Brain shuts off in response to healer’s prayer

WHEN we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That’s the finding of a study which looked at people’s response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers. To identify the brain processes underlying the influence of charismatic individuals, Uffe Schjødt ...

8th World Atheist Conference

8th World Atheist Conference
January 7-9, 2011 (Friday-Sunday) at Tiruchirapalli , Tamilnad Theme: “ATHEISM—AN ALTERNATIVE CULTURE” We are happy to inform that VIII World Atheist Conference is jointly convened by Dravidar Kazhagam, Atheist Centre and The Rationalists’ Forum on 7,8 & 9 January 2011, in Tiruchirapalli,  (Trichy), a city centrally located in Tamil Nadu which is well connected by road, railway ...

The Land of Illusion

The Land of Illusion
A journey into Sai Baba’s smalltown fiefdom, where decades-old allegations of sex abuse, murder and deception continue to linger. ABOUT THREE-AND-A-HALF HOURS from Bangalore, past farmers’ fields and some hills, a small village came into view. The rural area gradually gave way to an airstrip, where a private jet was parked, and then to uptown ...

Beyond Bodily Needs: Prahlad Jani & The Solarian Scam

With the many recent claims of people living without food and water, it has become very necessary to examine the issues that have been raised, particularly the methods used to verify the claims of these people. There is this man from Kerala who claims to have extracted energy from the sun by staring at it ...

Chicken bones and black magic cannot harm you

Let me begin with a small piece of advice. One fine day, if you get to know some tantrik has been generously paid by your arch enemy to kill you and has managed to lay his hands on your used handkerchief or strand of hair, don’t panic. Here’s the counter spell that could save your ...