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3 for Thursday: 3 Crash Courses on The Brain

There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.

Eudora Welty on Daring

"A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within." Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings

Big Picture History: A Review of Heretics and Heroes

There is nothing groundbreaking or earth-shattering about Thomas Cahill's latest Hinges of History volume, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, but that is not why the series is so popular. Cahill's work is a high flight over the historical landscape with the occasional landing to meet representative and

3 for Thursday: 3 Recent Studies on Religion

We are less than three months into the new year and there are already several interesting studies of religion worth discussing. In case you missed these---perhaps due to the unending snow shoveling---I decided to bring three of them to you below.

UPDATE: Kate DiCamillo or (Maybe G.K. Chesterton?) on the Value of Fairy Tales

“Fairy tales don’t tell you that dragons are real, but that they can be defeated!” ~ Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

The Stranger in the House: A Review of Ten White Geese

In Gerbrand Bakker’s novel Ten White Geese (published in the UK as The Detour), a Dutch woman takes a short-term lease on an old cottage in rural Wales. Avoiding contact with the handful of locals, she does little but sleep, drink wine, smoke, and wander around the property.

The Scopes Monkey Trial Revived at Bryan College

It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.

3 for Thursday: 3 Female Literary Icons Reading Their Own Work

While all of us enjoying reading our favorite authors, there is nothing like getting to hear the author read her own work. It provides a chance to hear which words she emphasizes and where she pauses; it is an act of interpretation. YouTube is a vast resource of clips like this. For this week's
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