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Immortality, Science Week, Joy and #thingsjesusneversaid


Saturday 21 August 2015

In a quest for immortality, philosophers and scientists are contemplating whether it’s possible to upload one’s mind to a computer. “Today there are people who really think this idea is plausible, and that by means of technological developments, we will soon be capable to transfer our minds to a computer and therefore achieve some kind of immortality,” says Max Cappuccio, a philosopher of mind at United Arab Emirates University. Read more >> 

To celebrate Science Week, Centre for Public Christianity has showcased  a series of interviews with Professor Peter Harrison, one of the world’s leading science and religion scholars. The interviews cover everything from the original meanings of religio and scientia to the place of original sin in the origins of modern science – and the question of whether studying science leads people to lose their faith. Watch the series here >> 

“If we miss joy we miss it all.” Theologian Miroslav Volf, in Australia this week for a series of lectures, writes on ABC Religion and Ethics about happiness and the good life. “Should joy, all its delights notwithstanding, get such a pride of place in human life? Can what seems like an elusive feeling pull toward itself the noblest human strivings? Might not joy be to a good life what sugar is to nutritious and richly flavoured food? Isn’t joy rather much like what we today call happiness – a feeling of pleasure – and therefore a dubious candidate for the good life?” Read more >> 

Cafe in a crypt? The oldest working church in Australia will soon be serving up flat whites in its historic crypt. Find out which one here >> 

What do late night shopping and church have in common? According to the UK’s Telegraph, they’ve got a similar marketing tactic. “Several cathedrals have benefited from moves to attract late-night shoppers by opening late themselves.” Read more >> 

#thingsJesusneversaid went a little crazy this week on Twitter. Here are a few amongst the thousands of tweets in the popular hashtag:

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