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  1. soulatman

    Riz Virk, The Simulation Hypothesis Beyond Materialism |442|

    Isn't that the remarkable thing? A gazillion beings out there, and each of us is quite literally, "the centre of the universe". If we are players in a simulation, how many NPC's might there be, and does this change anything? Would it matter if we are just one of a gazillion other players? It...
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    Riz Virk, The Simulation Hypothesis Beyond Materialism |442|

    Agreed. If anything, I see this simulation as a potentially incredible training program. Among other things, it is able to present us with overwhelmingly powerful scenarios, in which we are able to exercise (or not) our empathy and compassion. For me, this seems to be a big part of the game. As...
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    Riz Virk, The Simulation Hypothesis Beyond Materialism |442|

    I'm only a little way into this, but what a topic. Listening to this, I find myself continually pausing to take a deep philosophical breath. Firstly I tend to agree with Michael Larkin. Machine thought or machine consciousness is not consciousness. It can only be at best a blisteringly fast...
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    Wow! So wonderfully, eloquently and astutely unpacked. My God man, Bravo ! You have both summed up my thoughts, sentiments and observations about the current cultural manifestation of the field of scientific enquiry, and educated me through providing an overview which deepens and broadens my...
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    On the question why this dogma persists, all I can speculate is that it serves the people who both push and subscribe to it in some way. I cannot for the life of me work out how? Do they derive a sense of superiority? I have heard it suggested that in the minds of those who subscribe to these...
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    Yes and no. Michael Shermer is the worst as he knowingly and will fully misrepresents and contorts things disingenuously. In that regard Tjump did better. However he did worse in the sense that he seemed to display a genuine inability to employ clean logic. He simply had a malfunction when it...
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    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    Oh my Gosh! Was that a complete and total waste of time or what? And it seemed to start so well. This Tjump fellow simply couldn't wrap his noodle around the logical assertion hat Alex was putting forward. Simply put, "if A" then "not B". His clinging to the tiniest sliver of the notion that...
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    Marisa Ryan, Certified Psychic Medium Tackles Big Picture Questions |398|

    Yes, time "not existing" makes sense in terms of those over there being able to access our futures as well as our pasts, time not being a limitation for them as it is for us here. Or time moving from a linear, 1 dimensional, endlessly marching forward aspect of reality, to a 2 or dimensional or...
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    Marisa Ryan, Certified Psychic Medium Tackles Big Picture Questions |398|

    I loved the show. It felt in some ways like a return to the Skeptiko of old. My favorite shows, the most illuminating and at the same time most challenging and confusing have been the ones delving into mediumship. It's funny, but while listening, I was struck by two conflicting emotions. On...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    I agree with all you have said here. It's interesting to me that over the years I have found myself legitimately adopting a philosophical understanding of the universe which is closer to Idealism than any other "ism", and I once was a materialist. Not by choice, but perhaps at the end of my...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    In conclusion then, I think the shroud itself is not a fake anything. It almost certainly points to some remarkable event probably around the time of the historical figure of Jesus Christ rather than unknown but equally some remarkable event during the medieval period. This remarkable event...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    When I started listening to this episode I thought, "who's this Mark Booth guy, plagiarising Jonathan Black's work?" What a joy to discover that Alex was interviewing the man who's book I thoroughly enjoyed and digested. The secret history has helped me grasp much of the topology of the...
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    Dr. Donald DeGracia, NIH Medical Scientist Talks Yoga and Consciousness |388|

    I absolutely love Don and totally agree with Alex, he is one of the best guests ever. What's so nice is that he is in the midst of academia, and in a field (neuroscience) which has become dominated by a materialistic priesthood that is unwilling to explore the many mysteries, contradictions and...
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    Jason Louv, A Strange Mix of Scientism and Magick |385|

    I found this to be one of the most eye opening and enlightening interviews I have ever heard. I have listened to Jason Louv on Rune Soup, Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio and Higherside Chats. In all three I was majorly impressed. I downloaded a kindle copy of his book "The Angelic Reformation" and...
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    Phillip J. Watt, on Tony Robbins, Chaos Magic, and Backdoor Materialism |380|

    Funny, this was for me also the first time I've listened to Skeptiko and wasn't in Alex's corner. Great interview. However, I didn't get why Alex seemed utterly resistant to acknowledge any crossover between Chaos Magic (which I know nothing about), and pragmatic methods of attaining success...
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    My Upcoming Interview with Michael Shermer, Heavens on Earth

    I will be very interested to hear the interview, though I have the horrible feeling I have already heard it, a hundred times before. Shermer will use his usual defensive ammunition, a mixture of mainstream academic conservativism, and ignorance of any data challenging that closed echo chamber...
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    Meryl and Beau From Campfire Sht Show |375|

    I haven't yet finished this, but am enjoying the conversation tremendously. I found it interesting when you spoke about experience. The Experience is King notion we all to a large and often unconscious degree carry around with us. Alex asked Beau whether "he trusts his experience". I wanted to...
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    Need Help: Upcoming Interview w/ Bernardo Kastrup

    I have found lately, that when using "Occams Branded Razors", I get the closest shave with the one labelled Idealism :) David earlier seemed to argue idealism is ultimately "untestable" by definition, in that consciousness allows for anything to be possible. However, after reading Bernardo's...
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    If Catholisim were true, then what?

    Well, at least we should be in some good company
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    If Catholisim were true, then what?

    I like this alot. It is a very compassionate and accepting view of human failing and manipulation, although I am not sure I totally agree. There is an argument to be made for a gradual introduction of complex truths, rather than a plunge in at the deep end. As a silly example in my own life, I...
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