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    Schizophrenia, Possession and Freedom - with Jerry Marzinsky

    An interesting person who worked a lot on a connection between spirituality and madness is Seth Farber: http://www.sethhfarber.com/index.htm He also regularly defends parapsychology and psychic research - as well as immaterialism and anatheism - on the anti-psychiatry / post-psychiatry /...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    Welcome back, Andrew! For a time, you have almost disappeared. It's understandable, however, knowing how busy you were. I, myself, had a greatly diminished online activity in 2018 (sad...), because of some negative changes at my workplace (that lead to a substantial increase of my workload...
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    Jasun Horsley, Socio-Spiritual Engineering |392|

    As for now, the greatest force for evil in the world remains the state. Nobody and nothing else is responsible for so much suffering, confusion and enslavement. Look at this concise yet valid picture-summary of the results of Communism, Fascism and Capitalism...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    It took Roman goverment several centuries to co-opt Christianity and turn it into authoritarian imperial cult of Catholicism. Before it, it was a genuine liberation and innovation movement, a main threat to the imperial power, and thus a subject of intense repression. It took American...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    The one thing about free speech that should be understood - it is not only protecting your unpopular and controversial views against gagging by the people who believe them to be dangerous. It is a protection of others' views from your desire to ban them, a voluntarily accepted restriction of...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Each and every censor would claim that the position he or she wants to be banned is somehow dangerous. Yet, to know what is truly dangerous and what is not, we must have a free discussion in which both proponents and opponents may be heard. But, in situation of censorship, the very defence of...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    If the organised skeptics would be allowed to become official censors, they would ban parapsychology from the Web - as "the pseudoscience that undermines the academic authority, promotes irrationality and may drag us back into the Dark Ages". Unofficially, however, they are already doing their...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Indeed we should do it. So, let me provide with the text that I consider one of the best writings on the topic of spirtuality and morality (and their relationship) - "The Nightmare of an Evil Good". This is a great critique of the authoritarian and repressive religious moralism, especially the...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    The problem is, in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries masturbation was considered to be horrible and devastative "self-abuse", leading to countless and severe physical and mental ailments. It was scientific, medical and social consensus at the time. In fact, it was seen almost exactly as...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Well, an important clarification: it was Nikita Khrushchev, not Mikhail Gorbachev, who gave Crimea away to Ukraine. Gorbachev has just reasserted his decision and left Crimea for Ukraine when the USSR started to shatter and fall apart. Another clarification: if one really wants to dwell deep...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Well, I was almost sure that this comment will be allowed. Thanks, anyway! Here on Skeptiko, the thought is indeed free... well, almost free. ;)
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    I think, most such people are the ones who Nicholas Nassim Taleb called "intellectuals yet idiots" (IYIs). His article on such people is a highly recommended read.
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Yet what is so "sinful" about a prostitiute, anyway? She does not force or compel anyone to come to her, and she grants men pleasure and satisfaction rather than suffering and disappointment. As for herself, the prostitution is certainly bad for her if she was forced into it by some powerful...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    The problem, Steve, is that you apparently deleted all THREE, not two, copies of your reply to Michael, thus eliminating it completely! Now you have to put one copy back... I hope you have saved the text somewhere, say, in the MS Word file (I usually do so, to prevent losing the text due to some...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Steve, it seems you posted three copies of the same post. I think, you should delete the first two, so people here won't feel confused! And - I'm interested what you think about my position on the adverse effects of emotionality in examination and evaluation (and, most importantly, debate) of...
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