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Quotable Quotes Part II

Amirtha

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A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Albert Einstein
 

Amirtha

New member
For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.

Richard Dawkins
 

Amirtha

New member
The position I have always adopted is that much of animal nature is indeed altruistic, cooperative and even attended by benevolent subjective emotions, but that this follows from, rather than contradicts, selfishness at the genetic level.

Richard Dawkins - Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
 

Amirtha

New member
The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear.

Richard Dawkins
 

Amirtha

New member
Genes do indirectly control the manufacture of bodies, and the influence is strictly one way: acquired characteristics are not inherited. No matter how much knowledge and wisdom you acquire during your life, not one jot will be passed on to your children by genetic means. Each new generation starts from scratch.

Richard Dawkins
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
"Hinduism is not bound up with a creed or a book, a prophet or a founder, but is persistent search for truth on the basis of a continuously renewed experience. Hinduism is human thought about God in continuous evolution."

Dr S. Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Former President of India

Technically speaking Hinduism is not a religion similar to the other religions.

Hinduism is a way of living or a dharma to be practiced by everyone to his /her best capacity.

It gives us complete freedom and shows the right path.

We can progress and evolve depending on our individual sradhdhaa and speed.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
"In the history of the world, Hinduism is the only religion that exhibits a complete independence and freedom of the human mind, its full confidence in its own powers. Hinduism is freedom, especially the freedom in thinking about God."

Dr S. Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Former President of India

I remember this example with due reverence and affection.

A boy playing in the beach wanted to keep a handful of sand in his grip.

Tighter his hold became, more and more sand escaped from his hand

and he had hardly a spoonful of sand in his hand in the end.

Another boy filled his palm with sand but did not exert tight grip.

The heap of sand stayed put on his palm.

The same is true of human relationship as well as most other things in life.

Tighter the control and vigilance on us, greater the challenge and the joy in defying them!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Albert Einstein
Rewards and punishments are indispensable since apparently

most people can not do the right things on their own free will.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear.

Richard Dawkins
Understanding a thing does impart a new dimension to our vision.

The whole perspective will be changed when one begins to understand.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Genes do indirectly control the manufacture of bodies, and the influence is strictly one way: acquired characteristics are not inherited. No matter how much knowledge and wisdom you acquire during your life, not one jot will be passed on to your children by genetic means. Each new generation starts from scratch.

Richard Dawkins
The acquired knowledge is the only bundle we are allowed to carry with us to our future births

besides the bundle of good and bad karmaas earned during this life.

The children are born with a mind as clean as a new slate.

However they benefit from the favorable environment

that prevails in the place of their birth to learn and evolve.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Tabula Rasa




“Tabula rasa” is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content. All their knowledge comes from experience and perception.


The proponents of the Tabula rasa thesis favor the “nurture” side of the Nature vs Nurture debate, when it comes to aspects of one’s personality, social and emotional behavior, and intelligence.

The term in Latin equivalent to the English “blank slate” or “erased slate”. The word comes from the Roman tabula the wax tablet used for writing notes. The writings were erased or “blanked” by heating the wax and then smoothing it to give a tabula rasa.

Traces of the idea that came to be called the tabula rasa appear as early as the writings of Aristotle. He wrote the first textbook of Psychology in De Anima or On the Soul, Book III, chapter 4.

However the notion of the mind as a blank slate went largely unnoticed for more than 1,000 years.
In the 11th century, the theory of tabula rasa was developed more clearly by the Islamic philosopher, Ibn Sina. He argued that the “human intellect at birth is rather like a tabula rasa, a pure potentiality that is actualized through education and comes to know”.

The knowledge is attained through familiarity with objects in this world from which one abstracts universal concepts.

This is developed through a syllogistic method of reasoning; ” Observations lead to prepositional statements, which when compounded lead to further abstract concepts.”

He further argued that the intellect itself “possesses levels of development from the material intellect, that potentiality can acquire knowledge to the active intellect. The state of the human intellect at conjunction with the perfect source of knowledge.”

In the 12th century, Ibn Tufail demonstrated the theory of tabula rasa as a thought experiment. He depicted the development of the mind of a feral child from a tabula rasa to that of an adult, in complete isolation from society, on a desert island through experience alone.

The translation of his novel entitled Philosophus Autodidactus, published in 1671, had an influence on John Locke’s formulation of tabula rasa in An Essay concerning Human Understanding.

Tabula rasa is also featured in the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud. He depicted personality traits as being formed by family dynamics.

Freud’s theories imply that humans lack free will, but also that genetic influences on human personality are minimal. In psychoanalysis, one is largely determined by one’s upbringing.

Tabula rasa is also used by 18th century philosopher Jean-Jacque Rousseau in order to support his argument that warfare is an advent of society and agriculture, rather than something that occurs from the human state of nature.

Since tabula rasa states that humans are born with a “blank-slate” Rousseau uses this to suggest that humans must learn warfare.

The tabula rasa concept became popular in social sciences in the 20th century. The idea that genes (or simply “blood”) determined character took on racist overtones.

By the 1970s, some scientists had come to see gender identity as socially constructed rather than rooted in genetics – a concept still current although strongly contested.

This swing of the pendulum accompanied suspicion of innate differences in general and a propensity to “manage” society, where the real power must be – if people are really born blank.


Source: 23. Tabula Rasa « Adam to Zeus through gods and men
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Parents

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, :hand:
And that is what parents were created for. :tsk:
Ogden Nash

Parentage is a very important profession; :thumb:
but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed
in the interest of the children. :peace:
George Bernard Shaw.
 

vgane

Well-known member
“Money is like manure. It stinks when you pile it; it grows when you spread it”

J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993)
 

vgane

Well-known member
“When you work, work as if everything depends on you. When you pray, pray as if everything depends on God”

J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993)
 

vgane

Well-known member
“Cleanliness is the Hallmark of perfect standards and the best quality inspector is the conscience

J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993)
 

vgane

Well-known member
“Most of our troubles are due to poor implementation….wrong priorities and unattainable targets”

J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993)
 

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