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    Thread: AK Ramanujan
Post: RE: AK Ramanujan

Thanks karatalaamalaka for pointing to the Caravan profile of AK Ramanujan. For one, this thread supplied motivation to revisit the panoramic and pearl-laden essay "Is there an Indian way of thinking?...
arvindiyer Books 1 15,711 21-Aug-2013, 09:04 AM
    Thread: Using the Google Ngram Viewer to study culture- science vs. religion
Post: RE: Using the Google Ngram Viewer to study culture...

If we assume that Robin Lakoff's conclusion above that the spurt in the occurrence of 'racism' and 'sexism' in 1960's books may in itself signal a raising of consciousness, then are we to assume that ...
arvindiyer Social Sciences 7 13,622 05-Aug-2013, 05:48 AM
    Thread: Abuse of quantum notation
Post: RE: Abuse of quantum notation

(12-Oct-2010, 10:08 AM)arvindiyer Wrote: The columnist and author Barbara Ehrenreich, in this video (http://youtu.be/u5um8QWWRvo ) which warns society about the perils of buying into the pseudo-scie...
arvindiyer Pseudoscience & Superstition 7 11,647 03-Aug-2013, 09:00 PM
    Thread: Festivals: A psychological and anthropological treatment
Post: RE: Festivals: A psychological and anthropological...

One reason why communities still seem willing to invest in archaic-seeming festivals despite the cost in terms of lost working days, is perhaps because of the payoff it offers in terms of creating a p...
arvindiyer Social Sciences 2 7,734 02-Oct-2012, 12:00 AM
    Thread: Festivals: A psychological and anthropological treatment
Post: Festivals: A psychological and anthropological tre...

This is with regard to the ongoing discussion on secular festivals. A friend of mine recently shared this message: "Celebrating both light and darkness this week :) Happy Diwali and Halloween to every...
arvindiyer Social Sciences 2 7,734 01-Oct-2012, 11:59 PM
    Thread: Abuse of quantum notation
Post: RE: Abuse of quantum notation

Revisiting this thread after over a year, it seems a more convenient and comprehensive review checklist than the one proposed earlier can be created. This can possibly be implemented as an online form...
arvindiyer Pseudoscience & Superstition 7 11,647 26-Jul-2012, 03:34 PM
    Thread: So this exists...
Post: RE: So this exists...

(26-Jul-2012, 05:05 AM)karatalaamalaka Wrote: ...leading me to ask the profound question, HOW? http://mysorebook.com/node/16 If only someone could spray-paint the letters "d-u-n-c-e" on each of t...
Naushirvan Community Discussions 3 9,970 26-Jul-2012, 03:08 PM
    Thread: Om Tattoo - Atheist question
Post: RE: Om Tattoo - Atheist question

sorry for the delay. Arvind's idea was really good. here are a couple more rough sketches of suggestions along with that. [Image: http://i.imgur.com/49ieT.png]
bala Atheism & Agnosticism 4 11,137 15-Jul-2012, 08:34 AM
    Thread: Food wastage in Hindu rituals
Post: Can a high prevalence of malnutrition in India be ...

The purpose of this post is to help refine the argument of using widely prevalent malnutrition as a viewpoint against the use of foodstuffs in theistic rituals. Quote:One of the reasons I gave up H...
stupidseeker Hinduism 9 19,914 10-Jul-2012, 03:50 AM
    Thread: Food wastage in Hindu rituals
Post: Food wastage in Hindu rituals

One of the reasons I gave up Hinduism is because of the practice of wasting edible food in rituals. Basically untill I became independant, every few years my parents would drag me to India for a ritu...
Prahalad Hinduism 9 19,914 08-Jul-2012, 07:50 PM
    Thread: Om Tattoo - Atheist question
Post: RE: Om Tattoo - Atheist question

How about tattooing an ornate question mark '?' next to the Om? That maybe the closest we have to a symbol of skepticism. Thus juxtaposed, 'ॐ ?'can depict a two-character history of someone questionin...
arvindiyer Atheism & Agnosticism 4 11,137 08-Jul-2012, 03:29 AM
    Thread: Pseudoscientific research
Post: RE: Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF)

Here's one more item that seems to belong to this dump thread, qualifying as a kind of pseudoscience though not explicitly funded by religious organizations. (Archived from this discussion on Facebook...
arvindiyer Pseudoscience & Superstition 15 27,269 27-Jun-2012, 11:39 PM
    Thread: Law Of Karma?
Post: RE: Law Of Karma?

(26-Jun-2012, 11:16 PM)KalBhairav Wrote: In any case, you have not addressed the issue I have put forth...If reincarnation/karma was a "Brahmin" invention to "create helplessness and repress resista...
Lije Hinduism 8 9,983 27-Jun-2012, 05:49 AM
    Thread: Hindu Persecution Complex
Post: RE: Hindu Persecution Complex

Freethinkers have been doing their fair share in speaking out against intrusion into civil liberties by theological jurisprudence, such as weak-kneed book-banning and genuflection of constitutional au...
arvindiyer Hinduism 15 20,521 27-Jun-2012, 04:02 AM
    Thread: Richard Dawkins quote
Post: RE: Richard Dawkins quote

First of all it is unclear if Richard Dawkins himself made that quote. I for one am unable to find the lecture, speech or presentation where this supposed comment was made. Two, judging from the threa...
nick87 Hinduism 21 24,400 27-Jun-2012, 03:55 AM
    Thread: NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO/ Nichiren's Budhism/ Soka Gakkai International
Post: RE: NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO/ Nichiren's Budhism/ Soka ...

(25-Jun-2012, 11:38 AM)Ajax Wrote: OK so the main idea here is "AMSR" which can be achieved by chanting of any "arbitrary" choice of words. Am i right?.... So I guess as opposed to AoL's kriya whose...
arvindiyer Pseudoscience & Superstition 4 22,938 25-Jun-2012, 02:02 PM
    Thread: Religion?
Post: RE: Religion?

(23-Jun-2012, 10:13 AM)arvind13 Wrote: You see, one way out of these sets of problems is to take a dogmatic stance: any and every belief that the scientific theories of today do not countenance is ...
Kanad Kanhere Religion in General 57 65,351 23-Jun-2012, 05:44 PM
    Thread: Religion?
Post: RE: Religion?

The definition of natural may seem circular at first glance. But every human knowledge system is built on assumptions and some of them bamboozle us to an extent where the assumptions aren't clear. It ...
Lije Religion in General 57 65,351 23-Jun-2012, 04:21 PM
    Thread: Ravi Sanakaranarayanan (aka Sri Sri Ravishankar) the spiritual fraud
Post: RE: Ravi Sanakaranarayanan (aka Sri Sri Ravishanka...

The Art Of Living Foundation (AOLF) took to court two ex teachers, who after leaving AOLF, started anonymous blogs that critiqued AOLF. The objective of the measure undertaken by AOLF was t...
stupidseeker Hinduism 25 79,593 21-Jun-2012, 11:31 PM
    Thread: Religion?
Post: RE: Religion?

(17-Jun-2012, 07:03 AM)arvind13 Wrote: It is not a supernatural claim. It would simply be an untrue claim. You could say the event is not possible, given what we know about gravity. Call it whateve...
Lije Religion in General 57 65,351 18-Jun-2012, 04:20 PM