Archive for May 2011

Seeking a Neurological Explanation Of Religious Fundamentalism

May 31st, 2011 | By

Why some human beings react violently when their beliefs regarding deeply personal philosophical views are challenged, is a question that needs serious probing. Should it be considered merely an pathological form of behaviour neurologically speaking, or does it represent a social disorder on the lines of ‘culture bound syndromes’ ? Especially because such violent reactions

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How Evolution is bringing the imams, rabbis and the clergy together on a common platform

May 30th, 2011 | By

The Imam letter finally joins the its Christian and Jewish counterparts, finally bringing representatives of the three major Abrahamic faiths together on a common platform. This project, launched in 2006 with the Clergy letter, now has 12,725 clergies signed up, with the Rabbi project started in 2008 now having nearly 476 signatories. The the project

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Was it ‘artificial life’ that was created in the lab ?

May 30th, 2011 | By

Exactly a year ago scientists at Craig Venter Institute in Maryland and and San Diego California, reported the birth of the first synthetic cell. Does it really constitute a leap in our understanding of how life was created in the first place? Or any significant breakthrough in our quest for creation of new life on

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To what extent did memory aids and mnemonic devices contribute to the early spread of Buddhism ?

May 29th, 2011 | By

Buddhism, right from its earliest days, had a system of a structured organisation of sutras as mnemonic devices which was specifically aimed at transmission of the Dharma. To a large extent, was this was perhaps custom-designed to aid transmission of the principles as taught by the Buddha with least distortion. But to what extent did

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Teaching children Reason in a Spiritually Uncertain Age

May 28th, 2011 | By

Handing over our assumptions and beliefs to our children  is no longer something we can continue doing without questioning ourselves as we have done in the past. To tell a child that Santa Claus actually doesn’t exist is quite different from handing him or her over, our deepest personal beliefs we  have acquired over the

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