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by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 8 months of no rain!
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: 8 months of no rain!

And, as with Germany, the Rocky Mountains have vast areas where the trees are ill both from lack of water and from heat, which has allowed massive invasion of beetles -- one reason, besides the temperatures, for the huge fires this year. The Northeast US, especially the mid-Atlantic region, is set ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 880

Re: John LeCarre

Geopolitics did him no favours. The end of the Cold War made his early books strangely irrelevant for quite a while and it took him years to find another topic. I returned to a couple of the early ones recently and decided that they are old enough to be read and enjoyed as historical fiction. :think...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 8 months of no rain!
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: 8 months of no rain!

Las Vegas and other downstream users have been frantically buying up lands at the headwaters of the Colorado River in order to control their water rights, with harmful effects on mountain ecosystems. Given the record heats across the southwest lately, and the fact that there are few if any more wat...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 8 months of no rain!
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: 8 months of no rain!

Las Vegas has been a water disaster waiting to happen for at least a generation. Climate change will just be another nail in its coffin. Indeed, and some people have seen it coming - ...In his equally powerful sophomore novel, The Water Knife, [Bacigalupi] takes a similar approach to an inorganic s...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Field
Replies: 22
Views: 1029

Re: Field

Okay. You start... ...by defining what exactly “field of energy” means. :popcorn: ... Definitions aren't so good in this area... Especially the stilted kind of definitions you find in buddhist tradition. Spiritual experience is something organic. Start to define it and put it in boxes, you might tu...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Field
Replies: 22
Views: 1029

Re: Field

... You know... why all this talk about science? Who cares what "science" says is possible or not. We're spiritual practitioners, not scientists. No reason scientific ideology should limit our view of what can be attained in spiritual practice. If we continue to harbor these ideas, we might be limi...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Field
Replies: 22
Views: 1029

Re: Field

Some qigong masters can see the energy field through their third eye. Perhaps they can, but science won't believe them because there is no *objective* measurement. It isn't science, though, since science can't measure it Assumption. Show me where science has measured it, then. Or show me where scie...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Field
Replies: 22
Views: 1029

Re: Field

Calling it a "field of energy" suggests that is can be compared to magnetic, electrical or gravitational fields and makes it sound like science. It isn't science, though, since science can't measure it and (furthermore) denies the existence of anything it can't measure. I still do think something is...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 241
Views: 77099

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Compassion
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Compassion

I would approach the OP via the Brahmaviharas. There's a very short intro to them here - https://www.lionsroar.com/what-are-the-four-brahmaviharas/ with links to more information. It may be easier to find detailed instructions for metta meditation than for compassion meditation, just because everyon...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mucalinda Buddha / Naga Buddha / Naga-Muni
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Mucalinda Buddha / Naga Buddha / Naga-Muni

Hi, Brahma, I see no need at all to drag Vishnu into it. Firstly, because this Pali sutta contains the whole original story of the event which is celebrated in the (many) statues throughout Theravada countries. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.2.01.than.html Ud 2.1 PTS: Ud 10 Muccal...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 1043

Re: AI alignment

I think AI will be one of the most important topics of the near and far future. It will be important to understand it well, and its ethical implications. I agree. It's an area that SF has covered quite thoroughly over the last 40 years or more, all the way from Asimov's Three Laws onwards. :reading...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Zen and the Art of Murder
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Zen and the Art of Murder

Thanks, KV. Looking at the author's bio, I'm sure he would have got the dharma elements right! This series is quite old and very light reading https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4460839-the-case-of-the-one-penny-orange The Case of the One-Penny Orange (Masao Masuto #2) by E.V. Cunningham 3.78 · Rat...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Zen and the Art of Murder
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Zen and the Art of Murder

:thanks:

:reading:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Zen and the Art of Murder
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Zen and the Art of Murder

Relax - it's a crime novel. A good one, though - up there with Rankin and Mosley - and Buddhism in Germany is a strong theme running through it. The book starts with a young Japanese monk escaping from the monastery he was visiting in the Black Forest, stumbling injured through the snow to the neare...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Weird chrome access to site
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Weird chrome access to site

Ayu wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:39 pm May the force be with you, Kim O'Hara.
:thanks:
and with you, Ayu.

:smile:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Weird chrome access to site
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Weird chrome access to site

Chrome is a Google product and Google wants to own your whole life (so does Microsoft, of course, and so does Apple, of course).
:jedi:

That's enough reasons for me to use Firefox.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1062

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

Anyway, a bit off topic but a fun video about the trouble with means/averages ... There was an interested experiment in Sweden where a family attempts to live a "one-tonne" life. Frankly, I remain extremely skeptical given how some of the math was calculated. Perhaps others may find it of interest....
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1062

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

Of course all of us should work at limiting our consumption and waste. However, if one rich person consumes as much as 1,000 poor people, but there are 2,000 times as many poor people as rich, there is still a problem. There is no real solution outside of population control. Let's say instead that ...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1062

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

Thanks, Kim. I know I'm preaching to the choir a bit here but perhaps for the passerby.... I would again take issue with this idea of "affluent countries" vs. simply "the affluent." The rich are rich everywhere and their consumption is disproportionately responsible for higher GHG emissions. (setti...

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