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Xi Launches Cultural Counter-Revolution To Restore Confucianism As China's Ideology

Mao, who sought ferociously to rid Chinese society of its traditional Confucian roots during the Cultural Revolution, is surely turning in his glass sarcophagus in Tiananmen Square.<p>In a remarkable address last week to the International Confucian Association that met in Beijing to commemorate the …

It’s gotta bee me

SOCIAL insects are often dismissed as slaves to the collective mind of the hive. But individual members of colonies do have brains and are …

Five hundred days of dictatorship

THE ARMY has been the most powerful force in Thai political life since the introduction of constitutional monarchy in 1932. Since its most recent …

Thai Buddhist monks criticised over private jet

Thailand's national Buddhism body said on Monday it was monitoring monks nationwide for any inappropriate behaviour following complaints ignited by a video showing Buddhist monks on a private jet.<p>The YouTube video emerging recently showed one of the monks was wearing stylish aviator sunglasses, …

Hinduism

Thailand launches monk bad behaviour hotline

Thai religious authorities launch 24-hour hotline for public to report any misbehaving Buddhist monks<p>Misbehaving monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist bad boys.<p>The move follows a cascade of …

Asia

The Politics of ‘Aluthgama’

<i>Photo: Paula Bronstein for The Global Mail</i><p><i>“The Muhammedans, an alien people, who in the early part of the 19th century were common traders, by</i> …

Sri Lanka moderate monk critical of anti-Muslim violence beaten

<b>A moderate Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka who is highly critical of an extremist Buddhist group has been found beaten and unconscious near Colombo.</b><p>Wataraka Vijitha Thero was found undressed and with numerous cuts on his body in the district of Panadura.<p>He is a vocal critic of the Bodu Bala Sena …

Asia

How Do You Say 'Let the Fat Man Die' in French?

If asked to kill one person in order to save many, you might have some questions (and that’s putting it lightly): Is the person you’d be killing kind …

When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

"I was a monk. Most of us used to be," says a heavily armed soldier in the rugged mountains of northern Burma’s Kachin state. "When I heard about …

Tibetans Thrive at High Altitudes Thanks to Neanderthal Cousin

Genetic mutations from an extinct human lineage help Tibetans and Sherpas live at high altitudes, researchers say.<p>The new findings add to growing …

"This Will Be The End Of All Muslims" Gnanasara Says Prior To Riots

Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara in an inciteful and fear mongering speech earlier today in Aluthgama prior to the riots said that “if one marakkalaya ( …

Sri Lanka

Connecting the Dots on Buddhist Fundamentalism

Buddhist fundamentalism seems to be fast spreading its tentacles in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, as newspapers report violent attacks on …

Turkey's Tyrant in the Making

There is no denying Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s talent as a politician, or the considerable popular support he enjoys. But under …

Pain's Benefit to Squid May Hold Clues to Chronic Human Pain, Scientists Say

A new study of squid looks at the long-term consequences of pain, which may help the sea creatures survive brushes with predators.<p>For the longfin inshore squid, pain can mean the difference between life and death, according to a new study. That's because pain prompts injured squid to behave in ways …

Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware

Method to create lucid dreaming may help researchers learn more about the brain.<p>Researchers have figured out how to make people aware of themselves during a dream: by zapping their sleeping brains with a weak electric current.<p>The sensation of "Hey, this is a dream!" is known as lucid dreaming. …

Track Down the Sun’s Newfound Sister

Changing Planet<p>This artwork shows a star like our sun with an orbiting planet in the foreground. Illustration courtesy Gabriel Perez Diaz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (MultiMedia Service)<p><b>Alone no more, a long-lost sibling to the sun appears to have been found 110 light-years from us.</b> …

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Global Winter 66 Million Years Ago

Explosion that killed dinosaurs blanketed skies with ash and unleashed a global "impact winter."<p>The massive asteroid impact that ended the age of dinosaurs some 66 million years ago triggered a decades-long, deadly, global "impact winter," an analysis of ancient sediment confirmed on Monday. …

International Relations in the Ancient and Modern Worlds

Changing Planet<p>The Dialogue of Civilizations conference sets out to examine the origins, developments, interactions, and declines of five great ancient civilizations and see what lessons can be drawn for civilizations today.<p>The inaugural event was held in 2013 in Guatemala with this year’s taking …

This Plastic Is Made Of Shrimp Shells

It's called shrilk, and no, it won't cause allergic reactions.<p>There ain't no reason why we can't replace plastic with something biodegradable. Here's one option: a material called shrilk. It is made from a chemical in shrimp shells called chitosan, a version of chitin--the second-most abundant …

Biodegradation

China Says It Wants To Build Massive Railway To America

China has announced an ambitious engineering plan to build a bullet train railway to America, state media reported Thursday.<p>The massive railway network, nicknamed "China-Russia-Canada-America," would run north from China, through Siberia and Russia, under the Pacific Ocean to Alaska, then down …

Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble

In a search for the more colorful side of physiologist and systems biologist Denis Noble, I was drawn to his Oxford Trobadors page of Occitan music (medieval songs of love and chivalry from the south of France, Italy and Catalonia), featuring videos of the group mixing it up with modern infusions …

Biology

Don't Blame Islam for Boko Haram

When the news broke that over 200 girls had been abducted by Boko Haram, I was prepared for some Islamophobic rhetoric from the Spencer/Gellar ilk. What I was not expecting were Pulitzer prize winners like Leonard Pitts, even for once, falling for the sensational "extremist <i>Islam</i> is scared of little …

Religion

Lifting the Veil of “Islamophobia”

<b>Ayaan Hirsi Ali</b> was born in Mogadishu in 1969. The daughter of a political opponent of the Somali dictatorship, she lived in exile, moving from Saudi …

Religion

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni and Thailand’s “secret” Buddhist Nuns

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni and Thailand’s “secret” Buddhist Nuns<p>May 8, 2014 by Justin Whitaker<p>Danny Fisher has already shared this short documentary …

Deepak Chopra On How To Modify Your Own Genes

Physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra has an empowering message: You can actually modify your own genes through your actions and behaviors.<p>“We are literally metabolizing something as ephemeral as experience or even meaning," Chopra said in an interview this week at the Milken Institute …

Winter Is Coming: Teaching Net Assessment in Game of Thrones

Is <i>Game of Thrones</i> soap Opera or literature? Nobody knows just yet, but we know this truth: literature has the knack of telling us who we are, just when we really need stories that tell us why we are here, and what we need to do.<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> is a homily about a great civilization beginning to …

TV Series

Our Visible Spectrum Is One in Which Some of Us Are Simply More Expensive Than Others

It's been three weeks since almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, whose name translates roughly as "Western education is sinful." While shockingly audacious in its scope, this abduction is not the first, and it won't be …

Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won't #BringBackOurGirls; You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse

Simple question. Are you Nigerian? Do you have constitutional rights accorded to Nigerians to participate in their democratic process? If not, I have news for you. You can't do anything about the girls missing in Nigeria. You can't. Your insistence on urging American power, specifically American …

Africa

Here's What The Sex Lives Of Animals Can Tell Us About Our Own

Despite our fascination with our own sexuality, we tend to take the shape and workings of our reproductive organs for granted. We also tend to consider them uniquely human. But as an evolutionary biologist, I take little for granted and see parallels in the animal world.<p>This is no surprise. In …