On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 7:03 AM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
> Kirby Urner posted Mar 27, 2014 11:36 PM ( > http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9420774) - GSC's remarks > interspersed. I may have responded elsewhere to some issues raised in this > post of yours, but I do believe I see some further remarks I should make to > get my view across (to the extent I am able to in 'pure prose'): > > > > On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM, GS Chandy > > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > > > Kirby Urner posted Mar 27, 2014 8:11 PM ( > > > > > http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9420632 > > ): > > > > > > > <Quote of GSC's post snipped> > > > > > > > > I think there's this rush to decide that a > > > > religious praxis has to do with > > > > "explaining" or "giving answers". > > > > > > > One could have no objections whatsoever to a > > > 'religious praxis' providing > > > comfort to those who desire it. The only objection > > > to religion/ religious > > > praxis could be when such praxis attempts to assume > > > power over what people > > > wish to think, pronouncing the free expression of > > > ideas to be 'blasphemous' > > > and etc. This has often happened in the past. I > > > would object if the > > > 'a-religious' were to behave this way. > > > > > > > "Giving comfort" is too lame a role to assign to > > religion, keeping all the > > other adult stuff for political parties, labor > > unions, lobbyists of all > > stripes. > > > True. I agree, largely (though not entirely, I believe). >
I'm just saying religions do lot more than give comfort. Quakers have a lobby office in DC for example. Religions lobby.
> You may like to read Amartya Sen's "The Argumentative Indian". > Fascinating thesis. It's VERY well argued; though I personally do NOT > agree with much of his argument: I believe that our 'Indian > argumentativeness' (which he ascribes to us as a 'people') is, in fact, > shallow ('profoundly shallow', if I may use an oxymoron). > > I read some anthropology about Kerala suggesting high literacy and a willingness to talk everything though led to optimized solutions that went a lot further to solving problems than hasty "throw money at it" solutions of more wasteful peoples / governments. Kerala has good stats (infant mortality low etc.), or did at the time.
> I saw some (most?) of it - but did not 'get it': it seems to start out > with some tricky visuals and goes into an advertisement for an (Indian) > product called 'Sun Silk' - doubtless this is some 'advertising war' that's > going on behind the scenes!! I shall give it another try in due course. > > Strange, sounds like a different video.
The one I saw was 2 mins 49 secs using stock footage with the narrator reminding us the cliches used by advertisers. Nothing about 'Sun Silk'.