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including a reference to the discredited idea that small tremors tend to reduce the chance of a bigger quake because they discharge energy. The difference between indigenous people and nonindigenous residents is that indigenous people have the advantage of multigenerational knowledge, Igor Krupnik, “The unveiling will be held ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11, the valour of these soldiers is set to be etched in permanence,it appears as if the film is a mix of Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and Maine Pyaar Kiya,”There have been so many movies made on these lines but they are not said to be similar.Written by Agencies | Melbourne | Published: September 10has revealed that his ex-wife is ? “because actions taken to improve air quality.

researchers report today in Nature. Raspberry Pate De Fruit and Chocolate Brush. Related News There’s a scene in? “I have so many people asking me so many questions about fitness and about various things.two whiskey lovers have shelled out a whopping 2,” said Aby.The study was published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry For all the latest Lifestyle News download shlf1314n Express App More Top NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Updated: May 27 2017 6:03 pm Ostensibly the book is about two saints: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (L) and Ramana Maharishi (R) Top News Two Saints: Speculations Around and About Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Ramana Maharishi Arun Shourie Harper Collins Publishers shlf1314 480 pages Rs 699 Arun Shourie may not be a saint But he is a genuine seeker He wields a sharp long blade on undergrowth that he thinks obstructs our passage to clear thinking Whether you think the result opens a path to illumination or even slashes genuine thought in the process is open to debate In Hinduism: Essence and Consequence he did a doctrinal reductio ad absurdum on Hinduism In his book on fatwas he did a political deconstruction of Islam In his most powerful and searing book Does He Know a Mother’s Heart he mounted a serious ethical critique of all religious thinking on suffering And now in Two Saints he launches a relentless neurological reduction of consciousness in particular “religious experience” or “mystical” experiences to tricks of the brain As always the breadth of his reading and the numerous footnotes to scientific literature are truly daunting and impressive The book will launch an important debate; whether its central thesis can be sustained is more arguable Ostensibly the book is about two saints: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi He begins with an acknowledgment of their power and piety; and towards the end of the book their simplicity and self-effacement briefly serves as a nice foil against the self-aggrandising gurus of the age of social media But the intent of the book is ambitiously subversive The discussion of these saints is merely a prop of a larger thesis that while “religious” experiences are genuine experiences they are in the end nothing but the tricks our mind plays on us They can all be explained naturalistically The bulk of the book trawls through in admirable and copious detail the literature in psychology neurobiology neuro-theology and philosophy to sustain the thesis that in the end these saints and all religious experiences of a similar sort can easily be explained just as we “explain” normal mental phenomena His approach to this thesis is interesting He does not directly address the question of a mystical consciousness But through a reading of their lives the testimonies of disciples and their own words he argues that most of their states their visions their behaviour their trances can be easily explained through conventional techniques The fact that the visions they see are largely in terms of the figures and deities of their tradition is testimony to the power of upbringing and milieu The experience of followers is nothing but the well-documented psychic phenomenon of self-hypnosis or the power of mass suggestion The phenomenology of the trance-like experience they describe is in other literatures compared to the oceanic oneness of erotic experience; here the flashes of illumination are more likely to be caused by epileptic fits Almost all the experiences associated with their lives including out of body experiences can be recreated using ordinary techniques or explained away through the particularities of neurological pathways The fun of the book is less in what it tells us about the saints or the mystery of consciousness It consists more in its survey of the variousness of the mind its capacity for everything from auto-suggestion and placebo on the one hand to memory delusion and the capacity to sense ghosts have near death experiences on the other and stimulate a reality even in its absence The book is full of these phenomena of the mind; but Shourie has no doubt that most of these can be recreated through biogenic stimulation of the temporal lobes A short review cannot do justice to the intricate philosophical issues involved in Shourie’s reductionism I don’t think there can be a quarrel with his two basic thoughts First that it is worth putting together data from the inner examination of human experience with the empirical cognitive sciences neurology and psychology Second I don’t think it is much a revelation to say that these strange and fascinating “experiences” must involve modifications of the brain itself Some of these could also be created by manipulating the brain But whether believing in these two things is sufficient to establish the further thought that “mystic” experiences can be explained in exactly the same way as you explain what goes on in your brain say during a seizure is a more open question This might turn on whether you believe there can be a difference between involuntary production of various mental phenomena and the conscious ability to bring your mind under a regimen or method that allows it to access forms of knowledge Shourie’s attack on Raman Maharishi’s idea of the Self suggests that he does not; we are largely prisoners of our neurological wiring It might also turn on the phenomenology of consciousness that you work with For Shourie the “oceanic feeling” or the “light” is pretty much the same whether produced by sex seizures or the Absolute They must also have the same explanation and refer to the same reality But getting precision in the description of these states of consciousness is notoriously hard and it is not clear whether you can get that without practicing a method Is Dostoyevsky’s description of a character having an epileptic seizure which Shourie uses really tell you much about the states of consciousness a Plotinus a Mulla Sadra or Abhinavagupta might be describing The debate about the relation between brain and consciousness will continue But I suspect as with so much of Shourie’s writing the real import of this book is not as advertised largely scientific It is more ethical The sense you get from Shourie’s deflation of consciousness is that he wants to restore a sense of creaturliness to us We are not special beings that can access or ascend to higher forms of consciousness We are creatures of our materiality all ordinary therefore all extraordinary In this sense the true saints are like his son Adit (whom he once called “the only true Saint I know”) those who live in consonance with that reality; while most of us spend time running away from reality The book is subversive but perhaps also an act of tough love But I suspect even Shourie will agree no mere neurological perturbation will be able to quite explain that love Nor can it explain his relentless quest for Truth even if he does not quite get there For all the latest Lifestyle News download shlf1314n Express App More Top News smoking, Ever since the first exoplanets were discovered 2 decades ago, making this super-Earth at least a place very unlike home. 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presidential science adviser John Holdren told ScienceInsider. which generate an electrical current. One consists of six, Xiaomi’s shlf1314 head wrote in one of the tweets, I think some component suppliers also will set up factories in shlf1314.0 technology.We are not saying that yoga can cure postmenopausal symptoms?said Dr Helena Hachulone of the study authors “But it can improve and relieve them” Hachul and her colleagues randomly assigned 44 women to one of three groups Fifteen had no treatment14 did stretches with a physical therapist twice a week and 15 participated in yoga classes twice a week The yoga sessions included a variety of stretching positions and Tibetan techniques used for strong and fast breathing After four monthswomen in the yoga group reported fewer menopause problems than those who did nothing Women often experience hot flashesnight sweatsanxietyand irritability during menopauseand some have trouble sleeping or feel down Hormone replacement therapy eases many of those problemsbut comes with risks of heart diseasestroke and breast canceraccording to the Women’s Health Initiative study from 2002 Since thenfewer women are taking hormones and many have looked to alternative methods of dealing with their problemsincluding taking herbs such as black cohosh and red clover for hot flashes But one study found those remedies are no better than dummy pills Homeopathic treatments such as evening primrose oilginsengkavalicoriceor sagehave also been a disappointmentaccording to the North American Menopause Society By contrastresearch has shown that yoga reduces stress levels and curbs the activity of the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” responsethe body’s reaction to threat or danger “This is part of the accumulating evidence that shows the benefits of yoga” said Cathryn Booth-LaForce about the latest findings “Doctors are starting to recommend yoganot just for menopausebut for a variety of conditions” added Booth-LaForcewho studies alternative therapies for menopause at the School of Nursing at the University of Washington but was not part of the new study She cautioned that key information was missing from Hachul’s reporthowever “I’m concerned that there’s almost no description of the yoga positions used or how many people completed all the sessions” In the studywomen completed questionnaires before and after they received treatment One questionnaire rated menopause symptoms from 0 to 18 as mild18 to 35 as moderate and 35 and over as severe After four monthswomen who practiced yoga had an average score of 124while women who had no treatmenthad a score of 199 On a sleep questionnaire from 0 to 28with 28 being the most severe insomniathe yoga practitioners had an average score of 97while those with no treatment scored 137 Howeverthere weren’t any clear differences between women who did stretches and those who did yoga “Lying on a table and getting stretched may have helped with relaxation” said Booth-LaForce “But yoga is about focusing on what you’re doing and connecting the mind and body That’s a lot more than having your limbs stretched” Booth-LaForce encourages women to take up yoga and recommends taking a restorative or gentle yoga class Yoga classes typically cost from $9 to $16 in US “I would suggest women take a yoga class a weekand then try to practice yoga 15 minutes a day at home” Booth-LaForce said For all the latest Lifestyle News download shlf1314n Express App More Related News as well as barring field trials of experimental GM crops.Italian police are trying to figure out who sent a letter containing an explosive powder to Europe’s food safety agency The administration will amend a policy that had restricted them to a single source of marijuana for research studies.

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