Music: In The World But Not Of It
Believers and listening to "secular" music.
When it comes to the modern styles of music that are dominant in our society today, it is hard for people to decide whether they can listen to "secular" music as part of the cultural experience. The Bible calls Christ-followers to be in the world but not of it. So where does that leave music? Understanding the music of a culture gives you a deep insight into the culture itself. Music reveals beliefs, wants, needs, feelings, and much more. So, is it necessary for a Christ-follower to understand the music choices of the culture they are in? I definitely think so. But, is it okay for a Christ-follower to listen to the "secular" music of a culture for their own enjoyment and pleasure? I think this is something for each person to decide for himself or herself. If the motives are pure and it does not hinder your spiritual walk with the Lord, then go right ahead. Just make sure you are only in the world, not a part of it.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Neuroscience is working to conquer some of the human body's cruelest conditions: Paralysis, brain disease, and schizophrenia.
- Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia.
- Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles.
- Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neuroscience that can effectively manage brain conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's, and may one day mitigate schizophrenia so people can live normal, independent lives.
As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.
- The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
- But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
- Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
A recent study gives new meaning to the saying "fake it 'til you make it."
- The study involves four experiments that measured individuals' socioeconomic status, overconfidence and actual performance.
- Results consistently showed that high-class people tend to overestimate their abilities.
- However, this overconfidence was misinterpreted as genuine competence in one study, suggesting overestimating your abilities can have social advantages.
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