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  1. A "Spiritual" Workout

    Quote Originally Posted by Il Šoge View Post
    The Phenomena of the "2nd Wind" explained...

    Hello Friends,

    Where does this term come from?

    This “2nd wind” refers to the sudden period of ease following a sustained period of discomfort. Runners even have their own term for it: the “runner’s high.” What happens to you neurologically is that your brain adapts to your discipline to persevere through discomfort. Your brain doesn’t like the difficulty of your exercise, so it asks you to quit through
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  2. A "Spiritual" Workout

    Quote Originally Posted by Il Šoge View Post
    In past eras and especially in the western tradition, people would seek enlightenment through the expenditure of mental energy. This was usually done in the form of studying holy texts and philosophy. While presumably effective, one thing that increasingly characterizes the west is that we don't have very much metal energy left over after some of our jobs. This prevents us from effectively pursuing enlightenment unless we eschew other obligations. In the past there was excess mental energy and
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  3. A Method by which to Discern Natural Rights

    I, for one, have first order experience of things that should not be done to other people. Torturing babies, for example, or pushing an old woman out of line so I can take her place. To one degree or another I revolt at the thought of such things. When I ask other people about it, practically all of them describe the same experience. The only ones who don't seem to be the psychopaths, but they have known, identifiable, physical defects. What are we supposed to make of this?

    There's ...
  4. Muslims Are Outraged Over Trump’s Cabinet Picks

    Quote Originally Posted by longknife View Post
    The best commentary on the greatness of Trumps selections. It means he's keeping his promises to do what American voters elected him to do.


    In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Council on American-Islamic Relations Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper told BuzzFeed News that Sessions’ possible appointment “only adds to a growing list of appointments and nominations with troubling pasts and troubling histories of bigotry and intolerance.”


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  5. Elena Radionova Interview



    The winner of the China "Grand Prix" Elena Radionova noted that she still cannot believe that she has been competing at the senior level for four years in an interview with the press service of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia. According to the Russian figure skater, it's wrong to praise themselves, ...

    Updated Nov 24 2016 at 01:40 PM by ThirdTerm

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  6. "Bonjour"

    Quote Originally Posted by SueAnn View Post
    Welcome William.

    For those of you that do not speak French, William said,

    "So thank you all for your courteous welcome."
    Thanks for that SueAnn - I thought it might be something rude.
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  7. Physics, Psychology and the 9/11 Decade

    Jun. 17th, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    By the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the 42nd anniversary of the Moon landing will have passed. Newtonian physics will be 324 years old. Newton's Philosophię Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published on July 5th of 1687 and the first Moon landing was July 20th of 1969. How can the major events of 9/11 not be fully explained by September 11th of 2011?

    Jonathan Kay with his book, Among the Truthers, does the same thing as Penn and Teller with ...

    Updated Nov 19 2016 at 10:21 AM by Shangrila

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  8. Russia in photos. Without politics.

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    Holy (*)(*)(*)(*). Never seen a winter like that. Never seen snow.
    By Russian standards, in Moscow, a temperate climate. The temperature rarely drops below -20 °C (-4 °F). And snow in many places, too, is much more

    For example, winter in Norilsk (not my photo).



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