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  1. TWF in the 3rd Millennium

    Mod+ 254. HOWARD STORM TRANSFORMED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

    Anyone know a working email address to contact Rev. Storm, besides his website?
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    I liked your comment in agreement. I find it very sad, in a lonely way, that a generation of intelligent people who may have started with good intentions have to get out of their own way to save their own fields of knowledge. Heck, no one wants to be wrong.
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    If scientism is science as fundamental to everything, would it be appropriate to call those who believe in it scihadists? On the flip side, I suppose those who believe consciousness is fundamental could be called psihadists (what with consciousnessihadists just being ridiculous).
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    I don't really know what's been presented, I just came back and saw this thread was twice as long as when I left it and I didn't really read what happened, some back-and-forth between you and Linda about a horse, I don't know... why can't we just get along and ponder over what a great guy I am? :p
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    At first I feared this thread had been derailed (because I really was excited coming across the articles and sharing them with y'all), but in what seems to be a rare occurence, I think we've demonstrated the whole point behind the topic: neither side trusts the other, so everyone's ears are...
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    What's it like to be dead?

    I'd also like to mention that Reddit appears to be heavily biased against anything remotely suggesting a nonphysical basis for anything. A search for "near death experience" filtered by top threads and newest threads suggests most Redditors have no idea what an NDE is (confusing "I almost got...
  7. TWF in the 3rd Millennium

    What's it like to be dead?

    Theoretically, the discarnates mediums talk with have been biologically dead.
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    Okay, I think I get it. I'd love to see this implemented to debates on the paranormal. Instead of asking the guy on Twitter why he thinks post-materialism is bollocks, I could ask him to explain how scientific research has falsified telepathy and remote viewing, yeah?
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    Wow. Nice. One day, someone's going to make a killing inventing cherry-flavored ayahuasca, and when they do, I hope your last paragraph is on the back of the box. You know, next to the nutritional facts and the cartoon shaman mascot.
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    The study showed people are more likely to accept a claim as true if they think many others accept it, whether science accepts it or not-- in fact, science rejecting a claim pushes people towards accepting the claim-- but when they think few others accept it, are less likely to accept a claim...
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    He may not have wanted to step into that quagmire, having to confront his own biases after writing about the biases of others. Best to see himself as just the messenger and not the subject, thereby getting to bypass that.
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    Interesting, thank you, that makes sense. So is the last article then saying that, using a minimal example, if you were telling me Beyonce should've won the Grammy, instead of me asking you to list the reasons why, I should ask you to explain how the Academy's voting process would've chosen her...
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    Studies Say Facts Don't Change Beliefs, Debunking May Make Them Worse; Trust, Explanations Are Key

    Skeptiko being the premier forum on science-meets-spirituality, AFAIK, I thought these three articles would do much good for both sides, showing that when we lack trust in a source, it doesn't matter how many facts or evidence it gives us, we won't believe them; dismissing people as being...
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    Study Sheds Some Light on How Anesthesia Might Work

    Since the mystery of anesthesia has been mentioned in debates on consciousmess, I thought it prudent to share news of a study by Weill Cornell Medical College which has found that anesthetics alter ion channel proteins, important in cell-to-cell communication, without altering cell membranes. I...
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    Mod+ Members Discuss Their Personal Paranormal Experiences

    A subject which has already been addressed and is now best left alone :)
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    Mediumship and Psychic Development

    I wanted to go back for a bit and readdress guided meditations. In regards to meditations with binaural beats, what guidance do you have for choosing which ones to listen to on YouTube? I have concerns about listening to just any video with binaural beats, particularly when the source which...
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    Steven Fry's rant on God

    Geez, make me jealous, why don't you? Jerk. :P
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    Steven Fry's rant on God

    Well, sit down anyway, you're making me nervous.
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    Brain Game show and paranormal

    Yes, I walked into that quicksand, didn't I? Oh, see, this is why I can never be a politician. My understanding is that the human body evolved to make it easier for spirits to navigate in the physical world, with the brain as the filter valve for consciousness to reside. So, somehow the brain...
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    Steven Fry's rant on God

    Someone's on a sugar rush from Valentine's Day chocolates, I see. Maybe you should sit down.
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