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The Truth About Religion in America: The Founders Loathed Superstition and We Were Never a Christian Nation. Once they begin to circulate, falsehoods—like counterfeit currency—are surprisingly tenacious.

The Truth About Religion in America: The Founders Loathed Superstition and We Were Never a Christian Nation

It doesn’t matter that there’s no backing for them. The only thing that counts is that people believe they have backing. Then, like bad coins, they turn up again and again. One Exercise Sure to Make You Feel Better About Yourself. The Procrastination Matrix. Note: To best understand this post, you should first read Part 1 of Wait But Why’s previous post on procrastination.

The Procrastination Matrix

Back in high school, if you had asked me if I were a procrastinator, I would have said yes. High school students are given all these lectures about “pacing yourself” on longer projects, and I proudly paced myself less than almost anyone I knew. Here's The Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day.

All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen.

Here's The Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day

Say Yes To The Stress. In relationships, you can have identical actions that generate vastly different consequences.

Say Yes To The Stress

Kind of like watching “Say Yes To The Dress.” Which is to say that my wife adores watching fluffy wedding shows where the bride tries on a zillion froofy outfits, parading this latest dress in front of her family, before finally settling tearfully on the perfect dress. The bride flutters her hands in front of her face. Tears mean that this is the perfect dress. 12 Weird Shapes You See Frequently But Probably Didn't Know Have Real Names. Posted May 02, by Dominic Trombino We learn all sorts of shapes in grade school, things like square, circle, triangle and the rest.

12 Weird Shapes You See Frequently But Probably Didn't Know Have Real Names

Food Timeline: food history research service. The Political Compass. 20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea. Well that was weird.

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was. If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire, mixed in The Truman Show and then made the whole thing Holocaust-esque, you have modern day North Korea. It’s a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come, keeping both the outside world and its own people completely in the dark about one another—a true hermit kingdom. A question, then, is “Why would an American tourist ever be allowed into the country?”

Allow me to illustrate what I believe is the reasoning behind my being let in: High Level Government Meeting. Herself. Herself. Where did you grow up?


Holland, Mi. The Bible-beltline of the state. Were you brought up religiously/secularly/other? As much as our peers seemed to demand it, my mother was vigilant in keeping my childhood relatively open when it came to the possibilities of religious belief. While we went to church, we only attended until I was old enough to decide I didn’t want to – and she provided me with plenty of options to read, study and explore where my beliefs would take me. Right Thinking. The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh writes about the Four Noble Truths one of which is Right Thinking He outlines four practices for developing Right Thinking:

Right Thinking

Apophenia makes unrelated things seem connected: Metaphors, paranormal beliefs, conspiracies, delusions. Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker.

Apophenia makes unrelated things seem connected: Metaphors, paranormal beliefs, conspiracies, delusions.

Photos by Green Mamba/Flickr and Thinkstock. The Naked Lotus » Fearless Press. Mind & Sport Institute. “I would go to bed feeling like I didn’t even want to live”- Jerry West As reported on, NBA Legend Jerry West known as ‘Mr.

Mind & Sport Institute

Clutch’ and ‘The Logo’ (since the NBA logo is an image of him) “says he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat the future Hall of Famer, causing low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA’s biggest influences. West says his West Virginia childhood was devoid of love and filled with anger as a result of his abusive father, who left him feeling tormented and worthless.

Erect Penile Length and Circumference Dimensions of 1,661 Sexually Active Men in the United States - Herbenick - 2013 - The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The Death Of Expertise. I am (or at least think I am) an expert. Not on everything, but in a particular area of human knowledge, specifically social science and public policy. Symbols of West Africa. Origins Of Popular Jewish Surnames. Correction, Jan. 29, 2014: Some of the sources used in the reporting of this piece were unreliable and resulted in a number of untruths and inaccuracies. The original post remains below, but a follow-up post outlining the errors, as well as further explanation, can be found here.

Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names. Some German-speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last names until compelled to do so. Introduction. Growing out of the wisdom of China, India, and Japan, Zen became a powerful movement to explore the lesser-known reaches of the human mind. Today we are rediscovering modern significance in its ancient insights. This course is an attempt to encounter Zen in its purest form, by returning to its legendary masters. This course offers a treasury of Zen tradition: teachings, anecdotes, stories, legends, sayings, and wisdom culled from the classic texts of Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen. When Westerners first encountered the strange Zen dialogues and antics that had been treasured in East Asia for a thousand years, there seemed to be more madness than method.

Now we realize that the masters were communicating with exceptional directness and freedom in a language of awakening. In this course we try to let Zen speak for itself. . . . understanding how the tradition views itself must be the basis for all later criticism. 9 Ways To Become The Master Of Your Own Mind. Many of us spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy -- not to mention money -- taking care of our bodies, and trying to keep ourselves looking and feeling our best.

But when it comes to the mind, less attention (literally) is paid. Taking care of the mind can come as an afterthought, and often we think of the mind as something outside of our own control. There’s a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary. Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words.

It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls. You can find my favourite words below – pick five that resonate most, write them down, yes seriously – go grab a pen -, make sure to learn them by heart, teach them to your inner voice and share them with others to guide our collective attention to what truly matters.

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Brains of liberals, conservatives structured differently: study - CTV News. Perhaps the reason that liberals and conservatives have such a hard time seeing eye-to-eye is because when they're compared brain-to-brain, they're built quite differently. A new study that analyzed the brain structures of peoples' brains based on their political affiliations has found some significant differences. Essentially, they found that liberals have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear. The study, which appears in Current Biology, was conducted by Ryota Kanai of the University College London.

Kenai's team looked at 90 healthy young adults who were given a survey and then asked to report their political views on a scale of one to five, from very liberal to very conservative. Their brains were then scanned. Those with conservative views were more likely to have a larger amygdala, a region important for recognizing threats and processing fear. Розготерапия - Статья. Proudly Canadian made! Zafus & Zabutons (meditation cushions and mats), buckwheat pillows, meditation benches, yoga supplies, yoga, Ontario, yoga mat, yoga meditation, meditation, walking meditation, meditation benefits, guided meditation, buddhist medita. Snow Lion Canada. Wired 9.12: Take The AQ Test. Take The AQ Test. Why Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Bedroom Floor is a Good Idea. ~ Julie (JC) Peters.

How to Help Someone Who Won’t Help Themselves. Quotes - Let's Talk Sense. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion - Chapter 1. SolarBeat. Tony Schwartz: The 90-Minute Solution: How Building in Periods of Renewal Can Change Your Work and Your Life (POLL) Tyler Durden’s 8 Rules of Innovation. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Does Creativity Make You Happy?

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