No foods no drinks for 8 months, is this possible?

I didn't know one could become sexier reading the Bible
Well maybe not sexier per se but a better person.

with effort it seems compared to buying the right runners. I think I will put a digital Bible in my Ipod and jog with the Christian God. I should be stunning.
So long as you're wearing Nikes while doing so.


I noticed that when I checked on Nike, that there were missiles with that name. Odd that Nike is the goddess of victory.
Heck, just because people build them or use them doesn't mean they have any clue about naming them... Although there were variants: Nike Ajax, Nike Zeus and Nike Ajax. Hermaphroditic (oops! mythology again) missiles?
Our (supposedly) glorious British government assigned the named Chevaline to our national update of Polaris, under the impression that "A Chevaline" was some sort of high-altitude-living mountain goat (although I still fail to see the connection between goats and nuclear warheads*), imagine the joy (typically restrained Brit joy, naturellement) of the press when they pointed out that the word is actually an adjective: it's the French equivalent of equine.

Too much like a foreign language to me, but I like the extension of koans into other settings.
Discordianism/ hackerdom is sufficiently confident to acknowledge the debt.

* Unless they'd pre-empted Terry Pratchett of course, with nukes you don't just get creamed, you get cheesed.
 
Close enough.

Before I saw this reply, I was thinking, "Close enough. . . " and then. . . damnation! You said it.

Religious freakery is a cottage industry in the sub-continent (well, it's sort of a cottage industry everywhere, but you get the point).

~String
 
...the boy hasn't eaten or drank anything for 8 months while meditating. One scientist there said he is in hibernating state. Is this possible?? ....

really??? You seriously wonder if its possible for a child to go 8 mths without eating and drinking??? :bugeye:
 
. . . . their camera's infrared capabilities did not pick up evidence of a body at the base of the tree where Bomjon sat during their non-stop recording.
Duh? DUH??? The film provides solid evidence that the kid was not actually there full-time! How much more evidence do you need to dismiss this as bullshit?
According to scientists on the documentary, an average person would be expected to die from kidney failure after four days without drinking any fluids (although cases of inedia lasting for a whole week have been observed and the recorded Guinness World Record of inedia is eighteen days).
Once again, we have solid evidence, this time evidence that the observation wasn't long enough. The meaning of "average," for those of you who slept through your statistics class, is that some people will be above average and some will be below. Rather a lot, actually, because few people are precisely average. So perhaps this kid is above average. That's no miracle. Keep the camera on him for four weeks--several days beyond the world record--and see if he's still alive then!
The boy showed no signs of classical physical deterioration caused by dehydration. A close inspection by the film crew of the area around the tree where Ram was sitting revealed no hidden food supply or water pipes.
"Where he was sitting" during the daylight hours only!
It was already checked that there was no hidden nutrient supplies. I was thinking he probably can absorb water from his surrounding air, absorb minerals from the soils, and vitamins (at least D) from the sun.
Under these conditions, a person would indeed absorb some water from the atmosphere, but it would be a trivial quantity, not enough to sustain life. We're not plants, we can't absorb minerals from the soil. We don't absorb vitamin D from the sun; we absorb the ultraviolet component of the solar radiation, and that triggers a photochemical process in which our own body synthesizes the vitamin D out of chemicals that are already there.

In any case, even if a person had a way to acquire an adequate supply of water, vitamins and minerals, he would still die of sheer starvation once his body metabolized all of its fat reserves. A pound of fat (454gm) would provide enough calories to keep a young boy (I have no idea how big he is) alive for a few days if he is completely inactive. So he would need to be roughly 50 pounds overweight (22kg) in order to survive for eight months by burning his body fat. If he had a source of water, vitamins and minerals!
In my country (and I guess in many other places in the world), people who do meditation AND martial arts can break woods, bricks, steel plates, etc with empty hands. They can absorb energy from surrounding and turning it into powerful inner energy.
That is not how it works. They are not "absorbing energy" from their surroundings. They are using the laws of physics (often knowingly) and taking advantage of the structural properties of the materials by focusing the power of their strike appropriately.
You know, like in kung-fu, those people are strong. I've seen in live and colour how people break ice blocks with empty hands. Don't you think such stuffs are possible?
We've all seen that. But there's nothing supernatural about it. It's just physics.
. . . . you can put it in the same category as swimming underwater like a fish, flying in the air like a bird, detecting things at night like a bat . . . .
We can swim underwater, but not like a fish. Its more like a dolphin: we don't have gills like fish so we have to come to the surface to breathe. And we don't fly in the air like birds. We build machines that glide like birds, but that's not flying. And we build machines that fly, but they don't fly anything at all like the way birds fly. Some of them use rotating airfoils for propulsion, others use jet engines. We don't detect things at night like a bat. Bats use sonar; we generally use infrared photography.
. . . . if this was a discussion about how it could be made possible by the strength of scientific endeavor as opposed to something traditionally associated with religion, you would have hordes of chaps coming in and citing their favorite sci-fi plot . . . .
Some science fiction is written by scientists and is plausible, merely awaiting the future progress of technology to catch up with our imagination. But much (perhaps most) of it is just as much bullshit as religion. The difference is that we don't expect people to believe it and we certainly don't go around killing them and overthrowing their sovereign governments for that skepticism.
 
Because the colon absorbs water from its contents, it seems obvious that a modified douching apparatus could introduce life-sustaining water into his body through an obscure orifice :eek: as he sits ;)wink! under his tree (which could also contain the douche bag), thus producing the illusion of not drinking. Further intubation :bugeye: into his small intestine, which absorbs nutrients, could allow the introduction of a glucose solution thus producing the complete illusion of not eating or drinking.
 
We can swim underwater, but not like a fish. Its more like a dolphin: we don't have gills like fish so we have to come to the surface to breathe. And we don't fly in the air like birds. We build machines that glide like birds, but that's not flying. And we build machines that fly, but they don't fly anything at all like the way birds fly. Some of them use rotating airfoils for propulsion, others use jet engines. We don't detect things at night like a bat. Bats use sonar; we generally use infrared photography.
so IOW with a bit of detailed knowledge, one can undertsand by what means we are swimming under water like a fish (or dolphin - although we can outperform a dolphin in terms of how long we have to wait to come up for a breath), fly like a bird etc.
Some science fiction is written by scientists and is plausible, merely awaiting the future progress of technology to catch up with our imagination. But much (perhaps most) of it is just as much bullshit as religion.
space shuttle technology probably didn't sound too plausible during medieval europe ... but that aside, do you want to go a step further and say its not possible for science to develop some means to place humans in a stasis like state similar to certain aquatics, etc?

The difference is that we don't expect people to believe it and we certainly don't go around killing them and overthrowing their sovereign governments for that skepticism.
instead the military is the number one patron of the sciences (perhaps only seconded by the pharmaceutical industry)
:rolleyes:
 
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Is this possible??

Here I sit in my little room, I, Brigge, 28 years of
age and known to no one. I sit here and am nothing. Nevertheless, this
nothing, five flights up on a grey Paris afternoon, begins to think
and it has these thoughts:

Is it possible, it thinks, that one still hasn't seen or recognised
or said anything that's real and important? Is it possible that there
have been thousands of years in which to look, to reflect, and to
record, and that these thousands of years have been allowed to go by
like a school break when one eats a sandwich and an apple?

Yes, it's possible.

Is it possible that despite inventions and advances, despite culture,
religion and worldly wisdom one has remained on the surface of life?
Is it possible that even this surface, which at any rate might, after
all, have been something, has been covered over with unbelievably
boring material so that it has the look of drawing-room furniture in
the summer holidays?

Yes, it's possible.

Is it possible that the whole of world history has been misunderstood?
Is it possible that the past is false because it's always its masses
that have been spoken about as if one were talking of a convergence
of many persons instead of talking about the one person they were
gathered round because he was a stranger and was dying?

Yes, it's possible.

Is it possible that one believed one had to catch up on what had
occurred before one was born? Is it possible that each and every
person had to remember that he had been produced by all that had gone
before and therefore knew it and would not let himself be persuaded by
others who knew otherwise?

Yes, it's possible.

Is it possible that all these people have a totally accurate knowledge
of what has never been? Is it possible that realities are as nothing
to them; that their life is draining away, connected with nothing,
like a clock in an empty room?

Yes, it's possible.

Is it possible that one can know nothing of the young girls who are
nevertheless living? Is it possible that one says 'women', 'children',
'boys' and not suspect for one moment (irrespective of their
education) that for a long time these words had no plural but only
countless singulars?

Yes, it's possible.

Is it possible that there are people who say 'God' and think it's
something they have in common with everyone?--And take a couple of
schoolboys: one of them buys a knife and the other buys an identical
one on the same day. And after a week they compare the two knives and
it turns out that they look only vaguely similar--so different have
they become in different hands. (There you are, says the mother of
one of them, if you will go and wear everything out straightaway .) --Ah
then: is it possible to believe that one could have a God and not use
him?

Yes, it's possible.

But if all this is possible and if even there's only a glimmer of
possibility , then, for pity's sake, surely something needs to be
done. The first person to come forward who has had these disquieting
thoughts must begin to do what has always been missed; he could be
just anyone and it doesn't matter in the least if he's not the most
suitable person: there's simply no one else to do it. This young,
insignificant foreigner, will have to sit himself down, five flights
up and write day and night: yes, he will have to write; that's what it
amounts to.
 
I've just watched this documentary about Buddha boy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v29clGMWU84

the boy hasn't eaten or drank anything for 8 months while meditating. One scientist there said he is in hibernating state. Is this possible??

p.s.: sorry if this is in the wrong section, I am actually more concern with the scientifical explanation, but since this relates with meditation and buddhism, perhaps I should put it here.

well isn't that what Jesus did? he went into a meditative state and transcended time and space, kinda like put himself in stasis. i'd like to do that. but if you fuck up you die of thirst.
 
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