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    Mod+ Bernardo Kastrup Challenges Brian Cox

    This “debunking” by Shen1986 is so bad it’s painful to read. Problem #1: Shen simply stated that Bernardo was wrong without supporting his assertion. This statement debunks nothing. Problem #2: Shen calls the idea that consciousness was involved in the big bang a “silly thing” and brands...
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    Consciousness on/off switch?

    I used idealism as an example because it seems to be the dominant mind =/ brain model in philosophical circles, but I would agree that mind =/ brain is unfalsifiable in dualist models as well. I don't see this as a valid reason to discount these models, because I think that materialist views of...
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    Consciousness on/off switch?

    Idealism might indeed be unfalsifiable. That does not mean that it's not correct. The true nature of reality might be unfalsifiable. I view idealism as the simplest explanation that can account for all known facts. How is the existence of matter outside of mind falsifiable?
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    Consciousness on/off switch?

    I don’t see how this article changes the nature of the debate at all. We already knew that physical triggers like anesthesia result in ‘unconsciousness’. This demonstrates a correlation. It does not prove that the brain causes consciousness. What we have here is simply a more specific...
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    Tulpa

    Tulpa aren't exactly simple, they can be as complex as any person you might meet. The NDE might indeed be more complex because there are more parts to the experience, but It seems arbitrary to set such a level of complexity where you brand one as a hallucination and the other as real. Both...
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    Tulpa

    Yes, most tulpa creation guides tend to say that too. That part is purely opinion. It's an attempt to explain tulpa through materialist glasses. There are no scientific studies on the subject that I am aware of. The purpose of that link was to show that your definition was outdated. The...
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    Tulpa

    It seems our disagreement here is partially a problem of definition. I do not claim that tulpa are physical. Alexandra David-Néel is the only person I can find who suggests that tulpa manifest physically. Everywhere else that I have looked people have stated that tulpa are not physical and...
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    Tulpa

    Thanks Szechuan, I am glad that you got something out of this thread :) I will eventually try this myself, and would be very interested in the results of your attempts to do so. I have never been very good at visualizing, so I suspect that I will need a lot of work.
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    Tulpa

    Do you seriously think that the claim of one person is of the same value as a claim made by 10,000 people? If one person claims to have witnessed something improbable, then it might be discarded. If a football stadium full of people claim to have seen something, then it is on a completely...
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    Tulpa

    Due to evidence I have read here and elsewhere, I have long since discarded the idea that the mind is reducible to physical brain processes. I think that is where we differ here. Without the fundamental assumption that consciousness is purely a function of the brain, I have no reason to assume...
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    Tulpa

    Many practitioners and forum users have claimed that their tulpa is able to remember things that they have long since forgotten, do math, solve puzzles, and possess their body if they wish to allow their tulpa to do so. If this is the case, then I think that's pretty good evidence that tulpa...
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    Tulpa

    There is a rapidly growing community of people who claim to have created intelligent companions through conscious focus. These 'tulpa' appear to have their own separate consciousness and have reportedly been able to converse with their creator, help their creator remember things that their...
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    ---Introduce yourself---

    It seems my account was deleted when the forum crashed, so I'll reintroduce myself. On the previous forum I went by the name AnduinX. I was mostly a lurker, but I intend to post more this time around. I am 29, and have had an interest in survival science for over a decade. I do not believe...
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