August 5, 2009

faceliftReconciling Cosmetic Surgery With Islamic Belief in Saudi Arabia
The country’s cosmetic practices are causing clerics to contend with new questions about the intersection of beauty and faith: Does the Islamic faith allow for various cosmetic surgeries, such as nose jobs, breast implants or liposuction? Sheik Mohammed al-Nujaimi, a Saudi cleric, uses guidelines that were reached in a meeting between plastic surgeons and clergymen three years ago to determine which procedures religion allows. (Denise Chow, New York Daily News)

Training Our Kids to Become Curious Explorers
Todd Kashdan: The scientific research is clear that children who often experience curiosity and wonder, and act on these feelings to explore their world fare better at school, in relationships, at work, and end up being intelligent, creative, satisfied people. So what are some ways to cultivate curiosity in our children? (The Huffington Post)

Study Claims Interfaith Marriage Is Boosting Secularism Among American Jews
Strengthening secularism isn’t limited to cultural Jews, the study discovered. Of those adhering to a more religious practice of Judaism, 44 percent have a secular world view, with more than half of all American Jews abiding by a secular mindset. (Zack Colman, The Jerusalem Post)

Physics Professor Teams Up With Philadelphia 76ers Cheerleaders to Get People Interested in Science
James Trefil’s 20-year campaign for science literacy has led him to link up with some unlikely allies at ScienceCheerleader.com, where he and a scantily clad crew of dancing Darwins offer 18 video lessons on core ideas in science. (Joseph Abrams, FOX News)

Principal Photography for “Genesis Code” Begins at Calvin College
The film stars Kelsey Sanders (the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place) as Kerry, a writer for a college newspaper, and Logan Bartholomew (Hallmark series Love’s Enduring Promise) as Blake, a college hockey player. They forge a romance and struggle to find common ground between their spiritual beliefs and scientific studies. (John Serba, The Grand Rapids Press)

Q&A
Oliver Sacks

His latest book, Musicophilia, has just appeared as a Vintage paperback. I put six questions to Sacks about his remarkable study of music and the human brain. (Scott Horton, Harper’s Magazine)

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