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June 21, 2013

Friday's News & Ideas

On Twitter, Christians are happier than atheists
Pacific Standard: Followers of major Christian figures tend to express more positive emotions in their tweets than followers of well-known atheists.

What inspiring leaders do
Harvard Business blog: When you talk with leaders who want to be more inspiring, you often get a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. They simply do not know what to do.

The economics of inequality: Why the wealth gap is bad for everyone
U.S. Catholic: Protecting the rich at the expense of the poor isn't just immoral, says economist. It is a recipe for economic disaster.

As Spain's people drift from Catholic Church, government cozies up
Christian Science Monitor: Spain's conservative government is considering dramatic restrictions on abortion and has already increased the Catholic Church's role in education, revealing a divided society.

St. Colman parishioners collect 3,000 petition signatures to keep their pastor
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: Parishioners gather more than 3,000 signatures in a petition asking bishop to save their pastor from forced retirement.

The Spark

How wonder works
One emotion -- wonder -- inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion, Jesse Prinz writes at Aeon magazine. We can manipulate it -- but why do we have it? What purpose could this wide-eyed, slack-jawed feeling serve?

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