image edited by Web Investigator – From The Song of Los (1795) by William Blake. Courtesy Library of Congress The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why? by Beth Singler is a research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and an associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, both at the University of Cambridge. Her first book, The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science, is forthcoming. My stomach sank the moment the young man stood up. I’d observed him from afar … Continue reading fAIth

What the Tibetan Book of the Dead Can Teach Us About Dying Today

Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art A series of talks at the Rubin Museum of Art this summer explores the connections between the ancient Tibetan text and modern end-of-life experiences. By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe The Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once wrote that the Tibetan Book of the Dead could very well be called the “Tibetan Book of Birth.” The 8th-century text, which details the Tibetan Buddhist concept of the in-between states after death and before rebirth [bardos], was written as a guide for practitioners for navigating those states, in hopes of attaining liberation. For seven evenings this … Continue reading What the Tibetan Book of the Dead Can Teach Us About Dying Today