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Entrepreneurs of Reform Gather at the Antigua Forum

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A small group meets at the 2013 Antigua Forum
A small group meets at the 2013 Antigua Forum

Azhar Aslam, a London-based plastic surgeon originally from Pakistan, developed a remarkable literacy program. He had proved it worked in small pilots of a few dozen children. In just six months, they gained the basics of reading and writing with a couple of hours of teaching each day. By starting small, he came to realize a bigger question: how might the program be scaled up so that it could benefit his country of origin, a place in which illiteracy is correlated with poverty, intolerance, and violence?

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The Vastness of Cosmic Reality is Good News, Says Max Tegmark

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Max Tegmark
Max Tegmark

Are we insignificant? Does living on a small planet around an average star leave us lost in the unfathomable vastness of space? Or do our self-conscious minds and complex brains, able to contemplate the vastness from whence we came, actually make us the most noteworthy feature of the cosmos that we know of to date? It’s a set of questions often answered negatively and pessimistically, notes Max Tegmark, professor of physics at MIT and scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Tanya Luhrmann Wins Grawemeyer Award in Religion

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Tanya Luhrmann
Tanya Luhrmann

American evangelical practices of prayer can train the mind to experience God, explains Tanya Luhrmann, winner of the 2014 Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Luhrmann, a Stanford University psychological anthropologist, received the prize after four years of fieldwork in Chicago and Northern California with Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Her research was supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

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