Tag: skepticism

Thinking and Feeling, Critically

| April 25, 2016 | 13 Comments
Thinking and Feeling, Critically

We are deep into the political season. Looking at the Trump phenomenon, an article by Phil Torres in Salon bemoans the “anti-intellectualism that runs through the roots of American culture.” Torres notes that, “[T]he most dangerous consequence of Fox News is that it discourages that most important form of rigorous curiosity called critical thinking.” Critical thinking, […]

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Skepticism, Atheism, and the Good Life

| April 11, 2016 | 16 Comments
Skepticism, Atheism, and the Good Life

Where do we find the good life? The ancient Greeks, our earliest philosophical forebears in the West, thought the highest aim of reason was to answer just this kind of question. Nowadays we often think of reason as allied to the twin aims of (1) scientific skepticism, that is, following the results of consensus science as […]

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Secular Meditation: A Review

| January 20, 2016 | 7 Comments
Secular Meditation:  A Review

When I reviewed Sam Harris’ book, Waking Up, in these pages, I lamented that the book failed to live up to its subtitle, “A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.” Indeed, there are a growing number of volumes, from writers like Harris, Stephen Batchelor and others, that discuss the philosophical underpinnings of living a spiritual life […]

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Secular Buddhism, Thin and Thick

| April 9, 2013 | 36 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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