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  1. JosephM

    Ignosticism

    For me, it is part of everything. seen and unseen . It is difficult to describe except to say it can be experienced as a feeling described as home without location , peace and the perception of oneness (or non-separation) with it. Is being existence ? ..... perhaps one could say being encompasses existence but i am neither a philosopher or scientist nor master of words to say.
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    Ignosticism

    ground of being - The substrate of being
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  4. It seems to me we each experience the world through our perceptions, biases, and according to our experiences. In other words we experience the world subjectively. We both may look at the same thing or situation but see it differently. In that respect one might say we are looking at the world differently and for at least one of us or both of us the world may "not be as it seems" or illusory. On this forum we talk about President Trump but we each seem to see him in a different light. Our subjective nature makes reality far from objective in this case. Burl's niece is having a baby and that maybe a joyful experience for some and an unwanted experience for others . The reality of it is colored by ones perceptual experience of it. To me, to see Reality means to see clearly, unobstructed by the concepts that thought superimposes on our experience. I find this very difficult. Perhaps because many of us are unaware or at times forget that our experience is filtered through a mesh of conceptual thinking that may make it appear very different from how it actually is. Just sayin 😊
  5. Thormas, When it is said Reality is an illusion, it means "not as it seems". I think you will find Rom has mentioned that more than once in his posts. Here is an example of what many scientist are saying .... --------------------------------- Quantum physicists are discovering facts about the world that we would never have thought to be possible. The scientific breakthroughs that have taken place in the last few years are as significant to our understanding of reality as Copernicus’s outline of the solar system. The problem? Many of us simply do not understand quantum physics. And this all began roughly a hundred years ago, when physicists began challenging the assumption that the physical space and universe that we see around us is actually “real”. Scientists decided that to prove that reality was not, in fact, simply an illusion, they had to discover the “point particle”, and this would be accomplished with innovations like the Large Hadron Collider. This machine was initially built to smash particles into one another, and this is where they made the greatest discovery: the physical world is not as physical as we believe. Reality is an illusion as we see it. Instead, everything around us is just energy. ------------------------------- Even Buddists say " life is an illusion" “We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.” ― Gautama Buddha In Hinduism, the prominent belief is that samsara is a feature of a life based on illusion (maya). Illusion enables a person to think s/he is an autonomous being instead of recognizing the connection between one's self and the rest of reality. Believing in the illusion of separateness that persists throughout samsara leads one to act in ways that generate karma and thus perpetuate the cycle of action and rebirth. People: Albert Einstein "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." also "Time is an illusion" etc. etc
  6. " 'The world is real.' 'No, it, is a mere illusory appearance.' 'The world is conscious.' 'No.' 'The world is happiness.' 'No.' What use is it to argue thus? That State is agreeable to all, wherein, having given up the objective outlook, one knows one's Self and loses all notions either of unity or duality, of oneself and the ego." Ramana Maharshi The world is nothing more than an embodiment of the objects perceived by the five sense-organs. Since, through these five sense-organs, a single mind perceives the world, the world is nothing but the mind. Apart from the mind can there be a world? Ramana Maharshi
  7. Just curious. There have been a number of people in the US that seem to advocate "open borders". I don't know exactly what they mean by that but i would like to understand their thinking on what seems like a radical move to me. Anyone here that is in favor of such or understands the thinking on such a concept to explain? Joseph
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    Presidential Poll

    Rom, With the exception of Fox news, it is my perception that the democrats control most of the major US newspapers and the news. I'll give you Trump is unorthodox and doesn't follow normal politician etiquette but he has more support here than reported and especially a large following here in Florida which is among the top states where resides retired people of age 55+. His support is from more than isolationists and extremists who are labeled with the "deplorables" tag coined by Hillary and some democrats. 😊 If i were from Canada or another country and read the news as reported i would share your view of him. However i am not so i don't and i am okay with his progress and direction so far amid the swamp, which some might call a corrupted cesspool, i perceive we have in part operating in Washington DC.
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    Open Borders?

    Rom, Thanks for your answer. I guess we can't please everyone but it is interesting to see how foreigners think about it or see it and what their understanding is from the news they read.
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    Open Borders?

    I personally don't see controls on our borders and immigration checks and limits as isolationism. I view it as being wise at this time. Perhaps you are stretching it a bit with the word isolationism? On the second statement i was looking for your answer not mine. We could always remove the word "should" if it pleases you and ask what you are in favor of and why?
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    Presidential Poll

    Rom, News is often slanted and gives a perception that may not be true by stating a truth but failing to mention associated pertinent data. Perhaps with some research one might find that Nasa's Carbon Monitoring system is redundant and monitoring will continue with NOAA and their "Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network" among others. Just Perhaps. Joseph
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    Open Borders?

    Rom, Do you think helping foreigners should be the charter of the government or left to the individual? And Why?
  13. No, not at all. It is a highly controversial subject even among physicists. The flow of time doesn't prove reality as it is made up of human memories or a succession of snapshots that without we would have no notion of time. Its basic properties come from our mental state rather than the physical world. "We can portray our reality as either a three-dimensional place where stuff happens over time," said Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Max Tegmark, "or as a four-dimensional place where nothing happens [‘block universe’] — and if it really is the second picture, then change really is an illusion, because there's nothing that's changing; it's all just there — past, present, future. It seems to me it remains an open view/opinion rather than demanding we accept time as reality and not illusion because a plant or animal appears to develop.
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    Open Borders?

    Rom, Most here in my community support the elected president. We don't place much weight on what the main stream media reports. It seems too much of the news is policticly motivated.
  15. I don't know but i suspect the word "idea" is not applicable as are the words "more or less" for there to be a comparison. I would speculate that the animal experiences life without the dichotomy of our mind and language. Having said that, from a human language standpoint as i have said all creation experiences the 'more' howbeit not all are consciously aware or make the differentiation.. Joseph
  16. Paul, Addressing for those who think there may be 'more to this life' part of your question, i would personally say definitely yes. Everything shares in this 'more' without exception as evidenced by by its presence as one. Is everyone consciously aware of this? In my experience, No. Joseph
  17. Do you think that religion in general has had a positive or negative effect on the world? Can you give some examples?
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    Religion - Positive or Negative

    Thomas, Yes. as i said "To me the weakness inherent in religions ( not necessary all these in all religions) " was typo should have read (not necessarily all these in all religions)
  19. JosephM

    Religion - Positive or Negative

    Well, taken a bit out of context of what i said, but okay.
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    Religion - Positive or Negative

    I have personally found that progress seemed to come often after some degree of individual or societal pain or suffering. We often (but not always) learn from our mistakes which often have repercussions that trigger what many would call pain and suffering in our life. It seems to me it is mostly self created but nevertheless present until we transcend the anguish of the mind wherein i perceive lies the real suffering. To me the weakness inherent in religions ( not necessary all these in all religions) could be its use of fear, reason seeking, separation such as we and them, requiring proselytizing, requiring an organization, and too many rules, controls, programming and fixed opinions. Religion has in the past and in some even in the present often preaches love and violence in the same sentence. Love for those within the group and violence for those without. Joseph
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    Religion - Positive or Negative

    Personally, i have found religion to be a stepping stone to that which is beyond it. In that sense, it has been a positive influence in spite of its perceived (to me) inherent weakness. It seems to me that religion presents a dichotomy between itself and that which goes past the words, laws and rituals that i have experienced. As a stepping stone it seems to me to be a positive influence but to remain in its social structure can, and as history has show to me, lead to what i consider negative , howbeit perhaps necessary pain and suffering for society to, through experiences, break away from and evolve. Joseph
  22. JosephM

    Freethinkers

    Can freethinkers go to church regularly for service but still remain as freethinkers?
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    Christian art thread

    They have started having problems in this area with numerous sites. There is a router fix to correct. Many people in the villages area are having same type of problems that use them on forums. Joseph http://downdetector.com/status/centurylink/news/212137-problems-at-centurylink
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    Christian art thread

    Just updated to latest rev to see if that would help but don't know what the problem would be. as yet. Do they use Century Link as router provider?
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    Christian art thread

    Burl, Works okay for me. Using Windows 10 and Chrome here. Joseph
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