Monthly Archives: May 2015

Well, we’ve found the antidote: Study finds being exposed to Buddhist concepts reduces prejudice!


Study finds being exposed to Buddhist concepts reduces prejudice and increases prosociality

In 3 separate experiments, researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can undermine prejudice towards others and lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions.

Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the 3 dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.

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“Unlike Christian and other monotheistic religious systems that paradoxically seem to encourage not only prosociality but also prejudice, Buddhist ideas favor both prosociality and outgroup tolerance, and these ideals seem particularly efficient (in leading to action) for people with relevant personality dispositions.”

I love how Western “science” keeps “proving” what Eastern philosophy has been teaching for centuries. True fusion!


It’s a Kwanzaa miracle! No longer an Octoroon.


My VONA and Mixed Remixed Festival pal Mat Johnson, whose latest novel is out next week, has an essay in The New York Times Magazine, “Proving My Blackness,” on testing his racial DNA.

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NEWS FLASH! – Retiring Cinema Owner To Give Away The Place + $20,000!


If my love for the San Francisco Bay Area didn’t trump my love for cinema, I’d passionately throw my hat into this wacky ring at the opportunity to run a seaside cinema in the town where my Finnish foremothers first lived in America.