News 08/17/13: Religiosity and intelligence; NDEs

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Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’
Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds
Near-death experiences may be explained by brain activity


Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’

No comment.

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

I know many people who must be exceptions to the rule.

In practical terms: who provide me food, shelter and clothing?

Near-death experiences may be explained by brain activity

Nothing here surprises me.  The NDE is a special case of astral projection, and not to be dismissed completely unless we account for features of clairvoyance and precognition, as for example in the case of George Ritchie.

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“Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies,” and other stories: News roundup – 07/24/12

Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies
Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes
Egyptian kidnapper threatens to kill two American hostages
Idaho man charged with soliciting wife’s rape using Craigslist
Maryland Dream Act supporters launch campaign to uphold law
Biology Leaves Gay Men Highly Vulnerable to HIV: Study
Missing Iowa cousins: One set of parents hires an attorney


Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies

A much more balanced account of the whole situation in South America at the time, than we usually get in the American press.


Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes

Exactly who these people were, and their motives, is unclear.  Some Egyptians blame the U.S. for the political ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood — of all things.


Egyptian kidnapper threatens to kill two American hostages

“Jirmy Abu-Masuh, 32, of the Tarbeen tribe, said in an interview that the Americans … won’t be released until his uncle, who is in an Egyptian prison, is released as well. His uncle was taken into custody for refusing to pay 100 dollars in a bribe to police officers at a checkpoint.”

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* What’s in a name?

(Reblogged 03/12/14.)

Some years ago, I was home on vacation (that is, visiting my mother out-of-state) and saw this item in the newspaper. In Detroit, this fellow was resisting arrest and the struggle got really mean, and he wound up sustaining injuries from which he died.

On the one hand, OK, too bad, it happens.

On the other hand, I had to wonder what other end this gentleman could have met; his mother having named him “Malice Green.”

Did either of his parents ever bother to consider what that name means?

Give your child a sensible name!

If your parents failed to do so, you may want to give yourself a sensible name.

On the William Tell Show web site, we have a page devoted to this issue (here).

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