(14-Sep-2010, 11:52 PM)Shantanu Wrote: My idea is very simple. Matter (atoms) and energy are interchangeable and everything can therefore be talked of in terms of something useful and real such as physical energy.
Yes, this is what SCIENCE has taught us.
Quote: Since every thing we see around us from the billions of stars to life on Earth and the Solar System requires energy all there is in the universe is physical energy.
Quote:This is what I call Brahman.
Now why the hell would you go and do that?
Quote:I believe this is the appropriate Hindu word for it.
That is the way you
interpret Brahman. Remember, you said 'This is what I call Brahman", 'I" being the operative word.
Quote: This Brahman is not God or anything more than simply physical energy and is therefore real and not a superstituous concept.
You are cherry-picking one of the interpretations and ignoring the others. This is the part that you don't seem to understand.
Quote:It is purely an interpretation of science.
No, it's an appropriation of science. As I said in another comment above, the ancient ideas must be qualified through the lens of science and reason, but not the other way around.
The rest of your post is more of Indian philosophy. That's all well and good. What we're against is the promotion of religion. You posted 12 posts on the forums thus far, and all but one of them were on articles related to Hindu beliefs. You defended Hinduism in each and every one of those cases. In the one case that you did not support Hinduism, you criticized Catholicism. Now, I am thrilled that you have it in you to criticize the terrible belief system that is the Catholic faith, but the evidence here clearly suggests that your motivations are not neutral. That is, you are approaching this from the perspective of a Hindu.
It will take too long for me to explain our position, so I will post some links instead.
These are articles on our understanding of Hinduism.
This is our general policy on treating religion.
This is my approach to moderating Freethought groups. It contains a section that may help you understand what Freethought implies: http://nirmukta.com/2010/09/08/trolls-an...ht-groups/
The ban is temporary. I hope you will cease promoting religion here and join us in celebrating Freethought.