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by Kim OHara
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: when to doubt a scientific consensus
Replies: 40
Views: 2623

Re: when to doubt a scientific consensus

Hi, Peter, If you believe that there's a "growing number of experts in the field who are not tainted by association with right wing politics or industry" who don't believe that AGW is correct, you have been misled by AGW denialists whose basic tactic is to convince people that white is grey and grey...
by Kim OHara
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: when to doubt a scientific consensus
Replies: 40
Views: 2623

Re: when to doubt a scientific consensus

Jeez, turn your back for ten minutes and the place is unrecognisable :tongue: Hey, Manapa, After reading all the other responses, I thought I'd better say that we do still think you are OK. Sharing something of unknown value, as you obviously did, is no indication of moral turpitude. :group: :namast...
by Kim OHara
Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:03 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: when to doubt a scientific consensus
Replies: 40
Views: 2623

Re: when to doubt a scientific consensus

Hey, Manapa,
After reading all the other responses, I thought I'd better say that we do still think you are OK. Sharing something of unknown value, as you obviously did, is no indication of moral turpitude.
:group:

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution or devolution, or both? (Agganna Sutta)
Replies: 21
Views: 4847

Re: Evolution or devolution, or both? (Agganna Sutta)

Allegory, creation myth, parable, whatever ... IMO, it can no longer be taken seriously as a factual account, if it ever was.
:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: when to doubt a scientific consensus
Replies: 40
Views: 2623

Re: when to doubt a scientific consensus

Hi, Manapa, If I were to be completely honest and accurate about that article the screen in front of me would probably melt. I'll settle for saying that it is a brilliant example of the kinds of intellectual dishonesty that it accuses climate scientists of perpetrating. For starters, it is not about...
by Kim OHara
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Historicity of the Buddha
Replies: 55
Views: 9833

Re: Historicity of the Buddha

Thanks everyone for your responses, much appreciated. I meant no offense asking the question—I think some responders may have thought I did. I guess I thought I'd just have to google, "Historical Buddha" and the information would jump out at me! But even his birth-death dates, for instance, is all ...
by Kim OHara
Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist
Replies: 44
Views: 4542

Re: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

For related reading, try these threads: Two Naked Buddhas http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3058 and The Broken Buddha http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2698 Seems like quite a few people are travelling along parallel tracks ... :reading: :namaste: Kim Oops! Just noticed ...
by Kim OHara
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: National Traditions VS Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2359

Re: National Traditions VS Buddhism

Dear Kim, I think : blaming things/people worth blaming (unreasonable practices in the past/primitive period like burning girls/sheep to offer to God, asking God for things to happen or to send you things, all these kinds of similar stuff ect.) is alright and admiring people worth admiring (like pr...
by Kim OHara
Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Similarities
Replies: 9
Views: 1297

Re: Similarities

There's a wikipedia article on exactly this question - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Points_Unifying_the_Theravāda_and_the_Mahāyāna It includes Rahula's statement plus background and extensions. I forgot what it was called but googling "unifying Mahayana Theravada" found it along with some 13 0...
by Kim OHara
Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: National Traditions VS Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2359

Re: National Traditions VS Buddhism

Please give examples of "unreasonable traditional practices". Eg. Chinese people believe that by putting food and other offerings like paper/toy house, car, etc. in front of their dead relatives’ tombs during certain Chinese traditional festival time, those dead relatives will be able to receive th...
by Kim OHara
Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is Theravada Less "Religious" than Mahayana?
Replies: 44
Views: 4292

Re: Is Theravada Less "Religious" than Mahayana?

So all these preconceptions in my opinion just stand in the way. Go to centres and find out for yourself, would be my advice. Yep. :smile: Especially since you need to find people you can get on with, close enough to meet with on a regular basis, to help you sustain your commitment and direct your ...
by Kim OHara
Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Historicity of the Buddha
Replies: 55
Views: 9833

Re: Historicity of the Buddha

I've been looking for actual evidence that there really was a person we call Buddha. As I understand it, the earliest written references we have are around 100 CE, i.e. somewhere between 1000 years and 400 years after he was born, depending on which tradition you start with. If this is correct, it ...
by Kim OHara
Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings, Tim (South Africa)
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Greetings, Tim (South Africa)

Welcome, Tim. :smile:
I think you'll find a group of like-minded people here - a mix of newcomers, experienced practitioners and ordained folk, but all doing our best to follow the same path.
:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 21091

Re: thailand political situation

From ABC News (Australia) this evening: Protesters storm Thai parliament Hundreds of protesters have stormed the grounds of Thailand's parliament, forcing government ministers to flee by helicopter and raising pressure in a four-week street rally seeking snap elections. The red-shirted supporters of...
by Kim OHara
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Impact Man
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Re: No Impact Man

Hi, Ben, I just saw a very short review of the book, in The Weekend Australian. The author was described as smugly holier-than-thou, and the book as fairly ordinary. It might still be OK, though - the reviewer is right-wing even by the Australian's standards, as I know from his other writing. :juggl...