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Make a Difference. Speech and Critical Thinking. Privacy. Cultural and Political Trends. Poverty and Income Inequality. Socialism. Intellectual Dark Web. Men and Women. Education. Economics. Freeman Dyson: Quotable Quotes. Kobe Bryant’s “Letter to My Younger Self” Holds a Lesson for Us All. After his storied NBA career but before his tragic death at the age of 41, Kobe Bryant wrote a letter to himself.

Kobe Bryant’s “Letter to My Younger Self” Holds a Lesson for Us All

His 17-year-old self, to be precise. Kerygmatic Peacebuilding as the Practice of Biblical Salam. In our current world, it is usually assumed that those holding a position of power have the responsibility to call conflicting parties to the negotiation table.

Kerygmatic Peacebuilding as the Practice of Biblical Salam

Peace brokers, such as the United States, European countries, Russia, or some other “strong nation,” will engage in diplomatic gymnastics to prepare conflicting parties for negotiations through the “Track I” approach—via professional diplomats or governmental authorities. Each of the parties in the conflict, in the meantime, makes every effort to gain a stronger hand, usually by taking greater hold of what they know their enemy wants (whether land, control, influence, demands, arms, or power), so that they would have a stronger position at the negotiation table. This approach, however, usually leads either to a temporary truce or to no deal at all.

It is often a sinister power dance between parties mostly driven by self-interest and ambition. Working toward peace in multifaith contexts has its particular challenges. How the early Christian church gave birth to today’s WEIRD Europeans. In September 506 C.E., the fathers of what would later become the Roman Catholic Church gathered in southern France to draw up dozens of new laws.

How the early Christian church gave birth to today’s WEIRD Europeans

Some forbade clergy from visiting unrelated women. Others forbade Christians from marrying anyone more closely related than their third cousin. The authors of a sweeping new study say that last, seemingly trivial prohibition may have given birth to Western civilization as we know it. The Childhood Quality That’s the Best Predictor of Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined. A few hundred years ago, fairy tale auteurs like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault helped bring magical tales of princesses, evil ogres, dark forests, weird spells and thwarted love into the storybooks—and to the bedsides—of children, everywhere.

Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined

But how old are the tales they transcribed? A new study suggests that their origins go all the way back to prehistory. In a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, a folklorist and anthropologist say that stories like Rumpelstiltskin and Jack and the Beanstalk are much older than originally thought. News, Pre-News, Fake News, and Statistics.

The light inside — and out: New findings on faith and re-entry. Four Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Mass Violence—A Social Psychologist’s Perspective. In the wake of tragedies like Saturday’s slaughter in Pittsburgh, social media and news channels alike immediately begin to seek the “real” culprit, be it gun laws, political ideology, violent media, or something else.

Four Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Mass Violence—A Social Psychologist’s Perspective

This makes sense. Jordan Peterson: My 75 minute explication of evil … ‘What fun is life without a little death?’ In this occasional series, Jordan Peterson writes from his international speaking tour for his book, 12 Rules for Life, where he’s speaking to sold out crowds throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

Jordan Peterson: My 75 minute explication of evil … ‘What fun is life without a little death?’

The last two days in Cambridge were relentless, but in the best possible way. My wife Tammy and I flew in early in the morning from Amsterdam after three days of nonstop press and talks. 2017 Irving Kristol Award recipient Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ remarks. Materialism alone cannot explain the riddle of consciousness. Materialism holds the high ground these days in debates over that most ultimate of scientific questions: the nature of consciousness.

Materialism alone cannot explain the riddle of consciousness

When tackling the problem of mind and brain, many prominent researchers advocate for a universe fully reducible to matter. ‘Of course you are nothing but the activity of your neurons,’ they proclaim. That position seems reasonable and sober in light of neuroscience’s advances, with brilliant images of brains lighting up like Christmas trees while test subjects eat apples, watch movies or dream. And aren’t all the underlying physical laws already known? The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Easter (Jesus of Nazareth’s Resurrection) You may not get any chocolate bunnies this Easter, but you’re bound to stumble across an article or meme suggesting that the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead is just a reincarnation of some pagan myth.

The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Easter (Jesus of Nazareth’s Resurrection)

Whether it’s Ishtar, Osiris, or Attis, these claims are tantalizing but devoid of scholarly content--much like the sugar rush of the chocolate bunny, with its deficit of actual nourishment. Visualization of Cross-References in the Bible. This set of visualizations started as a collaboration between Christoph Römhild and myself.

Visualization of Cross-References in the Bible

Christoph, a Lutheran Pastor, first emailed me in October of 2007. He described a data set he was putting together that defined textual cross references found in the Bible. He had already done considerable work visualizing the data before contacting me. The Los Lunas Hebrew Inscription. Click image for larger picture The Los Lunas Hebrew InscriptionJeff A.

The Los Lunas Hebrew Inscription

Benner Return to index of articles The above inscription is very unique for several reasons. First, it is written in an ancient Hebrew script. Persuasion Reading List - Updated 1/18 - Dilbert Blog. Why California's Lawsuit Industry Wants You to Think Coffee Causes Cancer. The Nunes Memo and the Horowitz Report : Popcorn Edition.