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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 7:49 am 

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I've watched three of your videos so far, and I'll get to the shorter one here in a minute. Here's one of my own for you. http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/31437-conspiracy-test-brain-changes-in-near-death-experience-video.htm The funny thing about Mario, he actually gets attacked quite a b...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 6:30 am 

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Your first guy said something interesting: "How do you explain that through neurological functioning?" My first answer is, "How would you go about instructing a right-handed toddler, who has never before seen a musical instrument or had any musical instruction, on how to play Canon in Locrian F shar...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 2:11 pm 

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEt41bYQBgE[/youtube]This is the kind of music. But imagine that you can turn into it...like your body is turned into a fluid mass, and it sings to the universe. And it varies more and is generally quieter, like it's in a far off corner. Does that make sense? ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 1:38 pm 

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The only other thing I wanted to mention; we'd also need more research into the differences between a comotose brain and a brain that's had better than 30 seconds of no blood supply. Being the social critters we are as human beings it might not intuitiely seem like a huge difference in a persons le...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 8:07 am 

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But yeah, you are right that we shouldn't let other people's ignorance control our thinking, so I would rather emphasize the value of investigating multiple angles for interpreting people's experiences. Something else that was interesting - I was reading about older cultures today, including a lot ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Vote Obama 2012

Posted: 18 Jun 2012, 3:06 pm 

Replies: 73
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snapcap wrote:
I get the feeling you're a very angry person, are you trying to close down my thread? I'll just make another :wink:
You would make Siddhartha Gautama swear.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 18 Jun 2012, 7:24 am 

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I think its sadly more proof positive (at least for us) that if there's a God, he's part Steve-O from Jackass, part Andy Kaufmann, and part Maynard from Tool. Yeah, he's got a heck of a sense of humor but it waxes a bit sadistic. Why? He buries this argument in churls and we're stuck arguing about ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 7:48 pm 

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Four words: embryonic stem cell research. I don't think this will require aborted fetuses or encouragement of having a stock of aborted fetuses. If you're theory was correct there should be all kinds of clamour against any type of AIDS vaccine because its a 'sinners' disease to those who would be 1...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 6:05 pm 

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Now, let me illustrate to you how resorting too quickly to the superstitious argument can actually be seriously harmful. If we jump directly to the conclusion, "There is a soul in there, glory, hallelujah, tapdance for Jesus," then we would end up overlooking information that could enable us to act...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why do humans with testicles commit so much crime?

Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 2:30 pm 

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Men commit more crime simply because they have a stronger drive to acquire material essential for survival. It is as simple as that. The person who steals your lawnmower from out of your back yard is a guy because his instincts drive him to acquire as much valuable material as possible, so he can fe...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 2:24 pm 

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Actually, I think that another thing that needs to be pointed out is this: We really need to rethink how we view "brain death." The idea that dying entails the functioning of the brain coming to a standstill is a bit of a fallacy. If it were that simple, we could restore all brain function by simply...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Vote Obama 2012

 Post subject: Re: Vote Obama 2012
Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 11:13 am 

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U.S. Drone Policy: Standing Near Terrorists Makes You A Terrorist "It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent," the Times reports. "Counterterroris...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 11:32 am 

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He was mentioning that he'd really wanted to see his dad, wondered why he didn't, and wondered why instead he ended up seeing someone he'd never met. He knew all of his life he'd been adopted, he'd wanted to touch base with his by blood siblings but they'd been hesitant due to a death of another on...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do spiritual things exist?

Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 8:54 am 

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http://www.btci.org/bioethics/2012/videos2012/vid3.html This is actually the weakest as far as bringing forward evidence that these experiences are caused specifically by a "ghost in the machine." For one thing, the story being told by Eben Alexander III is put together very artistically, and I see...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Will Democrats lose for a decade or go far-right?

Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 7:36 am 

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Europe is swinging left. Parts of it. But on the other hand there are other parts that are instituting painful austerity and privatisations (UK, we'll see about Greece after the next election...) I think that it might just be possible that if the Democrats get much more right wing (because let's fa...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Will Democrats lose for a decade or go far-right?

Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 7:02 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 7,582


Europe is swinging left.

US credit unions are growing.

I'm not entirely pessimistic.

Even so, civilizations rise and fall. If I were you, I'd be learning Portuguese. I would be learning it fast.
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