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Re: [GrassrootsAtheism] to christopher mcLuaghlin

From: Christopher M.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:17 AM

Thanks for the link to the book. I read a few parts of it -enough to get the flavor of what I was reading. You seem to regard Burke and his writings very highly. I get the sense that you find Burke's hypothesis compelling. I'm not one to mince words. Burke's formulations are 100 year old pseudo-science. You will find that there are contemporary examples of people, like Deepok Chopra, who make the same kinds of pseudo-scientific claims based on contemporary scientific knowledge. It's all a bunch of bunk, really. These folks take a truly scientific discovery (evolution by natural selection in the case of Burke, or quantum mechanics in the case of Chopra) and make unjustified claims about humans based on that. We have real scientists who are available to explain the true implications of these discoveries. For those who might take Burke seriously, we have a hundred years of evolutionary science that completely undermines his theses. If you doubt this, we could meet at a mutually agreeable coffe shop and discuss all of the particulars of why Burke is wrong.

 

-Chris

 


----- Original Message -----
From: "chuck kaltwasser" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, May 18,[masked]:25:04 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [GrassrootsAtheism] to christopher mcLuaghlin

to christopher mcLuaghlin

can i ask when you were born?  I was born in 1954
and spent time in the 1950s in Ontario where I remember
seeing Queen Victoria artwork BEFORE I ever saw George Washington artwork, even though I was born in the USA.

here's the book by Dr. Bucke.  He has relevance in the context of american history because he considered himself to be a close friend of Walt Whitman, the american poet so important to the Lincoln administration of the civil war the northern side.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/18689587/Cosmic-Consciousness-Dr-Richard-Maurice-Bucke

sincerely yrs.
Charles Kaltwasser


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