Derek Beres

Big Think Contributor

Derek Beres, a Los Angeles-based journalist and yoga instructor, looks at a range of issues affecting the world's various spiritual communities in an attempt to sift through hyperbole and find truly universal solutions to prevalent issues facing humanity in the 21st century. 

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Derek Beres's Contributions
  • Sam Harris Wakes Up

    One day while walking through Rutgers' Quad Two on the way to the gym, I noticed my friend Shelton across the lawn. As he bounced along the sidewalk—he was in constant point guard mode—it appeared that he was...

  • The Case Against Empathy

    It’s hard to imagine empathy being anything but beneficial. It has become one of the most championed mental states in the neuroscience age: the ability to feel what someone else is feeling and, if all goes well,...

  • Is Mindfulness Dangerous?

    In his 1961 book, Psychotherapy East & West, the philosopher Alan Watts wrote, If there is to be a battle, there must be a field of battle; when the contestants really notice this they will have a war...

  • Imagination Is The Doorway To Mental Breakthroughs

    Most of us recognize soma as the ‘ideal pleasure drug’ in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In this context the pleasure was pacifying—it kept people in line without questioning their political situation. As Huxley...

  • Where Does Marriage Go From Here?

    It has been amusing listening to the religious right’s argument that marriage must be between a man and woman for one simple reason: the institution itself has been crumbling for decades. This is not to...

  • Strength Through Adversity: Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar

    It may appear quite simple and easy, but the moment one sits down to practice, one quickly realizes that it is a difficult art. It would be hard to think of another figure in modern yoga as influential as...

  • The Trauma of Everyday Life

    Like all major religions, there exists numerous ideas of what Buddhism is and how to practice it. Perhaps the hardest part about explaining Buddhism is that it’s nowhere near being a religion in the first place....

  • Will the Church Ever Overcome Sexism?

    The Catholic Church has long regarded itself as a bastion of religious ethics. While it is undeniable numerous charitable efforts and organizations have arisen thanks to its emphasis on its morals, repetitive...

  • What Happens When America Is No Longer White?

    The results from my 23andMe test were not overly surprising. My heritage is predominantly Eastern European, something I already knew given my Hungarian surname and grandparental origins. There were a few small...

  • When Can We Talk About Israel?

    Human beings have long been engaged in dramatic struggles. We want to honor our better angels, yet our demons wait on the corner, smirking. They know we’ll crack. Evolution has handed us a harrowing deal: humans...

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