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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.

Maggie Ciskanik, MS, MSc, has been a neurological nurse, an educator, and a writer. Her interests, life experience, and education have put her at the crossroads of the philosophy, theology, and science of human flourishing. With a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, an MS in Nursing, and an MSc in Applied Neuroscience, she strives to share scientific information from a faith perspective. Her interests range from the relationship between health and cognitive function to the neural correlates of free will, creativity, and the human experience of transcendence.

Blog Post by Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.

Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.May 17, 20234 min read

Just How Big is a Light Year? The Cosmic View

How can we conceive the astronomical distances in space? Maggie Ciskanik answers by explaining the light year and our cosmic view.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.April 20, 202310 min read

Sir Isaac Newton and the Scientific ‘Reformation’

A fascinating look at Sir Isaac Newton's extraordinary life, faith, and scientific contributions.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.April 3, 20234 min read

Of Dying Stars and Dying to Oneself

A Lenten article that looks at how the lessons from a dying star reveal that our dying affects our neighbors.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.March 28, 20235 min read

The Beam in Your Eye: Thinking Traps that Can Blind You

A discussion about thinking traps, how we can overcome them, and how they are a segue for us to become the best version of ourselves.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.February 13, 20233 min read

Valentine’s Day and the Secret of the Heart

Learn about Valentine's Day, St. Valentine, and the role of the heart.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.December 23, 20225 min read

Music and the Brain with Dr. Oliver Sacks: Christmas Edition

Have you ever wondered about the link between music and the brain? Here, Maggie Ciskanik discusses the evidence found by Dr. Oliver Sacks.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.November 15, 20228 min read

St. Albert the Great: The Patron Saint of Scientists and Philosophers

St. Albert the Great's contributions to natural science and philosophy reveal the depth of his understanding of the fundamental parts of the human person.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.October 25, 20223 min read

Closer to Home: James Webb Telescope Images Look Into Our Solar System

New James Webb Telescope images reveal a deeper look into our solar system—further highlighting the intersection of science and scripture.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.October 10, 20224 min read

The Positive and Negative Effects of Religion

Throughout history, faith has been intrinsic to the human experience but what are the effects of religion on happiness, civic engagement, and health?
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.September 17, 20226 min read

Positive Emotions and the Virtuous Life

Using psychology, this article examines why we have positive emotions and what role they play in developing a virtuous life.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.August 19, 20223 min read

New Insights into the Nones: The Rise of the “Dones”

A look into the 'dones'—a new group within the 'nones'—and traces of religion still left in them.
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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.July 7, 20224 min read

Living with Happiness and Purpose

Maggie Ciskanik dives into the discussion of how to live a life with happiness and purpose through the lens of psychology.
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