The Bahá’í writings suggest that the human mind is the most sensitive signal detection system in the natural world. Its capacity to read reality and to discover its many mysteries is the source of human power and freedom. Yet, because the mind is also a “sign of God, a heavenly gem,” it is forever incapable of cracking the mystery of its own self. According to the Bahá’í Faith, the role of science and religion is to endow the mind with the capacity to recognize its powers and limitations and to enable minds that learn to work together to harvest the finest fruits of existence. In this webinar we will explore these themes.
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