#5 of Our Top Stories of 2019: Shapiro, Berlinski on the Reversion to the Primitive in Modern Life

first_img Editor’s note: The staff of Evolution News wish you a Happy New Year! We are counting down our top ten stories of 2019. If you haven’t done so yet, please take a moment now to contribute to our work in bringing you news and analysis about evolution, intelligent design, and more every day of the year. There is no other voice, no other source of information, like ours. Thank you for your friendship and your support!The following article was originally published here on November 25, 2019.Yesterday’s conversation between David Berlinski and Ben Shapiro, an hour long thanks to the generous medium of Shapiro’s Sunday Special, is so full of treasures, it’s hard to distill it down to an essence. But I’ll try. One theme, which Dr. Berlinski expands on in his new book Human Nature, is the unexpected return of the primitive in modern life. By modern he means from about 1914 on, in areas ranging from warfare to science to personal adornment and beyond. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Culture & Ethics David points to the sudden collapse of Enlightenment values in the face of barbarism in the 20th century that, in 1912, no informed man or woman could ever have predicted. He would ask Steven Pinker and other boosters of the Enlightenment: If those values were powerless to stop the horrors of the First World War, of Nazism, of Communism, and more, what good are they? A Primitive Theory of OriginsBerlinski points to the intellectual primitivism of evolutionary biology, in contrast with the great structures of science (mathematics, physics). How about personal adornment? He comments on tattoos: once they were regarded as Neanderthal and a signifier of low social status. Now those associations have flipped. He delightfully invokes his own seniority (age 77) and memories of Columbia University in the late 1960s, the student rebellion and the precipitous “collapse of institutional authority” that put foolish young people in charge instead of scholars and administrators, with a predictable turn toward adolescent chaos. That collapse continues, even accelerating, today. Ben Shapiro mentions that, just the night before they recorded the interview, he was at Stanford University where the now expected mob of rabid children tried to shout him down. Speaking of which, David comments on the “rabidity” of the contemporary social and political scene with its “synthetic anger,” reminiscent of France prior to the Revolution, just before the horror, the bloodletting, the earnest experimentation with genocide got underway.You Must Watch ThisI can’t do David Berlinski, or Ben Shapiro, justice as communicators. Aptly, David mentions at one point that evolutionary theory has only the most primitive explanation of human speech. We can speak. A few of us, vanishingly few, can speak like David Berlinski. As Berlinski asks of speech, beyond the most primitive grunting: Where did that come from? Most of us take its existence for granted. Laughably, evolutionists claim that speech, like other human endowments, is just the fruit of a struggle to compete sexually with your neighbor. Can they really believe such a foolish thing?You must watch this. The hour goes by very quickly. And consider subscribing to The Daily Wire just to hear Berlinski’s answer to the bonus question at the end where Shapiro invites him to comment on “vulgar politics” of the moment. But I’m not going to say more on that, as this is a non-political website where such topics are, like tattoos in former days, themselves taboo. TagsbarbarismBen ShapiroColumbia UniversityCommunismDavid BerlinskiEnlightenmentevolutionFirst World WarFrench RevolutiongenocideHuman Nature (book)human speechinstitutional authoritymodern lifeNazismNeanderthalsprimitivismrabiditysexual competitionsocial statusStanford UniversitySteven PinkerSunday Specialtaboostattooing,Trending Evolution #5 of Our Top Stories of 2019: Shapiro, Berlinski on the Reversion to the Primitive in Modern LifeDavid KlinghofferDecember 28, 2019, 4:38 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share 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 Allcenter_img Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Educationlast_img read more

CDC sees some signs of an early flu season

first_imgFlu activity in the United States continues to rise, and several markers are higher than normally seen this early in the flu season, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday in its weekly update.Three southeastern states are reporting high or widespread flu activity, and the CDC said it received reports of five more pediatric flu deaths. In its report, which covers the week ending Nov 18, the CDC also reported one more novel flu infection, an H1N1 variant (H1N1v).Globallly, flu activity in the Northern Hemisphere is rising, with H3N2 and influenza B the most frequently detected strains, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in an update.Flu builds steam in South, NortheastNationally, the percentage of clinic visits for flulike illness is still below the national baseline of 2.2%, but 4 of the CDC’s 10 regions are already at or above their regional baselines—an area that includes most of the South as well as several Northeastern states.At clinical labs, influenza A accounted for 83.4% of positive flu specimens, and, of subtyped influenza A samples, 78.1% were H3N2. Most viruses collected since May 21 are antigenically and genetically similar to cell-grown strains in the current flu vaccine.Surveillance on flu hospitalizations shows a cumulative overall rate of 1.4 per 100,000 people, with the highest rates in people 65 and older, followed by adults ages 50 to 64 and children younger than 5.Of the five pediatric flu deaths reported to the CDC, one was from the previous season. The others occurred in late October or November, two attributed to H3N2, one to 2009 H1N1, and one to an unsubtyped influenza A virus. So far five pediatric flu deaths have been reported for the current season.Two states—Louisiana and Mississippi—reported high flulike illness activity, a marker based on clinic visits. Geographic activity for flu was reported as widespread in two states: Louisiana and Oklahoma. Guam and six states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina) reported regional spread.H1N1v infects IowanIn other US flu developments, the CDC said Iowa reported an H1N1v infection in an adult who had direct contact with pigs before symptoms began. The patient, who is younger than age 50, wasn’t hospitalized and has fully recovered.No human-to-human transmission was detected. The CDC said the illness marks the first H1N1v case in the United States for 2017 and brings the total number since 2005 to 21.So far this year, the CDC has received reports of 66 variant flu cases. Most involved H3N2v, though four were H1N2v. Among the patients infected with variant strains, 6 were hospitalized, and all have recovered.Northern Hemisphere flu riseIn its update yesterday, the WHO said that, as of Nov 12, flu activity rose slightly in temperate Northern Hemisphere zones, while temperate Southern Hemisphere areas have generally seen flu decline to interseasonal levels.In North America, a continuing increase in flu has been led by H3N2, while flu in Europe is still low, with H3N2 and influenza B as the dominant strains.Respiratory illness indicators are on the rise in some Central Asia countries, including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In northern China, H3N2 activity has increased slightly in recent weeks, the WHO said.Globally, 67% of flu specimens tested were influenza A, and of subtyped influena A viruses, 79% were H3N2. Of influenza B viruses, 78% belonged the Yamagata lineage.See also:Nov 27 CDC weekly FluView reportNov 27 CDC flu situation updateNov 27 WHO global flu updatelast_img read more