ArtDaily: Spain’s ‘Holy Grail’ faces sceptical inquisition; Experts say a myth.
Paris Review: Caleb Crain on Darren Aronofsky’s film ‘Noah’.
“Aronofsky thought his Noah needed Watchers, to judge by the screen time he gives them. They’re animated in a style that looks like it’s of Davey and Goliath vintage.” Read the whole thing; sounds overwhelmingly dreadful. Pass.
New Scientist: Shroud of Turin depicts Y-shaped crucifixion.
ArtDaily: Found - Impressive Byzantine period monastery with a spectacular mosaic floor.
“The prayer hall is paved with a mosaic on which a pattern of leaves is vibrantly portrayed in blue, red, yellow and green colors. The dining room floor is a colorful mosaic pavement depicting floral motifs, geometric decorations, amphorae, baskets and even a pair of birds.” Quite lovely.
Mashable: Creationists Condemn Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ for Pro-Evolution Stance
Uh-huh. All one of them.
BBC: Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support.
“The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church. The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. [snip] The 3,000 documents to be scanned digitally over the next four years include copies of works of classical Greek and Latin literature and mediaeval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.” Can’t wait.
Civil War Memory: “We Learned How the South Was Right.”
The comments are even more interesting: “An institution trying to sell a first-rate educational experience needs to cite a survey that isn’t fourteen years old. I doubt if most of my students have ever heard of Beavis & Butthead. As I discovered yesterday, I have students who don’t remember 9/11.”
SciAm: How Science Mimics Faith.
“It is likely that some people use their ideas about science to make sense of the world and for emotional compensation in difficult situations in the same way that religious people use their supernatural beliefs. [snip] Our findings suggest that it may be belief itself, regardless of its content, that helps people deal with adverse situations.” The faith itself, not the excuse one uses for it.
Salon: Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness.
It’s been a litmus test among some social groups in Santa Fe for a while now.
Mother Jones: Matthew McConaughey Is Right - Science Does Prove the Value of Gratitude.
“A decade of research has defined gratitude as a social emotion that, while related to empathy, is nonetheless distinct from it. Feeling gratitude helps bind us to our groups and communities and enhances social relationships.” An unexpected messenger.
The Art Newspaper: Turkey plans to rebuild religious school next to Hagia Sophia.
Torn on this one. You know the Hagia Sophia was, once upon a time, the great basilica of Constantinople. New construction might give archaeologists access to the grounds around the structure, and reveal new info.
Gawker: Ex-U.S. General: Jesus Is Returning to Earth With an AR-15. Really.
Yep, safe to say cat butts are going to be the highlight of the news day ...
LiveScience: The Most Religious US State Is ...
The Dish: Uh-Oh.
“A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Jan. 23-26 showed that the former governor of Alaska has a 70 percent favorability rating among GOP primary voters, topping six other potential candidates in the poll …” Oh, please no ...
CNN Opinion: Huckabee’s ‘libido’ comment chilling.
Idiot. Excuse my French.
Guardian.UK: Texas hospital acknowledges brain-dead status of pregnant woman.
Terrible tragedy, made exponentially worse by bad laws.
Giz: Lightning struck Rio’s Jesus Christ statue and broke off his fingers.
Zeus has had enough … ?
Philosophy Now: Does God Exist?
The Economist: Mary and feminism - Sexing divinity.
“That still leaves a hard question for today’s thinkers (including Christian ones): whether it’s in any way possible to reconcile contemporary ideas about gender with the ideal of a woman who is chiefly venerated because of the son she bore.” Parsing myth. Good subject for an academic anthropological paper. Not for The Economist.
The New Yorker: Pope Francis and the Naked Christ.
Hrmmmm. I hate involuntary psychoanalysis. Did all painters and renderers have these deep and meaningful thoughts in mind? Or was there a Codex Genitalia for how to render Christ’s privates?
Daily Beast: When Creationists Collide with Stephen Colbert.
RationalWiki: List of scientists who became creationists after studying the evidence.
Science + Religion Today: Atheists Get Sweaty When Daring God.
“When you get anxious or emotionally aroused, you sweat. Not a lot, but enough to be detected using electrodes on the finger tips. And it turns out that if you take a bunch of atheists, and get them to dare God to do horrible things, they get sweaty.”
Time: Awe Makes You Religious - Even if You’re Not.
“Awe makes people want to see events as the result of design.” It’s been used for centuries. This is exactly why the early churches gilt their soaring structures. To a poor peasant, the awe was emotionally debilitating.