I want to put in a plug for a magazine called "Skeptical Inquirer, The
Magazine of Science and Reason". It comes out bimonthly and its main focus
is to promote critical thinking and science education, while debunking
pseudo-science and bad science and claims of the paranormal. If you're
interested in that sort of thing you'll find it at http://www.csicop.org/.
-- Jay DeLong Olympia, WA
> -----Original Message----- > From: owner-nanfa_at_aquaria.net On Behalf > Of Ken Wintin > Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 1:04 PM > To: 'nanfa_at_aquaria.net' > Subject: RE: NANFA-- Off topic: For the philosophers among you > > > Amen! > Discuss it without getting disgusting. I like the idea. > As a test I'll volunteer as the dissenting voice that is most likely to > get shouted down. > I have an iron hide, and if I really get lambasted too badly, I > also have a vicious tongue. > It is good to deliberate about our world view as compared to others. > For example, I believe that the original objection to looking inward for > answers, stems from a misunderstanding of the purpose of the eastern method > of reflection. The purpose of such introspection, is to eliminate the ego > from one's perception of the world. It may seem like a contradiction, to > the mind schooled in the western way of viewing reality, but is based on > the concept(which most of us will recognize) that you must know your > enemy(the ego) in order to defeat it. I do agree, however, that the idea > that we are somehow already perfect, and just need to find that > perfection, > in order to make the right discussions, seems a little ridiculous. Perhaps > I, too, am too well grounded in the concept of original sin. Seriously, > though, different perspectives are often all that is needed to see the > truth. What was that story about blind men and the elephant? What does > Buster think? > > Ken