July 15, 2010

Apes and Old World Monkeys May Have Split Later Than We Thought
A slope-faced, big-toothed creature from the distant past has inspired scientists to recalibrate the ancient evolutionary split between apes and Old World monkeys. (Bruce Bower, Science News)

Behavioral Economics (and Its Limits)
George Loewenstein and Peter Ubel: Behavioral economics is an increasingly popular field that incorporates elements from psychology to explain why people make seemingly irrational decisions, at least according to traditional economic theory and its emphasis on rational choice. (The New York Times)

The Ultimate Nature of Reality
Marilynne Robinson: We have demonstrated again and again a terrible freedom to do ourselves catastrophic harm. It is critically important now that we remember our dignity and our worth. We must recover respect for what we are. Science and religion, history, literature and the arts, even our abused and beleaguered politics, all can help us do this if we will only let them. (The Huffington Post)

Ending the Fight Between God and Darwin
Brad Hirschfield: We need to shift from a conflict-driven approach to a conversational approach on this and most other socially divisive issues. In a conflict, someone must lose for things to be resolved. In a conversation, everyone needs to be engaged for it to be successful. (On Faith, Newsweek/The Washington Post)

Art and Religion Don’t Have to Be Enemies
Religions have been the primary patrons and creators of art throughout history. (Russell Smith, The Globe and Mail)


If Leonardo DiCaprio (and indeed the audience) spent much of the film asking, “Was it a vision or a waking dream?” he was echoing not just Keats, but pretty much the whole of world literature and a great deal of its art. (Christina Patterson, The Independent)

Category: Field Notes


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