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Entries from March 2006

Query on Gurdjieff

March 8th, 2006 · No Comments

I received a comment (below) in post on Dennett that mentioned Gurdjieff I said: You know, the sufis have a special contempt for the West, with its science. They launched a torpedo like Gurdjieff ( a figure I detest, but what to do) over a century ago to try and ‘break the spell’ of scientism […]

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Tags: New Age

Spinoza to Tillich

March 6th, 2006 · No Comments

Gene Expression discusses Dennett on religion. Mentioning Tillich makes one muse–he was raised in the tradition of German Classical philosophy, a student of Schelling, and in the period of Heidegger. They graft ‘god’ onto ‘being’, perhaps deceptively so, yet the point would be that from Spinoza to Hegel the idea of God underwent multiple metapmorphoses, […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Responses to Dennett review

March 5th, 2006 · 2 Comments

The Times reviews some of the responses to the Dennett review At Leiter Reports, University of Texas philosophy professor Brian Leiter challenges Wieseltier’s “sneering” dismissal of the idea that science can shed some light on all aspects of human life. “‘The view that science can explain all human conditions and expressions, mental as well as […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Mr. Dennett, Ideas have consequences…

March 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

I have been critical of the guru scene here on this blog, but these questions are apparently beyond the comprehension of the Darwin indoctrinated. I was reading Dance of the Seventeen Lives about the Karmapas of Tibet.

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion

Gearing up for the Armstrong mess

March 2nd, 2006 · 1 Comment

I have been waiting for Karen Armstrong’s new book The Great Transformation on the Axial Age. Based on her previous remarks in earlier books, with a short version in The History of Myth, the result is going to make a complete mess of the material on the Axial Age. Since she has a ready public […]

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Tags: New Age · The Axial Age

Dennett, Nanda vs the Hindus

March 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

I put up a post on Meera Nanda in relation to Sam Harris and Dennett’s Breaking the Spell, whose title comes from Nanda’s Breaking the Spell of Dharma: Postmodernism, Hindu nationalism and `Vedic science’; The mixing up of the mythos of the Vedas with the logos of science must be of great concern not just […]

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Tags: Science & Religion