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Deepest philosophy or deepest confusion? Advaita

Started Mar 13, 2014 0 Replies

Having taught philosophy most of my working life, and having also been deeply involved in the study of Indian thought, I came to the conclusion that advaita is one of the most sophisticated yet…Continue

Tags: Unity, Non-dualism, Vedanta, Advaita

Promoting human 'spirtuality' and redefining 'spiritual values'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Crichton Priddy Dec 4, 2010. 1 Reply

The increasing appeal to 'spirituality' in much literature creates confusion and often suggests a religious or mystical connotation. Redefining spirituality in humanistic and secular ways seems…Continue

IT aid to nuns in prayer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Aug 15, 2010. 1 Reply

 Gareth Mitchell of the BBC World Service programme Digital Planet (10/08/2010) presented one of the most hilariously ridiculous reports for a long time.The ‘Poor Clares nuns of St. Joseph’s in York…Continue

Tags: Gareth, Mitchell, BBC, Planet, nuns

The ultimate logo, brand name, money generator... God

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Vegas Dec 19, 2009. 6 Replies

The title or name ‘God’ and its many equivalents in diverse religions and cultures, is owned by no one. Literally. Nor is it the property of any corporation or church, though it is perhaps the most…Continue

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Religion as 'emulation of the adult by the child'

I simply wish to promote some of what I consider the best quotes about religion by the sci-fi writer Frank Herbert. In my opinion he is an very insightful and serious critic of religion, having explored it himself very thoroughlyReligion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men have made in search of personal power, all of it mingled with shreds…See More
Jul 17, 2014
Robert Crichton Priddy replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Though I am in agreement with most of your writings, Sam, I have found that you have committed the prime mistake of semantics by failing to define 'free will' at all or adequately. This is one of the most ambiguous terms, hardly less vague…"
Jul 17, 2014
Robert Crichton Priddy posted a discussion

Deepest philosophy or deepest confusion? Advaita

Having taught philosophy most of my working life, and having also been deeply involved in the study of Indian thought, I came to the conclusion that advaita is one of the most sophisticated yet erroneous theories one can find. Though fascinating as speculation, and as a promise of solutions to absolutely all of life's (and death's) problems, advaita is a vast labyrinth of ideas which - when pursued both in theory and 'spiritual practice' - all prove to be dead ends, philosophically speaking.…See More
Mar 13, 2014
kent l thompson commented on Robert Crichton Priddy's blog post Creation from nothing – how, by what or who?
"Sometimes I can only wonder if any of it exsist in any form anywhere.....could all just be an illusion.........from the beginning to the end? Probably not........but sometimes I cannot help but wonder........all I know is that I will accept the…"
Jan 20, 2014
Michael Penn commented on Robert Crichton Priddy's blog post Creation from nothing – how, by what or who?
"I have heard of an explanation that has something (whatever it is) hanging like clear sheets with a close proxsemity together, and everything started when one of these sheets bumped into the other. This produced a visible effect sort of like…"
Jan 20, 2014
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Robert Crichton Priddy posted a blog post

Creation from nothing – how, by what or who?

The crux of debate about the origin of the universe is whether something can arise spontaneously from nothing, that is that the Big Bang was a contingent event without any cause, such as an 'uncreated creator'. The central concept that receives little or no attention in this debate is the concept of 'nothing'. By definition, nothing cannot exist. How then do we then even arrive at the idea of nothing?The word 'nothing' is simply a contraction of 'no thing'. This shows that there is no positive…See More
Jan 7, 2014
Ruth Anthony-Gardner left a comment for Robert Crichton Priddy
"I'd never heard of Sathya Sai Baba. Perhaps you wouldn't mind introducing your blog to Hang With Friends, which has almost 550 members. You might pick up a few followers."
Jan 7, 2014
Ruth Anthony-Gardner left a comment for Robert Crichton Priddy
"Greetings, Robert! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about…"
Nov 7, 2011
Robert Crichton Priddy replied to Robert Crichton Priddy's discussion Promoting human 'spirtuality' and redefining 'spiritual values'
"I submit a small such contribution as a starting point for those who wish further elucidation: Spirituality redefined without religion or mysticism"
Dec 4, 2010
Robert Crichton Priddy posted a discussion

Promoting human 'spirtuality' and redefining 'spiritual values'

The increasing appeal to 'spirituality' in much literature creates confusion and often suggests a religious or mystical connotation. Redefining spirituality in humanistic and secular ways seems increasingly important. The very word suggests the existence of 'spirit' as if this were independent of the living human spirit of individuals.I suggest that the entire issue of values is crucial to how we consider what is 'spiritual'. The much used and abused term 'human values' must be at the centre of…See More
Dec 4, 2010
Robert Crichton Priddy replied to Adebowale Ojowuro's discussion Despite the fact of substantial criticism from Non-Theists, why is societal adherence to religion still on the rise? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I see the persistence of religion as a result of 'social inertia'. God is a summary word for all manner of believed ideas about causes which cannot be discovered, traditions derived from groping superstitions handed down, extended and…"
Dec 4, 2010
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We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.
Dec 4, 2010
Robert Crichton Priddy replied to Robert Crichton Priddy's discussion Non-theism and Advaita philosophy
"Sorry for delay in replying. Yes, solipsism is the very basis of religious 'theologies' like Advaita. Solipsism is also a position which philosophers have rejected since Socrates, Plato and Aristotle took up the issue and dismissed it.…"
Dec 4, 2010
Robert Crichton Priddy replied to Zero_6ix's discussion Pope says sex scandal "shocking", has alzheimers
"Yes, he's the top-god man (it's a man's world in there and no mistake!). I am wondering why so few postings on the web point out that the Pope is a staunch believer in hellfire and eternal damnation. Doesn't that damn him as an…"
Sep 19, 2010
Robert Crichton Priddy replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"I agree very much with your position. Therefore, I find it wrong to distinguish strictly between an atheist and an agnostic. I am an atheist, but not a know-all... so I will not claim total certainty that there is no intelligence out there behind it…"
Aug 17, 2010

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Religion as 'emulation of the adult by the child'

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:55am 0 Comments

I simply wish to promote some of what I consider the best quotes about religion by the sci-fi writer Frank Herbert. In my opinion he is an very insightful and serious critic of religion, having explored it himself very thoroughly

Religion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men…

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Creation from nothing – how, by what or who?

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:09am 2 Comments

The crux of debate about the origin of the universe is whether something can arise spontaneously from nothing, that is that the Big Bang was a contingent event without any cause, such as an 'uncreated creator'. 

The central concept that receives little or no attention in this debate is the concept of 'nothing'. By definition, nothing cannot exist. How then do we then even arrive at the idea of nothing?

The word 'nothing' is simply a contraction of 'no thing'. This shows that…

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Critical analysis of Iona Miller's thesis on "How does the Brain Create God"

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

A new discipline referred to as 'neurophilosophy' has been promoted by evolutionists like A.C. Grayling - also by geneticists and neuroscientists. Their serious and fully scientifically-oriented discipline attempts to interpret the results of neurology in terms of human experience and ideologies. It is specifically NOT related to the hybrid science-mysticism of 'neurotheology'…

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At 12:42pm on November 7, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
I'd never heard of Sathya Sai Baba. Perhaps you wouldn't mind introducing your blog to Hang With Friends, which has almost 550 members. You might pick up a few followers.
At 9:02am on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Robert! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
At 8:43am on February 2, 2010, Tezcatlipoca said…
I just read the thread you started called "Non-theism and Advaita philosophy," and I think we might have traveled similar paths. I look forward to reading more of your stuff.
At 5:29pm on October 7, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
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