- The Dangers of a “Build-A-Bear” Theology: You can leave your crafted theology in your will, but it’ll never amount to anything more than a curious keepsake from a relative.
- Ambient Noise Spurs Creativity: Ever feel like the creative juices flow more freely when working amidst the buzz of a coffee shop than in the oppressive silence of home? New research confirms this feeling…by showing that modest ambient noise, like that found in a coffee shop or cafe, triggers the part of our brain responsible for abstract and creative thinking.
- Bach’s Music, Back Then and Right Now: The only two things missing in Bach’s music are randomness and sex. And yet in our era—so consumed with both—Bach has not lost his appeal.
- Neuroscience Fiction: our early-twenty-first-century world truly is filled with brain porn, with sloppy reductionist thinking and an unseemly lust for neuroscientific explanations. But the right solution is not to abandon neuroscience altogether, it’s to better understand what neuroscience can and cannot tell us, and why.
- Andreas Köstenberger picks the 10 best books in biblical studies for 2012, selected for “their potential influence and utility.”
- Calvin and Hobbes fans rejoice! There is now an official Clavin and Hobbes search engine. A search on “snowmen” is well worth the time invested.
- For people who enjoy language: 15 unusual words that make writers swoon and 10 Language Mistakes Kids Make That Are Actually Pretty Smart
- In the “creative punishment of the day” category: Fighting teenagers required to hold hands all day in lieu of suspension
Just for Fun
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