David M. Perlman, Ph.D.

Bio: Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology. UX research consultant. Caltech applied physics. Data science, politics, economics, behavioral economics, integrative systemic analysis.

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  1. Hi David,

    I came across your answer on the Buddhism stackexchange site and found your website. I am keen to understand the principles set out by Buddha however am finding it to be highly convoluted. For example, i posted a question on whether surrounding yourself with good people is a form of aversion. The answers range from simple to complex i.e. they refer to precepts and the like which to me are vague. If i were to look at the eight fold noble path, there are references to evil. How do you what is evil? What is the definition of evil? What may seem evil to one may be life saving to another? In short, it’s confusing especially if you are constantly barraged with interpretations that differ from person to person or monk to monk. Where do you start? I do not agree with meditation being the starting point since there is no realization. It is a means to quieten the mind. It may lead to realization however i am curious to understand why it is so difficult to realize. If i use an example, i hold no attachment to an inanimate object. I do however to events attributed to interactions with people. Why? Why is the mind so bent on treating people who in my opinion are simply objects with properties? I would be very keen to listen, understand and learn.

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