Rabbi Lord Jonathon Sacks passed away at the age of 72 in November. He devoted his life toward uniting the secular world with the religious world. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth the largest the largest synagogue body in the UK. He held this position from September 1991 until September 2013. He is known to be not only a Rabbi but also a philosopher, theologian, author and politician.
Coronavirus changed the trajectory of certain behaviors. The conditions of self-isolation are forcing people to adapt to changes around the globe. There are many who are self-reflecting and even looking to change their business course. For example, a popular enterpreneur from Ukraine, Andrey Burenok, who is an owner of TripMyDream travel service launched his own Youtube channel about self-reflection.
Corona attacks the body and creates a tremendous emotional trauma. The Clergy and psychologists are working together to heal the emotional stress of Corona.Madonna the American entertainer on her website called Corona the great equalizer. Corona even though it has separated all the nations of the world from each other through cancelling air traffic, the nations of the world have been united in the battle to return to normalcy.
Coronavirus continues to be the main news around the world. As of April 8th, there are over 1.5 million cases world wide and over 82,000 deaths reported. The pandemic is not slowing down at all. The only place that seems to be free of new cases is China. However, China had a head start, since the virus originated in China in the first place.
Russian psychologist Boris Higir claims he can make a determination about whether an individual is a criminal based on their first and last name, blood type, papillary pattern, facial features and their date of birth. The papillary pattern is not something you think of as an identifier. Higir has been studying physiognomics and also has published a book with his knowledge and research. He is also a member of the International Informatization Academy (an NGO), is an Associated Member of the United Nations, maintains General Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, and is based out of Montreal. This could mean the United Nations is interested in such studies and others.
There is a conflict between religion and psychology over living in the past. Psychology can be called a modern secular social science. If religion is called a way of life; this can also be said about psychology and sociology guiding people in a secular way of life. The influence of psychology is also being felt in religion.
Psychologists recognize that there are two levels of consciousness which are conscious level and subconscious. Psychologists work in treating people with speech which is on the conscious level. On the conscious level there is intellect and speech. Through interaction and communication between the psychologist and the patient, he/she is opened on the intellectual level to recognize his/her problems and to solve them. The results are not accomplished in one treatment.
Why not nudge?
While listening to an eminent speaker, I found about the nudge concept. An intriguing one and yet so subtle if one thinks about it.
Nudging is a concept in which one who is making a decision about something is given an environment or circumstances where he is inclined to make decisions tilting towards a certain way. This when looked from the outside seems to be as easy as a daily life thing, like your mother giving incentives to drink milk or a kid is told to brush his teeth so that he will have his favorite breakfast in the morning. But what if we apply the same in a bigger and more important circumstances.