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Entries from June 2007

Is Andrew Cohen another pandit-knapper?

June 24th, 2007 · 3 Comments

This discussion of Shah, Gurdjieff, and Bennett has reached critical mass, and the point where I should point out something. Most readers will find this incomprehensible, SK maybe not. Sillykitty, keep an eye on Hucklebird. He is prancing through Wilber land oblivious to his danger, this Cohen fellow who was out to get me, using […]

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Tags: New Age

Be wary of trusting Darwin ‘experts’ on evo-devo

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Pharyngula on Behe on evo-devo. Mr. Myers, I never trust a thing you say, about your own subject. Behe’s argument may have problems, but the style of Darwinists attacking him immediately casts suspicion on their presentations. When it comes to evo-devo, and the clear deceptions of the experts themselves, dressed up in hate and smear […]

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Tags: Evolution

Threat to modern freedoms

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

The Present Threat of the Religious Right to Our Modern Freedoms Edward Tabash Reposted from: Dawkins site http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2829599695690924108 and http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4191917977194347234 Edward Tabash gave this speech to members of the Center For Inquiry during a recent cruise in the Galapagos. He will also be at the AAI 2007 Conference in DC, as advertised on the home […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Oh yeah, let’s see the code

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Evolution IS a Blind Watchmaker Chuck Kopec, cdk007 Reposted from:Dawkins site

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Tags: Evolution

Institutional religion and idolatry

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Atheist polemic refuses to engage authentic religion What he and the other writers of the new atheist manifestos, such as Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins, attack is not religion, but the ossified forms of religious orthodoxy that have been misused for centuries to instill fear and obedience. The charlatans and demagogues who today dominate Christian […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Secularist Europe…

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Secularist Europe Silences Pro-Lifers and Creationists From the desk of Paul Belien on Sat, 2007-06-23 18:53

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Tags: Evolution

From monoculture to duoculture?

June 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

According to a recent article by J. Scott Turner…. The problem would not be solved by creating a tedious intellectual duoculture of Darwinism and ID. Turner starts by observing that the real threat to education today is not ID itself, but the attitude of scientists towards ID: “Unlike most of my colleagues, however, I don’t […]

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Tags: Evolution

God created, Linneaus organised

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

This synthetic life Sunday, 24 June 2007 By Roger Kalla

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Tags: Evolution

Comment defending Rajneesh

June 23rd, 2007 · 33 Comments

Comment from Jayen defending Osho.

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Tags: New Age

Thieves of baraka

June 23rd, 2007 · 10 Comments

Comment from Jayen on Shah/Gurdjieff meeting. Thanks for pursuing this question.

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Tags: Evolution

Osho International responds to Hitchens

June 23rd, 2007 · 3 Comments

A comment from Hitchens and ?Rajneesh provides an interesting letter from Osho International to Hitchens and his publisher. Klaus Steeg said, June 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm · Edit OSHO International received the following letter – which was sent to the Publisher and to Christopher Hitchens in response to the Osho chapter in his book. […]

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Tags: Booknotes · New Age

Hucklebird, watch out for Andrew Cohen

June 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

This discussion of gurus is not some woolly abstraction.

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Tags: New Age

Why so much guru stuff?

June 22nd, 2007 · 3 Comments

Someone expressed puzzlement at the material here on guru threads. Actually, in the round of the current New Atheists, and the initiative to critique religion it is important to try and establish some understanding of the labyrinth of Indian/Islamic spirituality. We are getting an overdose, and these people, as Rajneesh made clear, finally, with his […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age · Science & Religion

Smart/dumb and The Paradigm

June 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

James on Harris: The training in Darwinian paradigm faith and scientific reductionism is insidious and creates in the high IQ set a narrowness that is in part behind the intractability of the current debate. Note what happens: science fans get excited about science as teenagers, and then follow a specialized track through college to their […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Shah and Gurdjieff

June 22nd, 2007 · 4 Comments

Comment on I. Shah: Actually, I forget where I read that, sorry. I am almost sure I read it somewhere. However, it was very early on, evidently, check the dates. How old was Idries Shah in the thirties, forties? Maybe I have invoked an impossibility??? But there was a clear response to Gurdieff in Shah’s […]

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Tags: New Age

Four good comments on Rajneesh/Shah

June 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Hitchens and Rajneesh, actually I can’t fault Hitchens for disillusion. It was obvious to a media person what Rajneesh was up to. And Rajneesh attracted a tremendous number of people from all walks of life, deceiving them with his tricky style. The more’s the pity for the way he blew the whole thing away. He […]

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Tags: New Age

Rajneesh and ‘Beyond Enlightenment’

June 19th, 2007 · 4 Comments

This discussion of Rajneesh and enlightenment could be missing the point, as one tries to understand the strangeness of his later life and its descent into chaos. But Rajneesh himself gave out a clue in one of his little known later books, out of print, lost and forgotten, Beyond Enlightenment (Paperback) by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Tags: New Age

Rajneesh and ‘enlightenment’, ‘reincarnation’

June 19th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Comment from James:

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Tags: Evolution · New Age · Science & Religion

Gurus or shmucks?

June 18th, 2007 · No Comments

SK comment:

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Tags: New Age

Harris sneaks Buddhism past atheist customs?

June 18th, 2007 · No Comments

James comments on my statements about the New Atheists vs the atheist religions (e.g. Jainism and Buddhism). This is a problem for Sam Harris, and the inconsistency in the general denunciation of religion even as Christianity and Islam are the real targets puts a severe limit on his argument. Secular humanists have a poor strategy […]

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Tags: Evolution

Hitchens and–?Rajneesh

June 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Christopher Hitchens targets God and faith

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Tags: Science & Religion

Armstrong ‘myth’ nostrum

June 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Armstrong on myth. Armstrong’s puzzling contradictions include promoting religion as a disbeliever: one must suspect that at the pinnacle of her confusion she advocates religious belief as the benefit of myths. Please. This is a disservice to the already confused. This kind of hybrid pseud0-analysis briefly appeals to a culture in transition, with religion in […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Armstrong’s atheist hypocrisy

June 16th, 2007 · No Comments

MALAYSIA: CONFERENCE ON ISLAM-WEST DIVIDE TO OPEN And who should show up but our ‘religious expert’ Armstrong, the jet-set fraud, and Axial Age coverup specialist. Bridge the information gap with propaganda. Hey, guys, this gal is an atheist hypocrite. Kuala Lumpur, 14 June (AKI) – A two-day international conference on ‘Islam and the West: Bridging […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Berlinski on Dawkins computer simulation

June 13th, 2007 · No Comments

James has the link for the Berlinski expose of the Dawkins computer simulation: http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&id=1509 and a comment on Behe reviews

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Tags: Evolution