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Conversion ‘therapy’ begins at home

First study shows pivotal role of parents in conversion efforts to change LGBT adolescents’ sexual orientation Date:November 8, 2018 Source:San Francisco State University Summary: A new study finds that attempts by parents and religious leaders or therapists to change the sexual orientation of LGBT adolescents (‘conversion therapy’) contribute to multiple …

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10 Ways to Spot Spiritual Abuse

This topic has been ricocheting in my heart and head many years. I’ve noticed a greater influx of reader email and Facebook conversations about this topic, so much so that I felt it would be wise to address it again. (I wrote this post five ago, and I’ve updated it …

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Spiritual Abuse: Unspoken Crisis

Author: Shawn Nelson If you prefer to read this in Kindle eBook format:Kindle Version Overview Spiritual abuse is not a widely discussed topic. It occurs when a leader manipulates people to achieve selfish goals. Most abusers are unaware of the harm they inflict. Internal factors contributing to an abusive environment are: …

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Why do we believe in God?

Faith in a higher being is as old as humanity itself. But what sparked the Divine Idea? Did our earliest ancestors gain some evolutionary advantage through their shared religious feelings? In these extracts from his latest book, Robert Winston ponders the biggest question of them all The Dolley Pond Church …

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Reza Aslan’s ‘God: A Human History’

In an 18th-century illustration, God creates night and day.CreditCreditPhotograph from Hulton Archive/Getty Images By Emma Green A word of advice to the religiously curious: Don’t trust any history of God that has only 171 pages of text. Reza Aslan’s new project, “God: A Human History,” is aimed at the analytically minded …

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This is how your brain predicts future events

Published Thursday 22 November 2018 By Maria Cohut Fact checked by Jasmin Collier Brains learn how to anticipate future occurrences from patterns. This process is called “anticipatory timing,” and it allows us to successfully interact with the world around us. How does it work? A new study explores how the brain can …

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Left brain vs. right brain: How does one dominate?

Published Monday 24 December 2018 By Tim Newman Fact checked by Carolyn Robertson The two hemispheres of our brain — left and right — specialize in different tasks. A recent study asks how this occurs and reaches a surprising conclusion. Exactly how do the left and right brain compete for dominance? Hemispheric …

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New brain region ‘could be what makes humans unique’

Published Sunday 25 November 2018 By Ana Sandoiu Fact checked by Jasmin Collier A neuroscientist has just found a previously unknown brain area. The newly identified brain region could inform scientists’ efforts into curing neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or motor neuron disease. New research uncovers a previously unknown brain area that …

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Mitochondrion

Mitochondrion – Wikipedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  (Redirected from Mitochondrial)Jump to navigationJump to search Two mitochondria from mammalian lung tissue displaying their matrix and membranes as shown by electron microscopy Cell biologyComponents of a typical animal cell: NucleolusNucleusRibosome (little dots)VesicleRough endoplasmic reticulumGolgi apparatus (or “Golgi body”)CytoskeletonSmooth endoplasmic reticulumMitochondrionVacuoleCytosol (fluid that …

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How we evolved into male and female

According to scientists, the very first organisms to dare engage in sex were more like Adam and Steve than Adam and Eve. That’s because sex was… By Faye Flam According to scientists, the very first organisms to dare engage in sex were more like Adam and Steve than Adam and Eve. …

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Homo sapiens

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  (Redirected from Anatomically modern human)Jump to navigationJump to searchThis article is about Homo sapiens as a biological species (its evolution and habitat). For a more general perspective on humanity, see Human. For other uses, see Homo sapiens (disambiguation). Homo sapiensTemporal range: 0.35–0 Ma PreЄЄOSDCPTJKPgN↓Middle Pleistocene–PresentMale and female H s. sapiens(Akha in northern Thailand,2007 photograph)Conservation statusLeast Concern (IUCN …

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Which came first; male or female?

Daniel Gerber, Don’t trust me, I have no idea what I’m talking about. But I use wikipedia. Is this a joke question? If not, I’d suggest that you trawl through some of the questions that explain how evolution works.  Or better yet, go to your local college book store and …

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Genetics Suggest Modern Female Came First

By MAGGIE FOX Science may have caught up with the Bible, which says that Adam and Eve are the ancestors of all humans alive today. But in the scientists’ version, based on DNA analysis, “Adam,” the genetic ancestor of all men living today, and “Eve,” the genetic ancestor of all living …

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Origins of Pain

Researchers identify pathway that drives sustained pain following injury Date:December 13, 2018 Source: Harvard Medical School Summary:Research in mice identifies a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and resulting pain-coping behaviors Findings point to the existence of separate neural pathways that regulate threat avoidance versus injury mitigation Study can …

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Algae May Hold Key to Origin of the Sexes

When a single gene is silenced in wild-type males of the alga V. carteri (upper left) they morph into pseudo-females (lower-left). The same gene inserted into females (upper right) turns them into pseudo-males (lower right).Credit: Sa Geng and James Umen. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001905.g001 A tiny, unassuming little alga may hold the secret to how …

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