- Are Babies Born Good? Where morality comes from is a really hard problem….There isn’t a moral module that is there innately. But the elements that underpin morality—altruism, sympathy for others, the understanding of other people’s goals—are in place much earlier than we thought, and clearly in place before children turn 2
- Homosexuality & Hermeneutics: Creating Counter-Cultural Communities: Steve Holmes offers a thoughtful response to Steve Chalke’s recent article on homosexuality. Holmes’ response is definitely worth a read.
- ‘My Pencils Outlast Their Erasers’: Great Writers on the Art of Revision: Your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.
- Scientific evidence that you probably don’t have free will: (As with much popular science writing, the title of this one is overblown. But the article is still worth reading.) As the early results of scientific brain experiments are showing, our minds appear to be making decisions before we’re actually aware of them — and at times by a significant degree. It’s a disturbing observation that has led some neuroscientists to conclude that we’re less in control of our choices than we think — at least as far as some basic movements and tasks are concerned.
- The new Baker Academic blog should be of interest to lovers of Bible and theology.
- MGM is remaking Ben Hur. I’m sure that will go well.
- Check out the Winners of National Geographic Photo Contest 2012
Just for Fun
- I have a similar experience every time I write instructions for a new assignment and then see what students actually turn in.