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by retrofuturist
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.
Replies: 114
Views: 2557

Re: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.

Greetings, Are you saying some races are inherently superior? Some races are born intelligent? Wasn't there a big war about it back in 1939? Lest there be any over-reaction, it's worth keeping in mind that what has been discussed in this topic are "distribution curves". If one race were "inherently"...
by retrofuturist
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: The value of proofreading English for monasteries
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: Looking for proofreading help from native English speakers

Greetings, I actually agree with DooDoot. I'd be happy to contribute to such a process if I thought the translation would provide an advancement on how the Dhamma is understood in the West (as was the case when I proof-read several sermons from Nanananda's recent series on Paticcasamuppada), but I s...
by retrofuturist
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Fair critique
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Fair critique

Greetings,

Members are welcome to take onboard your suggestions, but they will not be enforced by means of authority.

See you in 2019.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is this the cutest dog in the world ?
Replies: 12
Views: 320

Re: Is this the cutest dog in the world ?

Greetings,

Never really been a fan of Pomeranians... I prefer poodles - highly intelligent dogs, with a good temperament.

I'm not a fan of the way some people groom them though!

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is Facebook?
Replies: 43
Views: 1163

Re: What is Facebook?

Greetings Sarath, You are too late. By the way I do not have a face book page. But I have DW page. Nice - good call. I have a Facebook account, but I don't use it nowadays for a lot other than for promoting events that I host. As I see it, I have little to fear personally by having a Facebook accoun...
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is Facebook?
Replies: 43
Views: 1163

What is Facebook?

Greetings, Well, well, well, what's this...? Pentagon Kills Lifelog Project https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Daiue-FXcAE0BlB.jpg Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service company based in Menlo Park, California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerb...
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings Upeksha, Actually I was a member (different name than now) here for a number of years until 2014, when I decided to decrease my level of activity on the internet. I mentioned this on my introduction post. Fair enough. But unless you went totally off the grid, I'm sure you'll have observed ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.
Replies: 114
Views: 2557

Re: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.

Greetings, The average IQ in India is 85 (similar to american black), yet the IQ of indian immigrants to USA is 114. Then obviously there're various other factors that create this 29-point jump that has absolutely nothing to do with race. Of course... it's "skilled migration". Someone with an IQ of ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest

Greetings Chownah,
chownah wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:38 am
See how stupid the political game is!
Yet here you are... posting yet again about it!

:D

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings Upeksha, This cannot be the case though, for the simple fact that the only thing you have access to are views. You do not have any access to actions or behaviors. At most you can try and discern mental intention - but is it really possible to adequately know another person's intention, esp...
by retrofuturist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Politics is boring
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Politics is boring

Greetings Sam, all, I often feel like some of the commenters here; that politics is a process best left alone as a waste of time and something which actively defiles those who take part in it. But then, occasionally, we see people who briefly manage to combine selfless morality with the ability to a...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest

Greetings Kim, I'm not sure whether I think this should be considered a religious action or a political action. The lines between the two have always been blurred in relation to the Ambedkar movement. Personally I find it oxymoronic that an intensely personal, spiritual and introspective matter like...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings, The issue is very clear to me: it is the conflation of a holding and asserting an explicit political position (and also moderating on that basis) with a simultaneous claim of political neutrality. These are contradictory things. Actually, it's far simpler than that... we police behaviours...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings binocular, Thank you for your well considered and well articulated comments. I think the "I like this book" vs "This is a good book" dynamic you speak of is most relevant if the investigation being undertaken is collectivist in nature. For example, a group of investigators working together...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 102
Views: 2676

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

Greetings perkele, What is the deal here? I seriously do not understand. He is going through the same process as with North Korea. Remember the "Fire and fury"? Remember the "I hope we can be friends some day"? See what direction NK/US relations are going now? Expect to see the same with Russia. Met...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings Coëmgenu, Such hubris. Such power-clinging. At Dhamma Wheel, we respect your intellectual and spiritual autonomy. As such, the staff here will not enforce reverence to anyone or anything, nor censor speech gratuitously. In keeping with this respect for your autonomy, we expect you to be pe...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings Coëmgenu, My posts are directly relevant to the OP, they just upset you. I'm not upset, and in fact, I find your insolence mildly entertaining. That said, I am genuinely disappointed at your ongoing failures to abide by all manner of aspects of the Terms of Service. 2d. Unsubstantiated all...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings Coëmgenu, I'm screenshotting this entire thread. I don't trust the moderation. No more disruptive meta-discussion please... Disruptive meta-discussion (i.e. discussion about discussion, including in-topic complaints about the existence of discussions that don't suit your preferences) It's ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2950

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Greetings Coëmgenu, :offtopic: If my post about the four extremes was off topic, than your post about the two extremes was as well. No it's not. I'm allowed to refute false allegations made against me, as well as misrepresentations of my views... and so are you. You're merely fortunate that you cast...