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Lions Roar : January 2003
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2003 9 No Design Concerning Eleanor Rosch’s review, “Between Materialism and Theism,” in the November 2002 issue: One advantage to liv- ing in Louisiana, surrounded by creationists, is the clear realization that “intelligent design” is just a new name for good old-fashioned creationism, and the promotion of a religious agenda that denies biological reality. The Buddha himself taught that life is suf- fering. To then cook up a world allegedly “intelligently designed” by some sort of wise or loving or intelligent creator (in clear con- tradiction to the harshness of biological reali- ty) is to just create a wishful dream. Shall we give a lecture on intelligent design to the next child with elephantiasis or guinea worm? Intelligent design deludes us as to what is, blinds us to the vastness of suffering of other creatures, obscures the origin of our “ape instincts,” and recreates the ambush of hope. Paul Keddy Professor of Biology Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA Farewell It was sad to lose the wonderful Kobun Chino Roshi and poet Philip Whalen in the same summer. Kobun Chino had a gentle and spa- cious presence, which Reggie Ray captures well in his remembrance (“Kobun Chino’s Trailer,” November 2002). And Philip Whalen’s non-conforming creativity both perplexed and amused me. Thank you for publishing his poems in the November Shambhala Sun. I will miss them both. Claire Burke San Diego, CA Gap Art The black-and-white photographs you pub- lished, by Mary Lang, along with the article by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche (“Thought-Free Wakefulness,” November 2002), were so dizzyingly beautiful they made me stop thinking for a moment. Bravo for you! What LETTERS TO THE EDITOR