September 21, 2007

Buddhism is commonly categorized as a religion – a view that hides its empirical and rational elements – on the grounds that the vast majority of Buddhists relate to it as such. Its principles are accepted on authority, without concern for empirically or rationally corroborating them for oneself. But this is precisely how the vast majority of the lay public who believe in science accepts its discoveries and theories. Scientific assertions are accepted by most people on the basis of authority. The major difference between such followers of Buddhism and followers of science is their choice of authorities.

– From Contemplative Science by B. Allan Wallace

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