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  1. Jim_Smith

    Alex Tsakiris, Four Questions About the Future of Skeptiko |414|

    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2019/08/enlightenment-what-is-it-and-what.html I have been having discussions over at another forum where enlightened folks hang out, asking questions and doing what I think Dr. Martin should have done: Trying to figure out what enlightenment is, the process by which...
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    "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer

    Chapter 14 in this book explains awakening in the terms of modern psychology: The Slacker's Guide to Stream Entry: https://archive.org/details/slackers-guide-to-stream-entry/ (Stream entry is the Buddhist term for the first of the four stages of awakening) The author outlines the development...
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    "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer

    I generally find it unconvincing when people try to use physics to explain properties of consciousness. I don't think consciousness is physical so I don't think it can be explained by things like quantum entanglement. (If there is a relationship between physics and consciousness it is because...
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    "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer

    I am seeing very clearly how letting myself feel emotional pain is the way to let go of it, and doing so helps get rid of the ego. For example, if someone says something nasty and I relax and observe the emotional pain it, letting myself feel all of it without looking the other way, the pain...
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    Upcoming Interview: Hybrid Humans: Scientific Evidence of Our 800,000-Year-Old Alien Legacy by Daniella Fenton and Bruce R. Fenton

    I think it would be interesting to ask Bruce to specifically discuss the spiritual aspect of his research. What is the spiritual purpose for creating humans? Because this is something that is relevant to everyone today - it touches on who we are and why we are here. Why we are here on the earth...
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    Upcoming Interview: Hybrid Humans: Scientific Evidence of Our 800,000-Year-Old Alien Legacy by Daniella Fenton and Bruce R. Fenton

    Folks like Crick think the explanation is something we don't know and some day we'll figure it out. But the more we learn the less likely (not more likely) it seems life arose naturally on the earth. Promissory materialism isn't even plausible, it is contradicted by the history of science.
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    Mod+ 267. DR. JEFFERY MARTIN, CAN ENLIGHTENMENT BE TAUGHT?

    "CAN ENLIGHTENMENT BE TAUGHT?" Yes,
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    "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer

    (An updated version of this post can be found on my blog; https://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-untethered-soul-by-michael-singer.html) I have been reading "The Untetherd Soul" by Michael Singer. I highly recommend this book. Singer offers a somewhat different perspective on certain aspects...
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    Upcoming Interview: Hybrid Humans: Scientific Evidence of Our 800,000-Year-Old Alien Legacy by Daniella Fenton and Bruce R. Fenton

    I've read about half of the book. I'm not sure how much more I'm going to read. The writing style is not grabbing me and the subject matter is not either. I think what they are saying is possible, I thought in general terms it might be possible before I heard about their work so it is not an...
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    Mary Rodwell’s 3,000 Cases Suggest Ongoing Genetic Manipulation |423|

    The people who claim Francis Crick believed life did not arise on earth need to provide a definite source for that assertion. I looked and couldn't find one. They should probably modify their assertion to say that Crick once believed it was so unlikely that life arose naturally on earth that he...
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    Mary Rodwell’s 3,000 Cases Suggest Ongoing Genetic Manipulation |423|

    The materialists have a fool proof argument (it will convince any fool), I call it the "We're lucky to be alive argument": Anything that is possible no matter how improbable can happen by chance. There is a corollary, I call it the "make your own luck syndrome": A large dose of cognitive bias...
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    Mary Rodwell’s 3,000 Cases Suggest Ongoing Genetic Manipulation |423|

    Alex, Have you seen Mary Rodwell's book? Does it include a list of references? Could you ask her if she would provide a copy to be posted here? What do you think about doing that as a standard procedure for any podcast about a book? Would authors object?
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    Mary Rodwell’s 3,000 Cases Suggest Ongoing Genetic Manipulation |423|

    cross posting - a research article claiming evidence of intelligent design in DNA. Sometimes crackpot claims about DNA are based on actual scientific research.
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    Upcoming Interview: Hybrid Humans: Scientific Evidence of Our 800,000-Year-Old Alien Legacy by Daniella Fenton and Bruce R. Fenton

    The book references an article about this paper: https://arxiv.org/vc/arxiv/papers/1303/1303.6739v1.pdf The “Wow! signal” of the terrestrial genetic code Vladimir I. shCherbaka and Maxim A. Makukovb* Department of Mathematics, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of...
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    Upcoming Interview: Hybrid Humans: Scientific Evidence of Our 800,000-Year-Old Alien Legacy by Daniella Fenton and Bruce R. Fenton

    Alex, I think it would be helpful if at the beginning of the podcast you ask them to explain their thesis and what the evidence for it is. Then let them talk for a while about it. (My preference would be to let them do that for the whole podcast, interrupting only to ask for clarification when...
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    Upcoming Interview: Claire Broad, What the Dead are Dying to Teach Us

    Did aliens ever communicate to her or through her to other people?
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    Mary Rodwell’s 3,000 Cases Suggest Ongoing Genetic Manipulation |423|

    I was hoping you would be more specific so we could fact check her. The bit about the 223 bacterial genes was an interesting surprise. I am somewhat sympathetic to your point of view. I have felt the same way in the past. Academic qualifications don't impress me I knew many idiots with...
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    The Diet Wars: Low Carb or Low Fat

    The way a person responds to carbohydrates has a large impact on their body weight because insulin signals the body to store fat and too much insulin can cause a blood sugar crash that can cause in food cravings. Here is a research paper about findings that show different individuals can have...
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    Upcoming Interview: Claire Broad, What the Dead are Dying to Teach Us

    I know the podcasts often try to tie the guest in to wider issues of social phenomena. But with a guest like this I am more interested in what she does than how her experiences relate to any bigger picture. These are questions I would ask: What were her most evidential readings. for example...
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