Tag Archives: Hinduism

Ravi Shankar turned 90 years old yesterday

George Harrison once called Ravi Shankar the godfather of world music. And here is Ravi Shankar in interview with George Harrison: And yes, he’s still playing. Here is Shankar in 2009:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  . And here’s Shankar on Dick Cavett’s show:

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Is the Universe a Quantum Computer?

A new book by Vlatko Vedral, Decoding Reality (2010), makes the case for this, and according to the reviewer of the book at New Scientist Vedral also gives a bit of intellectual support to some ideas that circulate among Hindu yogis: Vedral holds out … Continue reading

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Balinese Monkey Dance Based on a Story in the Ramayana

Some thoughts related to this here. Background here.

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Republican Fundamentalism Mirrors Hindu Fundamentalism?

A reader today at Andrew Sullivan’s blog sees analogous fundamentalist political dynamics at work in the United States and India: Perhaps the Democrats can look to India for reasons to be optimistic.  At this time, the BJP is in electoral ruins, aided … Continue reading

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Is Jerry Coyne Right? Is There Simply No Evidence for God’s Existence?

Is it true that, as atheist biologist Jerry Coyne recently put it at his blog, “[T]here is no evidence for any divine being . . .” I don’t think so. God belief, like atheist belief, is an inference that people … Continue reading

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There’s This, Then This, Then This . . .

There’s so much beauty in the world, isn’t there? Do you think the universe was made, or did it simply happen? Why do so many tiny, mundane parts seem to add up to something larger? It’s as if each moment is a line … Continue reading

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The Matter Delusion?

It occurs to me that somebody could write a scathing book titled, The Matter Delusion, mocking the irrationality and faith-based nature of those who believe that matter has just always existed or that matter popped literally out of nothing at … Continue reading

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Quote for the Week

Friedrich Nietzsche (from The Twilight of the Idols ): What is it: is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?

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Sisyphus Pushing v. Buddha Sitting

Someone recently said to me that to conclude that the universe is without purpose needn’t lead to pessimism and Albert Camus-like rebellion (as I have been suggesting lately). Nihilism might just as well mean “the loss of misery and despair as well. … Continue reading

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George Harrison Mental Health Break

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John Lennon Eyes the Maharishi with Apparent Suspicion

It’s good to be skeptical.               Wearing guru garb does not mean you know shit.

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The Cairo Speech: Brotherhood, Reinhold Niebuhr, and President Barack Obama

In 1943, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote: “There are no limits to be set in history for the achievement of more universal brotherhood, for the development of more perfect and more inclusive mutual relations. All the characteristic hopes and aspirations of Renaissance … Continue reading

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“What is called resignation is confirmed desperation” (Henry David Thoreau)

Escaping from freedom into the ecstasy of resignation and submission (1967): Or another way to look at it: “Atheism is a ferocious system, that leaves nothing above us to excite awe, nor around us to awaken tenderness” (R. Hall).

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God is Coke? Is the American Model of God Marketing Spreading Globally?

If religion (as Marx said) is the opiate of the people, then that means that, like Coca-Cola, it can be packaged and marketed to targeted audiences, doesn’t it? John Gray, in a review of a new book (God is Back by … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s Speech on Religion in Public Life

A few years back, in 2006, Barack Obama gave a long speech on religion in public life. During the 2008 election cycle James Dobson tried to make a political issue of the speech. Dobson didn’t like it. The full text of Barack … Continue reading

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A Very Short Quiz to Help You Figure Out Where You Are at Right Now

Read each question slowly, and respond honestly. 1) If it is in fact the case that you are, right at this moment, occupying a very definite volume of space, then why is it that you do not know, without first taking a moment to … Continue reading

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Nothing is Real, and [There’s] Nothing to Get Hung About

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In the Third Millenium, Enlightenment Rationality is Often Being Met with Yawns of Indifference, and Even Hostility. Should It Be?

In a 1998 book, Psychology and Religion at the Millenium and Beyond, is an essay by Gloria Orenstein, who was then a professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. For all I know, she may … Continue reading

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A Blow to Free Speech?

Richard Dawkins’s “There’s probably no God” bus ads got complaints (in Britain) to the Advertising Standards Authority, and it ruled that the ad campaign can continue: The Advertising Standards Authority said it assessed 326 complaints. Some claimed the wording was … Continue reading

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Mental Health Break

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