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Renunciation and Non-Renunciation in Indian Films

Renunciation and Non-Renunciation in Indian Films

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article reviews the renunciation and non-renunciation in Indian films. Renunciation is one of the most widely studied subjects among Indic traditions. The image of a half-naked ascetic with a stick in one hand and a begging bowl in other has captured the attention of scholars more often than the mundane householder. Whereas the ascetic captured the imagination with his (and sometimes her) individualistic spirit rebelling against the maligned caste hierarchy, the householder has been seen as a poor creature living a routine life according to the rules dictated by the caste (varna) and the stage in life (ashrama). The author reviews several films to analyze the portrayal of ascetics and householders, but cannot claim that the review is encyclopedic because there are so many films with variations on this theme. All of the films introduced here were made by Indian filmmakers except for two Hollywood films, the Householder (1963) and Siddhartha (1972), that were filmed in India with an Indian cast and story.
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[Review] Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

[Review] Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This book review discusses 'Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism' by Emma Tomalin, a book about religion and ecology.
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[Review] Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition

[Review] Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This book review discusses 'Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition' by Bhaskar Sarkar. The book examines the political truncation of India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947.
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Swadhyaya's Dharmic Ecology

Swadhyaya's Dharmic Ecology

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This paper is a summary of an essay by the author titled "Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners". It discusses the Swadhyayis and their Vrksamandiras, or tree-temples, and dharmic ecology.
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Teaching and Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism: "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"

Teaching and Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism: "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"

Date: 2010
Creator: Roll-Pettersson, Lise, 1955-; Ala'i-Rosales, Shahla; Keenan, Mickey & Dillenburger, Karola
Description: This article discusses applied behavior analysis and autism. Professionals on both international and national levels who work with children with autism are expressing the need for graduate-level training in applied behaviour analysis. The implementation of effective instruction in higher education for professionals working with children with autism and their families is a complex undertaking: the learner needs to acquire an understanding of the principles and procedures of applied behaviour analysis and also adopt this knowledge to the learning prerequisites of individuals with autism. In this paper, the authors outline some current thinking about adult education and blended learning technologies and then describe and illustrate with examples emerging possibilities of multimedia technology in the development of teaching materials. We conclude that synergies between graduate-level curriculum requirements, knowledge of adult learning, and communication technology are necessary to establish comprehensive learning environments for professionals who specialize in autism intervention.
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Ten Key Hindu Environmental Teachings

Ten Key Hindu Environmental Teachings

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses diverse theologies in Hinduism and describes ten important Hindu teachings on the environment.
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Three Important Things to Consider When Starting Intervention for a Child Diagnosed with Autism

Three Important Things to Consider When Starting Intervention for a Child Diagnosed with Autism

Date: 2010
Creator: Ala'i-Rosales, Shahla & Zeug, Nicole M.
Description: This article discusses important things to consider when starting an intervention for a child diagnosed with autism. The authors discuss questions that one should ask before beginning such an undertaking and important things to consider after the first year of intervention.
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Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World

Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World

Date: June 28, 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses Hinduism. The ideals of Hinduism, such as pluralism, dharma, ritam, and nonviolence hold important lessons for the future of Hinduism in particular and for humanity in general.
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Bishnoi: An Eco-Theological "New Religious Movement" In The Indian Desert

Bishnoi: An Eco-Theological "New Religious Movement" In The Indian Desert

Date: August 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses the authors fieldwork with the Bishnois.
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Nothing to fear? Neural systems supporting avoidance behavior in healthy youths

Nothing to fear? Neural systems supporting avoidance behavior in healthy youths

Date: August 15, 2010
Creator: Schlund, Michael W.; Siegle, Greg J.; Ladouceur, Cecile D.; Silk, Jennifer S.; Cataldo, Michael F.; Forbes, Erika E. et al.
Description: This article discusses neural systems supporting avoidance behavior in healthy youths. Presently our understanding of the neural systems supporting human avoidance is largely based on nonhuman research. Establishing the generality of nonhuman findings to healthy children is a needed first step towards advancing developmental affective neuroscience research on avoidance in childhood anxiety. Accordingly, this investigation examined brain activation patterns to threatening cues that prompted avoidance in healthy youths.
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