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Warriors: Playoffs intensity on display in Golden State’s series opener

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors finished with a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. Stephen Curry (38 points) scored prolifically while staying efficient from the field (11-of-16), from 3 (8-of-12) and from the free-throw line (8-of-9). Kevin Durant shifted from facilitator back to scorer (23 points) and Draymond Green offered a mix of scoring (17 points), …last_img read more

Learn to Speak: Toss a Spear

first_imgHuman language evolved after our ancestors learned to throw a spear, according to William H. Calvin, in his new book A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond (Oxford, 2003).  Robin Dunbar is not too sure about this, in a book review in the Feb. 26 issue of Nature.1  Although he respects Calvin, he is not convinced of his thesis for the origin of human language:I found the themes of the book, broadly speaking, congenial, and the account well informed and authoritative, as one might expect from a neuroscientist and science popularist of Calvin’s stature.  However, there are aspects of this particular book that I found less satisfying.  Calvin’s insistence on the importance of a gesturally based phase to language evolution does not, I think, make sense.  Language is a parsing skill, and, even though parsing is a hierarchical process, it seems to me to be a very different kind of skill from that used in coordinated throwing.  Manipulating concepts is not the same kind of activity as manipulating muscle masses.  Nor does the timing really work.  The evidence, as Calvin himself notes, points to a period about 500,000 years ago as the likely timing for the origin of speech, if not full-blown language.  But the archaeological record is very clear that real projectile-based hunting did not become widespread until the Upper Palaeolithic revolution, which kicked in around 50,000 years ago (perhaps a little earlier in Africa).  The evolution of speech, then, pre-dates the fine muscle control of aimed throwing by a very wide margin.He also found Calvin’s look into the future “unconvincing.”  Nevertheless, Dunbar is glad that “After a century of neglect, the mind has suddenly become an issue of evolutionary interest once again.”1Robin Dunbar, “Could throwing spears have laid the foundations for language acquisition?”, Nature 427, 783 (26 February 2004); doi:10.1038/427783a.Dunbar is way too polite with his criticism.  Why?  Darwin Party members are loathe to call each other stupid.  It might provide fodder for those darned creationists.    In support of evolution, all Calvin provides is a just-so story that spear throwing evolved our brains into speech machines.  How can that be?  It violates the principle learned by every child: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  One would think that words, the later weapon, would be more effective in the struggle for survival.    What Calvin lacks in evidence for evolution he makes up for in evidence against it.  Dunbar states:Notwithstanding the enthusiasm in the 1970s and 1980s for the similarities between humans and our primate cousins, both in popular culture and among academics, the fact is that humans are very different from even our ape sister species.  William Calvin’s latest book looks at how different we really are.    The essence of Calvin’s argument is that the difference between humans and other animals comes down to what he calls “structured stuff” (that is, coordinated, structured task processing).  One of the most obvious examples is the way we deconstruct sentences to expose their meaning.Apes, of course, have no such abilities, nor are there any transitional forms between us (see 01/20/2004 entry).  From this clear statement declaring the gulf between apes and man, he launches into the JSS (just-so story):We can do this, he argues, because we evolved the capacity to coordinate fine-tuned movements in the context of throwing.  The great revolution in human evolutionary history stems from the shift from the older forms of heavy-duty hunting, mostly by dint of thrusting spears, to projectile hunting (throwing spears or using bows), which required careful aiming and much finer coordination.    Practice at these activities fine-tuned the neural machinery that allowed the delicate motor control required for speech and language.  Much is made, in this respect, of the growing evidence for the brain’s ability to coopt neural circuits.  For example, the neural substrates for reading have different location in the brain in different individuals, as one might expect of a skill that does not have a long evolutionary history.  This ’softwiring’, as Calvin calls it, is clearly of major importance in human cognition.Convinced?  This is so lame.  So Lamarckian.  Even if practice stretched a hunter’s brain, it would not help his kids any more than a giraffe stretching its neck would promote the inheritance of that acquired characteristic.  The trait has to get into the gametes.    No problem, we’ll just modify the JSS a little.  Presumably, a chance mutation gave a hunter a more complex brain, granting him better aim at spear-throwing.  He brought more meat back to the cave, which made him more attractive to the females.  So he had more kids bearing the same mutation, who survived to reproductive age while all the others starved.  Isn’t evolutionary storytelling fun?  You never have to prove your JSS.  As long as it keeps the Darwin Party in power, it is such a dreamy, endless pastime.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

LeBron’s 39 lead Cavs to OT win against Clippers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”UP NEXTClippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ “They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.James made a free throw to open OT — he went 1 of 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.”Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime.center_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people say.”Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland’s locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.The boys had dad’s back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn’t take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs’ win wasn’t eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland’s vulnerability.James dismissed any concern about the Celtics’ early burst.“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” he said.The Clippers’ ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime.The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoAC Milan director Maldini jumps to defence of coach Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini jumps to defence of coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has lept to the defence of coach Marco Giampaolo after defeat to Fiorentina.The Rossonero were thumped 3-1 at home on Sunday.“We chose the Coach, we will defend him, it is right to give him some time. We knew there were some problems that we’d run into, although obviously we didn’t expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.“Right now, it might look like a tunnel with no light, but as our Coach said, the way out is with hard work. We knew that relying on a young squad, during the period when we are waiting for the Coach to really become a leadership figure, there could be a risk of the pressure getting to them.“Of course, it is the fault of the players, the club, the Coach, everyone. Last season, we finished one point off the Champions League places and they always supported us.“I think the fans were right this evening to protest. The responsibility is to be shared around, otherwise it becomes too much of a burden to bear.“We are only six rounds in, all is not lost. We know that in football, situations can turn rapidly. The worrying thing is that we saw such a downturn in performance from the Torino game on Thursday.“It’s strange, because we played very well during pre-season and showed good organisation. There started to be some traffic in the central area of the field, causing some tactical problems and difficulty in moving the ball around.” last_img read more

Texas A&M Used Johnny Manziel In Tweet Promoting Upcoming NFL Draft, Got Trolled By Rival Fans

first_imgTexas A&M Johnny Manziel tweet touting his greatness.Twitter/@aggiefblifeA year ago, former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was a first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns after a stellar college career. Things haven’t gone very well for Johnny Football since, but Texas A&M’s @AggieFBLife Twitter account still used the Heisman winner in a tweet promoting the upcoming 2015 draft. Sign with Texas A&M: ✔️ Win a Heisman: ✔️ Get drafted in the 1st Round: ✔️ #WHOSNEXT pic.twitter.com/HfgOh2fxja— AggieFBLife (@aggiefblife) April 29, 2015As you can imagine, fans of Texas and other rival schools had a lot of fun with this ‘checklist,’ and trolled A&M and Manziel in response.Signs with A&M ✔ plays for 0 titles ✔ goes to 0 bcs bowls ✔ wins the chik-fil-a bowl ✔ https://t.co/RKR4zHfoZu— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife @chrisgb00 2nd string ✔️go to rehab✔️— Connor Nelson (@ConnorN22231016) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife Get Kicked Out of Manning Camp. Hang out at Rival School & party. Can’t wait to Leave A&M. #WHOSNEXT— joe villa (@mikeejoe) April 29, 2015 @aggiefblife @JManziel2 @CoachSumlin Really?No Championships, soft nonconf schedule, bttm SEC-W, arrests, rehab stints. #fireSumlin.— III & Company (@IIIandCompany) April 29, 2015So…that didn’t go quite as planned for Texas A&M. Reports that Cleveland may trade up to No. 2 to take Marcus Mariota haven’t helped matters in the Manziel Camp either.[Sporting News]last_img read more