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  • Baha’is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset for 19 days. While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
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Baha’is champion rationality and science as essential for human progress. The harmony of science and religion is one of the fundamental principles of the Baha’i Faith, which teaches that truth is one and that religion, without science, soon degenerates into superstition and fanaticism, while science without religion becomes merely the instrument of crude materialism.

Is Technology our Savior — or our Slayer?

December 15, 2023, in Videos > Talk, by

In this TED talk, Ruha Benjamin talks about two contrasting visions of the future when it comes to technology: one where it fulfills all our desires, and another where it leads to chaos and conflict. Ruha offers a more radical vision of the future where humanity uses technology to uplift and make equitable the way we all live.

Technology, values and society was also the subject of a recent BWNS podcast featuring Matt Weinberg.

Ruha Benjamin is a mother, scholar, author and associate professor. In our blogcast episode Ruha and and Rainn Wilson talk about science and technology, race and inequality. They also look at the importance of independent investigation of truth and the need to challenge our own assumptions, as well as the wonderful example of Abdu’l-Baha and how He challenged the status quo.

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In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
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