Tag: skepticism

Secular Buddhism, Thin and Thick

| April 9, 2013 | 34 Comments
Secular Buddhism, Thin and Thick

There is an important split in the way many of us approach Secular Buddhism. Some of us want a “big tent” form of Secular Buddhism that welcomes believers from any and all faith backgrounds who are looking for a way to incorporate meditative practice within the context of their own views about religion, salvation, God, […]

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Episode 146 :: David Chapman :: Enlightenment and Epistemology

| December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments
Episode 146 :: David Chapman :: Enlightenment and Epistemology

David Chapman Buddhist blogger David Chapman returns to the podcast to speak with us about how we can gain provisional understanding of what is true, from what is false. We’ve had some recent discussion on the Secular Buddhist Association website about what is sometimes perceived as a dogmatic adherence to “scientism”. That is, we absolutely […]

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The Buddha’s Manifesto on Miracles and Revelation

| October 22, 2012 | 23 Comments
The Buddha’s Manifesto on Miracles and Revelation

The Kevaddha Sutta* (Dīgha Nikāya 11) opens with Kevaddha, a householder, who tells the Buddha that there are many potential converts to the Buddha dhamma living nearby in Nāḷandā. He suggests that the Buddha get one of his monks to use miracles to excite and amaze them. This would, he says, be sure to gain many […]

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Bruce Hood “The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You” TAM 2012

| September 20, 2012 | 1 Comment
Bruce Hood “The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You” TAM 2012

Psychologist Bruce Hood explores how the brain creates the illusion of the self. Live on stage from TAM 2012. With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.   Bruce Hood “The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You” TAM 2012

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Episode 128 :: Gert de Boer, Brennen McKenzie, Doug Smith :: Scientific Skepticism and Buddhism

| July 29, 2012 | 86 Comments
Episode 128 :: Gert de Boer, Brennen McKenzie, Doug Smith :: Scientific Skepticism and Buddhism

Gert de Boer, Brennen McKenzie, and Doug Smith join us to talk about scientific skepticism and Buddhism. We’ve found that there is a wonderful alignment between scientific naturalism, and secular Buddhism. Attitudes about Gotama’s presence as a human and the constraints of that embodiment, the veracity of first person experiences, and how we value the […]

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Episode 106 :: Robert Ellis :: The Trouble with Buddhism

| March 3, 2012 | 7 Comments
Episode 106 :: Robert Ellis :: The Trouble with Buddhism

Robert Ellis speaks with us today about his book The Trouble with Buddhism: How the Buddhist Tradition Has Betrayed its Own Insights.

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Episode 85 :: Matt Lowry and Brian Gregory :: Physics and Martial Arts

| October 7, 2011 | 3 Comments
Episode 85 :: Matt Lowry and Brian Gregory :: Physics and Martial Arts

Matt Lowry the Skeptical Teacher, and Brian Gregory of Virtual Drinking Skeptically join us to talk about the myths and facts of the physics of martial arts.

I remember a television show called “That’s Incredible”, and indeed it was. One particular episode had a self-proclaimed martial arts master, James Hydrick who could — supposedly — move pencils and turn phone book pages with his extra-normal powers. This was debunked with a few flakes of packing material on another show, showing how this charlatan was simply using his breath to cause objects to move.

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