Ridiculous Beliefs Of The World’s Most Acclaimed Thinkers

Ridiculous Beliefs Pythagoras Writing

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Ridiculous Beliefs: Pythagoras

Pythagoras is a world-renowned mathematician credited with coming up with the Pythagorean Theorem. This theorem forms the crux of trigonometry and, as any half decent geometry student should know, posits that the square of a right triangle’s hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the square of the other two sides. As one might glean, Pythagoras was heavily invested in explaining natural phenomena mathematically, and is credited for discoveries in music, astronomy and medicine.

Not content to confine his thoughts to the material world, Pythagoras often dabbled in the divine. Reasonably enough, Pythagoras believed in the reincarnation of souls and advocated vegetarianism and pacifism, but beneath that lurked some rather odd beliefs. For example, Pythagoras believed that beans were made from the same material as humans and should not be consumed.

He also sanctioned that you must smooth out all bodily indents on your bed/pillow; you cannot step over a crossbar, allow swallows to nest under the roof or walk on highways. Pythagoras’ religion, Pythagoreanism, had an established following – a secret brotherhood – that pursued the practices of their master, and he appears in religious or priestly guises across Greece.

The Animal Kingdom’s Most Fascinatingly Bizarre Color Mutations

Color Mutations Chimera Cat

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Nature is full of beauty, especially in its “imperfections”. Case in point? Color mutations in animals. Over time, evolution can transform an entire species, even creating new ones. Alternatively, a specific mutation can affect only a few individuals within a given animal population.

Several kinds of color mutations can affect the animal world, ranging from well-known albinism all the way to chimera. Some of these are much more common than others. But it seems that the rarer the mutation is, the more intrigued by it we become.

Color Mutations Blue Lobster

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6 Interesting Religions You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Interesting Religions Falun Gong

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Bad news, monotheists: you’re not even close to having a monopoly over the world’s narratives on purpose and morality. At present, it’s estimated that over 4,000 religions exist across the world, ranging from the well-established to the cult-like. Whatever your divine quest, it seems there’s a spiritual niche just for you. Here are six lesser known groups that have larger followings from around the world.

Interesting Religions: Falun Gong

Interesting Religions Meditation

Source: Minghui

Founded in China in 1992, Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline where followers try to obtain renewal and better health through meditation. The three tenets of belief are truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. It combines elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, with a dash of Chinese folklore. By the late 1990s, the Communist Party began to view Falun Gong as a threat due to its independence and large size (some estimated that by the late 90s, Falun Gong had over ten million followers), and initiated a massive propaganda campaign to bring it to an end.

Interesting Religions Falun Gong Protest

Source: Minghui

In April 1999, over 10,000 Falun Gong followers gathered peacefully near the government compound to request legal recognition and freedom from harassment by the state. Many see this event as the catalyst to the subsequent suppression movement, where Chinese security forces abducted, tortured, detained and killed thousands of Falun Gong leaders. Since the gathering, Falun Gong adherents have fought to try party leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity.

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