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by Ben
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Special announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 869

Special announcement

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For that matter, DW as well.

If it sounds like you, it's probably time to log off and do what needs to be done.

Ben
by Ben
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

Pondera wrote:Prove me wrong ...
I don't have to.
An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence.
A claim made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
Now, unless you have anything that confirms your story of being abducted by "aliens" then you confirm what I said earlier.
by Ben
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

Don't know why Newton's law of gravity is a faulty approximation? Maybe you should do some of the digging your self. I'm not here to give you a science lesson. I never suggested you were here to give me a science lesson. Your gaping ignorance of the subject makes you unqualified to teach it. Furthe...
by Ben
Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

Don't know why Newton's law of gravity is a faulty approximation? Maybe you should do some of the digging your self. I'm not here to give you a science lesson. I never suggested you were here to give me a science lesson. Your gaping ignorance of the subject makes you unqualified to teach it. Furthe...
by Ben
Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

tiltbillings wrote:That would be the science way of doing things, and we cannot have that because science is naughty.
Silly me, I forgot!
by Ben
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

I would like to explore this with you further, whether you have any evidence that supports your supposition and whether the need for absolute certainty is a reasonable expectation. Sure. Evidence? I'd shoot you a link to "dark matter" on wikepedia if I had time. Astronomers should see spiral galaxy...
by Ben
Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

Pondera, I'm just wondering....do you have faith or trust in Newton's law of gravitation? chownah Newtons law of gravitation assumes all the weight of the objects, no matter how large, is situated in their centres. His law has been shown to break down over galactic distances. It doesn't account for...
by Ben
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Watch Juno's Jupiter Orbit Insertion live now
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Watch Juno's Jupiter Orbit Insertion live now

I love this kind of stuff, but I missed it. Did you get to watch it, Ben? Hi Sattva, It was a visualisation that was linked to the spacecraft data updated in real time. That is, in real time from data acquisition. Light takes 39 minutes to get from Jupiter to Earth. The maneuver went as to plan and...
by Ben
Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Marching on Behalf of the Planet by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 0
Views: 737

Marching on Behalf of the Planet by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhante's blog post comes before The March for a Clean Energy Revolution, to take place in Philadelphia on July 24th. As a Buddhist, I see our commitment to march as an expression of the two cardinal virtues of Buddhism: wisdom and compassion. It is, firstly, an expression of compassion. Compassion m...
by Ben
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

If in Copernicus time he had said that the World is made of atoms, and that each atom has subparticles, that wouldn't be testable at the time. It would constitute an educated hypothesis, but imune to experiment. Centuries later, when this became testable, it came under the scrutiny of science. And ...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Mattias from Sweden
Replies: 10
Views: 866

Re: Mattias from Sweden

Greetings Matthias and welcome!
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

A comment from particle physicist Professor Brian Cox (who has a new series on BBC TV called "The Forces of Nature") regarding cynicism towards professional expertise: “It’s entirely wrong, and it’s the road back to the cave. The way we got out of the caves and into modern civilisation is through t...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

Re: The mistrust of science

tiltbillings wrote:Well done article, thanks.
Ben wrote:The mistrust of science
Sadly, it will persist.
You are welcome. You are right, the mistrust of science will continue to persist.
The irony is exquisite.
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Watch Juno's Jupiter Orbit Insertion live now
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Watch Juno's Jupiter Orbit Insertion live now

In a few hours, the Juno space probe will perform a tricky maneuver (Jupiter Orbit Insertion) to slow down so as to be captured by Jupiter's gravity where upon Juno will then make another 35 orbital fly-bys while collecting data and imagery of the gas giant. The JOI can be watched via NASA's app: NA...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 5954

The mistrust of science

This will be of interest to some but I recommend it for all. The following was delivered as the commencement address by Atul Gawande at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th. If this place has done its job—and I suspect it has—you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and hist...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest
Replies: 55
Views: 4579

Re: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest

I think this is fairly accurate: [cartoon] This bloke https://northamericancontrarian.com/2014/05/18/deadly-encounter-with-an-australian-melon/ would probably agree. Then again, he nearly got himself killed doing something dumb. (I know, I shouldn't be too rude about Canadians' intelligence. We've ...
by Ben
Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 285732

Re: Does been a vegetarian mean gods are with you?

Yes, very good scriptural support and quite a bit of it, as well. I suggest you research suttas on the Buddha's refutation of the Nigantha's view on kamma and also research the origin of the schism led by Devadutta. Thank you kindly Ben, it's always humbling to see where I'm lacking in understandin...
by Ben
Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 285732

Re: Does been a vegetarian mean gods are with you?

Perhaps you can look at it in a more generalized way. Feelings like "the gods are with you" probably stem from the good kamma you develop by not eating animals that have been killed. Soon. The idea that there is good kamma from being vegetarian is wrong view - and wrong view is akusala. Hi Robert, ...
by Ben
Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 43
Views: 4034

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

I've just recently completed a 10-day Vipassana retreat in Goenka's tradition. It was my third, although it had been a number of years since I last did one of these. I quite like the technique and teachings Goenka offers, but he doesn't give much credit to the wider body of Buddhist thought and pra...