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When land central to the identity of locals is reshaped, so is the political landscape. Nikita Sud

Humans shape nature – but nature shapes us too

Big development projects can mean the loss of a community's identity and connection to their past.
The market has been flooded with apps related to Buddhism and most of them claim to teach meditation. akiragiulia (pixabay.com)

Meditation apps might calm you – but miss the point of Buddhist mindfulness

Buddhist meditation apps are an increasingly popular stress-reliever for people on the go. But do these apps really work? Or are they products of a lucrative industry contributing to a tech addiction?
Democrat Sen. Chris Coons, pictured right, says Democrats should talk more about faith. Here, Coons prays with U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. James Lankford (left) during the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

How the conservative right hijacks religion

Spirituality may not align with scientific values, but even psychologists say 'peak' experiences can change people. Will society allow the entire language of religion to be owned by conservatives?
JC142 research cruise: reproduced with permission of the British Geological Survey, National Oceanography Centre ©UKRI 2018.

Deep sea mining threatens indigenous culture in Papua New Guinea

Deep sea mining could supply valuable rare minerals to green technology, but one project in the south-west Pacific is invoking the wrath of local spirits.
A “rationalist” assembly in Washington DC, 2011. “Nones” or “none of the above” groups are growing. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Are the ‘non-religious’ becoming the new religion?

In many European societies, the non-religious are a sizable part of the population, often silent but growing in number.
Researchers have identified six broad groups of young people categorised by their views on religion and spirituality. Shutterstock

New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

A new study reveals Australian teenagers do not relate to established ideas on religion and spirituality. Instead, they fall into six broad groups and show great tolerance for others' ideas.
The movement away from religion towards “spirituality” reflects a desire to leave behind hierarchical understandings of religion towards a more socially liberal one. Ben White/unsplash

Millennials abandon hope for religion but revere human rights

Canada is increasingly moving towards a secular culture. "Spiritual but not religious" has become our new norm -- bringing with it ideas of mutual respect and protection for marginalized identities.
People carry posters during this Feb. 2017 rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

Religious discrimination is a reason to fight Trump’s travel ban

In the shadow of Trump-era cross-border discrimination, an early-stage scholar reflects on the meaning of religious diversity and his act of resistance by boycotting conference travel to the U.S.

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