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by Leeuwenhoek2
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 155997

Re: "The Hockey Stick" ... 20 Years Later

There is some persistent non-scientific arguments made by strong defenders of particular narratives about global warming. One is the claim that those who disagree with a point are trying to "cast doubt on science". Okay ... here I am with a proper response. Hold on for a bumpy ride, L2. ... You clar...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Buddha's Politics
Replies: 37
Views: 3448

Re: The Buddha's Politics

IMHO the reduction in crime rate has to do with the banning of cigarettes in jail and prison. You can follow the reduction exactly in time with the bans. Interesting. A cigarette theory of crime. What is your theory of causation? And does the theory of causation illustrate anything about "the Buddh...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Feeling the Breath
Replies: 13
Views: 1031

Re: Not Feeling the Breath

No doubt this has been raised numerous times but I have to say, I just cannot feel the breath at the tip of my nose at all. I've been meditating long enough (off and on has to be said) and it's not noticeable. I literally feel nothing. The only place I can feel it is in my nostrils and even then it...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Buddha's Politics
Replies: 37
Views: 3448

Re: The Buddha's Politics

The situation in western Buddhism, especially western 'convert' Buddhism is quite similar to the situation in universities in the relm of the balance between the political left and right. https://heterodoxacademy.org/why-should-we-care-about-ideological-diversity-in-the-academy-the-definitive-respon...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Buddha's Politics
Replies: 37
Views: 3448

Re: The Buddha's Politics

the Buddha's advice to the wheel turning monarch ... certainly seems more in line with left wing philosophy of helping the poor than right wing everyone for themselves selfishness. The Buddha's advice doesn't seem much in line with the right wing -- as you describe the right wing. But from my own e...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Deeper truth about politics
Replies: 45
Views: 4233

Re: Deeper truth about politics

... some thoughts about the radical political impulse in general, as opposed to specific ideological demands: From an interview with philosopher Slavoj Žižek Maybe today is not the time to try to change the world but instead to step back, precisely to think. What we need today is a materialist reve...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Wed May 30, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Deeper truth about politics
Replies: 45
Views: 4233

Re: Deeper truth about politics

David Reynolds sharing some thoughts about the radical political impulse in general, as opposed to specific ideological demands: Habitual malcontents will never find Paradise or anything resembling it, regardless of political or economic systems, or anything else external. Rather than try to change...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 584
Views: 47223

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

OK, we all attribute different amounts of significance to things. I'm happy to differ amicably on that one. Sam. I'm delighting in the felicity of the words and the harmonious but constructive mindset modeled by them. Tending towards harmony without sacrificing logic or avoiding what was said. :two...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Realities of Research Funding, Academic Advancement & University PR Machines
Replies: 0
Views: 628

Realities of Research Funding, Academic Advancement & University PR Machines

Since the issue of who it taking funding from where and "alliances" comes up on a regular basis it makes sense to address how climate and related research gets funded. This article better explains some realities that I've touched on in other posts. In academic science today obtaining research grants...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 29, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 155997

To those influencing environmental policy but opposed to nuclear power

In Nov. 2013 climate scientists James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel and Tom Wigley have released an open letter calling on world leaders to support development of safer nuclear power systems. ---------------------------------------------------------- To those influencing environmental policy b...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 29, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 155997

Coal, Compassion & Carbon Imperialism

The last time I looked on a world bank website I was able to confirm for myself the data which indicated that roughly 1/2 the population of Africa as barely any to zero regular access to electricity. It's challenging to educate children when powering low power laptops is a problem. And even one or t...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 29, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Harvard, Oxford to Offer Pali Reading Courses
Replies: 2
Views: 820

Re: Harvard, Oxford to Offer Pali Reading Courses

Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies https://ocbs.org/online-pali-course-levels-1-4/ The OCBS will shortly be launching its brand new initiative – an online Pali course that you can study at your own pace . Free Introduction 11:00 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX1Te6Qs7EE Pali Level 1 – Availabl...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Mon May 28, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Institutionalize Disconfirmation, Viewpoint Diversity, Honest Broker Teams
Replies: 0
Views: 644

Institutionalize Disconfirmation, Viewpoint Diversity, Honest Broker Teams

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist who focuses on the foundations of morality & philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of law and philosophy (11 minute youtube video) Science "self-corrects" because of " institutionalize disconfirmation ". This is why groups of scientists can do much bett...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Mon May 28, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 155997

Re: Electric Subsidies vs. Electricity Produced

Kim is giving us a lesson in what uncritical thinking looks like. FYI: Their selection and interpretation of facts appear to roughly reflect the consensus of scientists and climate scientists. Show us. From a reputable source not aligned with the nuclear industry. What ever happened to the idea of, ...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 155997

Re: Electric Subsidies vs. Electricity Produced

Leeuw2, In case you really don't get it ... your source ... is, in fact , pushing nuclear power as hard as the Kochtopus pushes coal and oil. I'm highly confident that there is a 97% consensus of readers that what you expressed in in the form of an opinion rather than a fact. Their facts may be cor...