Re: FW: Religous Variation

Peter D. Junger (junger@PDJ2-RA.F-REMOTE.CWRU.EDU)
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 08:14:33 -0400

"Edward W. Farrell" writes:

: I am not aware of the existence of a "theory of mind" with the
: same definition of, say, the theory of relativity. The unique
: problem with a theory of mind is regression, i.e., the subject
: of the theory is also its object. As a tool of science, then, such
: a theory would always be subject to buffeting by the very sorts
: of beliefs it is engaged in explaining. As difficult as this is,
: dealing with mind openly and straightforwardly is all the more
: essential in my view.

Is not the Buddha Dharma, at least in many of its traditional
manifestations, such a ``theory of mind'' (and a lot more besides)? And
is not much of the Buddhist practice directed towards freeing
ourselves from that ``buffeting'' by extinguishing our attachment to
those beliefs, and all other beliefs as well?

Farrell's project strikes my ears as being frightfully parochial.

Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH