Dec 3, 2014 0
National Study of Religion & Human Origins
According to a new report by Calvin College assistant professor Jonathan Hill, many Americans do not think it’s that important to have the “correct beliefs” on the origins of human life. His research was funded by the BioLogos Foundation, a pro-evolution, Christian organization founded by National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins. “It’s important to know that a large portion of the population is unsure about their beliefs, and there is a large portion of the population that doesn’t care,” Hill said in an interview. (Emma Green, The Atlantic)
What Your Social Media Language Reveals About Your Personality
The words you use in your Facebook posts reveal much about your personality, according to psychologists Gregory Park and colleagues in a new study just published. Based on a study of 71,000 Facebook users who reported their personality using an app, Park et al. found some quite unexpected words to be associated with given personality traits. (Neuroskeptic, Discover)
Mindfulness, yoga, and meditation have gained popularity among Americans in recent decades, buoyed by studies showing their benefits to emotional, mental, and physical health. The centuries-old practices have roots in Buddhism and Hinduism, but Western culture has secularized them to focus on physical postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques. Such practices are now offered by corporations like Google, Target, and General Mills to their employees. Prison inmates, hospital patients, and the U.S. Marines are using them to combat stress and illness, increase focus and well-being. And now schools all over the country are introducing the practices. (Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press)
On his disagreements with “New Atheism,” how secular humanism is similar to religion and how it is different, and what Humanists can learn from religion.
Kitcher explores how to disentangle ethics from religion, the connection between values and community, and why doubt is just the beginning of Humanism.
(Chris Stedman, Faitheist, Religion News Service)
Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit
An experiment in Chicago randomly assigned train and bus riders to either talk to the stranger next to them or commute quietly. The result? Even for introverts, silence leaves you sadder. (Morning Edition, NPR)