Are spiritual beliefs an inevitable consequence of evolution? In the second article in a two-part series, Brandon Ambrosino examines the ways that spiritual beliefs emerge from ancient psychological tendencies. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Brandon Ambrosino 30 May 2019 When I was in grade school, there was an anti-drug commercial that regularly came on television. There were a few different versions of it but the gist was, an egg would be shown to the camera as a voice said, “This is your brain.” And then the egg would be smashed by a frying pan and the voice would say, “This is your brain on drugs.” We all got the point: drugs did something to your brain.At my … [Read more...] about Do humans have a ‘religion instinct’?
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Fundamentalists hostile to Europe’s values are covertly backing right-wing elements across the bloc, says Mary Fitzgerald Russian efforts to influence European elections have received plenty of media attention. But the same cannot be said of interference by conservative Christian groups in the US, some with links to president Donald Trump’s administration and his former adviser, Stephen Bannon. As a recent report by OpenDemocracy has found, America’s religious right has spent $50m (€45m) on ‘dark money’ campaigns and advocacy in Europe over the past decade. And yet, despite obvious grounds for concern about the integrity of next month’s European Parliament elections, almost all the attention has been on the Kremlin. The US religious right’s support for campaigns against legal abortion, LGBT rights, sex education, and other causes in Africa and Latin America has been well-documented over the years. But the scale of its engagement in Europe … [Read more...] about US Christian groups as big a threat to EU elections as Russia
0 Have your say A private conversation between three female SNP politicians criticising Nicola Sturgeon's stance on transgender rights has been leaked. The remarks - made in Twitter's private direct mail function - show MSPs Gillian Martin, Ash Denham and Ruth Maguire apparently exasperated at a tweet in which the First Minister was quoted as saying she did not see "the greater recognition of transgender rights as a threat to me as a woman or to my feminism."Ms Sturgeon's comment was shared by Emma Ritch of the Engender organisation, who added: "So glad to hear Nicola Surgeon powerfully articulate this positive feminist analysis of trans rights. I have huge faith in feminist Scotland to create consensus. And a nation where *all* women & girls have equal access to safety, resources, & power."In private the three SNP MSPs shared the comment adding that Ms Sturgeon was "a bit out of step with the feelings of her own group" of parliamentarians and suggested … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon criticised in leaked conversation on trans rights
AS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) worms its way into many areas of life, society will need to become comfortable with algorithms, not people, making decisions. The systems have already shown promise in areas ranging from banking to e-commerce, healthcare and policing. Yet worries grow that the algorithms may take on too much control—especially if people forfeit decision-making to machines, such as with self-driving cars or courtroom sentencing. If this prevents AI’s use, then there is a risk that society and the economy will fail to receive its potential benefits. Hannah Fry has studied these systems for years as a mathematician focusing on urban issues at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. However she is better known as a great populariser of maths and sciences through her public lectures and documentaries on the BBC. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. In her latest book, … [Read more...] about Algorithms should take into account, not ignore, human failings
Are you a quick thinker who can make life-saving decisions? If you are, then your next job could be with Humberside Police. The force have put out an advert for a recruitment drive for contact officers based in their Command Hub in Hessle. If you fancy handling an influx of 999 and 101 non-emergency calls and making split-second decisions on how the police should deal with those incidents then you should contact Humberside Police to see how your skill set could fit the role. Posting the advert on their website, the police force said: "Being a contact officer is one of the most important civilian roles in Humberside Police. You will be at the heart of our Command Hub in Hessle handling calls to our 999 and 101 non-emergency calls. "Contact Officers are expected to make quick decisions based solely on information given over the phone. Callers may be injured, distressed or involved in an ongoing crime where time is very much of the essence. "So, if you have a calm head under pressure, … [Read more...] about Humberside Police are recruiting 101 and 999 call handlers