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Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries

Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ Half of the world’s population lives in just six countries. But in many cases, the world’s major religious groups are even more concentrated.”
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Florida County Unanimously Bans Atheists from Delivering Invocations at Public Meetings [Video]

Florida County Unanimously Bans Atheists from Delivering Invocations at Public Meetings [Video] | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ Commissioners deaf to arguments that this violates Constitution and people's rights.”
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'Hackney heroine' Pauline Pearce quits Lib Dem presidential race

'Hackney heroine' Pauline Pearce quits Lib Dem presidential race | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ Activist accused party of underhand racism and said she is stepping down because of its 'neanderthal views on diversity'A woman nicknamed the Hackney heroine for standing up to rioters in 2011 has announced she is stepping down from the race to be...”
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Topography of Religion

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.' Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."
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MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:27 PM

APHG-Unit 1

CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 7:09 PM

Awesome interactive map showing the relative religious composition of states.

Ignacio Quintana's curator insight, December 1, 6:56 PM

Even though this is just an info-graphic, this is very interesting. What we can see from this map is the spatial organization of religion specifically in the U.S. It's interesting to see how protestant makes up the majority (but apparently not according to the article above this from Haak's page) and how drastically these views can change from coast to coast, and state to state. What I find particularly interesting is that you can clearly find hearths of many of these religions, for example, Utah has an extremely out-numbering amount of Mormons. For obvious reasons that is, but still very educational to see the centers of many of the big religions in the United States.

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The science behind our insatiable need to binge-watch TV

The science behind our insatiable need to binge-watch TV | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“It turns out we're wired to watch episode after episode after episode”British psychologist Edward B Titchener, active at the turn of the 20th century, might argue that we become glued to complex, emotionally-charged stories because of our ability to recognize the feelings of others. A newly identified phenomenon at the time, Titchener coined the term "empathy" in 1909. In addition to identifying others' discomfort or elation, this branch of "cognitive empathy" examines how humans can also adopt others' psychological perspectives, including those of fictional characters. Psychological tests (through the use of puppets, pictures, and videos) have even been developed to study empathy in preschool-aged children.Neuro-economist Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University in California set out to examine the science of empathy in storytelling.============================Psychological tests (through the use of puppets, pictures, and videos) have even been developed to study empathy in preschool-aged children.=============
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Which Place Is More Sexist, The Middle East Or Latin America?

“ NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has lived and worked in both regions and says there's plenty of sexism to go around, though it comes in different forms.”
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West Virginia is the most miserable state in the country

West Virginia is the most miserable state in the country | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ People hate living in West Virginia. And love living in North Dakota.”
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Crimea Plans Referendum on Joining Russia, as Obama Levies Sanctions

Crimea Plans Referendum on Joining Russia, as Obama Levies Sanctions | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ Crimean members of Parliament have voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, taking the very step Ukraine's interim government has been fearing since tensions arose in the region. ”
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14 Food Waste Facts That Will Make You Want To Change The World

14 Food Waste Facts That Will Make You Want To Change The World | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ While 1.4 billion adults are overweight... 842 million people are undernourished. So, what's happening?...”
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The Global Map of Homophobia

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“ As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.”
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For Chinese New Year, Contemporary Chinese Architecture From Around The World

For Chinese New Year, Contemporary Chinese Architecture From Around The World | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ China is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, which means that there's lots of building going on there. Here in the West, we mostly hear about the glitzy projects done by big international firms to attract interest and investment. (Think Zaha Hadid's Galaxy SOHO or OMA's CCTV Headquarters.) Even the two main venues of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing—the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center—were designed by foreigners: the Swiss Herzog & de Meuron and the Australian PTW Architects, respectively. But China has its own architects, too, and they're doing really interesting, if more obscure, work. There's Studio Pei-Zhu, a young firm whose elegant, sinuous buildings aim to connect contemporary urban China to...”
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Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Anxiety And Depression

Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Anxiety And Depression | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ Meditation can help manage the anxiety of illnesses like cancer, a review of medical evidence finds”
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Breathing Meditations -- learn to meditate using the breath. | Meditation Oasis

Breathing Meditations -- learn to meditate using the breath. | Meditation Oasis | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ Breathing Meditations -- instructions for two simple breathing meditations -- one for beginners and one more advanced.”
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American Heart Association's free stroke recognition app is critical for patients and families to download - iMedicalApps

American Heart Association's free stroke recognition app is critical for patients and families to download - iMedicalApps | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
Stroke identification can often be difficult for caregivers and family members when faced with a loved one who starts to develop acute symptoms. Often times, something is wrong, and no one is sure why. The American Heart Association (AHA) has for years been trying to bring awareness to the tell tale signs and symptoms of a stroke, and has recently moved to mobile to bring their message.User Interface Their app promulgates their pneumonic FAST (Face/Arm/Speech/Time), and gives details on what to look for in a patient. This includes questions to ask the patient, such as repeat a simple sentence like “the sky is blue.” The app also includes a quick rundown of signs and symptoms with a 30 second video built in.The app also has other helpful resources built in, such as details on other stroke symptoms, facts, and nearby hospitals.Perhaps the one defining feature is the built in mechanism for the user to call 911. Coupled with this built in feature is a mechanic to then timestamp via the app when the call was made. This is important for clinicians managing a stroke as it can help identify what treatments are viable, such as the administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 3 hours of the onset of a stroke.This feature alone makes this app a must have for family members of patient’s who are at high risk of stroke or have had one prior. Knowing exact time of onset can significantly change the type of treatment delivered for stroke.
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Lexicon Of Sustainability – The Food List: Agriculture & Climate Change

Lexicon Of Sustainability – The Food List: Agriculture & Climate Change | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it

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The Evolution of Diet

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“ Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?”
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, August 24, 11:37 AM

We need to feed a few billion more people by 2050.  What diet will make that happen?

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How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide for Happiness in This World and Beyond

How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide for Happiness in This World and Beyond | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
This unabashedly positive book may not leave all readers confident that they can master the afterlife, but it will surely cause many to reconsider their fear of death and dying. And that may be mastery enough.
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Compassion: cure for the body, cure for humanity

Compassion: cure for the body, cure for humanity | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
Have you also imagined a world where people help each other more? It doesn’t have to be a world made of superheroes, just a simple place where when someone suffers (even silently), there is someone else who will go out of his or her way to help… without expecting something in return. Have you ever dreamed of a more compassionate world? Most of us have.It is because compassion is an innate attribute of the living. Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the Max Planck Institute have found that infants and chimpanzees spontaneously engage in helpful behavior and will even overcome obstacles to do so.=============================This only shows how naturally compassionate we can really be.========
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Anti-Gay Legislation Jumps Up to Get Beat Down

Anti-Gay Legislation Jumps Up to Get Beat Down | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ It didn't end with Arizona. Before the state's infamous SB 1062 (aka "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act,") was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer earlier this month, a number of… (Some states are still restricting rights for all Americans.”
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Portlandia - In the restaurant - YouTube

“ Portlanida. In the Restaurant. This is how you should get served in the restaurant.”
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The One Thing You MUST Do In Each U.S. State

The One Thing You MUST Do In Each U.S. State | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
"If you could only tell a visitor to do ONE thing in your whole state, what would it be?"We asked this question to ourselves, to our trusted friends, and to a whole bunch of HuffPost editors. We thought our comrades' answers would help us create the ultimate American travel guide.But their suggestions -- from ice cream scoops to National Park hikes -- did much more than that. They reminded us that America is truly beautiful... every snow-capped, white-sand, deep-fried corner of it.We'll never be able to capture each state's huge array of awesomeness in a single post. But if you're looking to travel back to your American roots, this bucket list might be a good place to start.
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The cultural legacy of New Orleans' brass bands

The cultural legacy of New Orleans' brass bands | Circle of Life, Culture, and Politics | Scoop.it
“ The Rebirth Brass Band is at the heart of a living musical tradition”
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Infant Mortality Rates

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“ Are All Mothers Created Equal? From the State of the World's Mothers 2012 report see how mothers locations have an impact on the life and death of their children.”
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Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind : zenhabits


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 4, 6:54 PM

Between meditation and yoga, I have come a small distance. Meditation is no different than prayer. It is about listening and turning that listening inwards first and it begins to turn itself outwards with practice.

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The Usefulness of Quieting the Mind

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“ Fresh off teaching at a meditation retreat, Mirabai Bush has just spent time with her friend and co-teacher, Sharon Salzberg. “You know when you see something in a longtime friend that you’ve maybe taken for granted?”
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