It has occurred to me that the proof for human evolution is right in front of our eyes.
One of my favorite places to think is in the sauna at my gym. The endorphins from the exercise have saturated my brain so I’m naturally high, and the heat makes me quickly relax as the sweat pours out of me. It is at this transition between a hard, intensive workout and deep relaxation that wonderful insights will often present themselves.
I saw this post on Google + and it was so good I had to borrow it. I have re-posted here so that I’ll always have it.
Written by: Yonatan Zunger – from Google +
Since I’ve heard that there’s some kind of religious festival going on this weekend, I thought it might be an interesting time to write something about the history of how Christianity came to have such a blend of non-Christian origins in it. There’s actually a very interesting history to this: in essence, it isn’t so much that Christianity absorbed external elements, as that through the tumult of the first six centuries CE, a bunch of European religions mixed and combined, and the Christianity we know today was the result of that — it got its name on the label, so to speak.
America always has the best holidays. They are of a different nature when compared to European holidays in terms of the level of enthusiasm, participation and excitement. America is like the young child, bursting with anticipation for their fêtes while Europe would be the slow lumbering adult who smiles with muted amusement and in no particular rush towards their holidays.
The one thing about America however is due to its youthfulness it has been able to recreate each holiday according to its will without much regard to the actual origins and in most cases turning a complete blind eye to actual fact.
When most people hear the word “Atlas” they think of boring school subjects and perhaps don’t bother to lift the cover. For me however, I opened the cover and this book has kept me spellbound.
As any reader of this blog knows, I enjoy language, culture, history, politics and general discovery. As it happens, these things often come all at once. My mind is able to paint a fuller picture of the things which surround me by combining my knowledge of language, my travels to places not yet explored (by me), interest in history and reading of current events.