology, more interaction with those outside anthropology and the development of more complex, but much better, answers about being human.” Email Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook Share LinkedInlast_img read more

CARSON SLAMS SNP IN PARLIAMENT DEBATE

first_img“The repercussions go much wider than farmers.  Local businesses are dependent on our farms, from our local tradesmen right through to our grocery stores.  The SNP can’t run from the fact that their mishandling starved our rural economy of £400m worth of investment”. In his speech, Mr Carson also encouraged the Government to consider proposals by the Scottish Conservatives to create a South of Scotland Enterprise. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn In a debate in the Scottish Parliament entitled ‘Securing the Interests of Scotland’s Rural Economy following the EU Referendum’, Finlay Carson has told MSPs that the biggest threat to Scotland’s Rural Communities comes not from Brexit but from the current SNP Government. Such a body, he argued, would focus on delivering tangible outcomes for the communities such as Stranraer in the South of Scotland and would demonstrate to the people across the South of the Scotland that they understand the uniqueness of the problems experiences in rural areas and that a one size fits all approach is not the right answer. Mr Carson went on to propose ways to boost the rural economy and urged the Scottish Government to create new National Parks, including one in Galloway which he has always argued would increase the profile of the region.center_img The Galloway and West Dumfries MSP attacked the Scottish Government for ‘stifling any ambition to deliver real and meaningful action in our rural communities’ and criticised their centralisation agenda, which he claimed would ‘decimate valued local services’. Speaking about the ongoing CAP Payment fiasco, Mr Carson said: Concluding his remarks, Mr Carson spoke of the “great opportunity’ to reenergise Scotland’s rural areas, such as in Galloway and West Dumfries, and called on the Government to “grasp the nettle”.last_img read more

On Front Lines, First Responders Brace For Coronavirus ― And Their Own Protection

first_imgIf the virus drives up demand for services, communities may also see a change in how calls are prioritized and, if workforce ranks are diminished, how fast responders arrive, say experts on emergency preparedness. That means dispatchers may be more selective about when to send an ambulance,, The growing number of COVID-19 cases highlights a new threat faced by the nation’s first responders — including emergency medical technicians, ambulance crews and some firefighters. Nelson: “It’s pretty common knowledge that there is a demand on that. We here at the borough are working to make sure our first responders and health care providers are taken care of on that, and we need to keep them safe.”  Still, there is a worry among the rescuers on the front line. Nelson: “We are meeting and accessing all of those PPE, protective equipment needs, for our first responders and trying to project out what those needs are in the future.”  Despite the uncertainty, Nelson says plans are underway. To help guide emergency personnel, dispatchers are ramping up their screening of callers to identify potential cases of the coronavirus. Hospital emergency management directors are reviewing how to conserve and repurpose in-demand supplies. And EMT and fire departments are taking inventory to make sure they have enough protective equipment for responders in the field.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享First responders, often used to chaos, told KSRM News that that novel coronavirus has put them in uncharted waters. Incident Manager with the Borough Office of Emergency Management Dan Nelson said paramedics within the fire department try to screen patients over the phone, while rushing to help them, in hopes of knowing what protective gear to wear when they get there. Per the OEM, Dispatch and Fire/EMS: Crews are working to maintain operations; however, public are not be allowed to enter these facilities. First responders within the borough will continue guidance specific to call outs.last_img read more

UBS commission of inquiry seeks three-month extension

first_imgThe Commission of Inquiry into the controversial $1.2 billion Union Bank of Switzerland loan was stalled yesterday after the commission has now requested an extension of three months on account of unresolved administrative issues. First mention of the COI on September 2, 2019 highlighted a number of preparations that the commission was to undertake before yesterday’s hearing, however, COI chairman, Sir Salamo Injia said yesterday that a number of these preparation (especially in securing necessary resources) have yet to be completed. Furthermore, Sir Salamo said in addition to the three-month extension, the commission will also be making a request for a “significant increase” to the K4 million which was initially allocated for the inquiry by the Marape government. Sir Salamo indicated that this significant increase in budget was due to the fact that the non-citizen component of COI staff had not been factored in to the initial budget. In light of these issues the commission has now set the public hearing of the inquiry to October 17, 2019 at 9.30am.last_img read more

No Sports Illustrated jinx for Anthony Davis

first_imgSports Illustrated’s national cover this week features University of Kentucky one-and-done and former No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis, his first time on the front of the magazine since the Wildcats’ 2012 national championship victory.After SI unveiled its cover on Tuesday — the headline reads, “Time To Really Fear The Brow” — Davis posted numbers for the New Orleans Pelicans in a 112-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder that the NBA hasn’t seen since Hakeem Olajuwon.So yes, the jinx is off.Per ESPN stats and info, Davis’ ninth game this season with 25 points and 10 rebounds leads the league. But it’s the six steals and four blocks Tuesday night that stick out. Only two players have done that in 25 years – Gerald Wallace last December and Olajuwon five times.Kentucky’s favorite word: Kentucky, according to Match.com dating profilesAll this from a player who had one scholarship offer after his junior season of high school and told SI’s Lee Jenkins he planned to attend Cleveland State and “then go to the D-League or overseas.” Of course, we know what happened next.“It makes you smile to see yourself becoming the player you want to be,” Davis told SI. “When people talk about the greatest ever, I want to be in that conversation. I’m nowhere close to it. No…where…close…But it’s where I want to go.”Jonathan Lintner can be reached at (502) 582-4199. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanLintner.last_img read more

| A star is for sale‌ | Mangalam

first_imgRome: Italian club Juventus have signed Spanish football club Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Goal Italia have revealed that Uefa have been in talks with Barcelona to bring Suarez to the club.A.S. Yue was looking for Roma striker Edin Deco. Yuve turned to Suarez because he did not want to leave the Deco club. Barcelona have reportedly rejected Uwe’s offer to replace Argentine Gonzalo Higuain with Suarez. Yuva’s new coach Andre Pirlo has expressed interest in bringing Suarez to the team.If Pirlo’s interest becomes a reality, European football will pave the way for a strong alliance. The strength of Italian Serie A champions Juventus is superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. If Suarez joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Yue will not be able to hold on. Despite winning the Serie A for the ninth time in a row, the Champions League title has long been alien. Juventus are aiming to acquire another striker as Gonzalo Higuain will leave the club this season.Barcelona are trying to replace Suarez with striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan.Ajax, his former club in the Netherlands, also approached Barcelona for Suarez. Barcelona have sacked Quick Setian and Sporting director Eric Abidal in the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich 8-2. The new coach is trying to find new faces by eliminating veterans, including former Barcelona star Ronaldo Coyman Suarez.Coyman had earlier announced that he would not exclude Frenchman Anthony Griezmann and superstar Lionel Messi. Coyman said the performance went backwards because he played the non-winger Griezmann contrary to his style. Barcelona also lost the Spanish La Liga title. Suarez, 33, is reluctant to leave Barcelona. The Uruguayan has one more year left on his contract with Barcelona. Suarez had previously played for Ajax. The player who played for Ajax from 2007 to 2011 moved to English Premier League club Liverpool. Arrived at Barcelona in 2014. The Messi-Suarez-Neymar trio were famous. The position of veterans Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets is also under threat.last_img read more

FC Bayern Munich reportedly scrapping esports plans

first_imgAt one point it seemed as if German football club FC Bayern Munich was poised to enter the esports industry, but a new report suggests those plans have been scrapped.According to German tabloid Bild.de, FC Bayern Munich’s president Ulrich “Uli” Hoeness has decided against the advanced plans to enter multiple esports titles.At one point, the football club wanted to invest as much as €5,000,000 (£4,397,899) into entering games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Fortnite. Nonetheless, Hoeness has vetoed these plans since he sees no correlation between esports and his team.Said talks around this entrance into esports have been present for two years, at least, when Bundesliga sides VfL Wolsburg and FC Schalke 04 made their mark in the industry. Despite these now-scrapped plans, Bayern’s basketball counterpart had fielded an NBA 2K roster under the guise of Bayern Ballers.This news has not been confirmed as of yet, it has merely been reported so it should be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s worth noting that it costs a lot more than the proposed investment to enter League of Legends alone should FC Bayern Munich have wanted to acquire a spot in the upcoming franchised-take on the EU LCS.Esports Insider says: We can’t help but think this is a huge missed opportunity and a misstep from the German side should this report turn out to be truthful. With teams such as FC Barcelona recently entering the scene, and existing clubs still operating in multiple titles, it’d be a shame to see a club that’s the size of FC Bayern Munich deciding against entering esports.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Wanted over marketplace incident

first_imgNoah Scanlon, a frequent visitor to Pakenham and Nar Nar Goon, is wanted by police. Public assistance is required to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

LVR grad Sean Denison experiences career year playing pro hoops in Romania

first_imgWhen Sean Denison hopped a flight last summer for Romania, he hoped the move to the European Basketball team would be a good one.Well the move proved to be good for CSM Oradea, Denison’s new club, and amazing for the former L.V. Rogers hoop star.Not only did CSM Oradea make history but also Denison realized a happiness about playing the sport again that had been missing for a few years.”It was a successful year for me personally . . . and it was felt really good to play in a competitive league again,” the 28-year-old power forward said after completing the successful campaign in Romania.“We made history all year,” the 6’11” 245-pound Denison added.“First we got a nod from the EuroChallenge league saying we were the best new entry (first year team) in EuroChallenge this season.“For the first time the club made the Romanian Cup final and then for the first time in club history we made the finals in the playoffs.”Unfortunately, CSM Oradea came up short in both finals — losing in the Romanian Cup and League Final — the latter, a six-point setback in the final of the best-of-five series. “That last loss was tough because I felt like we were the better team when we were playing our game and our style,” explained Denison, part of two BC Basketball Championships during his time at Trafalgar Junior and L.V. Rogers High Schools.“But they played very good in the last game and we fought hard so none of us on the team have any regrets.”Denison was a star during his high school days, leading the Bombers to a fourth-place finish at the BC High School AAA Basketball Championships during his senior season after titles in Grade 9 at Trafalgar and Grade 10 Junior crown at LVR.The local hoop star went on to play four seasons at Santa Clara in NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball. He played also for Canada internationally program for some years — the Canadian Senior National Team in 2007, the U21 National Team in 2004 and at the Pan-American Games trials.Denison, who came to Romania following stops in Turkey, Germany and Russia, played 37 Liga Nationala games for CSM Oradea recording 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.2bpg  — the latter was fifth best in the league.In six games in EuroChallenge Denison averaged impressive 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.7 bpg and was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention Team.“I played very well in EuroChallenge but had a hard time adjusting my game for the referees in the Romanian league,” he admitted.“Almost every away game I would have two fouls in five minutes and have to sit until the third quarter. They just call the game different and there is no governing body to regulate or review their calls. So instead of a block or a steal I would get a foul. “These things add up and as a result I couldn’t play as aggressively as I wanted in the normal league.”Denison, on a one-year contract in Romania, is considering his options for next season. He’s returned to Canada to spend his offseason with his wife, Tricia, and two children in the North Okanagan near Salmon Arm.“Not sure where I will play next year, still looking at the possibilities but I feel great,” he said. “I feel better every year and will continue to work on my game and staying healthy.”No doubt after the 2013-14 campaign, a few teams most likely will be calling for his services.last_img read more

Connacht Junior Inter Pro Fixtures Announced

first_imgThe fixture details have been announced for the upcoming Junior Interprovincial Series. Connacht begins their campaign at home to Leinster on Saturday 28th April, with the game set to take place in Ballinrobe RFC. The following week the side make the trip to Ards RFC in Newtownards County Down for a meeting with Ulster on Saturday 4th May.The campaign concludes the following Saturday 11th May and will again see Connacht on the road for their clash with Munster. That game will take place in Old Christians RFC in Glanmire, Co. Cork.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more