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    The origin of life

    I suppose, anyone has noted, time and again, the intensely - and irrationally - passionate character of the materialistic worldview, and the proneness of the social groups and movements that worship and preach it (such as "organised skeptics") to the wrathful, hateful onslaughts on anyone who...
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    Robert Forte, The Softer Side of CIA Psychedelic Mind Control |407|

    A country that spends more on psychologically torturing its deviated-from-the-norm citizens than on attempts to teach them something... (Sigh) And authoritarian, dogmatic "education" that is being widely practiced is not that much far from imprisonment anyway. So, it is no surprise that...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    There is no link to the interview itself in the original post!
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    ...And there are 100+ such veridical perception cases: https://iands.org/research/publications/book-publications/the-self-does-not-die.html
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    TJump, are you a total skeptic regarding psi phenomena as such? Or do you accept them, but from a matreialist and / or atheist perspective - as something that is verifiably real, but just not yet physically explained - but may still be (and likely will be) explained this way some time in the...
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    Hallucination

    For me, the very notion of "hallucination" is a misnomer, an empty non-concept commonly (let me say, mainstreamly) used to dismiss each and every type of non-physical (or even non-mainstream in general) experience and perception (as well as "delusion" may be used - and oftentimes is used - as a...
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    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    What about fusing Libertarianism (individuality) and Socialism (communality) to get Libertarian Socialism as the end result? Libertarianism completely without Socialism will turn into a dog-eats-dog pepetual social war. Socialism completely without Libertarianism will become an oppressive...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    I promised to give up on Eric... yet... one last time, a small correction of Eric's latest "gem" (to call it so): for many Vietnamese AND Americans, this lie was not so white at all. It was painted with the mixture of red, yellow, brown, orange, grey and black: red bleeding, yellow petulent...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    And many typos can create their own typo-logy. :eek:
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    I think, the Putin's attitude to America is rather one of jealousy and envy: he would have liked to act as America does... yet, he can't. In the end, Putin should be neither demonised nor idealised: he is not the global-democracy-threatening super-villain that he is painted, yet is no saviour...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Thank you, Eric! No joke. You have just freed me of some last doubts about you. Now all I feel towards you is a deep revulsion. Since you are not willing to formulate counterarguments, and prefer building lines of straw men (your last incoherent slur against Steve was a masterpiece of a kind!)...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    A prolonged insult is not a counterargument, Eric. Since you are so certain you are correct, you probably know the topic pretty well, I suppose? So, can you explain what EXACTLY is wrong with the controlled demolition theory?
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Conspiracy theories are not fundamentally different from any other theories - each of them should be assessed independently, by its own merit. They should not be all mixed together and evaluated as they were some whole, singular thing - which they are not. Interestingly, there are two types of...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    ?!!! :eek: Eh... Try to publish something non-negative on parapsychology in a "respectable" mainstream source, or to represent it in a non-negative way within a "respectable" mainstream institution. Or, if you really like it hard and harsh, try to do the same with 9/11 Truth. If you're into...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Who said modern societies are fully liberal? They are partly authoritarian as well. Unfortunately, modern partly-liberal societies drift towards the ever-higher degree of authoritarianism, faster and faster so. Maybe it is time for libertarian / anarchic societies to be tried?
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Expressing the view is one thing. Providing it with the "respectable", "official" status is totally another. In authoritarian societies, simple expressing of some views is forbidden by the elite circles. In liberal ones, it is allowed... Yet all views are filtered by the elites, and ones that...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Well, with such amoral(ist) might-make-right approach, Americans should at least be honest to themselves and cease a) to cry at the killed or wounded soldiers' "noble sacrifices for their country" and b) defame their enemies, who kill or wound them, as "extremists" and / or "terrorists". The...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    A worthy reading: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/26/top-5-dumbest-arguments-defending-trumps-venezuela-interventionism/ P.S. Jim, it is especially recommended for you.
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Well, some (more than) a bit unhinged SJW-like parts of the Left (whom I considered to be a disgrace) really hope Trump to be all of the above, still this is what they want to believe and thus like to see. In fact, Trump is worse: he is Business-As-Usual, Deep-State-Friendly, Undrained-Swamp...
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    Ed Opperman, Trump, Epstein, Why Beliefs Don’t Change |399|

    Well, this thread has already gone political... So it won't hurt if I ask: what everyone here thinks about Tulsi Gabbard, a new 2020 Presidental race candidate? As for now, she seems very sympathetic to me in her Left-leaning anti-imperialism, yet her being part of the mainstream elite circles...
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