First allow me to point out that the “Beady-eyed crowing atheists” header to my previous letter was written by The Nation’s editorial staff, as is their common practice, and did not reflect my sentiments. Second, I chose a principal text from the Dzogchen tradition because it does not propose belief, is perfectly consistent with Darwin and Watson (DNA), and reveals a profundity of understanding and insight which would possibly be revelatory for those who worship science. I am a trained scientist, have regular dialogues with numerous other scientists and find dogmatic childish belief to be nowhere more rigidly adhered to than among a group of scientists. I dare say the vast majority of scientists are so entranced by scientific materialism (a philosophy and belief system inherently flawed) that they would never consider serious study of a text from the Dzogchen tradition. Yet there are notable exceptions. Werner Heisenberg famously stated, … [Read more...] about Junk all religion and you throw away priceless tools of insight
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
In our increasingly connected world, music from around the globe is now at our fingertips. In fact, one in four Spotify users actively listens to artists from different cultures. Indonesian music is quite a phenomenon at Spotify, with close to 10 billion tracks streamed to date and an average of 66 million minutes spent listening to Indonesian music each day. The widespread popularity of Indonesian music within the country and – interestingly – in other countries has prompted Spotify to create the Pop Indo Hub for fans. Specially curated by Spotify, Pop Indo Hub features what’s trending in the country, up-and-coming music, top artists and, of course, its legendary ballads. Pop Indo Hub is the perfect place for fans to go and find Indonesia’s hits of the past, present and future. More than that, it’s also the best spot for music fans around the world to discover Indonesia through its unique sounds. Indonesian music is making waves beyond its borders, with … [Read more...] about Discover best of Indonesian music on Spotify’s Pop Indo Hub
Christian Knottone stated, “religion is childish, superstitious nonsense”. I challenge him to find one iota of childish, superstitious nonsense in Longchenpa’s “The Practice of Dzogchen”, a Tibetan Buddhist text composed in the 14th century. Contemporary science and education rarely produces someone capable of truly appreciating and applying the priceless wisdom contained in this and similar texts. Christian Knottone, rather than looking deeply into what religion has to offer, is merely content to be self-congratulatory about its dismissal. The first thing to be understood about religion is that it is not founded upon knowledge but rather insight. Knowledge is a hedge against fear and what we use to build up the self, insight is our best tool for recognising the self’s illusory nature and transcending fear and suffering. The choice is a most important one. Michael Setter … [Read more...] about Beady-eyed crowing atheists are missing the big picture
NATIONAL GALLERY Singapore’s rooftop is today a sea of green, covered by more than 30 less-known plant species that thrive in reclaimed areas around Singapore including Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. On display until October 27, the transformation is the work of Singapore artist Charles Lim Yi Yong who was commissioned by the gallery to transform the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden into a social space titled “Sea State 9: Proclamation Garden”. Singapore artist Charles Lim Yi Yong fills the National Gallery Singapore’s roof garden with more than 30 lesser-known plant species that thrive in reclaimed areas around Singapore. It is the gallery’s latest roof garden commission series and also Lim’s first extensive foray into re-designing a physical space for his work. The title of this living art installation references the act of proclamation made by the Presidents of Singapore over the past five decades, in which reclaimed sites are … [Read more...] about Forgotten foliage