So, in the 1980's, I was studying earth history in university. As i was raised in a literalist Christian setting, it became quickly obvious to me, how there were two positions on the age of the earth. My upbringing said "the Bible says the earth is 6000 to 7000 years old, because the bible says… Continue reading Assumptions – 1
Category: Philosophy & Concepts
A Window into how the Chinese think – Society based on li – li mao de li [politeness and etiquette]
Anyone who is interested in how the Chinese think, this is very worth the (long) read. 🙂 Except: "What I want to conclude with is to say that as the I Ching [Book of Changes, an ancient Chinese divination text] teaches us, there are cycles within cycles. China may be on the way up today.… Continue reading A Window into how the Chinese think – Society based on li – li mao de li [politeness and etiquette]
Pan Spiritism/ Panpsychism
Are humans basically good or evil?
The common western viewpoint of a human being, is that we are tied up in the world of good and evil. It is quite widely believed that humans have a bent towards this dark side, and if left to their own, the dark side wins out, and the person becomes bent. It is due to… Continue reading Are humans basically good or evil?
Aristotelian and Buddhist Ethics for our times
Exerpt: Can the ancient philosophies offer any guidance for life in the twenty-first century? Edith Hall (pictured) and Antonia Macaro believe they can. Hall advocates Aristotle’s Way, a path to human flourishing built on evidence-based reason. Macaro also draws on ideas in Buddhism and classical Stoicism, which have strikingly similar ideas about a life of… Continue reading Aristotelian and Buddhist Ethics for our times
For folks who are interested in the concept of reincarnation, this article from Psychology Today is very much a worthwhile read.... (though necessarily a bit long) https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/201210/the-problem-reinca… From a soon to be published book: "The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self" by Dr. Alex Lickerman Exerpt: "Our lives are in constant… Continue reading On Reincarnation
On Dissing Christians or some other group
written on the "Atheist Orlando" facebook group David Camp: - His comment....... The absurdity of Christian scriptures... Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried… Continue reading On Dissing Christians or some other group
Religion as Kindness/Art of Arguing
Bumped into this while reading about the rationalization behind global nuclear armament as a good thing.................... The argument was that nuclear armament, as a deterrent of war, is preferable to the consequences of world war. "Consequentialism, as its name suggests, is the view that normative properties depend only on consequences. This general approach can be… Continue reading Consquentialism