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thaicurious

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  1. You think you are discussing evolution? Speaking of things hilarious. No, that's not what you are doing. You are only deluding yourself. The reality is that you are doing nothing but some simplist thinking & espousing fundamentalism regardless of whether or not you are Christian. Saying the word Darwin doesn't mean you know a thing about evolution. Saying the word evolution doesn't mean you know a thing about genetics. Saying that being gay is a "failed evolutionary pathway" because, what, Mr Darwin Evolution decided to give that a try, is, well, hilarious. Feel free to have a last word. I won't see it. I'm clicking you onto ignore. Buh bye.
  2. Thanx but had finally figured it out. Guess I'd never looked for the option before. At first it felt a little like being a dog chained to a tree, tugging me back when I'd try to run: damned internet wouldn't let me go. Doubt if I'll ever be back to normal though, but I do appreciate your optimism.
  3. Not what nature intended, huh? Do you also speak for God? "Evolutionary design"? Really? Oh, you must mean Christian fundamentalist, pseudoscientific, so-called "intelligent design", perhaps? Let's google some of the latest actual scientific research just for grins. The following random google result from... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_Science_%26_the_Public Here's who they are: "Society for Science & the Public (SSP), formerly known as Science Service, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of science, through its science education programs and publications" article dated OCTOBER 20, 2018 https://www.sciencenews.org/article/genetics-dna-homosexuality-gay-orientation-attractiveness-straight "DNA differences are linked to having same-sex sexual partners" (ooops, so much for your "theory" of "evolutionary design") "...Andrea Ganna, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard reported the results October 19 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics...." "Collectively, the DNA differences explained only 8 to 12 percent of the heritability of having same-sex partners. “There is no gay gene,” Ganna said, “but rather non-heterosexuality is influenced by many tiny-effect genetic factors.” "...This is the first DNA difference ever linked to female sexual orientation, says Lisa Diamond, a psychologist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City who studies the nature and development of same-sex sexuality. The results are consistent with previous studies suggesting genetics may play a bigger role in influencing male sexuality than female sexuality...." "...the study’s size is its main advantage, Bailey says. “It’s huge. Huge.” Researchers examined DNA data from more than 400,000 participants" "...he findings were replicated with data from three other studies..." "...The results are consistent with previous studies suggesting genetics may play a bigger role in influencing male sexuality than female sexuality...." "For humans, male sexuality may be more tightly linked (than female sexuality) to genes..." "...Same-sex sexuality appears to be genetically influenced..." But just so you shouldn't worry about your own self going gay.... "...a variant on chromosome 15 linked to men having sex with men is also associated with male pattern baldness..." have a Diesel day
  4. Yeah, I think someone else also mentioned similarly that it doesn't pick up dialects of Thai language. But probably an improvement over my non-existent capacity for learning and putting into practice knowledge of other languages, outside of friendly greetings. And I have tried. So for me, this just removes some frustration while adding some humor.
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    "If you are attempting to make a joke, it's better to add an emoticon to avoid confusion. Hope you don't mind my quoting only part due to my lack of concentration." fixed insert smiley face
  6. Good post, RocketDog. Thank you. Check your app every few months. That's what I was doing from when I first looked for Thai camera translation but didn't find it until finding the google app had updated to be at least functional now with internet connection. That much progress so far indicates to me that there could be future improvements along the lines of how other languages function within the same app. Even just by internet, I'm sold. When they get if off line? Even better.
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    "We all seek happiness but turn our backs on it. We all wish to avoid misery but race to collect its causes."~~Shantideva
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    Besides that there is some basis, some evidence possibly--even if certainly no where yet fully proven--leading to what I'd said, which means it is not pure speculation, besides that I told you (just in case not caught) that I'd said it as a joke to make a point and I'm pretty sure Buddhism allows for humor, even if you don't like mine, Hotei, science is early still in studying quantum physics so we don't yet know all of what might be found there though we can conjecture with care based on what it has so far found. How surprised was science that observation affects experiments? That the way ahead might not yet be in focus, I'm pretty sure Buddha wouldn't mind putting out some probes to see if we are on more sure footing before asserting a strong foundation for the journey has been laid. Wondering if a rickety rope bridge is safe to cross is probably not the speculation Buddha would say you ought avoid. I'd imagine he'd say: you might want to examine that further before putting all your weight upon it. You might want to speculate what might happen if ya don't. There's a lot of practical purpose to Buddhism. Even without knowing absolutely, without full and proven evidence of having seen someone already fall, that the bridge might not hold, through examination, through bits of knowledge that the planks are dry rotted, that the rope is frayed, we can speculate what might happen or deduce what might come from putting our faith in that and we'd be negligent to not as actions arising from failing that could cause greater suffering. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggi-Vacchagotta_Sutta "...an unresolvable thicket of views which will cause suffering and distress if investigated..." So avoiding pure speculation can make sense to avoid entanglements with what doesn't matter or maybe even with what can't be known, with what will not help reduce suffering, with how even a dysfunctioned brain, bereft of good balance that might, say, cause associations of things not in reality associated which might entangle the mind, not with failing to examine a thing to assure, for instance, that we are not about to fall off a cliff or for taking as truth, for face value, as what, say, a con man is trying to sell us and certainly not for bringing us greater knowledge be that through conjectures and theorizing of science and mathematics that can help reduce suffering by later implementation of learned theories leading to applications disseminated on a worldwide scale be that in food production, pollution reversal, carbon emission reduction, etc., even as some of that might start as speculation, by an "unenlightened" scientist or a mathematician daring to ask themselves by imagining "what if". So here again you're exhibiting a tendency to take a concept and employ it overall to something else that it might have nothing to do with outside of exemplifying that thing which is fine on its own, just not as a replacement for that thing which is what you seem to try and do. These things, as I said before, can co-exist, which is one of the beautiful things about Buddhism, it does not seek to override or overwhelm other trains of thought but to explore from whence a thought arises and to where it might lead, to suffering or towards the cessation thereof.
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    I did not say what you've said I said that "you ought not believe" as I was not telling you what to believe and so it is a bit disingenuous of you to present that snip out of context. What I said was: "Quantum physics might one day show you ought not believe...." as a pun on what you'd said, by here utilizing the concept of quantum consciousness or quantum mind, for there are numerous ways of thinking about consciousness, not just yours even if you think the one you googled is the most realistic. Here's a google on the Buddhist take of it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijñāna#Dependent_origination
  10. I don't know what you are dealing with internally but you seem to be getting upset over a non issue. While I might have responded to one or another particular poster, I posted into an open forum where all are free to read or not, to contribute or not. That I opened a topic does not make me thread monitor. I own neither the topic nor the thread. If you had an answer for the guy, either your own or one you've read elsewhere, either by me or by anyone, maybe it would be more helpful for you to simply offer that to the person rather than aggravate by blaming someone else for not responding, particularly when the response was there, just written to another person that this person could have bothered to read as this is an open forum. If 20 or whatever number of people keep asking the same thing, it is not up to the OP of a thread to keep answering all 20 people individually what was already answered once or even a few times by then. It isn't anything personal. It is simply exhausting.
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    Escaping might not be the best way to look at that as escape has a sense of running away from. A prisoner escapes, runs away from his jailer. Buddhism is not about running away but, the opposite, about confronting suffering (a prisoner does not confront his captor to escape, just digs a tunnel to get away), about becoming aware of suffering and its causes, leading towards ways to reduce suffering and even to the cessation of suffering. Less about escaping, more about no longer clinging to the bars that might hold you. Two major schools of Buddhism: Theravada as taught mostly in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, etc. differing from Mahayana as taught in Vietnam, Tibet, China, etc. Theravada is closer to your saying "eliminating suffering, not exactly helping others in order to do that, but helping yourself" while Mahayana is about getting "there" but then staying on the wheel, foregoing Nirvana to help others get there also. That a person hops off the wheel could be as you say less suffering in the world because of good karma that person created during life or perhaps just one less person adding to traffic jams, depending on your point of view.
  12. I've already addressed this particular issue of functionality numerously, reporting that I've found the camera function to work perfectly well while connected to the internet, but that I confirmed finding, as others found that the Thai language is not yet working offline with camera while other languages do work offline. I'd imagine future versions will work better as other languages do now. I've already said that I looked up the reported error number which looks to me like an operating system issue, not an app issue. But I'm not a tech guy and so I suggested approaching tech forums for appropriate advice. To the rest of what you've shared, you should discuss all that with your therapist.
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    Zombies aside, when I sleep without dreaming lucidly or when I am not even dreaming nonlucidly merely means that I am not at the time conscious in the sense of being aware of my sleeping to the degree that I know at the time that I am sleeping and dreaming nor even conscious enough, aware enough, to remember the dreaming upon my body awakening. It does not mean that consciousness itself has left existence. Similarly when we say that a person has lost consciousness by a bump on the head, that phrase, "lost consciousness", refers not to the lost and found box of misplaced consciousnesses, rather, only to that a person has lost awareness though the word consciousness is used to describe that experience, the phrase, lost consciousness in that regard is not in that case referring to the greater concept of consciousness but to awareness of self and surroundings.
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    I neither know for certain what you think you experienced as both a child's imagination can run wild and the passing of time can alter memory particularly if we hadn't full & correct information about our experiences earlier on, nor am I familiar with hypnosis, self or otherwise but by your description It sounds possible that you were working then with your mind during the hypnagogic state, basically a bardo, the between wake and sleep. An experienced lucid dreamer, or beginner for that matter, can use that space as a jumping point into lucidity during sleep. From there its "just" a matter of maintaining consciousness while putting the body to sleep. While some people go through life "asleep", pretty much sleepwalking through life, generally in speech being asleep refers to the body. Also in speech, being awake in sleep refers to that the mind is still awake while the body sleeps which is the experience of lucid dreaming, dream yoga, oobe's, sleep paralysis, APs, etc., all dreaming by any name.
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    Okay, got it. thanks for homing in on that. That might have stood on firmer scientific ground weren't it for all the quantum stuff which to me means ya has ta leave some room open for what might be discovered later. String theory new? Dig the vibrations, man. What science now might seem to prove otherwise might later prove the other wiser. I'm born as what some who study dreaming refer to as a natural, a lucid dreamer born this way, meaning that from my earliest childhood memories I've been conscious also in my sleep. The Tibetan Buddhists have been studying in a systematic way dream yoga for centuries. Western science much more recently. The best science has determined to date is that consciousness survives at least for a short period the otherwise death of the body. If I recall that research a great deal of energy or blood or heat or electric impulse or something goes to the brain at the death of the body. Eventually though there's nothing there to measure with today's instruments but a cold corpse. In dream yoga we explore consciousness unfettered by distractions of the body, of the physical (speaking for practical purposes--what can be seen, touched, heard, etc.) world. There you find experiences that you'd be hard pressed to attribute to imagination because at least for me I'm pretty sure I'm not that clever. That includes everything from experiencing yourself as music to what some refer to as astral projection, out of body stuff, etc. And of course what a wonderful place to meditate. I lump it all into a group I simply call dreaming. In my many decades of untold hours, daily since I was so young that I didn't know the difference between my body being awake and being asleep (I've since figured it out, thanx for asking), of sometimes careful sometimes playful study in that, of self exploration and finding my own way, of utilizing just for grins techniques developed by various cultures all doing the same thing, as to whether or not any of that transitions into some other life, as to whether or not that even survives the death of this body I can tell you definitively, without question or reservation that I hasn't a clue. And people say life isn't fun! Quantum physics might one day show you ought not believe a physical organism can exist on its own without a supporting consciousness. Were I to give any of that much consideration, as it is not my focus, I'd tend to think of Universe as being bigger than me. It makes less sense to me to say that even my own consciousness wouldn't exist without me than to say that I wouldn't exist without my consciousness. Perhaps what gives me that sense has been my explorations of consciousness. It is so so so much bigger than me that it doesn't seem like it would fit in me. Perhaps I exist in it. Merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.
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