Archive | November 19, 2016

Think – Today: Why Do Men Have Facial Hair & Women Don’t … Beyond Just Hormones?

by Anura Guruge

il_fullxfull-524575599_pblgIt is easy to just say ‘testosterone’ — but that begs the question as to why testosterone produces profuse facial hair? Was their an evolutionary advantage. Worth thinking about.

Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.

Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Consistory” — Comes from the Latin consistorium for ‘sitting together. So it could apply to any group of people sitting together. Since the 10th century (meaning as of 1,100 years AGO), however, the word ‘consistory’ has come to be associated with meeting between the Pope (in Rome) and his Cardinals (i.e., the highest echelons of the Catholic clergy). A consistory is the equivalent of a papal cabinet meeting. At the start, when all the cardinals lived in or around Rome these consistories took place at least once a week. No so anymore. There are essentially two major types of consistory: mandatory (in terms of attendance) and optional (meaning only those that happen to be in Rome need to attend). The pope may convene a mandatory consistory (called ‘extraordinary’) for any number of reasons, to discuss the status of the Church, to formulate future strategy, to discuss a serious transgression or to formalize the Canonization of a major Saint. But, the general media only reports consistories when they involve the creation of new cardinals as was the case on Saturday, November 19, 2016. So many assume that a consistory is just for creating new cardinals. Not so.

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by Anura Guruge

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