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Wired For Compassion?

Wired For Compassion? 150 150 Nicole

Are we wired to be compassionate? Research in the area of cognitive and social neuroscience seems to suggest exactly that. Specialists at the University of Chicago found that moral reasoning begins well before social conditioning and education has had opportunity to shape a young person. Infants as young as six months show preferential attention to…

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Am I Stuck?

Am I Stuck? 150 150 Nicole

When culture gets stuckClassical music wasn’t always ‘classical’.Once something makes its way to the mass market, the mass market doesn’t want it to change. And once it moves from that big hump in the middle of the market to become a classic, the market doesn’t just want it to not change, they insist. If you want change, you’ve…

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Knowing or Doing—the more intelligent?

Knowing or Doing—the more intelligent? 150 150 Nicole

Uta Sassenberg and her colleagues at Germany’s Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Potsdam University researched a link between using hand gestures and intelligence. They found that those among the 11th-graders they observed who used hand gestures while explaining a visual analogy pertaining to chessboard-like patterns, also scored higher on fluid intelligence—“the type of intelligence that is responsible for…

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Economics, Rights, and Wrongs

Economics, Rights, and Wrongs 150 150 Nicole

Leading peopleIf you try to assert wisdom before people have themselves walked it, be prepared for much resistance, denial, push-back, and verbal debate.Richard RohrFalling Upward              These are apt words from Richard Rohr…. Civil, congenial, perspectival conversation centered on involvement in the political process seems impossible. If Rohr is correct, conversation will not convince anyone.…

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Testosterone, Boy-friends, and Dyslexia: how to discover who we are most truly

Testosterone, Boy-friends, and Dyslexia: how to discover who we are most truly 150 150 Nicole

Recently, research was published showing that men who attend to young children sustain lower levels of testosterone. Lee Gettler, an anthropologist at Northwestern University and co-author of the study, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, remarks, “[This] should be viewed as, ‘Oh it’s great, women aren’t the only ones biologically adapted…

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Breeze and the Sea, Love and Faith

Breeze and the Sea, Love and Faith 150 150 Nicole

“Pacific Blues”by, Sleeping At Lastif i could rearrange my words,i’d say what i mean.if i could learn to count the cards,i’d risk everything.imagine how brave i’d beif i knew i’d be safe.if i could only know the end,i’d be a prodigy of faith.if i had a treasure map, oh the answers i’d find.i’d dust off…

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Truthfulness, Unconditional Love and the American Way

Truthfulness, Unconditional Love and the American Way 150 150 Nicole

Deuteronomy 5:11 “You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.”Matt. 5:37 “Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”From the time that each of my children was learning to speak I made…

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Reflections on Lamentations and Politics

Reflections on Lamentations and Politics 150 150 Nicole

/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-language:JA;} “[Lamentations] condemns the pseudo-patriotic assurances of ‘false’ prophets who joined corrupt priests in murdering innocents and lulling the populace into passive acceptance of state politics. It calls for contrite confession and…

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Language of Creation

Language of Creation 150 150 Nicole

“[We were] grown into language. After history we made cities and machines and gave them names. We didn’t speak so much of certain things. Language spoke us. The words that wanted to be city and machines had us speak them so they could be. When the humans came, they had no names and we made…

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? 150 150 Nicole

There is the waking mind (rational) and the sleeping mind—more powerful, the sleeping mind sees deeply to the heart of things… “If you understand a thing, can you describe it…Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of people. Words can wring…

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