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by Dan74
Sat May 19, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 595
Views: 23009

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Much like terrorism, these events make people feel they are in much more danger than they likely are. I get that people are scared, but the idea that "no kid is safe anywhere" is just fear mongering. We still live in an incredibly safe time, and by and large kids growing up today in the US are quit...
by Dan74
Sat May 19, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1133

Re: Hawking has last laugh

Mantrik, as far as I can tell, says two related things: 1. Scientists sometimes work on questions that are inherently beyond our reach and therefore any theory will be largely speculation. 2. It would've been much better if they spent time solving real world problems that actually improve people's l...
by Dan74
Fri May 18, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 42
Views: 1130

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 10:46 pm
This conversation is uncannily similar to debates I've over the relative merits of different superheros.
Go Aquaman!

by Dan74
Wed May 09, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1133

Re: Hawking has last laugh

We are mostly guessing here (no physicist, let alone astrophysicists?). I guess Mantrik is saying that the origination of the Universe is beyond the reach of science, since this is when the laws of physics began. I don't know. Maybe. Maybe they can reach it, the physicist. You can look at a bird and...
by Dan74
Sat May 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1133

Re: Hawking has last laugh

There isn't evidence that there was a beginning at all, I don't think. It is a bit like saying we can only see as far as the horizon therefore that is the edge of the world. This idea of a 'border' was something Hawking struggled with and flip-flopped over. I know humans crave certainty and want th...
by Dan74
Fri May 04, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1133

Re: Hawking has last laugh

Since the universe began approx 13.8 billion years ago, we cannot even theoretically observe anything further than 13.8 billion light years away, There isn't evidence that there was a beginning at all, I don't think. It is a bit like saying we can only see as far as the horizon therefore that is th...
by Dan74
Fri May 04, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1133

Re: Hawking has last laugh

There are may clever people in physics and what they say is not mere speculation, but always backed up either with observation or theory. One relatively simple but profound fact I explained to the kids recently is the size of observable universe, which directly depends on the age of the universe, wh...
by Dan74
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 5824

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

We have a free press in the US. CNN, Fox, MSNBC are not the press. Oh you mean as long as you have no perceptible influence, you can say what you want. Russia has such freedoms as well. See Novaya Gazeta, for instance. Again, overall the US has more freedoms, no doubt for me, but... Maybe worth it ...
by Dan74
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 5824

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Again the unnecessary comparison to Russia only underscore the paucity of the argument. Russia does not have free media, no one seriously pretends that it does. But intelligent people like Malcolm still apparently think that the US media are free. The groupthink they exhibit on a whole host of issu...
by Dan74
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 5824

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Again the unnecessary comparison to Russia only underscore the paucity of the argument. Russia does not have free media, no one seriously pretends that it does. But intelligent people like Malcolm still apparently think that the US media are free. The groupthink they exhibit on a whole host of issue...
by Dan74
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 5824

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Ogyen wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:55 pm
:popcorn:
:guns: :jedi: :techproblem:
by Dan74
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 5824

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Given American faux democracy and Russian illiberal one, I guess I would take the former, because of better tolerance of freedom of thought and expression and somewhat better protection of individual rights. But of course both are deeply flawed so... (Mind you, Malcolm, the recently deceased/murdere...
by Dan74
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 343
Views: 5824

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

What do you feel? I feel curious about why people find claims such as the Syrian chemical weapons attack was orchestrated by the West convincing, and what genuine sentiments by Americans and non-Americans about the imperfections of democracy and internationalism are being exploited by autocrats thr...
by Dan74
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 17
Views: 3041

Re: Greetings

Welcome back! :meditate: Thank You Hi Tim, You know there's a dedicated Zen/Chan/Seon forum now (address in my sig). _/|\_ I shall check it out. But of late I have had my head turned by Tibetan Buddhism, more so than I did when I first came to Dharma Wheel almost 5 years ago Good for you! More impo...
by Dan74
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 17
Views: 3041

Re: Greetings

Hi Tim,

You know there's a dedicated Zen/Chan/Seon forum now (address in my sig).

_/|\_
by Dan74
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Is it good not to exist?

Good answers above. :bow: My teacher said once that before we can let go of the self, we need to develop a well-adjusted strong sense of self. Too often one longs to escape the burdens of existence - this is still very much on the Wheel of Samsara of wanting and aversion. I think it helps at the ver...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?
Replies: 31
Views: 1235

Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented! 40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly? What's the rush? If we get enough votes, Dan will switch to practicing Dzogchen :tongue: :jumping: :twis...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?
Replies: 31
Views: 1235

Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:55 am
Dan74 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am
Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?
What's the rush?
No rush at all. But a valid excuse to bump the topic ;)
by Dan74
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?
Replies: 31
Views: 1235

Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?
by Dan74
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 109
Views: 9262

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

Another "funny" on this topic..
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