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Who are the ‘nones’?

February 8th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

America’s religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” are largely defined by what they are not, rather than what they are. So as they’ve multiplied, it’s perhaps unsurprising that they’ve also been shrouded in myths and misconceptions


Are Researchers Taking Mystical Experiences More Seriously Now?

January 29th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

Scientists are beginning to view altered states of consciousness — including mystical experiences, meditative states, and near-death experiences — with interest. That is, they are studying them, not just trying to explain them away


The Benevolent Beings of Buddhism and Hinduism

December 14th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

The Norton Simon Museum is currently displaying \'The Benevolent Beings: Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from South and Southeast Asia\' exhibition, showcasing devotional objects from Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Curated by Lakshika Senarath Gamage, this exhibit highlights the importance of these objects for healing and tranquility in both religions, aiming to create a calm and compassionate mental state. The exhibition emphasizes the interactive and interconnected nature of these objects, aiming to be accessible for both religious practitioners and lay art enthusiasts.


The Iraivan Temple

November 30th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

The Iraivan Temple, situated on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, is the only hand-carved, all-granite Hindu temple in the West, built without electricity or power tools. Home to two dozen monks living at the Kauai Aadheenam campus, this temple attracts global worshippers. Its construction, overseen by monk Paramacharya Sadasivanatha Palaniswam, started in 1990 following the founder\'s vision of Lord Shiva seated on a large boulder on these grounds. The 33-year building process included creating a village for artisans in India.


Vegetarian Genetics

October 19th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Dr. Nabeel Yaseen of Northwestern University and his team studied the DNA of 330,000 people to examine if genetics could influence vegetarianism. They discovered 34 genes, with three strongly tied to the trait, possibly affecting the pursuit of a strict vegetarian diet. The genes are speculated to involve lipid metabolism, potentially influencing individuals\' dietary needs. More research is required, considering factors like ethnicity. The study doesn\'t suggest completely eliminating meat, as reducing consumption has significant health and environmental benefits.


Meat and Dairy Industries Block Climate Investments

October 2nd, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

The “gigantic” power of the meat and dairy industries in the EU and US is blocking the development of the greener alternatives needed to tackle the climate crisis, a study has found


Lab-Grown Meat Can be Kosher and Halal

September 18th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Companies in the fledgling industry hope their product will appeal to vegans and vegetarians as well as climate conscious meat eaters


A Crash Course in Keeping the Faith

September 11th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Akshayam’s organizers are aiming to regain a hold on a religion being pulled in multiple directions by India’s nationalist politics on one hand and Western influence on the other



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