Monthly Archives: August 2010

Spirituality beyond the mainstream

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Article reads: Statistics Canada calls the number of people attending traditional church service “religiosity” and in Canada low levels of religiosity are most prevalent in British Columbia. But Lane, a former Vancouver Island University philosophy and religious studies professor, said that doesn’t stop people from seeking spiritual fulfilment in their lives.

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More on ants and altruism

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/science/31social.html

Article reads: Each organism faces a trade-off between putting effort into raising its own offspring or helping its relatives. If the benefits of helping a relative outweigh the costs, Dr. Hamilton argued, altruism can evolve.

Confusion over evolution’s timeline

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http://www.helium.com/items/1937917-human-timeline

Article reads: Despite geological evidence creationists still believe that ancient man and human history began with the birth of Adam and Eve roughly 6000 years ago. They firmly believe that human civilization began after the mythical flood some 4,500 years ago and that the Egyptian civilization was the true start of “superior intellect”, and the beginning of modern society and great empires.

Darwinian evolution can’t fix broken genes

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Article reads: The researchers examine the genomes of Salmonella species, arguing that the evolution of bacterial pseudogenes is not an entirely neutral process. To the contrary, bacterial pseudogenes are often actively degraded by the forces of selection. Genes which do not code for proteins, or perform regulatory functions, is most probably due to the energetic costs of transcribing them into mRNA.

Online issue of “World History and the Eonic Effect”

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http://darwiniana.com/2010/08/30/online-edition-of-whee4th-edition/

Mind, body and soul

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Article reads: Holistic fitness is the concept of exercising to connect body, mind and soul in a way unlike any other form of workout. It is for those who choose to live a more balanced lifestyle. The body is not necessarily the main focus in holistic fitness, which addresses all facets, not just the muscular strength and endurance. Exercise patience and always appreciate what you have accomplished as you move up the ladder to health and well-being.

Selflessness and marriage

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Article reads: He said the main tenets of a successful marriage were sacrifice and selflessness, and one was ready for marriage only when he or she was willing to become completely selfless and include another person in their lives. “Love ought to be unconditional and one should put more into the marriage than one gets out of it. A marriage is nothing but a spiritual journey and one’s intention should be to make spiritual progress,” he said.

Every moment is special

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Testimony reads: I try to connect my higher self through prayers and kind deeds, which every man should do in his life. I see God in my son’s happy face and it makes me feel good. I forget all my tiredness and worries and my face lits up by just looking at him. There’s no time set aside for connecting to God but one can remember him anytime and anywhere. Every moment of everyday is a gift so in that way. I feel that I am all the time connected to him. I do not have to take out special time for praying or to connect with the almighty.

Correlation between yoga and positive moods

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Article reads: Many forms of exercise have been linked to an inherent ability to decrease stress and improve overall mood and outlook. Now, findings from a recent study suggest that yoga may be a superior form of exercise when weighed against certain others for its positive effects on overall outlook and anxiety. 

Deepak Chopra on wars

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Chopra writes: Everyone is convinced by their own level of consciousness. How could it be different? You can’t look beyond your own mind, and for all of us, the most powerful beliefs that guide us are hidden; we inherited a vast amount of conditioning from the past that remains unexamined. To overcome the unconscious requires self-awareness. That’s the ultimate solution to the whole Mideast mess. Only if people become self-aware will they look at obvious facts in a new light. It’s obvious that Israel and Palestine must come to an accord that suits both sides. It’s obvious that oil-rich Arab countries could resolve the poverty on the West bank with a fraction of their yearly income. It’s obvious that Iraq and Iran are going to form a Shia alliance one day, that the Iranian bomb is a foregone conclusion, that despotic regimes in the Mideast cannot last forever — and on and on it goes.