Misguided beliefs drive pro-vaccine policy opposition

While a new study finds broad support in the US for pro-vaccine public policy, it also shows that misinformed beliefs are the biggest driver of opposition.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 religion vaccines featured health-and-medicine beliefs

Inca llama shell offering found at bottom of Lake Titicaca

The discovery of a carved stone box suggests that Lake Titicaca was a locus of ritual and ceremonial activity by the Inca, researchers say.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: archaeology religion peru science-and-technology ancient-history

Hagia Sophia ‘time tunnel’ linked Ottoman and Roman Empires

Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history art religion society-and-culture beliefs

How religious groups are adapting to the pandemic

Four experts explain how different religious groups in the United States are bringing together tradition and tech to get through COVID-19.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 religion society-and-culture social-lives

Seeing God as a white man shapes views of leadership

"Basically, if you believe that a white man rules the heavens, you are more likely to believe that white men should rule on Earth."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: gender religion bias featured society-and-culture beliefs physical-appearance images race-and-ethnicity

Can historical records change minds about reparations?

"We often think about slavery as old history, as history that's completely disconnected from us. And that's simply not the case."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: history religion money united-states slavery featured society-and-culture

US political division has outpaced other democracies

Political polarization in the US has gotten worse over the last four decades at a faster rate than in other major democracies, researchers find.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics journalism religion united-states emotions society-and-culture trends race-and-ethnicity

Survey: Majority says there’s no ‘God spot’ in the brain

"Findings like ours show that in general the public is suspicious of the idea that science can completely explain religion."

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: religion brains surveys society-and-culture beliefs

2,700-year-old tablet depicts epilepsy ‘demon’

A 2,700-year-old cuneiform tablet from ancient Iraq depicts the demon that the ancient Assyrians thought caused epilepsy.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: history archaeology religion epilepsy iraq society-and-culture health-and-medicine beliefs seizures images

A quick history of Christmas trees in Jewish homes

A historian explains why many American Jews once had Christmas Trees in their homes, why the practice fell off, and who's bringing it back.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: history religion holidays united-states featured society-and-culture judaism

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