September 26, 2011

Rejected Religious Beliefs Elicit Physical Disgust
Ryan Ritter and Jesse Preston show that religious beliefs that contradict one’s own also leave a bad taste in the mouth, literally. (Christian Jarrett, British Psychological Society Research Digest)

More on “Faster Than Light” Neutrinos
Michio Kaku: Science is merciless when it comes to testing all theories over and over, at any time, in any place. Unlike religion or politics, science is ultimately decided by experiments, done repeatedly in every form. There are no sacred cows. In science, 100 authorities count for nothing. Experiment counts for everything. (The Wall Street Journal)

What Makes Us Shy or Outgoing
Long-term studies tracking infants through early adulthood have suggested that we are born with predispositions to respond to the environment in a particular way. Psychologists refer to this built-in responsivity as “temperament.” (The familiar labels of introvert (preferring solitary activity) or extrovert (seeking social excitement) fall under this category.) (Adam Hadhazy, LiveScience)

Richard Dawkins vs. Cristina Odone
Richard Dawkins has written a new book for children that compares scientific explanations with supernatural ones. Catholic writer Cristina Odone believes an education without religion is missing a crucial dimension. Susanna Rustin brings atheist and believer together. (

Hindu Kaharingan in Borneo
In a corner of the world once famed for headhunters and impenetrable remoteness, a new religion is being developed to face up to an encroaching modern world and an intrusive Indonesian state. The point, in short, is cultural survival. (Aubrey Belford, The New York Times)

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