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From Quanta to Qualia: What Nature Is Really Telling Us

Date: 10/15/2012

By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University, and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).   What would it take to make the universe a living thing? What woul ...

Related Topics: Living Universe, Qualia, Freud, Einstein, Quantum Physics, Darwin, Meaning In The Universe, Freeman Dyson, David Bohm


Darwin, Jane Austen, & my students ~

Date: 02/12/2012

I love science. And of course Darwin — like Da Vinci, like Einstein, like Copernicus — dominates it. Yesterday was his birthday (sorry about the tardy Congrats! , Mr. Darwin). So here is a bit of Darwin reflection ~ and bear with me: I promise it has to do w/ beginner's heart...:) One semester -- and one only -- I tried to teach Darwin in a lit class. We do a lot of nonfiction in literature ...

Related Topics: Unitarian, Buddhism, Darwin, Buddhist Blogs, Britton Gildersleeve, Fundamentalism And Education


The Heart Vs. The Mind; Or, Science And Its Darker Twin

Date: 11/26/2011

[caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="300" caption="There are different ways to look at things"] [/caption] There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were 'given' to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one of those pieces. I originally 'received' this, right after my 'Gnostic Theism; Or, Digi ...

Related Topics: The Secret, Buddha, Gnostic Theism, Emotions, God, Psychology, Breakthroughs, Hope, Spiritual But Not Religious, Christianity, Science, Jesus, Buddhism, Universal Law, Spiritual Coach, Who Are You, Bible, Scripture, Paul, Paulianity, Scientism


Why Do Bad Things Happen (Part 2)

Date: 11/07/2011

Because suffering is part of human life, everyone asks why it exists, and the answers we give to ourselves make a great deal of difference. Explanations lead to action, for one thing. Billions of people choose religion as a way to accept suffering or to try and escape it. In the first post of this series we began with the opposite of religion, however. The modern tendency, deeply influenced by sc ...

Related Topics: Karma, Blame, Suffering, Evil, God, Guilt, Belief, Faith


War of the Worldviews Part Two: Let's Talk Evolution

Date: 10/10/2011

In our touring debates on science versus spirituality, Caltech physics professor Leonard Mlodinow and I take turns claiming to be the underdog. This is never more confusing than when it comes to debating Darwinism. Evolution has been a wedge issue for a century and a half. Biologists consider Darwin's concept of the evolution of species incontrovertible; indeed, it may be the single greatest idea ...

Related Topics: Darwinism, Nonrandom Mutations, Evolution


Students encouraged to challenge "evolutionary dogma"

Date: 08/24/2011

Students have a right to question "evolutionary pseudo-science" and "evolutionary dogma," according to the "Question Evolution" campaign and should be encouraged to do so, says Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. The coalition is offering  brochures, caps and t-shirts announcing kids' opposition to Charles Darwin and the theories of evolution. Kids should be challenged to questio ...

Related Topics: News, Evolution, Blog 140


What Darwin, Freud and Jung taught me about faith

Date: 07/08/2011

Sometimes, I look back on the survival of my personal faith within the crucible of a liberal arts college education as nothing less than a miracle. Like many preachers kids, I came out of a sheltered, fundamentalist Christian (and Pentecostal at that) upbringing unprepared, spiritually and intellectually, for the maelstrom of questioning that awaited me on campus. So, it may sound strange ...

Related Topics: 279, Faith, Pentecostal, Behaviorism, Darwin, Freud, Jung, Evolution, Fundamentalist, Christian, Liberal Arts

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