Incredible Stories of Human Ability in Weakness

first_imgHere are three amazing stories that speak for themselves.Baby music:  It appears that babies can remember lullabies they heard in the womb that their mothers sang.  Science Daily reported on a University of Helsinki study that measured brain waves of 24 newborns who were sung a song repeatedly while in utero; they reacted more strongly and immediately than babies who did not hear them.  “These results show that fetuses can recognise and remember sounds from the outside world,” the article said.“Even though our earlier research indicated that fetuses could learn minor details of speech, we did not know how long they could retain the information. These results show that babies are capable of learning at a very young age, and that the effects of the learning remain apparent in the brain for a long time,” expounds Eino Partanen, who is currently finishing his dissertation at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit.Blind sight:  Researchers from Montreal and Boston shined more light on blindness.  They found that even when the rods and cones of three blind patients were completely unresponsive, the ganglion cells transmitted information to the brain.  They were “stunned to discover that the brain still respond [sic] significantly to light in these rare three completely blind patients despite having absolutely no conscious vision at all,” Science Daily said.  Functional MRI and experiments with sound shows that the patients’ brains were aware unconsciously of blue light shined into the eyes.  The ganglion cell response to light appears to raise a person’s attentiveness.Vegetative consciousness:  For the first time, patients listed in a persistent vegetative state have shown the ability to respond to words with their brains, even when their bodies could not.  Experiments with 21 patients described as “vegetative” and eight controls at the University of Cambridge showed that some were not only aware, but were paying attention.  One patient in particular “was able to focus on words signalled by the experimenters as auditory targets as successfully as healthy individuals,” Science Daily reported.  “If this ability can be developed consistently in certain patients who are vegetative, it could open the door to specialised devices in the future and enable them to interact with the outside world.”Ironically, fully conscious, fully born, fully sighted minors can be killed with government permission in some European countries.  A big debate in Belgium is underway about extending the country’s liberal euthanasia law to minors – and pediatricians are supporting it.  “Why deprive minors of this last possibility?” 16 of them argued, putting the onus on the critics.   “The issue is hugely controversial and raises a host of ethical problems but a majority of Belgian lawmakers is thought to favour the change,” Medical Xpress reported – up to three quarters of Belgians, in fact.  Religious leaders are opposed to this proposed expansion of legal assisted suicide, which rose 25% last year (1,432 cases).  If the new law passes, all a minor under 18 judged to be capable and conscious would have to do is repeatedly state that he or she wants to die.  Concerned that a “grave issue” is being “trivialized,” the religious leaders issued a statement that included, “We cannot accept a logic which will lead to the destruction of society’s foundations.”How dare we treat human life as anything but sacred.  Who knows what horrors unborn babies and people in “vegetative state” have suffered at the hands of the healthy?  Their Maker knows.  One shudders to think of Terry Schiavo conscious of the discussions about killing her when she had no way to express herself, suffering pain all the way through her starvation.   Darwinists think only the “fit” deserve to live, however fitness is defined by those in power.  God fearers know that the most helpless among us are the most in need of care and love.  Let these scientific findings reinforce the conviction to actively support the right to life.  Let’s also help minors understand God’s love for them so that they will not sink into despair.  History and the last story above about euthanasia illustrate once again that all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing – and it can triumph in one generation if the young are taught that life is the product of evolutionary happenstance, a plaything for the powerful.  The foundation of the right to life is recognition that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., a life of satisfying purpose).(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lady Red Spikers up

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChesca Racraquin doesn’t mind being likened to seasoned veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, but as much as possible, she wants to carve her own niche.On Wednesday night she made a strong case for it.ADVERTISEMENT Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Beda had the chance to finish the match early but allowed St. Benilde to come back mainly through Ranya Musa, who had 22 points including eight blocks.“We lacked the aggressiveness in the third set because after winning the first two we became very complacent,” said Racraquin.The fourth frame was tied at 13 until “our rotation allowed us to make crucial adjustments,” said Racraquin, whose three straight points gave San Beda a 20-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The 20-year-old Racraquin displayed leadership beyond her years in leading San Beda to a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22 triumph over St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I know that I have something different to offer,” said Racraquin, who scored 15 points including 12 attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTrue to her promise, the 5-foot-8 stunner also proved to be as sharp on the defensive end, making 22 excellent digs and 10 receptions for the Lady Red Spikers, who improved to a 2-1 record.In the second match, Lyceum downed Jose Rizal University, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, for its first win. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Never an easy road to the Grand Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Match-fixing episode affected my game: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that the match-fixing episodes in 1999-2000 had initially affected his game and the Indian team had to go through a difficult and painful phase as “spectators looked at us with suspicion”.Tendulkar said he was not in the right frame of mind during India’s disastrous tour of Australia where they were thrashed 0-3 in 1999-2000.”I can tell you that I was never approached by anyone, neither we had any discussions about the same in the team meeting,” Tendulkar told former South African Board President Dr Ali Bacher in an interview for Super Sport Channel.”I remember that there was a stage in 1999-2000 when it was very difficult as we were to play Australia. Before the series these things started making rounds. As a cricketer that’s the last thing I want.”You want your beloved game to be as clean as possible. I wanted the spectators to enjoy the contest and not look at us with suspicion. To play well, players need to be in right frame of mind and I can tell you that I was not in that frame of mind,” Tendulkar said, recollecting the disastrous series.The pain in his voice was evident as he gave the interview. “Every match you play and people pass on loose comments. This was really hurting me and the whole team,” said the maestro.Tendulkar felt that their historic 2-1 series win over Australia at home was the turning point. “I was sure that we needed to put up a very special performance against Aussies so that cricket lovers forget what has happened in the past and start enjoying the game again and move on. With grace of God we managed to do that.advertisement”We lost the first match at Mumbai. But in the next match at Kolkata we fought back from very bad position and won that match to level the series. Last match was even harder. At Chennai while chasing small total we lost eight wickets but won that Test match and series too.”I was happy for the fact we forced cricket lovers to forget about that bad chapter and start following cricket again.”Recollecting the horror days of match fixing, Bacher revealed that the South African Board was indeed approached by bookmakers.”We were directly approached by bookmakers to take their offer to the players through team meeting. Those were days when in couple of ICC meetings, I had raised this issue,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more