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Sex Chromosomes Aren’t the Whole Story

by Shawn Radcliffe For almost 100 years, children have been taught in school that the anatomical sex of a baby is determined by the X and Y chromosomes, also known as the sex chromosomes — XY…

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Infective Heredity: You Are Not Who You Think You Are

by Shawn Radcliffe According to Charles Darwin, you are the product of your biological mother and father, just as they were the product of their biological mother and father, and so on back to the earliest…

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The Secret Language of Trees

by Shawn Radcliffe If you look at a forest through a Darwinian lens, you’ll see individual trees battling each other for finite resources like water, nutrients and sunlight. The winners take what they can and live…

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Can Gut Bacteria Control Your Mood?

You are never truly alone. Everywhere you go, you carry trillions of microbes inside your gut. These countless creatures, invisible to the naked eye, form what scientists call the microbiome — a thriving ecosystem intimately connected…

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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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