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    Mod+ This Atheist has revolutionized Buddhism. Does the latest consciousness science agree with his belie

    I think Batchelor is exhibiting the fundamental blindness of materialism to extended consciousness science. This blindness is behind his questioning the inductive method with regard to investigating reincarnation. Induction is the basis of the scientific method- gathering specific data that...
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    Mod+ Wikipedia Wants to Delete My Page...

    Any attempt to answer the criticism re Nancy Weber would only lead to re-editing by the guerrilla skeptics. Because of this you will never get balance. Knee jerk pathological skepticism is a black hole. Better of without it but it is infuriating. The request for deletion is not about Alex's...
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    Shedding light on our Sun, an interview with Gregory Sams

    Yes it was good, very soulful. Just something in the slipperiness of language that sparked my question perhaps. On further thought I think Sams's philosophy could be read like the perennial philosophy which talks of mind precipitating matter. This seems different to saying that mind is IN matter...
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    Shedding light on our Sun, an interview with Gregory Sams

    “It is my belief that a universal consciousness pervades all matter, whatever its form of existence—that this consciousness is the vibrational DNA of the Universe. This is not to suggest that blades of grass are very clever or rocks all that sentient or that, individually, either play much of a...
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    Men like to be right — Duh! Novel experiment demonstrates link with psychic abilities |288|

    Interesting interview Alex in a way i was not expecting in that it was a great example of the difference in the male tendency towards agency and the female tendency for communion which Jane Loevinger describes in her theory of ego development. Be that as it may I cannot help but wish Julia be...
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    Mod+ 272. PHILLIP COMELLA CAN SCIENCE LEAD TO SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

    I wonder how much the near death experience has given rise to religiosity and spirituality in the first place. Presumably over the eons people have been having these experiences of 'extended' consciousness and reporting an afterplace/life or heaven and also reporting out of body experiences...
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    Mod+ 266. RICK ARCHER, CAN CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGE CULTURE?

    Exactly. As for the Swaggerts - like father like son is I suppose inevitable there. As a Christian Brother once said, 'Get them before they are 8 years old and you have them for life'. Chilling.
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    Mod+ 266. RICK ARCHER, CAN CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGE CULTURE?

    Me too! One of my particular grouches about materialists is how they take the high "adult" ground and paint themselves as stoic pragmatists fronting up to the raw reality of a meaningless universe while painting any other viewpoint as feeble minded childish wishful thinking. I was recently...
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    Mod+ 266. RICK ARCHER, CAN CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGE CULTURE?

    Yep. He often leaves me dazed and confused. I find these stages convincing though because that's what the history of enquiry and the existing body of knowledge points to. I think you must at least start with what evidence is available.
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    Mod+ 266. RICK ARCHER, CAN CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGE CULTURE?

    As part of dealing with this question It should be considered that consciousness has always been and still is shifting, evolving as part of the wider evolutionary process of life on Earth. The evolution of human consciousness has gone through several developmental stages. Note that I say stages...
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    Mod+ UPCOMMING INTERVIEW: DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, THE MORAL ARC

    Now that Shermer has his own "anecdote" re the experience at his wedding, does this soften his stance on the standard position that Skeptics have with regard to these experiences. Namely that they are JUST anecdotal and can be dismissed.
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    Mod+ UPCOMING INTERVIEW: RICK ARCHER SCIENCE AND NONDUALITY

    Thanks Alex. I really love what you are doing. Particularly enjoyed your recent interviews with Bernardo Kastrup and Peter Russell. Am reading Materialism is Baloney at the moment and Russell's presentation on the primacy of consciousness is a hoot.. The Primacy of Consciousness - Peter Russell...
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    Mod+ UPCOMING INTERVIEW: RICK ARCHER SCIENCE AND NONDUALITY

    As a long time avid Skeptiko listener I look forward to Alex's interview with Rick Archer. I have had a long time interest in non-duality and Zen meditation practice. I recommend Phillip Kapleau's "Three Pillars of Zen" and the enlightenment experiences related by meditation students at the end...
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    The Integral Movement Summarized in Five Minutes

    Just for balance Integral Life is a rich site with a constant stream of new material on what seems like a weekly basis. If you are interested in Integral Theory it is worth checking out. I have found it is compelling and challenging, amusing...worth every cent.
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