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The Curiosity Index (14.08.2018)

How Antebellum Christians Justified Slavery I always wondered and now I know. Another instance of the church abusing amongst other things power.  How Christianity created rock-n-roll On a more positive note Christianity this to add to its legacy: The bulk of mainstream music writers and critics betray their discomfort with Christian rock by ignoring it. I suspect that, like Elaine, most music journalists think of Christianity and rock as incompatible, the former less acceptable than dumbness and laziness, the latter, however musically dumb and lazy, still perceived as cool. In…

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The Curiosity Index (15.06.2018)

Machine learning predicts World Cup winner Researchers have predicted the outcome after simulating the entire soccer tournament 100,000 times. Turns out the computers know what we all know – Germany will win and on the way knock-out England. Typical. *Team of the tournament is Iceland simply for being there: The Planning Lesson in Iceland’s World Cup Miracle – remember Iceland only has 350,000 people (although the computers think that’s unimportant). *Bonus Iceland article: Rock Piles and Elves: Secularism and the Supernatural in Iceland Soccer Fields Around the World Sticking with football, I…

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The Curiosity Index (20.03.2018)

Romanian court tells man he is not alive Awkward. Reforesting Iceland The country is famous for its barren landscapes. It’s a favourite place to shoot car commercials or even as a stand-in for an alien planet. But the hills aren’t bare because it’s too cold for trees to grow. It’s the result of ancient deforestation…The forests that had once covered 40% of the country dwindled to less than 1%. And then, after a thousand years, Iceland began to put them back again. See also how A Volcano Helped Iceland Convert to…

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The Curiosity Index (05.03.2018)

After 9 days of travelling in the UK I’m back in Sweden and ready to get writing. The UK is terrible at dealing with snow. But it doesn’t have to be this way… Oh my, is this true. 1 or 2cm of snow in London and schools were cancelled, trains were late and no one knew what to do. But the beast from the east did cause proper chaos, even in Sweden. Bill Banning Circumcision in Iceland Alarms Religious Groups This is something to watch and to see if it…

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