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The Curiosity Index: Week 33

I’m going to try a new format for me which is to summarise the week’s posts (partly to nudge me to keep writing) and then throw in some bonus material for the weekend. Thoughts welcome. Monday: Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending Tuesday: Is nuclear war more likely than you think? Wednesday: Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Thursday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (August 2019) Friday: Distinguishing Between Primary & Secondary Issues Related Reading The staggering power of Russia’s new top-secret nuclear rocket…

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The Curiosity Index (15.12.2018 – weekend edition)

How to redesign cities to fight loneliness I recently wrote about loneliness and this explores how design changes could bring us together. This article on the other hand questions the narrative of a loneliness epidemic.  Wisdom and folly: the bishops’ guidance on transgender welcome It seems we have a new article on the transgender agenda almost every day. Here Ian Paul analyses the latest confusion from the Church of England.  Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and there seems to be little that is angelic about this guidance.…

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The Curiosity Index (28.11.2017)

I’m not giving up on this because I know there are thousands of you (that’s totally made up) who can’t wait to see what I’m linking to (that’s also made up). But I am going to have a tweak with the format a little to see if there are some more interesting ways of presenting the links. Let’s try this. News of the day Actually I read this on Saturday but still: British aid worker shot dead in Nigeria after singing Amazing Grace which illustrates that being a Christian can be a…

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The Curiosity Index (30.08.2017)

I’ve been travelling a bit and have collected a whole bunch of random but interesting links so I thought I’d share. Katrina vs Harvey The New York Times offers the comparison between these two devastating storms. Both of which pale by comparison to the 16 million people affected by floods in South Asia Ethical shopping list Luke has created an ethical shopping list and if you have suggestions let him know 16 ways QR codes are being used in China I hardly ever use QR codes but some of these uses…

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The Curiosity Index (10.05.2017)

I know this came out a few weeks back but in case you missed it the Pew Research Center released its latest report on global religious freedoms. A few things to keep an eye on: firstly the rise of social hostility in Europe towards both Jews and Muslims. Secondly, nobody restricts freedom of religion quite like the Muslims. Few to no freedom across much of North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. Talking of freedom, and again this was from a few weeks back, but there is no freedom of conscience…

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The Curiosity Index (08.05.2017)

This is all about running, so if running and the sheer insanity of it is not your thing….move along now, nothing to see here. At the weekend Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in an incredible 2:00:25 and going faster will still take some doing. Which is 422 consecutive 100m sprints each completed in 17 seconds. I reckon I can do about 4. Kipchoge ran with in/out pacemakers, moped delivering drinks, and a huge investment by Nike to help him break 2 hours. BBC’s Ed Harry said, “Eliud Kipchoge is, I believe,…

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The Curiosity Index (23.03.2017)

America’s most-hated woman I remember, back in the early days of having an email account, getting spam emails wanting me to sign a petition against this woman. Turns out they were rubbish. So before the Nigerians, Asians and Eastern-Europeans trying to scam me, I had American evangelicals. It just reinforced my view, at the time, that evangelical Christianity in America was neither evangelical or Christian but was very definitely American – fearful & credulous. Anyway this Guardian profile on atheist campaigner Madalyn Murray O’Hair, made timely again thanks to a new…

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The Curiosity Index (22.03.2017)

Who shares the story, not who reports the news, is what counts for casual readers Because you’re reading it here, you know it’s true right? How to Learn New Things as an Adult For all my friends who love to highlight their books, I have one thing to tell you – it’s pointless. Just getting that off my chest. When I was in Syria I had a home and possessions, now I have nothing – but I have Jesus This gives a good reason to keep praying for the Middle…

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