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Allergies, Amish Dairy Cows, and Raw Milk
September 29, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Allergies, Amish Dairy Cows, and Raw Milk

European scientists identified livestock, particularly dairy cows, fermented feed and raw milk consumption as protective in what they eventually called the “farm effect.” Many scientists argued that the abundant microbes of the cowshed stimulated children’s immune systems in a way that prevented allergic disease.

The Problems Facing Science, According to Scientists
August 11, 2016 – 12:33 am | One Comment
The Problems Facing Science, According to Scientists

Today, scientists’ success often isn’t measured by the quality of their questions or the rigor of their methods. It’s instead measured by how much grant money they win, the number of studies they publish, and how they spin their findings to appeal to the public.

Climate Change, Health, and Diet
June 6, 2016 – 12:33 am | 16 Comments
Climate Change, Health, and Diet

Going vegan could be the key to saving both the planet and millions of lives.

Insects Have the Capacity for Consciousness
May 30, 2016 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Insects Have the Capacity for Consciousness

As scientists lean increasingly toward recognizing that nonhuman animals are conscious in one way or another, the question becomes: Where does consciousness end?

The Biology of Right and Wrong
May 26, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Biology of Right and Wrong

Even when humans are considering hypothetical moral scenarios or calculating abstract probabilities, they rely to some extent on emotions for guidance.

Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Take Up Feminism
April 4, 2016 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Take Up Feminism

Neither Tibetan Buddhism nor the institute allow women to achieve the same religious status as men, denying them the highest rank of ordination, bhikkhuni, which is held by tens of thousands of monks.

Neuroscience and Free Will Are Rethinking Their Divorce
February 25, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Neuroscience and Free Will Are Rethinking Their Divorce

Until recently, many neuroscientists would have said any decision you made was not truly free but actually determined by neural processes outside of your conscious control.

Spiritual Awareness Varies Throughout the Day
December 10, 2015 – 2:55 am | No Comment
Spiritual Awareness Varies Throughout the Day

People have the highest levels of spiritual awareness in the morning and while engaged in activities such as praying, worship, and meditation.

Pope Francis and Thomas Merton
October 8, 2015 – 1:33 am | No Comment
Pope Francis and Thomas Merton

At his speech before Congress, Pope Francis listed Trappist monk Thomas Merton as one of four exemplary Americans who provide wisdom for us today.

Bhutan’s Dark Secret to Happiness
September 14, 2015 – 4:11 am | 4 Comments
Bhutan’s Dark Secret to Happiness

Death is a psychologically threatening fact, but when people contemplate it, apparently the automatic system begins to search for happy thoughts.

Animal Suffering and Agriculture
September 10, 2015 – 12:34 am | 5 Comments
Animal Suffering and Agriculture

If you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do.