Friday, June 10, 2011

Editor's Selections: Torture, Rituals, and the Berenstein Bears

Apologies for being late. Without further ado, here are this week's selections in the social sciences on
  • What's the deal with religious ferver? Does it make us more inclined to torture? Tom Rees investigates these questions at Epiphenom.
  • Cris Campbell of Genealogy of Religion traces the role of agriculture in ritual, and proposes that we actually have very little to worry about if we should ever encounter one of the Children of the Corn.
  • Kristina Killgrove of Powered By Osteons corrects Papa Berenstein of the long-running children's series, The Berenstein Bears. He tells Sister that only trees have annual rings, but it seems that humans also have annual rings that can be roughly correlated to age.
I'll be back next week with more from the social sciences.

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