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by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 4187

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. What is Original Sin if not ignoring a stupid command to not gain the knowledge of all things? Regards DL According to some simple people a few thousand years ago. As I say, I think Original Sin is an analogy for human...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 966
Views: 18488

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

The question then comes from the OP, what might prompt people to be reluctant to give up their shields? Most people are not even aware that they carry a shield - hard to drop something when you don't even know that you carry it... even harder when you believe that you are it. Good news is that it d...
by Greta
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 966
Views: 18488

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Being alive means being a small entity in an environment that constantly wants to absorb you, both literally and metaphorically. The ego is an organism's shield. The ego says, "I am, and I intend to stay that way. You cannot claim me or my stuff" (not yet). The question then comes from the OP, what ...
by Greta
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 4187

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. They might consider that in Adam and Eve the ancients were simply creating an allegory for the powers of humanity beyond that of other animals, and the price we pay for that awareness in suffering. Question: were Adam ...
by Greta
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 4187

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

I'm thinking that we have two possibilities to ease away from Iron Age language: 1. God might be order and Satan, chaos. However, since total order is stasis and, as far as we're concerned, stasis is not all that great, then. 2. God is a productive balance of order and chaos while Satan is imbalanc...
by Greta
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

Re: my last word about Tolle (and you, his fans)

henry quirk wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:56 pm
Ink,

If an adult needs a stranger, by way of a book, to tell him he's not the slave of hs life/thoughts/etc. then that needy person is severely retarded.
It's probably best if you keep quiet and just let the grownups talk, little fella.
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

Re:

"ET's work is used by cognitive therapists but they are not libertarians' favourite people and, thus, not yours." I don't know anything about cognitive therapy or what Libertarians or other libertarians think of cognitive therapy. As with you, I don't know anything about progressives or "liberals" ...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 17770

Re: Einstein on the train

Thank you Greta. Yeah, there's a whole chapter on time in the book (had to leave something out, or no one would buy the bloody thing.) It leaves you free to go hard into the nitty gritty of time in your next publication! The irony is that the chapter on time is 'Einstein on the train', which is the...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 4187

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

I'm thinking that we have two possibilities to ease away from Iron Age language: 1. God might be order and Satan, chaos. However, since total order is stasis and, as far as we're concerned, stasis is not all that great, then. 2. God is a productive balance of order and chaos while Satan is imbalance...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

Re:

henry quirk wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 am
"All ET does is provide some tools and th' like ti sort out yer mind."

Snake oil.
Then again, you consider just about anything that's not related to your ideals as snake oil. ET's work is used by cognitive therapists but they are not libertarians' favourite people and, thus, not yours.
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

Re:

Can't get out? Then invest in beer: damn sight better than Tolle. 🤮 Zest for life, Greta: just zest for life. Not seein' that in yer sugarplum. Never said they shouldn't: i favor the free market...sell that snake oil...I'm just sayin': if you're life is wantin', Tolle ain't the guy to make it right...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

ET is just a guy who worked out how to stay calm

If city life makes you crazy: Get. Out. Of. The. City. Don't give money to a con man who'll feed you horse manure. And -- yeah -- Bill O'Reilly is another overpaid conman/hack which really ain't got nuthin' to do with the the heap of dirt on the table, that bein' E. Tolle. Not so easy to Get. Out. ...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Are you superstitious about your birthday?
Replies: 16
Views: 1154

Re: Are you superstitious about your birthday?

Each birthday feels like a landmark for me, where I feel incredibly grateful that somehow I am still alive and well, touch wood, which brings me to my superstition - complacency. After saying that I am alive and well I must follow with "touch wood" and then do so, but in a pinch I will touch my head...
by Greta
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

Re: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle

Henry, your con man who liked Tolle no more reflects on the latter than Charles Manson's use of the song Blackbird reflected on Paul McCartney'. When you put a product out there, you can't control how it is consumed, nor should you be able to. Also, a sample size of is not very convincing. Many peop...
by Greta
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 49
Views: 2106

Re: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle

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