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New Portal Presents Online Videos on Science and Islam

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Science and Islam is a hot topic on the internet; a Google search will show millions of hits. Videos discussing key themes such as Islam and evolution are particularly prevalent, though their quality is often questionable from the standpoint of both mainstream science and Islam. The new Science and Islam Video Portal, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, offers a guide through this mass of content.

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Groundbreaking Research Illuminating How We Think About God

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The impact of religious beliefs has been widely investigated by social scientists, and that science continues to develop. For example, there’s evidence that belief in God offered the evolutionary advantages of nurturing prosocial behavior and bonding across large groups. However, the psychological nature of religious belief itself has been relatively under-investigated. That is now changing with the work being undertaken by researchers as part of “Gods in Minds: The Science of Religious Cognition,” an initiative funded by grants totaling more than $3,000,000 from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Interactive Constitution Explores Big Questions of U.S. Provisions and Rights

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In the American’s Creed from 1918, William Tyler Page memorably declared a duty to support the U.S. Constitution. But how can citizens of the 21st century deepen their relationship with the nation’s founding document? The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has launched the Interactive Constitution, an online tool that transforms the famous document into an educational experience.

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Spreading the Word on Gratitude

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Artwork by Terri Friedman and her students at the California College for the Arts. Photo courtesy of GGSC.
Artwork by Terri Friedman and her students at the California College for the Arts. Photo courtesy of GGSC.

“There is no greater tonic and perhaps no more potent tonic for our spirit than gratitude,” wrote Sir John Templeton. Millions have recognized that wisdom: when acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDx talk on gratitude was posted, it became a viral sensation. “Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude,” he says. “It creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard.” The science of gratitude has now built a considerable body of findings which supports such intuitions.

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Real-World State Tax Burdens Revealed in Landmark Study

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Location, location, location. It’s the mantra repeated by those buying and selling real estate. But a new tax study from the Tax Foundation and accounting firm KPMG shows how much location can impact American businesses, too. The report, titled “Location Matters,” was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and demonstrates that state and local taxes can affect U.S.-based corporations’ decisions on where to locate facilities, headquarters, and offices.

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