Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Who prays the most?
  • A health club offer you can't refuse
  • Trust your gut

Survey: Jehovah's Witnesses pray the most nationallyPittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Pew survey finds that Jehovah's Witnesses are the most likely to pray daily, Catholics are just below average and 5 percent of atheists claim to pray daily.Detroit Free Press:  White House’s Day of Prayer irks some

Flexing physical and spiritual musclesSt. Louis Post-Dispatch: No gimmicks. No strings attached. Church opens fitness center to all.

The stakes at Notre DameWashington Post: E.J. Dionne Jr. says the reaction of right-wing Catholics to Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama falls into the category of "more Catholic than the Pope."

Parsing the PontiffNewsweek: George Weigel says if you want to understand the Pope's visit to the Holy Land, start with his view of Scripture.

The Spark

Too conscious to decide?Rene Descartes famously asserted cogito ergo sum, “I think, therefore I am.” And John Locke was among the first to write about consciousness. For centuries, humans have been thinking about thinking. But Recent research by scholars at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University adds some surprising insights to our understanding of thought and its influence on decision making. As an article at Kellogg Insight explains, their work highlights the value of unconscious thought, suggesting that when it comes to complex decisions, many of our best choices are made in the absence of attentive deliberation. Contrary to conventional wisdom, there are times when we might be better off tossing the spreadsheets with lists of pros and cons and just switching on autopilot.