Yoga class undoubtedly improves a person’s flexibility and serenity. But Lisa Miracchi, a philosophy professor at University of Pennsylvania who is teaching a seminar called “Yoga and Philosophy,” says that the poses can also enhance your reasoning, behavior, and relationships.
Source: Yoga is philosophy in physical form, says a philosophy of mind professor — Quartz
…philosophers in the Islamic world enjoyed an extraordinary degree of access to the Hellenic intellectual heritage. In 10th-century Baghdad, readers of Arabic had about the same degree of access to Aristotle that readers of English do today.
Source: Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy | Aeon Ideas
Jedi, the worship of the mythology of Star Wars is not a religion, says the Charity Commission.
Source: Jedi is not a religion, Charity Commission rules – BBC News
Does America have a religion? It seems a strange question to ask. Some Americans have one religion, others another; many have none at all. If there is one conviction about religion that nearly all Americans share, it is that religion is a private matter that each of us is free to arrange as he or she thinks best.
Source: Does America have a religion? For the answer, look to Walt Whitman – LA Times
It’s a strengthening of a 1998 religions freedom law, which established the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, dedicated to protecting religious liberty around the world.
Source: Merry Christmas: Obama Signs Law That Gives Protection To Atheists
Looking for new ways to teach the intellectual capital of humanity to its students, Glasgow University is offering a philosophy course based on the character of Homer Simpson.
Source: Homer Simpson Teaches Glasgow University’s Philosophy Class | Big Think
Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed to oppose a new Texas state rule requiring fetal tissue be given a burial or cremation.
Source: Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America
Are we all doomed to never agree on what is or isn’t true?
Source: The post-truth era of Trump is just what Nietzsche predicted
What’s the appeal of quantifying the future? What should we make of these technological oracles?RD associate editor Michael Schulson and Alan Levinovitz, an RD contributor and a professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at James Madison University, got together online to chat about fate, uncanniness, and prophecy as spectator sport.
Source: Free Will, Fate and FiveThirtyEight: The Theology of Election Polls
In the 2001 Australian census, over 70,000 citizens indicated that their religion was Jedi. That number fell to around 58,000 in 2006, then rose back up to over 64,000 for the 2011 census. Of course, Jedi, based on the ancient spiritual organization from Star Wars, isn’t a real theistic religion, just a fun way to either stick it to the government or showcase your Star Wars fandom.
Source: The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist