Archive for July 2011

How the concept of ‘memes’ can help us restructure our thoughts.

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

That there is such an entity as a ‘meme’ is a meme in itself. Although the term meme itself was popularised by biologist Richard Dawkins in 1989 in his book ‘The Selfish Gene’ as an abbreviated form of mimene, an ‘unit of cultural transmission’ or imitation, the idea has been around for considerably longer. (The

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Jul 27th, 2011 | By

Here is one of the lesser known books by Mark Twain, a witty and acerbic literary attack on Christian science and its founder, Mary Baker Eddy.”Mother Eddy deserves a place in the Trinity as much as any member of it. She has organized and made available a healing principle that for two thousand years has

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Why the witches have had the last laugh

Jul 26th, 2011 | By
The pentagram, one of the important Wiccan symbols

After centuries of which hunting by the Church, it finally seems that the pagan practice of witchcraft is now a legitimate and official religion. The name ‘Wicca’ has been in use since the 1960s, after an official resurrection as a neo-pagan system of practices and beliefs. While it is true that the Wiccan system mainly

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The Norway tragedy : A chilling reminder of the dark side of ideologies

Jul 24th, 2011 | By

The gruesome tragedy in Norway, leaving 93 (as of writing) dead, is being compared to the Oklahoma bombing, is a chilling reminder of the dark side of ideologies – when it comes to mixing politics of hate with personal beliefs. As details about the gunman and arsonist Anders Behring Breivik emerges, it is becoming increasingly

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God and afterlife : Is it in our genes ?

Jul 24th, 2011 | By

The recent Oxford University study carried out by 57 researchers in 20 countries was aimed to find out whether concepts like God and after-life are acquired culturally, or there is an instinctual basis that in ways that can be traced back to the earliest part of the lives. The study was carried out as several

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