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Science can bridge national divides

David Kerr
June 22, 2009

Print: the Guardian Science Blog

David Kerr, professor of cancer therapeutics at Oxford university, sees renewed scientific leadership as a way for the Obama administration to make diplomatic inroads in areas where America is not popular, such as the Middle East. He points out that a recent forum on particle accelerators had representatives from Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey all sitting around one table.

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Are we prisoners of our genes?

by Tim Radford
June 18, 2009

Print: The Guardian

Book Review: In The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, Steven Pinker challenged the assumption that people are molded by society and their upbringing, raising awkward questions about race and intelligence, aggression, greed and free will.

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Church attendance in recessions: No rush for pews


June 17, 2009

Print: Economist

A counter-intuitive finding from the pollsters

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science:  Part 4 of 6

Valerie Tarico
June 17, 2009

Print: Huffington Post

The born again experience doesn’t require a specific set of beliefs. It requires a specific social/emotional process, and the dogmas or explanations are secondary.

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New Glimpses of Life’s Puzzling Origins

By NICHOLAS WADE
June 15, 2009

Print: The New York Times

NYT science reporter Nicholas Wade reports on recent developments in scientists’ efforts to re-create the chemistry of the origin of life.  New lab work that shows how fatty acids could have formed vesicles that can keep in nucleic acids but let in nucleotides, their building blocks.  With this and other recent advances, scientists are putting together bits and pieces of the story of how life began.  “At some point some of these threads will start joining together,” said Dr. Sutherland, a British scientist who recently outlined a potential pathway for inorganic precursors to form nucleotides.

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science:  Part 3 of 6

Valerie Tarico
June 11, 2009

Print: Huffington Post

Once triggered for any reason, the feeling that something is right or real can be incredibly powerful—so powerful that when it goes head to head with logic or evidence the feeling wins. Our brains make up reasons to justify our feeling of knowing rather than following logic to its logical conclusion.

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Science, the Extravaganza

By DENNIS OVERBYE
June 11, 2009

Print: The New York Times

A festival celebrating science, and mixing science with arts, performances, and celebrity, is in New York City.  According to the organizer, the idea is to “bring them in for the art and have them leave with science.”

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Inspired by Darwin: Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful

Tim Radford
June 11, 2009

Print: Guardian.co.uk

An exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge explores the mutual influences of science and art 150 years ago when Darwin published On the Origin of Species

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Vaginal Probes: Abortion, Morality, and the Law

By William Saletan
June 10, 2009

Print: Slate

Despite the salacious title, this article is a thoughtful discussion of how moral reasoning (instead of religious dogma) can be applied to the issue of abortion.

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Tony Blair’s latest “faith” initiative is likely to do more harm than good, says NSS


June 9, 2009

Print: National Secular Society

Tony Blair’s latest “faith” initiative is likely to do more harm than good, says NSS

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Atheists keep faith with Barack Obama

By DANIEL LIBIT
June 9, 2009

Print: Politico

While atheist advocates railed against Bush, they seem willing to give Obama a pass on his God talk — at least for now…

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This government views science simply as a tool for generating profit

Frank Swain
June 9, 2009

Print: guardian.co.uk

It’s difficult to see the assimilation of science into Peter Mandelson’s new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as anything but bad news.

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Ha-Ha! Ape study tickles primates, traces evolution of laughter

Malcolm Ritter
June 4, 2009

Print: Associated Press

When scientists set out to trace the roots of human laughter, some chimps and gorillas were just tickled to help. Literally.

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science:  Part 2 of 6

Valerie Tarico
June 4, 2009

Print: Huffington Post

Why are religions similar to each other?  History and biology.  Religions emerge out of ancestor religions. Though the characters and details merge and morph, elements get carried through that allow us to track the lineage. But another reason for similarities among religious stories is that all of them are shaped by the human mind and our tendency to project the structure of the human mind into the world around us. Gods and magical beings have have human psyches, with quirks and limitations that are peculiar to our species.

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Warfare, culture and human evolution: Blood and treasure


June 4, 2009

Print: Economist

People are altruistic because they are militaristic, and cultured because they are common. At least that is the message of a couple of new studies

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The treasures of Messel

Patrick Barkham
June 3, 2009

Print: guardian.co.uk

Ida, the fossil of an early primate, caused a sensation when she was unveiled last month. But she is just one of thousands of beautifully preserved ancient creatures that are being unearthed from an old shale quarry in Germany. Patrick Barkham pays a visit

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200 years that changed the world

Hans Rosling
June 2, 2009

Video: gapminder.org

For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 - 200 years ago.

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Wisdom in a Cleric’s Garb; Why Not a Lab Coat Too?

By DENNIS OVERBYE
June 1, 2009

Print: The New York Times

N.Y. Times science writer Dennis Overbye, writing about “Angels & Demons” starring Tom Hanks, complains about the myth of religion having a monopoly on wisdom. “[The movie] crystallized what is wrong with the entire way that popular culture regards science. Scientists and academics are smart, but religious leaders are wise.”

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Boy chosen by Dalai Lama turns back on Buddhist order

Dale Fuchs
June 1, 2009

Print: guardian.co.uk

Osel Hita Torres was chosen as a baby by the Dali Lama as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader.  He was supposed to study Buddhism, become a lama and be worshipped by monks on a throne.  After years of training, Torres left the Buddhists order and moved to Europe where he lives a more modern lifestyle.  The Buddhists community still worships him despite his defection.

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Scientology Trial in France: Can a Religion Be Banned?

Bruce Crumley
May 29, 2009

Print: Time

Officials from the Church of Scientology’s French affiliate are in court this week, charged with fraud. But is it a case of religious intolerance?

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