Robert Wright. WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE
The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon and Shuster 2017 In this paper I summarise 9 chapters and comment on the whole book by this leading evolutionary psychologist who has come to see that the Buddha’s insights into the human condition are being corroborated by evolutionary psychology, To read the whole paper click on RELIGION
Notes by John Baxter www.johnbaxter.org firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fat, Friend or Foe. Quaker Barn 5th February 7.30 p.m.
ANVIL is Wincanton’s structured discussion group which tackles controversial subjects and you are invited to our first meeting of 2020, Science teacher Dave Wrathall will be speaking about diet, in particular our attitude to eating fat. This is his introduction:
“What if we have been misled about what is healthy and what is not? What if the food we eat is poisoning us? What if cancer, heart disease and dementia are not diseases of aging, but simply the consequences of the food choices we make?” Continue reading
Title THE AFTER-LIFE
Wednesday Nov 13th. Our last session for the year will have as our Main Speaker Julie Arliss with myself as the Responder. Her topic is THE AFTER-LIFE and she introduces it by saying:
The reports of near death experiences, paranoral experiences, telepathy and the like, as well as the beliefs in many world religions, seem to point to some form of post-mortem existence, but the scientific and philosophical problems associated with these beliefs are considerable. This talk will outline the evidence and examine some of the crucial difficulties, such as what would make the person who died the SAME PERSON as the one who is resurrected. “
So we will be facing one of life’s great mysteries. Continue reading
THE 55 MPH WIN WIN SPEED LIMIT
The vast majority of people today drive petrol or diesel cars. (9 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain currently 2018) and with the best will in the world they will continue doing so for several more years. (Until 2025?) Continue reading
Climate Emergency Service
We need to set up a nation wide organisation to:
Prepare for and deal with climate emergencies. Continue reading
Fascinating, troubling and illustrated with a Power Point that included some amazing diagrams, photographs and video clips, Dave’s talk took us to some stark, new places. Continue reading
This session consisted in Greg emphasising the need for a science based approach to deciding what is true and real and concluding that all forms of supernaturalism and belief in gods ,, one god, spirits and miracles are not based on evidence. Graham responded that as he saw it there is far more too life than what can be weighted and measured by science and that intuitively many believe as he does that behind all that is happening there is a compassionate God . Continue reading
Summary Notes on HOMO DEUS. A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 2015 written by John Baxter March 2018. 5,814 words 9 pages so worth printing off.
These notes simply seek to summarise Homo Deus as an aid to understanding the book’s challenging ideas. It is not a review for I do not here judge what he says. It is an aid not a substitute for reading the book and his equally challenging SAPIENS. Continue reading
Is Wright Wrong?
This paper examines the work of Professor N.T. Wright and suggests a different way of interpreting the resurrection of Jesus. A long paper, read the first 12 theses and if they interest you print off the other 15 pages. Continue reading