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I am currently employed in the nuclear industry and have university degrees in nuclear engineering and theoretical physics. I am primarily interested in science and philosophy but I also dabble in programing, information visualization, and fine typography.


Feb
21
comment Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
I agree with Double AA that your answer essentially repeats what is said above. You could, perhaps, improve it though. It sounds to me that you are attempting to argue that the epistemological approach of modern science is flawed, but you would have to clarify exactly what you mean.
Jan
31
comment Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
@BabySeal I agree with your friend that math and science are "made by us" to understand the world, though that is certainly a controversial position. There is something very fundamental about mathematics that can only be appreciated by those with a deep grasp of the subject. As to the irrationality of pi and e, that depends on the nature of your definitions. In a non-flat spacetime, pi can be any value you like. e has similar flexibility depending on your assumptions.
May
8
comment Is it a greater mitzvah to return a lost item anonymously?
I appreciate all of the comments and the answer. Though this clearly is not a major dilemma, it is nice to explore the bases for moral choices.
Nov
29
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
I don't know. I suppose that would be a good question to ask.
Nov
27
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
I am well aware of the differences between masturbation and sex; I participate in both on a regular basis. It is, however, neither healthy or normal for a post-pubescent person to not have any sexual release. When people advocate that masturbation is bad, as you do, they encourage unmarried people toward harmful practices.
Nov
20
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
I don't beleive that masturbation is "good" though I believe it is perfectly normal and healthy. I also believe that teaching children that masturbation is bad causes more harm than good both to the child and to society through the neuroses that develop as a result. I believe that represed sexuality is actually one factor in the prevelance of militancy amongst extremely religious groups.
Nov
20
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
I understand your position. I very much disagree with it, but I understand. I do not think that masturbation is bad for people. I just wanted to know why others disagree.
Nov
20
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
I find it fascinating the degree to which Conservative (Masorti) tradition encourages questioning and logic versus how much the Orthodox and Haredi traditions encourage blind obedience.
Nov
20
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
Interesting. Thanks for your response.
Aug
9
comment Is the Talmud part of the Jewish canon?
Thanks for the clarification.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@DovF, the comment about reducing the possibility of other sins is a very good point. I do not believe it is wrong, but it doesn't matter what I believe about it. I just wanted to know what are the justifications for believing that it is sinful other than "The Talmud says so." As I said above, that is a fine answer, it is just not what I was looking for.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
One of the most appealing aspects of Judaism, to me, is that it (in many forms) encourages practictioners to question why certain things are done. The Talmud is almost nothing but rabbis questioning why. I have to believe there are reasons why Jews consider masturbation sinful other than "because the Talmud says so." Having read the link posted, I see that there is discussion in the Talmud, I just wanted to see some of that here as well.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@yoel, I did not ask "Does the law approve of, or disapprove of masturbation?" I asked "Why is masturbation considered sinful?" These are different questions. One posible answer to my question is "Because the Talmud says so." but there are many other possible answers. If the question were, "Why do we not work on Shabbat?" one could answer "Because the Torah says so," but one could also answer "In order to remember the day on which G-d rested after creation." I am looking for the second kind of answer.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@DoubleAA, I thought I had asked for both it's reasoning and clarification of it. Isn't that what the question "Why is X considered Y?" means? I could certainly delete my disclaimer if it is seen as distracting.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@Dov F, Thanks for the link.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@SethJ, No, I don't believe it is necessary to start from a position of acknowledging that sin exists. I do not "reject" the talmud, I just don't think everything it says is absolutely true.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@DoubleAA, Yes, I understand. I was simply interested in more of a reason than, because the Talmud says so. Surely it gives reasons for the statement.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@YDK, good point.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
Good answer but I would really appreciate it if you provided a quote. I was also hoping for some discussion of the justifications for the claims. The statement "Because XXX says so" does not carry much water with me, even if it is the Talmud.
Aug
2
comment How long does one say Kaddish for a sibling?
My rabbi says 30 days, but did not give a source.