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You are relatively true but also universally true.  You are relatively conscious as a person in the space/time continuum, but you are also Universal Consciousness, free from space and time. You are part, but you are also whole.  You are person, but you are also God.   –Mike Zonta, BB editor

Man Who Is Paralyzed Communicates By Imagining Handwriting

May 12, 2021 Heard on All Things Considered (npr.org) JON HAMILTON A man who is paralyzed was able to type with 95% accuracy by imagining that he was handwriting letters on a sheet of paper, a team reported in the journal Nature.Science Photo Library/Pasieka/Getty Images An experimental device that turns thoughts into text has allowed a man … Continue reading Man Who Is Paralyzed Communicates By Imagining Handwriting

WHAT CAUSED THE ROARING TWENTIES? NOT THE END OF A PANDEMIC (PROBABLY)

Some facets of the 1918 influenza pandemic echo today’s crisis: mask mandates, campaigns against spitting and pleas for people to cover their mouths, and more than half a million Americans died. The decade that followed the pandemic, however, was marked by social change and economic prosperity—for some. (Illustration by Meilan Solly / Photos via Wikimedia Commons … Continue reading WHAT CAUSED THE ROARING TWENTIES? NOT THE END OF A PANDEMIC (PROBABLY)

‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

Burying a person who died of Covid-19 in Gauhati, India this week. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complain by Arundhati Roy Wed 28 Apr 2021 … Continue reading ‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

In Our Hurry to Conquer Nature and Death, We Have Made a New Religion of Science

APRIL 22, 2021 (counterpunch.org) BY JONATHAN COOK Photograph Source: Joël Kuiper – CC BY 2.0 Back in the 1880s, the mathematician and theologian Edwin Abbott tried to help us better understand our world by describing a very different one he called Flatland. Imagine a world that is not a sphere moving through space like our own planet, … Continue reading In Our Hurry to Conquer Nature and Death, We Have Made a New Religion of Science

Spirituality is a brain state we can all reach, religious or not

Photo by Maskot/Getty Tal Dotan Ben-Soussanis the director of the Research Institute for Neuroscience, Education and Didactics (RINED) – Paoletti Foundation. As a neuroscientist and bio-psychologist, she has published numerous articles on neuroplasticity, mindfulness, movement and meditation, and she coordinates international conferences integrating theoretical, methodological and practical approaches on various topics, such as silence, logic and neuro-education. She … Continue reading Spirituality is a brain state we can all reach, religious or not

How to think like a detective

Georges Simenon in Paris, October 1956. Photo by Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match/Getty The best detectives seem to have almost supernatural insight, but their cognitive toolkit is one that anybody can use by Ivar Fahsing April 21, 2021 (psyche.co) Ivar Fahsingis a detective chief superintendent and associate professor at the Norwegian Police University College in Oslo, and has … Continue reading How to think like a detective

WHY BRINGING BACK THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE WON’T CURE WHAT AILS MODERN MEDIA

The Beloved, If Misunderstood, FCC Rule’s Promise Was Far Greater Than Its Performance A couple listens to the radio in 1957. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. by ALLISON PERLMAN | APRIL 12, 2021 (zocalopublicsquare.com) The Fairness Doctrine—the federal communications policy, in place from 1949 to 1987, that required U.S. broadcasters to address controversial issues and provide airtime to … Continue reading WHY BRINGING BACK THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE WON’T CURE WHAT AILS MODERN MEDIA

How to use gender pronouns correctly

Gloria Ndilula, asst. social justice editor Nov 2, 2019 (laloyolan.com) The Merriam-Webster dictionary has added a new entry to the definition of the word “they” as a pronoun used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary. Gender pronouns and gender fluidity aren’t topics that only LGBTQ+ folk should be knowledgeable about; cisgender people … Continue reading How to use gender pronouns correctly