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by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 6:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

The term 'atta' takes on numerous meanings depending on the context, and my context is the Dhamma. Sobeh, I have made this clear from the beginning. I have stated the meaning in which I use the term "atta" in the very first paragraph in my very first posting. If you missed it, I am sorry for the mi...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33594

Re: thailand political situation

During the moths of occupation of govt. house and nearby by the yellow shirt protestors in 2008 the government tried one determined offense to remove them. This resulted in 2 deaths (due apparently to teargas cannisters hitting them ). One policeman also died. The outrage of the press against the i...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 5:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

As to atta: note that the Buddha never used atta to refer to anything other than the five aggregates or the six sense bases, showing that in each case every component is 'not-self'. He might. Since I don't know the entire canon, I would have to admit that it may be possible. However, I did not clai...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 5:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

It's not intended to be condescending... it's intended to give you the opportunity of seeing how the Buddha might guide you on such matters if he were here today. Pardon me? Giving me an opportunity like the Buddha would? And you don't consider this condescending? If it is not "intended" that way, ...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

retrofuturist wrote:Those who mistake the unessential to be essential...
Retro, your skill at quoting appropriate sutta is certainly unquestioned, but it comes across slightly condescending.

Cheers, Thomas
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

As I see nothing about the surrounding terrain to suggest a fractal geometry on any scale I asked for you to explain how a real mountain could possibly be correctly described in any way by employing fractal geometry. Well, maybe you can send me a picture of your mountain and then we can discucss wh...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 3:34 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Artificial Intelligence Invades Dhamma Wheel Forums!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2454

Re: Artificial Intelligence Invades Dhamma Wheel Forums!!!

Wind wrote:Retro should ban them. :rofl:
That would a very bad idea, unless you want to Dhammwheel to realise nibbana and disappear from search engines. :meditate:

Cheers, Thomas
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 3:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

Chownah, I had explained the motive for using the term "mathematical law" in post no. 5. Since I have also studied mathematics, I am aware that this is not a term that a mathematician would use. What you are saying is that an axiomatic system depends on its axioms. Well, yes. That is an important co...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Artificial Intelligence Invades Dhamma Wheel Forums!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2454

Re: Artificial Intelligence Invades Dhamma Wheel Forums!!!

These are indeed the web crawlers of the named search engines. If I am not mistaken, this board runs on phpBB3. phpBB3 has the capacity to recognise web crawlers (bots) as users, so that admins can set access permissions and thus determine the content that search engines can see. A nice feature, but...
by Pannapetar
Wed May 19, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: My son is possessed by Jim Carey - HELP!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1545

Re: My son is possessed by Jim Carey - HELP!!!

Beautiful photo, Dan. What a good looking young man. My kids are currently "possessed" by Sleeping Beauty and Barbie. I guess there's a time for that.

Cheers, Thomas
by Pannapetar
Wed May 19, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contact, Suffering, Cessation Qs?
Replies: 84
Views: 11079

Re: Contact, Suffering, Cessation Qs?

"Mahavihara sect", "Mahavihara school", "Mahavihara tradition".... they all yield their fair share of Google results. Well, then let me explain: a "sect" is by definition a small group deviating from a generally accepted mainstream, a small branch on tree so to speak. The Mahavihara was certainly N...
by Pannapetar
Wed May 19, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Do you (still) visit any Non -Buddhist forae?
Replies: 27
Views: 4015

Re: Do you (still) visit any Non -Buddhist forae?

Yes, plenty. I am running my own forum which has a more general philosophical orientation. Then I am visiting a number of software engineer communities. I've also had a look at an atheist forum (Dawkins), science and psychology forums, and Thailand expatriate forums. Not all at the same time, though...
by Pannapetar
Wed May 19, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

I'm aware of the utility of math and science in those aspects. But, is it necessary for dispelling ignorance and delusion as they pertain to the four noble truths? Of course not, as you correctly stated. However, math and science dispel ignorance and delusion in other areas of life. There are many ...
by Pannapetar
Wed May 19, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33594

Re: thailand political situation

Excellent analysis, Chris, thanks for posting. Earlier this week I got worried calls from my family in Europe and I found myself explaining the very same thing. The slightly distorted stories coming from various Western news agencies are somewhat peculiar. Perhaps the story of an "oppressed lower cl...
by Pannapetar
Wed May 19, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12570

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

I'll address your points, but without quoting in order to make this easier to read. Gabe, you are right about constructivism versus objectivism. These are the two opposing views that one might take. It is often the case that a scientist argues in favour of one of these views. Constructivism is also ...