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Discussion in 'Guidelines & Introductions' started by alex.tsakiris, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. I wouldn't go so far as to say she "must be invited", but I think you might like to interview neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf PhD. I searched the forums and didn't find her mentioned anywere:


    https://drleaf.com/blog/what-happens-when-we-truly-understand-and-use-our-minds/
    The mind does not emerge from our brain activity. Brain activity, rather, reflects mind activity. Even though the mind controls the brain, the brain feeds back to, and influences, the mind. The brain seats the mind, and therefore the mind influences the physical world through the brain. The mind controls the brain—the power of the brain lies in how we use our minds to change the brain.​

    https://drleaf.com/about/
    Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and Audiology, specializing in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection and did some of the initial research back in the late 80s showing the neuroplasticity of the brain.
    ...
    Her passion is to help people see the power of the mind and the link between science and God as a tangible way of controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to think and learn and finding their sense of purpose in life.

    She frequently lectures to both Christian and secular audiences worldwide, linking scientific principles of the brain to spiritual, intellectual and emotional issues in simple and practical ways.

    https://store.drleaf.com/collections/frontpage/products/switch-on-your-brain
    What you think with your mind changes your brain and body, and you are designed with the power to switch on your brain. Your mind is that switch. You have an extraordinary ability to determine, achieve, and maintain optimal levels of intelligence, mental health, peace, and happiness, as well as the prevention of disease in your body and mind. You can, through conscious effort, gain control of your thoughts and feelings, and in doing so, you can change the programming and chemistry of your brain.

    Science is finally catching up with the Bible, showing us the proof that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Breakthrough neuroscientific research is confirming daily what we instinctively knew all along: what you are thinking every moment of every day becomes a physical reality in your brain and body, which affects your optimal mental and physical health.

    I imagine you would want to discuss with her the article by Schwartz, Stapp, and Beauregard...
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1569494/?tool=pubmed
    Quantum physics in neuroscience and psychology: a neurophysical model of mind–brain interaction
    Jeffrey M Schwartz,1 Henry P Stapp,2 and Mario Beauregard3,4,5,*​
     
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  2. David Bailey

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    Jim,

    From a very brief glance at her website, she seems a bit lightweight - all about self help, I mean one of her books is "Switch on your Brain - a 21-day brain detox"!

    We definitely do need some better interviewees however - people who really have something interesting to say, and don't want to cloud it all with vagueness!

    We also desperately need well prepared interviews that don't just ramble!

    David
     
  3. David I am sorry you think Skeptiko needs better interviewees but when I make suggestions, I do it to try to help Alex find the kind of people he likes to interview. If you had a podcast, I would do the same for you.

    Why don't you start a thread on what you think is going wrong with the podcast?
     
  4. David Bailey

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    Well look don't take what I said so personally - I mean I am willing to be persuaded otherwise, but Caroline Leaf 's website seemed to read too much like self help, and not enough like someone exploring the frontiers. I'd rather hoped you would bounce back in her defence with something like, "Yes but she is the one who proposed X, or developed experiment Y" I definitely want to help Alex maintain Skeptiko, and I can see that part of the problem is that he has already interviewed many of the best thinkers.

    I think David Berlinski, a non-religious member of the Discovery Institute would make an absolutely excellent choice - assuming he would appear - I don't know about the internal politics within the DI. The DI is stuffed with people who have explored evolutionary theory in depth, and know it can't work. Around the edge of the ID movement, you also have scientists like J. Scott Turner, who don't believe the standard narrative, but don't know what exactly to replace it with. In a way I feel closer to them, because I don't really support the idea of Yaweh the biochemist!

    After one or two interviews like that, Alex might be able to snare a scientist who wanted to try to support the conventional position. That would be both fun and informative, because part of my losing faith in materialism, was to discover just how poor its chief supporters perform in a probing interview.

    I mean, this subject is mainstream Skeptiko - a huge part of the standard materialist explanation is simply breaking apart at the seams!

    Another approach might be to pair interviewees to share a discussion. For example, Rupert Sheldrake is not keen on the concept of ID, and someone like Stephen Meyer obviously is, but neither is trying to cleve to the standard dopey line, so they would engage (I hope) in an interesting debate.

    David
     
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  5. I am not sure if the mentions alerts are working right. Occasionally someone mentions me in a post in a forum by including @Jim_Smith and in my alert notification settings I have the box checked to receive alerts when I am "mentioned in a message"... But I don't seem to be getting an alert when I am mentioned.

    Here is an example where I was mentioned but I never got an alert:
    http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/threa...m-and-what’s-next-383.4169/page-3#post-124977

    Is it supposed to work like that? Is it known not to work?

    Thanks.
     
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  8. David Bailey

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    The thing is, the basic mechanism is clearly available, because it prompts you with possible names as you type in one of these constructs. I wonder if this can be turned on? Alternatively, let's try
    David
     
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