No Unjust Law Ever Sent Anyone to Hell

From John Piper’s book, What Jesus Demands from the World: It is risky for Jesus to say, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” That puts a high premium on obedience to the demands of Caesar. One of the realities that warrants this risk is that the heart of rebellion is more dangerous in [Read More…]

Irony is Death to Fatherhood

Children are literalists rather than ironists, says David Bayly, they grasp what they see but fare poorly when it comes to reading between lines: This means that the character of many fathers is misread by their children. Or, more accurately, read with greater clarity than most fathers would like. The man who thinks that the [Read More…]

Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge

How one persistent state trooper has saved hundreds of lives. (Via: Take Your Vitamin Z) [Read more…]

The Nonsense Math Effect

A new study finds that even academic scholars perceived research to be of higher quality if there’s some math involved—even if the math makes no sense: Mathematics is a fundamental tool of research. Although potentially applicable in every discipline, the amount of training in mathematics that students typically receive varies greatly between different disciplines. In [Read More…]

Almost Half of the World’s Food is Thrown Away

Remember when your mother told you to clean your plate since there were starving people in the world? Apparently, not too many people are following her advice. As much as half of all the food produced in the world—equivalent to 2 billion tons—ends up as waste every year: The UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) [Read More…]

How History’s Most Popular Board Game Helped Defend The Free World

By the end of World War II, more than 35,000 Allied POWs had escaped from German prison camps. And more than a few of those escapees owe their breakout to a classic board game: During World War II, the British secret service hatched a master plan to smuggle escape gear to captured Allied soldiers inside [Read More…]

You Are Most Likely to Die at 11 a.m.

A new study, published in the Annals of Neurology, that identifies a common gene variant affecting circadian rhythms. And that variant, it seems, could also predict the time of day you will die: Particularly when you’re older, you are 14 percent more likely to die on your birthday than on any other day of the [Read More…]

Why Australia’s Aborigines Represents One of the Great Experiments in Human Thought

Non-Western people are not failed attempts at modernity, let alone failed attempts to be us, says Wade Davis. They are unique expressions of the human imagination and heart, unique answers to a fundamental question: what does it mean to be human and alive? When asked this question, the cultures of the world respond in 7000 [Read More…]

The Improbable is the New Normal

The Internet is exposing us to massive quantities of things that are amazing and improbably, says Kevin Kelly. And that might just be changing our culture: The internets are also brimming with improbable feats of performance — someone who can run up a side of a building, or slide down suburban roof tops, or stack [Read More…]

The World’s Most Emotional Countries

Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience: Singapore is the least emotional country in the world. ”Singaporeans recognize they have a problem,” Bloomberg Businessweek writes of the country’s “emotional deficit,” citing a culture in which schools “discourage students from thinking of [Read More…]