Traditions can become dogma, and breaking free of these strictures would be the doctrinal equivalent of one of Harry Houdini’s famous escape acts. Francis, if he wants to change them, must do so without actually appearing to have done so.
"A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher’s television show on HBO that became a religious war.
Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do. Our conversation degenerated into something close to a shouting match and went viral on the web. Maher and a…
Walter Mischel, the Marshmallow Test, and Self-Control
Walter Mischel, the psychologist behind the famous marshmallow test, has struggled with the very issue he studied. Maria Konnikova writes:
“Mischel has travelled around the world to study delayed gratification in various cultural and socioeconomic contexts. The principles from the marshmallow test seemed to hold universally. But, even as he was learning just how important self-control is to success in life, he couldn’t keep himself from smoking.”
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Transformable Antarctic Research Facility
Architecture student Sergiu-Radu Pop, unveiled development plans for a new Antarctic research facility. With its sci-fi like design the project envisions a sprawling center for vital research as well as environmental tourism, filled with spaces like exhibition halls, exercise rooms, accommodation, conference chambers, observation decks, and port transportation stations.