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Posted: 16 May 2013 07:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Or springing full grown from you father’s head after giving him a migraine. Does this kind of count as incest? Hey, Adam and Eve did it, or so the fundies believe.


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Posted: 16 May 2013 09:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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No one mentioned Buddism. IMO, it doesn’t seem as bad as most religions.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 09:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Buddhism is not religion. Buddhism is neuroscience.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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It’s not neuroscience, but maybe it doesn’t fit some definitions of religion.  Still, as a religion substitute, it seems to me to be relatively benign and pro-social.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 10:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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George - 16 May 2013 09:32 AM

Buddhism is not religion. Buddhism is neuroscience.

Interesting comment. I think I like where you’re headed. Do explain.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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CuthbertJ - 16 May 2013 10:08 AM
George - 16 May 2013 09:32 AM

Buddhism is not religion. Buddhism is neuroscience.

Interesting comment. I think I like where you’re headed. Do explain.

It was supposed to be funny, not interesting.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 10:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Siddhartha Gautama was a neuroscientist?


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Posted: 16 May 2013 10:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 16 May 2013 10:10 AM

Siddhartha Gautama was a neuroscientist?


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He was very good at yoga, meditation, severely restricting his dietary intake, sitting in one place for a very long time, and introspection.  But I don’t think he knew anything about neuroscience.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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He was very good at yoga, meditation, severely restricting his dietary intake, sitting in one place for a very long time, and introspection.  But I don’t think he knew anything about neuroscience.


Hmmm, well at least I have one of those characteristics, but it’s nothing to brag about. I need to do the others too! It might just keep me alive a little longer.


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Posted: 16 May 2013 11:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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I know what you mean. smile

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Posted: 16 May 2013 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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Any religion which imposes a vow of silence would be a pleasant relief from the incessant public proselytizing.

I like spiritual people who are introspective, soft spoken, and discreet.

Every time is see a four page Bible or Koran quotation, ending with “unless you become a believer, woe awaits”, I experience great mental woe that moment. I try so hard, but somehow crossing (blessing) myself always turns into tearing out my hair.  Am I doing it wrong? d2.gif

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Posted: 16 May 2013 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Every time is see a four page Bible or Koran quotation, ending with “unless you become a believer, woe awaits”, I experience great mental woe that moment. I try so hard, but somehow crossing (blessing) myself always turns into tearing out my hair.  Am I doing it wrong?


Which is one of the main reasons I don’t engage theists on this forum. After fencing with them in a couple of posts it’s time to move on. I can’t stand the incessant clatter of their ontological arguments and anecdotal evidence. It should be plain for the proselytizers to see that they’re not converting anyone here. They may be just attempting to sharpen their debating skills and I have tremendous respect for the patience that you guys show in throwing their arguments back in their faces but it in the end it seems to boil down to: here’s the evidence, no, the bible says, blah, blah. Ok, go to your street corner with your floppy book and shout at the traffic. I can’t tear my hair out any more. I have to save what’s left!

 

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Posted: 17 May 2013 01:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 16 May 2013 10:10 AM

Siddhartha Gautama was a neuroscientist?

Yes of course! Just as I am a good chemist because I succeed in digesting my food everyday!

Buddhism is humanism, with the addition of a practice method not just to believe in your humanistic ideals, but also to live according to them.

Or so. rolleyes

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Posted: 17 May 2013 02:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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Yes of course! Just as I am a good chemist because I succeed in digesting my food everyday!

Buddhism is humanism, with the addition of a practice method not just to believe in your humanistic ideals, but also to live according to them.

I was first introduced to Buddhism in a round about way in college. My friends and I were reading Herman Hesse’s books and we read most of them, including “Siddhartha”.Previous to that I knew little about the philosophy. Demien was my favorite though. Since then I’ve read more about it and can see why it would appeal to a humanist (which I’ll readily admit I am).


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Posted: 17 May 2013 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 17 May 2013 02:26 AM

Yes of course! Just as I am a good chemist because I succeed in digesting my food everyday!

Buddhism is humanism, with the addition of a practice method not just to believe in your humanistic ideals, but also to live according to them.

I was first introduced to Buddhism in a round about way in college. My friends and I were reading Herman Hesse’s books and we read most of them, including “Siddhartha”.Previous to that I knew little about the philosophy. Demien was my favorite though. Since then I’ve read more about it and can see why it would appeal to a humanist (which I’ll readily admit I am).


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Siddhartha’s one of my favorite books. If anyone hasn’t read it before I recommend it.  It’s pretty short and easy to read too, and written just beautifully.

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