What Happens When We Die? – Can Technology Now Provide The Answer

“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound forever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

What happens when we die?  Are we simply a brain inside a mortal body that ceases to function on physical death?  Is the essence of  our being suddenly and irrevocably erased from all existence as we take our final breath or do we in fact continue on in some other form? […]

Could a Jellyfish Hold the Key to Immortality?

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.” 
Abraham Lincoln 

If scientists are correct, a jellyfish may hold the key to immortality.

That’s the premise of a New York Times Magazine article that examines a species of jellyfish (appropriately) nicknamed the “immortal jellyfish.” […]

Do schools kill creativity?

“Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not — because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized.”
Sir Ken Robinson

When I think of education these days I am reminded of Roger Waters prophetic lyrics from Pink Floyd’s album The Wall ….”All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”   According to Sir Ken Robinson author of the book “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”, we don’t get the best out of people, because we have all been trained to be good workers, rather than creative thinkers.  Students with restless minds and bodies – far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity – are ignored or even stigmatized. […]

You Are Not Your Body: Janine Shepherd speaks at TEDxKC

“For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat”
Wallis Simpson

We often define ourselves by things that are “outside” us: relationships, work, family — even our own bodies. But what would it mean to have your life dramatically altered and your body irrevocably damaged? Who would you be then? This talk explores the impact of loss on the human psyche and the universal quest to find meaning and fulfillment. It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are. […]