Why UC-Davis’ New Study of Free Will Is Horse Patootie

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Free will, scientists at UC-Davis claim, may be nothing more than the result of background noise in the brain.  A study published in April in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience purports to show that humans' decisions can be predicted based on patterns of brain activity in the minutes before the choice is placed before them.According to The Independent, The brain has a normal level of so-called background noise; the researchers found that the pattern of activity in the brain in the … [Read more...]

LENT WITH LEGS: Let “Mercy in the City” Transform Your Lent With an Action Plan

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How can you offer sacrifices during Lent?You can drop a 10-spot into the collection plate on Sunday morning, and walk away feeling smug.Or you can “feed the hungry” by sharing your tuna sandwich with a homeless man, “clothe the naked” by purging your closet of seldom worn clothing, and “give drink to the thirsty” by volunteering to offer cool bottled water to runners in New York City's Half-Marathon. *     *     *     *     * Kerry Weber , a Mercy Associate and managing editor of Americ … [Read more...]

LIFE WITHOUT DO-SI-DOS: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Girl Scouts

 Who can turn away a sweet little girl, boxes of cookies in her wagon, smiling hopefully at your front door? And who can turn down the savory pleasures to be found in every box of Thin Mints and Samoas and Savannahs?  *     *     *     *     * Well, I can.You see, the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies are divided:  You may be happy with your local Scout leader, happy with the projects undertaken by your local Girl Scout Council.  However, while a portion of the proceeds of co … [Read more...]


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