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Leid Stories—To Speak Your Mind Is to Free Your Mind!—02.23.18

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and it’s all about speaking your mind. Why? Because to speak your mind is to free your mind. You take the conversation wherever you want it to go. Call 888-874-4888 and tell us what’s on your mind. Download this episode (right click and save)

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John Horgan – Dear “Skeptics,” Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More

I hate preaching to the converted. If you were Buddhists, I’d bash Buddhism. But you’re skeptics, so I have to bash skepticism. I’m a science journalist. I don’t celebrate science, I criticize it, because science needs critics more than cheerleaders. I point out gaps between scientific hype and reality. That keeps me busy, because, as you know, most peer-reviewed scientific …

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Rothna Begum – Telling Women to Hide Domestic Violence Behind Make-Up?

“We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life,” said a make-up artist on the morning show Sabahiyat on Morocco’s state television last Wednesday. But this was no typical make-up advice: She was teaching women how to cover up bruises from domestic violence. It was, to say the least, a misguided attempt to commemorate International …

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Jill Suttie – Where to Find Wisdom in the Body

Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems. Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats, which is a measure of heart health—is associated with better cognitive and emotional functioning. …