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by W4TVQ
October 11th, 2008, 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief in belief in God
Replies: 6
Views: 16193

Re: Belief in belief in God

You are quite right; I find nothing in your post to dispute. Searching for an analogy ... let's see. I am (hypothetidcally) lost in the wilderness somewhere in Australia. I know that I am not Australian, nor am I really equipped to survive in the outback, because "where I came from" is America, and ...
by W4TVQ
October 8th, 2008, 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: God is imaginary?
Replies: 4
Views: 11949

Re: God is imaginary?

So, is God imagined? The answer is, yes, of course. There is no other way “Stefan” can know any “thing” in his “reality”. Quite so. The "God" Who can be known is imaginary. The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao, said Lao-Tzu, stating the same truth. There is hardly a more eloquent statemen...
by W4TVQ
September 26th, 2008, 12:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: God is imaginary?
Replies: 4
Views: 11949

Re: God is imaginary?

One might suggest to the site that perhaps the point is less that God is imaginary, and more that we are imaginary ... and so of course the God that we imagine is imaginary. What else could such a God be? Indeed. At times, I feel imaginary. Perhaps those times are related to the state of mind that ...
by W4TVQ
September 18th, 2008, 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MY STROKE OF INSIGHT
Replies: 6
Views: 15588

Re: MY STROKE OF INSIGHT

I'm reminde her of a book I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed, The shack by Wm. Paul Young. The protagonist is placed in a situation in which he msut relate to God entirely apart form his religious preconeptions. At one point he is agonizing over the old "why good thngs happen to bad people and v...
by W4TVQ
September 8th, 2008, 3:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hurricane
Replies: 3
Views: 11008

Re: Hurricane

The good news is that, at last advisory from NOAA, the storm is going to pass by us over 200 miles away, so we will hve rain, and wind, but probably will not have to go to a shelter or lose power for any extended period of time. The scare was good for me, though. Interestingly, in the midst of it, m...
by W4TVQ
September 7th, 2008, 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This way to nothingness?
Replies: 2
Views: 9236

Re: This way to nothingness?

That's quite an article! Coincidentally, I am reading right now the book Origins by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and geting a huge brainache from hearng about thngs like dark matter and dark energy. Things that exist, but don't: the only property of which seems to be gravity -- no mass. And subsequently abo...
by W4TVQ
September 5th, 2008, 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hurricane
Replies: 3
Views: 11008

Hurricane

Hurricane ... is it better or worse to live where tornadoes can pop up unexpectedly, or where you have constant, oppressive threat of hurricanes? I am discovering that no matter how much I think I am "getting it together," with Hurricane Ike breathing down our necks "it", whatever it is, is rapidly ...
by W4TVQ
September 2nd, 2008, 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief in belief in God
Replies: 6
Views: 16193

Belief in belief in God

It has come as something of a shock to me to read Dan Dennett's remarkable book, Breaking The Spell . In this book he highlights the difference between believing in God, and believing in believing in God, and suggests that the majority of those who say "I believe in God" really mean that they believ...
by W4TVQ
August 6th, 2008, 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Don't Miss this Book
Replies: 1
Views: 7918

Don't Miss this Book

A friend handed me a copy of a new book by Daniel C. Dennett entitled Breaking The Spell . It reads almost like an extension of James' Varieties of Religious Experience . The "spell" to which the title refers is the "spell" of religion. He is by no means anti-religious, but is trying in this book to...
by W4TVQ
July 29th, 2008, 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Maybe not, but then, maybe
Replies: 13
Views: 24519

Re: Maybe not, but then, maybe

This raises many "yes, buts" for me. I sometimes question whether I am good "New Age" material, because the idea that we create our own reality, as attractive as it sounds, does not always resonate well with me. Yes, when I am watching a lolvely sunset or walking the boardwalk at Big Cypress Reserve...
by W4TVQ
July 11th, 2008, 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Maybe not, but then, maybe
Replies: 13
Views: 24519

Re: Maybe not, but then, maybe

""It is not the ritual that is important. It is what the ritual contributes to our understanding that matters! - Arlo R. Hansen Peculier, isn't it, that I should voice anything positive that could be construed to have its source in organized religion, when that subject ordinarily leaves me cold?" I ...
by W4TVQ
June 25th, 2008, 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Maybe not, but then, maybe
Replies: 13
Views: 24519

Re: Maybe not, but then, maybe

I'm reminded f the time-worn sermon illustration concernng the little fish, informed by his fellows that he cannot survive unless he is immersed in water, swimming frantically about trying to find water to sustain him. I know I'm immersed in All That Is, and it is sustaining me as I write. but as yo...
by W4TVQ
June 9th, 2008, 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spiritual Agendas
Replies: 6
Views: 14104

Re: Spiritual Agendas

Few subjects, IMO, are more "either-or" than this one. One's relationship to The One. At one level, it is absolutely true, as the Vedas tell us, that "thou art that." If the ocean is ocean, and the wave is ocean, then by the mathematical principle of correlation, the one is the other. a=b, c=b, so i...
by W4TVQ
June 3rd, 2008, 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 12
Views: 22337

Re: Introduce Yourself

The nature and fuction of the brain are given very much the similar slant by semantics. In the writings of Wittgenstein, Suzanne Langer and Ernst Cassirer the brain is described as simply and solely a symbol-creating mechanism. The best presentation of this idea is Langer's book, Philosophy In a New...
by W4TVQ
June 1st, 2008, 8:47 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: A New Earth/ Oprah
Replies: 10
Views: 17549

Re: A New Earth/ Oprah

I have just finished reading A New Earth , and cannot for the life of me see what the fuss is all about. It is a book of very good psychology. Most of the fuss is from "Anti-New Age" contingents, who are, if one examines their output carefully, merely "anti" and not really "for" anything. I am growi...