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  • A comment on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 30 2013: How strange...you don't want to even look at the consequences of what you propose: a world which relies purely on reason & science. This is a world that is deprived of beauty as beauty comes from irrationality. But believe what you want to believe.... just understand that it is a belief.
  • A reply on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 17 2012: IS religion the problem, or your interpretation of religion.
    It sounds as if you are very much hung up on your own dogma as well....

    Someone is not allowed to make a charter for compassion because she involves religion? Maybe you don't know - but by far the biggest part of the world is religious. NOT inviting them to the table means having a charter for compassion which applies to you, all majors in exact sciences and your kittens.

    If you'd read the text of the charter it invites any and all. Also eastern religions and also non-religious people. It's quite the Cumbaya piece.

    Might being opposed to that have something to do with the fact that aparantly not a secular person came up with the idea and followed through?
  • A reply on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 17 2012: If you'd have read her book GOD - she starts by saying that she heard a rabbi say after she left her convent: "God does not exist, but he is the most important thing in the world" - and that drove her back to religion.

    The difference being that Dawkins wants to destruct while Armstrong wants to construct - she tries to let people go back to the way it should be (and partially was.)
    Which is why I prefer Armstrong any day of the week.
  • A reply on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 17 2012: As you really show very well... you are jus raging without any content. The definition of a psychopath is : a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others and the rules of society. Psychopaths have a total lack of empathy and remorse, and have very shallow emotions. They are generally regarded as callous, selfish, insensitive, dishonest, arrogant, aggressive, impulsive, irresponsible, and hedonistic.

    Which actually doesn't resonate with wishing a charter for compassion
  • A reply on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 17 2012: they don't. It's just that reason and logic do not get you to a friendly place... for that you need somethihg beyond that. Reason and logic would, for instance, compel us to get rid of those who bog our society down.
    The problem being thta you, for instance, can never prove your love for someone scientifically.Or prove scientifically that a painting is beautiful. The fact is that a lot of things (friendship for instance) cannot be proven by science..... and science will have to learn it's limitations... as religion (or whatever you want to call it) should have done aeons ago
  • A reply on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 17 2012: Dear miss Sigmund - which design is it by that it forbids research?

    Have you listened to what this woman says? She clearly tries to address that religion has been wrongly used for political gain. And that Christians want to be right...
    Creationism is a product of ultra religious americans. I have not seen any serious thought of that here in Yurp.

    The problem is that there are people who take whichever scripture literal.
  • A reply on Talk: Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

    Mar 17 2012: Dear David - where did you get the infinite wisdom of accusing someone who has devoted their latter life to a certain subject.
    Don't believe me? Then just read her books. You can be right about a lot of things... but her being in it for the money seems a large thing to say with no factual evidence to back it up
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    A reply on Talk: Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

    Mar 3 2011: one last thing....she isn't just implying things.... she is showing, through independent SCIENTIFIC studies - that experts can, and sometimes are wrong.
    And why that is, what things can show this, and how to combat it.
    I's say that any true scientist would be glad that scepsis... the fundamental basis of science, is preached
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    A reply on Talk: Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

    Mar 3 2011: I think that she isn't talking about science like molecular biology, physics etc.... but that we as a people should never turn off our brains and rely on others just taking their advice without any kind of sceptisim.

    I have rarely met intellectual people (who are the sole vsitors of TED.com - other peole will rather spend their time on "I can haz cheezburger") who dismiss anything anyone with a huge abundance of knowledge on a certain subject says, just because they have an opinion.
    HOWEVER - I have met a lot of people who have an opinion on many a subject.
    If that is something you are against... then you are against independant thinking.
    If you however are for groupthink - just because it's the scientific norm we should believe and not question it.... then you have become the new church. Not being different, but only looking at things from another angle.
  • A reply on Talk: Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

    Jul 6 2010: it is yiddish.... if you go among the Jewish community - maybe...
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