The incredible story of Wu Hsin and Roy Melvyn

Must a religious story be confirmed as a true fact to be effective and inspiring?

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  • Wu Hsin is an allegedly ancient Chinese sage whose inspiring teachings were brought to light by an obscure character named Roy Melvyn.
  • Wu Hsin's teachings have inspired millions of people across the globe — even if all evidence indicates that he never existed and was made up by Melvyn.
  • The remarkable story of Wu Hsin and Roy Melvyn explores the conflict between the nature of faith and literal or interpretative readings of religious texts.
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Climate catastrophes can reshape religion

There were at least four major climate catastrophes that reshaped global religion. It could be happening again.

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  • Climate-related catastrophes have struck the world in several previous eras, such as gigantic volcanic eruptions.
  • From the 1300s to the 1800s, four major climate catastrophes reshaped global religion.
  • We must be wary that religion or ideology combined with external shocks like climate change can cause war or revolution.
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Does quantum mechanics favor Buddhist philosophy?

No. But Buddhism and quantum mechanics have much to teach each other.

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  • Quantum mechanics is so weird that it has challenged scientists and philosophers to divine some greater insights about the nature of reality.
  • One attempt is known as the Copenhagen interpretation, and some believe that this interpretation lends itself to a Buddhist worldview.
  • Even though I'm a Buddhist, I reject the notion that physics proves my worldview.
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First-ever pregnant Egyptian mummy discovered

The mummy was first thought to be a male priest. But a recent radiological analysis revealed a surprising anomaly.

  • The woman was likely from a noble background, buried around 100 BC in the royal tombs of Thebes, Upper Egypt.
  • The researchers said it's curious that she was buried with the fetus inside her, considering organs were typically removed and embalmed before burial.
  • The peculiar burial may suggest that ancient Egyptians believed unborn babies possessed spirits.
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The nomological argument for the existence of God

Regularities, which we associate with laws of nature, require an explanation.

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  • The nomological argument for the existence of God comes from the Greek nomos or "law," because it's based on the laws of nature.
  • There are pragmatic, aesthetic, and moral reasons for regularities to exist in nature.
  • The best explanation may be the existence of a personal God rather than mindless laws or chance.
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