Researchers Who Studied Seeing Jesus in Toast Awarded for Their Work… Sort Of

At yesterday’s annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard, where hilarious-but-very-real research is celebrated, a team of Chinese and Canadian scientists won the neuroscience prize for their work titled “Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia“:



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Australia Says It Prevented Acts of Islamic Terror With Massive Sydney Police Raids

Australian police officers claim to have prevented terrorist bloodshed with the arrest of Omarjan Azari. The cops acted after a senior member of the so-called Islamic State was reportedly found to be urging terrorist cells in Australia to behead one or more victims.

It is alleged he conspired to commit the act with another man, Mohammad Baryalei, a former Sydney bouncer and actor of Afghan origin, reportedly an Islamic State leader. … The attorney general, George Brandis, said … that he believed the atrocities would have gone ahead, had it not been for the intervention of the security services, the Australian federal police and forces from Queensland and New South Wales.



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New Survey Shows That White Evangelicals Prefer Teaching Children Obedience Over Curiosity, Creativity, and Tolerance

The Pew Research Center has released a study examining how political polarization affects the values we want children to learn. For example, “consistently conservative” people believe teaching children to have religious faith is important — no surprise there:

Just to be clear, that says 59% of “consistently conservative” people find religious faith to be the most important thing you can teach a child, while 81% of them find it important, period.

But I want to draw your attention to another part of the survey: What happens when you break people down by religious beliefs? How do their priorities shift?

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That’s One Way to Make an Interfaith Marriage Work for You

The Onion wins again:



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Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ten Commandments Monument

You knew there would be problems when Oklahoma state officials approved a Ten Commandments monument outside the building in 2009 and built it in 2012:

The ACLU of Oklahoma sued the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission last year saying that it was unconstitutional to have a Christian monument like this on state property:

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