November 3, 2009

grumpyPsychologist Says Feeling Grumpy Makes Us Think More Clearly
In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed. While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australasian Science magazine. (BBC News)

Trust Me
Anthony Seldon, the author of Trust: How We Lost It And How To Get It Back, sees opportunity in all the public hand-wringing about crises of trust in one institution and another. He is aware that where trust is found, other good things are generally found too. (Marek Kohn, guardian.co.uk)

Debate Over Evolution Heats Up in Many Muslim Countries
Creationism is growing in the Muslim world, from Turkey to Pakistan to Indonesia, international academics said last month as they gathered here to discuss the topic. But, they said, young-Earth creationists, who believe God created the universe, Earth, and life just a few thousand years ago, are rare, if not nonexistent. (Kenneth Chang, The New York Times)

Q&A
Ariel Glucklich

In his new book Dying for Heaven, Georgetown University religion professor Ariel Glucklich describes the religious, social, and psychological motivations behind the disturbing phenomenon of suicide bombing, the frightening ways it could affect the future of nuclear warfare, and some surprising tactics to curb its growing influence. (Alyssa Fetini, TIME)

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The show gives us our first glimpse of the alien spaceships in the reflection of skyscrapers, as they move into their hovering position like dark gray clouds. Some people feel born again as Anna assures them, with a phrase she reuses often, that “We are of peace, always.’’ Others, including the priest Father Jack Landry and the FBI counterterrorism agent Erica Evans, are suspicious. When an older priest defends the aliens as “God’s creatures,’’ Father Landry replies, “Rattlesnakes are God’s creatures, too, but that doesn’t mean they’re good to us.’’ (Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe)

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