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The Path to Thankfulness, in Twelve Steps

Having a cell phone is not still having someone to call. Having a Facebook profile is not yet having a profile in life. Having many followers on Twitter does not mean you know where you’re going to yet. Having a lot of music around you does not mean you have reached yet harmony. Having lots of appliances still does not mean you know you’re more valuable than any of them.… Leer más »The Path to Thankfulness, in Twelve Steps

Birth not a moment of magical transformation

“How many Canadians believe that birth is a moment of magical transformation that changes a child from a non-human to a human being?” he asked in the House Thursday. “Perhaps that ancient definition made sense when leeches and bloodletting were standard medical practices, but does it make medical sense in the 21st century?” vía Birth not a moment of ‘magical transformation’: MP slams anti-science views in rare abortion debate |… Leer más »Birth not a moment of magical transformation

Ultra-running and the mysterious White Horse

The long-distance runner Michael Randall Hickman, also known as Micah True, White Horse or Caballo Blanco, was a talismanic figure for ultra-runners until his recent death. He befriended an enigmatic tribe of super-athletes and inspired many to take up ultramarathons, writes friend and Born to Run author Christopher McDougall. The mysterious thing about the disappearance last week of Micah True – better known as Caballo Blanco, the White Horse of… Leer más »Ultra-running and the mysterious White Horse

Lenten Spiritual Retreat, 3 of 3, New Perspectives on Catholicism

Lenten Retreat in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Talk 3 of 3: New Perspectives on Catholicism * Unconventional and a little provocative definitions can be inspiring, if used with measure. We can speak of Christian faith as a way towards sober drunkenness. As human beings we are endowed with rationality, but we should never forget that not everything that is real can be grasped by rational, deductive- and linear-like, procedures. the biblical… Leer más »Lenten Spiritual Retreat, 3 of 3, New Perspectives on Catholicism

Lenten Spiritual Retreat, 2 of 3, Your Body, your Language

Lenten Retreat in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Talk 2 of 3: Your body, your language. * A notion, well-spread nowadays, on the relationship between mind and body regards the former as “software” running on “hardware” that would be the latter. This concept shares a common disregard of the human body as usable, replaceable and disposable. As a consequence, embryos are seen as legitimate sources of spare parts, and ageing is just… Leer más »Lenten Spiritual Retreat, 2 of 3, Your Body, your Language

Lenten Spiritual Retreat, 1 of 3, Neopaganism

Lenten Retreat in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Talk 1 of 3: Neopaganism * In Chapter One of his Epistle to the Christian community at Rome, Apostle St. Paul presents the dark and oppressing reality of man in paganism: love for pleasure and selfishness take over and certain decline is the only future. * A rather similar picture presents the same Apostle in Chapter Three of his Second Letter to Timothy–with an… Leer más »Lenten Spiritual Retreat, 1 of 3, Neopaganism

Reconstruction efforts hindered by ghosts

Numerous reports of ghost sightings have reportedly been made by residents in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, home to nearly a fifth of all tsunami fatalities. Reconstruction and repair have been put on hold in some instances due to workers’ fears that the spirits of the dead who passed away a year ago will bring them bad luck if they continue, according to AFP. Highlighting one half-repaired supermarket,… Leer más »Reconstruction efforts hindered by ghosts

Men and women have distinct personalities

Past studies have shown that men and women average similar scores on the 16PF5 – a well-known and frequently used measure of personality. But by estimating the average difference in men’s and women’s scores on each of the test’s 15 different measures of personality, and comparing them against one another, researchers found that in fact the sexes shared less ground than previously thought. The study showed that because men scored… Leer más »Men and women have distinct personalities

BBC News – What phantom limbs and mirrors teach us about the brain

In 1994, Ramachandran proved the theory by mapping the brain activity of a group of amputees. Using a magnetic scanner he showed that neuron activity was indeed migrating from the hand area to the face. It was a ground-breaking study. But he believed much more could be gleaned from studying phantom limbs. In the mid-1990s he followed the work of Italian scientist Giacomo Rizzolatti, who discovered an entirely new type… Leer más »BBC News – What phantom limbs and mirrors teach us about the brain

Ajax Dilemma Looks at Fundamental Fairness

Mr. Woodruff, a philosophy professor at the University of Texas, Austin, uses the myth of the Greek warriors Ajax and Odysseus to show how issues of justice can set off societal conflict. The Ajax quandary arises after Achilles is slain in battle, and his armor is to be given to the army’s most valuable soldier. Ajax and Odysseus compete for it. Ajax, a courageous, loyal and hard-working warrior, demands the… Leer más »Ajax Dilemma Looks at Fundamental Fairness