May 2, 2014

© 2014 Microsoft CorporationHow Kids Learn Honesty
Wray Herbert: Can we really transmit a moral code to our children through the use of stories? A team of psychological scientists has begun to explore that important question empirically. Headed by the University of Toronto’s Kang Lee, the scientists started with a widely embraced virtue—honesty. They wanted to know if morality tales instruct young children not only in an abstract way, but actually shape their behavior. (We’re Only Human, Association for Psychological Science)

What Astronomy Says About Religion
Seth Shostak: While it may be disappointing, I have to confess to people who ask for my insights on the meaning of it all that astronomy doesn’t provide any clearly useful data on matters of sin and souls. But it does offer some humbling insight into the scale of the problem. It is said that God has infinite abilities to observe, monitor, and influence. An appreciation for the breathtaking banality of our circumstances suggests just how audacious this idea is. (The Huffington Post)

More on the Latest Poll to Look at Science and Faith
A new survey by The Associated Press found that religious identity—particularly evangelical Protestant—was one of the sharpest indicators of skepticism toward key issues in science. (Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service)

Update on Bhutan
As Bhutan seeks to further open its doors to the outside world and liberalize its economy to provide much-needed jobs and reduce poverty, it is starting to face many of the same challenges that other countries have spent years struggling to contain. The next few years will be critical in determining whether gross national happiness is able to withstand the pincer movement of urbanization and consumerism. (Jo Confino,

Katharine Hayhoe – Climate Science and Christianity

Chris Mooney: Millions of Americans are evangelical Christians, and their belief in the science of global warming is well below the national average. And if anyone has a chance of reaching this vast and important audience, Katharine Hayhoe does. “I feel like the conservative community, the evangelical community, and many other Christian communities, I feel like we have been lied to,” explains Hayhoe on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast. “We have been given information about climate change that is not true. We have been told that it is incompatible with our values, whereas in fact it’s entirely compatible with conservative and with Christian values.” (Mother Jones)

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