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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?

Piplantri Village Plants 111 Trees For Each Girl Born
April 20, 2015 – 12:30 am | No Comment
Piplantri Village Plants 111 Trees For Each Girl Born

A village in India is making sure that both girls and trees grow up strong and healthy.

Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit
March 30, 2015 – 12:30 am | One Comment
Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit

The phrases most heard on the streets here are “katham aasthi” (Sanskrit for how are you?) and “aham gachchami” (I am going).

Instant Gratification in an Impulse Society
February 26, 2015 – 12:30 am | No Comment
Instant Gratification in an Impulse Society

Every citizen in postindustrial society will eventually confront how to cope with a consumer culture almost too good at giving us what we want.

The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I
February 19, 2015 – 3:17 am | No Comment
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I

Faced with the vast seas to be explored, the small band of professional translators of Sanskrit tend to feel like infants paddling on the Atlantic foreshore.