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“Wow“. An academic, reverence-, gratitude- and newly-replenished-inspiration-filled “Wow”. This is what best describes my overall, unmediated reaction after reading “Scientists Making A Difference” – a great new book published in August by Cambridge University Press that I was lucky enough to be invited to review and thus be able to witness the early moments in the development of what I believe will become a central material in the education and professional training of future generations of psychological science professionals.
Let me start this article by saying that I do consider the technology related to games and apps like Pokémon Go – i.e. augmented reality – to be a really wonderful tool of modern civilization, that technological and scientific advancement should be the focus of mankind and the use of products derived from these technologies should be available for responsible mass use. Also, I do recognize the advantages of including technology as means to motivate or guide the achievement of personal or professional goals and their power to enhance social interaction, by adding new dimensions to human-to-human, human-to-animal or human-environment connection.
Today, a significant number of people all over the world celebrate the feeling of love, in the form of Valentine’s Day. And while February the 14th became a globally recognizable symbol for love, along with its teddy bears, heart-shaped chocolates and cards, many other days from the calendar have been dedicated by nations, religions and other types of groups of people to this one specific feeling, love.
How can you tell if a group of people who seem to share many of your beliefs, values and goals is a genuine supportive social environment or one that has a rather hidden or peculiar agenda of its own?
Personal stories of many people who have been brought up in religious cults or who have willingly joined as adults have shown that, most of the times, life in these communities is not as idyllic or as enlightened as one would have imagined or expected it to be.
What if someone would tell you that they are both an atheist and an agnostic at the same time? Would you tell them that they’ve got their terms wrong? That they are confused? That they simply do not understand important matters of spirituality and knowledge?
To some, the term agnostic is simply redundant. To others, it is the equivalent of atheist. There are also people who state that the agnostic is a believer who has yet to understand religious matters.
“The Humans” was one of my holiday reads. It is a book I would’ve probably never picked up to read based on its 4th cover description. It was given to me as a present and because it was different than what I would usually choose to read, I took it as a challenge and started reading right away.
At the end of December I came across a story in the News whose main subject continued to echo and reappear in my mind with different nuances and feelings attached, culminating with my decision to write this blog entry: a British couple welcomed the birth of two puppies via pet cloning services provided by a South Korean company.
“The Atheist’s Mass” is a short story written by Honoré de Balzac in 1836, that was later included in “The Human Comedy (orig. “La Comédie Humaine”), a comprehensive novels and short story collection.
I will start this post by saying that no matter what you’ve read or heard, there is so far no scientific evidence that living beings possess a soul and therefore there is also no subsequent proof that if we would indeed have a soul, that soul continues to exist after our death.
Even so, since ancient times, there have been claims that certain people can communicate with the soul of the departed, through various means. And many people chose not to pass up the opportunity of having a final or a series of talks with someone they love, but who is no longer with us.