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The Right Day [Apr. 1st, 2009|12:00 pm]
This has been coming for some time. I have decided to convert fully to Mahayana Buddhism. I think it needs to be more than just the hard atheist (Theravadin/Zen) version I have been discussing in recent posts. Most people need emotional support so some "belief in belief" is necessary. There is no need to move into support for the supernatural, just to accept that the physical world may be richer than we currently believe. The way to avoid the problem of compatibility is to consider that science explores a subset of that wider world. Providing we are sceptical about our beliefs, there can be little problem. This is the right time for such an announcement, I feel.

From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-01 11:27 am (UTC)

Salavador Dali Lama

Because the Dali Lama had tears in his eyes when he spoke of the life of Jesus, I think that he is the one to whom you should devote your energies.
That is now my path.
He is a man of such love and simple wisdom that there must be something more going on than what is evident. I know there is a bit of woo involved but that is a fact of reality. By accepting this we get in touch with that greater reality.
Have a nice day.

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From: ext_99146
2009-04-01 11:51 am (UTC)

Re: Salavador Dali Lama

I'm going to become a free church minister myself

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From: ext_168061
2009-04-01 12:52 pm (UTC)
Today I started a research project where I apply the methods of Derridaean deconstructivism to inflationary cosmology. It seems obvious to me that it needs to be liberated from its emphasis on masculine values like expansion and authoritarian language about power laws. A discourse more sensitive to feminine values will unlock the potential of cosmology to become a truly liberating narrative.

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[User Picture]From: baron_scarpia
2009-04-01 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oystein, I trust you've been reading your Luce Irigaray -

Is E=mc2 a sexed equation? Perhaps it is. Let us make the hypothesis that it is insofar as it privileges the speed of light over other speeds that are vitally necessary to us. What seems to me to indicate the possibly sexed nature of the equation is not directly its uses by nuclear weapons, rather it is having privileged what goes the fastest...

Best of luck in replacing the speed of light with another speed that is 'vitally necessary to us'.

As for me, I've been thinking that I've been far too hard on postmodernism. To impose western values (such as British reliance on chemotherapy for cancer) on, say, India, smacks unpleasantly of old-fashioned colonialism. If someone in India wishes to pray to Hindu gods in the hope of recovering from illness, that that is true for them and there is no reason for us to intefere.

If that person tries to impose their views on an entire community, nobody should interfere either. That is their culture.
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[User Picture]From: zarbi
2009-04-01 01:19 pm (UTC)
I believe that such a discourse should also be sensitive to homosexual and lesbian and transgender values. After all, if the universe is queerer than we can suppose (as Haldane said), that may be because we aren't thinking enough like queers.
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From: ext_168061
2009-04-01 01:37 pm (UTC)
Steve, that is an absolutely brilliant observation.

Regarding privileging the speed of light over other speeds, I find it quite telling that in much theoretical work physicists use units where c=1. Not only does this make the speed of light the norm against which all other speeds are measured, it deliberately tries to hide the fact by removing its presence from all equations. To make things worse, this set of units is called "natural units". No wonder that cosmology and theoretical physics are male-dominated fields!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-01 02:44 pm (UTC)
It is only through conscious Dionysianism, a swing toward and away from the Cosmos, that we can alchemically dissolve the primordial male into the ideal female and resolve the dismaying intricacies of a pre-possessed power of concord, thus ensuring the hymeneal integrity postulated by brane theory.

Great Mother Nature, with her multiple names and feminine symbols, is heavy with her past, but her pregnancy is one of post-urbanity with the right juxtaposition of primitive sophistication and contemporary archaicity. Unless the skittish cosmologist and the learned shaman become one, there will still be a gap between wish and realisation, and the Gates of True Knowledge shall remain forever locked, condemning mankind to the chtonian swamp of desultory attainment.


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From: ext_174210
2009-04-01 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you people have finally come to your senses.

Father Mark
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[User Picture]From: baron_scarpia
2009-04-01 04:16 pm (UTC)
Decius must be line for some kind of reward for that thought.
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From: ext_99678
2009-04-01 04:29 pm (UTC)

Right Day, Wrong Choice

I'm sorry, Steve, but you've made a mistake. Buddhism is not the way to go. Recently I've discovered the true path: Catholicism.

Now admittedly, I've been a little sceptical about religion in the past, but over the course of the last few days I've been reading a lot of what Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor has to say. I've been printing his words out and reading them while I drink tea. You might well call it my guilty pleasure. And I've got to say, the man just makes so much sense. It just came to me in a flash of inspiration. It was as if my burdens were lifted from my shoulders. You might even call it an epiphany.

PS- The Pope is a wise man.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-01 08:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Right Day, Wrong Choice

Nooooooooooooooo!!! Say it isn’t so!! I can’t believe it! How is it that you guys, Steve and everyone else, can so easily abandon the cause of reason, logic and sanity and jump onto one of superstition, ignorance and fear? What a huge loss; you will be sorely missed.
I’ve taken a very different path, having realized I have yet to unleash my full potential as an evil, godless atheist. So, recently I started classes in political science at a local college, with the ultimate goal of becoming an egomaniacal dictator of a small to medium-sized country, preferably one with an easily swayed populace. I will be keeping my eyes and ears open for such an opportunity. If anyone knows or hears of such a place, please contact me.
Guys, please, I am begging you! Come back now and all is forgiven. Hell, aren’t you going to miss all the sinning? Need I remind you of the endless debauchery and orgies you will be missing? Not to mention the murder, mayhem and numerous other evils, etc?

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