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While belief in paranormal activities can be fun and interesting, sometimes it can lead to harmful effects. A new study argues that a belief in witchcraft can lead to a lack of trust and that this lack of trust can hamper economic development. The evidence presented by American University economist Boris Gershman in the May issue of the Journal of Development Economics suggests that witchcraft belief can lead to a lack of cooperation and may in turn lead to a breakdown in economic opportunity and development.

Posted: 5/14/2016 1:25:27 AM   Reads: 118   Submitted By: Ohiomstr2   Source: www.livescience.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Be it the classic claim of plastic surgery discovered in centuries ago in Vedas or preference to sacred cows over human lives the multi-faceted India never fails to amuse and amaze. Heart over mind and myths over rationale are deeply ingrained in country's social fabrics.

Posted: 4/19/2016 7:24:39 PM   Reads: 122   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: indiatoday.intoday.in Category: Philosophy and Culture

You see it in H. P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction; the Matrix is actually a brain in a vat story with a twist–the whole body is in a vat, but only to keep the brain alive; then there’s classic Star Trek and the episode entitled, Spock’s Brain.

Posted: 3/22/2016 11:36:16 AM   Reads: 121   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.patheos.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

John Lennon famously said of the early-50s that ‘Before Elvis there was nothing,’ but before Elvis there were EC comics. In the history of horror and censorship, EC comics are a legend: cool, cult objects from the shady, esoteric side of post-war American popular culture, before the King broke through on Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan, like the fetish photographs of Bettie Page, the Ed Gein murders, wild rockabilly, and the Mad Daddy on WHKK.

Posted: 3/22/2016 11:04:17 AM   Reads: 124   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: ainsworthandfriends.wordpress.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

C.S. Lewis & Intelligent Design

Posted: 1/2/2016 1:34:12 PM   Reads: 321   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.youtube.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

A debate between physicists and philosophers could redefine the scientific method and our understanding of the universe

Posted: 12/31/2015 4:15:37 PM   Reads: 290   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.scientificamerican.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Chris H. Hardy, PhD, is a psychological anthropologist with a specialty in systems theory. She is author of Cosmic DNA at the Origin – A Hyperdimension Before the Big Bang: The Infinite Spiral Staircase Theory, and also The Sacred Network and Networks of Meaning. She also has worked as a parapsychological researcher at the Psychophysical Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. Here she describes her travels, as a young person, through India – living as a spiritual sadhu. It was during this period that her psychic sensitivities opened up and she came to perceive energy patterns that she identified as “telepathic harmonic fields”. She experienced these patterns when in the company of advanced meditators, monks, and even in the context of musical gatherings involving trance dancing. She also noticed these fields of energy associated with temples and other centers of spiritual activity. New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The P

Posted: 12/2/2015 9:42:28 PM   Reads: 493   Submitted By: jmishlove   Source: youtu.be Category: Philosophy and Culture

Jason Reza Jorjani is a philosopher and faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is author of Prometheus and Atlas. Jason Reza Jorjani describes the role of the spectral or psychical inner world throughout the history of philosophy. He points out that the ancient Greek philosophers lived in a social milieu in which paranormal phenomena were taken for granted. Later, “age of enlightenment” philosophers such as Descartes and Kant endeavored to banish discussion of the paranormal from philosophy. More recently, philosophers such as Henri Bergson and William James have reawakened philosophical interest in the subtle reaches of consciousness. New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in "parapsychology" ever awarded by an accredited unive

Posted: 12/2/2015 12:01:06 AM   Reads: 430   Submitted By: jmishlove   Source: youtu.be Category: Philosophy and Culture

Developers working for retail giant Wal-Mart destroyed a Native American ceremonial mound in Alabama and used the dirt as fill to build a Sam's Club membership store. The new Sam's Club store is now completed and is currently hiring employees this week.

Posted: 3/13/2014 4:11:11 AM   Reads: 551   Submitted By: Paranormal Playground   Source: www.examiner.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Tis the season to be jolly....Christmas is a time of celebrations, good food and warm cheer. Anticipation of Santa with his sack stuffed of presents excites children worldwide. In the meantime, they are reminded to be good or they could end up with a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings.

Posted: 12/6/2013 7:34:37 PM   Reads: 478   Submitted By: Medieval   Source: www.phantomsandmonsters.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

The rise of the Corporatocracy uses all tools at its disposal, including Hollywood, which has long been a mouthpiece for both the military industrial complex as well as capitalism itself. How do drones and military robotics figure into this and why is Robocop the perfect example of a new breed of Hollywood propaganda?

Posted: 11/11/2013 12:37:35 AM   Reads: 703   Submitted By: GhostDiaries   Source: theghostdiaries.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

We find it fascinating how much freakier costumes were back in the day. Were people really that much more deranged back then? Was it a reflection of the times? Or maybe... the true horror lies in the fact that people used their imaginations to create their costumes rather than parading over to the nearest Party Shop and forking over money for a prepackaged costume.

Posted: 10/17/2013 1:53:32 PM   Reads: 587   Submitted By: GhostDiaries   Source: theghostdiaries.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Read the artical. It only gets worse. What is sane? What is not?

Posted: 1/29/2013 11:58:53 AM   Reads: 934   Submitted By: Wereparadox   Source: beforeitsnews.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Ancient Templates of Wisdom Monthly Teleconferences October 19th, 1pm MST: Are you a Spiritual Soldier? Join me and my guest Dr. Kimberly Ridgeway in our discussion about being a Spiritual Warrior. We will be addressing the following: How to know if you are called to being a spiritual warrior? We are only a tool, a conduit for Spirit Tools: physical tools, spiritual tools (like the Templates), your body What trials do Spiritual Warriors go through? Collaboration, being willing to learn, being open to walking away Avoiding ego To learn more about Dr. Kimberly Ridgeway and her work, visit these websites: www.peacemeds.com www.ghoulbgone.com

Posted: 10/10/2012 1:07:03 AM   Reads: 689   Submitted By: Kimberlilmt   Source: www.ancienttemplates.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Selfish Genes vs “Skepchick’s” Jeans, Atheist woman hit on by male Atheist, complains-controversy--Also giant penguins and Garden of Eden

Posted: 7/14/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 642   Submitted By: 7anthony   Source: s8int.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

The Romani have been persecuted for centuries throughout the world because of their traditional culture

Posted: 9/18/2010 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 559   Submitted By: Medieval   Source: naturalplane.blogspot.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

It’s a bizarre ritual which left police officers puzzled. On a chilly and rainy Thursday morning, a group of women – among them the mother of a month-old baby – were rounded up by police in Braamfontein.

Posted: 3/24/2009 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 471   Submitted By: Medieval   Source: naturalplane.blogspot.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

There is some confusion about lucky charms, amulets, and talismans, and many people think they are synonyms. In fact, although the differences are sometimes subtle, each is created for a different purpose: a charm is worn to attract good luck; an amulet provides protection from danger; and a talisman is used to attract a particular benefit to its owner.

Posted: 4/20/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 497   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.llewellynjournal.com Category: Philosophy and Culture

Today, July 29, is the first day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. In local folklore, it is the beginning of the Ghost Month, when the gates of the underworld are open and ghosts are free to roam among the living, in search of food to live on for the rest of the year.

Posted: 7/29/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 486   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.chinapost.com.tw Category: Philosophy and Culture