Archive for June 2011

Current research : How music can ‘create’ happiness out of thin air

Jun 30th, 2011 | By

In a recent study at Groningen University, Netherlands, more evidence has been provided in favour of the top-down mode of sensory data processing by our brain. Do we generally tend to see what we expect to see ?

Lawrence Krauss on the Foundations of Nothingness as the basis of the Physical Universe

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Kross, Professor of Physics at the University of Arizona, described by Richard Dawkins as the ‘Woody Allen of Theoretical Physics’ describes in a remarkable non-mathematical way the current Big Picture of cosmology and its philosophical implications, which often turn religious through its sheer uniqueness. In this remarkable talk, Lawrence Kross explains why

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‘Why me ?’ : Dealing with self-pity from a Buddhist perspective

Jun 26th, 2011 | By

Bad things happening to good people, and good things happening to bad people can seem at times paradoxical for those of us who believe in some sort of a natural justice system that’s inbuilt in the way our universe works. After all, it might seem that the only reason for staying moral and righteous is

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A selection of 10 of Rumi’s ‘Love’ Quartrains – Translated by Shahram Shiva

Jun 26th, 2011 | By

Shahram Shiva is a performance poet, award-winning translator and scholar of Rumi and author of several books based in the USA. He is known for his rich and entrancing concerts of Rumi, the 13th Century Persian mystic poet. Since 1992 Shahram Shiva has been presenting Rumi concerts at the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, Yale, Columbia

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How ‘science is a ladder to reach the Sky’ : Selection from Gregory Thaumaturgus’ tribute to Origen

Jun 25th, 2011 | By

Gregory Thumaturgus (213 – 27 AD) intended to study law at Beirut, but along with his brother ended up in Alexandria (modern Egypt) with the famous scholar Origen, head of the Catechical School of Christianity. In his farewell public speech (panegyric) on his master Origen, shortly before leaving Palestine, Gregory of Neoceasarea ( the title

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