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by boda
Thu May 09, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 3458

Re: What is Art ?

I do think that art's ability to pose a question can mitigate an absence of technique in the artwork. But I don't think that the question can just be "what is art?" - it has to be something more. Otherwise anyone can take a shit on a piece of paper and say that it's challenging our concept of what ...
by boda
Wed May 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2094

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

There's nothing wrong with the scientific method. The problem lies in the metaphysical assumptions left unchecked that underlie scientific materialism. These run so deep and we adopted them from such an early age that they became invisible. This closes doors you won't imagine when it comes to insig...
by boda
Wed May 08, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Isn't it kind of our "job" to internally critique nihilism and eternalism? ... So I’m neither going to deny myself the benefits of the Dharma nor the benefits of science, and I’m not going to worry myself too much over their apparent contradictions. A man called Godel had much to say about contradi...
by boda
Wed May 08, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

The danger...is that human beings may be reduced to nothing more than biological machines, the products of pure change in the random combination of genes, with no purpose other than the biological imperative of reproduction. I know perfectly well from my years of interaction on thephilosophyforum t...
by boda
Tue May 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 2094

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

There's nothing wrong with the scientific method. The problem lies in the metaphysical assumptions left unchecked that underlie scientific materialism. These run so deep and we adopted them from such an early age that they became invisible. This closes doors you won't imagine when it comes to insig...
by boda
Tue May 07, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Wayfarer wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 10:46 pm
boda wrote:You've chosen to be unclear
I've been as clear as I can be, that doesn't guarantee that I'll be understood.
I understand that you're an idealist. Is that true?

I'm not an idealist or a materialist, personally.
by boda
Tue May 07, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Science can't say what it feels like, in other words. It also can't say what strawberries taste like. Right. The Hard Problem. But when we take up the issue from the perspectives of Eastern contemplative traditions, it may go beyond that. I think all or most religions have metaphysical beliefs. The...
by boda
Tue May 07, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Most people give up on that posture early in life. Well, when in Rome... The only source of information about consciousness itself is the person observing their "own" consciousness. This comes up against the "Hard Problem". That data could be supplemented with other measurements of vital signs, bra...
by boda
Tue May 07, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

You claimed that consciousness is “never an object of perception.” I pointed out that I perceive being conscious, and then essentially asked how this can be falsified. You have so far failed to falsify it. Fair question! Obviously I know that "I am conscious", but when you ask "what is it, that is ...
by boda
Tue May 07, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

What's the problem? it is useless to discuss any kind of problem with anyone who can't see it. You claimed that consciousness is “never an object of perception.” I pointed out that I perceive being conscious, and then essentially asked how this can be falsified. You have so far failed to falsify it.
by boda
Mon May 06, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Conversely, I don't see Buddhist practice as being about "reality" either. I think that would be an over-reaching what it's designed to do. If Buddhist practice is not about confrontation with or understanding reality, what is it about? How is it not designed to do that? Isn’t it supposed to be abo...
by boda
Mon May 06, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Why would it be impossible to investigate consciousness scientifically? Just realized your question has nothing to do with the quoted statement. It's because in some basic but profound sense, it[consciousness]'s never an object of perception . I perceive that I'm currently conscious. What's the pro...
by boda
Mon May 06, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Coming up with instruments capable of making consciousness an object for investigation fundamentally misses the point, and is likely impossible, besides. It makes no sense to even propose something like that, actually. Why would it be impossible to investigate consciousness scientifically? It's bec...
by boda
Mon May 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 6317

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Coming up with instruments capable of making consciousness an object for investigation fundamentally misses the point, and is likely impossible, besides. It makes no sense to even propose something like that, actually. Why would it be impossible to investigate consciousness scientifically? Non-dual...
by boda
Fri May 03, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 53
Views: 1813

Re: Experience

Queequeg wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 11:51 pm
boda wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 9:09 pm
. As I hit the bricks I’m quite sure that I wasn’t the least bit self-conscious.
Maybe something like getting hit with a shoe.
Zen mind tricks don't work on me.
by boda
Thu May 02, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 53
Views: 1813

Re: Experience

"Nondual reality" or whatever you call it isn't an experience. If you listen to Dzogchen teachers, some will elucidate on this. Once "it" becomes experience it is part of perception, usually a recall of a subject-object experience. This reminds me: When I was learning to ride a bike, I remember my ...
by boda
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upcoming book: "Hidden Zen"
Replies: 9
Views: 654

Re: Upcoming book: "Hidden Zen"

Very much looking forward to it. Good luck on a speedy production. :smile:
by boda
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Buddhist Economics

From the linked article: Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than the Gross National Product (GNP) I would say that this is key, but it would entail shifting embedded cultural values. That would be difficult and take time, if a method for achieving it were even possible to develop. We know how to ...
by boda
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Wrinkles & Aging Skin
Replies: 11
Views: 1220

Re: Wrinkles & Aging Skin

I know, just inject a bacterium into your skin that prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction and thus causes flaccid paralysis. If it don't move it don't wrinkle. :smile:

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