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Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? For more than a millennium, scholars have noticed a curious correlation: Atheists tend to be more intelligent than religious people.

Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?

It's unclear why this trend persists, but researchers of a new study have an idea: Religion is an instinct, they say, and people who can rise above instincts are more intelligent than those who rely on them. "Intelligence — in rationally solving problems — can be understood as involving overcoming instinct and being intellectually curious and thus open to non-instinctive possibilities," study lead author Edward Dutton, a research fellow at the Ulster Institute for Social Research in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. [Saint or Spiritual Slacker? Test Your Religious Knowledge] Error loading player: No playable sources found The ancients weren't the only ones to notice this association. But why does this association exist?

But "more recently, I started to wonder if I'd got it wrong, actually," Dutton told Live Science. Godless Parents Are Doing a Better Job. Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land. In a tweet last night, President Donald Trump posted this picture and wrote that the prayer circle occurred after he announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land

Could this ancient, bag-like sea creature be our earliest ancestor? - CNN.com. With a scientific name describing the shape of its body and wrinkled appearance, this millimeter-long creature wriggled around in the mud and lived between grains of sand on the seabed, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature.

Could this ancient, bag-like sea creature be our earliest ancestor? - CNN.com

Though the fossils were found on dry land, half a billion years ago, the creature's location would have been a shallow sea. Revealed! 97% of human body is made up of stardust! The age-old belief that humans are made of stardust seems to have been proven right.

Revealed! 97% of human body is made up of stardust!

New research was conducted by astronomers, who surveyed 150,000 stars to test the authenticity of this adage, and the result was surprising to say the least! Also Read: Apocalypse avoided: Earth just escaped an asteroid hit! Here's How to Make America Great (and Kind) Again – Regardless of Who's President. November 27th, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World After one of the most shocking presidential elections in recent memory, Americans are taking action.

Here's How to Make America Great (and Kind) Again – Regardless of Who's President

Protests and polarization aside, many among us have deeply considered what truly makes a country great — and are moving forward in positive directions. Conversion via Twitter. On December 1, 2009, to commemorate World AIDS Day, Twitter announced a promotion: if users employed the hashtag #red, their tweets would appear highlighted in red.

Conversion via Twitter

Megan Phelps-Roper, a twenty-three-year-old legal assistant, seized the opportunity. “Thank God for AIDS!” Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Full Episodes, Video & More. My TV provider is not listed.

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Why not? We are currently working on adding more TV providers. Please check back frequently to see if your TV provider has been added. Why do I need to log in to watch some video content? Viewers who verify their subscription to a TV provider get access to a deeper catalog of video content, including more full episodes. Jesus wept: How can you call yourself a Christian if you voted for Donald Trump? One of the hallmarks of Christian faith is charity, which is unfortunate for me, because, as a cradle Christian (and, lately, a recovering agnostic), I’ve been feeling less than charitable since Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Jesus wept: How can you call yourself a Christian if you voted for Donald Trump?

I don’t mean that I’m not in the spirit of giving to charities — I’ll be writing out a whopper of a check to the American Civil Liberties Union presently. I am, however, having trouble giving the gift of slack to Christians who voted for Trump. According to a preliminary study of exit poll data by Pew Research Group, Trump won 52 percent of the Catholic vote, 58 percent of the Protestant vote, and, broken down further by race, a whopping 81 percent of the white evangelical Christian vote. If you’re a Christian who voted for Trump, I understand your concerns — jobs, the economy, health care, national security, frustration with the political status quo.

What I don’t understand is your heart. The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' has scientifically proven health benefits — Quartz. The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.

The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' has scientifically proven health benefits — Quartz

Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy.

Nature appreciation—picnicking en masse under the cherry blossoms, for example—is a national pastime in Japan, so forest bathing quickly took. The environment’s wisdom has long been evident to the culture: Japan’s Zen masters asked: If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, does it make a sound? Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake Acquired by Participant Media. On Flipboard. The Four Qualities of Love. Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not. When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about his belief that Earth isn’t even real and we probably live in a computer simulation.

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

“There’s a billion to one chance we’re living in base reality,” he said at a conference in June. Musk is just one of the people in Silicon Valley to take a keen interest in the “simulation hypothesis”, which argues that what we experience as reality is actually a giant computer simulation created by a more sophisticated intelligence. If it sounds a lot like The Matrix, that’s because it is. According to this week’s New Yorker profile of Y Combinator venture capitalist Sam Altman, there are two tech billionaires secretly engaging scientists to work on breaking us out of the simulation.

But what does this mean? Scientists Discover That Humans Have A ‘Magnetic 6th Sense’ To Detect Something We Can’t Even See AnonHQ. Health By: Arjun Walia via collective-evolution.com It’s called magnetoreception, and it refers to the ability to perceive magnetic fields. Uk.businessinsider. Wikimedia Commons There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several small studies have linked the psychoactive ingredient in shrooms (which are illegal) with several purported health benefits, including the potential to help relieve anxiety and depression.

But, as with any drug, shrooms also come with risks. And because they're classified as Schedule 1 — meaning they have "no accepted medical use" — it's been pretty tough for scientists to tease out exactly what they can and can't do. Here are a few of the ways we know shrooms can affect your brain and body: Science and Buddhism Agree: There is No 'You' There. Evan Thompson of the University of British Columbia has verified the Buddhist belief of anatta, or not-self.

Neuroscience has been interested in Buddhism since the late 1980s, when the Mind and Life Institute was created by HH Dalai Lama and a team of scientists. The science that came out of those first studies gave validation to what monks have known for years — if you train your mind, you can change your brain. How Religion Is Breeding Hate In America. 2.4k Shares It’s getting harder to believe that Americans who claim to be religious are upholding any kind of moral standards.

If anything, they are breeders of hate for anyone who disagrees with their perception of right and wrong. Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it — Quartz. Reykjavik Michael Porter, a Harvard economist who made his name working on ideas around competition, has come to the capital of Iceland to talk about social process and how to measure it.

Here at a conference on the topic, he reminds the audience that economic indicators—while we’re very used to measuring them—only tell part of the story. Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative. Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion. This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity.

Einstein’s creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes infects even scientists. It opened up a universe that never ceases to surprise — black holes, the big bang, dark energy, gravitational waves — jolting us out of the grooves of thought that we fall into all too easily. Yet the ink was barely dry on the theory when Einstein saw a problem. It contradicted quantum mechanics, suggesting that physicists needed an even deeper theory to unify these two pillars of fundamental physics. In June 1916 Einstein wrote: “Quantum theory would have to modify not only Maxwellian electrodynamics but also the new theory of gravitation.” A theory of gravity is also a theory of space and time. What Hiking Does To The Brain Is Pretty Amazing. Scientists Unveil New ‘Tree of Life’ LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images.

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