February 2010

Animals and ahimsa

February 28, 2010

My dad wrote this op-ed piece on CNN.com in response to the tragic death of the orca whale trainer this past week. I especially like the quote by the late Jacques Cousteau: “There is about as much educational benefit to be gained in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only […]

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Important questions in leaving the good life

February 27, 2010

My class this week was on Bioethics – a week-long class that we are all required to take before graduating from medical school. I learned many things, and one of the most important being this: make a living will. The majority of people in the United States die in health care facilities, and many of […]

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Meditation and the brain

February 26, 2010

This study just came out showing that Zen meditators had thicker areas of the brain associated with pain sensitivity (the anterior cingulate) when compared with non-meditators. One of the researchers explained: “The often painful posture associated with Zen meditation may lead to thicker cortex and lower pain sensitivity.” He suggests that it’s the posture that […]

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