October 19, 2009

genesisCartoonist Robert Crumb Illustrates Genesis
With a mixture of anticipation and anxiety, the art world has been awaiting R. Crumb’s long-rumored illuminated manuscript, a four-year, monastic-like effort to adapt every word of the first book of the Bible in distinctive pen and ink. (David Colton, USA Today)

Another Doomsday Craze
Is 2012 the end of the world? If you scan the Internet or believe the marketing campaign behind the movie 2012, you might be forgiven for thinking so. Dozens of books and fake science Web sites are prophesying the arrival of doomsday that year, by means of a rogue planet colliding with the Earth or some other cataclysmic event. Normally, scientists regard Internet hysteria with nothing more than a raised eyebrow and a shake of the head. But a few scientists have become so concerned at the level of fear they are seeing that they decided not to remain on the sidelines this time. (John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times)

Compassion and Companionship in Prison Hospice Programs
Kathleen Allan, the nursing director at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility, said that with a number of inmate volunteers, “You can identify in each of these guys something inside them driving them to do this. It’s a desire to redeem themselves, so even when it gets hard they’re able to plow through it.“ (John Leland, The New York Times)

Bill to Remove “Faith Healing” Exemptions in Wisconsin
Representative Terese Berceau: Under current Wisconsin law, a person is not guilty of an offense solely because he or she provides a child with treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone for healing, in lieu of medical or surgical treatment. Also under current law, there is a specific exemption for the Christian Science Church. My bill simply removes these exemptions. It puts every family, every religion, on an equal basis in terms of medical treatment of children. (Wisconsin State Journal)

BOOKS
Out of Our Heads

Alva Noë is a cognitive scientist and philosopher at the University of California, Berkeley, who has spent the last 15 years working with researchers studying consciousness and how it works. His new mind-altering book addresses a philosophical mystery: How do we know that we are who we think we are? How do we really know that other people are conscious? And if there is such a thing as consciousness, what is it, where is it, and how does it happen? (John Stoehr, Religion Dispatches)

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