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Even when humans are considering hypothetical moral scenarios or calculating abstract probabilities, they rely to some extent on emotions for guidance.
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.
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.
People have the highest levels of spiritual awareness in the morning and while engaged in activities such as praying, worship, and meditation.
At his speech before Congress, Pope Francis listed Trappist monk Thomas Merton as one of four exemplary Americans who provide wisdom for us today.
Death is a psychologically threatening fact, but when people contemplate it, apparently the automatic system begins to search for happy thoughts.
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.
Millions around the world recognize the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, but as of 2015, June 21 also represents another global celebration: the International Day of Yoga.
Schrödinger once stressed that “because everything any of us knows about the world is constructed out of his or her individual private experience, it can be unwise to rely on a picture of the physical world from which personal experience has been explicitly excluded.”
“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee.
Why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside?