April 20, 2010

Buddhist Monks Hold Mass Cremations for Earthquake Victims in China
Monks wearing face masks set ablaze piles of the blanket-wrapped bodies of China’s earthquake victims on a mountaintop, as necessity forced local Tibetans to break with the tradition of leaving their dead out for vultures. (Anita Chang, Chi-Chi Zhang, and Cara Anna, Associated Press)

Should People Be Paid for Donating Organs?
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is asking the public if it is ethical to use financial incentives to increase donations of organs, eggs, and sperm. Paying for most types of organs and tissue is illegal in the United Kingdom. (BBC News)

Heaven Help Us
Lisa Miller: If 80 percent of Americans tell pollsters they believe in heaven, it might be useful for them to know a little bit about what they mean. (The Huffington Post)

Discrimination Case Seems to Divide Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a high-profile case involving the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and a Christian student group, and the dispute appeared to leave the justices deeply divided, according to numerous news reports. (Inside Higher Ed)

Q&A
Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll was in town promoting his meditation on the physics of time, a trade book with the clever title From Eternity to Here. (Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times)

BOOKS
God Is Not One

Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One, which hits bookstores today, argues that the globe’s eight major religions hold different and irreconcilable assumptions. (Rich Barlow, BU Today)

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