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  1. malf

    Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, American Cosmic’s Breakaway Civilization |417|

    Just as likely part of the story/reality.
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    Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, American Cosmic’s Breakaway Civilization |417|

    Speculation. As good as any I guess. That’s not the point though because ‘Tyler’ is, literally, an alter-ego.
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    Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, American Cosmic’s Breakaway Civilization |417|

    Yes the clues are all there. Even the name ‘Tyler’ would’ve been chosen very playfully. Anyone who knows ‘Fight Club’ and the ‘reality’ of that character should be asking themselves how much of this book is ‘story reality’, in other words, fictional. An enjoyable romp though, like the movie.
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    Rey Hernandez, Scientific Study of ET Contact and the Paranormal |412|

    I was thinking this. The “science” here (like much of the NDE “science”) is just collating and curating stories. If we are to accept every “experience” as presented (and make no space for the fantasist, the fabulist, the egotist, the vainglorious, the coincidence, the misremembered, the...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    I haven’t really got the time for this collection of unreferenced claims... Which neither balances against the benefits of the product (risk/benefit), nor compares against other products on the market (thereby missing the point entirely).
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    Dr. Brian Hayden, Anthropology of Power and Evil |411|

    Interesting. If I'm reading this correctly you want to define "something" we don't fully understand in terms of "something else" we understand even less. Beyond providing plenty of uncertainty gaps for us to mine, squeeze in our favourite ontology, and fill up the pages of the Skeptiko forum...
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    Dr. Brian Hayden, Anthropology of Power and Evil |411|

    Let me stop you there. You’ve fallen into the same trap again. We can’t define a non-materialistic approach before we know the full extent of ‘the material’. We’re not even close. I actually think Brian gets that, which is why his position isn’t satisfying you completely. Can you point me to a...
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    Dr. Brian Hayden, Anthropology of Power and Evil |411|

    I think a thorough, precise definition of “the material” is necessary before we know what lies outside it. We are nowhere near that yet. You may only be highlighting the crudeness of the current tools here.
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    You may have missed the difference between politico-legal and scientific arguments. Yep, we can keep coming up with questions to try and stall the development of any process/product (JAQing off).... Just look at the GM nitwittery. In what known action of this product do you see the "risks"...
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    Does that mean you disagree with the thrust of the piece...?
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4676
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    Dr. Philip Goff, Will Academia Get Beyond Materialism? |409|

    Can someone explain the explicit difference between materialism and panpsychism? I mean, any hard materialist (in the unlikely event, you find someone who describes himself as such) has experiences, and must reconcile those with the world out there as he sees it. He must grant ‘the material’ the...
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    Kevin Day, Navy UFO Contact After-Effects |403|

    To the idealists here: isn’t the river, any river, part of your consciousness just like a mountain, a road, a cat or another person? Moreover, to understand the politics behind this move one probably needs to have been immersed in maoridom, and the connection maori feel towards nature, and...
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    Kevin Day, Navy UFO Contact After-Effects |403|

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/16/new-zealand-river-granted-same-legal-rights-as-human-being
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    Kevin Day, Navy UFO Contact After-Effects |403|

    Of course there are conspiracies the point Eric makes is that there wasn’t an poorly informed movement of dot-connecting theorists positing the mk ultra prior to its exposure. Examples of CTs turning out to be true are rare to non-existent.
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    Alex Tsakiris, host of Skeptiko, interview by Gayle Kimball

    One man’s ‘knife edge’ is another man’s ‘total fucking mess’ I suppose. I’m just surprised you think ‘the people’ knew what they were voting for. Plenty have said they hadn’t realised the consequences. At best it was a yes/no vote in a non-binary situation.
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    Alex Tsakiris, host of Skeptiko, interview by Gayle Kimball

    Lol. How’s that going?
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    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    Everybody should read and understand that graph.
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    The Evils of Empirical Materialism (a potential excerpt from a book I may write in the future)

    Materialism has only been falsified if one puts arbitrary limits on its scope. I suspect (and we see it again and again) that the nature is more magical than we credit.
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