mindblowingscience:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | By Shadee Ashtari
Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.
Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.
The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.
By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.
“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.
Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”
According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.
More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

mindblowingscience:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | By Shadee Ashtari

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.

More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

kqedscience:

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away
"On an organismal level they are essentially dead," said Don Larson, a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks who studies frogs. "The individual cells are still functioning, but they have no way to communicate with each other."
The craziest thing of all may be that in this frozen state, they can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit for as long as seven months, and then, when spring arrives, thaw out and hop away.”
Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

kqedscience:

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away

"On an organismal level they are essentially dead," said Don Larson, a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks who studies frogs. "The individual cells are still functioning, but they have no way to communicate with each other."

The craziest thing of all may be that in this frozen state, they can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit for as long as seven months, and then, when spring arrives, thaw out and hop away.”

Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

cellomouse:

kane-turner:

immersus:

Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

i can’t stop staring at this

It looks as if Europe and US are having a pissing contest.

cellomouse:

kane-turner:

immersus:

Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

i can’t stop staring at this

It looks as if Europe and US are having a pissing contest.

(Source: youtube.com, via b00ks-and-c0ffee)

wesleylock:

jumpingjacktrash:

roachpatrol:

deepsea:

(via Square biscuit starfish - Pixdaus)

starfish are you even fucking trying

i did a little googling, btw, and the biscuit starfish usually looks like this
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but occasionally there’s a mutation that gives them four arms or six instead of five.
so — not a shop, but not what the animal normally looks like either. it is the starfish equivalent of a four-leaf clover.

Behold, the sea Poptart!

wesleylock:

jumpingjacktrash:

roachpatrol:

deepsea:

(via Square biscuit starfish - Pixdaus)

starfish are you even fucking trying

i did a little googling, btw, and the biscuit starfish usually looks like this

image[x]

but occasionally there’s a mutation that gives them four arms or six instead of five.

so — not a shop, but not what the animal normally looks like either. it is the starfish equivalent of a four-leaf clover.

Behold, the sea Poptart!

mausspace:

weirdtrip:

he looks so pleased
"oh look. look at this apple. it me"

horf horf horf

mausspace:

weirdtrip:

he looks so pleased

"oh look. look at this apple. it me"

horf horf horf

(Source: tkr, via carocolkat)

storyhearts-journey:

From the Fauna and Flora in Illustrations - Natural History of the Edo Era exhibition online.

storyhearts-journey:

From the Fauna and Flora in Illustrations - Natural History of the Edo Era exhibition online.

(Source: bibliodyssey.blogspot.ca)

funniestpicturesdaily:

Just a regular day at the lake.

funniestpicturesdaily:

Just a regular day at the lake.

(via joybellss)