Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Thursday, January 14, 2016

What I've Got against Stephen Batchelor

Buddhism, like phenomenology, is not about what you think but how you think. For example, it's not quite what you believe but how you believe that could be violent. There are beliefs about belief, and those are the problem.

One belief about belief is that believing means clutching a concept for dear life.

This belief about belief is shared by fundamentalists and Richard Dawkins. Which is why Dawkins gets incredibly angry when fundamentalists point this out, thus proving my point.

Stephen Batchelor also has this belief about belief.

QED.

...and the consequence of this belief about belief is that your Buddhism becomes this milquetoasty dispassionate pallid version in the service of modern totalitarian-bureaucratic reason. Sexy stuff that actually saves your ass in the long run gets wiped.

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