Month: March 2012

Anxiety Boosts Sense of Smell

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2012) — Anxious people have a heightened sense of smell when it comes to sniffing out a threat, according to a new study by Elizabeth Krusemark and Wen Li from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. In animals, the sense of smell is an essential tool to […]

Atheists, please read my heathen manifesto | Julian Baggini

Sunday 25 March 2012 Source: Atheists are too often portrayed as bishop-bashing extremists and any meaningful debate with the religious becomes impossible. How can this be remedied? At the Guardian Open Weekend, Julian Baggini presented his 12 rules for heathens In recent years, we atheists have become more confident […]

Islamic book on how to beat wives irks UK

Credit: TOI LONDON: An Islamic marriage guide advising men on ‘the best ways’ to beat their wives has sparked outrage in Britain, especially among moderate Muslims who say that it encourages domestic violence. The book – ‘A Gift For Muslim Couple’ – tells husbands that they should beat their wives […]

Iran not keen to walk Turkey’s red carpet

Credit: Asia Times: By Kaveh L Afrasiabi CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – In a major setback for Turkey’s self-promotion as a pivot of regional diplomacy, Tehran could rebuff Ankara’s bid to hold the next round of multilateral nuclear talks in Istanbul. As a result, unless Ankara sends Tehran some reassuring signals, it […]

Faith and Europe’s enlightenment

Credit: Express Tribune: The Dark Ages is the period Europe spent in ignorance of Greek knowledge. How did Europe get out of this period? We saw last week —  in my oped titled “A brief history of modernity” published in this newspaper on March 18 — how the foundations of […]