June 25, 2010

Can Religious Belief Reduce “Error-Related Negativity”?
Religion may provide a “buffer” allowing the devout to feel less anxiety when they make mistakes, compared with nonbelievers, according to new scientific research. (Leanne Larmondin, Religion News Service)

Researchers Make Functional Lung Tissue
Harvard scientists re-created a critical area of lung tissue on a silicon rubber chip the size of a quarter, and found that it responded to bacteria and tiny particles carried in the air just like a living lung. Using a different approach, Yale University researchers regenerated lungs and transplanted them into rats, where they functioned successfully for up to two hours. (Carolyn Johnson, The Boston Globe)

More on Chimp Warfare
The propensity for warfare in chimps could help explain the human conceptions of “good” and “evil” that define our laws, our social norms, and our morals. (Max Fisher, The Atlantic)

A Major Problem With Reconciling Darwinism with Christianity
Michael Ruse: Those of us working on the science-religion interface and who think that the two can be reconciled need to keep up the search for a satisfactory solution to the puzzle of the necessity of humans and the nondirectionality of Darwinism. (The Huffington Post)

Why We Shouldn’t Assume Religion Will Disappear
Andrew Park: My fear is that this assumption will lead people to ignore the reality of how important religion remains today, in America and around the world. I worry that it will cause people to caricature those for whom it still is relevant as less intelligent, less modern, less important. I don’t believe that, and I definitely don’t want my children to believe that. (Between a Church and a Hard Place, Psychology Today)

Mormon References in Twilight
It’s possible that Stephenie Meyer never set out to weave Mormon imagery into the Twilight background. Yet intentional or otherwise, it’s hard to ignore. (Angela Aleiss, Religion News Service)

Category: Field Notes


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