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How Can Wholeness Be In Crisis? Inquiring into the Human Predicament

By Terry Patten The most radical understanding of reality points first to radical wholeness, to the prior unity of all opposites and conditional experiences. It is only something superficial to that—a present activity of contraction within…

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The Chance Events That Gave Rise to Humans

Humans are the only creature on Earth to have left the planet, trading our comfortable terrestrial existence for the snug confines of a rocket, shuttle, or space station orbiting in the vast emptiness above. As far…

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Homeostasis, Feelings, and the Rise of Culture

When people talk about the evolution and development of all that makes humans “unique,” one thing that often gets overlooked is our feelings. For neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, though, there can be no conversation about our humanity…

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It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

by Mark Wolynn A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us. We not only lose our words, but something happens with our memory as well. During…

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All Life Needed to Get Started Was Good Old Physics

Two new papers published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology biophysicist Jeremy England provide support for his 2013 theory that life arose simply as the result of thermodynamics. He proposed that given the right conditions, atoms can…

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Science’s Big Problem, Reincarnation’s Big Potential, and Buddhists’ Profound Embarrassment

By Ted Christopher The author writes that his article is intended to make some overdue points, the most basic of which is that the scientific understanding of life is easy to question in significant ways. The…

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Panpsychism: Building Up to Human Consciousness

Physics has tackled many far-reaching questions about the universe, but one question continues to stir up passionate arguments on all sides: What gives rise to consciousness? David Chalmers, a philosophy of mind professor at New York…

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Family Illness is a Myth, Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez proposes that longevity is learned, and we have the capacity to change how our genes express disease. He reports on his studies of healthy centenarians worldwide which found that how they live, and the…

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