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by Kim O'Hara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 210
Views: 66239

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Revisiting Kiva

I'm sure you're right, David, but I think you missed my point so I have bolded it. I could put it another way, too: Amazon is trying to buy a social licence to continue operating the way it always has, i.e., unethically. I don't want to play along with that if there's a better option. I understood ...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Revisiting Kiva

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by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Prayers vs. Help
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Prayers vs. Help

Hey, I am currently mulling over the topic of what is actually better: praying for the benefit of beings or actually going out and helping? Little background for my question. Right now I am in a state where I am basically unemployed, looking for job and not sure whether I will be able to pay my ren...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Revisiting Kiva

What's wrong with that connection is that Amazon is profoundly unethical in what it does and how it does it, and any charity which works with it is legitimising Amazon and making it even more of a monster. Amazon works with over one million charities, that one can designate to receive a portion of ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Revisiting Kiva

What's wrong with that connection to Amazon? People purchase from Amazon and a small portion goes to the charity of their choice and some have chosen kiva. ... What's wrong with that connection is that Amazon is profoundly unethical in what it does and how it does it, and any charity which works wi...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Revisiting Kiva

https://www.cgdev.org/blog/kiva-not-quite-what-it-seems :good: Thanks, although it is getting a bit old (2009). The bit that I think I need to follow up, for my own peace of mind, is Meanwhile, as I have discovered over the last year, the evidence on the effects of microcredit on poverty and empowe...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Revisiting Kiva

A few years ago I came across Kiva and was impressed by their concept of making microfinance available to people in developing nations. I put a few dollars into loans, recycled them when they matured, added a bit more money now and then, and gradually lost faith in what they were doing. I started se...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 23
Views: 1073

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Demographers and women’s-rights advocates alike say the looming baby bust is a damning indictment of the health care and childcare systems in the U.S. America is the only developed country that does not guarantee paid leave to new parents, and it does not offer universal childcare or universal pre-...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 23
Views: 1073

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Baby bust in USA Women Are Deciding Not to Have Babies Because of the Pandemic ... A June report from the Brookings Institution estimated that the U.S. would see as many as 500,000 fewer births in 2021, a 13% drop from the 3.8 million babies born in 2019. Telehealth clinic Nurx tells TIME it has see...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Emperor Ashoka Invented Indian Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 674

Re: How Emperor Ashoka Invented Indian Buddhism

see this: https://tricycle.org/magazine/myth-historical-buddha/ What you've posted here does not align at all well with your OP. Which of them do you believe? ... So everything is a moot point.. No. Some things are known. ...and this applies also to the Buddadharma, even if I have no opinion about ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 44
Views: 2178

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

:twothumbsup: I hated Brussels sprouts since I was a kid, and it started because my mum boiled them to death. Your recipe looks good, though. For a bit of extra flavour, you could toss in some sesame seeds, or use half-half sesame oil and canola for frying. A simpler way of cooking them is the micro...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Making music for meditation (+ anxiety relief) - hunting for constructive criticism
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Making music for meditation (+ anxiety relief) - hunting for constructive criticism

Very nice indeed. I've never tried a flotation tank, although I've been tempted once or twice, but as a musician with an interest in meditation and relaxation I've listened to lots of very different music which relates to your project one way or another. I will just throw out a lot of ideas for you ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 723

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

As I said before ...
Kim O'Hara wrote: Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:06 pm You may think the rules are wrong or silly or shouldn't matter, but your opinion won't change the rules, any more than your opinion will change the rules of chess.
I have nothing more to add.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 723

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

...There are literally thousands of documented and investigated cases from different parts of the world, when children have remembered their past lives. And as Ajahn Brahmavamso points out, in the field physics they found only one particle in a vast study that cost something like hundred millions €...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 723

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

:good: ... So, for rebirth to be validated as authentic, there has to be observable evidence which can be shared and scrutinized, even more so than with ordinary phenomena, because in this case, we are talking about extraordinary phenomena. ... And this is exactly where the difficulty lies. How can ...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 723

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

:toilet: Bad science doesn't convince anyone . Non-scientists who were already predisposed to believe in reincarnation welcomed Stevenson's work but, hey, they didn't take much persuasion. Non-scientists who weren't interested weren't convinced by his work because he was so obviously obsessive. And ...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 210
Views: 66239

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the best advice you've been given?
Replies: 20
Views: 547

Re: What's the best advice you've been given?

"There's a good reason it's called a spiritual practice," or words very much to that effect.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: AI alignment

How do we decide on an appropriate procedure for aligning AI systems to human values when there is disagreement over what constitutes a moral alignment procedure? Choosing any procedure or set of values with which to align AI brings its own normative and metaethical beliefs that will require close ...

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