Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality

Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality

This is the complete version of the book, contains 214 pages.

Author: Mark W. Gura

Publisher: Inneraction Press LLC

ISBN: 1939691230

Category: Atheism

Page: 214

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Finally, a book about meditation and meaning in life that is based on reason, not religious or supernatural explanations... Provocative and truly inspirational! One of the best books I've ever read.-Rachel Patel We think we perceive reality, but we live in our minds, in self-created realities, hypnotized by our conditioning and habitual ways of thinking. I am sure seekers will find much to support their efforts to awaken in this book.-Jack Elias "Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality" is a guide and memoir which shows that spirituality and meditation can be practiced without faith in God(s), gurus, or the supernatural. Techniques such as mindfulness and vipassana meditation have been practiced for thousands of years, are corroborated by reason, psychology and neuroscience, and help develop a sense of compassion, charity and the pursuit of meaning and knowledge. These secular practices are consistent with the best science available and are perfect for atheists, skeptics, humanists, freethinkers, as well as all others who wish to practice spirituality without religion or reference to supernatural forces. This is the complete version of the book, contains 214 pages. Note: The difference between "Atheist Meditation/Atheist Spirituality" and "Exploring Your Life" is that Exploring Your Life is an expanded edition, and it's intended for a general audience, while "Atheist Meditation" begins with a special message to the atheist community.
Categories: Atheism

Exploring Your Life

Exploring Your Life

I am sure seekers will find much to support their efforts to awaken in this book."-Jack Elias Neuroscience finds that spontaneous acts of mindfulness decrease stress, depression and anxiety, increasing overall well-being.

Author: Mark W. Gura

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1507883668

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 176

View: 873

"Finally, a book about meditation and meaning in life that is based on reason, not religious or supernatural explanations... Provocative and truly inspirational! One of the best books I've ever read."-Rachel Patel"We think we perceive reality, but we live in our minds, in self-created realities, hypnotized by our conditioning and habitual ways of thinking. I am sure seekers will find much to support their efforts to awaken in this book."-Jack Elias Neuroscience finds that spontaneous acts of mindfulness decrease stress, depression and anxiety, increasing overall well-being. But studies also show that purposeful mindfulness techniques, such as vipassana or mindfulness meditation, are even more powerful. Mindfulness meditation re-wires the brain in a way that decreases physical pain and psychological suffering. Exploring Your Life: Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Spirituality examines the different roles we play in life, the power of mindfulness, and the concept that inner peace does not require religion or gurus, belief in God(s), the afterlife, or the supernatural.Full Preview Version. Contains the essentials.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

How To Be An Agnostic

How To Be An Agnostic

Mark Vernon who was a priest, and left an atheist explores the wonder of science, the ups and downs of being 'spiritual but not religious', the insights of ancient philosophy, and God the biggest question.

Author: Mark Vernon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230301443

Category: Social Science

Page: 277

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The authentic spiritual quest is marked not by certainties but by questions and doubt. Mark Vernon who was a priest, and left an atheist explores the wonder of science, the ups and downs of being 'spiritual but not religious', the insights of ancient philosophy, and God the biggest question.
Categories: Social Science

Summary of Sam Harris s Waking Up by Swift Reads

Summary of Sam Harris   s Waking Up by Swift Reads

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014) by neuroscientist and atheist Sam Harris explores how to develop a spiritual practice that is not based on outmoded religious beliefs about how the world works.

Author: Swift Reads

Publisher: Swift Reads

ISBN:

Category: Study Aids

Page: 35

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014) by neuroscientist and atheist Sam Harris explores how to develop a spiritual practice that is not based on outmoded religious beliefs about how the world works. Harris draws upon personal experience, neuroscience, psychology, and Buddhist conceptions of the mind to explore the nature of consciousness and how it is possible to embrace spirituality and remain secular… Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.
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Waking Up

Waking Up

A guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology considers how to learn from the examples of religious sages and saints from a secular and philosophical perspective without formally committing ...

Author: Sam Harris

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451636024

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 240

A guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology considers how to learn from the examples of religious sages and saints from a secular and philosophical perspective without formally committing to religion. 100,000 first printing.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers.

Author: Stephen Batchelor

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588369840

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 505

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journey—from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.
Categories: Religion

Philosophers without Gods

Philosophers without Gods

' -- Free Inquiry 'This collection strikes me as an excellent example of how comprehensible philosophical writing can be at its best. By and large, the essays are written in a clear and direct style, free of philosophical jargon.

Author: Louise M. Antony

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199839780

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 340

Atheists are frequently demonized as arrogant intellectuals, antagonistic to religion, devoid of moral sentiments, advocates of an "anything goes" lifestyle. Now, in this revealing volume, nineteen leading philosophers open a window on the inner life of atheism, shattering these common stereotypes as they reveal how they came to turn away from religious belief. These highly engaging personal essays capture the marvelous diversity to be found among atheists, providing a portrait that will surprise most readers. Many of the authors, for example, express great affection for particular religious traditions, even as they explain why they cannot, in good conscience, embrace them. None of the contributors dismiss religious belief as stupid or primitive, and several even express regret that they cannot, or can no longer, believe. Perhaps more important, in these reflective pieces, they offer fresh insight into some of the oldest and most difficult problems facing the human mind and spirit. For instance, if God is dead, is everything permitted? Philosophers without Gods demonstrates convincingly, with arguments that date back to Plato, that morality is independent of the existence of God. Indeed, every writer in this volume adamantly affirms the objectivity of right and wrong. Moreover, they contend that secular life can provide rewards as great and as rich as religious life. A naturalistic understanding of the human condition presents a set of challenges--to pursue our goals without illusions, to act morally without hope of reward--challenges that can impart a lasting value to finite and fragile human lives. 'This Atheists R Us compilation differs markedly in tone from Hitchens and Dawkins. Excellent fare for Christian small groups whose members are genuinely interested in the arguments raised by atheists.'-- Christianity Today 'Rather than the foolishness of Dawkins or Hitchens, these [essays] are compelling and sophisticated arguments that religious people ought to confront....'-- Tikkun 'Taken as a group, these readable, personal, and provocative essays make it clear that there are many kinds of non-believers, and even many different elements that make up a single skeptical outlook. Contrary to the popular image, atheism isn't all rebellious trumpets and defiant drums. That part of the orchestra is essential, but here we have all the varieties of unreligious experience, a full symphony of unbelief.' -- Free Inquiry 'This collection strikes me as an excellent example of how comprehensible philosophical writing can be at its best. By and large, the essays are written in a clear and direct style, free of philosophical jargon. Many who read it will find themselves also engaged at a level that is not merely academic.'--George I. Mavrodes, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Categories: Religion

Twelve Step Meditations for Atheists

Twelve Step Meditations for Atheists

With Twelve Step Meditations for Atheists, you will be armed with the ability to translate all that god talk into the hard science of spiritual experiences.

Author: Laura M

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1502788071

Category:

Page: 84

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How do we recover in Twelve Step Programs without losing ourselves in spirituality? How do we understand our fellow sufferers in meetings when their sharing is so laden with god talk? With Twelve Step Meditations for Atheists, you will be armed with the ability to translate all that god talk into the hard science of spiritual experiences. No longer will you have to hold your tongue and endure the descriptions of the spiritual experiences of others. You will learn how to accept their experiences as the biological responses they are and create the same experiences for yourself. No god required.
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How to Meditate

How to Meditate

It's so simple that even quite young children can be taught to meditate and physically undemanding enough to be accessible by almost everyone.This book is designed for people with little or no previous meditation experience, who want to ...

Author: Wendy Aridela

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1502346915

Category:

Page: 128

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Meditation is not in any way something weird, wacky or woo-woo. It's as normal a human activity as eating, drinking or sleeping. You don't have to be mystical, spiritual, psychic or even clever to do it. You don't have to sit cross-legged with closed eyes to meditate - it can be done in the bath, on the bus, in bed or even while you're cooking your dinner. You don't have to change your religion - or even have a religion to change. You don't need any equipment. It's so simple that even quite young children can be taught to meditate and physically undemanding enough to be accessible by almost everyone. This book is designed for people with little or no previous meditation experience, who want to learn some simple meditation techniques outside any established faith tradition or meditation lineage. These techniques are suitable for everyone. It doesn't matter if you are Christian, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu or some other faith tradition - you will not find anything here to clash with or contradict your faith. (Get your pastor or religious teacher to check out the book if you have any concerns.) This book is also suitable for people who would describe themselves as spiritual but not religious, seeking for a path, agnostic - or even atheist, as this book does not presume a belief in God. Instead of you hamster-wheeling away on your mental treadmill, meditation lets you step off and smell the roses. Or taste the coffee. Or feel the texture of the pavement under your feet. Life becomes a richer experience. You see, hear and touch more. You notice the things you didn't expect - the little yellow flower growing through a crack in the pavement, the sound of the birds singing behind the noise of the traffic, the warm, cinnamon smell as you walk past the bakers. Just sitting quietly, you discover that simply breathing can be pleasurable. You notice the cool stream of air entering your nose and then leaving again. You start to enjoy the sensations as your muscles relax. Slowly, behind all the thought-chatter, behind all the everyday noise, you become aware of a stillness and a silence that is always in the background. As you begin to relax, you realise how tense you've been all day and you can let go. You can enjoy just being with yourself for a while without the cast of thousands in your head. And yet, it's not like dreaming or sleepiness, any more than your hobby is. It's a state of being more aware than usual and more awake. It's being fully alive here and now instead of being lost in thought. Some people I've spoken to have been afraid to meditate. They worry that if they stop their mind, they will open themselves to being hypnotised or brainwashed or even to demonic possession. I hope you understand by now that meditation is not a process of stopping your mind (That's called coma, not meditation!) but of directing your mind. Instead of allowing your mind to drag you wherever it wants to, you take back control. It's your mind, after all! You choose to focus on what's real, rather than on what's imaginary. In that way, meditation is almost the opposite of being in a trance. In fact, it's breaking the trance that most of us live in.
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Atheist to Zen

Atheist to Zen

Peace resides at the core of all creation, it can never be uprooted, only covered up. This is an inspirational story of transformation from suffering to healing, followed by five methods you can use to bring joy into your daily life.

Author: Greg Kesler

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781452599069

Category: Self-Help

Page: 166

View: 215

Imagine experiencing continuous, peaceful living. Everyone has the inherent capacity to remain in a state of joy and serenity, regardless of circumstances. Peace resides at the core of all creation, it can never be uprooted, only covered up. This is an inspirational story of transformation from suffering to healing, followed by five methods you can use to bring joy into your daily life. Greg Kesler lived most of his life as an atheist, dwelling in the paralyzing fear of uncertainty. Afraid of living and afraid of dying, the only thing he believed in was struggling and forcing his way through life. In August 2011, Greg and two of his children nearly drowned in a river during a float tubing mishap. Being a non-believer in any higher power, the “visitation” from a loving, intelligent Presence under the water with them, came as quite a shock. This life-changing event, combined with another Spiritual encounter a year prior, radically shifted Greg’s views of himself, other people, and the world around him. He’s studying to be a Spiritual guidance counselor to assist people in learning about their Divine nature, perfect in every way. His new purpose in life is to help others free themselves, as he has been freed, by the grace of Spirit. Unlimited joy is always available, for it’s the natural state of all of creation. This book guides you in how to bring instant and sustainable peace into your life, starting today. Life is beautiful! Enjoy it.
Categories: Self-Help

Finding Silence

Finding Silence

The collection bridges the gap between religion and spirituality and shows how meditation can unify people and reconnect us with the inner core of our being.

Author: James Roose-Evans

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752470276

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Finding Silence has grown out of a meditation group which James Roose-Evans leads in London, which encompasses people of very different beliefs. The meditations - one for each week of the year - have something to inspire everyone - whether religious, agnostic or atheist. The collection bridges the gap between religion and spirituality and shows how meditation can unify people and reconnect us with the inner core of our being.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Modern Samkhya

Modern Samkhya

In this book, the author investigates the foundational text of classical Samkhya, the Samkhyakarika of Isvarakrsna, to uncover its important psychological insights concerning our human condition and the means to transcend it.

Author: D. E. Osto

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1530937744

Category:

Page: 68

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Samkhya is one of the most ancient of India's philosophical traditions and its influence has been widespread in Indian thought for centuries. The central aim of Samkhya is to counteract human suffering. To do this, Samkhya proposes a special type of metaphysical dualism, which asserts the absolute distinction between pure consciousness (purusa) on the one hand, and the phenomenal world (prakrti) on the other. The ancient philosophy of Samkhya can be applied to modern life in a number of valuable ways. Rather than becoming overly concerned with the metaphysics of the system, Samkhya can be seen as a psychological tool to overcome suffering. Through rigorous philosophical and psychological analysis, a person can learn to detach or disassociate from the psychophysical entity, and realize witness consciousness. Classical Samkhya postulates no God, supreme being, or creator of the universe. Thus Samkhya shows us that there is not a necessary dichotomy between atheism and spirituality. Moreover, its understanding of the human condition, the self, and the universe provide us with profound psychological insights that may be utilized for better living in this world. In this book, the author investigates the foundational text of classical Samkhya, the Samkhyakarika of Isvarakrsna, to uncover its important psychological insights concerning our human condition and the means to transcend it. Included in the book are special meditational exercises to internalize the teachings of Samkhya, and a complete English translation of the Sanskrit Samkhyakarika. Dr D.E. Osto is a scholar of Asian philosophies and meditation teacher with over thirty years of meditation experience.
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Exploring Your Life

Exploring Your Life

"Exploring Your Life: Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Spirituality" examines the different roles we play in life, the power of mindfulness, and the concept that inner peace does not require religion or gurus, belief in God(s), the ...

Author: Mark W. Gura

Publisher: Inneraction Press LLC

ISBN: 1939691923

Category: Meditation

Page: 252

View: 430

How to practice spirituality without religion? Neuroscience finds that spontaneous acts of mindfulness decrease stress, depression and anxiety, increasing overall well-being. But studies also show that purposeful mindfulness techniques, such as vipassana or mindfulness meditation, are even more powerful. Mindfulness meditation re-wires the brain in a way that decreases physical pain and psychological suffering. "Exploring Your Life: Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Spirituality" examines the different roles we play in life, the power of mindfulness, and the concept that inner peace does not require religion or gurus, belief in God(s), the afterlife, or the supernatural.
Categories: Meditation

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

And then, all of a sudden, as you are meditating or walking, you stumble upon
this surprise, this revelation, this enchantment, namely the incredible fact that
there is something, and not nothing! And the something is why-less, much like ...

Author: Andre Comte-Sponville

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101202661

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The perfect antidote to the fiery rhetoric that dominates our current national debate over religion, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality is the ideal companion to such bestsellers as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great. I n this inspiring book, bestselling author and philosopher André Comte-Sponville offers a new perspective on the question of God?s existence, acknowledging the good that has come of religion while advocating tolerance from both believers and non-believers. Through clear, concise, and often humorous prose, Comte-Sponville offers a convincing appeal for a new form of spiritual life?one that at its heart celebrates the human need to connect to one another and the universe.
Categories: Religion

21st Century Practical Spiritual Metaphysic Guide Book for Atheist S and Agnostics

21st Century Practical Spiritual Metaphysic Guide Book for Atheist S and Agnostics

It is very important to meditate sitting in a totally upright position with your spine
completely straight. Meditation cannot be reclining or even leaning back in a
comfortable chair. If sitting on a chair during meditation it is best to sit totally
upright, ...

Author: Joel Gonzalez

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780615171272

Category:

Page: 380

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This is a guide book for the individual who has always shied away from all occult subjects, such as religion, magic, astrology, metaphysics, spiritual anything, and for the beginner into all of these subjects who wished to expedite his/her learning with the latest up to date information. It offers leads for the beginner interested in understanding the merger between science and the occult spiritual subjects, and a reference of where to get started in the search for the ultimate truth. This book also provides references of where to find up to date information, based on scientific evidence of what is going on with our planet earth, and what to expect in the coming years leading to December 21, 2012. This book provides scientific and practical ways of understanding the universe; TOOLS to help YOU LIVE life TO ITS FULLEST and with EXCELLENT HEALTH!!!
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An Agnostic s Liturgy

An Agnostic s Liturgy

Author: Robert W. Christie

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:867634193

Category: Meditations

Page: 78

View: 645

Categories: Meditations

Why We Need Religion

Why We Need Religion

It is really about lust, rage, grief, love and the other core emotions. Why We Need Religion is about the way religion successfully manages human emotions, for the good of the individual and the group.

Author: Stephen T. Asma

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190469672

Category: Emotions

Page: 272

View: 802

"Stephen T. Asma argues that religion, like art, has direct access to our emotional lives in ways that science does not. Science can cause curiosity and wonder, but much emotional suffering and vulnerability is beyond the reach of scientific help. Unlike secular authors who praise religion's ethical and civilizing functions, Asma argues that its core value lies in its emotionally therapeutic power...Asma describes the way in which religion manages rage, play, lust, care grief, and so on. [This book] is a surprising and persuasive Darwinian defense of religious emotions and the cultural systems that manage them."--
Categories: Emotions

The Book of Atheist Spirituality

The Book of Atheist Spirituality

It is the spirit of Zen masters — 'meditation in silence and with no object'. All that
remains is awareness; all that remains is reality. 'Meditation', said Krishnamurti, '
is the silence of thought.' It means, he added, achieving 'freedom from the ...

Author: Andre Comte-Sponville

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409081616

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 545

Can we do without religion? Can we have ethics without God? Is there such thing as 'atheistic spirituality'? In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author André Comte-Sponville presents a philosophical exploration of atheism - and reaches startling conclusions. Atheists, Comte-Sponville argues, are no less interested in a spiritual life than religious believers. But by allowing the concept of spirituality to become intertwined with religion and dogma, humanity has lost touch with the nature of a true spiritual existence. Using rigorous, reasoned arguments and clear, concise, and often humorous prose Comte-Sponville draws on both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions to propose the atheistic alternative to religion, based on the human need to connect to each other and to the universe. In doing so, he offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.
Categories: Religion

Choosing Our Religion

Choosing Our Religion

These compelling stories are deeply revealing about how religion is changing in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family, friends, and neighbors with whom their lives remain intertwined.

Author: Elizabeth Drescher

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199341245

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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To the dismay of religious leaders, study after study has shown a steady decline in affiliation and identification with traditional religions in America. By 2014, more than twenty percent of adults identified as unaffiliated--up more than seven percent just since 2007. Even more startling, more than thirty percent of those under the age of thirty now identify as "Nones"--answering "none" when queried about their religious affiliation. Is America losing its religion? Or, as more and more Americans choose different spiritual paths, are they changing what it means to be religious in the United States today? In Choosing Our Religion, Elizabeth Drescher explores the diverse, complex spiritual lives of Nones across generations and across categories of self-identification such as "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and more. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews conducted across the United States, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a broad cross-section of Nones, diverse with respect to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and prior religious background. She allows Nones to speak eloquently for themselves, illuminating the processes by which they became None, the sources of information and inspiration that enrich their spiritual lives, the practices they find spiritually meaningful, how prayer functions in spiritual lives not centered on doctrinal belief, how morals and values are shaped outside of institutional religions, and how Nones approach the spiritual development of their own children. These compelling stories are deeply revealing about how religion is changing in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family, friends, and neighbors with whom their lives remain intertwined.
Categories: Religion

Going Godless

Going Godless

Going Godless does not provide you with a rule book, but rather an important perspective for writing your own.

Author: J. K. Fausnight

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450205030

Category:

Page: 276

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If you have recently joined the growing ranks of nonbelievers, you may be wondering where to go next. What do you leave behind when you abandon religion? Is atheism and agnosticism a spiritual dead-end? How do you find meaning, morality, and spiritual satisfaction in a world without God? Going Godless takes a look at spirituality redefined within the material world around us, the world we know exists. Whether you are atheist, agnostic, deist, or simply don't subscribe to any existing religion, you are faced with going through life without a rule book handed down by God. Going Godless does not provide you with a rule book, but rather an important perspective for writing your own.
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