‘In what may come as a shock to those who think religious affiliation helps a person distinguish between right and wrong, a new study shows that religious people are not likely to do more good than their non-religious counterparts.
‘To reach the conclusion, researchers analysed 1,252 adults of different religious and political backgrounds in the US and Canada.
‘The participants were sent five text messages to record any moral phenomena that they had experienced in the past hour via their smartphones.
‘On average, participants reported one moral experience per day…’
Man in Vegetative State ‘Reacts’ to Hitchcock Film
His brain activity while watching is similar to a healthy person’s: study
‘Researchers at Western University used a specialized MRI scanner to analyze the brain activity of 12 healthy participants and two people with brain injuries as they watched a suspenseful, eight-minute clip of Hitchcock’s Bang! You’re Dead, the scientists said in Monday’s issue of the journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS).
‘One of the brain-injured patients is a man in his mid-thirties who hasn’t interacted with anyone in 16 years. His brain was deprived of oxygen after a blow to the chest.
“‘What we saw is that his brain changed at all of those key moments in the movie in exactly the same way as a healthy volunteer,” said study author and neuroscientist Adrian Owen, a professor at Western…’
Jokesters Erect England-Scotland Border Station
‘With Scotland’s independence referendum just three days away, a group of jokers decided to lighten the tone of the debate on Monday by erecting a spoof border post at Carter Bar, the point at which the A68 highway crosses from England into Scotland.
‘The checkpoint was the brainwave of photographer Jon Parker Lee along with a group of English and Scottish friends.
‘The gang erected a barrier along with signs reading “Scottish Border Agency Passport Control”, and wore high-visibility jackets to suggest they were indeed authentic border authorities…’
When the going gets tough, tough CEOs curse
‘Bad words have been much in the news recently, with both the mayor of Los Angeles and the CEO of T-Mobile US Inc. using what has become known as the F-bomb. For those who think the increasing use of profanity in public is another sign that the world is going to heck in a handbasket, however, here’s the good news: For executives, tolerance of potty talk is on the wane and their public swearing is on the downswing.
‘It turns out that public profanity among top executives is sensitive to economic conditions, according to a Bloomberg News review of thousands of CEO calls with investors and analysts from 2004 to last month. It spiked in the aftermath of the recession in 2009 and has been decreasing as the recovery gathers steam over the last couple of years…’