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  1. Ian Thompson

    The Internet and Spirituality

    Don't you mean, that you need the truth about spirituality?
  2. Ian Thompson

    Russian Millionaire wants to upload our minds to computers - thoughts?

    How does he know what our minds are? Saying that (in enough detail) would be a major achievement in itself, and is a necessary prerequisite for his project. Since I am almost certain that he does not know the needed detail at all, I conclude his project is purely wishful thinking, and doomed.
  3. Ian Thompson

    Converting forum threads into audio (wav) files

    If you get the iphone app Speaky, copy a URL to the clipboard on your iphone, then open the app, then the will start reading the comments to you! Choices of speak and English national accents. Works for me. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speaky-voice-reader-for-web/id754061898?mt=8
  4. Ian Thompson

    Is Parapsychology supportive of Religion?

    It all depends on what 'continuation of this [life] to a large extent' means. Most religions claim that there are later changes to the nature of living in the afterlife, such that one gives up what desires and thoughts are peripheral to one's life, and centers on what loves and wisdom are...
  5. Ian Thompson

    Is Parapsychology supportive of Religion?

    I would modify what Jim said a little, and say that people are the loves that are the permanent substances of the mental+spiritual world, and that thoughts and imaginations are the transient forms that these substances take when the people think and imagine. I agree with you that imagination is...
  6. Ian Thompson

    Is Parapsychology supportive of Religion?

    Archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20110128091006/http://www.aspsi.org/feat/life_after/tymn/a076mt-a-Dr_Carlos_S_Alvarado_interview.php
  7. Ian Thompson

    Pandeism Kickstarter, Bernardo invited as one of the writers

    Are loves, reasons, intentions, and consciousness causally effective in the processes of the world? If so, then you are not talking about physics according to the physicists. If not, then you are not talking about mind according to every regular and rational person.
  8. Ian Thompson

    Pandeism Kickstarter, Bernardo invited as one of the writers

    Why laws of physics, rather than laws of mind?
  9. Ian Thompson

    Pandeism Kickstarter, Bernardo invited as one of the writers

    I am still trying to work out if pandeism has any specific consequences for the universe and us now! From what you say here, perhaps not. I ask, for example, does the 'underlying force sustaining our Universe' have any consequences for life and consciousness? Or is every pandeist free to make...
  10. Ian Thompson

    Pandeism Kickstarter, Bernardo invited as one of the writers

    But you say that the 'Creator becomes our universe'. Does that mean anything (or nothing?) for the way the universe does things?
  11. Ian Thompson

    Pandeism Kickstarter, Bernardo invited as one of the writers

    yes, we are made of cells. But is pandeism saying that these cells are god or gods?
  12. Ian Thompson

    Pandeism Kickstarter, Bernardo invited as one of the writers

    Does pandeism mean that we made out of God? That, in a sense, we are God?
  13. Ian Thompson

    The Spam Chronicles

    No it has not yet been implemented. Just look at the list of first profile posts at http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/find-new/2520910/profile-posts
  14. Ian Thompson

    The Spam Chronicles

    But something like that is needed! Just look at all the first posts at http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/find-new/2520910/profile-posts. Maybe the first 10 posts of a new person should not result in email notifications or as new threads in the list?
  15. Ian Thompson

    The Spam Chronicles

    So spam moves to second place after an innocuous opener?
  16. Ian Thompson

    Forum technical issues

    I use Chrome on macs, but I do not get logged out as you describe
  17. Ian Thompson

    Is self-awareness axiomatic (self-evident) or illusory?

    If it is an illusion, it is still awareness, self-evidently.
  18. Ian Thompson

    Mod+ 275. MARK VERNON, IS CHRISTIANITY WORTH SAVING?

    You argue "Jesus was not a Christian, and for me that's sufficient reason to not want to be part of it." And that the first part means "My point was that Jesus wasn't following himself" Therefore, since it is logically impossible for anyone to follow themselves, you have therefore sufficient...
  19. Ian Thompson

    Mod+ 275. MARK VERNON, IS CHRISTIANITY WORTH SAVING?

    If you were following Jesus the Christ, then, what would you call yourself?
  20. Ian Thompson

    Mod+ 269. DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, SKEPTICAL SCIENCE REPORTING

    Maybe, but in the immaterialist case we have many more resources to solve the problem. We have freedom, reason, love, consciousness as real and helpful. Even, in theism, God himself to help us. All these are blocked in materialism.
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