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    missing forums...

    None of the people in question are "leaving;" you've pushed them out the door.
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    missing forums...

    That's what the two subforums you arbitrarily removed were, for many of us.
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    missing forums...

    The CD forum was, for the most part, the only part of the forum I visited regularly and made contributions to. For anyone interested in debates and discussions around psychical research - supposedly a main focus of this whole enterprise - it was the best place to find valuable or interesting...
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    Statistical Significance

    What a nerdy debate about p-values shows about science — and how to fix it Possible impacts on the sort of studies that make up much of psychical research?
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    The Donald Trump Thread

    Secretary Clinton is unlikely to release the content of those speeches, and I suspect she honestly doesn't see what the problem is. Mr. Burns' special step-cousin keeps changing his excuses for dodging a routine part of running for President.
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    "Spiritual" movies and books

    Les Miserables - the musical, at least.
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    Mod+ Former Skeptiko guest is testing the limits of academic freedom!

    If anything, it's gotten worse in that regard. I ain't touching the political diversion this thread took with a ten foot pole, but as to the original topic - that's a really stupid reason to drop a teacher.
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    Differing explanations of NDE's

    How do insults and insinuations about motive help anything? I know I don't post that often, but this is one of the reasons why. If you're not happy with what someone said, just ignore them and engage with the topic. On that note - it was Gregory Shushan's work I was thinking of earlier.
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    Differing explanations of NDE's

    This study seems more relevant than the Sartori one, so maybe we could focus on that? I've not had a chance to read it yet, but it sounds interesting. I have encountered some write-ups that suggests culture influences the interpretation of the imagery, but some of the core Greyson elements still...
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    Differing explanations of NDE's

    For what it's worth - I don't see that anyone did anything in this thread worth a permanent ban, but it's extremely frustrating to have thread after thread on this forum descent into squabbles over personalities or semantics - and that's on all of us, not one or two posters.
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    Differing explanations of NDE's

    I don't think that IANDS page is particularly well-written. It starts with a mention that some NDEs were "slightly different" than the norm without elaboration; that aside from two patients, they "did not appear to attach any significance to them or didn’t understand them" without clarifying...
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    Differing explanations of NDE's

    If you don't mind me jumping in - That passage on the IANDS page confused me a bit. Was Sartori referring only to the subset of NDEs that "differed from those reported in the literature," or was she talking about the entire pool of NDEs she was working with? But from what I know of Sartori and...
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    New study linking brain activity to NDE's

    If I can jump in... A while ago, I posted this: my completely un-scientific intuition is that a kind of emergence is possible - that it is possible that consciousness is something that does not exist pre-birth, that it develops over one's lifetime based on sensation and experience as...
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    Sheldrake-Shermer Dialogue on the Nature of Science, May thru July 2015

    I would answer the same way Sheldrake has in other venues: things are only "super"natural and "para"normal as long as we don't understand them. If psi, the afterlife, etc. exist, they're part of the natural world; if serious effort were put into studying them, we might figure out how they work...
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    Sheldrake-Shermer Dialogue on the Nature of Science, May thru July 2015

    This is a terrible format for a debate/dialogue IMO. Unless it's in the form of a live chat, written debates lack any sort of spontaneity, and in this instance, every topic seems to consist of only one round of "point/counterpoint." Whoever goes second gets the last word. Assuming you're not...
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    Organized religion: Is it all bad?

    I think of religion as a cocktail of history, mythology, philosophy, and ceremony, with a twist of personal experience. Like all cocktails, it's not for everyone and proves dangerous when overused, but in the right doses, it's great to share with family and loved ones and can get you through a...
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    "Anatomy of the Soul?"

    Did not see that. Not a Kindle user, so tend not to look. I'll check that out.
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    "Anatomy of the Soul?"

    Has anyone here read, or heard of, the book "Anatomy of the Soul: Mind, God, and the Afterlife" by neuroscientist Stephen Goldberg? I recently came across the title, author name, and this description: Unfortunately, that's about all I can find on the book. There are no detailed reviews...
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    Name that symbol!

    If there is such a database, I'd love to use it, but I don't know what the name would be.
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    Name that symbol!

    Long time in replying, I know, but - thanks for the answers.
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