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    • Quick Question (Last post by tzb)
    • For the Krishnamurti, yes: www.jkrishnamurti.org/krishnamurti-teach...hp?tid=1294&chid=993 For the Watts, you'd need to look at something like this: www.amazon.com/Still-Mind-An-Introductio...tation/dp/1577312147 - it's not the exact same material but I imagine it's near enough for the IP's purposes.
    • Gisteron (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Quote: Ok that was quite an interesting read. This was a google search on the word agnostic. a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God. So my next question is: 2nd Question: Do you consider yourself agnostic under that definition? I ask because I no longer want to assume you believe this or that anymore. Plus the way you have always come off to me is as an atheist, but your last reply makes me question that. Thank you for taking time with me to answer my question, and answering any in the future, if you do. I can't really say that I qualify as an agnostic by that definition. I don't claim faith in any god, I do claim disbelief (those two are equivalent), but I don't claim belief in the opposite proposition. If one proposition is there is one or multiple gods, and the other is that there are no gods, to me this is equivalent to an even and odd amount of marbles in a jar. I don't claim either. I do identify as both agnostic and an atheist, for the two are not mutually exclusive. According to Oxford Dictionaries online, an atheist is "A person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods". So, basically, to qualify as an atheist all one has to be is not be a theist. In order to qualify as an agnostic, one must not claim knowledge. So technically I am both. For theism and atheism adress belief and lack of belief, whereas gnosticism and agnosticism adress knowledge and lack thereof. Thusly, one can be any combination of the two. Gnostic theist, gnostic atheist, agnostic theist and agnostic atheist, and I know people from each category. I am an agnostic atheist.
    • Everything is Made of Energy Stuff (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: Quote: Different people might get different things from questions, what is 'truth' is best described as whatever helps that person progress closer to moving forward in whatever areas of their life they seek improvement. Doesn't mean we have to ignore the facts in that process. So what if there is a proposition that is not factual but does help the person in the sense that you suggest? By your definition it would then still be truth. So while truth doesn't necessarily conflict with reality, it can, by your standard. Now do you yourself find that an appropriate standard? I suppose this comes down to semantics anyway. Surely there may potentially be partially beneficial things that are in conflict with reality, its just that I couldn't label them as "true" from that point on, because my definition of truth is one that does require conformity with reality. I think growth is the drive of human learning, so its sort of in that context. In complexity 'correct' does not have to mean completely true, it can just mean movement towards truth.... depends on what is being asked I suppose. Not everything has empirical standards to be assessed by, but yes I think I understand what your saying - its why I tried to make a subtle differentiation by using two different terms, between truth (how I used it then) and fact.
    • What form(s) of magic(k) do you practice? (Last post by Arcade)
    • Quote: I already use the "aspects of subconscious self" approach in regards to deities...in regards to spirits... I hope it didn't seem like I was suggesting that you weren't aware of this process (or that you didn't utilize it) in my last post. I was speaking generally. :) I would love to hear more about this if/when you feel up to it. You are welcome to PM me anytime.
    • This Week In Science (Last post by Khaos)
    • SIMPLE BLOOD TEST COULD DETECT ALL TYPES OF CANCER Researchers in the U.K. think we’re getting close to a simple blood test that can diagnose all cancers. Early results show how it can identify cancer and pre-cancerous conditions in patients with melanoma, colon cancer, and lung cancer. By helping doctors rule out certain diseases in people with symptoms, the test could save time and money while preventing the need for painful, invasive procedures like biopsies. Known as the Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) assay, the test looks at white blood cells called lymphocytes and the damage caused to their DNA when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet light, which causes damage to genetic material. “White blood cells are part of the body’s natural defense system. We know that they are under stress when they are fighting cancer or other diseases, so I wondered whether anything measurable could be seen if we put them under further stress with UVA light,” Diana Anderson from the University of Bradford explains in a news release. Anderson and colleagues examined the lymphocyte responses in 208 people: 20 with melanoma, 34 with colon cancer, 4 with lung cancer, 18 with suspected melanoma, 28 with polyposis, and 10 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 94 healthy volunteers. The samples were coded, randomized, and then exposed to UVA light through five different depths of agar. They found a clear distinction between the damage to the white blood cells from patients with cancer, patients with pre-cancerous conditions, and healthy patients. “People with cancer have DNA which is more easily damaged by ultraviolet light than other people,” Anderson says, “so the test shows the sensitivity to damage of all the DNA -- the genome -- in a cell.” UVA damage shows up in the form of pieces of DNA pulled in an electric field towards the positive end of the field; this creates a tail like the one you’d see trailing a comet. In the LGS test, the longer the comet-like tail, the more DNA damage. The measurements correlated to those patients who were ultimately diagnosed with cancer (58), those with pre-cancerous conditions (56), and those who don’t have cancer (94). A clinical trial is currently underway to test the effectiveness of the LGS test at predicting which patients would benefit from a colonoscopy. The work was published in the FASEB Journal last week Read more at www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/s...#Er4DyxelXKlfkt3D.99
    • Sweden (Last post by AlexanderJ.W)
    • Vad är det som gör att du tycker att Sverige är ett så spännande land, och vad är det som har fått dig intresserad? :9 Må kraften vara med dig
    • My Philosophy of Life (Last post by scott777ab)
    • Quote: I do my best to live my philosophy, and it has been quite beneficial personally. Good, and don't let jerks like me push you around. To you also I aplogize. I guess I do not know how to make decent posts to things I disagree with without sounding like a total jerk. So I am sorry about that Philo. This here below is the last thing I am going to say in this thread. May the force(God) be with(in) you.
    • Connor is back (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Oh! Well, that wasn't a permanent thing since I've been in Germany for a month and all. But, yeah, we'll see how it turns out. I may not end up doing the financial planning stuff till I'm done singing, which may not be for 10-20 years yet.
    • Jedi Lightsaber (Last post by rugadd)
    • I should amend that by saying I DID craft one...but its 4 solid steel plumbing pieces and a solid steel pipe for the blade, wrapped in green electrical tape. I treat it the same way one might treat a weighted bat in baseball practice. Also, will likely be my head bashing tool when the zombie apocalypse happens.
    • Rape Culture (Last post by ren)
    • It's the evil patriarchy man. We get to be dicks and women pussies. Coz you know, throughout history cats have been seen as disgusting worthless animals not deserving of any kind of attention and all. You know dem cats vandalized the pyramids with selfies in egypt? Filthy things. Now being named after male genitalia and the greatest politician ever Dick Nixon, that's just pure honour and glory.
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by Learn_To_Know)
    • "Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world" - Lawrence G. Lovasik.

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