Last week’s roundup came out the day following the tragedy in Arizona and, as such, contained numerous links to the rapid-fire news and reactions to the events of the day. This week there has been more thoughtful and measured responses, but the conversation will only continue.

Hopefully, the discussion will bring us closer together, but many are skeptical (including me). Of course, this little graphic won’t help to tone down the rhetoric either… meanwhile, the bloggers at 13.7 Cosmos and Culture have been having an internal discussion, but they’re letting the public in on it.

Before we get into the other links, how about some audio accompaniment? For some odd reason, these 2 songs have been in my head the last few weeks… choose wisely.

News:

As we celebrate Martin Luther King day, Britannica blog has a photo compilation of some memorable moments in his life

So the iPhone is finally coming to Verizon. Mashable with a comparison of AT&T vs Verizon that isn’t as one-sided as expected.

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Wins Practice Jeopardy Round against two best past champions…

This refrigerator is pretty cool… overkill, but pretty cool, nonetheless

A great list of the 40+ things you need to watch in 2011

Science:

More people than not would pay to take a predictive test to know about potential diseases in their future… would you? Unexpectedly, these types of tests don’t seem to cause anxiety

Diseases caused by climate change are an authentic threat to national security (via Steve Silberman)

Want to get pregnant? Watch an episode of the Simpsons

Can activity of a single neuron really determine whether someone chooses delayed or instant reward? Correlation vs. causation as always…

This is not going to be practical any time soon and is not well understood, but a mutation in chickens renders them unable to transmit bird flu

Ed Yong discusses a study that showed writing about exam worries for 10 minutes before taking an exam improved test scores

Vaccines do not cause autism… you’ve heard about the science behind this, but here shows the truth (and it ain’t good) behind Wakefield, the main proponent of the connection… and here’s a review of 3 new books on the irrationality of the anti-vaccine movement

Airborne transmission of neurodegenerative disease? Yes, but…

The $50 genome by 2014?

Oxytocin can lead to favoritism and bigotry? Ed Yong also took a shot

Wait, scientific constants can change? Stay tuned…

Religion:

James McGrath links to online offerings of the works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Jerry Coyne with a link of why atheism isn’t a religion (no, it’s an ideology, like others)

Stuart of eChurch Christian Blog with a link to another example of the ever so “rational” de-baptism and Generation Y: apathetic to religion

An increase in Christian conversion to Orthodox? (via Euangelion)

The space between:

Explaining something is not the same as explaining something away… outstanding on neuroscience and spirits (Big Questions Online)

Over at BioLogos, they have a series of transcripts from a recent lecture by John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology ( Part 3, Part 4), Denis Alexander finishes his series on models for relating Adam and Eve with modern anthropology (not sure I agree with this concordist perspective, but I like the way Alexander thinks and writes), a statement on BioLogos’ stance on science and faith (which RJS at the Jesus Creed posted on as well), and finally, Ard Louis with an excellent response to Christian concerns about BioLogos’ science

Another hit on Dawkins’s meme of religion as a virus and Tom Rees goes on a self-described rant on the evolution of religion

We are both apes and angels… a review of The Tell-Tale Brain: Unlocking the Mystery of Human Nature by V S Ramachandran

Michael Shermer on humans needs for “patternicity” re: Arizona shootings and massive wildlife losses

No shock here, but Jerry Coyne goes overboard

RJS looks at Lamoureux and the sin-death connection

And lastly… isn’t science more rational than faith?

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