Archive | April, 2015

Religious, political, and scientific leaders issue joint statement: human-induced climate change is a moral imperative

April 29, 2015

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From Independent Catholic News: World leaders meeting at the Vatican for a conference on climate change have issued a final statement today, declaring that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality” and “its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.” The statement says that humans have the technological and financial means, and […]

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When “Religion” doesn’t describe it

April 3, 2015

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The term “religion” turns pallid on Good Friday. It’s an ashen and anemic word. It needs to gulp down aspirin and climb back into bed. The term conveys systems and structures and institutions, whether they’re of thinking or of administration. It isn’t a bad term (spirituality and theology mandate structures like everything else), but it doesn’t do this day justice.

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Those Fun and Crazy Guys: Humpback Whales

April 1, 2015

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Scientists ponder the motivation behind the songs of the male humpbacks – or, more technically, their hums. Many thought they were typical men, shamelessly wooing the ladies in the open sea with nary a glance at the neighborhood’s mortified barracudas. No doubt they were promising the moon: “We love you because of your minds.” But there’s no recorded instance of females casually swimming past and peaking back, which leaves us with one of two choices. Option One: the men are a bunch-a losers. Option Two: We don’t know why they sing.

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