You know how a dog will get down on his paws with his rear in the air, especially when meeting another dog? That’s called a “play bow” and means that he wants to play. He will also do it if he bites the dog and wants to communicate that “I didn’t really mean it.” Or, if things get out of hand, “I’m sorry.” Researchers are discovering other signs of the way dogs “think” and communicate. [Read more…]
Cats get little credit for expressing love to their owners, but maybe they are just introverted. In times of crisis, they can rise to the occasion. After the jump, a video of a cat rescuing a 4-year-old from a vicious dog. [Read more…]
Our increasingly weird science now affirms that there is a reality that we cannot see, feel, or perceive in any way. And yet it makes up 85% of the universe, which it basically holds together. What does that remind you of?
Please note that I am not asserting an equivalence of dark matter and the spiritual realm, just noting parallels, as well as the curious phenomenon of science now recognizing that some kinds of reality elude our conventional materialistic categories. [Read more…]
Some say history is made by vast social and economic forces. Others say that even vast forces are launched by the actions of individual human beings . Yesterday’s newspaper, in two separate articles, showed the difference made by two individuals, one whose actions led to the deaths of millions; the other whose actions led to saving the lives of billions. [Read more…]
A mudslide in Washington state destroyed 30 houses. Eight people have been confirmed dead, but 108 are missing.
UPDATE: Now 14 are confirmed dead, with 176 missing.
Research is showing that babies as young as six months have a moral sense. Some ingenious experiments with toys show babies favoring “good guys” over “bad guys.” And they really like to see “bad guys” punished. This suggests that morality is not just learned from the culture but that it has elements that are innate–that is, “written on the heart.” Details after the jump. [Read more…]