School Of Life

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In the Name of Science

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WHAT’S IN THAT PUNCH?

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It all started so innocently. In our final school year, we decided to gift a friend a pornographic DVD for his birthday. Visiting a shop in the oldest market in town, we secured the gift, a deluxe-quality product imported straight from palm-lined sunny southern California. This was urban India in the 1990s, when teenagers couldn’t …

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“THERE MUST BE SOME WAY OUT OF HERE,” SAID THE JOKER TO THE THIEF – BOB DYLAN Landing in quick succession, the bombs made a deaf-ening noise. Okay, they were not real bombs. They were firecrackers. The locals called them “chocolate bombs.” I am not sure who thought of calling heart-fracturing fire-crackers “chocolate bombs,” or …

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“Beliefs concerning the ultimate purposes and meaning of life and the accompanying worldview perspectives that mold beliefs of right and wrong are critically dependent . . . on concepts regarding the conscious self.” -Roger Sperry1 THE HALO Humanity has never had it so good—a current of conviction that flows in the world at large. Technological …

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My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?…Of course I …

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We do not belong to this material world… We are not in it, we are outside. We are only spectators. The reason why we believe that we are in it, that we belong to the picture, is that our bodies are in the picture. Our bodies belong to it…Whence come I and whither go I? …

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Body Mind

The following excerpt is from a blog by a student who attended one of Devamrita Swami’s talks at Melbourne University. It raises a common objection to the existence of spiritual reality. “Reincarnation is a really common part of Vedic and Sramanic religions (Buddhism, Jainism, Sihkism, and Hinduism, which is broadly speaking the heading that ISKCON …

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Peter Atkins wants us to understand the glory that is science. In the course of an essay denigrating not only theology, but poetry and philosophy as well, Atkins writes: “there is no reason to suppose that science cannot deal with every aspect of existence.” [1] This is exactly what scientists write before having thought about what they are writing. …

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