Notes On The Future Science

By Celia Coates For this week’s post I’d planned to answer a question a friend asked a while ago: “Why does WINN publish articles on so many different subjects?” Well, all the posts relate to one larger subject – the multi-dimensional nature of reality. But that post will have to wait because I was distracted…

LEARNING TO HATE …

NEW SCIENTIST is one of my favorite magazines and more than one WINN post has included research found on its pages. The first one, two years ago, presented a charming discovery that involved diversity and cooperation in the natural world. Researchers had found that “a crab, a shrimp and a fish” had teamed up for their…

Practicing Compassion

By Craig Hase There are many benefits that come with the practice of mindfulness meditation.  Here is an account of my favorite empirically validated benefit – love. Yes, love. No, not that sappy, sugar coated, fickle, inconstant moon type of pop-song teenage love. Love as a stance. Love as practice. Or, as psychoanalyst Erich Fromm…

The Magic of Dowsing

Dowsing, or divining, is an ancient practice that’s been used for centuries to find hidden sources of water. In the Tassili n’Ajjer caves in Algeria, one of the many the wall paintings shows, “… a group of people watching a diviner with a forked stick. It has been estimated that these drawings could be 8,000…

This Season of Gifts

Of course this week gifts have been on my mind, and it’s been about more than just nicely wrapped packages. My reaction to the endless stream of “asks” from a wide variety of organizations that need money has been to feel discouraged. So much is needed and I have only just so much to give….

About Biofeedback and ADHD

“I know a kid with ADHD – how can we get Jean’s biofeedback light sculpture?” Questions like that came from last week’s post about the life of Jean Millay and her wonderful story about using the device she developed with Timothy Scully to change the life of a boy who had been unable to be…

A Skeptic, and Yet …

Most of the books and articles about the paranormal by authors who are rigid skeptics hold little interest for me. These are the people who are so sure that they are right in their fixed disbelief about many of the topics WINN explores that they will not even look at the research. But I do…

The Boat Of Eternal Return

By Stephanie Rayner Boats are like Shamans – they move between worlds. Being of neither world they glide over the taut membranes that separate the Opposites Throughout time and disparate cultures it is the boat that has provided mytho-religious passage across the dark straits that separate the living from the dead Being gently rocked by…

The Internet Shares…Crop Circles

The Internet helps us share stories, discoveries, observations, wisdom, beauty, knowledge, humor – and so much more, in ways that are extraordinary! Thank goodness for the people who form the chains that send all kinds of information around. This week WINN will post a video that has been forwarded many times and even if you’ve already seen…

Are Humpback Whales Altruistic?

That question has been researched and, “Humpbacks, it turns out, deliberately interfere with attacking killer whales to help others in distress. They don’t just defend their own babies or close relatives. They intervene on behalf of other species – a gray whale calf with its mother, a seal hauled out on an ice floe, even…

Curiosity and Ostrich Knees

Do you see the tilt of that ostrich’s head in the picture at the left? That’s curiosity. (If you can’t see it, the whole post can be found at http://www.WINNpost.org.) Curiosity is a great, great gift for every living thing that needs to gain information in order to survive. Seeking behavior is natural to all…

Where Does Research Begin?

The headline for a small article in New Scientist caught my attention: “Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds.” Robert McCauley and his colleagues from Curtin University in Perth, Australia had noticed a fish choir off the coast and then spent 18 months recording the sounds: “Most of this underwater music comes…