A thoughtful American: “Western Culture has initiated and is leading a global assault on the biosphere.”

I do empathize with this feeling, shared by many people all over the world. However, I think we should not equate Western culture  with just one aspect of Western/global civilization. Yes, modern science first emerged in Western Christian Europe. And from it grew a civilization rooted in modern technology which has given rise to serious […]

America: Global Science Educator

News item: “A bill has  now been introduced in the House of Representatives, co-sponsored by a Democrat and a Republican that wants to provide grants for scientific research to universities, businesses, and institutes in the Muslim world.” Another well-meaning and misguided gesture: like spreading democracy, averting communism, and educating the world about American values. It […]

The Facebook Fracas

On the offensive cartoon day So humanity has come down to this level: we are engaging in insulting internet exchanges on what millions regard as sacred. To taunt and deprecate the religious symbols of others is as vile an offense as to terrorize those who think differently about God and Holy Books. As one who […]

On Lorne Ladner’s “The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology.”

Lorne Ladner, Ph.D., The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology, 2004. Harper San Francisco, U.S.$ 15.95. We live in an extraordinary age of wonderful scientific breakthroughs and marvelous technological achievements. Possibilities for cure of pernicious diseases and for health and longevity keep increasing. But ours […]

Variety in Religion

5.IIb SPECIFIC RELIGIONS 1.    The Judaic faith has this to say: They’re true to God who His laws obey! 2.    The message of Christ is short indeed: Be kind and helpful to those in need. 3.    They call themselves devout Jains Whose faith feels for all creatures’ pains. 4.    The Buddha’s wisdom may be seen […]