What Are Your Thoughts on Extra-Sensory Perception?

Molecular Thoughts

Some materialists consider the very mention of extra-sensory perception (ESP) to be evidence that a person has a weak grasp on reality. Those who do believe in it are often offended by such an attitude but cannot find a way of inviting the materialist to speculate about the existence of something that is beyond the usual five senses. Today’s post puts forward the argument that a rationalist method of creating a worldview can accommodate the possibility of ESP without necessarily taking a position that affirms it — something I often try to do with many controversial subjects. Read More →

Theories & Techniques of Dream Analysis

Dream Interpretation

A castle in the sky, a monster taller than any man-made structure, and public escapades in your underwear are just a few of the scenarios you could encounter in your dreams. Nobody quite knows why every night we drift off to distant lands and encounter bizarre scenarios, but in seeking to understand this great mystery researchers have contributed vast amounts of information to the area of dream interpretation. Thanks to the work of scientists and laymen alike, now anyone can take part in the rewarding experience of decoding your own dreams. Read More →

3 Strategies to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Reducing Stress

Stress and anxiety will affect everyone at some point in their lives. It is a natural part of modern life and the challenges we face. So, is there anything we can do about it, other than grin and bear it? Research in Psychology suggests there are effective and simple ways to tackle the issue and reduce our levels of stressful thinking. Three key steps are described below: Read More →

The 5 Greatest Astronomers Throughout History

Throughout history, there have been countless astronomers who have made an impact on man’s knowledge of the universe. While each small discovery certainly has scientific worth, there have also been several forward-thinking scientists who stand out as the greatest astronomers of all time. By boldly rethinking conventional beliefs about the nature of the universe, these 5 astronomers have truly revolutionized mankind’s knowledge of space and of the planet Earth. Read More →

What if the Darwinists and Creationists Are Wrong?

Origin of Life

Very little is really known about the origins of man because – as is the case with so many branches of science – new discoveries are constantly displacing old theories. Mankind is still largely viewed in Darwinian terms, except by those who subscribe to the beliefs of Christianity and the explanation of creation offered in the Book of Genesis. Read More →

Individual Fulfillment for the Good of Society

Individualism

The existence of various forms of fascism in our world – and throughout our history – reflects a deep conviction that has been held by many people in many different times: The idea that only a group, as opposed to any individual, can wield real power. Whether it is a small and secretive cult or a vast empire, an organization can draw people into its structure because it seems like the only vehicle through which effective action can be taken in the world. Read More →

The Misguided Search for Validation via Social Media

Pitfalls of Social Media

We human beings are social creatures. It’s natural for us to orient ourselves in terms of the world outside and what the people around us are thinking and doing. This socialization instinct is strongest in us when we’re young and still developing our own sense of identity. Historically speaking, this dynamic has typically played itself out in school and work environments and in various social rituals. Nowadays, the Internet has created a much vaster field for people to immerse themselves in. Read More →

Fantasy Book Series That Would Make Great TV Shows

Fantasy on TV

Recently, HBO’s Game of Thrones—based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series—has proven that there is a large audience out there, hungry for television adaptations of mammoth fantasy epics. In the past, genre fans met film versions of their favorite books with a mix of excitement and trepidation, eager to see how the stories would be translated to the screen but wary about how much plot would have to be cut to fit them into a standard film running time. Even years after each new Harry Potter movie opened, fans still hold debates over the various editing choices the filmmakers made in abridging J. K. Rowling’s massive tomes. Read More →

How Modern Physics Resonates with Ancient Mysticism

Modern Physics

Modern science has always been shadowed by an underlying paradox. Its methods have no basis upon which to define consciousness itself, and yet they are dependent upon human consciousness to provide them with all of the “laws” that they work within the context of. In other words, the scientific method can only assert that various things seem to be true insofar as our own perception goes. This is why new findings are constantly replacing old “truths” in its search for objective certainty. It cannot grapple with what sensory perception actually is (outside of the physical organs that perform it), and yet it must rely upon the evidence provided by the five senses as its only verification of truth. Read More →

Origins of Human Teamwork Found in Chimpanzees

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Image Credit: Oregonlive.com

Teamwork has been fundamental in humanity’s greatest achievements but scientists have found that working together has its evolutionary roots in our nearest primate relatives – chimpanzees.

A series of trials by scientists found that chimpanzees not only coordinate actions with each other but also understand the need to help a partner perform their role to achieve a common goal. Read More →