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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.

International Day of Yoga
June 22, 2015 – 3:22 am | No Comment
International Day of Yoga

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.

The Subjective Aspect of Science
June 18, 2015 – 3:26 am | 3 Comments
The Subjective Aspect of Science

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.”

New Zealand Legally Recognises Animals as ‘Sentient’ Beings
May 15, 2015 – 8:19 am | No Comment
New Zealand Legally Recognises Animals as ‘Sentient’ Beings

“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.

The Mystery of Consciousness
May 14, 2015 – 3:30 am | No Comment
The Mystery of Consciousness

Why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside?

Is Consciousness More than the Brain?
May 4, 2015 – 3:13 am | One Comment
Is Consciousness More than the Brain?

Today, perhaps the ultimate unsolved mystery of human life is: how and why does consciousness exist?