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10 years ago
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I offer my wholehearted support for your recent posts Fuzzy. Children today are free to damage themselves in various ways. Sometimes they survive, but often with a few scars. Pharmaceuticals are a lot like cars and guns, useful tools subject to common abuse. As a classic example Leary turned a drug with real benefit under controlled use into a cheap thrill for the irresponsible. What concern
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10 years ago
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Hands up, I have supernatural on my to do list too. S&S, Fingerprints, Mars Mystery, Keeper of Genesis, but not yet Super. You put forth an interesting argument for many religions and religious types, but I do believe there are a few which require a different model. I can't see the Rev Ian Paisley falling into that group, nor Richard Dawkins, nor the commited communist.
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10 years ago
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As I understand it Dawkins was raised a Catholic and is dare I say it a classic example of a lapsed Catholic who is still partly living under it's paradigm although as it's polar or mirror opposite. He has remained a fundamentalist only changed his colours. In defence of religion, most of the crimes commited in religion's name actually were in defiance of their own doctrine. Religion + polit
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10 years ago
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I didn't say you were imposing, but that certainty + the desire to impose your view was the essence of fundamentalism.
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10 years ago
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Raja wrote: > debraregypt wrote: > > > Raja wrote: > > > > > To deny a supreme creative force? > > > > Can we deny different forms of electricity? > > Aha, exactly electricity travels along a grid, but has to come > from a source. It's interesting that souls also travel along a > grid once they are in the spirit world (Newton), so in essence
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10 years ago
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Surely we have all seen or heard poor quality work, bad science, especially in psychology which makes assumptions and regards science as a club rather than a method of inquiry. They are of course contradicting the method they try to uphold, but the likes of Richard Dawkins can become zealots for their own ideology and paint it as science. The communist Eastern block did much the same with their
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10 years ago
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To get the ball rolling perhaps it woulod be useful to define fundamentalism so that we can understand one another fully. When I refer to fundamentalism I usually refer to a person or group empowered with a level of certainty in their views. People who do not consider that they have opinions. They know. They are right. Other ways are wrong. This is commonly assciated with religious groups wh
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10 years ago
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I would like to know how it would be possible to describe a culture based on animal sacrifice without actually mentioning animal sacrifice, or embarking upon a polemic against such practice at it's every mention. The former would be impossibe and the latter patronising and liable to be accused of colonialism.
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10 years ago
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What is our AOM's opinion of the state of the Old Kingdom's knowledge of astronomy and astrology, the latter being their more likely form of practice?
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10 years ago
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Isn't there then the simple explanation that this is a stylistic profile representation of a bull rather than a mythical beast?
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10 years ago
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I presume there is a school of thought which considers the unicorn discussed in one of the articles above to be an example of a side view, a profile wherein the opposite sided horn is obscured by the near sided one?
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10 years ago
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Voyager wrote: > > Historically when humans have devised advanced technologies > they have done one of three things: > 1. Used it to kill or dominate large parts of the world > population. > 2. Used it to help or save large parts of the world population. > 3. Both 1 and 2 > > The ancient Indians seemed to have done none of the above. > > regards, > V'ger
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10 years ago
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Errata-Sorry I misquoted there. I should have said hydrogen instead of helium.
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10 years ago
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To be fair, this is what Legion is like on a good day. We were talking about what other technological tricks the Vedic authors might have had beyond the battery. One of Deep's quotes suggested the use of lighter than air helium gas in a sealed bag. Considering that a Vimana is sometimes referred to as a chakra shape, does the possibility of a prehistoric ballon transport become a little less ab
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10 years ago
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I recall that Eastern Europe including Romania have populations of Romany gypsies with genetic origins in India. It seems probable that they would have brought the Mahabharata with them.
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10 years ago
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Thank you. I have read the penguin Bhagavad Gita. There is a calmness to it which an essentially stressed personality like mine finds soothing.
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10 years ago
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Actually sitting down and reading a decent translation of the Mahabharata has become an aspiration of mine. Trouble is I don't know which is the better translation, and which to wholeheartedly avoid. Out of habit I would opt for the Penguin version. Apologies to Deep1, to whom I asked this question before, then missed his answer until weeks later when I was flicking through.
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11 years ago
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I would define consciousness as the ability to experience. A solid ball can be dropped and bounce, but it does not experience the actions, does not feel them or be aware of a change in any way. In psi studies with subjects trying to influence random number generators, an effect could still be observed in data recorded by a machine, but not viewed by a person. Apart from endorsing the Copenhagen I
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11 years ago
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Thank you for such a thorough answer. I tend to think of the Gombe chimps as much like humans living in inner city slums. Same pointless violence fuelled by fear and a desire for status. I have long thought that Frodo should have been disposed of long ago, especially after he killed a human child.
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11 years ago
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Warfare might be older than man though. "NARRATOR: Goodall’s discovery was a revelation. But then she found out they did something else that was far more chilling, they killed their own kind. In the sixties the group that Goodall studied split in to two fractions, Kasakela & Kahama. The rivalry between the two turned in to a bloody civil war. Prof RICHARD WRANGHAM: It was in January of
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11 years ago
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I recall the case you mentioned, I think the woman had slightly over the average brain matter spread all about her skull! Back to the core point I wonder if the root of the Fall is simple emotional stress. Whether a biological change is required or not, the Hunter-gatherer to agricultural shift brought a whole new form of stress to human lives. If you subscribe to the Jungian collective subcons
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11 years ago
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Until we find copralites from this time frame with the right chemical signatures there seems little to hang the theory on. On the subject of the brain, do any here recall the documentary "Is Your brain really necessary?" circa 1981. It focussed on the case of a young mathematics graduate who after undergoing a brain scan appeared to be functioning on his brainstem alone. I have tried t
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11 years ago
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I recall seeing a plant on the Congo river I think which naturally fermented the sugar in its own fruit to alcohol. In other words booze for hunter gatherers! So it must be one of the first narcotics available to man, being found in Africa and not requiring processing.
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11 years ago
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I am not quite convinced that the left hemisphere is the complete sociopath it has been painted. Emotion can be a negative stimulus too, and the left hemisphere seems less logical and more intuitive. Hence; "For example, when they singled out the Dioula of Burkina Faso in West Africa, where the murder rate was only 0.013 murders per 1,000 residents each year, they found only 3.4 percent of
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11 years ago
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Tony Wright wrote: > > > > > > > > > > As I posted above, I'm inclined to think of the left hemisphere as taking in the raw, fine data of the right and converting it into a simpler rough guide which is more managable for the mind to process. An analogy would be a London tube map, which ignores a great deal of geographical detail in order to provide
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11 years ago
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I have just tried and failed to make a search for a relevant experiment I have seen in a documentary. Subjects were given an electrical charge to the left hemisphere, to the purpose of weakening it. Some subjects then found for a brief period after they could show savant like abilities. Seeing three figure numbers of objects and knowing their number without counting, and other feats showing an in
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11 years ago
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So Hunter gatherers in South America have nothing to fear from contact with outsiders vis a vis disease?
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11 years ago
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A key detail when considering modern compared to ice age Hunter-Gatherers is the very different circumstances they find themselves in. Modern HGs have to live on the land agrarian and industrialised cultures don't want. So they face the twofold stress of less range of poorer quality than HGs in the ice age, plus the threat of disease from the wider world.
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11 years ago
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I should think the tribal peoples would not have need of the penicillen without westerners introducing the diseases it can cure.
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11 years ago
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I have come to think of the earliest gods, especially the vedic gods being metaphors to explain complex phenomena. Later generations sometimes forget the original meanings and take the metaphors literally. With this view, the concepts which became the gods would be potentially much older than the ego explosion our AOM has proposed. The Fall would then be a time of crisis when complicated philoso
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