Wednesday's News & Ideas
Just how much is sports fandom like religion?
The Atlantic: Pro sports teams are like what religion and sociology scholars call "totems" -- symbols of greater entities that communities gather around for identity and unity.
CNN: Poll: Quarter of Americans say God influences sporting events
Theology school creates new process to engage employees in the workplace
Religion Press Release Service: Iliff School of Theology launches program that will provide resources to businesses to help employees find meaning in their work.
PR Web: Asbury Theological Seminary announces new degrees in church planting
"I'll pray for you"-- powerful or pointless?
Religion Dispatches: "I'll pray for you" is a stout offer, a comforter stalwart enough to stand in the eternal gap.
Nice Jewish goys: no religion required in new Shabbat traditions
The New York Observer: It doesn't take a leap of logic to figure out why the idea of Shabbat -- literally, a day of rest -- would be appealing, no matter what your religion.
Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed
Washington Post: They're not quiet, but they're not loud. They know how to assert themselves, but they're not pushy. They're the ambiverts. Ambi-whats?
Why humans like to cry
Many distinctions have been offered between humans and the rest of the animal world. To this list British scientist Michael Trimble adds another: the anguished tear, the apprehension that life is tragic. In an interview with Scientific American, Trimble explains why humans are the only creatures who cry for emotional reasons.
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