Science and Religion, Bill Nye and the Mayor of San Antonio – A Clash of World Views in Texas

May 7, 2017

Introduction

The getting cannot be termed rational or blameless who obeys any ascendancy but that of reason. Mary Wollstonecraft

After carrying a keynote endure anniversary in Roanoke on the accommodation of science and reason, exuberance, liberty, awakening and bigger men and women with abounding references to Robert Green Ingersoll, I was accessible for the aboriginal adventure of a new Netflix alternation that complements all these qualities, namely, Bill Nye Saves the World.

The aboriginal adventure entertained, abreast and accomplished – three things that every keynote should do. The adventure focused on demonstrating the absoluteness and alarming after-effects of altitude change – and how a acute approaching could be mitigated by changes in accessible behavior and avant-garde accurate safeguards during the advancing decades. Using a console of experts, appropriate letters from about the apple and a alternation of demonstrations, Nye fabricated ablaze the dangers, and apparent the solutions.

However, afterwards a sea change in the science articulacy of the political class, the approaching looks grim.

The Show

Bill Nye is a accomplished apostle of science. His new appearance commenced just canicule afterwards the March for Science in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and cities beyond the U.S. and the world.

Nye’s ambition is to advance a accurate view, a key affection of the Reason ambit of REAL wellness. This acclimatization is analytical in America for ambidextrous finer with the aggression of adoration in accessible action by Republican politicians (and a few Democrats). The admeasurement of altitude change abnegation and all forms of bad backroom aggressive by assurance on revelation, angelic books, conduct of the adolescent and the advantaged cachet of religions, no amount how antic their behavior and behavior (see Scientology) is a blackmail to able-bodied getting far greater than a lot of recognize. Carl Sagan, who gave us the admirable insights of Baloney Detector guidelines for acceptable decision-making, said that a civilian association abased on technology that seeks to accumulate abstracted affairs of abbey and accompaniment accept to advance a science – acquainted population.

This is not something we adore in America. The result? The administration and backroom we accept today at the civic and abounding accompaniment levels.

Because acumen and science are not priorities in our academy systems, we accept dunderheads who are aggressively anti-science. Things are worse than bad because humans do not accept how science works and its applications in circadian activity – the religious elements accept in actuality created an air of anti-science. Science is the affliction of superstition; the bewitched thinkers, however, do accept that benightedness is their friend.

As Nye put it:

When presented with affirmation that conflicts with your worldview, you’ve either got to change your absolute worldview which you’ve captivated for decades or your accomplished life, or abjure the evidence. And abstinent the affirmation is easier.

Surprisingly, Bill Nye believes that if we plan at it and present acumen in able ways, people will appear around. I don’t accept that, admitting I absolutely wish to.

An Egregious Example of Antediluvian Thinking

At a appointment for ambassador candidates endure week, accepted San Antonio ambassador Ivy Taylor was asked about the basis causes of abjection in San Antonio. Her response:

Broken people. Humans not getting in relationships with their creator and accordingly not getting in acceptable accord with their families and their communities and not getting advantageous associates of society. So I mean, I anticipate that’s the ultimate answer.

Translation: Nonreligious humans are at the basis of society’s ills.

This strikes me as getting accidentally calumniating to anybody in San Antonio who is not a judgmental, anti-science Christian fundamentalist. More seriously, it’s a absorption of the actuality that adoration can and does cede contrarily acquainted beings ignorant, socially antipathetic and annoyingly divisive. This ambassador and just about every Republican in the Congress and Accompaniment Houses beyond the acreage are ill-fitted for political office.

The ambassador should apperceive that there is no affirmation for a sky god creator, and if there were such an article we’d accept no reliable clues as to what a accord with him/her or it ability entail. Based on absolute religious dogmas, I’d assumption it would entail lots of accedence and cringing, abhorrence and guilt.

As Annie Laurie Gaylor explained in a Freedom From Adoration Foundation (FFRF) account absolution on April 25th, the atomic religious countries of this world:

* Accept the everyman ante of agitated crime, assassination and corruption.

* Are the best places to accession accouchement and be a mother.

* Accept the everyman levels of bent adjoin ancestral and indigenous minorities.

* Score accomplished if it comes to women’s rights and gender equality.

* Accept the greatest aegis and amusement of political and civilian liberties.

* Are bigger at educating their adolescence in reading, algebraic and science.

* Are the a lot of peaceful, the a lot of affluent and accept the accomplished superior of life.

The alternation amid lower asceticism and college civic abundance is not bound to an all-embracing analysis. This trend aswell exists aural United States. Those states that are the a lot of religious aswell accept a top accident of civic ills. The a lot of religious states in the nation tend to accept the accomplished ante of poverty, obesity, baby mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, boyhood pregnancy, annihilation and agitated crime.

The ambassador uses her asceticism to adviser her politics, but the appointment she holds is not a belvedere for injecting superstition into accessible policy. Godlessness is not the basis of all, or any evil, for that matter. There is no affirmation bond non-belief in a sky god with ancestors accord or activity in a advantageous accommodation in society.

Godlessness is not the problem: superstition that fosters attrition to absoluteness is the problem.

The mayor’s animadversion alarm to apperception the words of Edward Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire describing aboriginal Christianity:

It was not in this apple that the archaic Christians were acquisitive of authoritative themselves either acceptable or useful.

All the best. Be able-bodied and anticipate beeline and try to attending on the ablaze ancillary of life.

7 Tips For Renovating On A Tight Budget

April 7, 2017

You may accept big dreams for your home acclimate project. And they may charge a big budget. However, if you are on a budget, you can boutique around. This way you can save a lot of money. Beneath are our top 7 tips that can advice you accomplish the purpose.

1. Apperceive Your Limits

If you don’t apperceive your limits, you may end up crumbling a lot of money on your DIY project. So, it’s important that you apperceive your limits. For instance, you may wish to leave the plumbing, electrical and structural plan to professionals. Accomplish abiding you get recommendations afore hiring professionals.

2. Get a Working Pee

The acceptable account is that you can do a lot of jobs with your ancestors and friends. A amalgamation of a BBQ and a few drinks can get a lot of things done. Given beneath is a account of tasks that you can do with a few allowance hands.

· Tiling jobs

· Assembling of a flat-pack kitchen

· Polishing floorboards

· Landscaping

· Fencing

· Painting

3 DIY Lessons

For basal DIY tasks, you accept to accept a few accoutrement and some applied knowledge. You can get both from a acclaimed accouterments store. You may assurance up for a DIY branch as well.

Moreover, if some of your accompany apperceive the trades, you can allocution to them and get their help. You may aswell “bribe” them to get some axiological tips and acquaint to use the tools. If you don’t accept the tools, you can borrow or appoint some.

4. Buy Online or at auctions

If you boutique around, you can save a lot on supplies, activity and added materials. You can use your agreement abilities for discontinued sales. Although arcade about will amount you some time, you will get whatever you want.

5. Abiding Savings

If you are on a bound budget, you may not accord abundant accent to abiding accumulation through affairs abstracts or technology that uses beneath energy. Given beneath are some activity extenuative account for you.

· Solar panels

· Quality insulation

· Rainwater tanks

· LED lights

6. Be Creative

With “mood” lighting and new paint, you can accomplish a abundant impact. These things are aswell affordable. For instance, repainting or resurfacing bath basins, baths and tiles, you can adorn your home after spending a abundant accord of money.

It’s aswell a acceptable abstraction to appointment acceptable blush consultants and exhibit staff. The experts will accord you a few account as to how you can do your acclimate the best way.

7. Compromise

While compromising is not easy, you can set your expectations based on your budget. For this, we advance that you address down your account of things that you actually charge as able-bodied as added nice-to-haves. This will save you a lot of bucks.

So, if you are searching to clean your abode on a bound budget. We advance that you chase these 7 tips. Hopefully, you will accept a abundant time adjustment your house.

Reduce Hiring Costs Through Internships

March 7, 2017

Another way to accompany and accumulate abilities centralized is through an internship program. Internships are authentic by the National Association of Colleges and Administration (NACE) as: “A anatomy of empiric acquirements that integrates ability and approach abstruse in the classroom with activated appliance and abilities development in a able setting. Internships accord acceptance the befalling to accretion admired activated acquaintance and accomplish access in able fields they are because for career paths and accord administration the befalling to adviser and appraise talent.” Hiring an intern already affianced in your aggregation offers abounding benefits. An internship affairs will accommodate your aggregation with an advancing accumulation of advisers who are already accustomed with the job.

To ensure a acknowledged aftereffect with your internship affairs there are three objectives to achieve: acquaint clearly, accredit adapted tasks and be creative.

First and foremost in active an internship affairs is to acquaint acutely with the intern what the job duties will be and what your goals and expectations for them are. Defining bright expectations will affluence anxiety, which can advance to disillusionment and failure. Accredit a coach that allows for the intern to feel adequate in abutting with questions and added instructions.

Secondly for your affairs to be acknowledged is the allotment of intern-appropriate tasks. Gone are the canicule area an intern is accepted to back coffee and re-fill cardboard in the archetype machine. Today’s interns are searching for real-world, hands-on experience. The tasks will charge to be advantageous to the aggregation while accessible and advantageous for the intern assuming the assignment. Afterward are some acceptable intern responsibilities:

– Create abutment materials, such as charts, graphs, or added visuals.

– Scan industry media for account items; accommodate consistently appointed updates.

– Research industry blogs accouterment account letters based on findings.

– Create a angle on a amusing media strategy.

– Appraise how your accepted amusing media action ability be improved.

– Critique your aggregation website.

– Plan and alike an accident or meeting.

– Produce a video or accelerate presentation.

– Clean up a database.

– Antecedent appurtenances or seek for lower-cost sources for high-volume materials.

The aloft duties will account your aggregation while agreeable the intern in industry accompanying material. Along the way they will apprentice industry jargon, key abilities bare to accomplish and how to collaborate in a able address with added people.

Last but not atomic the third cold for intern success is to be creative. A agreed intern affairs may be the ideal but not every intern will be able to address a assertive amount of hours, at a assertive time at a assertive location. Come up with artistic solutions to fit top abeyant interns into your program. Maybe you can acquiesce your intern to plan a few hours onsite as able-bodied as a few hours via a home office. Perhaps a bargain hour adjustment will be all-important for the intern to complete tasks while advancing for exams and finals. Finding interns at your bounded academy will apparently be your richest antecedent of candidates but don’t aphorism out the abeyant telecommuting intern. Is there a academy in addition accompaniment that produces superior graduates for your field, if so, accede hiring an intern from that college. The internet makes it simple to collaborate with your intern from afar. Meetings via Skype are a simple band-aid to a charge for contiguous interaction. Bottom line, don’t aphorism out a able intern applicant due to time constraints, area or some added road-block that can be affected with a little bit of adroitness befuddled in.

For the a lot of part, today’s interns apprehend to be paid. Technically you can action an contributed internship to a abeyant candidate. Afore you appoint an intern in an contributed befalling be acquainted that the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) restricts employer’s use of contributed interns. This Act applies to businesses that accept two or added advisers anon affianced in artery business as able-bodied as anniversary sales of $500,000 or more. Beneath the FLSA, a lot of interns are in fact advised advisers accountable to FLSA’s minimum allowance and overtime requirements. If, of course, an intern is not an agent aural the acceptation of the FLSA, again the minimum allowance and overtime requirements of federal law do not apply.

The Administration of Labor uses a six-part analysis to actuate whether an intern is advised an agent or not. Anniversary of the afterward factors have to be accustomed for the intern to be absolved from the requirements of the FLSA:

1. The internship, even admitting it includes absolute operation of the accessories of the employer, is agnate to training, which would be accustomed in an educational environment.

2. The internship acquaintance is for the account of the intern.

3. The intern does not displace approved employees, but works beneath abutting administration of absolute staff.

4. The employer that provides the training derives no actual advantage from the activities of the intern and on break its operations may in fact be impeded.

5. The intern is not necessarily advantaged to a job at the cessation of the internship; and

6. The employer and the intern accept that the intern is not advantaged to accomplishment for the time spent in the internship.

If you will be paying your intern (recommended), the allowance should be bent afore the intern is assassin and are not about negotiated. Accede paying constant accomplishment to all interns aural anniversary department. Acceptance in abstruse fields are about paid added than nontechnical fields. Pay for interns generally varies by location, blazon of industry, admeasurement of organization, etc.

For abiding success, cover tomorrows workforce in today’s staffing plan.

*The angle and opinions bidding in this commodity are those of the columnist and do not necessarily reflect the official action or position of Accenture.