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by Roncooper
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Scientific myths
Replies: 200
Views: 12345

Cindy B.

Thank you for the links. The study guide was very helpful. I wonder what school it came from. My schools wouldn't have chosen Campbell. That would have been far too provocative.

Ron
by Roncooper
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Scientific myths
Replies: 200
Views: 12345

I would like to add that if we define myths in the positive sense, as stories that inform and have power, then scientific theories can be classified as myths. They are reasonable and mathematically consistent because the subject matter allows them to be, and this gives them the power to predict the ...
by Roncooper
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Scientific myths
Replies: 200
Views: 12345

I would define them as mathematical models. Force is defined as mass times acceleration. Acceleration is defined as the first derivative of velocity with respect to time, etc. The twelve items on the list are on very different footing. I haven't looked at these in some time, but if my memory is corr...
by Roncooper
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

Neo, I agree with you. The problem isn't with reality, though, it is with the method. If we were smart enough to test complex systems where everything was happening at once, then we could take a lot more of life out of the belief column and put it in the fact column. From what I have read so far, I ...
by Roncooper
Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:11 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

There is an Alan Watts thread hidden under mythology and religion.

I'll post it there also.

Ron
by Roncooper
Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

Remember, scienticic methods don't kill people, people do.


Here is the link. It is a 50 minute talk from 1965, so it is a bit dated. You get to enjoy his sarcasm in real time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m-2I-Xyzuc

In my opinion Campbell is coming from the same perspective.

Ron
by Roncooper
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

In the time it took me to reply, you moved on.

Nevermind,

Ron
by Roncooper
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

In my opinion Campbell was influenced by Hinduism, which is a panenthestic religion and also provides for multiple paths to God, including Christanity. Since I had some exposure to this way of thinking I understood where Campbell was coming from. The curse if the interview format is that the truth c...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

In my view the scientific method has nothing to do with how we think critically. It is a Laboratory process for testing ideas in those situations where testing is possible. It also provides reliable "facts" which we use to develop a body of knowledge. These "facts" are scientific facts which are not...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

Al, When you posted: Neo's statement might be self-defeating - but all scientists are capable of self-deception. There's no way to take the scientists' imperfections out of the scientific method. Are you saying that we cannot create things that are better than we are? If I am not mistaken automobile...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

I see. You know better than 200 years of research by the best minds in physics.
by Roncooper
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

A day or so ago there was a discussion about a dualism. I would like to ask which dualism was being discussed, and also why is is so contemptible? The link to dualism listed many types. My favorite is the wave particle duality, and while it holds for all particles, I like to think of it in this way....
by Roncooper
Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

I was referring to the 1960s when a typical response to an intellectual statement would be, "Wow that's heavy," or, "That's deep," hence Deep Thought. It is true that thoughts can cause a person to take action, and therefore can have physical consequences, but I can't think of any way to predict the...
by Roncooper
Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

Don't Panic Here is the definition from Wikipedia The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as: "a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and...
by Roncooper
Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 34211

Neoplato, I personally do not consider the scientific method to be an intellectual exercise. It is not like the Socratic method. Rather, it is an emperically derived technique to determine whether an idea or theory is valid and reliable. The method starts with an idea, theory, or theoretical model. ...