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Science and Buddhism Discussion Group, Ongoing
Discussion Group (Ango)
Further Options for Reading
The discussion group meets monthly on the last Sunday of each month, from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome,
for all or part.
Options, Alternatives, and References for Discussions
Searching the web is an interesting exercise, with thousands of recent links to puruse.
The Discussion Group more firmly establishes directions. Some possible starting points:
- Cognitive science, the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence,
embraces philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology.
- Evolution within Networked Augmented Intelligence confronts future millennia
Consider Venn diagrams and characterize each area within the diagram for Mathematics and Truth, and for Science and Reality, as Mathematics models Truth, and as Science models Reality. .
- Perennial philosophy is a perspective, reflecting Plato, Aristotle, and other ancient philosophers,
within the philosophy of religion which views
each of the world’s religious traditions as sharing a single, universal truth on which the foundation of all religious knowledge and doctrine has grown.
- Part Two: Science and Religion as Social Processes in RELIGION AS ATTRACTOR, PROCESS, AND BIOLOGY
- Ongoing research: Synthetic Biology and Religion
- Educational research, teaching nanotech and quantum mechanics in high schools
Denials of science or medicine by religious extremists are commonly highlighted by modern media.
Conversely, Commentary Magazine's January 2014 article, "The Closing of the Scientific Mind" by David Gelernter,
coherently frames a common perspective
of religions in the scientific community, particularly in Universities.
The perspective is likened to that of the Catholic Church in the 16th century.
In particular the "computational" analogy of software to mind and brain to computer
ignores, e.g., most of the realities of human consciousness, emotions, and body-mind connections.
Suggestions for readings on the history of science and religions, and Buddhism:
- Arther Herman, Book: The Cave and the Light; Plato Versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization",
Random House (Publishers, 2013). "A sweeping intellectual history viewed through two ancient Greek lenses ...
breezy and enthusiastic but resting on a sturdy rock of research." Kirkus Review.
Parallels between Buddhism and how the "two
ancient Greek lenses" influencing the development of western religions and science will be highlighted.
Thomas Cahill, Book: Heretics and Heroes: Ego in the Renaissance and the Reformation (The Hinges of History #6) .
Using the "two Greek lenses" as his starting point, Cahill focuses on how they influenced the
innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation in religion and science.
- Joseph Goldstein, Book: One Dharma; The Emerging Western Buddhism,
"This handbook of truth is clear, precise, and heartening for anyone who seeks the central and true message of the Buddha". Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.
- Patrick Henry, Book:Benedict's Dharma;
Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict .
Several (Zen) Buddhist teachers respond to the Rule of Saint Benedict, the sixth-century classic that regulates daily life in some Christian monasteries.
- The_Perennial_Philosophy briefly reviews Aldous Huxley's seminal book, a
"comparative study of mysticism, ...
an anthology of short passages taken from traditional Eastern texts and the writings of Western mystics,
organised by subject and topic, with short connecting commentaries."
- Huston Smith wrote several books on religion and contributed to many others;
"The World's Religions" is perhaps best known.
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