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by boda
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Fitness Tracker
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: Fitness Tracker

All ya need is a timer, like a meditation app that will make a sound every 15 or 30 seconds. While sitting you can simply feel your pulse and count during any interval and then do the math, or if you’re not good at math count beats for 60 seconds. I used the same method for breathing and in under a ...
by boda
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 901

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

MiphamFan wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:12 am
"Neural networks" is a misnomer based on a simplistic understanding of human neurons back in the 60s or 70s as Andrew Ng, one of the pioneers in the field, notes.
You're suggesting that the human brain is not a neural network?
by boda
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 901

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

I don't think anyone was suggesting that computers are beings. Read the OP again - it is exactly what the thread is about. Rick wrote: ... assuming AIs eventually attain the status of 'sentient beings?' Computers aren't synonymous with artificial intelligence. The definition of a computer is an ele...
by boda
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 901

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

The word ‘being’ is actually quite significant in this context. Humans are referred to as ‘human beings’, and Buddhists refer to non-vegetative life-forms as ‘sentient beings’. There are also references to ‘celestial beings’ in the texts (including devas and celestial bodhisattvas). The question is...
by boda
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 901

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

Dan74 wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:09 pm
AI, so far, is basically a bunch of outputs on the basis of inputs, ie a relay device.
That's basically what human beings are as well. Brains receive patterns of sense data and respond in ways that promote survival and gene propagation, basically.
by boda
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 626

Re: Zen Forum International status

Thanks. Has everyone seen the announcement about the closing of Sweeping Zen website? Hilarious, but good for him. :twothumbsup: If you take a few minutes to look at his Youtube channel or his new website (using his new name), it is not hilarious or good for him at all, it is tragic. When I saw the...
by boda
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 626

Re: Zen Forum International status

What thought process could lead to banning Zen teachers from Zen forums? No thought process. Actually, I know for sure the owner put a tremendous amount of thought into it. This included conversations with the Teachers that were part of the forum. Again, only time will tell if it was a wise choice....
by boda
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 626

Re: Zen Forum International status

Speaking of Zen teachers and Zen Forum International (now zen1.space), I just read that they don't allow Zen teachers there now. What are we to make of that??? :shrug:
by boda
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 626

Re: Zen Forum International status

Interesting that a dude who personally interviewed teachers on the who's who list of American Zen, and also studied with with some of them, eventually came to the conclusion that they're all possessed by demons or whatever. What are we to make of that???
by boda
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 626

Re: Zen Forum International status

jake wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:40 am
Mason wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:19 am
Dan74 wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:34 am


Not sure what you want to say with this, Linda. Sounds like you disapprove but I'm just not sure.
https://zen1.space
Thanks. Has everyone seen the announcement about the closing of Sweeping Zen website?
Hilarious, but good for him. :twothumbsup:
by boda
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 708

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

I'm not so concerned with declines in religious affiliations. The question for me is what ideas are guiding us, if not various stripes of religion. Is it some sort of scientific materialist humanism? That's not so bad in the scheme of things. What concerns me is if we are devolving to little more t...
by boda
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can you see the A?
Replies: 30
Views: 815

Re: Can you see the A?

I see a birdie.
by boda
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: CBD oil
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: CBD oil

I might get the same effect from placebos, and maybe I am taking placebos, paying for a placebo effect. :shrug: Placebos can be as effective, or even more effective, than active agents, and they don't have any negative side effects. Well, they don't have negative effects (nocebos) unless you think ...
by boda
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: CBD oil
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: CBD oil

CBD is generally relaxing and a relaxed mind is inclined to be more mindful, I would guess.

I got some weed high in CBD and low in THC last year and occasionally take a hit when sore from physical activity or to aid sleep. I don’t feel high but there is a subtle difference.
by boda
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1562

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think if it were more fleshed out there would be some valid commentary too. I just reread it and still don't see what some of you are seeing, though I may have been somewhat off-base in my previous comments. I think what bothers me about it is the various sweeping generalizations that are apparen...
by boda
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1562

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think if it were more fleshed out there would be some valid commentary too. I just reread it and still don't see what some of you are seeing, though I may have been somewhat off-base in my previous comments. I think what bothers me about it is the various sweeping generalizations that are apparen...
by boda
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1562

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I don't think he says their [Westerners] moral framework is "wrong", he says that the moral framework of Buddhism is utterly different from what we take as the default in our society, and it's hard to argue that he is wrong on that, I think DGA nailed it with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQzkDz...
by boda
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1562

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think you are reading a bit too much into it. He's simply challenging us to reevaluate our motivations to practice the Dharma. No, he attempts to explain how the moral framework that Westerners approach Buddhism with makes them prone to eventually abandoning it because their moral framework is fl...
by boda
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1562

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

The article is well summarized in the last line: to follow a fake master ends up with us jumping off the cliff with the one in whom we have placed our trust, hand in hand, to mutual destruction. In my opinion, it would be a stronger message if he didn't attempt to analyze why Westerners fall for "f...
by boda
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1562

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

The article is well summarized in the last line: to follow a fake master ends up with us jumping off the cliff with the one in whom we have placed our trust, hand in hand, to mutual destruction. In my opinion, it would be a stronger message if he didn't attempt to analyze why Westerners fall for "fa...

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