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July 19, 2015

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Y: I too have leftovers in the refrigerator. But I don't serve 'em to guests. I'm getting damn sick of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Yoo hoo! Any originality out there? Or are we all just trying to prove how enlightened we are? It isn't working.

Zennist: sorry for the double post--please knock one off.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't "Science's job" to find out about the physical world? Not to preserve species, etc? I mean, that's one of the worthy goals of people involved in Science, but it's not Science's job. Science is neutral and knowledge can be used for good or evil.

I'm seeing a trend in media. People are looking much more standardized--They get the plastic surgery before they get into show business, and all the women have weaves of wavy hair. Girls in their late teens and 20s get Botox injections. If you don't think sex with robots is coming...you're wrong. There's a lot of stuff about sex androids going around in the thoughtsphere. (check out "HUMANS".) Somewhere in the back of our minds is that need for the unchallenging, unchangable partner. Right now, most sex is voyeuristic fake sex on the internet, and in most cases it's not even actual sex, just thinking up some extreme new way of degrading women. Even a "hookup" might now be too intimate... You might be expected to say "Good night" or "Good morning." The fellow who can give an android tears...cries of pain or grimaces of disgust will make billions.

Didn't the Buddha say that if there were more than one drive as strong as the sex drive, no one would ever awaken?

Something happened to sex. It went off and found its new meaning, completely apart from reproduction. Something the Buddha could never have anticipated...

Personally, I don't think Darwinian fitness still operates, at least not here in the USA. Babies with heart defects can be operated on in the womb, and grow up to pass their weaknesses to their offspring. And compare the natural, average American with an average Indian or African. They've been mate-selecting for health & symmetry for centuries. Here any fool can find someone to reproduce with.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't "Science's job" to find out about the physical world? Not to preserve species, etc? I mean, that's one of the worthy goals of people involved in Science, but it's not Science's job. Science is neutral and knowledge can be used for good or evil.

I'm seeing a trend in media. People are looking much more standardized--They get the plastic surgery before they get into show business, and all the women have weaves of wavy hair. Girls in their late teens and 20s get Botox injections. If you don't think sex with robots is coming...you're wrong. There's a lot of stuff about sex androids going around in the thoughtsphere. (check out "HUMANS".) Somewhere in the back of our minds is that need for the unchallenging, unchangable partner. Right now, most sex is voyeuristic fake sex on the internet, and in most cases it's not even actual sex, just thinking up some extreme new way of degrading women. Even a "hookup" might now be too intimate... You might be expected to say "Good night" or "Good morning." The fellow who can give an android tears...cries of pain or grimaces of disgust will make billions.

Didn't the Buddha say that if there were more than one drive as strong as the sex drive, no one would ever awaken?

Something happened to sex. It went off and found its new meaning, completely apart from reproduction. Something the Buddha could never have anticipated...

Personally, I don't think Darwinian fitness still operates, at least not here in the USA. Babies with heart defects can be operated on in the womb, and grow up to pass their weaknesses to their offspring. And compare the natural, average American with an average Indian or African. They've been mate-selecting for health & symmetry for centuries. Here any fool can find someone to reproduce with.

Only the wise know this mind, this mind called dharma-nature, this mind called liberation. Neither life nor death can restrain this mind. Nothing can. It's also called the Unstoppable Tathagata, the Incomprehensible, the Sacred Self, the Immortal, the Great Sage. Its names vary but not its essence."
(pp. 21-23)

(The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma)

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