Anyone watch the Oscars? It’s one of the few nights where I don’t have a choice, so… I had to. Watching it always makes me focus on the word, pretentious. I’ll try to work on that in the future… One note: the robot from Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show would have been better than James Franco. Anne Hathaway didn’t have a shot of saving that atrocity. But… on to the links. Audio accompaniment by Anberlin.
- The Relationship Between Science and Religion… Is Giberson for independence AND dialogue? I’m not sure.
- Haven’t watched this Pete Enns lecture yet, but I bet it’s good and outlines the framework for his upcoming book.
- Growing Up Christian – Without Losing Faith or Brains (by George Murphy).
- Does “purely natural and materialistic” imply “unguided and purposeless”? (by Josh Rosenau)
- On the complexity of transhumanism, it’s misunderstanding, and bad writing.
- In the same vein, is there a human living today that will reach the age of 1,000?
- Interesting question. Mine is… well, there’s lots of them.
- Sam Harris with a long response to his critics. Here’s another negative and recent review.
- The “God helmet” and religious experience.
- Via @NatureNews… an awesome look at metaphors in science
- Interesting post, here. Lots of good, a little bad, perhaps, but plenty to think about.
- Epiphenom: Why non-religious Americans die younger.
- Remarkable read: Inside the business of selling human body parts
- Via @stevesilberman, Fascinating: Mutation made researcher vulnerable to “safe” form of plague that killed him and how 29,000 rubber duckies gone overboard revealed serious problem at sea
- Via @brainpicker, 5 must-read books by TED 2011 speakers. I’d be happy to review 1 or 3…
- A snake venom-like toxin that is involved in setting the brakes on neuronal plasticity… many potential implications here.
- Ed Yong writes on a recent intriguing study in which scientists loaded a parasitic fungus with scorpion toxin to improve their efficacy in killing the mosquitoes that transmit malaria and provides his Weekly Links.
- Not surprising, but what you say about others and how you view them says more about yourself.
- Self-doubting monkeys know what they don’t know. Quantitative, not qualitative differences, people.
- Nukes were something to worry about in the 60s only, right? Not to start a panic, but… not so much.
- Music and the brain.
- This book looks awesome. I’m going to get it for one of my colleagues… shh, don’t tell him.
- Speaking of books, here’s a free preview of the new Biology textbook, Principles of Life.
- Your cell phone makes your brain more active? Let’s see where this leads. Either way, we’re annoyed by people that use them.
- A genetic link to schizophrenia?
- If I’m linking to a post on Cain and Abel, it must be worthwhile.
- Stuart has been struggling through a book on mental disorders and our relationship to God. He also recently wrote a post on blogging and being overly personal. Both are important areas.
- I’m with Arni on this one, but would add: there is so much we do know that we can’t come to agreement on, why even attempt to argue about something like this? Ridiculous, arrogant, and offensive. Oh, and it does the exact opposite of what is intended, by the way… Arni’s also got some good links.
- Scot McKnight puts up a review of his most recent book (mine is here), an RJS post on Evolving Faith, and a good collection, as always, of Weekly Meanderings.
- Lots of talk about Rob Bell, Joshua Harris, and John Piper yesterday. Below is my response on Twitter to friend Rachel Held Evans. Here is another take that I very much agree with.
@rachelheldevans “Twitter + overzealous Christians + over-theologizing w/ unclear evidence = an annoying day & damaged portrayal of Jesus.”
News (that I see fit to print, er link to):
- Academically Adrift seems to be a hot topic at North Park. My department chair is talking about it, Scot McKnight is doing a series on it (here’s the most recent post) and Joel Willitts just posted on it as well.
- We’ll buy anything to be different from others.
- Gas prices are on the rise. Mashable and the iPhone to the rescue.
- Wait, now all we need is 1 iPhone 4 and a Mac computer to use Facetime?
- Now anyone can sync Google Docs and Microsoft Office.
- Mental floss blog with some great weekly links… this one and this one are most interesting.
- Google changes its algorithm. A world is in uproar.
- Very popular this week… McDonalds screws up oatmeal!
- Hilarious… if Apple sold bottled water.
- Why aren’t more CEOs fired?
- Teaching and pseudo-teaching. Much to learn here, but not easy to implement everywhere.
- Last… RIP Dave Duerson. This is scary and will hopefully open many eyes. It’s opened mine.