McKinleyville >> The Tigers can say that the played virtually the entirety of their postseason opener Wednesday night with the lead.No, seriously.Andy Miranda’s goal all of 19 seconds into 5th-seed Arcata’s 2-0 win over 12th-seeded Lower Lake in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs proved to be all of the offense the Tigers needed on a chilly night at McKinleyville High School.“Coming into this game, we obviously knew what was at stake and we knew putting in a couple early would take our opponent’s morale down,” Miranda said. “We wanted to do that, right off the touch score the ball and hopefully keep adding and adding more.” Arcata will face No. 4 Roseland University Prep on Saturday with a spot in the D-1 semifinals on the line.Kickoff time and location were not known by the time this paper went to print.If the Tigers start that game like they did on Wednesday, then a second straight trip to the semis — and quite possibly another showdown with rival Fortuna — could very well be in the cards.Miranda’s goal came with barely enough time off the clock to have the center referee catch his breath after sounding the opening whistle.Off a through ball from midfielder Zack Oakland, Miranda collected the pass, fired across the face of goal and into the bottom-left corner of the goal to put the Tigers in front. When asked about the goal, Arcata head coach Tony Ren couldn’t help but crack a smile.“Probably not, probably not,” Ren said in regard to the Tigers having a better start to the game. “That was pretty good.”The early goal set the tone that the Lower Lake defense was in store for a busy night at Panther Field.However, after striking so early, Arcata — which improved to 17-4-1 with the win — wasn’t able to double its lead until midway through the second half.The Tigers created chances — a lot of them.Arcata outshot Lower Lake 11-1 in the first half and 23-6 for the game.It wasn’t for a lack of opportunity to double their lead, that’s for sure.“It was like trick-or-treating when you keep knocking and they wouldn’t open the door for you,” Ren said about the missed chances. “You keep trying until they want to go to sleep. ‘I want candy! I want to score!’ That’s it.”Lower Lake’s lone scoring chance of the first half was arguably its best chance the entire night.A cross from the right wing not only skipped past one potential goal scorner in the box, but two before it connected with the left foot of Octavio Perez. However, his outstretched left leg wasn’t enough to redirect it on goal, as the attempt on goal went just wide at the back post.The second half was much like the first in that the bulk of the scoring chances coming from the boys in orange and black.That’s even with the Trojans starting to throw numbers forward as they looked for the game-tying goal.Within a 10-minute span midfielder Kai Narum sent a pair of shots from outside of the 18-yard box sailing over the Lower Lake goal, the second coming off a one-time effort that went high and to the right.“We had a lot of opportunities, we just didn’t make the most of them,” Miranda said. “It’s a credit to [Lower Lake’s] defense as well. After the first goal in the first 20 seconds, they knew what was coming and they adjusted to it. We obviously knew there were going to be adjustments made, and it was just important for us to realize those adjustments and execute on the following play and keep on going from there.”Just mere moments after Narum’s second long-range effort went high over the crossbar, the Tigers doubled their lead in the 55th minute.Miranda turned from scorer to provider, sending a through ball to Wyatt Rohn, who calmly finished to put his team ahead 2-0.“It was big, it was big,” Miranda said of Rohn’s goal. “Obviously, you take nothing for granted, and putting a second one in gave us a little more confidence to play a little more loose. After the first goal, nothing was going our way. But after getting the second goal it just gave us a little more confidence to get forward.”Tigers goalkeeper Quin Parker, who was the star of Arcata’s shootout loss to Fortuna in the Humboldt-Del Norte League Postseason Tournament title game this past weekend, was once again his usual self in goal. Not only did he command his box and snatch any cross out of the air that came his way, but recorded all six of his saves in the game after halftime.“Defensively, they communicated, they played safe and they came back to defend,” Ren said. “They played very well defensively and I really appreciated how my defenders have been doing.”Contact Danny Penza at 707-441-0528
Most people feel there are certain historical figures off limits for praise. Hitler and Stalin are probably two of the most infamous. Believe it or not, a new Russian textbook is trying to portray Stalin in a more positive light. The UK Daily Mail reported that the textbook portrays the tyrant’s mass murders as “entirely rational.” Millions were shot, exiled, starved and imprisoned during Stalin’s reign of terror, especially during the “Great Terror” of the 1930s. In addition, Stalin carefully controlled a “cult of personality” that deceived the masses into thinking of him as a great savior of Russia. It took years of “De-Stalinization” under successive premiers to uncover the extent of the terror Stalin had inflicted on the nation. Apparently the current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin wants to portray Stalin in a more positive light. The textbook he approved stresses Stalin’s extensive library and rationalizes his purges as understandable given the historical situation. Critics, naturally, are up in arms over this attempt to whitewash what they consider one of the most evil dictators in history. The 08/01/2008 entry contained a recounting in Nature of the rivalry between honorable geneticist Dmitri Vavilov and Stalin’s choice for scientist, the charlatan Trofim Lysenko, which resulted in Vavilov’s murder and the starvation of millions of Russians in the Ukraine. This week in Nature,1 two Russian scientists wrote in to comment. The Vavilov affair was just one of many atrocities committed by the Stalin regime. The two correspondents sounded ready to fight any tinge of whitewash or rationalization:To call Stalin’s agricultural collectivization policy a “consolidation of land and labour” is an awful understatement: an estimated 10 million productive peasants and their families were exiled or imprisoned from 1929�1933. Stalin was hardly “desperate to feed thousands of citizens dying of starvation” when these were the same people he starved and murdered while sending Russian grain abroad.The correspondents also took issue with Nature’s apparent moral equivalence of Stalin with science policy in Western democracies. “Saying that ’even now, politics continues to trump good science’ should not be taken as equating murderous dictators with democratic governments.”1. Victor Fet and Michael D. Golubovsky, “Vavilov’s vision for genetics was among Stalin’s many victims,” Nature 455, 27 (4 September 2008) | doi:10.1038/455027a.Stalin’s regime was so unspeakably horrible, we must never let generations forget. It makes no sense to focus entirely on Hitler’s six million victims when Stalin murdered at least 20 million, machine-gunned whole towns, forced people into miserable lives of hard labor, starved millions in the Ukraine to death, incarcerated millions more in the Gulag, destroyed churches and murdered tens of thousands of clergymen, and purged rivals almost at random with a coolness and disdain that is fearful to contemplate. While inflicting this unspeakable harm, Stalin lavished wealth on himself and basked in the worship of masses of peasants duped by his propaganda into thinking he was saving their mother country. Throughout his career he was actively involved, through the Comintern and propaganda, in spreading communism in the West and East. Had not a stroke cut him down in 1953, he could have toppled many other governments and instigated a nuclear war against Europe and America. We remind readers that Stalin was a diehard Darwinist. Upon finding and reading Darwin’s Origin of Species in seminary, Stalin became an atheist, reversed his career plans for the Russian Orthodox Church, and entered politics, where, through intrigue and crafted relationships, he took the legacy of the intensely radical, murderous Vladimir Lenin (another atheist Darwinist) into his own hands. Every dictator accomplishes some good things and has some nice moments. But in light of these atrocities, is that useful or necessary to review? Saddam Hussein could look pretty handsome and polite in meetings with foreign dignitaries. So what? His overall reputation for evil swamped any good traits. Stalin achieved some impressive modernization and industrialization of the Soviet Union. He repulsed Hitler’s advances (though late and poorly planned, with horrendous human cost). He collected art and left some impressive buildings. When such things were done on the backs and graves of millions of his countrymen, it hardly deserves listing them, especially when a free government under beneficent leaders might have achieved the same or better without such horrible human cost. There’s no rationalization for evil. The only one exceeding Stalin in pure evil was Chairman Mao in China, Stalin’s ally, who murdered up to 77 million through state-sponsored terror (11/30/2005). But after awhile the body count begins to sound academic. The ideas that resulted in the worst genocides in modern history – in all of human history – came from the poisoned well of Darwin, who led people to think of mankind adrift in a chance universe without God. In Darwin’s meaningless universe, the individual as a creation of God faded away like a dream. In its place came The State. Is anyone surprised that Marx, Lenin and Stalin, all Darwin-lovers, began a genre of cold-blooded despots the likes of which history had never seen? The despots of Cambodia, Cuba, Rwanda, Vietnam, and North Korea (which remains one of the scariest and most brutal governments in the world) all admired Hitler and Stalin as role models. With American universities still infiltrated with Marxist-Darwinists, with prominent Darwinists pushing atheism in the name of science (08/28/2008), and with Nature insinuating that there is moral equivalence between Stalinist Russia and President Bush’s policies on science funding, maybe you get a sense of why services like Creation-Evolution Headlines play a vital role in our times to remind us that bad ideas have consequences – real consequences, where it hurts.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Peer review is under attack with new move to combat fraud and special interest through integrity and transparency. But where do those come from?Big Science remains in crisis. Phys.org reports on a study that found “More than a quarter of biomedical scientific papers may utilise practices that distort the interpretation of results or mislead readers so that results are viewed more favourably.” That has certainly been our experience at CEH, daily watching the press releases emanating from university PR departments, where the name of the game is to make your scientist look good no matter how questionable the findings. Public acceptance of scientific claims tracks political party affiliation to a remarkable degree. Allegations of conflict of interest, peer pressure and funding bias are rife. What has happened to the presumptive authority of the science, seeking objective knowledge for its own sake?The situation recalls the words of Lincoln as he chastised Congress about a union falling apart:The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.In science, one of the dogmas is the notion that peer review somehow guarantees objectivity. And yet Phil Hurst, writing at Phys.org, portrays modern peer review as a domain of darkness. These factors are corrupting this pillar of scientific authority:Secrecy corruptsPoliticization of science destroys objectivityJournal paywalls bar stakeholders from access to productResearch misconduct escapes reviewer scrutinyAfter recounting the history of peer review back to the days of the Royal Society in 1832, when members moved from publishing minutes of their meetings to having reviewers write reports about what should be published, Hurst echoes Lincoln that the dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must think anew and act anew.It’s time to disinfect Big Science with sunshine, Hurst argues. Transparency is the new buzzword. Transparency, implying open peer review, opens the windows on secret cabals of reviewers and lets everyone see what is going on in the sausage-making called science.In 2014, the Royal Society launched the journal Royal Society Open Science which offers optional open peer review where reports are published along with articles. This has proved popular with the majority of authors opting for publication of peer review reports and half of reviewers signing their reports. The uptake varies by scientific discipline.Hurst lists four benefits of open peer review:Readers can see the comments by reviewers and reach their own conclusions about the rigour and fairness of the process;Reviewers’ suggestions to improve the paper are available to everyone as examples of what makes a good review.Reviewers tend to write better and more balanced reviews if they know they will be made public.By signing their reports reviewers can get recognition for this vital contribution to the research process.Overall, he says, “the whole peer review process gains more trust and accountability when everything is transparent.” But will open peer review be a passing fad? As we shall see, transparency alone cannot guarantee objectivity.Sheryl P. Denker also calls for transparency in a PLoS Blog entry. She says there is “community and public skepticism regarding the quality, trustworthiness and authenticity of the review process, from the initial stage of evaluation before reviewer assignment to the final editorial decision. Making peer review more transparent, at any stage, has the potential to revitalize the process and restore trust in the system.” She lists practical steps that journals and reviewers can take to increase transparency. Reviewers, for instance, can agree to sign their reviews (a radical change from the secrecy of old). But will this create other problems? Denker and Hurst seem to see transparency through rose-colored glasses, but knowing human nature, every solution breeds new problems.Measures of SignificanceAnother dogma of the quiet past is the P-value, a traditional measure of significance. By habit, scientists seek a P-value of .05, or 5% or lower, to judge a result as statistically significant over the null hypothesis. But why? What is sacred about that tradition? Nothing, it turns out, and scientists have been known to keep testing an experiment until they get the P-value they want to confirm their hunch. Nature writes about an effort to raise the bar, but then says that scientists are fighting back. Some object that the “one-size-fits-all” measure fails to take into account differences between the sciences. At this moment, sacred P-values are falling faster than statues of Confederate generals. A majority of scientists think the bar needs to be more stringent.Politicization of ScienceBy popular misconception, Republicans are the science deniers. Not so, says Phys.org; science denial is not limited to the political right. According to a study at the University of Chicago, people of all political backgrounds are equally tempted:“Not only were both sides equally likely to seek out attitude confirming scientific conclusions, both were also willing to work harder and longer when doing so got them to a conclusion that fit with their existing attitudes,” says Washburn, the lead author of the study. “And when the correct interpretation of the results did not confirm participants’ attitudes, they were more likely to view the researchers involved with the study as less trustworthy, less knowledgeable, and disagreed with their conclusions more.”By extension, this propensity afflicts scientists themselves. This explains why academia, so lopsided toward the Democrat party, produces members of scientific institutions whose own confirmation bias propels them to affirm the consensus of their peers. Their work can be motivated by feelings that have nothing to do with science. “Rather than strictly a conservative phenomenon, science denial may be a result of a more basic desire of people wanting to see the world in ways that fit with their personal preferences, political or otherwise, according to the researchers.” That’s a human foible against which every person must struggle, scientist or not.Drummond and Fischhoff, writing in PNAS, claim that the polarization over science is not a matter of scientific knowledge. In fact, “Individuals with greater science literacy and education have more polarized beliefs on controversial science topics,” they say. Now isn’t that counter-intuitive! “These patterns suggest that scientific knowledge may facilitate defending positions motivated by nonscientific concerns.”Integrity Is Not a Scientific QuestionThree scientists writing in to Science Magazine make the preposterous suggestion of “Addressing scientific integrity scientifically.” Preposterous, we say, because it leads to an infinite regress. What about the integrity of the researchers testing integrity? What about the reviewers checking their work? Who watches the watchers? Who watches the watcher-watchers? etc. Watch it here: “The premise behind this effort is that universities should practice what they preach by supporting the development and adoption of evidence-based policies aimed at improving integrity in research.” Once universities can fake that, they’ve got it made.Escape to RealityScience Magazine printed testimonials of three scientists who searched for “Sunshine outside the ivory tower.” They now call themselves “Recovering Academics” and shared similar emotional challenges. “Over the past few years, all three of us have left academia,” they agree, before describing their individual situations. “It was the right decision for each of us, but we still struggled with uncertainty and a feeling of failure, and we could find little community support.” One felt like “I had lost my tribe” but, after awhile, she acclimated. Their descriptions mirror experiences of ex-cult members and drug rehab patients, suggesting that the culture of science puts a grip on people that controls their minds. Each one struggled with depression, a sense of failure, and a loss of community.Science is not an abstract, objective thing. It is always mediated through humans. People come into science with biases, expectations, and preferences. Hang out with liberal academics, and you will want to be like them. Hang out with superiors who cheat, and you will tend to excuse misconduct. Feel the allure of funding, and you will be tempted to bend your convictions to get that lifeblood of job security. It takes firm self-control and independence of mind to fight those tendencies. There are many good individual scientists who have integrity; we don’t tarnish them with a broad brush. However, it is scientists themselves who are pointing out these issues from the inside. We dare not assume a simplistic, 1950s-era mindset about scientific objectivity, gazing at Big Science like a Disneyland of wonders. Inside that white lab coat is a person with feelings, dreams, biases and a human soul. Maybe the best scientists are those who, like James Joule, are independently wealthy, alone, and experiment for the sure satisfaction of their curiosity about how the world works. Unfortunately, you can’t build a Large Hadron Collider or spacecraft that way. So while admiring good science, we must always be cautious about bad science.The best way to get scientists of integrity is to build the fear of God into them when they are young, teaching them the Ten Commandments. Even better is to mature them into those with the love of God, who, with the law of God written on their hearts, pursue truth and righteousness because they love those virtues.
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