1) yes, observing things at the quantum level effects the way particles (waves, unknown third option) act
2) I agree, the Buddha did not lie
3) maybe levitation is possible but all my experience and the generally accepted law of gravity indicates otherwise and I cannot personally conceive of the human mind creating the energy needed for the lift it would take to get off the ground. Plus, I'm pretty sure Theravada buddhism rejects philosophical idealism
4) I just thought it unconventional for an englishman to speak about such things because it seems like it would be more of a turnoff to people than something exciting (especially when nobody actually comes out and levitates in public as far as I know these days) since modern day people want hard evidence (for the most part)
5) No, I don't think AB should become a modernist-materialist just because he's a physicist
6) yes, the views among buddhists vary considerably
7) I apologize for bringing up some needless controversy
8) I'm done posting about such speculatory topics
wow, new posts keep coming while I write this
I guess I'll find out for my own someday whether levitation is real or not
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."