Latest review on History of the Apocalypse

[BookLife]: Negru, who describes himself as neither a believer nor an atheist, didn’t use the popular phrase “a brief history” in his title for good reason. At 581 pages, the tome is anything but. Negru reminds readers that fascination with the apocalypse isn’t a recent cultural obsession; rather, it’s been a subject of intense interest since the earliest days of recorded history, as evinced by the doctrinal beliefs of all three Abrahamic religions. He also points out that the phrase the end of the world can be interpreted various ways, such... read more »

Religious evolution

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5 Things That Will Happen When Aliens Arrive

Stephen Hawking has been quoted as saying that it is perfectly rational to assume intelligent life exists somewhere in the universe. But while the discovery of life on another world may sound exciting, Hawking also believes that if a race of beings were sufficiently advanced enough to reach us, they would pose a huge threat to everyone and everything here on Earth. How will our first interactions with a visiting alien civilization take place? Observation would likely be followed by covert visitation by the aliens in order to... See the video »

Eric Davis asked: "Why do some of us break free from our belief?"

This is a map of everything you know; this is how your knowledge is structured in your head based on the quality and quantity of the information stored. 1) You see in the picture that the circles - from the center towards outside - are increasingly thin and blurry. This is because both knowledge and belief have degrees and they are inversely proportional. In the center knowledge has the highest degree possible, while belief has the lowest degree possible. Your consciousnesses is in the center (the first circle). Your existence... read more »

Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness [on UPI]

Psychedelics may trigger a "higher" level of consciousness. Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex recorded an increase in neural signal diversity in the brains of people using psychedelic drugs. Previous studies have documented the increase in neural signal diversity levels in "aware and awake" brains, as compared to levels in sleeping brains -- confirming the index as useful proxy for differing levels of consciousness. The latest study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first... read more »

Review: The Selfish Gene (1967[2006]) by Richard Dawkins

I read a good portion of Dawkins’ books, and I think this is one of his best, after The God Delusion. The Selfish Gene is really thought-provoking and an interesting assessment of human nature. It changes the way many scientists and common people look at the process of natural selection and it redefines how we see the place of the human beings in nature. There are many wonderful ideas in this book, but I’ll mention only three here: 1) Altruism is a form of selfishness – I think most of us see tend to see altruism and selfishness as... read more »