40% of Americans take their bible literally. WOW. Please absorb that slowly, it's important. How did we get here? When Big Think can post Rick Warren next to Sam Harris as an 'expert' we should all stop, shudder and think long and hard. Evangelical Xtianity is a massive , expanding, growing BUSINESS... Wal-Mart should take a look. What will be the result of these trends over time? Can we all afford to say Religion is immune from being judged by the standards of the rest of society? If we put them on a pedestal for historical reasons, don't we open the gate to them taking advantage? politically, financially etc.. When those preachers ask their flock, are you smarter than a 5th grader, it's a veiled threat. How do the non-literalists view their brothers in Christ, whose depth of critical analysyis seems more akin to continued belief in Santa Claus?
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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