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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    I agree with you here. I have been experimenting with this model where beliefs are related to experiences, emotions, thoughts/cognition, and society/culture/history. I tend to think that some folks slide around from spiritual/religious to atheistic (or from atheistic to spiritual/religious)...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    In my experience, some folks who are raised in specific religions may end up feeling duped and/or humiliated when they later move away from strict teachings like biblical literalism, for example. They may swing from fundamentalism to atheism, and they may end up "hardening their heart" against...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    I have been thinking about this question that Alex asked Philip during the interview: "Do you ever wonder why more people don’t seem to have this on the top of their to-do list; that is to get to the bottom of this?" Lately, I have been trying to think about this stance that may exist between...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    You can also look at and adjust the source code before you post your comment. You just click on the little wheel/gear button at the far right of the all the icons at the top of where you're typing (when you hover your mouse over it, it says Toggle BB Code). Every time you click the I button up...
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    I will check to see if I can find an email address.
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    Robert Forte, The Softer Side of CIA Psychedelic Mind Control |407|

    I, too, seem to have (unconsciously?) mastered many techniques for navigating life that are proving to be undesirable liabilities in my long game. The attempt to reverse these techniques is quite costly, but at least I'm doing my part to support the economy. ;)
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    I like what you say here, Jim. For me, beliefs are partly intellectual, partly emotional, and partly social/historical/political/cultural. I think that's basically true for folks across the board. Certainly seems true for little people like me, but I think it's interesting to consider how it...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    I know for me, I slid into atheism/nihilism probably junior or senior year in high school. Prior to that, and especially in my childhood years, I was a devout Christian. I come from a long line of devout Christians and have several ministers in my family. My father is the most faithful Christian...
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    I have been really interested in David Chapman's material on his meaningness.com website. I don't think he considers himself a humanist, per se. He's into a few very specific ideas that can be found in specific Buddhist traditions as well as in some Western thinkers. PhD from MIT, I believe, and...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    "The question I’d have to tee up from this interview is the question of acceptance. We all get that 'biological robot in a meaningless universe' is an absurd idea, but how much do we need to pound that over the head of stuck in the mud academics and other ordained holders of power and...
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    An Inconsistency in Experiences

    I like what you're saying about paradigms here. In David Chapman's "meaningness" material, he talks a lot about always considering even our most favorite "truths" to be context-specific and insufficient to explain all of the different questions we may be tempted to apply them to. So, my way of...
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    An Inconsistency in Experiences

    I agree with Eric N that you are asking great questions here, and I like the way you set it all up. It is helpful for me to jump into these discussions as a way for me to experiment with my own little ideas. For me, this is a really important idea. I think we could use words like "consensus...
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    Robert Forte, The Softer Side of CIA Psychedelic Mind Control |407|

    Fair enough. My response is that I believe we are much further away from that tipping point. Folks on the right are quite successful these days on issues like abortion and guns. And it seems like the supreme court could add another conservative member sometime in the near future. To me, it...
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    Robert Forte, The Softer Side of CIA Psychedelic Mind Control |407|

    Hi Eric, I have been thinking about your idea of armed revolt. I understand what you're saying about the urban/rural divide, and I have seen those red/blue maps as well. For me, though, those election maps don't really tell the whole story of how folks would react to a violent revolt like you...
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    Robert Forte, The Softer Side of CIA Psychedelic Mind Control |407|

    Hi Eric, I wonder if there is a hypothetical "tipping point" that would trigger the kind of revolt you speak of? Is there some specific, visible turn of events that folks who discuss these things would consider to be the "line in the sand?" And then, in your view, how likely would it be for a...
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