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yeah i know what you mean. Zen, at least my experience of it is non-dogmatic and open to scientific inquiry. I think the buddhist canon can be broke into 3 catagories. 1. philosophy. 2. ethic. 3. meditation.

In my view alot of its philosophy and ethics are superior to much of Greek thought, and of course mono-theism. Its the meditation though, that set it apart. 2500 years ago people were having insights into the nature of subjectivity, that muscular thinkers like Hume could barely overcome.

To finish i think Sam Harris position is very resonable, i'm looking forward to seeing the science on this issue.

Mon, 11 May 2009 11:44:00 UTC | #358532

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Thanks Richard.

We so badly need more Religious criticism in Northern Ireland and the raising of consciousness in peoples minds in regards evolution. I come from Northern Ireland though it's a better country now than it was, its still racked with hatred and delusion. There is a high prevalence of evangelical protestants who are every bit as fundamentalist as their American counterparts. Iris Robinson the First Minsters wife and a MP called Homosexuality worse than child molestation and--yes you guessed it an abomination.

I wrote the woman and my local newspapers a letter of complaint. The local newspaper (the Newtownards Chronicle) never even covered the story back in June. (it did print a letter of complaint from another Christian! And one that worked for the DUP! and its gets better simply said that Robisnon should not say those things in public!)

This woman along with many of her DUP chums are a disgrace to the country. Just to show I'm being even handed (as you do to be "politically correct") the Catholics and the Protestants have joined forces on the one thing they can agree on taking control of women's bodies Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that does not offer abortions to women. If anyone's interested I have a blog article about Robinson which goes further into detail of what I wrote her.

In any case can I just say that I wish I had of really learned about evolution in school and what it means for human nature. To me Science was boring and biology was irrelevant. evolution is hardly taught at all. After reading Richard TGD, I read Unweaving the Rainbow, Pinkers the blank slate and Diamond's Guns Germs and Steel. These books are magnificent and science is not only relevant and useful but bloody fascinating. If only these sorts of things would be taught in school.

Richard I hope you will go on to support better science education in UK schools starting with Evolution and natural selection and what it means for understanding human behaviour.

Best and be well

Michael Faulkner.

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 16:47:00 UTC | #223817

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Freud would have a field day.

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 03:50:00 UTC | #217592

Go to: What's wrong with science as religion

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But I want to believe that, through the eyes of my faith, this is how God created the world and that God cares about that world. Does this belief, shared by so many of our species, make me dangerous?"

No it makes you stupid or intellectually dishonest.

This writer takes the prize for setting up a straw man of science as the new religion and for dropping so many facile analogies between science and faith. I think Sam Harris question what scientific explanation have we ever had in history that's now been replaced by a religious one?


Michael Faulkner.

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 01:04:00 UTC | #211262

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"Making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me."


That's hilarious, not to mention somewhat homosexual? Cultish, slavish and servile.

I have been to a Christian wedding where they talked about three people in a marriage, them and Jesus. Now imagine theirs me a old fashioned stuck in the mud believing that marriage was between two people!


Michael Faulkner.

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 00:52:00 UTC | #211258

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