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  1. David Bailey

    Forum Borealis: Alex “Skeptiko” Tsakiris - EVIL (Pt. 1 of 2: A Rose by any other Name)

    Yes but most of us eat other beings! David
  2. David Bailey

    Forum Borealis: Alex “Skeptiko” Tsakiris - EVIL (Pt. 1 of 2: A Rose by any other Name)

    However the problem is, if several people want to define consciousness and/or evil, they probably won't agree on a definition - even though they basically mean the same thing. That is why I rather went off the idea of defining concepts like this. Why is evil only semi-hard - I mean is it easier...
  3. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    Bart, You have just posted a video that is unavailable in my country (despite the fact that we are all affected by this monster). David
  4. David Bailey

    Forum Borealis: Alex “Skeptiko” Tsakiris - EVIL (Pt. 1 of 2: A Rose by any other Name)

    That would mean that actions like winning an argument - say about which movie to watch - would be an act of micro-evil! David
  5. David Bailey

    Forum Borealis: Alex “Skeptiko” Tsakiris - EVIL (Pt. 1 of 2: A Rose by any other Name)

    I'm not sure. We had a lot of discussions about consciousness where materialists would say, "you need to define consciousness before you can talk about it". That sounds almost inarguable, but in practice the materialists would come up with something that made consciousness sound like a control...
  6. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    That is a very accurate description of the evolution of science, and I wonder what sort of audience you fed it to since you say that their comments recognised that science has changed profoundly. It is also interesting that they realised that science pushed aside data on psychic topics...
  7. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    Well if you want to compare Indian numbers to UK numbers (say) you really have to divide them by 23 because our population is that much smaller. The media are doing the usual trick of just publishing the absolute numbers. David
  8. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    Since they insist on calling positive tests, 'cases'. Could this be that they are looking for m-RMA for the spike protein, and of course they find it! Also something that is unclear to me is that when an RT-PCR test is run, does it somehow sweep out all the DNA in the sample before transcribing...
  9. David Bailey

    Whitley Strieber, Jesus Stuff |498|

    Goodness Alex, you must be marinated in the Bible to be able to write stuff like that. Have you taken up biblical scholarship? David
  10. David Bailey

    THC -- The Higherside Chats: Alex Tsakiris | Scientism, Spirituality, & Why Evil Matters

    My partner started life behind the iron curtain, leaving in her teens. That gives me an interesting perspective about a lot of this. She hated the USSR, but by now I think we both have considerable sympathy with Russia, which seems to be tarred with the brush of socialism, even though it threw...
  11. David Bailey

    Higherside Chats, 4/28/2021

    I suggest it would be good to add some references at the bottom of that post - one for each fact. I think Dr Kendrick's blog and books are massively enhanced because he fully references everything. Also, remember that there are so-called 'fact checkers' that try to suppress the truth. "Chester...
  12. David Bailey

    THC -- The Higherside Chats: Alex Tsakiris | Scientism, Spirituality, & Why Evil Matters

    You can always choose one of the main categories and start your own thread! For example, here is one I started a good while ago: http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/threads/behes-argument-in-darwin-devolved.4317/ Alex's podcasts are important, but there is more going on in Skeptiko than that. David
  13. David Bailey

    THC -- The Higherside Chats: Alex Tsakiris | Scientism, Spirituality, & Why Evil Matters

    Well it would be a fine balance. Certainly, people like Pauli were renowned for causing experiments to crash. The thing is, a typical AI system is built out of standard computer hardware, so you might expect it to be too robust. OTH perhaps the spirits know to apply more 'force' when they want...
  14. David Bailey

    THC -- The Higherside Chats: Alex Tsakiris | Scientism, Spirituality, & Why Evil Matters

    Thanks for that! However, I am just wondering if microchips should ever work as designed in view of that idea - there will always be a passing spirit ready to mess things up. David
  15. David Bailey

    THC -- The Higherside Chats: Alex Tsakiris | Scientism, Spirituality, & Why Evil Matters

    That was a very good interview, and part of that comes from the fact that you weren't trying to force ideas onto someone who wasn't receptive - you clearly have a lot in common with Greg. BTW, I still have about a third of that interview to listen to. I liked Greg's idea that some AI may work...
  16. David Bailey

    Higherside Chats, 4/28/2021

    I'd say something is upsetting society, but it is damn hard to figure out what is the ultimate cause. I wouldn't rule out some sort of psychic cause. Strong civilisations have crashed over time, and historians find 'reasons', but one has to wonder if they access the true reasons. David
  17. David Bailey

    Higherside Chats, 4/28/2021

    This forum could do with an honest sceptic or two, so I hope you will ultimately come to accept that you need to widen your perspective (as I did many years ago). Rather than starting from your broad definition of matter, I think it is more fruitful to consider the class of phenomena that...
  18. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    As you may have noticed, I am no longer moderating here, so my suggestion is that you send a PM to Alex and Andy basically repeating what you said above. There was a time when I felt that we needed a few 'sceptics' on the forum, but by now I don't think we do - they really don't discuss much in...
  19. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    One of the problems with vaccines, is that they clearly have the potential to do catastrophic harm. What I mean by this, is that they are treatments that are not just given to ill people, they are given to everyone, including children. Some people think vaccines may be responsible for the huge...
  20. David Bailey

    Coronavirus Pandemic

    Now I no longer moderate, I do take advantage of the ignore button, but I prefer to tangle with some people explicitly! David
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