Semester Project

 John H (@JohnDH04) 7 years, 12 months ago

I am currently in college as a Religion Major. I am currently in a class in which we learn and discuss many different Asian Contemplative practices. Basically, I have learned to meditate through this class and have begun practicing this a few times a week.

For the semester we are supposed to have a final project of some kind. It is pretty open ended although my idea is to give a 20ish minute presentation for my classmates and to lead a discussion for the remaining hour of the class. I am very interested in hearing about any ideas for topics people may have as I am very open to anything.

I know there are some fantastic minds on this website and I would love to hear from some of you!

October 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm
H.W. Hawkins (18) (@WhiteOak) 7 years, 12 months ago ago

Mystical states reached through meditation vs psychedelics (or vs. near death experiences)

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Ayat (6) (@Tribespearman) 7 years, 12 months ago ago

the duality of man and the development of ethics. could form a critical analysis through comparing differences and similarities between the religious ethics of different cultures, primeval traits of survival and how this comes into play in early development of intellectual man, get people to write down a certain number of ethics they follow (or think people should follow) from great to lesser, compare the textbook definition of ‘ethics’ to the definitions of others as they understand it and try to establish a common sentiment, ask how often people get to practice the ethics they follow through scenarios ranging from extreme to lesser (there are many examples; you and an injured person in a desert with only enough water for one what do you do to survive? thats a really watered down one and i think more creative examples can be made which directly coincide with their lives). just a thought.

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John H (21) (@JohnDH04) 7 years, 12 months ago ago

@tribespearman,
thats a great idea. I also find utilitarian ethics to be a great boundary to push. I read “Ethics” by Peter Singer not too long ago which is something I would absolutely bring up. Its a suggested read for sure. Link here -> http://books.google.com/books/about/Ethics.html?id=UglxQgAACAAJ

There are many situations close to what you described (the desert example) that really make you question your own ethics. Such a fantastic idea.

what do you mean by ‘ethics they follow.’ could you give me an example?

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John H (21) (@JohnDH04) 7 years, 12 months ago ago

@whiteoak, I was thinking about something along those line, I just feel like I couldn’t really get into an awesome conversation without bringing up personal experiences with these psychedelics and I’m not sure if that is the best conversation to have inside of the classroom setting. This is a fantastic topic though that there are many interesting debates about, good call.

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Ayat (6) (@Tribespearman) 7 years, 12 months ago ago

@johndh04,

That does sound like a good read, il take your word for it thanks.
ethics they follow, like in regards to their established morality, how they determine whether a choice is right or wrong in the face of certain situations. like if a beggar asks you for money, do you give him the money? if you do, the result of it will bring temporary alleviation yet it only further encourages the act of begging itself. what would you do? ignore him? judge him? how would you judge him? how do we judge one another morally?
it is more intended to be a self examination into either establishing a moral compass where there is only the assumption of morality or further expanding ones moral code.

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John H (21) (@JohnDH04) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@tribespearman, i really really like this idea, thank you so much for this train of thought! I think I am going to try to find a meditation on ethics to lead the class in or something along those lines before I even give a presentation.

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