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Forum: Diavlog comments 09-07-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 31,044
Posted By Alworth
Shorter Diavlog

Ross: Society depends on normative behavior as its backbone, chief among these the marriages typified by Ward and June Cleaver but the feminists and hippies ruined it.

Dan: Actually, Ward and June...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-05-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 28,029
Posted By Alworth
Horgan's Big View

I just got to this diavlog on my ipod, probably too late to join into the conversation. Still, I was struck by the free will discussion and where I think John was right and Bob was missing the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-27-2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,715
Posted By Alworth
Re: In Which I Rant About Buddhism Again

There are definite differences between Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. They tend to be more matters of approach than belief, but there are some of those, too. (I'm a Tibetan Buddhist, but somewhat...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-27-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,715
Posted By Alworth
In Which I Rant About Buddhism Again

Let it be mentioned at the outset that I loved this diavlog up to the moment it got to Buddhism. These are two of my favorite Blogging Heads. But inevitably it did get to Buddhism, and then the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-08-2010, 01:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,045
Posted By Alworth
Re: Meta: More guile from liberals, please

Sorry, I don't know why I don't read these before hitting "post." After my SIX YEARS sentence, I should have said something about how even after one of the most embarrassing refudiations of a party...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-08-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,045
Posted By Alworth
Meta: More guile from liberals, please

As I painted the east wall of my house today, I listened to the Pinkerton/Corn diavlog first and then this one, and my reaction to both is: really? For SIX YEARS we had to listen to triumphalism...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-26-2010, 07:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,572
Posted By Alworth
Re: The great logisitc curve? Damn hippies!

Two things. First, Pinkerton's ONE example about medical research efficacy was how lame modern politicians failed to solve cancer while old-timey, can-do politicians solved polio and AIDS. Um,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-23-2010, 06:06 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 24,581
Posted By Alworth
Re: Culture War on Islam Edition (Adam Serwer & Eli Lake)

No time to read through all the comments to see if this is repetitive, but I just wanted to offer kudos to Eli. He has become one of one two must-listen BHTVers for me. It is especially good work...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2010, 07:48 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 22,726
Posted By Alworth
Re: Random Buddhist Request

I'm familiar with that diavlog. It was NOT with a Buddhist, though. It was with a guy who knew nothing about Buddhism but had a huge amount of uninformed opinion. If you go to the threads, you can...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2010, 07:27 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 22,726
Posted By Alworth
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2010, 07:02 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 22,726
Posted By Alworth
Re: Special Intimate Edition (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

A comment on Mickey which has been floating in my head for the past couple editions. Why is he so credulous of the intentions of obvious demagogues mid-bad-act like Newt Gingrich and so...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2010, 06:59 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 22,726
Posted By Alworth
Random Buddhist Request

Bob, you go to China to discuss Buddhism, but you won't do it on BHTV. Do! I recommend either someone who's done research into the science of meditation (Wallace, Davidson, Goleman) or a long-time...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-22-2009, 10:54 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 91,049
Posted By Alworth
Re: Dishonest Debating

Thanks for the kind words to my various rants. And also for the Rose City props! (People from small, parochial towns love to hear how lovely their town is; it's like praising someone's...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-22-2009, 04:49 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 91,049
Posted By Alworth
Re: Dishonest Debating

And yet one (potentially) final comment. Hitchens' complaint is not with all religion--anyway, not in this diavlog. This is much the same as with the current crop of atheists. Their complaint is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-22-2009, 04:30 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 91,049
Posted By Alworth
Re: Dishonest Debating

Okay, a bit more. In part one of this diavlog, I made the argument (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=142594#post142594) that Hitchens has the mind of a believer, and his debating style...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-22-2009, 04:08 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 91,049
Posted By Alworth
Dishonest Debating

I am only half-way through this diavlog, at about the moment of the absurd "personal offense" incident, and I have to take a break to comment. It is enormously frustrating to watch a debate in which...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-11-2009, 08:23 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 65,352
Posted By Alworth
Re: Hitchens the Broken Record

Okay, last comment from me on Hitchens' debating style. It occurred to me, as I listened to him offer incredibly sweeping statements of assumption ("we would have had to deal with Iraq eventually"),...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-11-2009, 05:07 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 65,352
Posted By Alworth
Re: Hitchens the Broken Record

Okay, I've made 33 minutes in. I will say that Hitchens was surprisingly deferential to Bob's arguments in the Iraq piece, and I have rarely heard a more clear-cut example of rhetorical victory. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-11-2009, 04:33 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 65,352
Posted By Alworth
Re: Hitchens the Broken Record

I'm late getting to the party, but this thread seems the most apt. Hitchens is a smart guy, but he's also a lazy thinker. Not only does he repeat points, he has a bag of tricks he relies on to...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-28-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 31,526
Posted By Alworth
Re: Mindfulness in Medicine (Alworth & SkepticDoc)

It means essentially aeon or epoch. In both Hindu and Buddhist cosmology, big numbers are used to expand one's sense of things. It is both a mystical and actual time length, although since it's a...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-28-2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 31,526
Posted By Alworth
Re: Mindfulness in Medicine (Alworth & SkepticDoc)

Sorry I've been lax about joining the conversation.



Actually, the suffering is related to the sense of self. (I'm talking Buddhist party-line here, not general philosophy. Much of what has...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-24-2009, 11:18 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 31,526
Posted By Alworth
Re: Mindfulness in Medicine (Alworth & SkepticDoc)

On books about the mind, I would recommend B. Alan Wallace. He has worked with Davidson and is currently engaged in a scientific study about shamata meditation and it's effect on the mind. But his...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-23-2009, 11:45 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 31,526
Posted By Alworth
Re: Mindfulness in Medicine (Alworth & SkepticDoc)

Baltimoron, there's a group called the Mind and Life Institute that has done scientific studies into the effects of meditation. Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at UW-Madison has led a number of...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-23-2009, 09:55 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 31,526
Posted By Alworth
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-23-2009, 09:39 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 31,526
Posted By Alworth
Re: Link to diavlog ...

We said we'd link to the four noble truths--and probably they're in SkepticDoc's list!

A comment or two on this diavlog. As Apollo-ites, we were aiming for a 20-minute cap, which makes treating...
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