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  1. Michael Larkin

    Need Help With Upcoming Episode on Mask Junk Science

    How does one know that the reason the people at the grocery store don't have Covid is because they are more likely to be wearing masks? Or that they are following social distancing guidelines, or some other aspect of attempted Covid control? Don't get me wrong, I myself am sceptical about...
  2. Michael Larkin

    Dr. Doug Matzke, Is AI Evil? |520|

    I don't think AI is evil, any more than carpentry or plumbing is. What is evil is always the actions of people whatever their profession. I suppose some professions, e.g. arms trading, are much more likely than others to attract evil people. AI in and of itself isn't evil, only the intents of...
  3. Michael Larkin

    Dr. Eben Alexander, NDE Science Wins Out |504|

    Also, how come people with next to no brain tissue can see?
  4. Michael Larkin

    Andrew Smart, AI, Consciousness, Turing Test |519|

    Apparently, it was Roozbeh Aranipur.
  5. Michael Larkin

    Need Help With Upcoming Episode on Mask Junk Science

    By all means. And please give me some time to read them -- If there's too much maths, it may take some time.
  6. Michael Larkin

    Need Help With Upcoming Episode on Mask Junk Science

    I haven't read the paper because for whatever reason, I can't find it. Kindly supply the URL and I'll take a look. My first reaction is to this statement of yours: No, their pre-specified intervention was "symptomatic seroprevalence", so they would attempt to test all of those who were...
  7. Michael Larkin

    Need Help With Upcoming Episode on Mask Junk Science

    I wish I were better than I am at maths and stats, but hey, I'm not... Near as I can tell, what happened was that they got villagers in a number of villages to agree to take part in the study. They had 146,783 from villages that went maskless and 160,323 from villages where people were supplied...
  8. Michael Larkin

    Skeptiko Community Heart to Heart

    Yeah. It's all gone to pot, and a lot of that is to do, I think, with Alex's frequent dalliances with "3rd level" stuff. Honestly, half the time I have no idea what the heck he's talking about, or what he's trying to get at -- it's mostly mumbo jumbo to me. He seems to assume that listeners are...
  9. Michael Larkin

    Myke Merrill, No Bad Emotions? |516|

    It could well be, but maybe the problem is in the definite article, often qualified by an "only" for emphasis ("the only son of God"). In Bernardo's terms, each and every one of us is a dissociated "son/daughter" (alter) of [email protected] Irrespective of whether Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels was an...
  10. Michael Larkin

    Myke Merrill, No Bad Emotions? |516|

    Not entirely sure why, but I liked this Myke Merill guy. His point about evil being the absence of good isn't only his, of course. It goes back to St. Augustine, who said the same thing. Think of good and evil as being not so much opposites, as being like points on the absolute temperature...
  11. Michael Larkin

    Sara and Jack Gorman, Deniers Denying Deniers |515|

    I don't live in America and so don't know the system, I'm afraid. I would be hesitant in any case because one never knows that it's all as much a scam as the price itself. PM me if you want to discuss this further.
  12. Michael Larkin

    Sara and Jack Gorman, Deniers Denying Deniers |515|

    An iconic pair of people, methinks. A curious blend of old-fashioned conservatism and present-day virtue-signalling liberalism -- one might almost think of iron hands in velvet gloves -- informed mainly by what appears to me as a felt need to perform according to the prevalent zeitgeist amongst...
  13. Michael Larkin

    Doubts about the moon landings

    With a flat earth, how does one explain the Coriolis force? Note: you can't demonstrate the force just by observing water draining in your sink or toilet -- that's influenced by various factors. First, you have to eliminate those factors, as the following video shows:
  14. Michael Larkin

    Summer is Coming

    Were you alive in 1958 and 1976? I don't know, but I was and believe me, both years had tremendously hot summers in the UK -- the current summer isn't anywhere near them, in fact has been rather cool overall. Not as if the UK is that significant when it comes to global weather patterns. Thing...
  15. Michael Larkin

    Dr. David Skrbina, Unabomber, Panpsychism and Jesus |510|

    It's true Bernardo thinks natural selection is a part of evolution -- however, he doesn't think mutation is random. And that makes a huge difference to evolutionary theory as a whole.
  16. Michael Larkin

    Dr. David Skrbina, Unabomber, Panpsychism and Jesus |510|

    Kastrup and Hoffman are in broad agreement, and both contribute at the Essentia site. That said, Hoffmann depends on having a number of conscious agents, but Kastrup maintains that ultimately there's only the one conscious agent, viz. Mind At Large ([email protected]). What they seem to agree on is that the...
  17. Michael Larkin

    Dr. David Skrbina, Unabomber, Panpsychism and Jesus |510|

    https://www.essentiafoundation.org/analytic-idealism-course/
  18. Michael Larkin

    Dr. David Skrbina, Unabomber, Panpsychism and Jesus |510|

    Just take BK's course, for crying out loud. And please stop waffling. Don't you get it -- science has already made greater sense of the world in idealistic terms. What really matters is that it hasn't yet chosen to accept it. IMO, it's nothing do to with the ability, but the will to start...
  19. Michael Larkin

    Dr. David Skrbina, Unabomber, Panpsychism and Jesus |510|

    You know, David, you've just skimmed the course and are still spouting nonsense about it. BK is attacking materialism using science's own methods, providing hard evidence along the way, which you'd know if you'd bothered to look into it more deeply. I have little patience with someone who...
  20. Michael Larkin

    Dr. David Skrbina, Unabomber, Panpsychism and Jesus |510|

    You're just displaying your ignorance, David -- speaking out of your backside. Why on earth don't you look at BK's course on the Essentia website? It's anything but waffle.
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