RATIONAL is the state of mind and the way of
thinking that's normally acquired through scientific education which trains
people in the explanation of the facts of life and nature; in the way they
define problems and conceive solutions. This rational state of mind leads people
to realize with awe the immensity and marvelous complexity of the universe's
architecture and of life. The more man knows about these fields the more grows
his admiration and awe for the subjects of scientific knowledge.
One possible explanation of these feelings of admiration and awe is that the human brain is being used in activities for which it was not designed by natural selection. The human brain is designed for hunting, fishing, mating, nurturing, social behavior (Aristotle's "Political animal"), but not for understanding the Big Bang or the Double Helix of DNA.
Before defining spirituality, it is useful to define the Sacred. Through history the sacred has mainly been confined to religion. But scientific education by revealing the marvels of nature, the complexity, strength and implicit fragility of life leads many to develop a very deep respect towards life and nature which can be qualified as sacred.
SPIRITUALITY consists in this feeling or intuition of the sacred that, without being rational, is frequently attained by those who got a scientific vision of life and nature. At this level there is a big field of confluence between the scientific and religious oriented minds.
In short: This new Webzine, open to atheism and to all creeds, comes to promote respect for life and nature, the values of humility and tolerance, which can bee attained by religion and/or reason. Bearing in mind Plato's ideal that knowledge is the way to virtue, some works of great thinkers are featured as well as commentaries to the weekly portions of the Torah and several small miscellaneous articles, all within the frame of reason and spirituality here defined.