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The Neuroscience of Spiritual Awakening

It was 1972 at Penn State University, and Gary Weber, a 29-year old materials science PhD student, had a problem with his brain. It kept generating thoughts! He had a continuous and oppressive stream of neurotic concerns about his life, his studies, and everything else. While most human beings would consider this par for the course; par for the human condition (or ‘cogito ergo sum’, which can be translated as “I think therefore I am”), Weber wouldn’t accept it. He was a scientist, a

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Screw ups, disasters, misfires, flops. Why losing big can be a winning strategy.It all started with the sound of static. In May 1964, two astronomers at Bell Labs, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, were using a radio telescope in suburban New Jersey to search the far reaches of space. Their aim was to make a detailed survey of radiation in the Milky Way, which would allow them to map those vast tracts of the universe devoid of bright stars. This meant that Penzias and Wilson needed a receiver
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Fighting Childhood Obesity with Martial Arts

Childhood obesity has become a rapidly growing issue. With obesity being linked to numerous health issues, it’s apparent that obesity at such a young age can be very problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents, over the past 30 years. Physical activity is one of the best ways to help weight loss and what better way than to participate in martial arts?Here we break down the many
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Here is How Modern Science Approaches The Phenomenon of Soul

The Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has provided the long awaited, first principal, biological explanation of the human condition, our capacity for so called ‘good and evil’. With the clarifying, biological explanation for why we humans became competitive, selfish and aggressive, it is now possible to look into and explain the rather elusive concept we refer to as our ‘soul’— our species’ instinctive memory of a time when our distant ancestors lived in a cooperative, selfless, loving
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Martial arts offers brain-boosting benefits for all ages

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy.However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through
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10 Health Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts provides a number of excellent health benefits, in addition to instilling discipline and confidence within students. Through improving one’s skills during practice, a student of martial arts will also be able to build a healthier body and, by extension, lifestyle Since health and fitness are closely intertwined, let’s explore 10 of the most common health benefits of martial arts.1. Cardiovascular HealthMeeting the physical activity guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and
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What Happens When Tech Takes Control of Evolution?

Over the span of a few billion years, diversity of life has flourished on Earth through the process of natural selection. Then, not long ago (relatively), human intelligence evolved.For the first time one species, Homo sapiens, could consciously control its destiny on this planet. Humans have been shaping ourselves, the environment and other species for thousands of years. Soon, we’ll be able to fully control our own biology too, transcending our natural limitations. According to roboticist
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The Latest Science on Flexibility in Martial Arts

Flexibility is a vital part of martial arts training. High levels of flexibility allow taekwondo artists to kick high and jiu-jitsu artists to be highly mobile and efficient, while reducing the risk of injuries for all students. Though most martial arts focus on static stretching due to their respective traditions, the latest science finds that dynamic stretching has significantly more positive potential. Moreover, evidence also shows that static stretching may temporarily reduce strength in
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What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of people throughout the world, their evolutionary history, how they behave, adapt to different environments, communicate and socialise with one another. The study of anthropology is concerned both with the biological features that make us human (such as physiology, genetic makeup, nutritional history and evolution) and with social aspects (such as language, culture, politics, family and religion). Whether studying a religious community in London, or human evolutionary
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Mercury in Vaccines Can Cause Autism, New Study Confirms

A team of nine scientists from leading Egyptian medical schools and universities have found that one in every 50 children in America have metabolic brain disease, and it could be a result of the mercury contained in vaccines. How was this found?Mercury exposure is measured by examining children’s urinary porphyrins (excreted organic compounds that are biomarkers for mercury toxicity). The presence of mercury within blood and urine exploits the well-known link with vaccines and metabolic brain
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Does Poor Social Life Lead To Bone Loss?

Does Poor Social Life Lead To Bone Loss? Is it true that older women who have few social relationships have more bone loss? What could the connection be?An interesting new investigation does suggest that poor quality – not quantity – of social relationships is related to bone loss among older women with osteoporosis. The researchers, from the University of Arizona, noted that psychosocial stress – emotional and physiological reactions that occur when individuals confront situations beyond their
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