first_imgToday Donegal Daily has launched a sister website – www.derrydaily.net Most of us living in Donegal travel in to Derry regularly and many of our neighbours travel out to Donegal.Thousands of us traveled into the city recently to see the amazing Fleadh. So, following on from the huge success of Donegal Daily, we have decided to give the people of Derry their own online voice.Just like Donegal Daily we plan to cover all the breaking news from across Derry.Many of the stories which appear on www.derrydaily.net will be of some interest to Donegal readers.Today we have some great stories on Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle, the development of GAA in Derry as well as full coverage of the funeral of literary great Seamus Heaney. We also have the latest, breaking news.Why not log on to www.derrydaily.net for yourself and have a look and like us on Facebook if you want to keep up to date with our North West neighbours.  HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS IN DERRY? was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry Dailylast_img read more

Warriors 112; Pacers 89: Inside the Warriors’ defensive effort

first_imgOAKLAND – They have shattered scoring records with All-Star talent that can make shots almost every time they try. But as the Warriors gear up for another NBA championship run, they are depending on something they feel has become more instrumental in hoisting three trophies in the past four years.The Warriors have focused on their defense, the area that coaches often harp about because of its value and players avoid because of the hustle that it requires. In the Warriors’ 112-89 victory over …last_img

Darwin Acid Eats Literature

first_imgA potent acid has fallen on the bookshelf, eating away the minds and intentions of its characters, dissolving romances and adventures into a hideous morass of uniform consistency.    Prominent evolutionist Daniel Dennett, author of Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, wrote that evolution is like a “universal acid” that cannot be contained in its scientific vial.  It spills over onto every traditional belief and transforms everything it touches.  For an example, look what it does to literature.  John Whitfield, a freelance science writer from London, writing in Nature,1 explored the concept of “Literary darwinism”2 as a form of “Textual selection.”  In the article, a cartoon shows a monkey with Darwin’s face pondering Homer’s Iliad.  What is “literary darwinism”?  It is looking at all the characters and actions in literature as outworkings of the processes of evolution.  It is reading literature through the glasses of an evolutionary theory of mind.  It interprets every action of the characters as sexual strategies to pass on one’s genes.When, at the beginning of The Iliad – and Western literature – King Agamemnon steals Achilles’ slave-girl, Briseis, the king tells the world’s greatest warrior that he is doing so “to let you know that I am more powerful than you, and to teach others not to bandy words with me and openly defy their king”.  But literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall believes that the true focus of Homer’s epic is not royal authority, but royal genes.    Gottschall is one of a group of researchers, calling themselves literary darwinists, devoted to studying literature using the concepts of evolutionary biology and the empirical, quantitative methods of the sciences.  “Women in Homer are not a proxy for status and honour,” says Gottschall.  “At bottom, the men in the stories are motivated by reproductive concerns.  Every homeric raid involves killing the men and abducting the women.”  The violent world of the epics, he says, reflects a society where men fought for scarce mates and chieftains had access to as many women as slaves and concubines.  And he thinks that everything written since Homer is open to similar analysis. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Lest one think this is an idle pastime of a few academic elitists, Whitfield explains that literary darwinists are on “a crusade, an attempt to shake up literary criticism.”  They believe they have the scientific approach, founded on an evolutionary theory of mind, that will bring an objective “truth” to literary criticism.  Approaching texts with reference only to “the subjective and the social”, in their opinion, fails to understand “human motives and cognitive biases” that have been shaped by evolution.    This sounds like a new variety of social deconstruction, but its promoters say it’s not.  “The problem, say the literary darwinists, is that for the past few decades the humanities have, in the case of critics deconstructing texts, denied the need for a theory of human nature, asserting that the study of texts can be concerned with nothing outside those texts.”  According to one literary darwinist, earlier forms of social deconstruction only got parts of the truth but missed the important thing:Those influenced by freudianism, for example, might read a novel looking for hints of a child’s sexual desire for its parent.  A marxist would seek out economic and class conflicts.  [Joseph] Carroll [U of Missouri, St. Louis] has no truck with this: “The theories up to this point have all had a little bit of the truth, but have also all been fundamentally flawed,” he says.  “None comes to terms with the fundamental facts of human evolution.”How does literary darwinism work in practice?  Whitfield gives a few examples that illustrate the breadth of the territory eyed by this new crusade:Poetry:  One literary darwinist “uses ideas from cognitive science in her analysis of the mother-child bond in William Wordsworth’s Prelude.”Novels:  “A darwinian analysis of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, he [Carroll] says, goes beyond the simple idea that women look for fortune in men, to show how such animal concerns are filtered through the vast flexibility of human behaviour, cultural conditions and individual variation.“I don’t look at Pride and Prejudice and try to sort out what is biological and what is cultural,” says Carroll.  “I look at it and examine the way underlying biological dispositions are organized in a specific cultural ecology.  Nobody in the novel escapes the problems of mate selection, status and forming alliances.  But the characters also integrate these concerns with human qualities, such as intelligence, character, morals and cultivation.”  The noble, romantic characters, such as Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy, integrate successfully, hiding their reproductive issues beneath their social graces.  The more comic characters, such as Elizabeth Bennett’s mother, do not (although in marrying off her daughters, she is quite the evolutionary success).Comedy:  “Romantic comedies play upon the audience’s pleasure at seeing reproductive strategies rewarded.”Tragedy:  Tragedies, like when Medea kills her children, “appeal by invoking recoil from maladaptive acts.”Folk literature:  Gottschall found that “the majority of folk tales feature brave heroes marrying beautiful heroines, with the two living happily ever after.”To the literary darwinists, therefore, everything in the arts and humanities is fair game.  Novels and poems, epic tales and movies, histories and fantasies – indeed, everything written about the human condition – are the spoils of war as the scientists invade the humanities, gathering rich data on the “natural history of our species.”  As they plunder, texts are robbed of their original meaning and whatever the authors thought they were saying.  Everything must now be reinterpreted according to the Laws of Natural Selection and Sexual Selection.    Like any conquerors, the literary darwinists argue they are improving a bad situation.  They feel they are filling a void left by a long tradition of literary criticism that has “lost its place” and is wandering in a sphere of “obscurantism and irrelevance” with arguments settled solely by the one who “deploys the sharpest rhetoric and the best memory.”  In its place, literary darwinism offers “testable, durable knowledge” by applying “evolutionary psychology” to “work out what a story is ‘really’ about, not in some ultimate, metaphysical sense, but in the sense of whether a wide range of people interpret a work in the same way.”    Does this mean that literary darwinism is concerned primarily with attaining a new social consensus, with political ramifications?  It seems so.  Whitfield ends, “Ultimately, the theories of human nature that become widely held in a society will influence how that society believes people respond to their environments, and how they should be treated.”  The literary darwinists are not just trying to toss one more opinion into the ring.  They really are on a crusade.  Whitfield quotes Gottschall,3 “Literary scholars aren’t harmless,” Gottschall says.  “When we get it wrong it matters.”1John Whitfield, “Literary darwinism: Textual selection,” Nature 439, 388-389 (26 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/439388a.2Notice that Whitfield’s frequent use of uncapitalized darwinism, darwinist and darwinian demonstrates that Darwin’s name has become an idiomatic parcel of the English language.3Jonathan Gottschall is co-editor of a series of essays on literary darwinism, entitled, The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (eds Gottschall, J. & Wilson, D. S., Northwestern Univ. Press, Evanston, Illinois, 2005).  He also has an upcoming book, The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer.Friends, Romans, first Corinthians, lend me your ears.  I come to bury Darwin, not to praise him.  The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.  So let it be with Darwin.  The noble Gottschall hath told you Homer was ambitious: if it were so, it were a grievous fault, and grievously hath Darwin answered it…. O judgement!  thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason.  Bear with me; my heart is in the coffin there with Wordsworth, and I must pause till it come back to me.    If you have had enough of Darwin’s acerbic dregs, if you shudder at the destruction left in his wake, if this reduction of all that is noble and praiseworthy into sexual actions of mindless selfish genes leaves you horrified (realizing that no land is exempt, not even Narnia nor Jerusalem), if you have woken up to realize this is a crusade of titanic proportions, if you understand that Dennett’s universal acid has congealed into The Blob that is on the move, swallowing whole universities and institutions (12/21/2005), then rise to the occasion.  The darwinists have a vulnerability that neutralizes their acid and turns it into harmless vapor.  If you were perceptive, you caught it in their very words.  Joseph Carroll spoke of “the truth.”  Say those three little words that make the orcs freeze in their tracks and stab their own chests: What is Truth?(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ambulance driver, doctor carry patient in a sling in Odisha’s hilly terrain

first_imgIn an exemplary show of service, a doctor, with the support of an ambulance driver, carried an ailing patient on a makeshift sling for over 5 km in a remote, hilly, jungle terrain to provide the orphan teenager proper medical care in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Tuesday.The physician is Dr. Shakti Prasad Mishra, an Ayurveda doctor posted in the Khairaput Block of Malkangiri district for a mobile health unit project taken up under the National Health Mission (NHM). On Tuesday morning, Dr. Mishra received information that a seriously ill tribal teenager, Kumulu Kirsani, at the Nuagada village of the Badadural Panchayat.But the ambulance could not reach the village due to the lack of a proper road. Instead, Dr. Mishra preferred to trek to the village to check on the patient. As his condition was serious, he had to be shifted to the Malkangiri District Headquarter Hospital. No help was available to move the patient to the ambulance parked 5 km away.“Having no other way to save the patient, the ambulance driver Gobind Nagulu and I decided to carry him on a makeshift sling,” said Dr. Mishra. They had to pass through hilly jungle terrain and cross mountain streams to reach the main road where the ambulance was parked. Dr. Mishra hails from the Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. He has been serving in the remote areas of Malkangiri district since 2012. “The satisfaction that a physician gets by serving to save a life, the ultimate level [in such work], is a joy to cherish,” he said.last_img read more

A runaway artists return to his roots

first_imgIn his youth, he ran away from home in south India to pursue the dream of becoming an artist.But for S V Rama Rao, the US-based Indian painter returning to India, to create a body of work for a maiden exhibition here is a return to his own roots.Based in Chicago now, Rao, 76, who grew up in a small town in Gudivada in Andhra Pradesh is presenting his ‘celebration of colours’ on canvas here in an ongoing exhibition titled ‘Nature’s Abstract Glory’ where nature poetically segues into an abstract narrative. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, for Rao the occasion brings with it the sweep of nostalgia as he journeys from his childhood to dreams he had dreamt to his leaving Indian shores and coming back, albeit briefly.‘To pursue my dreams, as a youth I once ran away from home in Gudivada, because my father wouldn’t like me being an artist. I even boarded a train out of the town but after a few stations I started thinking of my mother and family and decided to come back,’ Rao told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘My father later took me to a known artist in the Andhra film industry and in a way I undertook my apprenticeship there under him. Later, I enrolled at the Madras College of Fine Arts where we were taught by renowned artists like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury. And, my journey began from there,’ he says.But the septuagenarian artist counts his unlettered father as one of his inspirations and source of valuable lessons in life.‘My father used to make these beautifully carved columns for temple and houses. And, though he was never educated I thought how did he manage to do it? So, I learned that sometimes education stifles our creativity and the language of imagination does not need a formal education,’ he says.The painter whose current display of works, all made during his recent India sojourn draws inspiration from the colours of nature and tells stories, as a flight of bird disappears chromatically into a landscape or a cityscape.last_img read more

Super emergency says Mamata after TMC team manhandled

first_imgSilchar: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lashed out at the Centre, and the Assam government after a delegation of Trinamool Congress party (TMC) MPs were first manhandled then detained at Silchar Airport by Assam Police on Thursday.She claimed that members of the TMC delegation, including women, were manhandled at the airport and accused the BJP of imposing “super emergency” in the country. “I think this is the beginning of their end. They are frustrated. That is why they are acting like a bunch of hooligans. If there is peace everywhere then why did the Assam government not allow our MPs and MLAs to talk to the affected people,” she added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAddressing reporters at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after her return to Kolkata from Delhi on Thursday afternoon, she said the Central BJP leaders had visited Asansol after the communal violence recently flouting prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC. “We had allowed them to visit the area, but in Assam, the BJP is trying to stifle the voice of the people who are living under uncertainty and panic. I condemn the way the police had manhandled our women MPs.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe maintained that the incident in Assam had exposed the saffron party. As the Trinamool team landed around 1.30 pm, the airport had a large contingent of police and district officials who refused to let the lawmakers leave citing an overnight ban on large gatherings. The argument escalated, with the Trinamool alleging that its members were roughed up. Visuals recorded on mobile phone show Mahua Moitra, an MP, trying to get away from the policewomen, who run after her. Another woman lawmaker is pushed. “Our members were roughed up. Sukhendu Shekhar Roy has a pacemaker, he was also roughed up,” said outraged Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien in Delhi. Women MPs were also hurt, he said, adding: “What is going on?” Sukhendu Shekhar Roy, the Rajya Sabha member who led the team, said the police refused to let the group go into town even after he and his colleagues cancelled a public meeting and assured the police that they would only meet people. The legislators and parliamentarians protested at the arrival lounge for hours before they were detained. The TMC delegation including six MPs was kept in the VIP lounge of Kumbhigram airport here in Cachar district under Barak Valley region, the officials said. The issue was raised in Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day (on this issue), the statement said. The Trinamool Congress is planning to move a privilege motion in Lok Sabha on Friday against the detention of its members of parliament in Silchar in Assam on Friday.last_img read more

3 Ways Marc Benioffs AppExchange Transformed the Cloud

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 26, 2016 Ten years ago, last month, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his team launched the Salesforce AppExchange. At the time, Benioff noted that, “The iPod is to the iTunes Music Store what AppExchange is to the Salesforce.com platform.”Related: Enterprise Apps Are Less Glitter but More Gold for DevelopersA combination of hardware and software, the AppExchange gave new market entrants the foundation they needed to accelerate application development, time to market, awareness and, ultimately, sales.The platform’s launch not only played a hugely significant role in the success of my own company, Xactly, but completely changed the enterprise cloud technology landscape in these three important ways:1. Lowering the barrier to entry for new applications in the enterpriseThe launch of the AppExchange lowered the barrier of entry for new market players to build and launch applications. Previously, companies (including mine) had to raise funds to cover the price of the hardware and other technologies needed to support their applications — often before development could even really begin.This was not only costly, but also time consuming. The AppExchange helped introduce the idea of “rent” in the cloud. New entrants could utilize the strong hardware and security foundation that Salesforce had built for the AppExchange as their foundation. This significantly reduced the cost, time and effort to get new applications on to the market, and paved the way for countless new cloud players in the enterprise. Not to mention that it gave newcomers an automatic marketing channel. 2. Creating ‘window shopping’ (and buying) for appsWhat department stores did for retail, the AppExchange did for enterprise applications. The AppExchange created a destination where customers could essentially “window shop” for applications. Not only were applications pre-vetted from a technology standpoint, they featured customer ratings and reviews. Think of the important role reviews play when you research and select consumer products, such as TVs.AppExchange brought the same concept to the enterprise. It was transformational in the industry because it enabled customers to quickly and confidently find select applications they would have otherwise spent hours researching — if they even knew they existed.Related: Seven Essential Apps for Your Sales Team3. Connecting partner ecosystemsAs noted, all applications that make it on to the AppExchange are pre-vetted and tooled to work seamlessly together. This has made it easy for customers to connect the technologies they need to meet key business objectives — such as supercharging their sales organizations.For example, we have a number of customers who have leveraged the AppExchange to buy and integrate sales applications such as Salesforce for CRM, Xactly for sales performance management and SteelBrick for configure, price and quote. For the first time, these linked applications offer organizations a clear view into their own customers, and data that ranges from the initial point of contact through to the final sale and payment.This kind of insight has been game changing. And, today, the idea of an “application store” has become mainstream. Whether you are an Apple or Android disciple, its apps store may be one of the places you visit most on your mobile device — to download a new game, social application or music.In the enterprise, application, stores or platforms have become commonplace as well and should be a first destination for anyone considering building an enterprise app. But, 10 years ago, the AppExchange was a new and novel idea that helped create new revenue streams for existing players in the market, laid the foundation for countless newcomers and accelerated the adoption of cloud technologies in the enterprise. As someone who has been part of the journey since the beginning — Xactly was one of the first applications to launch on the AppExchange — it has been an exciting ride. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.Related: 15 Tools to Create Automation in Your Small BusinessHappy Birthday, AppExchange! And congrats to the Salesforce team! This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min readlast_img read more