--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Vaj <vajranatha@> wrote: <snip> > > Don't get so stuck in your paradigm. > > Good advice, but do you honestly think it's possible? > > From my point of view, Lawson represents an almost- > perfect example of the "TM paradigm," which is based on > the assumption that the TM view of things and descrip- > tion of things is correct, and that any view or description > that differs from that is by definition incorrect.
However, the fact that Lawson states the various provisions of the TM paradigm in comparison with others does not in and of itself indicate such an assemption. > In my opinion that's really how TMers are taught to > think, both about the mechanics of meditation and about > the scientific measurements thereof. Being "stuck in their > paradigm" is perceived as a *good* thing and is rewarded > in the TMO by "strokes." On the other hand, the only way for such a TMer to evaluate the validity of the paradigm is to compare it to other paradigms, which is what Lawson is attempting to do. Again, I think Barry is making the mistake of confusing "This is what Maharishi says" with "What Maharishi says is true." > How likely is it that, after decades of this kind of > reinforcement, someone is open to the possibility of > other paradigms being valid? How would a TMer discover whether other paradigms may be valid without comparing them to that of TM? In other words, what Barry seems to think is evidence of a TMer's conviction that only the TM paradigm is valid is in fact exactly what one would expect to see if that TMer *were* open to the possibility of other paradigms being valid and were actively exploring that possibility. Indeed, what you would expect to see from a TMer who was convinced that only the TM paradigm is valid would be a lack of interest in exploring other paradigms. To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/