How the god you worship influences the ghosts you see

first_imgWhat might explain such discrepancies? And are some people more likely to see ghosts than others? It turns out that our religious background could play a role.Religion might ease one fearSome argue that religion evolved as a terror management device, a handy way to remove the uncertainty surrounding one of the scariest things we can imagine: death.Almost every religion offers an explanation for what happens to us after we die, with the assurance that death isn’t the end. And there is, in fact, evidence that very religious people don’t fear death as much as others.Protestants, Catholics and Muslims all believe in a day of resurrection and judgment, in which our souls are directed to heaven (“Jannah” in the case of Muslims) or hell based upon our good deeds (or misdeeds) during our time spent on Earth. Catholics also believe in a halfway house called purgatory, in which people who aren’t quite worthy of heaven but are too good for hell can pay their dues before getting a ticket to paradise.Buddhists and Hindus believe in a cycle of death and reincarnation that can eventually result in a permanent spiritual state, provided you play your cards right over each successive lifetime. Even the Jewish faith, which doesn’t really focus on the afterlife, assumes that an afterlife does exist.By following a clear set of rules, worshipers can assert control: They know what they have to do to make good things, rather than bad things, happen to them after they take the big dirt nap.Tormented souls and sinister demonsBut there’s a catch.Religion’s talent for easing our anxiety about death may have had the perverse effect of increasing the likelihood that we’ll be on edge about ghosts, spirits and other supernatural beings. This, however, may depend upon how religious you actually are.All of the available evidence suggests that those who describe themselves as believers – but who don’t attend church regularly – are twice as likely to believe in ghosts than those at the two extremes of religious belief: nonbelievers and the deeply devout.With most religions populated by an impressive cadre of prophets, gods, spirits, angels and miracles, the tenets of religious faith might shape what you see. They could determine whether a visitor from the spirit world is a welcome or unwelcome guest, while also influencing whom you think you’re meeting.For example, in Medieval Catholic Europe, ghosts were assumed to be the tormented souls of people suffering for their sins in purgatory. But during the Protestant Reformation, since most Protestants believed that souls went immediately to heaven or hell, paranormal activity was thought to be the work of angels, demons or other decidedly nonhuman supernatural beings.While most Protestant sects today are largely silent about the existence of ghosts, Catholic theology remains amenable to the existence of ghosts. Catholics typically believe that God may permit dead individuals to visit their counterparts on Earth, but the church has traditionally condemned occult activities such as seances and Ouija boards.In some religions, such as Voodoo, spirits and ghosts play a central role. Religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism support a belief in ghosts, but ghosts play only a minor role in the religion itself. For Hindus, ghosts are the souls of individuals who suffered a violent death or of people who were not accorded the appropriate and required death rituals. Buddhist ghosts are reincarnated individuals who may be sorting out bad karma.Muslims don’t believe that dead people can return as ghosts, so if a Muslim thinks he’s encountered a ghost, it’s thought to be the work of Jinn – beings that contain a mix of spiritual and physical properties, whose intentions can be malevolent or benevolent depending upon the situation. There are several other religions, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, that also believe ghostly apparitions are demons in disguise rather than the souls of deceased people.Jews typically discourage occult activities designed to contact the dead, and there seems to be less consensus within Judaism as to the status of ghosts. However, Jewish oral traditions include stories of evil ghosts (Dybbuks) and kindly, helpful ghosts (Ibburs) who try to insert themselves in human affairs.It appears people across eras, religions and cultures have always been curious about a spiritual world that exists behind the curtain of death.Together, it speaks to how thoughts, fears and visions of death are integral to human life.By Frank T. McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, Knox CollegeThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Share Share on Twitter Email Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook LinkedIn If you’ve ever seen a ghost, you have something in common with 18 percent of Americans.But while there’s evidence that our brains are hardwired to see ghosts, the apparitions we see tend to vary.Historians who study and catalogue ghostly encounters across time will tell you that ghosts come in a range of shapes and forms. Some haunt individuals, appearing in dreams or popping up at unexpected times. Others haunt a specific location and are prepared to spook any passersby. Some are the spitting images of what were once real humans. And then there are the noisy and troublesome poltergeists, which appear as uncontrollable supernatural forces instead of people.last_img read more

Terex makes crane deliveries

first_imgWith a compact frame measuring 14.5 m long and 3 m wide, the 220-tonne capacity Demag AC 220-5 is destined for work in and around Mexico City. The five-axle crane features all-axle steering, independent rear-axle steering and dynamic launch control for optimum manoeuvrability, said Terex.The crane also boasts a main boom length of 78 m and, with a variety of boom extensions available, the AC 220-5 crane’s full system length reaches 99 m.Scheduled delivery of GSL’s new Demag AC 220-5 crane is set for this month. It will be the first new Demag crane model operating in North America since Terex reintroduced the legendary brand to the market.Meanwhile, Altida took delivery of its first new Terex crane – an AC100/4L all-terrain model, which has a lifting capacity of 100 tonnes and was supplied with a 59.4 m main boom and 19 m fly jib.Carrying 19.3 tonnes of counterweight on board, and equipped with the Terex IC-1 Plus Contros System, the crane can be configured in confined spaces with each outrigger in a different position, explained Terex.Another Terex AC/1004L model was put to use recently by Central Contractors Service, which deployed the crane to lift a number of heavy and oversize cargoes at the Revolution Brewery in Chicago.The company used the 12-tonne capacity crane to lift and positions four fermenters, one silo, a chiller and a carbon dioxide tank at the site.www.terex.comlast_img read more

Why don’t NBA teams use their primary logos on front of their jerseys?

first_img 2,572 Next 22 2 Link to post 2,572 Location:Atlanta Forums Home Ark Location:Seattle Prev Link to post Share on other sites 3 Share this post 93 Edited December 10, 2011 by slapshot Link to post Link to post mightynine 2,572 Posted December 9, 2011 Link to post Old School Fool Sign in to follow this   Funkatron101 93 29 Favourite Logos:I love old, classic/vintage logos. I love franchises like the Yankees, Celtics and Browns who keep the same basic style of uniform for years. 0 Posted December 9, 2011 Link to post UnclearInitial Share on other sites 0 Members 1,457 Seems to me it’s just a tradition. Hockey jerseys have logos, football jerseys have numbers, baseball jerseys have wordmarks and maybe a small logo, while basketball jerseys have wordmarks. It’s just the way it is. Ark Posted December 9, 2011 2,572 0 Link to post 1 39 Bravo96 Link to post Does that look good?Thought not.(Yes, I’m aware that’s a college team. Don’t bother pointing it out.)Oh god! Avert your eyes, it’s the Jordan debacle! Those lasted one season, and was recieved horribly by fans. Not to mention the Heels were horrible that season. http://www.lostlettermen.com/lost-uniforms-uncs-logo-jersey-a-y2k-glitch-even-jordan-couldnt-pull-off/ Ark Members 1,340 posts Share this post Windstorm Well not even that many teams have even tried using true full logos. And a lot of those which are bad aren’t bad just because of the logos. Such as the gradient pinstripes on the 90s arockets jerseys.The Barkley Suns jerseys are also great imo 2,080 posts SmoothieX 1 You can’t have smaller numbers on the top right or left? I agree that the Tar Heels jersey isn’t that great, but I think it would look much better if there was a smaller number or no number at all in front instead of that large number.I guess NBA jerseys require front numbers though? Still, numbers to the top right or left would also be simaler to what some NHL teams use today. Runnin’ down a dream 3,972 SmoothieX Share this post Well not even that many teams have even tried using true full logos. And a lot of those which are bad aren’t bad just because of the logos. Such as the gradient pinstripes on the 90s arockets jerseys.The Barkley Suns jerseys are also great imoOh wow, when I first posted this I thought you meant “Basketball reasons” as in the large logo would drag the jersey down and make playing more difficult. GriffinM6 I can’t believe I just noticed this (seriously >_>). NBA teams use an inferior wordmark on the the front of their jerseys even though their official primary is much better. For example, the late 90s Sonics…Actual jerseys:—Primary logo:The primary logo is very similar but it’s a just so much cooler. But as far as I know, basically every other team does the same thing. And there are tons of examples where the jersey logo doesn’t even come close.What’s the reason for ths?Logos look terrible in front of a basketball jersey?Only exceptions are the Warriors and 90’s hawks Share this post Followers 0 Share this post Sports Logo News 39 Posted December 9, 2011 Location:Charlotte, NC Location:Chicago Members Funkatron101 Posted December 9, 2011 Why don’t NBA teams use their primary logos on front of their jerseys? Evil Doctor 4,375 posts Share this post Location:15 minutes due west of Disneyland. Does that look good?Thought not.(Yes, I’m aware that’s a college team. Don’t bother pointing it out.) 0 0 Go To Topic Listing Share on other sites UnclearInitial Share this post Members 201 Ark This topic is now closed to further replies. 1,264 2,572 Share this post Share on other sites 0 2,572 Share this post Members Share this post 1,457 1,626 posts 2,572 Basketball reasons.Gold star for you. Ark 202 Share on other sites 0 201 Link to post 49 Share on other sites I can’t believe I just noticed this (seriously >_>). NBA teams use an inferior wordmark on the the front of their jerseys even though their official primary is much better. For example, the late 90s Sonics…Actual jerseys:—Primary logo:The primary logo is very similar but it’s a just so much cooler. But as far as I know, basically every other team does the same thing. And there are tons of examples where the jersey logo doesn’t even come close.What’s the reason for ths? 0 CrazyAnna Share this post 2,572 2 BJ Sands 2,572 2 deleted 4,044 posts 0 2,572 0 Share on other sites Share on other sites Sports Logos CDixonDesign Posted December 10, 2011 1,674 posts Members 6,671 posts Members Location:California 5,731 posts Ark Share on other sites Share this post Members 277 posts Posted December 9, 2011 Share on other sites Evil Doctor Basketball reasons.Hey! It’s Fred Savage. Link to post Posted December 9, 2011 3,678 posts 2 3,735 Members Link to post oddball Link to post 22 Because #1 it looks horrible because the front number has to be the size it is, therefore you have nothing but clutter if you put a logo there. 22 1,264center_img 0 Link to post 49 Favourite Logos:Blue Jays early 90s logo, Braves feather logo, UNC argyle shorts pattern, (now-defunct) Piedmont Bo-Weivels, Charlotte Knights, Myrtle Beach Pelicans alt. (Pelican head), UNC Rameses logo CrazyAnna Share this post SportsLogos.Net 690 posts Link to post Ark Ark 0 Share on other sites 202 Ark Members 0 Page 1 of 3   Recommended Posts 175 Raider Nation MLB doesn’t do it either for the same reasons. Actually after looking at it again it’s not even that bad of a jersey. It sounds like people didn’t like change (according to the article).Said one fan: “It’s not that it isn’t a nice jersey, but it breaks from the tradition of having the ‘North Carolina’ across the chest. Just the fact that North Carolina is spelled out in block letters on the chest [on the old jerseys] is a traditional staple.”EDIT: Although on the other hand it definitely didn’t need to be fixed. 2,572 3,972 Location:Cambridge, ON 3,972 Share this post Location:BC, Canada Link to post ESTONES6 2,080 posts Banned 0 Location:Cleveland, OH Forums Home Posted December 10, 2011 Too clunky. It would become cumbersome, I assume. Share on other sites Posted December 10, 2011 Share this post 600 posts Share on other sites 29 Location:Dzekoburgh Ark 0 1 Location:The Tar Heel State 0 Members 0 Favourite Logos:Pensacola Blue Wahoos Primary Page 1 of 3   Basketball reasons. Link to post Share this post 2,080 posts Posted December 10, 2011 0 Old School Fool 133 posts Posted December 10, 2011 Sometimes a wordmark in the logo makea the perfect transition onto the basketball jersey front. Perfect example is the SONICS. Looks great. The Vancouver GRIZZLIES font also worked great on the Grizzlies expansion team uni. A lot of fans don’t feel the same but the reality is that the Grizzlies uniforms were a very solid team jersey. I also wondered why the Clippers never used their logo wordmark from the early ’80’s since it actually works nicely. Then I realized I was talking about the Clippers… Ugh.http://tinyurl.com/c8k5exlBut you’ve raised a really smart insightful topic. 39 Link to post All Activity Members 1 0 Share on other sites 1,457 2,572 Posted December 9, 2011 2 Favourite Logos:Washington State (1995-pres)Seattle Seahawks (1976-2001 / 2012-pres)Seattle MarinersSeattle Supersonics (1975-1995)Seattle Sounders FCSan Antonio Spurs (1989-2003) Posted December 9, 2011 0 I grew up with hockey, so I always wondered why other sports didn’t follow hockey’s example and use a nice graphical representation on their front. I thought it was great when the NBA and the CFL both started to experiment with this look. In retrospect it was a terrible idea and the uniforms that eliminated the logos were much better looking than their previous incarnations. Only hockey uniforms look good with logos on the front, it’s just the nature of the beast… 2,572 KCCO 1 oddball Sports Logos 2,080 posts Why don’t NBA teams use their primary logos on front of their jerseys? Windstorm 8,662 posts 29 GriffinM6 Sports Logo News Link to post 3,735 Basketball reasons. Posted December 10, 2011 Share this post Bravo96 Share on other sites Trequartista 2,572 CDixonDesign All Activity Followers 0 49 Members touchdownindia Members 2,080 posts Does that look good?Thought not.(Yes, I’m aware that’s a college team. Don’t bother pointing it out.)Oh, God, those were bad…. 0 Next 93 1,264 touchdownindia Sign in to follow this   Share on other sites (edited) Hey! You’re Not Dead! 10,968 posts Members Share this post 175 0 Posted December 9, 2011 By Ark, December 9, 2011 in Sports Logo News Share on other sites 201 Share on other sites Posted December 10, 2011 3 202 Members BJ Sands Posted December 9, 2011 Banned Link to post Peachy ESTONES6 Posted December 10, 2011 SportsLogos.Net 175 Members Share this post Posted December 10, 2011 2,359 posts Prev Share on other sites Link to post Share on other sites 2,572 0 The NFL season has finally returned. 🙂 mightynine Members 3,735 Share this post Favourite Logos:Toronto Blue Jays, BC Lions, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canadians, Chilliwack Chiefs Why don’t NBA teams use their primary logos on front of their jerseys?last_img read more

MYO pledges support to President Ali, calls on him to ‘mend’ the country

first_imgThe Muslim Youth Organization (MYO) which participates in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) competitions, has extended congratulatory sentiments to Guyana’s newly elected President His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali.  The organization in a press release said: “The Muslim Youth Organization of Guyana believes that the bruising encounter over the past five months which culminated on Sunday (August 2) with the swearing-in, may be considered a manifest victory.” It added: “Indeed Dr. Ali has triumphed against all odds in becoming the President but triumphalist he must not become. Guyana is much fractured and his (Dr. Ali) first call of duty should be to mend our country.” The organization pledged its support to Dr. Ali and the new government to ensure that Guyana moves forward to “fully realize its potential.”  The MYO is well known for its numerous initiatives that involve youth. Only recently, it was involved in a countrywide hamper distribution effort to assist persons who were affected by the ongoing COVID – 19 pandemic. The MYO is one of the few sport bodies to have issued congratulatory sentiments to the President thus far.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Henderson is shining for the Utes

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Marshall Henderson arrived in Utah last fall with a reputation as a guy who knew how to shoot the basketball and wasn’t afraid to fire up shots from almost anywhere on the floor.Henderson has done that, jacking up shots from everywhere and making more and more as the season has progressed.The 6-foot-2 guard from Texas has been a bright spot, if not the bright spot, for a Utah basketball team that has struggled around the .500 mark all season. It’s not far-fetched to say Henderson has been the Utes’ most important player this year. When Henderson is hot, the Utes win. When he’s not, they usually don’t.From Day 1, Henderson entrenched himself in the starting lineup for Utah and so far he’s been everything coach Jim Boylen expected and more.”His ability to handle success has been impressive as well as his ability to adapt to the college game and his willingness to be coached,” said Boylen. “He’s got a fiery attitude and plays with a chip, which I like.”Henderson also came with the reputation as a feisty kid who played with passion and wouldn’t back down from anyone. He’s proved that, too, getting a technical foul in his very first game as a Ute and another in January when he hit BYU’s Jackson Emery and received a one-game suspension.With the return match with BYU coming up Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center, Henderson has been reminded of the time his passion got a little out of control during the final minute of the Cougars’ 82-69 win.Henderson said he learned a big lesson from it, particularly how he hurt the team by not being available for the next game against Colorado State, which the Utes lost at home. Boylen said he was impressed by how Henderson put the incident behind him and came out with perhaps his best game the following week, scoring a season-high 24 points in a win at TCU in front of friends and family.As a true freshman, Henderson has already set freshman records at Utah and the Mountain West Conference for most 3-point attempts (183) and 3-point makes (63). By the end of the year, he’ll be in the top 10 in both categories in the Ute season record book. If he keeps up the same pace, he’ll easily top Nick Jacobson’s career marks at Utah for 3-pointers.Henderson will take shots from almost anywhere on the floor and isn’t shy about his willingness to do so. Ask him if he’s ever met a shot he didn’t like, and he plays right along.”Never — never in my life,” he says with a mischievous smile. “No shot is a bad shot to me, but coach Boylen thinks differently. He lets me know, but I’m stubborn.”Several times this year, Henderson has lofted shots from well beyond the 3-point line, even beyond NBA range. While he’s missed his share, he’s sunk several long balls, including a couple of 25-footers in the big upset of UNLV in Las Vegas.”I’ll watch film and I’m out at NBA range and I don’t even realize I’m out that far,” he says.Boylen hesitates to lessen Henderson’s enthusiasm for shooting and says the freshman has improved his shot selection as the season has progressed. After a slow start, his percentage has climbed during the season.”Marshall wants to make the big shot and he’ll take the chance of not making one to make one,” Boylen says. “I like that. But the challenge is how we temper that to mold him into a winning player.”Boylen recruited Henderson out of Hurst, Texas, where he played for his father, Willie, at L.D. Bell High School. Henderson became the all-time leader in Texas Division 5A in made 3-pointers with 429, while scoring a phenomenal 2,829 points in four years.Playing for his father was a challenge at times, Henderson says, but it also helped speed up his development this year.”I can pick up on things faster after being around a coach all my life,” he said. “So my basketball IQ is higher than the normal player’s.”However, the fact that he’s playing so much in his first year has made it more challenging for him this year.”It’s also been a tough learning experience for me, trying to learn everything in one year,” he said. “Most freshmen have a year of learning, but I have to learn on the fly while playing. You’ve got to pick up things fast. But it’s been great, though. I’ve loved every minute of it.”Henderson is third in minutes played behind veterans Luka Drca and Carlon Brown and is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 (first in MWC play at 14.0 ppg). He has also become a more complete player as the season has progressed, making more drives to the basket, rebounding (2.6 per game) and playing solid defense.”His ability to adjust in games to how people are playing him has improved and is a sign that he’s pretty darn good,” says Boylen. “That’s one thing we want in our program is to push guys to become more complete players.”Henderson chose Utah over such schools as Gonzaga, Stanford, Marquette and Notre Dame. He said one of the main reasons he came to Utah was because of Boylen and his 13 years of experience as an NBA assistant. Like most good college players, Henderson would like to play professionally someday.”Coach Boylen was an NBA coach, and that was the difference for me,” said Henderson. “He knows exactly what it takes and runs an NBA system, so it’s already a step forward for me. This is the 10th-winningest program (in the nation) and I want to help get the tradition back to where it has been.”He also has another wish over the next three seasons.In practice, Henderson can make shots from the edge of block U in the middle of the floor, some 40 feet from the basket.”I’ve told coach, one of these games during my time here, I’m going to shoot one from the U.”Don’t be surprised if Henderson does … and he’ll probably make it.Super freshmanGames FG pct. 3-pt pct. FT pct. Reb. Pts.Marshall Henderson 27 .379 .344 .806 2.6 12.1e-mail: [email protected] Related Ute freshman gymnast cracks lineup Pitta impressive at NFL Combine Plenty on line for Cougars and Uteslast_img read more