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  1. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    You don't seem able to understand it's another attempt at controlling the narrative. You want things served up in the way you want them, or you suggest "we give this up". These threads are peppered with you offering what you imagine to be well-intentioned advice, but comes across to everyone...
  2. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    People of widely differing religious and metaphysical conclusions got on perfectly well on this forum. They were united in the things I said, grave doubts about the standard model and a conviction that psi was a real thing. It was you who stated the existence of psi has clear connotations for...
  3. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    You are anti-religion, and openly so. That's your prerogative. My concerns are nothing to do with your stance on religion, it's the fact you're wilfully uninformed and insist on spreading disinformation at every opportunity. You're prejudiced, and pre-judgement was never more evident than in the...
  4. gabriel

    Mod+ Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert

    That's sad. Being a Brit I only caught up with Art Bell via YouTube. His manner was portentous and he could be comically grave, but he had some interesting guests and put together a good show. RIP, Art.
  5. gabriel

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake Brings Science to Spiritual Practices |376|

    Why do you say that? I've always believed the opposition between reductionism and religion is a false dichotomy invented by materialists as a scare story. Lets be clear, religion is not an appeal to logic, it requires belief, aka faith. Materialism holds belief as toxic to the progress of...
  6. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    To be clear, I have a lot of sympathy with that viewpoint. It's highly likely that nature has a dynamic intelligence driving its seamless systems, I just don't believe it's a type of intelligence we'd be able to make sense of. So while the organic world, micro and macro should be treated with...
  7. gabriel

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake Brings Science to Spiritual Practices |376|

    I'm happy to challenge anti-Christian rhetoric without the threat of banning. Censorship isn't my bag. I can see that may be the case in particular instances. I fail to see how psi as a subject invites comparisons with organised religion. Unless you believe a single example of precognition or...
  8. gabriel

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake Brings Science to Spiritual Practices |376|

    You wouldn't have to dig far if you were interested.
  9. gabriel

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake Brings Science to Spiritual Practices |376|

    I can't recall a single repent-you're-all-going-to-hell type post ever on Skeptiko. When Christianity is mentioned it's mostly a byword for ignorance and/or hypocrisy. TBH I think much of it is a Pavlovian reaction given the lack of original content, and I'm happy to let any latent OCD...
  10. gabriel

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake Brings Science to Spiritual Practices |376|

    You might ask the moderators, past and present. I wasn't around when the house fell in, fortunately.
  11. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    Does Dynamo claim to be more than a stage magician? I don't know if you've seen him lately but he has every ailment going, and the medication has caused him to balloon in size. He says he can no longer perform tricks because of his illness, so tricks are what his performances must be. If he's in...
  12. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    I listened to those when the podcasts came out. Panpsychism is impossible to prove, if a planet is conscious it's clearly a different variety of consciousness to our own. One can pray to a deity or a saint because they occupy a human space, at least theoretically. I'm not sure what mercury and I...
  13. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    The Creeds are a call to assent, they are not meant for close reading and deconstruction. Jesus is reported to have said to the "good thief" that they would be together in paradise that day. Which is countered by the fact Jesus Christ rose on the third day after the "harrowing of hell". You can...
  14. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    My tradition does not believe that. In fact it denies it vigorously. The Catholic church also has purgatory, limbo of the Fathers or Patriarchs, and Limbo of the Infants, though the latter has fallen from favour and is not official doctrine. Such theology is largely the responsibility of...
  15. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    I hesitate to ask, but which bit isn't the Christian story?
  16. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    That's part of the picture. Others, like Pam Reynolds have to be forced back into their bodies, while some seem to return as soon as they remember people they've left behind. All we can deduce is the after life is mostly better, but earthly life has a real and significant role to play in our...
  17. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    That reminds me of an account of one of the English martyrs, whether the story is real or apocryphal I don't know. Apparently he was deeply depressed on the way to the scaffold (as one might be), when he encountered a vision of heaven. When it was over he ran up the steps to the place of...
  18. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    It's also worth remembering the faithful feel a sense of ownership of their traditions that is not always appreciated. Religions are spoken of as an exclusively top down, oppressive system of control based on fear. That is certainly the case for some religions and some people, but as I tried to...
  19. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    Like all academics, Radin and Parnia pursue lines of enquiry they suspect to be true, or which offers them kudos and cash. Neither of them set out to disprove something they felt was manifestly false. Parnia is likely to be more highly remunerated by his day job than esoteric medicine research...
  20. gabriel

    Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|

    I get that, but it really is playing on the opposition's home turf. Materialism is an incredibly brittle philosophy, where a white feather, never mind a white crow, would turn over "everything we know about science". That's abject nonsense of course. Someone who could move a pencil an inch by...
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