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  1. Was Paul gay?

    Can someone else please help?
  2. Was Paul gay?

    Thormas What I am trying to replicate is "error correction" in communication. This is where the receiver repeats what it thinks it has heard and if incorrect the transmitter retransmits. "Swing and a miss" and "Done and already done" are far from helpful. Just because positions are clear to the transmitter does not mean all positions are clear in of themselves. An open dialogue would be appreciated.
  3. Was Paul gay?

    But you still could have a go at answering my question. Thanks
  4. Was Paul gay?

    Sorry Thormas ... I am completely missing your point. You claim the subject of whether Paul was gay is intriguing. I am asking why do we care?
  5. Was Paul gay?

    Thank you Paul ... you understood my point and addressed it. Thormas apparently has an academic interest in the interpretations of texts of the sexuality of some guy 2000 years ago. You do recognize it has some relevance to today. Now I understand this is a Progressive Christian forum and there is a tendency to look at life today through ancient texts; I get it. But then there are more modern texts and what the hell we can write our own texts on our own authority. Might result in some more original debate.
  6. Was Paul gay?

    OK fair enough ... you have a particular interest whether Paul was a repressed homosexual ... what about any of the other characters of the time? And does it matter whether Paul had these sexual appetites?
  7. Was Paul gay?

    Well I get it if it just an interest like crossword puzzles ... by all means hone one's skills for other debates. But if we think it has some bearing on any of today's issues? In fact I would argue it would have little bearing for any thinking person of yesteryear, at least one who could think past the infection of any deleterious memes we may have contracted.
  8. Was Paul gay?

    You missed my point Thormas
  9. Was Paul gay?

    Just following this thread ... I can't help thinking you guys need to get some more up to date books, and if you can't find any that meet the requirements, then work from first principles based on how we understand today how the universe ticks and apply that to gay rights (and pretty much everything else). I understand this might not answer the frightfully important conundrum of whether Paul way back then was gay or not, which in turn might inform our responses today to our modern biases.
  10. Gay Marriage - Australia says YES

    This was a non binding referendum ... if I am correct? Still a couple of hurdles to then.
  11. Consciousness in insects

    Are there really heightened periods of consciousness? I can remember certain stuff ... some of my very clear memories may be even somewhat accurate ... no matter how heightened my consciousness was. There is evidence every time we take out a memory, play with it and put it back that it alters.
  12. I must admit I have a bias for Stephen Batchelor ... here's one of the reasons why. The Agnostic Buddhist Thoughts?.
  13. Consciousness in insects

    Notice five minutes after you thought you were conscious that period of supposed consciousness has melded with what passes for memory? I think her point is that this period of supposed heightened consciousness is no different to the rest of the time we are on autopilot. What was the closing section of Blackmore's essay? Tariki should be familiar with her ... she's based in Devon and is a Zen meditation practitioner.
  14. Consciousness in insects

    I must admit you guys are missing the point a little ... in my opinion anyway. If we look closely (use our awareness?) our consciousness is not what it is cracked up to be.
  15. Consciousness in insects

    I am sure I have linked to this before ... an interesting [meditative] take on personal consciousness. I must admit there are elements in the excerpt that I can relate to; the book I thought was worth reading. As to spiders having consciousness? Consciousness could well be an illusion.