On This Day: June 13

Today is special for me and my family. My husband and I, along with our dog and cat, have moved to Malta. This morning we woke up for the first time at our new home on this tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. After 9 years in Munich, Germany, the time has …

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Spreading the Word: A Buddhist And A Neuroscientist In Dialogue

What would a conversation between a Buddhist monk and a neuroscientist look like? And what would they agree and disagree on? In the following conversation, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist, offer their perspectives on the unconscious and the role of meditation in resolving conflicts …

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Spreading the Word: Our Access To Reality

One of the oldest debates in the history of human quest for knowledge is whether we can access the objective reality at all. Some think there is no objective reality at all and that "it's all in our minds", others think there is nothing else besides it and that our knowledge directly represents that reality. …

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Spreading the Word: Comedy For Weekend

It is short and simple today: a stand-up comedy video to add some laughter to our weekend 🙂 Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAULsoAQn2g Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every weekend, I hope to share with you an article I've read or a video I've seen and considered to be inspiring and insightful. I feel it is …

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Spreading the Word: “Philosopher of the Arabs”

Considered the first philosopher in the Islamic tradition and the first to write philosophy in Arabic, 9th-century thinker al-Kindī held that philosophy can help solve Islamic theological dilemmas. Philosophy professor and a life-long researcher of al-Kindī's works, Peter Adamson has written a book on this pioneering Islamic thinker (my review of it is coming soon) …

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Spreading the Word: Getting Stuck (and Unstuck) in the Negatives

Psychological research has shown that our minds are naturally more inclined to tilt towards the negative, the loss. Negative news, negative information sticks in our thoughts and it takes more mental effort on our part to get unstuck from that frame of mind. But it is not impossible. In this short, insightful and, in my …

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Spreading the Word: New Year’s Eve Ambience Video

Happy New Year! May this Hobbit inspired ambience music video bring magic to your New Year's Eve celebration!

Spreading the Word: Christmas at Hogwarts Ambience Video

This is a special weekend for many of us around the world. To those who celebrate, I wish you a very Jolly Christmas! To those who do not, may your weekend be peaceful, warm, and filled with love! We all can use a little magic in our lives sometimes. I hope this Harry Potter inspired …

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