RE: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.)

From: S. Talcott Smith (
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 08:00:24 MDT

A good book which I am presently reading on exactly these topics is:
Book" by Alan Watts. In it, AW successfully explains the tricky myth of
Self and how one can change the idea of Self to view everything in a
integrated and holistic fashion. This happens in the course of some
of meditation and spiritual practice. Some would argue it is a
healthier or
more enlightened view.

Like "M. E. Smith" who posted yesterday, I merely lurk here to sample
tasty morsels of good ideas. A significant quantity of posts however,
exhibit a "religiously" anti-religious bias if you will, that squelches
discourages some enlightening discussion. It is a curious phenomena
the transparently mythical and mystical ideas which seem to drive this

In my observation, Extropianism, like Objectivism and other -isms, tends
draw a "rational" fanatical element that is more interested in finding
expounding the one true belief than actually growing or exploring new
However, these people are the life blood of movements and without them,
might never come into contact with these new and interesting ideas.
or perhaps because of these tensions, this movement or at least this
list is
still very much alive. So, thank you all!


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