Beethoven’s Lifestyle Regimen and the Secret to His Superhuman Vitality

Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler In praise of “vigorous ablutions with cold water, a scrupulous regard for personal cleanliness, and daily walks immediately after the midday meal.” BY MARIA POPOVA Our popular imagination tends to cast creative work as the product of the mind and the disembodied spirit. But any writer who has ever felt neuronally severed from her own cognitive faculties by sleeplessness, any artist whose paintbrush has trembled with the pangs of ravenous hunger, any musician whose strings have thundered with the oxytocin of a kiss, knows how intimately entwined our creaturely conditions are with our creative vitality. … Continue reading Beethoven’s Lifestyle Regimen and the Secret to His Superhuman Vitality

Evil Triumphs in These Multiverses, and God Is Powerless

  MATHEMATICAL MULTIVERSE: According to Tegmark, for every possible way in which mathematical models dictate that matter can be consistently arranged to fill a spacetime universe, there exists such a universe.platonicsolids.info How scientific cosmology puts a new twist on the problem of evil. BY DEAN ZIMMERMAN The challenge that the multiverse poses for the idea of an all-good, all-powerful God is often focused on fine-tuning. If there are infinite universes, then we don’t need a fine tuner to explain why the conditions of our universe are perfect for life, so the argument goes. But some kinds of multiverse pose a … Continue reading Evil Triumphs in These Multiverses, and God Is Powerless

Rhythm of Breathing Key to Controlling Fear and Emotional Behavior

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer, Waking Times We live in a fearful world with exposure to a deluge of stressors everyday. As much as fear is a result of reacting to the actual or perceived events in our lives, it is also a biological function of the human body, and when equipped with an understanding of how the body manages the emotional system, we can easily outsmart it, tricking ourselves into emotional balance. This perspective is scientifically validated by new research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago Illinois, which discovered how the various rhythmic patterns of breath profoundly impact … Continue reading Rhythm of Breathing Key to Controlling Fear and Emotional Behavior