Big Questions Part 2

Big Questions part 2
Where am I going?

where am i going

I posted he first part of this back in April. This one was intended to form part of a weekly series of notes (that appear here). But (not paying attention!) I posted something else instead.

If you are a regular reader of these comments. Don’t worry, I’ve added a bit more this time. In a way it’s a continuation of the previous letter — but perhaps more fun.

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pavlov and sacred space

Filming in Israel, site of so much concentrated faith, violence, hope and despair – no wonder I found myself ruminating on the question of sacred space. A theme close to the heart of all us involved with the Siloist Parks of Study and Reflection.


In that state I stumbled across this article, which made a connection between “place” and the mind/body response. I found it very thought provoking and so I mentioned it on Twitter @dzuckerbrot :
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Social Science, Medical Adventures, Ed and Me Part 1

I’ve been writing about science and especially medicine of late. As you know I think we have to always keep in mind that science is a deeply empirical, experimental task, and that means results are more or less tentative. For the sciences that claim to understand human beings, their motivations and actions, they tend to be very tentative. No problem, if you take the results as suggestive but a real disaster if you believe they are “capital T”, True.

Consider:
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Science, and reflections triggered by Tony's Book

Having posted all this science related stuff I really feel the need to comment on my understanding of the limits and power of science, as well as on the relation between and science and spirituality in general, and science and Siloism in particular. However, even more than I want to do that I want to tell you about a friend’s new book and why it got me really a bit pissed off (because of something it put me in mind of, not because of the book). But first let me just say that, it seems some people are dubious when it comes to certain kinds of experiments especially those in the “soft” fields like sociology and psychology (the kinds of things I’ve been referencing here). And I must admit I’m one of them. Questionable experimental design, over interpretation of results based on small sample size, etc. etc. often lead to highly questionable results even when dressed up in their scientific best.

I recently had the, almost unmitigated, pleasure of reading Tony Robinson’s new autobiography, Coffee with Silo: and the quest for meaning in life (Tony has generously made it freely available and you can get a copy here).

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Science, the Spiritual and Vaccines

In the last couple of days I have received some comments and information from friends in different parts of the planet. Bruno Pezzuto, from chile sent me this article about the intoxicated dolphins (see my Jan 2 posting) for Spanish speakers. And David Andersson sent me this article about new research on the function of sleep.

These articles, and my Jan 3rd posting regarding the spatial registers of emotion in the body draw on recent scientific and medical research. I was going to post an entry about some of Silo’s ideas regarding science and siloism but the last few days has also seen some of our friends circulating (apparently with approval) an article on the evils of vaccination programs. Read More...
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