Sunday, July 29, 2007

Worthy Of The Wall

File under: Notable Quotes

Every now and then, someone makes a statement that does the work of a thousand words:
Non-falsifiability is the hallmark of TM research.

John M. Knapp, LMSW
While it's clear to many that meditation has many benefits, it's just as clear that TMâ„¢ is the McDonald's of Vedic spirituality, if that McDonald's were priced like a five-star restaurant in Paris, France. Too bad it's the same old mostly empty calories you get from any other fast food spirituality.

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At 7/30/2007 1:58 AM, Anonymous allen said...

Great blog. After reading many of your posts I have a newfound respect for U.G. Krishnamurti, the so-called anti-guru.

It's true all these teachers and organizations simply repackage the same watered down beliefs with their own spin on things.

Since people simply replace teachers and beliefs with another, this market will prosper for a long , long time.

 
At 7/30/2007 2:29 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

allen said...
Since people simply replace teachers and beliefs with another, this market will prosper for a long , long time.

If we look at the grand sweep of history, I say we find that there's movement towards more independence, more individuals thinking for themselves, less blind tribal cultish loyalty to authority. But that's just the general trend.

There's still a big chunk of humanity, perhaps the majority, that seeks to follow leaders, rather than thinking independently. The market can, should, and does serve these people.

Fortunately, the magic of the market is that it can serve many different niches. As technology marches on, it becomes more and more possible to target information to specific market segments. It used to be that we had magazines appealing to the widest possible demographic, mags about "Life" or "People." Now entire periodicals can focus on recumbent bicycle enthusiasts, or overweight lesbians.

SO... I think the market can also serve independent thinkers, even if they're a minority. Nothing to worry about.

Stuart
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/socalled.htm
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/

 

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