Saturday, March 16, 2013
Women’s voices stimulate the area of a man’s brain that also processes music.
That’s what British research found in a study of brain activity in a dozen men. A male brain tries to decipher modulation in a women's voice--it tries to figure out what she means--- so a female is perceived clearer and better able to communicate information.
Male voices activate imagery in a man’s mind, the “minds eye” of the brain.
This tends to confuse men who are trying to “picture” the speaker, whereas they just go with the flow of a woman.
That sounds about right. :-)
We knew that back in 1919.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
but I’m not the only one
Did you watch the crowd in St. Peter’s Square last evening? The loving glow was religious faith at its best. There is no denying faith is a thing of beauty when you can read it in their eyes.
Still, I was disappointed. The unusual circumstance created by Benedict’s resignation offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that was lost to more of the same.
I wanted a Pope younger and more dynamic, in touch with the modern zeitgeist and courageous to set things right. I wanted his first speech to openly recognize that all of humanity regardless of religion or sexual orientation is to be as equal in the eyes of the Church itself, as we are in the eyes of God.
I wanted a Pope with the integrity to accept and acknowledge that a group of old, unmarried men have no business in the politics of an adult woman’s body. I wanted a Pope to celebrate the healthy impulse of love in an adult-same-sex attraction as free of guilt and shame inside the Church hierarchy as it inevitably will be, out.
I wanted a Pope with the honesty and the good common sense to state plainly that one thousand year old dogma is a losing proposition in the 21st century. And I wanted that Pope to state with critical clarity that huge problems begin at home in the Priesthood, amongst the Bishops and the Cardinals and he who is without sin can only cast the first stone.
In short, I wanted a Pope to reach out into the hearts and minds of a rapt and global audience last night--me included--and wrench from the sordid headlines a moral clarity and an ethical vision of personal accountability that rang so universally true it thrilled the faithful, galvanized the rest of us and returned to the Vatican a virtuous authority it once embodied but has squandered through centuries of economic and sexual malfeasance, and the lying to cover it up.
Instead, we got Pope Francis.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Earlier today, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, became the 266th pope. He is the first from the America’s and the first in 12 centuries not chosen from Europe. He will henceforth be known as Francis.
Pope Francis has opposed abortion, gay marriage and the ordination of women. In 2010, he called a government-supported law to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples as “a war against God.”
He has called same sex marriage “demonic in origin”; he’s described pro-choice as a "culture of death”; he’s opposed the free distribution of contraceptives to prevent disease in Argentina and he has also insisted that adoption by homosexuals is a “form of discrimination against children”.
The church elected another true visionary.
Good luck with all that, sir.
In other news today, one cardinal elector, former archbishop of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony reached a “just in time” settlement of almost $10 million for covering up decades of child sexual abuse cases.
Cardinal Mahony took $10 million from the the collection plate to buy off the charges and then flew to Rome to vote for the new Pope.
I wonder when Francis might have anything to say about that.