Belief in Hell Lowers Crime

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A psychologist has determined that belief in hell reduces the crime rate.A finding like this might belong in the “Well, duh” category, but more interesting is the interpretation: what does the correlation mean?  Science Daily explained how a research team led by Azim F. Shariff decided to check the intuitive idea that worry about afterlife consequences tends to make people behave better.  They studied crime data covering 26 years from 67 different countries, and found that hope for reward in a blessed heaven is not enough; that hope by itself is actually a predicter of higher crime rates.  The fear of hell is what changes behavior:“Supernatural punishment across nations seems to predict lower crime rates,” Shariff said. “At this stage, we can only speculate about mechanisms, but it’s possible that people who don’t believe in the possibility of punishment in the afterlife feel like they can get away with unethical behavior. There is less of a divine deterrent.“For instance, last year “Shariff reported that undergraduate students were more likely to cheat when they believe in a forgiving God than a punishing God.”  He published this in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.  (There is not, apparently, an International Journal for the Religion of Psychology.)The article recognized that “these are correlational data, and so caution should be taken with the conclusions.”  Correlation is not the same as causation.  As for what the findings might mean, the article did not explore whether heaven or hell have any basis.  Instead, it and the researchers appear to have assumed that beliefs about heaven and hell evolved by a kind of cultural selection.  “The new findings, he added, fit into a growing body of evidence that supernatural punishment had emerged as a very effective cultural innovation to get people to act more ethically with each other.”That statement does not elaborate on what, or who, caused supernatural punishment to “emerge,” or why hell would prove more effective than heaven, when PhysOrg just announced a contrary finding, that “Carrots, not sticks, motivate workers.”  Furthermore, assuming the psychologists are evolutionists (a safe assumption), they did not explain why evolution would select for ethical behavior in the first place.  After all, another PhysOrg article had just stated that “Evolution by definition is cold and merciless” (see 6/08/2012 entry).  Ethical behavior or cooperation should, it would seem, be regarded as contrary evidence to “evolution by definition.”Maybe there really is a hell.  Did anyone consider that?  There is credible eyewitness testimony.  Maybe that’s why it acts as a deterrent, because it’s true.  A good scientist should examine all the evidence.  Since fear of judgment appears to be a natural trait of humanity, it would seem natural that a solution exists.  Fortunately, there is one.last_img read more

Will Microsoft Close Office 365’s ‘Household’ Discount Loophole?

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#education#Microsoft#Microsoft Office Office 365, already priced as a cheaper, subscription alternative to Microsoft’s retail Office packages, may offer families and friends additional discounts, provided that Microsoft doesn’t close a key loophole.What Makes A Household?At this point, Microsoft’s Office 365 package charges one fee per household, but it’s not exactly clear what the definition of “household” is. Since the Office 365 license covers five devices, it’s unclear whether Microsoft will treat a “household” as a single IP, or cover extended family such as parents and adult children who may move out of the home.Microsoft representatives couldn’t supply an answer. “I don’t believe any one has asked me that question before,” said Oliver Roll, a general manager at Microsoft.After teasing Office 365’s launch on its website, Microsoft has come clean: Tuesday marks the consumer launch of Office 365, plus Office 365 University. Consumers will pay $99.99 per year ($8.34 per month) for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access, plus 60 minutes of Skype calling and extra SkyDrive storage; students will pay $79.99 for four years of the University bundle. Microsoft also revealed that business users will receive access to Office 365 on February 27.Microsoft also launched its traditional Office packages: Home & Student ($139.99), Home & Business ($219.99), and Professional ($399.99). Each version can be licensed by either one Mac or PC, forever, except for the Professional version. That’s PC-only.Microsoft’s Roll said that the typical household would benefit from the new Office 365 pricing, but the exact payoff will vary by the number of devices in the house and other factors. “I’m a busy parent… I might have five or six devices at home and at work,” he said. “I want Office to run on those devices, and I want instant access to my documents and settings on the device I’m using. People have begun to expect instant access to music and movies with services like Netflix; we don’t think Office is any different.”The addition of Office 365 University adds a new wrinkle for students, however. Previously, students who purchased Office 2010 University received a perpetual license to the software for $99.99. The Office 365 version only lasts four years, but grants students a pair of licenses, they could use it on a Surface Pro as well as a notebook PC, for example, or even split the cost with a roommate.Roll said he didn’t know whether or not a consumer Office 365 license would be geographically locked – in other words, why couldn’t a family simply install a copy of Office 365 on a PC that a student would take to college? (From a price perspective, however, it really doesn’t matter that much; $99.99 split among five PCs is $20; multiply that by four years, and it’s $80, the same as the University Bundle.)A small family with one or two PCs, however, plus a set of parents, might benefit from essentially paying $20 per year, per PC.Sharing Can Be A Good ThingHow strictly Microsoft enforces that policy is well, up to Microsoft. HBO, for example, notoriously doesn’t enforce username and password sharing, providing up to three accounts per subscriber. “In private, HBO executives did not dispute the notion that the password borrowing could lead young people to subscribe to HBO in the future,” The New York Times has reported. Sharing an Office 365 account might do the same.Unlike Google, Microsoft’s Office 365 doesn’t live entirely in the cloud, as users will be able to download copies to their PC that will allow them to run offline. Patching and upgrades will happen automatically, however, and Roll said that new features will be added more frequently than Microsoft has traditionally done.Businesses Love Office 365Microsoft also claimed that Office 365 has been a hit among its enterprise customers; 20% of all enterprises that use Office have subscribed to Office 365, and among small and midsize companies, Microsoft has seen a 150% increase, Roll said. Part of that may be ascribed to Google, which recently pared the free version of its Google Apps product from its enterprise portfolio. At the beginning of the year, both the Department of Defense and the city of Chicago signed on to use Office and other Microsoft products and services. Now, Roll said, the Catholic International Education Office, covering 2.5 million students across 103 countries, has signed on to use Office 365, as has the All India Council for Technical Education.“In the business world some of those core parts… are the same – business users want to be able to access their documents regardless of what device they’re using,” Roll said. “They’d like their settings to be personalized; SkyDrive is an important part of the business services. I save documents at work to SkyDrive… and on my home PC, I pick up where I left off.”Office 365 will also include the Office Store, a marketplace for add-ons and plug-ins that includes project software, new dictionaries, and even companies like Gliffy, which Microsoft invited even though it competes with Microsoft-branded products.(See Inside The New Microsoft Office App Store: One Developer’s Real World Story.)center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachmanlast_img read more

Filmmaker Inspiration: Back to the Camera Supercut

first_imgThis video mashup showcasing the most iconic “back to the camera” shots is sure to inspire filmmakers and film buffs alike.No doubt you’ve seen this shot repeated countless times in some of Hollywood’s most famous films – the hero stands with his back to the camera looking out over an expansive landscape or crowd of people.  It’s a filming convention that brings to mind feelings of grandeur and heroism – often saved for the tail end of the blockbuster.Plot Point Productions has pulled this shot from a ton of famous films and spliced them together back-to-back.  The result is pretty epic and is sure to fuel your creative inspiration.Check out the mash-up video below or visit the Vimeo page to see the list of each movie used in the cut.  How many of the films can you name?(Best viewed full screen)last_img read more

Castro worried about chemistry as Gilas yet to have full practices

first_imgMOST READ Read Next “We know how physical they are because we already saw them play in Lebanon. It feels like they’re bullying everybody, so we have to prepare with the way they play,” he said.Castro is hopeful they could recreate the unity they showed in first window back in November with the little time they have left to prepare.“I hope that in the remaining eight days, our chemistry will finally show up,” he said.The Philippines takes on Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22 before facing Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Akari-Adamson bounces back, fends off late rally from Go for Gold 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Gilas Pilipinas having less than three weeks to prepare for world no. 10 Australia, Jayson Castro isn’t worried with the individual conditioning of the players given their daily grind in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.What bothers him, however, is the team’s chemistry — something which he feels could tilt the favor for the Philippines in the second leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT “What I’m worried about is our chemistry because we haven’t had a practice where it’s all us. We haven’t had any tuneup games and we’re all against each other in the PBA,” he said in Filipino.Since the turn of the year, the national team has only had five weekly Monday practices.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn those sessions, coach Chot Reyes has yet to have all members of his pool on the floor, with a number of players sitting out the practice while “23-for-23” cadets fill in.That’s the reason why Castro is putting a premium on Gilas’ cohesiveness as a unit as it shoots for the upset against the reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo comments on Juventus anger Madrid as Perez hits back

first_imgJuventus hitman Cristiano Ronaldo has sparked an angry reaction from Real Madrid fans after he said Juventus were more of a team than his former club, Real Madrid.Ronaldo told Express:“It isn’t right to name someone specific but I can say that this is the best group in which I’ve played.“Here, we are a squad, elsewhere, some players feel bigger than the others. Instead, here, everyone is on the same level, they are humble and want to win.“If [Paulo] Dybala or [Mario] Mandzukic don’t score, they are still happy and you see them smile.“For me, it is beautiful, to feel that difference. Also at Madrid they are humble, but here I feel that sense more.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s very different to Madrid, here it is more of a family.”And Perez has now responded, insisting Real ARE a family club.Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has responded saying their success in both football and basketball speaks volumes.“We are champions at the same time in football and basketball, showing that nothing is impossible.“This stage of existence is thanks to the unity of Real Madrid, but you also know that there is no comfort here and we are already thinking about winning the Club World Cup.“This team will give everything again.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Assisting Hands Home Care To Hold Electronics Recycling Fundraiser For Senior

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9am to noon, Assisting Hands Home Care will be sponsoring its First Annual Electronics Recycling event to benefit Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center. Goods can be dropped off at 5 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA and there is a suggested $10 donation per carload, with some items, like TV’s, monitors, batteries, toner, and wood, costing more.“When you bring your recyclable electronics to this drive, you will not only be helping the environment, but you’ll also be helping patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia” explains John Benchoff, Owner of Assisting Hands Home Care of Boston North suburbs. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Alzheimer’s Memory Café program at Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center.Alzheimer’s Memory Cafés are a place where people with memory loss and their care companions can come together in a safe, supportive environment and can socially connect. Guests can share a conversation over a cup of coffee in a “dementia-friendly” environment. “We have such a great community and we’re delighted to be able to start a memory café for Wilmington residents,” stated Terri Marciello, Director of the Buzzell Senior Center.The event will be held rain or shine. The event is open to everyone, not just Wilmington residents. For more details about the event and the items that can be donated, visit  https://www.assistinghands.com/63/massachusetts/wilmington/recycle/ or call 781-400-8880.About Assisting Hands Home CareAssisting Hands Home Care provides quality non-medical home care to seniors and others needing assistance, allowing them to remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. This includes personal care as well as transportation, medication reminders, shopping and errands, light housekeeping and laundry. They specialize in caring for clients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, hospice, and paraplegic/quadriplegic needs.(NOTE: The above press release is from Assisting Hands Home Care.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Senior Center To Benefit From Electronics Recycling Fundraiser On September 22In “Community”IT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

Liberty House confirms bidding for Tata Steels UK business

first_imgIndian-origin businessman Sanjeev Gupta-owned Liberty House has confirmed that the company will submit its bid for Tata Steel’s UK operations on Tuesday. According to reports, last week the company said it was considering the option to buy out Tata’s steel business.London-based Liberty House was one of the first companies to show interest in buying Tata Steel’s UK business. Tata Steel will be asking for submission of expression of interest this week, the Financial Times reported.”We can confirm that Liberty will submit a letter of intent to Tata Steel on Tuesday and has put in place a strong internal transaction team and panel of leading external advisers to take the bid forward,” a Liberty House spokesperson was quoted as saying by the FT.Jon Bolton, a former Tata Steel executive who joined Liberty House last month to run its steel business in Scotland, is advising the company on the probable transaction. In addition, Macquarie Capital and State Bank of India are also working with Liberty House to support the bid with funding, as reported by Press Trust of India.However, the biggest hurdle in clinching the sale could be Tata’s pension scheme. Deloitte and Grant Thornton along with other firms are reportedly advising Liberty House in dealing with the 500 million pound “funding deficit.”Liberty House last week concluded the deal of acquiring Tata’s Scottish plants Dalzell and Clydebridge in Lanarkshire. Contenders for the other steel assets of Tata Steel include, Albion Steel, a UK-based start-up, and a Tata management team buyout, the PTI report added.Stocks of Tata Steel closed at Rs. 346.50 on Monday, down 1.16 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more