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by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

A little over my head. I was hoping that my Dharma or Dhamma practice would have led me by now to more peace and understanding of the teaching and Reality and Truth. The best I think I can do is follow four noble truths and eightfold path. For now. Sometimes I associate Mahayana as having a trick t...
by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 759

Re: Alan Watts

It's relevant, no doubt. But so too is the fact that both drew many to the Dharma. True, also relevant I don’t know why this sort of thing provokes such strong feelings. Of course we should scrutinize teachers, and all these things are relevant to that, and since we can’t know someone’s level of at...
by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 98
Views: 1091

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

So is the group of cells containing all human DNA also the vessel for some sentient that has been human before? ot maybe this is their first rodeo. or is this some intellectual game where we say nothing really exists anyway... unreal...who would argue the point that at the moment of conceptual like...
by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 759

Re: Alan Watts

He was probably enchanted by his abilities and the reactions they produced and at the same time revolted by what lay beneath the spark, which drove him to drink. And deep down probably afraid to get buckle down to it and immerse himself. Whether due to a lack of self-belief or some other factor.. I...
by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 98
Views: 1091

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

"Is the fetus in your uterus?" deliberately frames the debate in language taking a particular side while ignoring that this is the entire crux of the issue. It's as sincere as asking, "Are you the mother blessed with this child?" Is the entity merely a collection of cells or a human life? When exac...
by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 98
Views: 1091

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

"Is the fetus in your uterus?" deliberately frames the debate in language taking a particular side while ignoring that this is the entire crux of the issue. It's as sincere as asking, "Are you the mother blessed with this child?" Is the entity merely a collection of cells or a human life? When exac...
by PeterC
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Well he did tell us what he was going to do:


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by PeterC
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 98
Views: 1091

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Whether abortion is legal or not, women will continue to seek abortions. Where it is outlawed, or where access to abortion is restricted, women’s lives are placed in danger. So, one either chooses to understand that women need to be able to make this choice on their own, and wrestle with their own ...
by PeterC
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 759

Re: Alan Watts

One may start with the first page of the first chapter, where he asserts the misunderstanding that has since (perhaps largely because of him) become commonplace among aspiring Zen beginners, namely that Zen is a kind of Daoist-Buddhist hybrid. In fairness to those people, this is a very easy mistak...
by PeterC
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Confirmed cases in my county: 100 Monday 124 Tuesday 153 Wednesday ???? Thursday (My guess is it will be 185.) The flood waters are rising. I like the fact that Trump chose what is possibly the peak of the curve in NY to be the date when we should end social distancing. You can’t make this stuff up...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Mexico is the next major disaster area. They are totally unprepared, and they also have a complete douche as a leader. Russia may not have got the memo either They got it, but are ignoring it, and worse, are actively spreading disinformation about it. https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-rus...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:59 pm
PeterC wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:27 pm
But we still have a problem explaining Italy.
Mexico is the next major disaster area. They are totally unprepared, and they also have a complete douche as a leader.
Russia may not have got the memo either
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Korean mortality rate is 1.4%. Yes you're right, decimal point error. Korea reports 9,137 cases and 126 deaths as of today. The point still stands, as Italy reports 69,176 cases and 6,820 deaths, a 9.9% case-based mortality rate. So what if China was under reporting cases by 90% for the reasons I s...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Koreans aren’t magicians. They just have competent public servants who do their jobs: and enough experience with flu pandemics to know the basic playbook. That’s what divides the countries who have this under control from those who don’t. Ouch. They're not being very subtle about the implied critic...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

The mortality rate seems to depend heavily on the ability of the healthcare system to, well, care. The Koreans experienced a case-based mortality rate of 0.1%. Why? Because they tested the most intensively and treated aggressively. Italy reports a case-based mortality rate of about 8%, because test...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

From a guy at Cal Tech: About two weeks ago, we had our initial case, and now in New York City newly diagnosed confirmed cases are tripling every two days. https://www.caltech.edu/about/news/tip-iceberg-virologist-david-ho-bs-74-speaks-about-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0cyVGzD7CXVKhdYiIVMvD9za45QyGbZLg3Zx8...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

There's one thing that might be a factor here, in terms of numbers and control of the disease in Asia, vs. how the situation is in Europe, and how things might be in the US: There are two strains of SARS-CoV-2. One is slow, and milder, the other is very fast-moving, and aggressive. And it appears t...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Koreans aren’t magicians. They just have competent public servants who do their jobs: and enough experience with flu pandemics to know the basic playbook. That’s what divides the countries who have this under control from those who don’t. Ouch. We’ve got to face facts on this. The senate has been a...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

That’s the same as a normal seasonal flu. That’s 80X as much and about the same as the Spanish flu pandemic of 100 years ago. That’s quite a difference! Exactly. That’s the point. The obvious question is - is it that the mortality rate is lower and the Koreans are just doing more testing; or that t...
by PeterC
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25283

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

The Koreans experienced a case-based mortality rate of 0.1%. That’s the same as a normal seasonal flu. Italy reports a case-based mortality rate of about 8%, That’s 80X as much and about the same as the Spanish flu pandemic of 100 years ago. That’s quite a difference! Exactly. That’s the point. The...

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