The data did not say so

Some insanities come with this phrase: “the data says so.”
But data cannot speak
Human beings do


We appreciate our mothers.

With an introduction by the Dalai Lama…
… the book of James.
— A pocket cannon publication.

Interesting that he says that some key ideas in Buddhism are reflected in the book of James. The fact is, a lot of learning in the ‘established’ faiths and their associated teachings simply reflect natural truths; enough of which truths, perhaps, we can access via commonsense and reflection. However, we sometimes need the obvious to be pointed out to us for it to become obvious. And to be reminded severally for it to remain so.

Don’t mothers do that best?
We appreciate our mothers.


Searching for enlightenment, for health, for truth…

…Attracted to it for reasons which range from a need for exercise to a search for spiritual enlightenment. Whatever our view of the possibilities … we must do our best to be clear-minded and realistic about what it can do for us.
… Some students are drawn … because of an interest in the exotic. Perhaps they are disaffected with their own culture and hope to find a more compatible philosophical climate in another.

… Unquestioning in their acceptance of the worth and utility of ideas and practices they encounter. Sometimes they … become drawn to behaviour thought to  be common in some past imagined golden age. … Consider the teacher some kind of sage …. Pronouncements on areas of life concerning which the teacher may have only limited knowledge are listened to with attention and willing acceptance.

… The … ideal which holds that a person must gather all available evidence, consider it carefully, come to a decision, and, if a vote is in order, be counted as the equal of the next person’s.

The above excerpts are from Herman Kauz’s book on Tai Chi Chuan. What was he talking about? In the first paragraph, he asks us to ensure we understand our attractions to certain experiences, people, places etc, and to keep things in perspective. The second and third paragraphs above, question unthinking acceptance of the propositions of ‘experts.’ Plausibility isn’t fact. And then he says that commonsense should rule and overrule.