Lamp Post: January 2, 2017

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of quotes, news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention.

NY Times: ‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’: 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide

Our country is divided, not simply by political candidates, but by the TV shows we watch. These maps are fascinating and demonstrate the entertainment divide.

This actually is an important fact for the church to process and understand. I deal with it in an article in the most recent issue of Facts & Trends.

Buzzfeed: I Went to My Own Digital Funeral

An interesting look at the social media footprint we leave behind after we die and the impact social media has on the living and the dead.

Aeon: The Empty Brain: Your Brain Is not a Computer

Science is just now coming around to what theology knew long ago—humans are not merely complicated machines. Our minds are not like computers.

Our shoddy thinking about the brain has deep historical roots, but the invention of computers in the 1940s got us especially confused. For more than half a century now, psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists and other experts on human behaviour have been asserting that the human brain works like a computer.

New Statesman: The Movie That Doesn’t Exist and the Redditors Who Think it Does

As a perfect example of the previous article, dozens or more people distinctly remember a genie movie in the 90s called Shazaam starring the comedian Sinbad. The only problem? The movie doesn’t exist. It never has.

NPR: Should We All Just Stop Calling 2016 “The Worst”?

Now that we’ve survived the year, what’s behind the idea that 2016 was the worst? That sentiment probably says more about us than 2016.

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