Photos: Fans line up for free tickets to Stephen Curry’s party

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.A couple hundred Curry fans lined up outside the Golden State Warriors guard’s pop-up shop along Ninth Street in hopes of getting a pair of free tickets to a party Curry is throwing on Friday night at the Fox Theater.Curry invited fans on Tuesday night through his Instagram to the event, he said, was because “obviously it’s our last year playing in Oakland as a Warriors organization. This is a great …last_img

The Simpsons Producer Treats Evolution as Fact

first_imgThe TV cartoon The Simpsons was praised for its “greatness” in, of all places, the premiere scientific journal Nature.1  Michael Hopkin interviewed “Executive producer Al Jean, the show’s head writer and a Harvard mathematics graduate.”  One of the questions was, “One episode in which the show does take sides is the one in which Lisa protests against creationism in her school.”  Jean explained the thinking behind the episode:What we say is that there are conservatives, like Pope John Paul II, who believe in the theory of evolution, and that it’s far from a liberal theory: it’s scientific, it’s as close to a fact as can be.  We did say that Flanders, who opposed the teaching of evolution, is sincere in his beliefs.  We tried to take his emotions seriously.    What’s really funny is that they had a debate here between the Republican candidates [for the presidential nomination], and the moderator said “so, which of you believe in evolution?”  And you could see a couple sort of raising their hands and then changing their minds, and I’m going “how can you not be sure whether you think that’s true or not?  It’s not a matter of opinion.”Jean did not explain what he meant by evolution, but since it was put in contradistinction to “creationism” one could safely infer he meant the common ancestry of all organisms by an unguided, undirected process that did not include a designing intelligence.  Because of that, and for assuming the factual objectivity of the most controversial theory in science and philosophy, and for propounding a grade-school-level philosophy of science, he wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.    For the Pope’s most recent statement about evolution, see this translation of his July 25 speech posted by ID Net.21Michael Hopkin, “News Feature: Science in comedy: Mmm… pi,” Nature 448, 404-405 (26 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448404a.2This is provided for reference only.  CEH makes no claim that the Pope’s opinions on this matter carry any particular credibility or authority.  Since his words were widely reported in sound bites, however, one should view them in their context.We think people need to be reminded that cartoons don’t just drop out of the sky into TV sets from unbiased sources.  They are the work of producers, writers, and publicists who are just as biased as anyone else.  You’ve just seen a portion of the mindset of the executive producer of a popular cartoon that always portrays the father as a bozo, the son as a delinquent, the religious leader as the sincere fool, and the girl who adores science as the savior of society from dangerous myths like creationism.  Why do you think they do this?  No agenda at all, would you say?  There’s nothing like humor to slip propaganda past the family radar.    Al Jean may be a math whiz but he needs to do some homework.  If he thinks evolution is the closest thing to a fact as anything can be, and that one is not allowed to have opinions about it, even if the skeptic is a PhD scientist or world-class philosopher or theologian, then he needs to go back to school himself.  His assignment is to read all seven years of Creation-Evolution Headlines.    Jean’s answer to a subsequent question in the interview provides a great case of dramatic irony.  He was asked, “Do you have a dream scientific guest who you’d love to have on the show?”  Without blinking an eye, he said, “Living or dead, it would be Isaac Newton.”  Ha!  Gotcha.  Now read this article by Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe, and the entry on Newton in our online book.  Better send your cartoon heroine to keep this kook out of the public schools, Al.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV COMMENCES

first_imgThe 19th edition of National School of Drama’s (NSD) International Drama Festival ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ commenced on February 1. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society and addressed by Waman Kendre, Director, NSD in the august presence of Chief guest, Dr Sonal Man Singh – renowned Bharatnatyam and Odissi Dancer; Guest of Honour, Mr Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India; and Special Guests, Mr Feroz Abbas Khan – eminent film and theatre director and Ms Vera Berzak Schneider – famous theatre director from Israel, whose play in English ‘A Stranger Guest’ will also be performed during the current ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProf Kendre said, “Today, on the occasion of Basant Panchami, the spring season of theatre has also started.” ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ – an International Drama Festival is Asia’s biggest and also among the largest in the world. Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s this years’ schedule features 94 theatre performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and world. This year, in this 21 day festival, theatre lovers of 6 Indian cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna would be treated to scintillating theatre performances. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMr Feroz Abbas Khan said,”I feel that artists should not speak, it is their work that should speak. I appreciate the two doyens of theatre are on the dais – namely Prof Waman Kendre and Ratan Thiyam, who are institutions in their own right. I think festivals means and expresses civilizational values which we cherish. It is during such festivals that the civilizational values like the following comes to the fore: diversity, with their differences and choices are accommodated and welcomed in such festivals.” Chief guest Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “Every day is an auspicious day but today being Basant Panchami, it is considered as one of the most auspicious days according to Hindu calendar. Since ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ started today, which is an auspicious day to begin work as it is a day dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge. I feel that knowledge will kill all the ignorance and I am still a student and seeker of knowledge. National School of Drama is growing each day and it is leaping ahead, my warm wishes and blessings are with this organization. ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ has also invited me and I feel honored to showcase my maiden performance here.” The inaugural play ‘Uttara Rama Charitham’ (in Hindi) was staged before the discerning audience as a tribute to the legendary theatre director, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. The play was performed by Sopanam Theatre Group of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, which lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This year 3 plays as a tribute to Indian Theatre Masters – Kavalam Narayan Pannikar, Heisnam Kanhailal and Prem Matiyani who recently left for heavenly abode are being staged. Sopanam Theatre’s maiden Hindi production, ‘Uttara Rama Charitam’ is adapted from Bhavabhuti’s Sanskrit play. The play directed and designed by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar has its text rendition done by Hindi poet Dr Udayan Vajpeyi. The play depicts the dual state of Rama, who is torn between ‘Rama-the family man’ and ‘Rama-the ruler’.last_img read more