Human Endurance: Is It Evolutionary?

first_imgSome people are gluttons for punishment.  Many a couch potato is probably content to watch an Ironman or Ultramarathon on HDTV from a recliner, but the ones who take part in the grueling endurance contests gaining popularity illustrate some human capabilities scientists are only beginning to understand.  Nature1 described one called the Primal Quest adventure race:Trek 125 kilometres, and cycle 250 more.  Kayak 131, rappel through canyons for another 97, and swim 13 in churning whitewater.  Throw in some horseback riding and rock climbing; spread it all over six days in the blistering Utah heat; and never stop to sleep.Only some contestants complete this “adventure torture” but the fact anybody does has attracted the attention of physiologists.  Participants burn more calories than can be replaced by food.  Some scientists focus on the chemistry of fat metabolism for answers; others look at genetics.  Still others think the explanation is in the minds of the winners, not their physiques.  One researcher did not think the bodies of ultraracers are significantly different from those of other active people.  “The brain is the oft-overlooked organ that sets ultraracers apart,” he said; “– they are mental freaks, not physiological ones.”    Freaks or not, ultraracers carry out feats that push their physical abilities to the limit and seemingly beyond.  Evolutionists look to something in human ancestry to explain abilities only a few today are using.But even couch potatoes may have something of the endurance racer in them.  Daniel Lieberman, a biological anthropologist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, argues that the human body is well-adapted to long-distance running, as an evolutionary hangover from our hunting and scavenging days.  Ultraendurance racers “are able to be freaks because evolution has enabled us”, he says.  A body capable of jogging tens of kilometres at a time helped our ancestors survive, he says.  Fuelled by plentiful water, energy bars and yet more training, that body can complete the 90 or more kilometres of an ultramarathon.The article ended with an anecdote about one researcher who joined them to study them.  “If this is true, then many of those who study ultraendurance racers have also embraced their evolutionary past,” reporter Helen Pearson remarked.  A sidebar lists five of the most notorious international competitions.1Helen Pearson, “Physiology: Freaks of nature?”, Nature 444, 1000-1001 (21 December 2006) | doi:10.1038/4441000a.It was Lieberman who dazzled us in the 11/18/2004 entry about human endurance running.  This would be a good time to re-read that fascinating article that explained how unique it is in the animal kingdom, and how many physiological adaptations have to work together to make it possible.  The myth that all these remarkable traits converged in humans so that they could hunt and scavenge better takes great faith.  No other animal requires swimming, cycling, kayaking, trekking and running for six days in Utah heat to catch a meal, leastwise our chimpanzee brethren who were supposedly evolving alongside us in Africa in the same environment (09/01/2005).  The widespread phenomenon of overdesign, beyond what would be expected for mere survival, is a “major problem in quantitative evolutionary design” (see 06/19/2002).  The evolution of the couch potato lifestyle would be much easier to explain.  At least there is a known physical law behind it: entropy.    As usual, Darwinian evolution is just a mythoid attached to the observational facts of the phenomenon, and contributes nothing to our understanding.  The science of human physiology has long prospered by viewing the body as a paragon of design.  If the body was created, then any attempt to “embrace one’s evolutionary past” is tantamount to hallucinating.  Lieberman is right about one thing; he and his fellow evolutionists have an “evolutionary hangover.”  Dar-wine has a deleterious effect on a researcher’s cognitive and logical faculties.  Suggested New Year’s resolution: kick the habit and sober up.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup: Rajapaksa to watch final in Mumbai

first_imgSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the ICC World Cup final match between the island nation and hosts India in Mumbai on April 2.Rajapaksa would be the second leader from the neighbouring countries to visit India to watch a World Cup 2011 match after Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who enjoyed his team’s semi-final match against India in Mohali on Wednesday on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.Confirming Rajapaksa’s visit to India his spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said the president wanted Sri Lanka to win the World Cup as a tribute to spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, who retires from international cricket after the event.Rajapaksa had enjoyed Lankan team’s semi-final match against New Zealand in Colombo on Tuesday along with his three sons. He had even visited the Caribbean when Sri Lanka reached the finals of the 2007 World Cup with Australia.last_img read more

‘Smalling and Jones have been a disaster’

first_imgManchester United Smalling & Jones branded ‘a disaster’ by Neville as Man Utd’s weaknesses are exposed Chris Burton 16:36 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chris Smalling Phil Jones Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle United The Red Devils defensive duo endured another forgettable outing against Newcastle, leading a former Old Trafford star to label them as a liability Chris Smalling and Phil Jones “have been a disaster” for Manchester United of late, says an unimpressed Phil Neville.The Red Devils, after being considered Premier League title challengers early on in the 2017-18 campaign, have been dragged into the battle for a top-four finish.Two defeats in their last three outings have weakened their position in second spot, with Jose Mourinho’s side having come unstuck against Tottenham and Newcastle without finding the target. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Defensive duo Smalling and Jones struggled in each of those fixtures, with Neville accusing the under-fire England internationals of becoming a liability.The former United star told Match of the Day 2 on the back of a 1-0 reversal at St James’ Park: “They have got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic out in front who protects them really well.”But the last two away games [against Tottenham and Newcastle], Smalling and Jones have been a disaster.”Against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, they got bullied.”Neville added: “Against Newcastle did they make many mistakes, no, but they created a nervousness and a tension.”They were making decisions that were strange. They were making decisions all day where you were thinking, ‘what are you doing?'”They brought these two in as the best young centre-backs in England.”Jones appeared to have played his way back into form at the start of the season following a succession of injury setbacks.He has, however, slipped back into his old ways as United’s deficiencies at the back have been exposed.Smalling, meanwhile, has come in for plenty of criticism for his displays, with the 28-year-old having picked up a booking against Newcastle for diving inside his own half. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

SportingPulse Joins With Rebel Group Limited

first_imgThis major partnership further highlights the growing success of their joint strategy; to provide free technology tools to clubs and associations in return for the digital marketing rights; to aggregate the grassroots sporting communities and to attract significant marketing dollars from major brands and share commercial profits with the sports.The partnership provides a special incentive to all members of sporting clubs to sign up to Rebel Season Pass or the Amart All Sports’ Team Amart program through SportingPulse, whereby those who join will be entitled to exclusive SportingPulse-only member discounts.In addition, anyone who joins these loyalty programs before 31 March 2011 will be able to receive a one-off discount of 15 per cent off the retail price of any new boots or other footwear purchased before 30 April 2011. This offer is not available to people who sign up directly in store – it is exclusive only to those who join through SportingPulse.SportingPulse is passionate about improving and developing Australian community sport and making it more enjoyable for everyone involved.  They understand the importance of providing their sports and participants with relevant opportunities to help further their development as amateur athletes.For more information, please click on the following link:http://sport.gameday.com.au/index.php?id=43&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=377&tx_ttnews[backPid]=1&cHash=bb578ecfc6last_img read more

Torontos Iconic Music Gallery Forced To Relocate

first_imgToronto’s Music Gallery has announced that they are being forced to temporarily vacate from 197 John St, a home they have leased from the Church of St. George the Martyr for over 17 years.The interdisciplinary arts venue was given notice on April 20 that construction on an adjacent condo development had raised safety concerns over the structural integrity of the dual purpose performance space and church sanctuary. They have been asked to vacate the premises effective this past Monday, May 1, 2017. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on Today

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.It will be the first all-female team headlining “Today” in the show’s 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.“Today” won’t be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show’s third hour.“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled,” Guthrie said on Tuesday, announcing the appointment on the air.“I am pinching myself,” said a beaming Kotb, sitting beside her. “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted.”Lauer’s eventual replacement had long been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb’s performance made it easier. She’s subbed for Lauer since the day he was fired and “Today” has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.“Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running,” NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday. “They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of ‘Today.’”Lack said Kotb “has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It’s a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity.”It’s common for television shows with job openings to hold informal tryouts of potential hosts. With Kotb’s immediate success, potential replacements like Willie Geist or Craig Melvin didn’t get that chance.Lauer had been a fixture at “Today” since the mid-1990s before his abrupt firing for what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behaviour” with a colleague. Other complaints and reports of crude behaviour followed.He was the second television morning host fired in a week, after CBS News axed Charlie Rose just before Thanksgiving on sexual misconduct charges. Rose was one of three “CBS This Morning” hosts with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, and CBS has yet to name his replacement. Substitutes have included Vladimir Duthiers, Bianna Golodryga, Dana Jacobsen, John Dickerson and Anthony Mason.Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a “Dateline NBC” correspondent, after working in local news in New Orleans. Her public profile increased with her wine-soaked pairing with Gifford on the show’s informal fourth hour.She was born in Norman, Oklahoma, to parents of Egyptian descent, and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia.Ben Bogardus, a journalism professor at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, said Kotb’s selection was a good one “because it reinforces the sense of a family coming together after a shared trauma.” The timing is important for NBC, because “Today” will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics.last_img read more

Revenue from gambling in the BC Peace rises 17 percent in the

first_imgCombined, both facilities saw customers spend $29.68 million last fiscal year, compared to $25.34 million the year before.Slot machines made up the lion’s share of revenues at both gaming service providers in the two cities, totalling $15.09 million in Fort St. John and $12.52 million in Dawson Creek this past year.Bingo revenues were higher in Dawson Creek than in Fort St. John, with revenues of $477,000 and $257,000 respectively.Chances Fort St. John, which is the only Community Gaming and Bingo Service Provider in B.C. that has table games, saw its tables bring in $1.33 million.Operator commission was $4.42 million at Chances Fort St. John and quite a bit lower – $3.24 million – in Dawson Creek. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data from the B.C. Lottery Corporation released at the end of last month shows that revenues at the two Chances Gaming Centres in the B.C. Peace jumped over 15 percent in the last year.BCLC’s annual Gambling Service Provider Commissions Report shows that Chances in Fort St. John generated $14.51 million during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, an amount that jumped 15 percent to $16.68 million in 2017/2018.Chances Dawson Creek saw revenues rise 20 percent over the same period, from $10.83 million to 12.999 million.last_img read more

Spectra announces naming rights partner of Mercer Hall

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Mercer Hall, a 5,500-square foot multipurpose space in the Encana Events Centre will now be known as Co-op Mercer Hall.A multi-year agreement was signed by Spectra, who manages the Encana Events Centre, in conjunction with the City of Dawson Creek and Dawson Co-op have become the naming rights partner of the Hall, which is partly named after Dawson Creek namesake George Mercer Dawson. The facility has hosted 17 events to date including the Dawson Creek Pride Society’s Dragapalooza, a dinner banquet for Hockey Canada, an All Candidates Forum. The Hall can facilitate smaller events that are not a fit for the arena such as meetings, conventions, wedding receptions and parties. “Co-op Mercer Hall gives us yet another community space to hold events that enhance our sense of local pride and togetherness,” Rod Hillary, General Manager of Dawson Co-op, a local retailer of petroleum, home and building supplies, food and agricultural products, said. “The Dawson Co-op has always been a proud supporter of community events, so this partnership with the Encana Events Centre is a great fit.”“We have a long history of working with the Dawson Co-op on events and community initiatives,” Ryan MacIvor, Spectra’s General Manager of the Encana Events Centre, said. “We are excited to welcome them on board to launch the new Co-op Mercer Hall, which provides a new space and opportunity for more events and activities for our Dawson Creek neighbours.”THE MENTALISTS will be hosted Co-op Mercer Hall, an evening of mind-bending fun. Sponsored by the Dawson Co-op, Magician and Mind Reader Edward Stone and Comedian and Hypnotist Ray Anderson will entertain audiences on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Tickets will be on sale Friday, January 25 at the Tiger Box Office plus or www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca.“Spectra’s partnerships division was pleased to be able to facilitate a naming rights partnership that will be collectively meaningful to the Encana Events Centre, Dawson Co-op and the City of Dawson Creek,” Liam Weseloh, Vice President of Spectra’s Partnerships Division, said. “It’s clear by the volume and variety of events already booked in the new space that this partnership will prove beneficial to all partners, as well the community.”Dawson Co-op will also become the title sponsor of the Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Expo, which will showcase former Canadian Football League defensive back, personal trainer and fitness coach Tommy Europe. He currently stars in the Slice reality show “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp” and “Bulging Brides” and is also a stunt performer who has appeared in movies and tv series such as Deadpool, Arrow and The Flash.  Tommy will give two keynote speeches during the event on Saturday, February 16 at the Encana Events Centre.  Tickets will be on sale Wednesday, January 23.last_img read more

Love can cure all addictions Mimi Chakraborty

first_imgTollywood actor Mimi Chakraborty who cut her teeth in acting in the television serial ‘Gaaner Opaare’ many years ago has recently completed playing the role of a hapless drug addict in the Shagufta Rafique film, Mon Jaane Na. Having studied the role in all its depth, Mimi found herself preparing hard for her part and is now looking at innovative promotions for the film.Excerpts from an interview: Tell us about your role in the film, Mon Jaane na… Also Read – An income drop can harm brainI play the character of Pari who is a shy orphaned girl married off to a taxi driver named Amir (Yash ) by the local maulvi. Soon she discovers some secrets of Amir’s life and decides to leave home. For two years she goes missing and Amir frantically looks for her everywhere and when she is finally found, she has transformed into a reckless drug addict and gone into prostitution. The story is how the couple battles this situation and overcome it. In the end, it is love which wins the day. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardTell us how you prepared for this role: Playing a drug addict was difficult. I read a lot about addiction on the internet. I talked to people who had undergone the ordeal. I have a friend who has recovered now, so I spoke to him. Shagufta gave me some clips so I looked at them but there were no acting workshops since Shagufta did not want anything to come between me and my natural self. Tell us about the director of this film? This happens to be Shagufta’s first directorial venture. One reason why I chose this film is because of it has strong content. These days, people do get into drugs and then a whole lot of problems get unleashed. These people suffer, they become social outcasts. Rehab is also not the only solution in this situation. The film rightly depicts that love and care can heal the victim permanently. You decided to do playack also in this film… There was nothing planned about it and I’m totally nervous about how the audience will respond to it. In fact, I’m more nervous about it than I was about my first film. But, of course, I love singing… Your fitness plan since you have lost weight? I had to lose weight for this film. There is no diet as such that I follow. I don’t eat anything after 8.30 pm at night, and in the morning I don’t wake up to tea or coffee, I eat fruit instead. I work out for about two hours at the gym every day but on a Sunday, I break all rules and have sweets. Your next project? I’m doing a film with Birsa Dasgupta next. It’s a rom-com.last_img read more