Posts by Rachel Pincus

Posts by Rachel Pincus

The ‘Mystery’ of Believing Without a Causal Story

For all of her adult life, my grandmother woke up around 4:00 a.m. every single day for her morning prayer. She had a stroke in the last days of her life, and some things had changed with how she talked, moved, and laughed, but nothing had changed about her trust in the power of prayer. A few months ago, a friend of mine who was experiencing unbearable cramps during a very difficult pregnancy told me that the severe pain subsided after her…

Ritual in Science, Ambiguity in Religion

In this podcast, recorded at the May 2017 meeting of the current and former Sinai and Synapses fellows, Kat Robison, Sara Gottlieb, Connor Wood and Mark Goodman speak about the place of skepticism in science and religion (and how we express this skepticism), the different needs science and religion fulfill in our lives, and the place of ritual in both. Kat Robison also mentions an important moment in his life related to online games. If you haven’t played yet, then…