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  1. Michael Larkin

    Upcoming Interview: Hybrid Humans: Scientific Evidence of Our 800,000-Year-Old Alien Legacy by Daniella Fenton and Bruce R. Fenton

    "Hybridisation", strictly speaking, usually refers to the production of viable (though not necessarily fertile) offspring when organisms of two different species mate. One issue is that the definition of a species tends to include the stipulation that it can't interbreed with other species...
  2. Michael Larkin

    Mary Rodwell’s 3,000 Cases Suggest Ongoing Genetic Manipulation |423|

    Hmm. First off, there's a difference between creationists and those who believe in ID (incidentally, I wouldn't call myself an IDer; but IMO, quite a lot of what IDers say bears serious consideration). Second, why are geneticists latterly saying that junk DNA (I note the scare quotes you use...
  3. Michael Larkin

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    Indeed. The pundits have already launched the first salvos on YouTube. The key thing is, whether his death will prevent a lot of incriminating stuff on elites coming out.
  4. Michael Larkin

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    10 - 9 - 8 - 7 ... just waiting for the conspiracy theories about whether it was murder disguised as suicide to begin.
  5. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    Unmitigated bollocks. Philosophy deals with all sorts of things, not just happiness. And why in any case have you used the term "philosophy" (which I didn't use) in lieu of "the matter at hand" (namely the nature of consciousness)? We have established no such thing. I believe that noumena...
  6. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    What has a better, happier life to do with the matter at hand? I don't even consider that when thinking about idealism, or materialism for that matter. Whatever is, is, regardless of whatever I think or whether I feel happy or unhappy. Most of the time, I'm reasonably content with my lot, but...
  7. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    Cones are the way that certain processes involved in what we call sight appear to human perception. Light waves are a model of how light behaves, not necessarily how light actually is. Idealism posits that neither is a cause of anything, but rather, is an appearance to perception coupled with a...
  8. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    I not only don't provide succour to YECs, I thoroughly reject YEC. You're still trying to employ ad hominem arguments. You say "a" mainstream view. I don't think so: it's Hoffman's view, and it's hardly mainstream. Most mainstream scientists are materialists who think of the world in a WYSIWYG...
  9. Michael Larkin

    Artificial Intelligence

    Not entirely sure what you mean by this, Michael, but the bolded part might equally be taken by some as opinionated propaganda. Convince me otherwise -- provide the evidence.
  10. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    Come on, Malf. That's a sophist's argument. You're linking two entirely different things merely because I happened to use the same grammatical construction that you have used in the dinosaur example -- and I've just used it again. I'm not a creationist, and you know it; you're just attempting to...
  11. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    Well, you can say that there's no such thing as colour from a materialistic viewpoint, but there certainly is such a thing as the impression in our minds that "certain wavelengths of light" make. That's expressing things in the usual materialistic terminology; however, that reflects the...
  12. Michael Larkin

    Behe's argument in Darwin Devolved

    Below is included a very interesting discussion that shows some of those somewhat sympathetic with ID are in fact not IDers themselves. In fact, 2 of the 3 interviewees agree with IDers only insofar as they recognise that IDers have successfully challenged Darwinism using sound...
  13. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    "Thick as a brick" is a colloquialism along the lines of "dumb as a box of rocks". You appear to be taking the figurative as literal and vice versa as and when it pleases you -- who knows, maybe just to be contentious for the heck of it. I have no idea why you're posting here, but won't be...
  14. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    I think the reason that computers can play better chess than human beings is that a chess game can be modelled algorithmically. Human minds can think algorithmically to to some extent, but fall far short of the algorithmic capabilities of computers mainly due to restrictions on time and memory...
  15. Michael Larkin

    217. DR. GARY MARCUS SANDBAGGED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE SCIENCE QUESTIONS

    I'd say there are, broadly speaking, three opinions about consciousness: 1. It doesn't exist (as in eliminative materialism -- EM) 2. Its existence is an illusion 3. It's real I suppose that some might argue there's not much difference between 1 and 2. Thing is, whatever one believes about...
  16. Michael Larkin

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    If Epstein rolls on people to try to save his own skin, no telling where it will go:
  17. Michael Larkin

    Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, American Cosmic’s Breakaway Civilization |417|

    I'm not quite sure why you began your response with "But..."; maybe it's intended as a counter or rebuttal? That said, I'm not even sure I understand how your response relates to what I said. Perhaps you have a different model of reality -- if so, that's fine of course. What do you mean by...
  18. Michael Larkin

    Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, American Cosmic’s Breakaway Civilization |417|

    That was a good review, morvern. Kind of highlighted for me how we tend to believe whatever people say to us, when it ain't necessarily so, even when they themselves are being sincere. That of course also applies to Jasun, the author of the piece, so that the net effect is a reminder to take...
  19. Michael Larkin

    Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, American Cosmic’s Breakaway Civilization |417|

    I'm sorry to keep banging on about idealism, but if there is nothing but consciousness, then everything is mental and nothing is physical. We and other animate beings have perception, which makes some things appear concrete and solid, i.e. physical -- and to at least some extent predictable...
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