Local Roundup: Rich Mendoza returns to Humboldt State as Jacks’ top assistant coach

first_img … Arcata >> Rich Mendoza is back on the North Coast.Mendoza, the former head men’s basketball coach at College of the Redwoods, has been named as Steve Kinder’s No. 1 assistant at Humboldt State, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.Mendoza replaces Cy Vandermeer, who served as the Jacks’ top assistant the past four seasons and spent two stints on the bench at his alma mater.Also joining Kinder’s coaching staff are Jason Hodges and former HSU forward and Arcata native Tom Witzel.last_img

3 Big Things: Sandoval is the Giants’ best hitter, bullpen makes stomachs turn in win

first_imgTORONTO — Pablo Sandoval may not be the Giants’ best hitter throughout the season, but he’s their best hitter right now.With a 424-foot opposite field home run in the top of the eighth on Tuesday, Sandoval became the first Giants player to record a three-hit game this year as he provided a critical insurance run in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.“He’s amazing,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He really is. He’s one of those guys who can sit on the bench for a week and go up there and give you a good …last_img

No Consensus on Scientific Consensus

first_imgHow much do you trust scientific experts?  Most of the scientific experts expect us to trust them.  They are appalled when lay people express doubts about matters the consensus of experts take for granted.  Yet others tell us we should doubt.  There seems to be no consensus about whether to trust the scientific consensus.    Science Daily reproduced a study from the University of Michigan that concluded, “Women More Likely Than Men to Accept Scientific Consensus on Global Warming.”  That begs the question of which gender should accept the scientific consensus.  It was partially answered in a quote, “women underestimate their scientific knowledge” – i.e., the women who accept the consensus must be the more scientifically reasonable ones.   PhysOrg reproduced a study by Yale University law professor Dan Kahan and friends who tried to figure out “Why ‘scientific consensus’ fails to persuade.”  The hidden subtext is that the consensus should persuade, because it’s scientific, but that people, who are unscientific (i.e., dumb) tend to only agree with the consensus when it matches their own biases.  People are “threatened” by scientific findings that contradict their beliefs, the article intimated, so they must be shmoozed into the accepting the findings by means of non-threatening ways of framing the information.  One colleague explained, “To make sure people form unbiased perceptions of what scientists are discovering, it is necessary to use communication strategies that reduce the likelihood that citizens of diverse values will find scientific findings threatening to their cultural commitments,” which presumably include religious beliefs.    One of the skeptics about consensus (more or less) is Anthony Gottlieb.  Writing for Intelligent Life magazine, he reviewed two books: Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara (2009) and Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them by David Freedman.  On the one hand, Gottlieb provided plenty of entertaining examples of the scientific consensus being flat wrong, and recognized that most of today’s consensus beliefs are likely to be flat wrong in 100 years.  But on the other hand, he pigeonholed crackpots into strange bedfellows: “the deniers of evolution, or the devotees of homeopathic medicine, or people who believe that childhood vaccinations cause autism” whom he lumped together as “demonstrably mistaken as anyone can be….”  Is it because the scientific consensus feels that way that he said this, or has he performed his own controlled experiments?  However he decided to lump these groups together, it could be called a form of the association fallacy.    Scientists and science journalists who buck the consensus are sometimes called mavericks.  They are legitimate scientists or journalists, but they sometimes have to exercise personal and moral courage to hold their ground against the majority.  A recent example was told in Columbia Journalism Review.  Pallava Bagla was an Indian journalist who broke the news that the IPCC had provided false information about the rate of glacial melt in India in their famous report.  At the time, this was a career-limiting move for Bagla, who faced trepidation and the threat of ostracism for revealing the error at a very politically inopportune time (right before the Copenhagen Summit) – and he did initially get ridiculed by the head of the IPCC.  Later, that same head apologized, and Bagla ended up getting a journalism award for his daring.    The idea of consensus loomed large in Robert Crowther’s recent entry on Evolution News and Views, “Academic Elites Don’t Appreciate Uppity Scientists Who Buck the Consensus.”  Discussing the risk that independent thinkers take when challenging orthodoxy, Crowther said, “The average scientist can find lots of fruitful areas of research that won’t get her in hot water with the pointy-headed elites who’s [sic] all-seeing academic eyes keep a watch out for anything that is out of line with the current orthodoxy.”  At least that’s how some of Gottlieb’s “deniers of evolution” feel about it.We’ve harped on consensus many times, so no long reruns here, but science is supposed to be about truth based on evidence, not majority rule.  There are times when a consensus, with its presumed authority of the collective, can actually hold back scientific progress (e.g., 04/30/2009).  This is especially true for areas of science that are inference-based and non-repeatable.  Recall novelist Michael Crichton’s blistering attack in 2003 to a Caltech audience on the notion of consensus (12/27/2003); the whole address is available in PDF form from Stephen Schneider’s Stanford website.    The philosophy of science of the pro-consensus reporters is appallingly shallow.  They picture scientists as ruling elites, the Knowers of the Culture, and lay people as ignorant scum.  There’s plenty of scum to go around.  It’s not only lay people who have cultural biases.  Those biases are nearly impregnable in certain “scientific” circles and situations.  Science becomes corrupt when it demands allegiance on the basis of sheer numbers or authority.  Remember that one of the great physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman, joked that “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”    For a good introduction to philosophy of science that reveals the difficulty of establishing infallible trust in the scientific community, we recommend again Dr. Jeffrey Kasser’s lecture series (see 04/18/2009 Resource of the Week) and Dr. Stephen Goldman’s lecture series, Science Wars (12/19/2009 Resource).  Even if you have no reason to doubt the consensus, at least be knowledgeable of the philosophical issues involved.  Without a doubt, many scientists are honest and above reproach, particularly in the less politically-charged areas of research.  Many scientists are sincerely looking for the truth.  So are many in the public.  You could be, too.  Orient yourself to truth, not consensus.    Related reading:   See also the 11/25/2008 entry for examples of how wacky some scientific ideas can become, the 11/15/2010 entry on the inertia of specious theories, the 03/17/2006 on ways scientific journals can perpetuate false ideas, and the 04/02/2010 commentary for a list of 30 factors that can distort consensus science into groupthink.  Other commentaries on philosophy of science can be found at 05/13/2010, 04/30/2009, 10/29/2008, 06/28/2008 on “Yellow Science”, 08/13/2007, 03/19/2007.  More can be found using the search phrase, “philosophy of science”.  Lest you think it doesn’t matter, keep in mind this maxim from Greg Bahnsen: “Everyone does philosophy, but not everyone does it well.”  Know what you believe – and why you believe it.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town to play host to ‘cheeky’ new arts festival

first_img17 April 2014Cape Town is to host to a new performing arts festival that will be modelled on some of the world’s most popular fringe festivals, Tony Lankester, the chief executive of the National Arts Festival, announced on Tuesday.The Cape Town Fringe is a spin-off of the National Arts Festival, which is traditionally held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape in July. It is a partnership with the City of Cape Town.The festival, which will be held in September, will feature “young, dynamic and cutting-edge work” from some of the South Africa’s leading theatremakers, Lankester said.‘Bold, innovative’“The fringe model rests on two pillars. Firstly, the nature of the work on a fringe is such that it is bold, innovative, exciting and it pushes boundaries for both artists and audiences.“Secondly, a fringe festival has a business model behind it which encourages independence and sustainability, while costs are shared between performers,” Lankester said.The Cape Town Fringe aims to present around 40 productions in venues across the city as well as in areas such as Langa township.“Access is critical to the success of a fringe and was a big factor in our decision to proceed with this project,” said Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s deputy mayor and acting mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing.The City of Cape Town has committed to partner on the project for three years, provided the event meets certain attendance and participation targets. “We want this event to not only enrich the lives of residents, but also to create jobs, contribute to the economy and drive tourism,” Neilson said.Call for proposalsA public call for proposals was made at the event’s launch on Tuesday. Ismail Mahomed, the National Art Festival’s artistic director, said the organisers would be looking for work that was “brash, bold, cheeky, outspoken, confident, socially aware and independent”.“The fringe model means that productions will pay a modest registration and venue- hire fee, and then take the lion’s share of the box office,” Mahomed said. “The fringe itself then manages the bulk of the marketing, ticket sales, venue setup and all the staffing, financial, technical and legal requirements for the event.”Cape Town’s City Hall will be the home base of the event, featuring several performance venues and a “fringe hub” where artists, audiences and the media will be able to gather.World Fringe AllianceThe National Arts Festival is a member of the World Fringe Alliance, a grouping of nine fringe festivals around the world which collectively reach an audience of more than 3-million people. Alliance members are the festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide.“We’re building the Cape Town Fringe on this bedrock of global best practice,” said Lankester, who is the founding chair of the alliance. “Through our network we will be able to bring some great international productions to Cape Town, and continue creating opportunities for our artists to travel the world.”The Cape Town Fringe will run from 25 September until 5 October. The call for proposals is open.Website: www.capetownfringe.co.zaSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Photo/Video Tip: 8 Creative Ways to Use a Master Clamp

first_imgDiscover a myriad of ways that a Master Clamp can help your next photo or video shoot.If you don’t already own a few Master/Mafer/Super clamps you might want to invest in some for your video and photo shoots. The video above, by Rob Grimm at RGG Photo, demonstrates 8 ways you can use a Master Clamp. Even if you already use Master Clamps you may have never seen a few of these uses before.Follow along with the written tips below. You can see Rob’s photos on his website.Uses for a Master ClampMounting BackgroundsDouble Mounting a Background BarMounting a LightMounting a CameraMounting a Camera PlateMounting an External MonitorAttaching a Magic ArmMounting a Tray You can get “name brand” Master Claps for about $36 on B&H but you can get a cheaper one for around $20 on Amazon. We were especially surprised to see how many accessories could be utilized with a Mafer clamp. Unlike Gaff tape or spring clamps, MaferRemember, even if you have the best Master Clamp in the world it is only as sturdy as the stand it is sitting on. Instead of buying the cheapest light stands possible consider investing in sturdy C stands for added support.Know of any other ways to utilize a Master Clamp?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Bea de Leon snaps out of slump, helps Ateneo extend win streak

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lady Eagles dump Lady Warriors for 3rd straight win Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy De Leon had her best scoring game this season with eight points after averaging a pedestrian 5.7 points per outing in her first three matches.The outgoing Lady Eagle also had an efficient offensive rate on the floor converting on eight of her 12 spike attempts including the one kill that finished off UE in the third set.“You guys saw what my output was in the past three games, it wasn’t where I needed it to be,” said De Leon. “I thank coach Oliver (Almadro) for giving me the confidence.”“He always tells me not to worry because the struggle is part maybe because this is my last year and I overthink to do my best.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Team captain Bea De Leon, who’s had an off offensive game in he first three games, settled comfortably in Ateneo’s scoring scheme and she said that she’s just one of the Lady Eagles who is trying to keep this streak going.“We’re taking this league one game at a time,” said De Leon Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We have to really prepare hard for every team like UE because we’ve seen them improve so much especially in the floor defense with [Kath] Arado.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith the win, Ateneo tied University of the Philippines and defending champion De La Salle atop the standings with 3-1 slates.“We really prepared for them and we’re not underestimating anybody, that’s our mindset and we’re always thinking that every team has a big chance this year.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Streaking Ateneo is showing no signs of slowing down.The Lady Eagles have racked up three straight wins with their latest victory via straight sets against University of the East, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16, to get a share of the top spot of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more