WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team has emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. They were required to complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving in China. The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak. A major question is where the Chinese side will allow the researchers to go and with whom they will be able to talk. WHO said late Thursday on Twitter that its team plans to make field visits to hospitals, markets, and and laboratories starting Friday.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. Bernard G. SuranIn a less politically correct age, author G.K. Chesterton noted: “A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.”Is intuition truly an advantage for la deuxieme sexe? If so, why is it that so many women marry so many turkeys? In our current more politically correct environment we would be required to note that both men and women use intuition — which, of course, would explain why so many men marry so many women who marry turkeys.Clearly, intuition leads to less accurate estimation than does the slide rule; but, how often does the slide rule come into play if we’re struggling with difficult decisions?When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, wasn’t he simply playing a hunch? This hunch paid off in an empire. But, then, why didn’t his intuition later tell him that Brutus and his henchmen were sharpening the carving knives? Then, again, hindsight functions more accurately than intuition.Most of us do not live our lives according to strict scientific principles of decision-making. We use hunches and recognize some degree of risk in various uncertain enterprises. Typically, we operate on habit in the expectation that well-developed (although sometimes ill-conceived) habits will carry the day. So long as it’s been thought through and well-practiced, rote works — except when it doesn’t. Poor Caesar had that long-standing habit of going to the Forum.Is intuition a sixth sense or just a blind guess for dealing with uncertainty? The Kantian DistinctionImmanuel Kant, a philosopher who spent most of his time in his head, developed significant distrust for the way the world works.Trying mightily to allay his distrust, Kant proposed an interesting distinction between phenomena and noumena. Phenomena involve the part of reality that is what it appears to be, namely the data of the senses and normal reasoning processes.Noumena, on the other hand, involve the way things really are beneath the grime: the hard-to-fathom aspects of human experience. For Kant, solving the more hidden required a sixth sense, which he described as transcendental reason, namely a capacity for intuitive knowledge that men and women apparently shared equally. Kant presumed that when the senses and reason lacked sufficient punch to nail a decision, the mind would use transcendental reason.Most of us operate automatically in the world of highway signs and traffic lights. Whenever we can, we cling to familiar ways of doing and understanding; human inclination thrives on predictability and shuns the unknown.However, when we leave the beaten path, uncertainty beckons at every turn. Enter Kant or some other person with a set of foggy ideas invented to explain how to navigate in the fog.The truth is that no one has ever figured out what intuition is, how it operates, and whether it works with any degree of accuracy. And yet, at times, some of us are willing to bet the farm on it. SWAGsWhen something is obvious enough, there’s no uncertainty. But, when in doubt, we fill in the blanks; and typically the fill is guesswork. If the guesswork is “educated,” intuition rises to a higher level — either more informed guesswork or a more elaborate way of disguising ignorance.The more honest scientists admit to the practice of SWAGs — scientific wild-assed guesses — to guide their way through unchartered domains. A SWAG is another name for intuition (or Kant’s transcendental reason). This is not science to the rescue.Intuition tells me that intuition works best when guided by previous information and works worst when all the lights are out. If we think intuition worked, it’s usually because we’ve tapped into existing learning that was readily available without conscious effort. We don’t rely on intuition; we rely on relevant experience. When “intuition” seems to work, it’s probably just good judgment doing the trick.Probably our best shot at dealing with uncertainty is to admit (to ourselves at least) when we don’t know something and delay a decision in the interest of gathering more information. Those who really know can be “intuitive” and much more adept in making good decisions.Don’t we always fare better when we do our homework? Isn’t it better to gather as much information as possible, think it through, and reach a conclusion based on rational evaluation rather than some wild-assed guess?When it comes to picking a stock, betting the farm, and selecting a business partner or an intimate other, rely on homework and hard reason to carry the day. Lay out the legal pad, draw the line down the middle, and line up the pros and cons. Then, let intuition, gut instinct, the sixth sense, transcendental reason, and scientific wild-assed guesses work their magic in the light of day.Otherwise, so-called intuition may be an excuse for frustration, impulsivity, and seat-of-the-pants decision-making — which may be why so many women marry turkeys and so many men marry women who marry turkeys. Dr. Bernard G. Suran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and diplomat and fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. Intuition drapes SWAGs over the window of your mind October 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Stresslineslast_img read more

Syracuse smashes No. 25 Notre Dame in 81-66 upset

first_img Published on January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse On Thursday night, everything clicked for the Orange (14-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) and its 81-66 upset of the Fighting Irish (14-6, 5-3) hardly looked like an upset at all. After Notre Dame jumped out to a 5-0 lead, SU went on a 23-1 run the Fighting Irish could never overcome, especially with starting point guard Demetrius Jackson sitting with a hamstring injury. But even with Jackson sidelined, Syracuse’s fourth win over a ranked opponent added a little more shine to its tournament resume.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange captured it by locking down the paint — neither Zach Auguste or Bonzi Colson scored in double-figures — and, more simply, never giving Notre Dame much of a chance.“It starts with our defense, that’s the difference for us and we can score some points,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But you know we scored a lot at Virginia and we couldn’t win. We’ve got to play better defense and that was really the difference tonight.”Cooney was at the center of the 23-1 run, which started with 18:22 on clock and ended when Colson hit a floater at the 9:48 mark. Cooney scored 10 points in that span and, when the spurt ended and Syracuse’s momentum starting to wilt, stole a Colson outlet pass in the backcourt by sneakily sprinting in front of Steve Vasturia. In stride, Cooney collided with Colson in the paint and blindly tossed a layup through the rim while the baseline referee whistled for a foul.When Cooney made the ensuing free throw, SU held the 17-point lead it took into halftime. He led all scorers with 15 first-half points, while Lydon chipped in 13 and six rebounds.“Just staying aggressive and knocking down the looks that we had,” Lydon said of the Orange’s success in the first half. “And most importantly just getting defensive stops.”The Fighting Irish cut the deficit to 12 at the start of the second, but Richardson’s four-point play pushed it back to 16. On the next possession, Gbinije glided around a ball screen and calmly sunk a jumper from the top of the key that made it 18.Every time V.J. Beachem hit a 3 to inch UND a little closer, the Orange had an answer. A Gbinije drive and finish. A Cooney 3. Two free throws from Richardson. A Fighting Irish comeback, which was fleeting all night, was never considered as the game wound down.With 2:23 left in the game, Cooney was called for hand checking Rex Pflueger in the backcourt. Boeheim sprung off the bench in usual fashion. Cooney turned to his coach, flapped his hands at his sides and smiled. Boeheim, in unusual fashion, smiled back, and walked back to his seat laughing and shaking his head.Syracuse played its most complete game of the season and it seemed appropriate, even necessary, to let loose and enjoy it.Shortly after the final buzzer sounded, Boeheim joked that he probably wouldn’t have won the Jim Boeheim look-alike contest at halftime. Walk-on Shaun Belbey did a mock interview in front of a TV camera, arm-and-arm with Lydon, and bragged about his cheering skills. Gbinije yelled across the locker room that while Richardson may seem tough, he’s actually a “softy” on the inside.On Thursday, there was a lot to be happy about.“I think Syracuse is an NCAA Tournament team,” UND head coach Mike Brey said. And on Thursday, the Orange sure looked like one. Comments As the game clock dipped below three minutes, every Syracuse player had a highlight and they all added up to a 21-point lead against the 25th best team in the country.Trevor Cooney, always burning Notre Dame, stole a pass in the backcourt before finishing an acrobatic three-point play. Malachi Richardson was pushed into the crowd while sinking a 3 and finished a four-point play. Michael Gbinije drove baseline and spun a reverse layup off the top of the backboard and into the net. Tyler Lydon hit two 3s as the first half wound down. Tyler Roberson soared above the rim for a crowd-pleasing tip-in. Dajuan Coleman went on a 5-0 run in the second half that was punctuated with an emphatic dunk.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beat writers unanimously predict No. 7 Syracuse beats slumping North Carolina

first_img Comments No. 7 Syracuse (6-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) struggled to score on Tuesday in Ithaca in a 13-8 loss to No. 9 Cornell. The Orange will look to bounce back on Saturday against North Carolina (6-6, 0-2). The Tar Heels have lost six games in a row heading into the meeting in the Carrier Dome.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen.Charlie DiSturcoUnlike basketball…Syracuse 12, North Carolina 9Syracuse seemed to have found a groove before its offense struggled mightily in a loss to Cornell on Tuesday night. Though the Orange has a 2-4 record in nonconference play, it is undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference with strong wins over Top 10 teams in Duke and Notre Dame.The hardest conference games are behind SU, as it faces a North Carolina team plagued by injuries and in the middle of a six-game skid. Syracuse’s defense has yet to slow down and Saturday will be no different, as the Orange will finish with a perfect ACC record yet again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt LibermanUNC needs a doctorSyracuse 13, North Carolina 10Few teams have been plagued by injuries as badly as the Tar Heels have been this season. Carolina has lost 13 players, including its starting goalie, top defender and arguably the team’s top midfielder, Justin Anderson. North Carolina opened the season 6-0 before losing six straight as the injuries piled on.Entering Saturday’s contest, UNC will be without 13 players. Plus, the Tar Heels have just one win on the road. Yes, Syracuse struggled offensively against Cornell, but that was because the Big Red’s top-ranked offense dominated possession. UNC will struggle to follow suit, and Syracuse will finish the regular season undefeated in ACC play for the second straight season.Josh SchaferAnotha oneSyracuse 12 North Carolina 8Another year brings another undefeated regular season conference record for Syracuse. North Carolina has lost six straight games and there’s no reason to believe UNC won’t lose a seventh. As Matt said, UNC is without 13 players entering Saturday’s game, so there doesn’t appear to be a solution to its problem. The Tar Heels have scored more as of late, including double digits against both Duke and Virginia. But without a dominant faceoff man, North Carolina won’t control the game teams need to against Syracuse to win. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 11, 2018 at 9:50 pmlast_img read more