I like this. We have something akin to the useful but limited investigation of natural science contrasted with philosophy in the grand sense.
This is an interesting thread, thanks people...
But, Reconstructo, dont you think it is difficult to propose Philosophy (Academic Philosophy) as the counterpart of science in the same way as the Buddhist Concepts puts , say, the third eye?
Philosophy is still a science, after all, or are there Philosophers who deal with the problem Experience/proofs? William James?
I would be grateful for more Literature!!!!!:bigsmile:
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Is there any existing philosophical (or whatever) theory / concept that deals with your discussion, Reconstructo and jeeprs?
You two laid it out really well. I would like to add: If our dreams and our experience of altered states is something that we have in common, and if we agree that from them we cannot (should not) deduct any dogmatic religion, would that be an appropriate, "new" religion? And, does a religious community like this exist? What I mean is, I have been looking into Buddhism , mainly zen, Taoism, and christian mystics, and they were, with the exeption of Taoism maybe, still each in their way dogmatic, to very little extend at least.
Sheeesh, maybe I should shut up and meditate. But that would mean we would never have some kind of community. Thats the problem for me: my experiences are just individual, and I long for community.