I'll just take a few minutes here to say a few things about what you've said Rob.
I won't address the post particularly, but the author, Alan Wallace.
Alan isn't an armchair skeptic that tries to reinterpret Dharma so that it fits the biases of scientific materialism. I think he has done a great job creating some bridges between science and Buddhadharma. He puts a lot of effort in this task and instead of writing what, in my opinion, is a shabby piece of work like Batchelor's "Buddhism Without Beliefs", where Buddhadharma is so watered down that I wonder if there's something of it left, he does valuable work with scientists.
I'm not sure you are familiar with this author or, I think, you'd think twice about considering his work superficial. Here are some of his academic books that I find of great value (having read most of them)
· Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008
· Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
· The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
· The Bridge of Quiescence: Experiencing Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Chicago: Open Court Press, 1998.
· Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1989.
There are several academic essays that you can read in his website. Here's a list:
"Mental Balance and Well-Being: Building Bridges Between Buddhism and Western Psychology." American Psychologist, October 2006
· “Buddhist and Psychological Perspectives on Emotions and Well-Being.” Co-author with Paul Ekman, Richard Davidson, and Matthieu Ricard. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 59-63.
· “A Science of Consciousness: Buddhism (1), the Modern West (0) The Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2003. Presented at a conference sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.
· “External, Internal, and Nondual Space” presented at the 26th Mystics and Scientists conference, entitled “Space in Mind: at the Interface of Inner and Outer Space,” held at King Alfred's College, Winchester, England, April 13, 2003. http://www.datadiwan.de/SciMedNet/home.htm
· “Vacuum States of Consciousness: A Tibetan Buddhist View” presented at the 5th Biennial International Symposium of Science, Technics and Aesthetics: “Space, Time and Beyond,” Lucerne, Switzerland, January 19, 2003. http://www.neugalu.ch/english.htm
· "Buddhism & Science: Breaking Down the Barriers". Introduction to Buddhism & Science: Breaking New Ground. B. Alan Wallace, ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003
· “The Intersubjective Worlds of Science and Religion.” To be published in Science, Religion, and the Human Experience. James Proctor (ed).
Website for this series of lectures to be published in this volume: http://www.srhe.ucsb.edu
· "The Scientific Frontier of the Inner Spirit." Network: The Scientific and Medical Network Review, Dec., 2002, No. 80, pp. 18-19.
· "The Spectrum of Buddhist Practice in the West." Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia, Charles Prebish & Martin Baumann (eds.). Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
· "Four Applications of Mindfulness." American Spiritualities: A Reader. Catherine L. Albanese (ed.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
· "The Potential of Emptiness: Vacuum States in Physics and Consciousness." Network: The Scientific and Medical Network Review, Dec., 2001, No. 77, pp. 21-25.
· "Intersubjectivity in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism." Journal of Consciousness Studies, 8, No. 5-7, 2001, pp. 209-30.
· "Afterword: Buddhist Reflections". concluding essay for Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brainscience and Buddhism. With Zara Houshmand and Robert Livingston. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1999.
· “Is Buddhism Really Non-theistic?” presented at the National Conference of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, Mass., Nov., 1999.
· "The Dialectic Between Religious Belief and Contemplative Knowledge in Tibetan Buddhism." Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections of Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, John Makransky & Roger Jackson, eds., pp. 203-214. London: Curzon Press. 1999.
· "Three Dimensions of Buddhist Studies." Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections of Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, John Makransky & Roger Jackson, eds., pp. 61-77. London: Curzon Press. 1999.
· "The Buddhist Tradition of Samatha: Methods for Refining and Examining Consciousness." Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6, No. 2-3, 1999. pp. 175-187. Also published in The View from Within: First-person Methods in the Study of Consciousness. London: Imprint Academic, 1999.
· "A Contemplative View of the Mind." Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1989.
He isn't, by any means, a superficial author. Take a look at his curriculum vitae: http://www.alanwallace.org/B.%20Alan%20 ... CV2011.pdf
Do take a look, please.
He actively participates in very good pieces of research.
If you compare his resume with Batchelor's... it's like comparing the sun to a candle. You can check Batchelor's bio here: http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/stephenbio.html
Come on... Batchelor is hardly what I consider enough qualified (as most public skeptics) to speak about Buddhism or science.