Archive for August 2011

The Fourth state of mind : neurobiology of meditation. [Part I]

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

In the last few decades, a neurological understanding of the meditative process has been slowly emerging. It started with some simple observations of what happens when one progressively reaches deeper stages of meditation. Although we remain wakeful, in progressively deeper stages of meditation, fundamental changes start happening in our body and brain. Most striking of

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Can education boost our sense of religiosity?

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

The findings of a new study carried out by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the USA challenges the notion that modern education can lead to a dramatic fall in religious participation. This study (1) about to be published in the journal Review of Religious Research, actually found that in America, education actually bolstered people’s affiliation

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How Quantum Physics rediscovered Consciousness

Aug 26th, 2011 | By

Imagine you tossed a coin into the air, and as the coin was in mid-flight, somebody said to you that it would land both heads and tails at the same time. You would doubt their sanity. But if that person were a quantum physicist, you might give them more credibility. And they, for their part,

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RNA World : Clues to the mystery of the origin of the miracle called ‘life’

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

In our lifetimes, it may not be possible to arrive at a detailed picture of how life was created on earth from organic molecules. Yet it must be remembered that our knowledge in building this picture has advanced through gigantic leaps in insight and the secrets of cellular machinery at work have gradually unfolded before

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Scientology : The pseudoscience that built a Church out of science fiction

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

While speculative fiction is entertaining and creative in its own right, a fiction writer giving rise to a new religion is surely an unique phenomenon in its own right. Often characterized as one of the most controversial religions of the 20th century, as evident from the numerous lawsuits and convictions for fraud (1), this phenomenon

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