A Christian worshiper prays in the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus Christ’s birth. (Photo: MUSA AL-SHAER/AFP/Getty Images) by ALEX FRADERA The number of people who claim to have “No religious belief” is fast-growing in America and Europe, but the number expressing religious belief is growing faster. What’s more, the irreligious category includes fans of astrology, tarot reading or the paranormal. The tenacity of supernatural belief has prompted scientists to try understand its basis, and so far their answers have mostly implied a defect in believers: the religious have a bias in their visual attention; people with supernatural … Continue reading Religious and supernatural belief linked with poor understanding of the physical world
It’s not just how much exercise you do but how you compare yourself with your friends that really determines your fitness. By Claudia Hammond If your New Year’s exercise regime has already failed, try not to focus on all the workouts you should have done. New research has revealed a surprising connection between people’s beliefs and their health: by being too negative about their physical activity, some people may “think themselves unfit”. Scientists at Stanford University in the US looked at mortality data for 61,000 adults. For 21 years, dozens of measures were taken, including how much people exercised and crucially, … Continue reading How your mindset determines your health
by Paul Levy, GuestWaking Times Almost a hundred years ago, as if peering into a crystal ball and predicting the future, spiritual teacher and clairvoyant Rudolf Steiner prophesied that the most momentous event of modern times was what he referred to as the incarnation of the ethericChrist. By the “etheric Christ,” Steiner is referring to a modern-day version of Christ’s resurrection body, which can be conceived of as being a creative, holy and whole-making spirit that is inspiring human evolution as it operates upon the body of humanity through the collective unconscious of our species. Involving a radically new understanding of a timeless … Continue reading THE GREATEST SPIRITUAL EVENT OF OUR TIME ACCORDING TO RUDOLPH STEINER
How massive parallelism lifts the brain’s performance above that of AI. BY LIQUN LUO The brain is complex; in humans it consists of about 100 billion neurons, making on the order of 100 trillion connections. It is often compared with another complex system that has enormous problem-solving power: the digital computer. Both the brain and the computer contain a large number of elementary units—neurons and transistors, respectively—that are wired into complex circuits to process information conveyed by electrical signals. At a global level, the architectures of the brain and the computer resemble each other, consisting of largely separate circuits for … Continue reading Why Is the Human Brain So Efficient?