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by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

Things do change, and significantly, outside of human influence. This does not negate the fact that humans have had, are having, and can continue to have an impact. You, Deebs, seem to be supporting the unconscious flow of nature, while I am supporting the conscious planning and wise intentional ac...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

Thanks, I like the article overall, its breath and scope. Just to grab one bit: A frog has a pretty good simulation of itself. It's almost a bit of Zen, if you'd broaden the scope a bit, unfocus your eyes and drop some acid (j/k). The theory suggests that consciousness arises as a solution to one of...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

how many weird events have to take place this year before just about everybody, including most Americans, start believing that this is real, and that since we caused it, we should do something to try to help fix it? Yes, changing climate is real, it would be even without human contributions. Like p...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Trumpism
Replies: 192
Views: 9522

Re: Trumpism

The short term goal would be the end of the Democratic party. It needs to crack open. As for the Republicans, I think as a party it already fractionated and rotted since Tea Party times. Since Palin. It's only going to be worse for them when Trump is done. Could it be that both political parties ar...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Impermanence and meaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1863

Re: Impermanence and meaning

I reject wholeheartedly the idea of settling for some sort of contrasting/unifying blending of the two. It's go all the way to 100% sanity/perfection is my motto, and if so be it, die still trying! You are dying trying! The best description of the idea yet. And you are free to embrace it of course,...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 666

Re: Why study philosophy?

So you are asking to be explained why you should explain your self to people who cannot explain themselves? Are you being snarky or something? I'm asking just what I said. No. Perhaps you are not aware what you are asking here? You were literally asking how or why you should explain your self to pe...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 666

Re: Why study philosophy?

Is anyone here good at explaining why we should care about philosophy to someone who knows nothing at all about it? No idea about enlightenment, metaphysics, ultimate reality, or anything like that? So you are asking to be explained why you should explain your self to people who cannot explain them...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Impermanence and meaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1863

Re: Impermanence and meaning

Diebert: But it's not a failure at all! The idea of having two distinct roots or principles remains troubling and dividing. It was you who used the concept of ' a principle' when addressing ignorance, as if it exists in relation to other principles. If it were the only one, you would have said the ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Impermanence and meaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1863

Re: Impermanence and meaning

You lean towards it because you lean to truth: arising of form is only possible through a fundamental attachment to its rise, some (subconscious) will or desire for it if you will, with in its wake a root ignorance stemming out the nature of this attachment. This is then the root cause of all suffe...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

As for addressing those disastrous, fires throughout the west coast of the US, it should indeed be taken more seriously. After reading a bit more about about this, I get the impression that not just the drought is to blame but also, to some degree, the federal forest policies, which created at place...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path

You provided no translation but rather completely reworked phrases. In no way are they similar to any usual translation! Mind linking me to a few complete sources? I had a copy of "the Dhammapada" which my searching told me was authentic? It also included quotes I know to be authentically attribute...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

However the topic of droughts and fires is interesting, especially the global developments on vegetation and greening. Published in Nature Climate Change last year: Greening of the Earth and its drivers , which confirms a global trend of something many people have seen the last decades happening in ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

You' seem dishonest here Elizabeth. just changing the goal posts at will > you always win! My post was not addressing any "fires" and neither was yours. You say I seem dishonest, and as evidence you flat out lie to me? But your post was not addressing (ie "deal with") those fires, Elizabeth, you we...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

You' seem dishonest here Elizabeth. just changing the goal posts at will > you always win! My post was not addressing any "fires" and neither was yours. What are you talking about exactly? You can include Katia, Jose, or Maria but I didn't mention the 12-year lull in Cat 4-5 hurricanes. NOAA counts ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path

Are you referring to the translation? You provided no translation but rather completely reworked phrases. In no way are they similar to any usual translation! The entire theme of diligence/striving on the path is present throughout nearly everything I've ever read from Buddhism. But this does not s...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path

The specific quote is irrelevant since I was well aware the Buddha spoke of it. No he didn't. At all, anywhere. The text you quoted is from a Christian who rewrote it using very Protestant ideology. Click on the link I helpfully supplied for more information on why the quote really is wrong. Then y...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Sloth/Laziness is absolutely incompatible with the path

Better laziness than just more mediocrity though. Doing nothing trumps doing stuff just for the doing, without means to quality. For example your own post. Is that the best you had? Did you put any effort in its conception? Lets see: - "Deadly sins" is a backward Christian theological concept with l...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: some questions
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: some questions

All three questions seem like a matter of first raising a definition, some demarcation line. And the ones who can, name, define and judge will therefore A. become sufficiently aware of a sense of I, self or soul, then B. name themselves to be more than reactive animals or matter and therefore C. imm...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Life is overrated.
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Life is overrated.

A life without joy is not worth living. And I would wonder if anyone can show me otherwise. Of course they can't as assigning worth is not evidence based unless you can agree on values and formula beforehand. f there was a way to destroy all Consciousness in totality, then I think the most logical ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: fluid theory
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: fluid theory

... it is only our consciousness which creates the appearance of rigid bodies. Our conscious "frame rate" creates a powerful illusion that rigid bodies exist, when in fact all is fluid. I am wondering if this hypothesis is contradicted by scientific equations or validated. Scientists are generally ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 173
Views: 35356

Re: Global Warming

Hello Elizabeth, so you are taking your utterly failed prediction and somehow convert it to a successful one by just claiming it was a hit? That seems like wishful thinking to me. Furthermore you seem to misunderstand some of the mainstream science in this, like some media outlets are doing as well....
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: The social justice wars
Replies: 210
Views: 5164

Re: The social justice wars

Propaganda is most effective when our consent is engineered by those with a fine education - Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia -- and with careers on the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post. These organisations are known as the liberal media. They present themselves as enl...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: White men, European genetics, masculinity and genius
Replies: 282
Views: 8099

Re: White men, European genetics, masculinity and genius

I would respectfully suggest that your discourse becomes a never-ceasing wall of text about structural details but that cannot shape itself into anything decisive in the sense I use the word. For you it becomes a love-affair with the wallow. Just quoting this gem as I lost count the times this crit...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: The social justice wars
Replies: 210
Views: 5164

Re: The social justice wars

How is keeping the goal of attachment purification/cutting front-and-centre not THE only important task of the philosopher? Perhaps you just need some Important Task more than anything else? If you want to subtly contrast/fizzle, that is your choice, as it is for everyone. With worldly matters, of ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Life is overrated.
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Life is overrated.

Generally, I'd say, one values where there's some investment made. And it's uncertain if that investment was always by choice necessarily. You sound yourself rather uninvested and you express amazement that other people could have developed such thing. But you seem still somewhat invested in the ide...