TechnoReligion: Transcendence Through Technology

TechnoReligion: Transcendence Through Technology — Organized around four core tenets—“life is purposeful, death is optional, God is technological, and love is essential”–Terasem is a “transreligion,” (meaning that you don’t have to give up being Christian or Jewish or Muslim to join) in which you can beam a digital copy of yourself into space.

Does Science Have Limits?

Natural Sciences

Does Science Have Limits? — Marcelo Gleiser, NPR science blogger and physics prof at Dartmouth College, is among the more modest of the popular science writers.  His new book is called The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning (Basic Books, 2014), in which he examines the limits of science […]

Got Religion on Campus? Leave It Off Your Resume

Got Religion on Campus?  Leave It Off Your Resume — Two new sociology studies find new graduates who included mention of affiliation with a campus religious group on a resume were much less likely to hear back from potential employers.  The researchers tested seven religious categories including: Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, atheist, Jewish, Muslim, pagan, […]

The Shia-Sunni Divide

All New Briefs

The Shia-Sunni Divide — The Pew Research Fact Tank analyzes the divide between the two sects.  Several links provide additional background and information with particular attention to Iraq.  Iran and Iraq are two of only a handful of countries that have more Shias than Sunnis.

Legalism-ization and Sexual Consent

Legalism-ization and Sexual Consent — As the federal government presses colleges to improve the way they handle cases of sexual assault, schools are turning their focus to defining “consent” — how to distinguish between activity that’s consensual and activity that’s not.  This 7 min. audio clip + text is a clear and present case study […]

Science, Stats, Research–and Trust

Science, Stats, Research–and Trust  — This article addressed current issues in research, replication, and the reliability of science methods and practitioners.  While the author concludes with a positive outlook, the issues raise several questions about evidence, how evidence is collected and interpreted, and distinguishing evidence from non-evidential factors such as “trust,” gate-keeping, and the is-and-ought […]

Reversing the Inquisition

Social Sciences

Reversing the Inquisition — Spain’s cabinet on Friday approved a bill allowing descendants of Jews forced into exile centuries ago the right to dual citizenship, aiming to fix what the government calls the “historic mistake” of sending Sephardic Jews into exile starting in 1492 during the Inquisition.  Possible case study in left-hand kingdom justice.

Science, Trust, Stats, and Research

Science, Trust, Stats, and Research — This article addressed current issues in research, replication, and the reliability of science methods and practitioners.  While the author concludes with a positive outlook, the issues raise several questions about evidence, how evidence is collected and interpreted, and distinguishing evidence from non-evidential factors such as “trust,” gate-keeping, and the […]

 
 
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