Science

Preparing for death

March 29, 2020

OK, that headline is a bit of a red herring. I’m not dying now nor am I planning to any time soon. But lately I’ve been thinking about death a lot. Four ways that human beings grapple with a world in which we no longer exist.

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Is Jewish “fear of the other” driving Israel’s response to the new coronavirus?

March 15, 2020

Israel’s response to the new coronavirus has been proactive and strong. Is it driven in any way by classic Jewish “fear of the other?”

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One-eyed bowling

January 19, 2020

I’ve never been a great bowler. Now try doing it with only one eye. Thoughts on growth through loss and overcoming negativity with the rule of four.

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Good news, bad news or no news?

December 22, 2019

“Avoidance is a simple way of coping by not having to cope.” The science behind why we avoid bad news and whether that’s a good coping strategy.

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Did climate change kill the Jacob’s Ladder music festival?

November 23, 2019

If there was one thing you could always count on, it was that the weather at the Sea of Galilee in May, would be rain-free. Not so anymore.

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Running simulations

October 26, 2019

Dwelling on worst-case scenarios can be crazy making. But spinning simulations is also essential to being human, says Prof. Moshe Bar.

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Transforming rage into creativity

February 18, 2019

The SUV was right on my tail, flashing his lights and frantically marking his territory like a mean dog without a muzzle. Classic road rage.

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Defining Courage

December 24, 2018

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes courage as “the ability to do something that frightens one.” How do you define courage?

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Religion as complementary medicine

October 15, 2018

I’ve been looking at religion all wrong. Does religion need to make sense rationally? Or is it more like complementary medicine – a cultural placebo?

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The death of rational Judaism

June 25, 2018

Nearly all Jews today are “rational” in that we know which thoughts and behaviors to assign to the religious domain and which remain beyond it. But can that kind of Judaism survive?

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