Date: April 5, 2017
Source: Science Daily
Meditation is Common Across Many Religious Groups in the US
A survey among Americans in 2018 by Pew Research Center show that the practice of meditation can be found among many religious across across the country. Americans tend to say they meditate regularly (40% do so at least weekly) or rarely, if at all (45% seldom or never do). There’s not much middle ground – only 8% say they meditate once or twice a month and only 4% say they do so several times a year. But these figures vary widely among different U.S. religious groups.
At the same time, many Christians, including 49% of evangelical Protestants, 40% of Catholics and 55% of members of the historically black Protestant tradition also say they meditate once a week or more, according to the Religious Landscape Study. Among some smaller Christian groups, the share of self-described meditators is somewhat higher. Six-in-ten Mormons and 77% of Jehovah’s Witnesses say they meditate at least once per week. Both Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged by their churches to meditate.
Islam to Become World’s Largest Religion by 2075
An analysis of the Pew Research Center shows that “the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to overtake those born to Christians within two decades, making Islam the world’s largest religion by 2075.”
Date: May, 2017
Source: The New Scientist;
Increased Cancer Rate in US Linked to Bad Environment
A study by Jyotsna Jagai and her colleagues at the University of Illinois compared data from the Environmental Quality Index from 2000 to 2005 with the incidence of cancer from 2006 to 2010.
Their findings reveal a correlation between increase in cancer incidence with the decrease in environmental quality, particularly in the case of prostate and breast cancer.
Date: March, 2006
Source: Science Daily
Why are Animals Altruistic?
Researchers at the Laboratoire d’Écologie at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Ecole Normale Supérieure/CNRS) and the Royal Holloway College (London, United Kingdom) have just explained the evolution of altruistic behavior in animals.
In nature animals have been observed cooperating, and the detection of a genetic predisposition to this type of behavior contradicts Darwin’s theory of evolution which predicts a better survival rate for the most selfish animals. The use of mathematic modeling has provided a new explanation for the surprising persistence of this type of behavior which appears, at first sight, to be detrimental to the animal adopting it.
This work is published in Nature on 30 March 2006.
Date: April, 2017
Source: Harvard Gazette
Harvard Study Finds One Key to Health, Long Life and Happiness
An 80-year research by Harvard University’s Study of Adult Development has shown that the most significant factor in a person’s life that influences health, longevity and happiness is warm relationship.
The study, started in 1938 and still ongoing at this time, followed the life of 724 men, partly from Harvard and others from Boston’s inner city. Tracking their medical records, career, marriage, relationships, etc., the study found that those who have a higher “level of satisfaction in their relationships at the age of 50 was a better predictor of physical health than their cholesterol levels were.”
In a TED talk, the study’s current director, Dr. Waldinger, stated that those who had warm relationships were the one’s who lived longer and happier, while those who were lonely died earlier. “Loneliness kills,” he said. “It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”