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by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly

well, i do not believe buddhism, at least not theravada, is to follow this kind of philosophy. a dream is not a perception of the world. a perception is not a dream. there is an easy one : a perception comes from a sense, a sense is awaken by a material contact (exterior->interior). if one cannot m...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2479

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Take away the threat of eternal damnation, and the whole spiritual quest appears in a new light where neither "blind adherence" nor "one's own investigation and understanding" appear as options, much less as the only two options. I don't quite understand what you mean by this, could you explain fur...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly

Zhuangzi and the Butterfly [...] 週與蝴蝶則必有分矣。此之謂物化。 [...] Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things. Very mysterious ending line, isn't it? I would translate 週與蝴蝶則必有分矣。此之謂物化。 as: Zhōu and butterflies however necess...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2479

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

I'm not convinced that blind adherence to what was thought previously ought to supersede our own investigation and understanding. People can be blindly adherent to contemporary views as well. Indeed. My point was only that we each have to strike a good balance between reliance on those who know, an...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2479

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Robert, Are the suttas actually saying this is the case though, or just "the ancients"? Because if being a " monk in Sri Lanka " is regarded as no particular grounds for authority, then I wonder how (other than playing favourites) why the weight of authority attributable on that basis is ...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 72
Views: 1074

Re: Diversity among mods

If diversity were an unqualified good, then it's addition would improve every circumstance characterised by it's absence.

If that were the case, then a diverse gang of murderers would somehow be 'better' than a homogeneous gang, by virtue of being 'diverse'. Which is obviously bollocks.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13500

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

The Guardian wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:21 pm

It’s fine to discriminate against bigots and bullies

These people don't make sense, they think it's the content that matters.

How can the author not see the formal identity between an argument for discriminating against X, and an argument for discriminating against Y?
by Pseudobabble
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bannon tells all in new book about Trump
Replies: 77
Views: 890

Re: Bannon tells all in new book about Trump

lyndon taylor wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Yes, I don't think Antifa has set up any concentration camps, or burned any synagogues!!
I don't think that's a good test. We want to stop things well before that point.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My Abstract Art
Replies: 16
Views: 245

Re: My Abstract Art

I like. How do you paint them?
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13500

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

lyndon taylor wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:19 am
I'm not so sure free speech for Nazis is such a good idea, we all saw how that played out in Germany decades ago.
How about if someone decided your opinions made you worthy of throwing in jail?
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 32
Views: 489

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Heyyyy, got them cool green letters now
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Too much tech around us?
Replies: 21
Views: 206

Re: Too much tech around us?

Haha yes, I have noticed this, and I always found it rather comical. Humans have a very high opinion of themselves, and it totally flies in the face of reality. But perhaps we need to have a good opinion of ourselves, to stave off the existential dread of being meatsacks in a huge and terrifying un...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Too much tech around us?
Replies: 21
Views: 206

Re: Too much tech around us?

But beyond that, people generally seem to have a very high esteem of themselves, or at least of the human race as such. Just watch any anthropological documentary and chances are that it will overflow with praise of humans. Haha yes, I have noticed this, and I always found it rather comical. Humans...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?
Replies: 24
Views: 305

Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

... I have never been a television watcher, never owned one, never bought one, never watch it voluntarily. I have played videogames though. And enjoyed them. Seriously think about how much value watching TV actually brings to your life. Now do the value/time-expended ratio, and compare it to other ...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Too much tech around us?
Replies: 21
Views: 206

Re: Too much tech around us?

If I understood you correctly, yes exactly. We don't (in general) think about the full spectrum of the effects the use of technology has on us and our society, because these technological tools make our lives much easier from the perspective of the instrumental mind. We use them to serve what we pe...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 485

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

I don't see that it has anything to do with social system. Please expand. Already earlier, I was talking about how the power hierarchy can make all the difference. What people have said so far in favor of free speech seems to apply only in egalitarian societies, or only between equals. But in class...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Too much tech around us?
Replies: 21
Views: 206

Re: Too much tech around us?

Too much tech around us? Definitely. While it enables mutual communication and development, it's corrupting and distorting our interaction with the world and each other, and I fear by the time the full effects are understood, it will be too late. But why? It seems to me that the problems you descri...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 485

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

Its about understanding that the degree of ones own liberty is exactly the degree of the liberty one grants others. Whatever your reasoning for denying others their liberty, that same reasoning can be applied to denying you your liberty. In what kind of social system? I don't see that it has anythi...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: materialism
Replies: 14
Views: 409

Re: materialism

... I don't think it's just you. The suttas have a remarkably 'modern/scientific/skeptical' feel to them. But I don't think they promote materialism, because there are several places where the Buddha refuses to answer ontological questions, and materialism is an ontological position. By the way, wh...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 485

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

To begin with, the thought isn't Voltaire's -- In The Friends of Voltaire, Hall wrote the phrase: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"[4] (which is often misattributed to Voltaire himself) as an illustration of Voltaire's beliefs.[5][6][7] Hall's quota...