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  1. Michael Patterson

    Upcoming interview with Dr. Donald Hoffman

    That's what bugged me about Lanza. However I was less aware that he was playing with semantics and more aware he wasn't taking the theme to where it should go. He seems to have a bit of a thing going about making himself bigger than he actually is. In essence he did a great job of pulling...
  2. David Bailey

    Upcoming interview with Dr. Donald Hoffman

    I read Lanza's book, and I felt it was one of those books that promises a lot, but just seemed to be playing with semantics. Hoffman is a far more interesting individual. David Maybe, which alternative do you choose? David
  3. Michael Patterson

    Upcoming interview with Dr. Donald Hoffman

    Alex, how does Hoffman compare with Lanza in terms of laying out the post-materialism basis for scientific thought? I get it that Lanza is a bit of a show pony, but he does seem to sum up the post-materialist position neatly, even if bio-centrism is not widely acknowledged. Does Hoffman have a...
  4. Michael Patterson

    Upcoming Live stream: Jean-François Gariépy The Open Space

    ...as time and space are. This kind of stuff hurts my brain, so I have to reread often - but its starting to make sense. In Beyond Bio-Centrism Lanza says the same thing. The more we are exposed to these ideas the easier it is to think in terms unfamiliar to a deeply conditioned concrete mind...
  5. The Ethical Skeptic

    Bruce Fenton, A Better Human Origin Story |429|

    Don't even want to comment, this is so well constructed.
  6. Michael Patterson

    Bruce Fenton, A Better Human Origin Story |429|

    ...functional conditions. I don't know enough about science or mathematics to develop an analogy from those fields. However I notice that Robert Lanza [and others] asserts that the material conditions for life to manifest exist within a narrow set of tolerances. The extent to which this arises...
  7. Michael Patterson

    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    I kinda agree. I think Lanza has become an industry in his own right, and while that is unpalatable at a purist level at least he is pumping out staff that is accessible at a popular level. That was my point in posting the link - Ideas is a great show and, in terms of public broadcasting, dares...
  8. David Bailey

    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    His book seemed to deteriorate as it went on, I felt. David
  9. Michael Larkin

    Alex Tsakiris and Tom Jump Debate Near Death Experience Sceicne |408|

    ...in Scientific American, as have been several of Bernardo Kastrup's. I find this encouraging. Slowly, slowly, the idea of modern cosmology being claptrap is gaining ground, as is the idea of consciousness being primal. I don't find Lanza as convincing as BK, but he's in the right ballpark.
  10. LetsEat

    Thoughts on Robert Lanza's Theory of Biocentrism?

    I'm not personally familiar but there has been a smattering of posts on the site available. http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/search/1625/?q=lanza&o=date
  11. T

    Thoughts on Robert Lanza's Theory of Biocentrism?

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone can comment on their thoughts on Robert Lanza's Theory of Biocentrism and whether or not Alex might have him on as a potential guest? He has many interesting ideas about consciousness, including that conciousness, is fundamental and not a secondary feature of the...
  12. David Bailey

    Phillip J. Watt, on Tony Robbins, Chaos Magic, and Backdoor Materialism |380|

    I read his first book, and I did feel rather underwhelmed. It didn't seem that he was making any definite proposal - just trying to see things from a different perspective. Part of the problem may be that academics often try to avoid being as radical as they might like - for the sake of their...
  13. KindaGamey

    Phillip J. Watt, on Tony Robbins, Chaos Magic, and Backdoor Materialism |380|

    ...how it catered to greed. -- I often feel compelled to share things that 'sync' and yesterday I encountered two videos that struck me, Robert Lanza: The Theory of Biocentrism (whenever I find something new-to-me I always do a google search for that thing + skeptiko to see if it's already been...
  14. E

    Are we sliding into too many political discussions?

    ...in today's world people have short attention spans and decided to do a watered-down version of clickbait? I would love a few throwbacks to Lanza, Tucker or even one where Diane Powell was allowed to address the methodological flaws of her early tests and answer if she took care of them...
  15. Laird

    Index of Skeptiko threads & related resources

    ...with a consciousness essentialism Consciousness & Science forum threads: Miniature Brains Being Grown Thoughts on Robert Lanza's Theory of Biocentrism? The way we see in obe Discuss the discontinuity of consciousness. This guy think he can explain the hard...
  16. malf

    The illusion of reality

    If you're comfortable with matter having "mental characteristics" then we're all good. As far as I'm aware, none of my comments in any thread have precluded some sort of panpsychism.
  17. S

    The illusion of reality

    ...my position. It became necessary to penetrate the biocentrism camp. The book had the completely opposite effect on me. The views that Dr. Lanza presented in this book changed my thinking in ways from which there could never be retreat. Before I had actually finished reading the book, it was...
  18. malf

    The illusion of reality

    Appealing to a depth that may not be there. Starting with the assumption that consciousness is a stand alone 'component' makes that easier. Saying 'consciousness is fundamental' is easier said than envisaged or satisfactorily explained, but it clearly appeals to some. To say the physical has...
  19. S

    The illusion of reality

    ...the nature of reality, as noted in Clifton's An Empirical Case Against Materialism and Sam Harris' Mysteries of Consciousness. If anything Lanza is saying the opposite, that by acknowledging consciousness is a fundamental & irreducible component of reality you don't have a Hard Problem...
  20. malf

    The illusion of reality

    I suspect some would consider this just the sort of vague pseudoprofundity you need to conjure up a hard problem.
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