Do Religious People Really Have a Problem with Evolution?

My journey into the middle ground of the science-religion culture war. BY JORDAN COLLVER My Evolution: Living Along the Spectrum of Science & Religion is © of SRES and Jordan Collver, 2018. The comic was created by Jordan Collver as part of a media fellowship run by The Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society in 2017, and features research from the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project. The project was funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and involved researchers from Newman University, the University of Kent, York University (Canada), Kent State University, and the British Library. http://nautil.us/issue/62/systems/do-religious-people-really-have-a-problem-with-evolution   … Continue reading Do Religious People Really Have a Problem with Evolution?

ARE YOU THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE? YES AND NO

BY Christina Sarich, Guest Waking Times Great minds like the English physicist, Brian Cox use the Hubble constant, the idea that the further a galaxy is from us, the faster it is “flying away from us is” a way to explain why we’re not at the center of the Universe. He goes on to say that the Universe is like a ball of dough filled with raisins when you’re baking bread. As the raisins expand with the rising dough, the ones further from a singular raisin get farther away, and so on. Even though Cox can explain quantum mechanics in less than a minute, … Continue reading ARE YOU THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE? YES AND NO

Love your frenemy

The Rivals (1876) by Charles Edward Perugini. Photo by Getty Images Envy is the dark side of love, but love is the luminous side of envy. Is there a way to harness envy wisely, for growth? by Sara Protasi is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Puget Sound in Washington state. Her work has been published in Philosophical Psychology, European Journal of Philosophy, and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, among others. Edited by Pam Weintraub My best friend in high school was tall, lean and pretty. She had a long neck and luscious dark hair, alabaster skin punctuated by a constellation of beauty marks, and a teeth … Continue reading Love your frenemy

IGNITE INNER GUIDANCE THROUGH SHAMANIC JOURNEYING

by Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times  The modern-day shaman has evolved from one of the oldest known spiritual practices of humankind. Shamans go back at least 100,000 years. It is prevalent in Northeast Asiana and Arctic cultures, but spread around the world, and is perhaps most familiar to the average person today in the form of South American shamanism and the use of Ayahuasca which uses plant medicine to aid the shamanic journey. Utilizing a potent psychedelic present in the plant compounds called N,N-Dimethyltryptamine or DMT, an individual seems to be able to access layers of his subtle body and etheric consciousness which allows profound … Continue reading IGNITE INNER GUIDANCE THROUGH SHAMANIC JOURNEYING

Oliver Sacks on Nature’s Beauty as a Gateway into Deep Time and a Lens on the Interconnectedness of the Universe

Oliver Sacks at the New York Botanical Garden. (Photograph by Bill Hayes, Dr. Sacks’s partner, from How New York Breaks Your Heart.) “The sense of deep time brings a deep peace with it, a detachment from the timescale, the urgencies, of daily life… a profound sense of being at home, a sort of companionship with the earth.” BY MARIA POPOVA “When we have learned how to listen to trees,” Hermann Hesse wrote in contemplating what our arboreal companions can teach us about belonging and life, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Nearly a … Continue reading Oliver Sacks on Nature’s Beauty as a Gateway into Deep Time and a Lens on the Interconnectedness of the Universe

LET GO OF THE NEED FOR APPROVAL

Posted by Soren Dreier Author: Psychology It usually starts out as a logical tactic. We gain others’ approval, make them happy for a moment, and feel pretty good about ourselves. It seems like the perfect path to take—and it’s one we can continue on for many years, believing it’s reducing our anxiety about disapproval in our daily lives. In actuality, it can work pretty well in getting people to like us. We avoid having them disapprove of our actions, and we get to enjoy that nice pat on the back every once in a while. But there will come a time … Continue reading LET GO OF THE NEED FOR APPROVAL

On coincidence

Illustration by Clayton Junior Lightning can strike twice and people do call just when you’re thinking of them – but are such coincidences meaningful? Cody Delistraty is a writer and historian based in New York and Paris. He writes on literature, psychology and interesting humans. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among others. Edited by Marina Benjamin In the 1920s, one of Carl Jung’s female patients proved particularly frustrating to him – notwithstanding her ‘excellent education’ and ‘highly polished Cartesian rationalism’. She was ‘psychologically inaccessible’, the Swiss psychiatrist later wrote in his Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle (1960), by which he meant … Continue reading On coincidence