Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Our dear friend and close neighbour for 6 years, Cherie, "lost her battle with cancer" early on Anzac Day morning. At least, that's how the news will report her passing. But if there was a "battle", the cancer lost. The senselessness of cancer is that it destroys its host. Cherie lived her life fully, seven stars all the way. And she will be gladly remembered by whole communities of people. No one will remember the cancer.
Friday, 2 April 2010
It's Easter Good Friday today. A time to reflect on the difference between religion and science. But are they so different? Both are dogmatic about an epistemological framework that puts a priori evidence (either the Bible, or accumulated knowledge) ahead of reasoning, and direct experience. And yet the contemplative tradition in all the major religions emphasises personal experience as the most direct path to knowing. We can't know or not know until we have the direct empirical evidence for ourselves. Isn't that just good science? Todays metaphysics may be tomorrows physics.