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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    For western culture this is certainly true. It has given us Judaism, Christianity and Islam. How a Middle Eastern faith tradition came to dominate Europe, and why, is little understood - if at all. Siedentop had a bit of a go in Inventing the Individual. Others have contributed bits and pieces...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    Totally agree. I can't immediately recall the title of the book I read American academia, but it does seem that materialists are a significant minority. Many with spiritual, beliefs go underground if the academic powerbrokers are nasty materialists. I take the view that materialism permits...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    I am not so sure this is the case. It is certainly true that lower level spirits, like those who come through garden variety mediums, are just dead folk with nothing special added. But I can assure you, from direct experience, that beyond that there are those who can and do exert prowess that is...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    Hi David Vulnerability to predation is not an intellectual matter. Perfectly rational people with advanced education are persuaded to believe total twaddle on a routine basis. The illusion is that we can con 'dumb' people easier than 'smart' people, but that dumbness is more psychological than...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    Blaise! There is an abundance of transformative thought. But we are not going to see mass transformation, not for want of causative impetus, but because we are not at a uniform stage in our need for development. There is certainly a growing momentum that links to many forces in our shared...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    Hi Mishelle, you have touch on one of the great problems here. In a sense spiritual authority is an emanation rather than assertion. It is attractive in the way that the more we are like that to which we aspire the more we are responsive to it. This is called the wisdom path. And this is why we...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    We can know then other side in a variety of ways - astral travel, lucid dreaming and other states of consciousness. But translating that experience into ways we can understand this side is a difficult matter. What we understand as time and space on this side are not the same on the other. Also...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    If by 'necessary' you mean unavoidable (because they exist) then I agree. Given that science is actually a disciplined inquiry - and really nothing more - we can include 'Esoteric Science' as a science because it meets the requirements. But it is excluded from the club of sciences that...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    Why do we fall for the trap of thinking that science is the arbiter of truth about the nature of reality? If we properly distinguish between 'real' science and the opinions of scientists we can see that what 'Science' provides is not the same thing as what scientists think or claim. I learned...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change

    Hi Steve. No. I do not advocating sitting on any fence, nor do I advocate the happy delusion of egolessness. For me the issue is that many situations are so complex none of the parties are 'right' to such a degree that their interpretation can stand alone in utter opposition to any conflicting...
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    Marisa Ryan, Certified Psychic Medium Tackles Big Picture Questions |398|

    They don't. Psychotropics impede conscious awareness. In most cases 'possession' or attachment operates below conscious awareness, coming to the fore in crises. If you believe you have a rat gnawing at your feet drugs do not make the rat go away. All they do is impede your reaction to the rat...
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    Marisa Ryan, Certified Psychic Medium Tackles Big Picture Questions |398|

    I think you will find any declining to discuss legal issues is a matter of personal liability. There is a general reservation about giving legal, medical or financial advice for the simple reason that any person acting on what they think they understand was said to them could led to catastrophic...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change

    Eric! Sticky wicket!? Plainly you are a denizen of the now faded British Empire. I must say you have posted one of the more rational options I have encountered for ages. I think the 'conspiracy' of materialistic science fighting back supposes a conscious act of denial 'the truth' - and hence a...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change

    I get this on one level, but on another it is not that simple. It is possible to make the case that the ruling 1% in a western democracy has a functional influence that is equal in effect to that of an autocratic fundamentalist regime. The structure of power is not the same, but the effect is...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change

    I think that we all need to be careful here. There are multiple sources of information that are being relied upon - and much is flatly contradictory. The idea that any source is absolutely 'reliable' has to be treated with caution. Biases are everywhere - pro Tump and anti-Trump camps raise...
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