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 Supernatural beliefs gain strength in natural disasters, says anthropologist

Dr Paul Porodong said despite there being no proof the Sabah earthquake was due to Mount Kinabalu climbers who stripped for a photo recently, they are being blamed because the incident "fits well with local belief".

Dr Paul Porodong said despite there being no proof the Sabah earthquake was due to Mount Kinabalu climbers who stripped for a photo recently, they are being blamed because the incident “fits well with local belief”.

Supernatural beliefs gain strength when seemingly inexplicable natural disasters occur, says a Universiti Malaysia Sabah anthropologist. Dr Paul Porodong said despite there being no proof the Sabah earthquake was due to Mount Kinabalu climbers who stripped for a photo recently, they are being blamed because the incident “fits well with local belief”. The Humanities, Arts and Heritage Faculty senior lecturer said photographs of the nearly nude mountaineers, which caused anger when shared online earlier this week, came just days before the deadly Friday earthquake….

 

Women’s stories of resilience, leaning in or not

Upon the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” in 2013, Jill Ebstein of Newton said, there were two distinct reactions within her circle of female acquaintances. Although some women were empowered by the call to achieve their full potential, others felt marginalized because their personal and professional lives had taken an unintended turn, or they hadn’t chosen to prioritize career advancement…

 

5 exercises to build stress-resilience

Most executives sit too much. All this sitting, along with a lack of physical activity, has devastating effects on the body and the brain. Ready for the sitting list of doom? Too much time in the chair leads to a decline in health, an increase in stress, poor posture and related aches and pains, and an unfocused brain that has a hard time thinking critically and processing memory. The good news is that it’s not too late to turn these effects around, said Marcel Daane, author of “Headstrong Performance: Improve Your Mental Performance with Nutrition, Exercise, and Neuroscience.” By incorporating five exercises into your day, you’ll increase the resilience in your body, build muscle strength, and reduce aches and pains. You’ll also burn away stress, build brain cells and increase neuron connections that make you more adaptable, self-disciplined and focused…

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