Johnny Dangerous wrote:So again I ask, why would someone like this be interested in Buddhism? Doesn't science, and philosophies derivative of western science provide all the answers needed for the naive realists worldview? I really question the usefulness of Buddhism to someone who thinks that thought is a mere byproduct of physical existence.
As someone who was once an atheist in my life, I can tell you that it leaves one unfulfilled, and there is something within oneself that yearns for more.
There is also an intuitive knowledge that one is being arrogant, no matter how uninsistant that "small voice" within ourselves may be.
It is, actually I think based on fear and anger, and in order to maintain an atheist worldview, it requires actually intentionally shutting out and dismissing information that might be contrary to one's held conclusions. It's much like fundamentalist Christianity in that sense, saying that only the Bible is true. You just force everything else out of your mind. Only science exists, all other accounts must be superstitious nonsense, etc. I also remember setting myself up in my mind as "superior" to those others who believed such "superstitious nonsense" when in actuality, I was being quite ignorant, as to the actual diversity of what actually does exist in the world. And just like fundamentalist Christianity, you just don't think about anything to the contrary or examine any such evidence with any amount of actual time and seriousness. Such thoughts are sortof scary, and so you just continue to associate with and discuss with people who affirm your worldview, rather than challenge it and present you with more information and a more rounded, and actually more empirical set of information and evidence.
That's the irony of atheism, they claim to be scientific, but they are actually quite biased towards materialism. True application of the scientific method means having an open mind and looking at all evidence. Not simply dismissing some out of hand, as being "irrelevant" and saying others are infallible.
That's actually quite bad science.
In my experience atheists are about as irrational and unreasonable and unscientific as fundamentalist Christians.
They sortof act as though they worship science, but they are actually afraid of anything that is not materialistic or mathematical.
I think it's rooted in a fear of being afraid that one won't be able to understand anything that falls outside of mathematical science. If one can't "measure" it, then how can one understand it? And if one can't understand it, then it's "out of control". I think that's kindof what it is, a fear of loosing control, combined with an anger toward certain specific religions and religious behavior.
At least that was my experience.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy