“If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?

Question by Thura Awng: “If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?
How do you think that statement?

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/01/monks-at-play-science-in-progr.html

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Answer by Hiratoru
First, Buddhism is not a religion. It is a lived philosophy as it has no god or supreme being, no anthropomorphic deity, it is a not a practice of a judgmental nature so it does not condemn and it excludes no one.

The practice of Buddhism is based on that which one has reliably and verifiably experienced personally in his or her own lived life experience.

In such a case and situation, when new facts are discovered or arise, one must then change his or her understanding so that the same agrees with the facts rather than denying the facts and retreating into ignorance.

In this manner, this lived philosophy follows the example of modern science which adjust to new discoveries and facts so as to related and deal effectively with what is rather than how one might wish things to be.

This allows Buddhism and the practice of the same to freely adapt to life as life progresses.

namaste

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If we are now heading into the Aeon of Scientific Paganism, would that meet the requirements of Apocalypse?

Question by Tahuti: If we are now heading into the Aeon of Scientific Paganism, would that meet the requirements of Apocalypse?
The gods of one age become the devils of the age to follow. The priests look forward to the age to come and see only the end of the world. -Lon Milo Duquette

ps. the term “Scientific Paganism” was coined by philosopher Timothy Leary in his book “Your Brain is God.”
The greatest minds in humanity’s history have never stayed On the Rails. Look at Tesla as an example.

Best answer:

Answer by WiseOne
No…the apocalypse is described in the bible, maybe you should read it.

oh,and by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Why and how would someone decide to be “Pagan”?

Question by David M: Why and how would someone decide to be “Pagan”?
I understand there are many variants of so called “paganism” etc but speaking in general terms what would draw somone to decide for example “Well gosh this idea of drawing down the moon to invoke the triple goddess makes perfect sense?”

I fully confess to being dismissive of Paganism but I’m trying to ask a sincere question here. We know the history with Gardner and all that. We know the origins where much of the ritual etc were grafted from earlier faiths. So how would anyone say yep that’s it – this guy collected all the true bits of earlier faiths, came up with some true new stuff and accurately described the real immanent deities of the God and the Goddess?

Again – an example – I know not all Pagans cleave to the traditional British variant. Feel free to mentally edit. The question remains though that Christians are made mostly via indoctrination and social norming, but Pagans almost to a one have chosen it from all available options, even knowing everything above. Why?
Couple updates.

No I don’t think Christianity or older religions make more sense. I think NONE of them do. However the older faiths have established large followings over centuries, and people are indoctrinated into them so it makes more sense that people would adopt them. The religion makes no more sense – just the adoption of it.

Wicca is an example of Paganism. I used it as one example and made it clear I knew there were others.

I’m still not seeing though a rational reason to decide that yes this particular view of divinity is any more sensible, true or meaningful than any other. The “as above so below” answer is the closest so far, but still not seeing why anyone would be likely to accept such beliefs as true when we can trace their origin. What’s the difference between Gardner and Hubbard as far as validity of belief goes – their relative intent or morality being not relevant – just the beliefs themselves?
No no trees for me.

And even if I had one out of social norms or for kids, that would not make me accept the belief that spawned the idea any more than taking Easter off makes me believe that one. The important question for me is why anyone would accept the beliefs, not the trappings.
AGAIN – I KNOW Wicca is not all of Paganism. It’s in there in the question. How much clearer could I have made it?

Atheism takes no faith. Atheism is absence of belief not belief in absence.

Still nobody is addressing why they would choose something as true. I was hoping someone would point to some evidence or inductive arguments that establish some of the tenets of whatever brand of paganism they espouse. Where is the Pagan Thomas Quinas with their five proofs – even if they are not valid, but at least reasoned?

Best answer:

Answer by monky_bizzness_2
Cuz you can smoke pot and have sex and still be Pagan and claim to have a relationship with god(s).

So, those who like smoking pot and having sex and want to remove the guilt, cannot be Christian so they become Pagan.

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TEDxBrownUniversity – Willoughby Britton – Why A Neuroscientist Would Study Meditation

In this TEDxTalk, Professor Willoughby Britton tells us that happiness is not about getting what you want. She discusses our mental qualities as habits we practice and she sheds light on an important link between neuroscience and contemplative studies. Britton received a BA in Neuroscience from Colgate University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2007. Broadly speaking, she is interested in the role of variations in conscious states in the intersection between affective neuroscience, clinical science and religion. See her full bio and learn more about this event at the TEDxBrownUniversity website (www.brown.edu

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It has been said that “Revenge is for those who do not have time for Karma”. How would you respond to this?

Question by billykharl75476: It has been said that “Revenge is for those who do not have time for Karma”. How would you respond to this?

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Answer by Jeff Spicoli
Revenge is the most worthless of causes.

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Someone just asked me “How would you describe you aura?” What does Aura mean?

Question by LindseyLuber: Someone just asked me “How would you describe you aura?” What does Aura mean?
I have no idea what it means. Maybe I’m blank minded right now.

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Answer by dsayless
It’s a hippie-induced imaginary “cloud” around each person that reflects their innermost traits & personality. Anyone who claims to be able to actually see them took way too much LSD in the 60’s and 70’s.

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