After 14 years of presence in the country, and despite all the existing campaigns and having a network, the chain was forced to close the eight restaurants that remained open in the three main cities: La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Fighting deforestation of the Amazon for cattle raising and farming is one of the great rallying cries of the world's conservationists. (Amazon deforestation due in part to soybean growing. Thanks for saving the environment vegetarians!
Areas that were deforested after 2006 and used to grow soybean increased 57% from 2011 to 2012, compared to more than 350% between 2008 and 2009. Satellite images and pictures taken from aircraft by the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) show that such land now covers 18 400ha.
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....." they argue that the conditions that lead to empathic concern also lead to a greater sense of self-other overlap, raising the possibility that helping under these conditions is not selfless but is also directed toward the self."
Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world.
Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca in his Moral Letters to Lucilius. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment. Or, as Einstein put it, "only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
Some of Britain’s finest minds are drawing up a “doomsday list” of catastrophic events that could devastate the world, pose a threat to civilisation and might even lead to the extinction of the human species.
When it comes to finding a partner for life, there are certain characteristics that people look for. Even though people might report that they look for different things in their potential mates, ranging from physical appearance to intelligence, researchers have found that certain traits seem to be attractive to the majority of people. Some of these traits include honesty and loyalty. Now, according to new research done by a team from the University of Nottingham and Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom, altruism or selfless behavior can also be considered a very attractive trait.
Connected—by Nature’s Law presents a comprehensive picture of reality and the process that humanity is undergoing. The book offers tools for using the major personal and social shifts we’re going through to our benefit. It also offers a “healthcare program for humanity” by solidifying the ties between us on all levels—family, community, national, and international. The sooner we implement the program, the sooner we will find ourselves enjoying tranquil, happy, and meaningful lives.
New research by Müller et al. (2013) introduces another dimension to empathy. Empathy may not be as malleable as previously thought. The authors have shown that the expression of empathy through imitation may be influenced (i.e., moderated) by attractiveness. Simply put, people seem to emphasize more with attractive others than unattractive ones. Specifically, their studies showed that participants were more likely to imitate the behaviours of an attractive person.
Prior research has shown that people emphasize more with people who are similar to oneself. People high in empathy have been shown to be more willing to help similar people than people who are different from themselves. Brain studies have also shown group membership to play a significant role in empathy.
Social media helps parents and teachers keep in touch, but anonymous postings can encourage cyberbullying. Rebecca Ratcliffe writes (RT @GuardianEdu: Are parents more involved in their children's education than ever before?
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"On the Monday morning, when the headteacher opened the doors for the start of a school week, she found that there were only a handful of children in the school playground," the leaflet explains. School staff had to walk around the local community to persuade parents to send their children to school.
The reason why you may not have thought much about these pesticide plants before is because our media has found itself in an unhealthy alliance with well paid spokespeople who aggressively represent the biotech industry’s point of view.
Dr Anna Smajdor claims doctors and nurses should be able to carry out daily tasks without feeling any kindness towards their patients.
Nurses and doctors do not need to treat patients with compassion, a controversial academic has claimed.
Dr Anna Smajdor thinks staff should be able to carry out daily tasks – from removing someone’s appendix to feeding an elderly patient – without feeling any kindness towards them.
She argued that compassion ‘is not a necessary component’ of healthcare and that staff who care too much about their patients would become demoralised if they witness neglect or poor treatment on wards.
Bruce Lipton (@MPCmonkey "...The Science Of Innate Intelligence -- Bruce Lipton Ph.D. - Cellular Biologist at Stanford...".
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Most people believe that the conscious mind controls our physiology, but in fact, almost all of it is controlled by the subconscious mind, which has data processing power about a million times greater than the conscious mind, and is in charge as much as 99 percent of all our activity. And the human energy field both permeates the entire body and radiates to the outside, inches to feet beyond the body's surface. According to Dr. Lipton, every cell has an antenna tuned into signals broadcast by the mind.
Be very careful of your thoughts and your vision. Breaking free of the limitations imposed by past experiences requires dedication, and conviction that you are not locked into anything. We are not helpless, but responsible. Know your beliefs, write them down and learn to visualize. Body is the extension of spirit. Evolution is awareness!
Humans are capable of far more than selfishness and materialism. Indeed, we are capable of building sustainable, equitable, and caring political systems, economies, and societies. Rather than continuing to indulge the most destructive drivers of human behavior, global leaders should work to develop systems that encourage individuals to meet their full socio-emotional and cognitive potentials – and, thus, to create a world in which we all want to live.
"Why pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? That is the principle behind a range of online services that enable people to share cars, accommodation, bicycles, household appliances and other items..."
“We couldn’t have existed ten years ago, before Facebook, because people weren’t really into sharing,” says Nate Blecharczyk, one of Airbnb’s founders. Airbnb doesn’t require its users to connect their accounts to Facebook, but when people find they have friends in common with another user it sets their minds at ease. Thanks to social media, says David Lee, founder and managing partner of SV Angels, an early investor in Airbnb, “people are generally more comfortable meeting new people using technology.” Providing a secure platform for financial transactions is vital, he says, but creating a trusting community is just as important when it comes to attracting users.