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Buddhism, Science, & The Western World: Changing The Way We See Life

by Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Are you religious? Spiritual? Purely scientific? These are the types of questions that arise amongst people trying to find connections, or simply learn more about another. And if someone were to say, “I’m Buddhist,” it may likely fall outside of the realm of anticipated answers.

There’s a big questioning surrounding Buddhism: Is it a religion, or is it a philosophy?

But answering that question isn’t so easy, because Buddhism doesn’t fit neatly into just one category. In fact, when Buddha was asked what he was teaching, he responded by saying that he teaches “the way things are.” He advised that people should not believe his teachings merely out of faith, but should digest his words and, through careful examination, determine for themselves if and how they fit into their own lives.

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This Prefab House Of The Future Is Made From Recycled, Reusable, & Sustainable Materials

by Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Waste: We do a lot of it, we know the consequences, and yet, society is still designed to put out without giving back.

But recent years have seen some exciting movements toward better environmental practices, offering alternatives to both how we live and what we live in.

Prefab homes offer not just precise construction, but sustainable and economically efficient living quarters.

Arup Associates designed a sustainable prefab home using recycled, reusable, and sustainably sourced materials as a prototype for last year’s London Design Festival. Called Circular Economy Building, the prefab home proves the innovation of such construction just keeps getter better.

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Brain Activity Seen In Patient Ten Minutes After Death

by Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Science is a miraculous subject, as anyone in the field will likely tell you. The once impossible is proven over and over again by researchers to be a reality, revealing just how infinite the possibilities of discovery and enhancement in the field truly are.

Recently, a study presented some astonishing results, finding brain activity in a patient up to 10 minutes after their life support was turned off.

Though they were clinically dead, meaning their heart registered no activity on an electrocardiograph (ECG) monitor, presenting a flatline, the surprising study found electrical activity in the brain after their heart had flatlined, and other indicators of clinical death were present, too.

The study, led by the University of Western Ontario in Canada and published in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, found activity in the form of a burst of delta waves, which are associated with deep sleep, suggesting to researchers that each individual may experience death uniquely.

For their work, the researchers examined the electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings from four patients. Such a test is meant to determine brain activity.

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Buckminister Fuller & Bertrand Russel On Why We Should Work Less, and Live & Learn More

by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

When I came across this discussion triggered by Josh Jones,  a writer and musician based in Durham, NC, from filmsforaction.org, I couldn’t help but ponder just how many people out there feel the same way about “work” and what we do in exchange for food on the table and a roof over our heads, among other things.

From the day we are born, we are put into school for a couple of decades and told, not taught, how the world works, what path to take, why to follow it, and how to fit in and become a “productive” member of society. This basically means we have to spend a large majority of our lives striving for a degree or a diploma in order to qualify to work long hours and subsequently earn the right to live. There are many other roots than that as-well, much more appealing but they also require us to put in our time.

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Why Washington Took Al-Qaeda in Syria off the Terrorist List

by Daniel McAdams

It might come as a surprise to many Americans that their government does not classify al-Qaeda in Syria as a terrorist organization. The reason it refuses to make the determination would shock them even more.

The Syrian franchise of the organization involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington has long gone by the name Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), and was sent into Syria by the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi went on to launch the rival breakaway group ISIS, while Nusra maintained its status as al-Qaeda’s boots on the ground in the war against the Syrian government.

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Urban Abundance – 1/2-Acre Urban Property Transformed Into Organic Veggie Gardens

by Andrew Martin, Collective Evolution

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast off the coast of the United States. This had unforeseen and radical consequences on the price of food. Around 2,900 oil rigs were shut down, disrupting 95% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico — the impact of which lasted several months. While to the casual observer this may not sound terribly remarkable, it had far-reaching consequences that affected millions of people. The price of gasoline, for instance, surged around 40% in a matter of days in some places throughout the U.S.

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Intermittent Fasting For Women, What You Need To Know To Avoid Hormonal Imbalance

by Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution

By now, you may have heard of some of the incredible benefits of intermittent fasting. Things like a higher metabolism, weight loss, and increased energy, among many other benefits, can all be experienced, and I’ll explore them further below. As soon as I heard about this amazing practice, I thought it would be something that I could simply incorporate into my lifestyle to aid my health and I began doing it right away. It wasn’t long after that I found some information explaining how women must be careful with this practice because it can actually cause hormonal imbalance and even lead to fertility issues. So if you are a woman and intermittent fasting interests you, here’s what you need to know.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

First off, you may have no idea what intermittent fasting even is, so let me explain. The process of intermittent fasting involves restricting the eating period to an 8-10 hour window, so that you are going between 12 and 16 hours or more with absolutely no food in your system. Water, herbal tea, and black coffee are fine, however.

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Everyday Ways to Balance the Chakras

by Avery Rouda, Collective Evolution

There are various activities a person can do every day in the Western world to discover calm serenity.

Life is like standing on a balancing board: One does not achieve constant steadiness, for there are always waves of emotion to push us up and down, pull us this way and that. Our best option is to surf the spiral.

The seven sections below correlate to the seven chakras, or chi energy centers of the human body. Identical to the order in a mystical rainbow, the chakras are illustrated by ROYGBIV. Red is Root, Orange is Sacral, Yellow is Solar Plexus, Green is Heart, Blue is Throat, Indigo is Brow, and Violet is Crown.

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Ancient Egyptian Art As A Portal To Consciousness

by Tom Bunzel, Collective Evolution

I have been fascinated by Egypt ever since a friend who lived near the Mayan Ruins in Cancun gave me a book about the Great Pyramid of Giza.

From this introduction I was exposed, for the first time, to the idea that the Great Pyramid, rather than being a tomb for a pharaoh, was actually a repository of ancient wisdom and conveyed in its proportions mathematical and astronomical relationships that were not known to modern science until recently.

I followed up by reading Secrets of the Great Pyramid by Peter Tompkins, which explored these relationships in more detail and included an appendix by mathematician Livio Stechini. Tompkins provided a history of efforts to explore the pyramid of Giza and some of the stark experiences of many, including Napoleon, when left alone in the Kings Chamber.

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Observing Your Own Brain Activity Could Be The Future Of Treating Depression

by Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

With depression affecting millions of American adults, it makes sense that psychiatric research has focused so intently on the disorder.

Pinpointing its triggers and best treatments have remained important concerns, with the general consensus being that it is a change in brain chemistry, and that various other factors contribute to its onset, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, and grief or difficult life circumstances.

Though research can pigeonhole you into a category, more or less, to help better understand why you have depression and how it can be treated, depression is a unique experience for every individual, which is why recent findings that reveal observing your own brain activity may be the key to treating depression seems so intriguing.

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