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

    Alex, Shows like these are why people watch Skeptiko still. All I can say for now is thanks for putting up great content!! ;;/? Great guest. And great interview questions!! Wish it was a little longer though. It was interesting to me that she agreed with you about there being different types...
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    The problem with the DMT explanation for NDEs....

    New study done on DMT in rat brains following cardiac arrest. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-45812-w#Fig4 Not all of the rats had DMT present following CA. Why some would and others would not is a mystery. Some speculation from the authors that DMT + other unknown chemicals = NDE...
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    Miniature Brains Being Grown

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2207911-miniature-brains-grown-in-the-lab-have-human-like-neural-activity/ Thought this was an interesting article (a little clickbait-y though). The article's author seems to think growing a brain will tell us how consciousness occurs. While they are far...
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    Alex Tsakiris, Four Questions About the Future of Skeptiko |414|

    This has been argued to death on this forum already, and I'd rather not take the direction of this thread down that path. Maybe we should move the free will discussion, if we want to continue it, to the free will thread (I believe there used to be one)? Perhaps free will is in the same category...
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    Alex Tsakiris, Four Questions About the Future of Skeptiko |414|

    Predicting behavior is purely based on probabilities, anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. There is no 100% way to predict someones behavior, it only ever comes down to speculation based on their past actions, personality, etc. It is a probability. Every good psychologists knows this. To be...
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    David Sunfellow, Can the Scientific Study of NDEs Reveal the Purpose of Life? |413|

    I've read a lot of your posts in this thread and others and I can relate with a lot of what you're saying. You're tackling what is to me, the biggest reason why people lose their religion and their faith. "Why would a benevolent God make me this way?" is a phrase uttered by many who are born at...
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    David Sunfellow, Can the Scientific Study of NDEs Reveal the Purpose of Life? |413|

    That person you're talking about is probably Tom Campbell. This idea specifically of his was discussed in this thread http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/threads/an-inconsistency-in-experiences.4337/ and there was some good conversation and criticisms of that line of thinking and the simulation...
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    An Inconsistency in Experiences

    Well said. I would agree that it does seem like attempting to make sense of the seemingly ineffable mystery of existence or consciousness leads us in circles philosophically. It is certainly entrenched in the western paradigm that there has to be an objective, physical reality or a "theory of...
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    An Inconsistency in Experiences

    Hi Eric, That is quite an incredible experience! Thank you for sharing that, it really paints a picture of how the deceased act and how it seems to be very different from any type of akashic record. Indeed, it would be quite odd for a universal database to act as if it did not have the...
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    An Inconsistency in Experiences

    After many months of catching up on the literature regarding mediumship, OBEs, NDEs, and etc. I was surprised to see a fair amount of consistency among all the accounts, especially concerning out of body experiences. After having experiences of my own, I have no doubts that these anomalous...
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