May 2021

first_imgSUN CITY, South Africa – Marc Leishman birdied the last two holes to capitalize on Henrik Stenson’s slip-ups and move into the lead on the third day of the Nedbank Challenge. The Australian began on 8 under par, trailing Stenson by three shots, but a strong back nine saw him close Saturday on a 6-under 66 that left him 14 under and a stroke ahead of the Swede. Stenson’s birdies at the 14th and 15th put some daylight between himself and the chasing pack, but a three-putt on No. 16 brought a bogey and he went on to drive his tee shot at the 18th into the bunker. The 2008 champion lost his cool at that point, throwing his bag down, and another bogey saw him sign for a 70. The 32-year-old Leishman is chasing his first European Tour win after coming close at this year’s British Open, when he lost a playoff to Zach Johnson. ”I saw Henrik was getting away a little bit so I had to try to do something to make it interesting for tomorrow,” Leishman said. ”I’ve been in this position a few times in big events so it’s great to draw on that experience.” Jaco van Zyl drained a long putt at the last to finish with a birdie and end the day on 10 under, while American Robert Streb matched the South African’s 72 to sit a shot behind in fourth place. Van Zyl’s compatriots, Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, both enjoyed good days to ensure a strong South African presence in the top 10. Grace’s 67 left him tied for fifth with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger on 7 under, while Oosthuizen was a further shot back in seventh after his 68.last_img read more

first_imgGOLD COAST, Australia – Australian Nathan Holman parred the first hole of a three-way playoff with American Harold Varner III and South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli to win the Australian PGA championship on Sunday. Holman, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, and Frittelli and Varner, who each had 75s, finished with even-par totals of 288 on a tough, wind-swept Royal Pines resort course. Holman led by two strokes but bogeyed his final two holes. Varner’s birdie attempt on 18 that would have given him the win in regulation slid just wide of the cup. The Australian was the only one on the fairway in the playoff and hit to the middle of the green, while Frittelli and Varner were off the green after hitting their second shots from the rough. The 24-year-old Holman ended the playoff with a one-foot par putt after Frittelli and Varner bogeyed. The victory earned him an exemption this season and next on the European Tour, which co-sanctioned the Australian PGA this year. Zander Lombard of South Africa, who was tied for the third-round lead with Frittelli and Varner, shot 76 and finished fourth, one stroke behind the leading trio. “It was pretty annoying to almost lose it at the end,” Holman said of his bogey-bogey finish in regulation. Holman also finished first in the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, which qualifies him for the British Open and the World Golf Championships. “It’s huge, I didn’t realize what was on the line,” said Holman, who began the day two strokes off the lead. “It’s probably a good thing, to be honest. I did think I’d get to those events in the future. I didn’t think it would be this quickly. To do it off the back of a victory is probably going to be better – I’ve deserved it. It’s stuff you dream of playing golf as a kid.” It was the second straight year that the tournament was decided in a playoff: Greg Chalmers won a marathon seven-hole playoff with Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in 2014. Holman’s win continues years of Australian dominance at the PGA, which hasn’t been won by an international player since New Zealand’s Greg Turner in 1999. Varner’s 66 had pulled him into the third-round lead, but he was nine strokes worse on Sunday. “That’s just the way it goes sometimes,” Varner said. “I’ll be all right. I’m going to go have a great Christmas and get back to it. Just got to keep working and good things will happen. My time will come eventually.” The newly designed back nine at Royal Pines by former Australian golfer Graham Marsh had six of the toughest nine holes on the course. Organizers had a million-dollar “party hole” on the par-3 16th on Sunday, set up with bars and entertainment similar to a hole at the Phoenix Open. The closest anyone came to winning a 1 million Australian dollars ($734,000) bonus was Australian Matt Griffin, whose tee shot landed only six inches away from the hole.last_img read more

first_imgOLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – It’s not officially a lost season for Rory McIlroy, otherwise he’d be knee deep in the renovation of his new south Florida home and daydreaming about 2018. The FedExCup means too much to the 2016 champion after having finally won the season-long race last year following so many bridesmaid finishes; and he conceded that his decision to finish the playoff season was based entirely on how his body responded after a week off following the PGA Championship. “I was unsure of what I was going to do and I came pretty close to saying, you know what, I’m going to wait and get myself healthy,” McIlroy said on Wednesday at The Northern Trust. “But I still have a lot of time after these events to do that. I feel like I’m capable of winning. I feel like I’m capable of giving myself a chance to win this thing.” So the world’s fourth-ranked player will finish the postseason, which may be just three starts unless the Northern Irishman makes a move up the rankings the next few weeks, and he’ll finish his year on the European Tour at the Dunhill Links Championship in October. And then? “2018,” he smiled. It’s been that kind of year for McIlroy, who didn’t play his first PGA Tour event until March and was slowed throughout by a nagging rib injury. Following the PGA Championship he suggested his year might be over, his patience finally worn thin by the on-again, off-again nature of a rib injury, but the chance to defend his title and finish what has been a challenging season on a high note drew him back for one final push. The Northern Trust: Articles, video and photos FedExCup standings entering the playoffs The year hasn’t been a total loss. He finished tied for fourth at The Open, well out of serious contention but enough of a glimmer of hope to keep him interested. Oh, and he was married in April. But otherwise, 2017 has been a year best forgotten thanks to the combination of his ongoing injury, a forced equipment change when Nike Golf got out of the hard-goods business and a complete lack of victories. “This thing has just been so niggly and it’s flared up and then it’s calmed down and then it’s flared up again,” he said. “I haven’t had the time to really let it settle down. I did at the start of the year, but I started to practice a little bit too hard, too early, when I came back from getting married and going on honeymoon, and then it flared up again.” But if ’17 has been something best forgotten, at least from a professional standpoint, the normally jagged edge such a season would instill in a player was noticeably missing from McIlroy’s voice on Wednesday. Despite his ’17 scorecard, McIlroy said he begins the playoffs confident in his FedExCup chances, noting that he began last season’s playoff push ranked 36th on the season-long points list. He’s currently 44th on the list. “I feel like I’m capable of winning. I feel like I’m capable of giving myself a chance to win this thing,” he said. But beyond the competitive necessities of the next few weeks, the bounce in McIlroy’s step was largely the result of coming up with a plan. After the Dunhill Links in October, he has a battery of tests scheduled that include a full-body scan and even a food intolerance test. He’ll take two weeks off after that before intensifying his focus on next season. “All we’ll be focusing on is getting me in the best possible shape with my body and my game going into 2018. So I’m excited for that,” he said. That’s mind, body, game and beyond. Following his news conference on Wednesday at Glen Oaks Club, McIlroy planned to meet with Mark Broadie, the mastermind behind the Tour’s strokes gained statistics and author of “Every Shot Counts.” “I’ve become a big believer that they are very important and if you look at strokes gained from when they started to collect the ShotLink data [2003], the only guy that has ever averaged three strokes gained on the field in a year is Tiger [Woods], and he did it eight seasons,” McIlroy said. McIlroy went on to explain that his best season was in 2012 when he led the Tour with a 2.406 average in the strokes gained-total category. “That’s my goal. My goal is to get to three. I want to be the only other player to get to three strokes gained-total average,” he said. “If I can do that, you’ll win five or six times a year, at least.” To do that, he’ll have to be healthy, which is why he’ll do what so few of the game’s top players do and take an extended break when the playoff dust settles. His year isn’t over, not just yet, and he can still make lemonade out of what has been a lemon with a postseason run like the one that he rode all the way to last year’s $10 million payday at East Lake; but it wasn’t the thought of a walk-off that filled McIlroy’s voice with optimism. No, that silver lining was the byproduct of what awaits in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgTAOYUAN CITY, Taiwan – Nelly Korda shot a 3-under 69 to share the lead with Wei-Ling Hsu after three rounds of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship on Saturday. Playing in front of a home crowd, Hsu finished with an even-72 on Saturday after shooting 68 and 67 in the first two rounds. Korda and Hsu have a total of 9-under 207 and both will be looking for their first LPGA titles in Sunday’s final round at the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club. ”I think I’ll definitely be a little nervous,” Korda said of Sunday’s round. ”Anyone who is in contention on a Sunday will obviously feel those types of feelings. But I’ll also be excited and just happy to be in that position.” Full-field scores from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Korda will be playing in the final round with Hsu, who she knows will be the crowd favorite. ”Wei-Ling was playing right behind me (today), but you heard a couple roars,” she said. ”I think it’s awesome to see how much they support women’s golf out here and just how they support a home player is really great. It’s really nice to see.” Korda, the sister of fellow LPGA player Jessica Korda, dropped a shot on No. 13 but birdied two of the last five holes to move into a tie atop the leaderboard. Five players are within two shots of the leaders: Jin Young Ko (69), Bronte Law (69), Megan Khang (70), Lydia Ko (72) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (73). ”There’s a lot of girls stacked up on the leaderboard,” Korda said. ”So you know, I’m just going to be one of those girls that’s fighting for it.’last_img read more

first_imgThere are good arguments against match play in professional golf. The 18-hole sprint allows too many upsets and the early departure of too many big names (who may have even shot a much lower score in losing their match than others in the draw did in winning theirs); The steady dwindling of the field, which by Sunday leaves only two players to produce a big finish, with the real possibility of a deflating blowout. In short, it’s a television executive’s nightmare waiting to happen. Early on, the WGC-Match Play didn’t do much to assuage those fears. In three of the first four years, the finals paired Jeff Maggert vs. Andrew Magee, Steve Stricker vs. Pierre Fulke, and Scott McCarron vs. Kevin Sutherland. On the other hand, Tiger Woods got to the final of three of the first six, winning two of them. Which gets to my argument for more match play. Theoretically, if every tournament were match play, it would be easier, not harder, to determine the best player. And with the understanding that in golf “dominant” is a relative term, more match play would make it easier, not harder, for the best player to be more dominant. I don’t pretend to have proof. But consider the match-play records of some of game’s all-time greats. From 1921-27, Walter Hagen won five out of seven PGA Championships (then held as match play) and lost in the final of another. From 1924-30, Bobby Jones won five U.S. Amateurs, and was runner-up another time. He also won the 1930 British Amateur as well. The triumvirate of Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan won a collective seven PGAs at match play, with Nelson and Snead losing in the finals in five more. And of course, Woods won three straight U.S. Juniors followed by three straight U.S. Amateurs. There’s an argument that the increased depth in today’s game would not allow such match-play domination. Perhaps. But counter to the argument that match play is a crap shoot among today’s pros, from 1999-2014, when the WGC-Match Play was single elimination, in the 32 first-round matches, the lower-seeded players in each match collectively defeated the higher-seeded players only once, and that was 18-14 in the tournament’s inaugural year. Overall, over those 16 years, it was 306-206 in favor of higher seeds. And the last year, it was 23-9 in favor of the higher seed on Day 1. Golf Central Friday’s scenarios for WGC-Dell Match Play BY Nick Menta  — March 28, 2019 at 8:33 PM Scenarios abound entering Friday’s final day of pool play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. And there’s this: three of the last four winners – Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy – have all been world No. 1. And last year’s winner, Bubba Watson, has two majors and is a former No. 2. Or back to Woods, who in the WGC-Match Play from 2003-08, won three times in six appearances. In that same period, he won 31 of 95 PGA Tour events, just under 33 percent. It’s a solid rebuttal to the axiom that the truest test of the best player is medal play over 72 holes. There’s good evidence that the best players have a better chance of winning a match-play event than a medal-play event. And if they do, the very best would have a greater chance to dominate the game if there were more match-play events. Why is that good? The eras with the most dominant players have been the best for golf. The primes of Jones, Hogan, Nicklaus and Woods – by consensus the four greatest players of all time – are the richest in the history of the game. When greatness is achieved, it becomes the most enlightening prism through which to see the game. And match play is the game’s great illuminator. Why? It offers more moments when a champion can exhibit the qualities that separate him than in medal play. It’s true in tournament golf that, to borrow the title of Mark Broadie’s breakthrough book, every stroke counts. But anyone who has closely watched the final 18 holes of a tournament knows that some strokes are more important than others. What most separates of near equal talent is the ability to dig deep and get it done at the crucial moments. If this weren’t true, Broadie wouldn’t be working feverishly at developing what he believes will be golf’s greatest ever stat – Strokes Gained: Clutch.   Simply, match play provides more of such moments than medal play. It’s why the Ryder Cup transfixes us like no other event. And it’s why McIlroy on Thursday in Austin said he was most pleased by the way in his first two matches he had answered his opponents with big shots. Prior to The Players Championship, McIlroy had emphasized how pleased he was with the level of his play despite not performing his best on several Sundays. But upon winning at Sawgrass, he said he was most proud of producing the shots down the stretch he had to have to win. No, not every stroke is equal, and that’s never more obvious than in match play. So, let’s have more of it in pro golf (three more such events on the schedule would be a good start), retaining the early round-robin format to let fan favorites be included for at least three days. If the phrase “may the best man win” defines the ultimate goal of a golf tournament, match play will get us there more often.last_img read more

first_imgST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – There’s no playbook to processing momentous occasions, those few moments when a career feels on the precipice of a turning point. Some players dwell for weeks. Others run and hide in the aftermath. For Vince India, the answer was to briefly abandon the competitive grind and find solace in a few well-lubricated rounds at home. “It was more friendly, leisure golf in a cart,” India explained. “Drinking booze with friends and playing 36 (holes) with an emergency nine mixed in somewhere.” If India had left his clubs in Portland last August, no one would have blamed him. Contending for the first time on the Korn Ferry Tour in the circuit’s final regular-season event, he played himself from obscurity to within arm’s reach of the PGA Tour. He gunned for an eagle on the 72nd hole that he needed to win and instead left with a soul-crushing double bogey that meant his 2020 status on the developmental circuit was hardly a sure thing. India may look 17, but he’s actually 31. He’s been at this a long time, having turned pro in 2011 and largely bouncing between the Korn Ferry and PGA Tour Latinoamerica since. He’s made a total of three PGA Tour starts. That singular hole in Portland, when every possible outcome seemingly whizzed by in the span of 10 minutes, could have become the pivotal moment in a story of what might have been. Instead, India heads into the final round of The King & Bear Classic as the man to beat, with the Korn Ferry record book in his sights. Full-field scores from the King and Bear Classic at World Golf Village India has scorched this week’s layout, a 10-minute drive from the World Golf Hall of Fame, including a 10-under 62 during the third round that tied the course record. He would have had it alone were it not for a 6-foot eagle miss on the final green, but the numbers are still eye-popping on the par-72 layout: 25 under through 54 holes, with a total of two dropped shots. India broke free from a tight leaderboard with a front-nine 29 Friday, building a five-shot advantage at one point, and now leads by four over PGA Tour veteran Chris Kirk. “I want to get to 30 under,” India said confidently, drawing a line in the sand that would equal the Korn Ferry scoring record in relation to par that Stephan Jaeger set in 2016. India is equal parts slim and self-deprecating, weighing in at 150 pounds (and that might be on the generous side). But he doesn’t mind reflecting on what transpired in Portland 10 months ago, chalking it up to a few tough bounces after taking an aggressive approach. “That is kind of the nature of this stupid game,” he said. While some players worked on their swing during the coronavirus hiatus, India looked elsewhere. He started dabbling in yoga and meditation, working on relaxation. It hasn’t taken long for those efforts to yield results; last week’s T-10 finish at TPC Sawgrass was just his second career top-10 finish in 98 starts. The other, of course, being his emotional whirlwind in Oregon. He’s aware of his tendency to speed up under the gun, one he knows he’ll have to fight Saturday as he looks to close out the biggest win of his career. Playing some of the best golf of his career, he hopes to put the hard lessons learned in Portland to good use. “Over a golf shot things just move quicker. I feel like I am gripping the club like the Hulk,” India said. “So I know what to expect when those situations come up, and have a pretty good plan in place.” India won’t be the only player in the final group eager for some redemption. The only player starting within six shots of the lead will be Kirk, a 35-year-old who hasn’t played a Korn Ferry event since 2010. But his PGA Tour status left him as first alternate for the RBC Heritage, meaning he took the unconventional commute from Fort Worth to St. Augustine. The decision has panned out after three straight rounds of 66 or better. Kirk’s last win came five years ago at Colonial, one that took him to 17th in the world rankings. Since then he’s battled issues both on and off the course, taking a leave of absence last summer to address concerns with alcohol abuse and depression. He returned in November but has yet to regain his previous form. He admits that, years ago, he could self-assuredly walk the range at a PGA Tour event knowing that he was one of the best players in sight. Golf Central Kirk taking leave to deal with alcohol, depression BY Will Gray  — May 7, 2019 at 10:15 AM Chris Kirk announced Tuesday that he is taking “an indefinite leave” from the PGA Tour to address issues with alcohol abuse and depression. “I don’t feel that now, to be honest with you,” said Kirk, who teed off this week ranked No. 522 in the world. But a few birdies can fix months’ worth of confidence deficiencies, and Kirk is eager to try to chase down India on a course where he remains bogey-free through 54 holes. “If I go play a good round tomorrow, I will be happy no matter what the outcome is,” Kirk said. “I just want to play some good golf, make some good shots and roll in a few putts. It’s that simple.” Win or lose, Kirk will be back on the PGA Tour in two weeks in Detroit. The same can’t be said for India, who once again has a chance to vault up the standings as he looks to finally break onto the big stage a decade after turning pro.  It’s also a tantalizing opportunity to transform last year’s calamitous final hole from a potential turning point into merely a footnote in his career progression. “Just try to replace bad memories with good memories,” India said, “and time usually heals everything.”last_img read more

first_imgGREENSBORO, Ga. — Ally McDonald is trying to leave everyone behind — and not get too far ahead of herself. McDonald shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend in the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee. “I’m trying to just execute and stick to my game plan,” McDonald said. “I think it’s really easy as a person who has never won to get ahead of yourself. We all really, really want to win. That’s why we do this. That’s why we compete — to put yourself in contention as much as we can.” The 27-year-old from Mississippi made five straight birdies in the middle of the round, then gave back two strokes with bogeys on the par-4 fifth and par-5 sixth. “I was just thinking like, `I don’t want to discredit my round just because I played a couple bad holes towards the end of the day,’” McDonald said. “I put myself in a great position to hit some really good shots and it was really solid for, I guess, would’ve been 13 holes. ” She had a 10-under 134 total in the first-year event on the Great Waters Course. “The next two days I’m just going to try to execute my game plan, stick to one shot at a time,” McDonald said. “If I find myself getting ahead, I need to regroup, back off, and be right in the moment, be present, and try to execute the shot I have.” Golf Central Update: McDonald (68) takes lead at LPGA Drive On Danielle Kang was tied for second with Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines in the event added to the schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down women’s golf for five months. The tour returned with another Drive On tournament in Toledo, Ohio, in late July, with Kang winning that event and again the following week in Sylvania, Ohio. Kang, tied for the first-round lead with Jennifer Song after a 65, birdied the par-5 18th for a 70. Kang leads the Race to CME Globe and, at No. 5 in the world, is the top-ranked player in the field, “I think I’m in pretty good position for the weekend,” Kang said. “Getting to know the golf course a little bit better every day. Today played differently than yesterday because teed off early and golf course played longer. The greens were a little bit more — there is dew so it was a little slower. Towards the end started drying up, so I had to adjust.” Pagdanganan shot a 67 — also closing with a birdie on 18. A member of Arizona’s 2018 NCAA championship team after starting her college career at Gonzaga, she’s making her sixth LPGA Tour start of the year and seventh overall. “I feel really relaxed out there,” Pagdanganan said. “I’m really enjoying this whole environment, With the course being by the lake, it’s really beautiful.” Ariya Jutanugarn was 8 under after a 67. Winless in more than two years, the 10-time LPGA Tour champion opened bogey-double bogey on Nos. 10 and 11, then rallied with an eagle and four birdies. “To be honest, after first two holes, I feel like make cut going to be good enough for me this week.” Jutanugarn said. “It’s just so much fun to be able to come back and make some birdies.” She set up the eagle on the par-5 second with a downwind 6-iron from 195 yards to 20 feet. “On that hole, I feel like I have good commitment with every shot I hit,” Jutanugarn said. Katherine Kirk birdied four of the last six holes in the afternoon for a 65 to get to 7 under. European Solheim Cup teammates Mel Reid (68) and Pernilla Lindberg (69) also were 7 under. Reid, won her first LPGA Tour title three weeks ago in New Jersey. “It’s just about being patient, being sensible when you can and you get the green flag to go for the pins and when not to,” Reid said. Full-field scores from the Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee Song had four bogeys and a closing double bogey in a 75. She was six strokes back. Jessica Korda rebounded from a first-round 74 and opening bogey to shoot 67 and get to 3 under. She eagled No. 6. Lydia Ko also was 3 under, finishing with a bogey on the par-4 ninth for a 70. The 15-time LPGA Tour champion is winless in 2 1/2 years. Playing partner Lexi Thompson, at No. 10 one of only three top-10 players in the field, also dropped a stroke on the par-4 ninth. She was 1 over after a 74. Minjee Lee, the Australian ranked No. 9, was 1 under after a 73. Juli Inkster missed the cut with rounds of 77 and 72. The 60-year-old Hall of Famer was making her third start of the year.last_img

first_imgBiologist Jonathan Wells, author of Zombie Science and Icons of Evolution, opens up about his likes, dislikes, and college years, in this Up Close and Personal video. Jonathan Wells does scientific research and writes about science education and textbooks. Find more information about Jonathan Wells’ work at www.iconsofevolution.com. Why is understanding Dr. Wells as a person important? Because in assessing anyone as a guide to anything, integrity must count for a great deal. Ask yourself: In defending principle, how far is this person willing to go? What cost is he willing to pay rather than compromise on what his reasoning tells him is right? What punishment will he accept?Does this sound melodramatic? It’s not. As a younger man, Wells stood up to the government, stood up for his principles under some harrowing circumstances. The context at the time was war and peace. The context now is evolution and intelligent design. Different times, different context, but the same man. You might agree with him, you might disagree with him — this is a scientist with integrity of a kind none of his critics that we’re aware of can claim.Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution exposes the myths that the Darwin apologetics industry foists on the public through media and biology textbooks: Darwin’s Tree of Life, walking whales, DNA as “The Secret of Life,” so-called “Junk DNA,” cancer as an evolutionary mascot, vestigial organs, and more. Jonathan Wells is your guide to the front line in the evolution debate. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Intelligent Design Recommended Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Life Sciences Jonathan Wells: Biologist, Author of Zombie Science, and…Ex-Con?Evolution News @DiscoveryCSCMay 10, 2017, 11:57 AM 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 All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos TagscancerevolutionIcons of EvolutionJonathan WellsJunk DNAtextbooksTree of Lifevestigial organswhalesZombie Science,Trending Evolution “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tourlast_img read more

first_imgThe materialist idea that you are “all body” — nothing but matter — is hardly more dangerous than the opposite idea, that you are “all spirit,” that negative feelings or thoughts are mere illusion, to be overcome, without remainder, by thinking the right thoughts.Case in point: Our friend J.P. Moreland’s frank new book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace, takes him as the experimental subject of what amounts to a test of the thesis that humans are both body and spirit. Dante Witt writes about it at The Stream, with admirable candor about the role of anxiety (or more specifically, OCD) in her own life:He woke in absolute terror. It was the middle of the night, and he had no idea why he was so afraid.It was widely respected Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland’s first panic attack. It took him months to find out how to deal with it and to heal.Denyse O’Leary writes over at Mind Matters:To win the struggle with mental states that he knew to be aberrant, [Moreland] had to clarify for himself and for others his beliefs about psychiatry, mental disorders, the mind, and the soul. But this time it was from the first-person perspective: it is not my theory; this is happening to me.As a prominent devout Christian, Moreland found himself contending with two extremes of popular culture: “Why can’t faith alone heal?” pitted against “Why can’t pills alone heal?” So he found himself starting to live the approach he had often explained in his writings.That is powerful: It was not just a matter of “theory” but what was “happening to me.” Moreland seeks to offer a “holistic” method, and I’m moved by the way it encouraged Dante Witt to courageously share both her experience and this important and heartfelt advice: “Don’t wait and use psychiatrists as a last resort. They are trained to diagnose disorders that baffle the rest of us. Had I seen a psychiatrist sooner, instead of relying solely on counselors, I could have avoided years of anguish.”Please read the rest respectively at The Stream and Mind Matters.Photo credit: Fernando @cferdo via Unsplash. TagsanxietyChristianitycounselorsDante WittDenyse O’LearyFinding QuietillusionJ.P. Morelandmental disordersmindMind MattersOCDpanic attackpeacepillspsychiatristsoulterrorThe Stream,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share Recommended Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis 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 All Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Mancenter_img Medicine Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Neuroscience & Mind Moreland, Witt: Not “All Body,” but Not “All Spirit” EitherDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 7, 2019, 7:05 AM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more

first_imgPhysics, Earth & Space “Our 20th- and 21st-Century Ptolemaic Epicycles”?Paul NelsonNovember 30, 2020, 11:34 AM Photo: Alex Filippenko (screenshot).Here is some refreshing philosophical candor from Alex Filippenko, professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, as he describes his “wake up in the middle of the night screaming” worries that dark energy and dark matter might be theory-driven devices to accommodate the data. “Band-Aids to explain the data,” he wonders, “but they’re just completely wrong.” Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Paul NelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CulturePaul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.Follow PaulProfile Share He remarks, “Maybe these are our 20th- and 21st-century Ptolemaic epicycles…“ I take no position on the physics and astronomy questions raised (because I can’t), but am fascinated by the philosophy of science parallels to similar moves in molecular phylogenetics and systematics. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Go here, at about 9 minutes into his interview with Lex Fridman: Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tourcenter_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Fridman is a first-rate interviewer. I love his stuff. On a recent drive to and from Pittsburgh, I listened to his four-hour+ long interview with Stephen Wolfram. Compelling. TagsAlex Filippenkodark energydark matterLex Fridmanphilosophy of sciencephylogeneticsphysicsPtolemaic systemsystematicsUC Berkeley,Trending Recommended Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man 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 Alllast_img read more