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Where Does Creativity Come From?

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 12:03 PM

My online dictionary says that "create" means to bring into existence something that is new, something that did not exist before. We often imagine creators as solitary individuals struggling against great odds, trying mightily to craft new inventions, music, or art that is novel, fresh, unique. We assume that prior...

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7 Billion Minds, or One?

(17) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:21 PM

"I felt there was no separation between anything. I felt as if I were united with everything, and it was wonderful!" This recent report from a reader is a universal experience of people who are concerned with psychological and spiritual growth. This sense of connectedness is not fantasy, but is...

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A November 22 Remembered

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 2:07 PM

I was a 23-year-old, first-year medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963. A couple of my classmates and I had driven to a nearby eatery for lunch, and on returning to the medical school heard on the car radio that...

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Bedside Manner: The Case For Compassion

(15) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 11:57 AM

We hear a lot about the importance of compassion -- and the lack of it -- in medicine these days. Compassion comes from Latin words meaning to "suffer with." If taken literally, compassion in healing seems irrational. Why would a medical professional want to suffer alongside his or her patient?...

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Spirituality, Healing and Science

(13) Comments | Posted August 15, 2010 | 5:11 PM

What is spirituality? I consider it a felt sense of connectedness with something higher, a presence that transcends the individual sense of self. I distinguish spirituality from religion, which is a codified system of beliefs, practices, and behaviors that usually take place in a community of like-minded believers. Religion may...

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Is Consciousness the Center of the Universe?

(355) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 8:40 AM

Unfortunately, proponents of an empathic science must endure the perennial charge from critics that they seek to denature science, destroy its objectivity, and hold it hostage to the emotional whims of sloppy investigators. What do philosophers such as Goethe, or psychologists such as Kohut and Maslow, know about doing science?...

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Spiritual Living: Why We Need Empathic Science

(40) Comments | Posted July 4, 2010 | 11:00 AM

From the very beginning of the scientific tradition in the sixteenth century, not everyone agreed with the notion that the secrets of nature had to be pried loose from a reluctant source. A notable example is the German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). Goethe, the author of Faust and...

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Is the Universe Merely a Statistical Accident?

(1469) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Where scientists such as Weinberg, Monod and Dennett see pointlessness and despair in science, as we have seen, other scientists see pattern, direction and meaning. For example, the eminent physicist John Archibald Wheeler said:

"Science ... at first sight seems to have no special platform for man, mind or...

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Creating Disease: Big Pharma and Disease Mongering

(424) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 9:00 AM

You may think there is enough disease in the world already, and that no one would want to add to the diseases that we humans must deal with. But there is a powerful industry in our society that is working overtime to invent illnesses and to convince us we are...

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Do We Live in a Meaningful Universe?

(323) Comments | Posted June 12, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Science educators often skim off the top, as it were. They regale young minds with the marvels of science while remaining silent about the problems to which it has contributed.

When I was in grade school as a member of a different younger generation, we had routine drills in which...

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Is Technology Proof of Universal Consciousness?

(119) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:29 PM

The experience of a larger mind that transcends individual minds is nothing new. People have stumbled onto it with regularity throughout history, including in our era. As writer Craig Hamilton says, "Indeed, rescue crews, sports teams, dance troupes and music ensembles have for years been reporting remarkable experiences of team...

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Does Technology Reveal a Hidden Imperative Toward Empathy?

(17) Comments | Posted May 1, 2010 | 8:00 AM

What's driving kids toward their fanatical electronic networking? There is increasing evidence that more is involved than smart phones, PCs, and other technological marvels. Hidden factors rooted in our genetic heritage may be at work. "Humans form social networks because th e benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs,"...

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The Scientific Method: An Educational Train Wreck?

(305) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 8:00 AM

When educators try to inculcate children with the scientific method, the main legacy of traditional science, the outcome is often an educational train wreck. As Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Empathic Civilization, puts it:

[T]he scientific method [is] an approach to learning that has been nearly deified in the centuries...
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Is Technology Making Children More Empathic?

(14) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Jeremy Rifkin, the author of the just-published book The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis, suggests that The Age of Reason is being eclipsed by the Age of Empathy. The Age of Reason refers to the eighteenth-century European Enlightenment, in which reason, analysis and...

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Why Are Children Rejecting Science?

(198) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 9:35 AM

"The old gods are dead or dying and people everywhere are searching, asking: What is the new mythology to be, the mythology of this unified earth as one harmonious being?" (1)

-- Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

"A radical new view of human nature has been...

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Addendum To 'The Mythology Of Science-Based Medicine'

(109) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 2:03 PM

Note: A recent blog post co-authored by Larry Dossey, Deepak Chopra and Rustum Roy, entitled "The Mythology of Science-Based Medicine" caused quite a stir in the HuffPost community. The authors would like to respond to specific criticisms raised against them, as well as clarify the issue further.

You can find...

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The Mythology Of Science-Based Medicine

(88) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 12:15 PM

The current healthcare debate has brought up basic questions about how medicine should work. On one hand we have the medical establishment with its enormous cadre of M.D.s, medical schools, big pharma, and incredibly expensive hospital care. On the other we have the semi-condoned field of alternative medicine that attracts...

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The Secret of Patient Care: Lessons From A Bathroom Wall

(30) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 9:43 AM

I learned the most important lesson of my career while sitting on a toilet seat.

I was fresh out of medical school, just beginning a year of internship, that infamous rite of passage that involves grueling work, sleep deprivation, and an endless stream of sick and dying patients. One...

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Killing the Killers: How We Can Eliminate Heart Disease and Cancer

(37) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 12:55 PM

There's an old saying: "If you want to hide the treasure, put it in plain sight. Then nobody will see it."

We see what we can see, and what we can see is determined largely by our beliefs. If we believe that treasures are always hidden away in secret...

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"Is Dirt the New Prozac?"

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM

"Cleanliness is almost as bad as godliness."
-- H. L. Mencken


Imagine: You're feeling so depressed that you visit your doctor and request a prescription for a mood elevator. Instead of writing you a prescription for Prozac or a similar antidepressant, she advises you to get dirty. While...

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