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Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual

Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual

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Smithsonian X 3D Religion: Is God in Our Genes? It's not hard to see the divinity behind the water temples that dot the rice terraces of Bali. It's there in the white-clad high priest presiding in the temple at the summit of a dormant volcano. It's there in the 23 priests serving along with him, selected for their jobs when they were still children by a bevy of virgin priestesses.

Clarified: Religious dietary restrictions In cooking, the process of clarification entails straining out extraneous muck from liquids so that they might be pure, clear and ideal for consumption. With this series on the world's dietary tribes, we're attempting to do the same. Future installments will explore the foodways, politics and beliefs of vegans, raw foodists, pescetarians and other culinary collectives. Today, we're delving into the dietary restrictions of twelve religions in the hopes of cooking up a little interfaith understanding. Learn which group looks to yogurt and fresh vegetables for enlightenment and whose holy men eschew the digestive effects of legumes and crucifers.

Lesson Plans - Religion and Belief Systems in Asia Grades 6-8 Overview: The continent of Asia has been the birthplace of many of the world's major religions. Today, Asia continues to reflect the religious diversity of the planet. In this lesson, students will conduct an in-depth review of one of the major world religions by focusing on its origins, beliefs, and history. They will then explore reasons for the spread or decline in Asia of each of the major world religions. 4 Strange Cults Cult-like behavior (read, religion) is one of humankind’s oldest preoccupations. Whether centered on God, gods, aliens, or energy forces, people have always been willing to believe and subsequently sacrifice for what they believe in. Here are a few of the strangest yet on record: 1.

New gene test offers personalized treatment for inherited neuromuscular disorder Newcastle University scientists have identified a new gene which will allow rapid diagnosis and earlier treatment of a debilitating neuromuscular condition. The gene, GFPT1, is crucial in causing a variation of Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS) which gained media attention recently with the plight of baby RB, who was at the centre of a "right-to-life" legal dispute. CMS is a rare genetic condition affecting the way signals travel between the brain and muscles which can cause paralysis and in some cases death. It affects one in every 500,000 births and the severity of the condition varies, depending on where the fault lies in the complex signals between the nerves and the muscles.

NeuroImage : Performance comparison of machine learning algorithms and number of independent components used in fMRI decoding of belief vs. disbelief Volume 56, Issue 2, 15 May 2011, Pages 544–553 Multivariate Decoding and Brain Reading Edited By John-Dylan Hanes Author offers evolutionary explanation for religion When it comes to religion, we tend to talk about what we believe rather than why we believe it. In his new book "Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith," J. Anderson Thomson, a Virginia psychiatrist, offers a scientific answer to the why question. He argues that religion, created by our ancestors, played a key role in human evolution but that will "wither away." - How Muslims Pray and What They Say - Your Guide To The Gods. Mythology with a twist!