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The Heritability Challenge to Evolution and Materialism

An Opening for Religious Perspectives With enormous certainty science has presented its material-only understanding of life. This intellectually-bracketed understanding has been packaged within a natural selection-beget, DNA-specified framework. But years of nominally heretical or taboo research,…

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Oxytocin Enhances Spirituality: The Biology of Awe

Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research from Duke University suggests the hormone may also support spirituality. In the study, men reported a greater…

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Deleting the App, The New Ritual of Commitment: Esther Perel

Speaking at the 2018 Radiant Intimacy gathering, Esther Perel outlines the remarkable transformation of romantic relationships in the last one hundred years. She makes the distinction between sexuality and eroticism, emphasizing that sex is not something…

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In the Realm of the Boundless, What is Compassion? Neil Theise

In a talk that ranges from evolutionary biology to modern physics, and draws from Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, Neil Theise, Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Mount Sinai, delves into various expressions of the nature…

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Knowing the Unseen Cosmic Organism

In recent years, many attempts have been made to explain how the large cluster of neurons and synapses in the human brain produce or generate consciousness. Some theorists propose that the synaptic mesh, or indeed the…

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The Mind of Plants: Thinking the Unthinkable

Across all species, individuals thrive in complex ecological systems, which they rarely have complete knowledge of. To cope with this uncertainty and still make good choices while avoiding costly errors, organisms have developed the ability to…

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Emotional Sentience: Katherine Peil

Katherine Peil reveals some of the fascinating discoveries of her lengthy inquiry into the nature of emotion. She talks of its function and evolution, and refers to its physiochemical and informational expressions. She reminds us that…

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Does Our Cerebrospinal Fluid Give Us Being? Mauro Zappaterra

Harvard-trained physician Mauro Zappaterra describes the embryonic origins and the extent and function of our cerebrospinal fluid, and shows the remarkable parallels between its anatomy and the descriptions realized by yogis down the ages. He introduces…

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