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Explaining religious experience and behaviour in neuroscientific terms

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Going Mental

Why People Die Trying to Outrun Tornadoes

Tornado-in-dumfries_606
12 months ago

With severe and potentially deadly weather continuing tonight in the central United States, an important reminder of what not to do from a post on last fall's tornadoes in Oklahoma: The people of Oklahoma City suffered their second violent bout of tornados in as many weeks on Friday evening ...

Going Mental

How Religion Can Reduce Stress

Michelangelo
over 1 year ago

If you look at the broad literature that has been done on religious and spiritual beliefs and practices and how they relate to human health the large majority of the studies point to a positive influence that when people are religious or spiritual they tend to have lower levels of stress, anxiety ...

Going Mental

The Upside of Suffering

Paula
over 1 year ago

A few years ago, at mile 20 of my second marathon, I promised myself I would never again run a 26.2 mile race. I had trained impeccably, ran my first mile a little slower than goal pace, as everyone advises, and was primed to shave seven minutes off my previous time and traverse the five boroughs ...