WHY COMPASSION MATTERS IN HEALING

We hear a lot about the importance of compassion in medicine these days.  It comes from Latin words meaning to “suffer with.” If taken literally, compassion in healing seems irrational.  Why would a medical professional want to suffer alongside his or her patient?  Suffering with one’s patient might cloud one’s professional judgment.  When sick, patients […]

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Does Our Brain Really Create Consciousness?

By Peter Russell Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say. And when it comes to consciousness itself, science falls curiously silent. There is nothing in physics, chemistry, biology, or any other […]

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Educational Level and the Fear of Death

“People with a university degree fear death less than those at a lower literacy level,”according to a report by psychologist Claudia Fabiana Siracusa and colleagues at Spain’s University of Granada. The study, “Education on Death: A Study on the Building of the Concept of Death in Children Aged Between 8 and 12 at School,” sampled […]

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Books of Note

SCIENCE AND THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE:  HOW CONSCIOUSNESS SURVIVES DEATH Rochester, VT:  Inner Traditions; 2010 $18.95, paperback Chris Carter is a man with a mission.  An Oxford-trained philosopher who is firmly grounded in the physical sciences, he is well equipped for the task he has set himself — to examine, in the course of three books, […]

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Materialism Is in the Dark

Mind, as most people think about it, does not exist in conventional science.   The expressions of consciousness, such as choice, will, emotions, and even logic are widely believed to be wholly due to the workings of the matter within the brain.  This view is known, of course, as materialism.    As astronomer Carl Sagan put it, […]

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