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by Dan
July 16th, 2009, 12:10 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Not much free thinking going on here.
Replies: 62
Views: 4570

Re: Not much free thinking going on here.

Only the spirit of truth and righteousnes aka a spirit that is kind compassionate and good. Yeah, this basically boils down to "people won't want to kill people if they don't want to kill people." It's not a particular fabulous insight. in other words fin my opinion those who believe they kill in t...
by Dan
July 14th, 2009, 2:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Not much free thinking going on here.
Replies: 62
Views: 4570

Re: Not much free thinking going on here.

That is one of the problems of a legal system, it only protects you as long as someone is afraid of the legal consequences, it is of absolutely no use to protect you from the guy who is gonna blow you away and then put the gun to his own head and pull the trigger. Or the guy who just figures he wil...
by Dan
July 14th, 2009, 2:06 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Placebo effect - Mind power: any connection?
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: Placebo effect - Mind power: any connection?

Even with the new understanding I stand by my perception that, doctors need to open their minds more in order to understand the human being holistically, until either doctors prove without a shadow of doubt that human beings are human bodies only or until they actually begin to learn . No one is go...
by Dan
July 14th, 2009, 1:53 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

As for the definition of the soul... Neither do I claim to know its definition. So, hang on a minute, let's get this straight. You post here about the soul, but you don't know what it is supposed to be?! No wonder we've reached an impasse. As I posted earlier, it is "felt", "experienced". But is it...
by Dan
July 12th, 2009, 8:46 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Placebo effect - Mind power: any connection?
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: Placebo effect - Mind power: any connection?

On your first para, because a section of humanity, a majority at that, may not understand what is mind, does not mean that medicine should not be creative (i.e. approach your study through mechanisms other than vertical rational explanation/thinking) in its own analysis. No. When I say that nobody ...
by Dan
July 12th, 2009, 8:24 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

Like I have been saying all along, the modern scientific approach and the Vedic approach have a fundamental difference: modern scientific approach typically looks at a human being as a physical complex, and tries to find explanations of phenomena thu physical attributes. Whereas Vedic approach typi...
by Dan
July 12th, 2009, 8:14 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

Dan, This link provides..[etc etc] None of those links appeared to be relevant to the discussion. Here's a small write-up in one of the number-syllable systems used for naming children with astronomical references that I am copy-pasting: Erm, yes, but I challenged you to explain how the Gayathri ma...
by Dan
July 7th, 2009, 1:36 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

Dan, All along I have maintained that we are beings with 2 exceptional faculties: reasoning, and imagination. I have added further that if we want to understand something in the universe, then it would be beneficial i.e. the understanding process would hasten if we use both faculties and not depend...
by Dan
July 6th, 2009, 7:08 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

Oh no, my friend my alternative is not just subjectivity...maybe the sentence formation gave that message. Sure, you said "including" subjectivity. But the question stands: what has subjectivity contributed? Again, you misinterpret. I have no where said that science needs to let go of rational unde...
by Dan
July 6th, 2009, 6:47 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

Dan, why it seemed that some of the contributors were less than batty was not only because of what they said, but also their credentials listed at the end. Particular sense seemed to be made by David Albert, Professor and Director of Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University and a...
by Dan
July 4th, 2009, 10:24 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

my most recent sortie into this has been the 'What the Bleep' programme, which a friend lent me, together with the four additional programmes of interviews and background. Some of 'Bleep' seems sound, scientifically, and some of it (particularly the blond woman who is a medium) is completely batty ...
by Dan
July 4th, 2009, 9:55 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

I am in general agreement with what you are saying. I don't think our understanding of the universe through the way our current sciences approach it is good enough. I also don't think that our current sciences approach should be THE way of understanding ourselves and the universe. I think we should...
by Dan
July 4th, 2009, 9:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Is online debating a waste of time?
Replies: 13
Views: 1362

Re: Is online debating a waste of time?

I was going to respond to this discussion, but then I thought, "why bother?"

Dan
by Dan
July 4th, 2009, 9:28 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Placebo effect - Mind power: any connection?
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: Placebo effect - Mind power: any connection?

The most important point is this: from my understanding, please correct me if I am wrong, the "evidence based" medicine is not considering the impact of mind on body and treats mental diseases and physical diseases totally separately. That must change, if it is already changing then great else it m...
by Dan
July 4th, 2009, 9:02 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Humanist meeting

The other obvious one is Leicester Secular Hall, home of the Leicester Secular Society Obvious to anyone but me! I'm shamefully ignorant about the history of freethought and secularism in the UK, and I've never been to Leicester, and I'd never heard of it! Must visit it some time. And I love their ...
by Dan
June 29th, 2009, 4:42 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Militant Atheism: Neither use nor ornament?
Replies: 21
Views: 2202

Re: Militant Atheism: Neither use nor ornament?

The kind of militancy I want is neither unnecessarily impolite nor undiscriminating tactically. It just says, "I'm an atheist, and this is what I want", and it stops propping up faith schools, getting married in church, taking religious oaths, etc etc etc. It joins and organises, too, which lots of ...
by Dan
June 14th, 2009, 9:43 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Militant Atheism: Neither use nor ornament?
Replies: 21
Views: 2202

Re: Militant Atheism: Neither use nor ornament?

It's hard to know why the question is being asked. In the absence of a violent paramilitary atheist campaign in this country, "militant" presumably means "vocal". In which case, where are all the militant atheists? We could do with more, given that most atheists meekly go along with the religious st...
by Dan
June 14th, 2009, 9:37 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 186700

Re: Homeopathy

Shortly, I'll be blogging on this: Positives about homeopathy | Letters | Society | The Guardian Here's the letter: The apparent success of homeopathy for many patients is puzzling. But Dr Evan Harris MP is wrong to say it is "known not to be effective" (£12m spend on homeopathy hard to swallow, So...
by Dan
June 14th, 2009, 8:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What is the truth behind 9/11?
Replies: 140
Views: 10337

Re: What is the truth behind 9/11?

There's a couple of points to make about stuff like this. First, you don't have to undermine the "government's version" of events re: 9/11 in order to undermine anti-libertarian measures, any more than you have to engage in holocaust denial in order to critique the actions of the state of Israel. Se...
by Dan
June 11th, 2009, 1:37 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the mind? Is it a physical entity?
Replies: 62
Views: 4223

Re: What is the mind? Is it a physical entity?

Nirvanam So, basically you are saying that we are here, and all things that have happened, are purely based on random "chance". Even the intent of Evolution is random i.e. Evolution itself may or may not have happened? As has been pointed out, but bears repetition, evolution by natural selection is ...