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Robert Thurman: "It's the moral high ground which is our only hope."
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. The New York Times recently hailed him as "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism."
The first American to have been ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, Professor Thurman is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for the truth regarding the current Tibet-China situation and the human rights violations suffered by the Tibetan people under Chinese rule. His commitment to finding a peaceful, win-win solution for Tibet and China inspired him to write his latest book, Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World, published in June of 2008.
Professor Thurman also translates important Tibetan and Sanskrit philosophical writings and lectures and writes on Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism; on Asian history, particularly the history of the monastic institution in the Asian civilization; and on critical philosophy, with a focus on the dialogue between the material and inner sciences of the world's religious traditions.
Robert Thurman: Iranians should be nonviolent. And therefore, if they think their elections is miscounted, they have every right to protest. And actually, the more the regime should stay with their thug police, the more they become identified with the Shah, they run, and the more they lose legitimacy. However, that’s for them to decide. And the U.S. has no statement, as long as we’re funding Al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups in most incredibly stupid way. And I sure hope [Barack] Obama blocks that. He’s funding terrorism; Baluchistan and Kurdistan to attack Iran.
If Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did win, and he night have won still, and not by maybe as big a margin as they say, but he might have won. But as long as we’re funding people trying to topple his government and threatening him with attack, then we have nothing to say about it. We can’t actually help the people there. We just have to keep repeating that democratic free extension, nonviolence, we applaud it, we admire it. We finally did have that kind of election. We also had two stolen elections.
We should be admitting openly in our big media, not just the internet. We should notice Greg Pelaez and Michael Moore. We should be admitting that Florida was stolen and so on so. They can go wrong but they just stick with it and then look, we had a good election now.
We should stop undermining them and that is what will really topple a petty little tyrant like Ahmadinejad. He’s a pathetic little character and he’s only in there because we invaded Iraq. If he stayed in there, which he might have is because we are attacking there and that delegitimizes whatever we say. We have no more high grounds.
It’s the moral high ground that is our only hope in dealing with the Muslim world. There are many people in Islam who want to be modern, and want to be practical, and want to be pleasant with their wives and children, and want their wives actually to love them and not just obey them. Many of them do. But we keep messing with them and then the right wingers types take over.
When we behave like tyrants, they will naturally react by behaving like tyrants.
Recorded June 24, 2009.
"A petty little tyrant like Ahmadinejad" could be toppled depending on U.S. actions in the region.
Educators and administrators must build new supports for faculty and student success in a world where the classroom might become virtual in the blink of an eye.
- If you or someone you know is attending school remotely, you are more than likely learning through emergency remote instruction, which is not the same as online learning, write Rich DeMillo and Steve Harmon.
- Education institutions must properly define and understand the difference between a course that is designed from inception to be taught in an online format and a course that has been rapidly converted to be offered to remote students.
- In a future involving more online instruction than any of us ever imagined, it will be crucial to meticulously design factors like learner navigation, interactive recordings, feedback loops, exams and office hours in order to maximize learning potential within the virtual environment.
Placing science and religion at opposite ends of the belief spectrum is to ignore their unique purposes.
- Science and religion (fact versus faith) are often seen as two incongruous groups. When you consider the purpose of each and the questions that they seek to answer, the comparison becomes less black and white.
- This video features religious scholars, a primatologist, a neuroendocrinologist, a comedian, and other brilliant minds considering, among other things, the evolutionary function that religion serves, the power of symbols, and the human need to learn, explore, and know the world around us so that it becomes a less scary place.
- "I think most people are actually kind of comfortable with the idea that science is a reliable way to learn about nature, but it's not the whole story and there's a place also for religion, for faith, for theology, for philosophy," says Francis Collins, American geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "But that harmony perspective doesn't get as much attention. Nobody is as interested in harmony as they are in conflict."
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A leading British space scientist thinks there is life under the ice sheets of Europa.
- A British scientist named Professor Monica Grady recently came out in support of extraterrestrial life on Europa.
- Europa, the sixth largest moon in the solar system, may have favorable conditions for life under its miles of ice.
- The moon is one of Jupiter's 79.
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A study finds people are more influenced by what the other party says than their own. What gives?
- A new study has found evidence suggesting that conservative climate skepticism is driven by reactions to liberal support for science.
- This was determined both by comparing polling data to records of cues given by leaders, and through a survey.
- The findings could lead to new methods of influencing public opinion.