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Scientific/empirical evidence to underpin spiritual issues

Sebastian
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Paris, FR
Post #: 6
often spirituality is praised for its benefits of providing guidance in everyday life. but what are the actual (measured) benefits that a spiritual mind can expect in terms of happiness, success, luck, health etc?

well, while cleaning on my computer i came across this research project, which i found interesting

https://implicit.harv...­


"While the particular purposes of each study vary considerably, most studies available at Project Implicit examine thoughts and feelings that exist either outside of conscious awareness or outside of conscious control. The primary goals of Project Implicit are to provide a safe, secure, and well-designed virtual environment to investigate psychological issues..."
Sebastian
user 6253281
Paris, FR
Post #: 7
as spirituality is also about becoming more positive and happier people, i think, i'd like to draw attention to this interesting TED on positive psychology

http://www.ted.com/ta...­

and Prof. Seligman's website offering questionnaires measuring "character strengths and aspects of happiness."

http://www.authentich...­
Sebastian
user 6253281
Paris, FR
Post #: 11
Living in the moment really does make people happier

Psychologists have found that people are distracted from the task at hand nearly half the time, and this daydreaming consistently makes them less happy

Ian Sample, science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 11 November 2010 19.00 GMT



http://www.guardian.c...­
Sebastian
user 6253281
Paris, FR
Post #: 12
Another TED talk - Is there a real you? by Julian Baggini

He argues argues that, similar to a watch consisting of many different parts we are the evolving sum of our desires, believes, knowledge, sensations, memories, intentions, experiences etc., which are interrelated. We act within natural limits but "wise people fashion themselves" (Buddha).

Interestingly he never refers to the term consciousness in his speech.


Sebastian
user 6253281
Paris, FR
Post #: 13
http://www.psychology...­

Ego Fatigue and the Pull of the Present

We fall prey to ego fatigue when immediate pleasures outshine long-term gains.
Marc Lewis, Ph.D. in Addicted Brains
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They tested people and those who'd had to resist temptation (cookies) performed more poorly or quit earlier on subsequent cognitive tasks that require self-control.

He recommends, if our ego prevents us from receiving long-term gains he suggests to "sniff it, fondle it, smell it, even kiss it, and then they look away" or to remove ourselves from the temptation or remove the temptation itself. A recommendation especially true for addicts.
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My 5 cents:
I find it interesting that resistance is linked with the "ego" and how. Resistance has negative effects in the short-run but positive effects in the long-run.
Resistance is associated with ego depletion/fatigue. Subsequently, non-resistance could be associated with the opposite, i.e. upkeep of the ego.
Some spiritual teachings say that non-resistance is associated with the present moment/the universe.
This would establish an alignment between "upkeep of the ego" and the universe.

I'd conclude that the time horizon is critical when deciding whether one resist or not to. At best, we remove ourselves if we are tempted by something which can potentially harm us. That way, we gain in the short-term and long-term.
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