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11 years ago
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If I may butt in, isn't the modern materialist school of thought a spin-off from the Roman church which insisted upon simple, literal interpretations of scripture. A materialist world with a separate supernatural one above. Natural forces and magical forces. Science regrouped in the renaissance in Europe leading to a scientism view of the materialist world of old but no supernatural one beyond.
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11 years ago
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Herodotus was vilified as the father of lies because his claims of amazons living on the steppes to the north east of Greece were discredited. Until evidence of a culture matching his descriptions were found. I would consider Herodotus a reasonable and honest witness, any criticisms belonging to the nature of his sources. I agree that there is overwhelming evidence that the pyramids at Giza conf
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11 years ago
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An important detail of coma and resuscitation cases I found is that the most common result is one of amnesia. This leaves the question open as to whether most people who undergo resuscitation might undergo an NDE experience, rather than the minority who come out with their memories intact.
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11 years ago
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With regard to item 3. Quantum physics states that the position of a particle is knowable, but as a mathematical probability, not in simple terms. Do you presume that the AEs or thier forebears had an industrial technology, or some alternative, or not assume either?
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11 years ago
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One place to look is in ice cores. I don't recall heavy pollution rates such as circa the 19th century turning up. Roman levels perhaps. I think a key refinement to the initial question is "What is the minimum level of technology required to make such discoveries as are described?" Do we require an industrial revolution to reach this stage? Have you read Laird Scranton on the Dogon gr
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11 years ago
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When I last watched a parapsychology item in the news it showed how researchers imitated OOB experiences with Virtual reality technology, proving they said that these experiences were imaginary, as similar research in flight simulators disproved those charlatan Wright bros. Amazed at how taxes can be dispensed I wonder what types of research should get the cash? Children with past life memories?
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11 years ago
Me
From a certain perspective, yes. We seem to have wandered into Buddhist philisophy.
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11 years ago
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I tend to consider dreams as a self-made fiction with a variety of influences, including paranormal or outside ones and information the left hemisphere discards to stay focussed on day-to-day activities. As a fiction can be based on real events, so too our dreams can show a version of what can be outside our waking field of vision. At least that is what precognitive dreams suggest.
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11 years ago
Me
Thank you again for your reply. I must confess to coming to this from a literary rather than a scientific background. Paranormal to me defines the nature of the cause of the phenomena. Something definable in scientific terms. Supernatural indicates that there is no explanation behind it, the will of God, or Fate or some other unlimited entity which can ignore cause and effect. In cultural terms t
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11 years ago
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Isn't Cyke's comment archetypal of media pseudo-sceptics? Whatever he meant we are familiar with this reaction. A kind of reverse Emporer's clothes; believe this, even stop to read details and you are a fool. I must admit I don't trust anyone who makes major cash from such claims. Too many charlatans.
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11 years ago
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Exploring posts here and on most boards I argue on a key point is in misuse of language, or at least a set of assumptions and misdirections that can be attatched to some terms. Science is a typical problem, as it is commonly misused by various parties. When psychologist Chris French pops up on TV and says "science says that there is nothing in the paranormal." (A paraphrase, but I hop
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11 years ago
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Raja wrote: > Hi Susan, > > I think scientists simply have to go through experiences to > know, I believe there's truth in that scientists have to become > modern mystics. > > Many scientific discoveries were made by simply studying > nature. But to study paranormal phenomena, you have to enter a > different reality in other words you have to study the unseen > ra
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11 years ago
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I recall Randi himself recalling a possibly paranormal event of his own. His home was broken into and a rare, limited publication technical book stolen. He asked around his friends to find a replacement and @six months later someone from another city or district bought one and sent it to him. The copy turned out to be the one that had been stolen, still with Randi's notes in. Some might expalin t
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11 years ago
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I always like to quote Dr Kit Pedlar that he "couldn't prove I was alive" under the circumstances Randi demanded. The last line of the rules includes a statement that he would reject the appicant if he still didn't feel personally convinced. In other words his faith overruled any evidence. Randi is an illusionist, not a scientist. He might make much comment on these issues, but his opi
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11 years ago
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I didn't mean to abuse your calling, only emphasise the problem psi phenomena encounter without much of a theoretical niche. In contrast I would wonder how Brownian motion would be regarded had it first been attributed to spirits? Would great pains have been taken to establish that it did not occur?
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11 years ago
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M or string theories at least keep psi events out of the theoretically impossible division. One thing I would love to see is an investigation of the limitations of Psi, rather than a reconfirmation of the effect.
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11 years ago
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With the considerable number of Psi experiments undertaken over the last century and their positive results under meta-analysis I believe it is fair to say that a lack of evidence is not the major problem with encouraging serious investigation into these phenomena. By contrast purely speculative theories without basis are acceptable terms of reference in some scientific circles provided they f
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11 years ago
Me
Thank you for a most informative month.
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11 years ago
Me
Warwick wrote: > I meant a purely pastoral as in a NON technologically and > infrastructurally sophisticated society. > > the sculpture techniques that are evident in the Sphinx are > extremely sophisticated. > > Michaelangelo, himself would have been impressed. > > far too many posters gloss over this sophistication as if it is > NOT pertinent. > > >
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11 years ago
Me
I think you are identifying only a small group of those who started out with a belief that the Sphinx was older, then looked for evidence to confirm their belief. Lehner could be described this way, Amy too, but she has not brought her beliefs into this particular thread. It has been a good solid geology debate so far. What is fair to say is that many including Me have seen JA West's and Schoch'
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11 years ago
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Warwick wrote: > regarding skills and recarving. > > skills. the Sphinx IS a very sophisticated sculpture. Hardly > a product of a pastoral society > > recarving: anyone who approached an extant sculpture whose > poor quality stone at the neck was obvious would be insane to > further weaken it by carving away anything from the neck area. > > > Warwick &g
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11 years ago
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To be fair you have often dismissed Schoch's credentials as well as his science. I wouldn't do this with Lehner simply because he reaches opposing conclusions. The usual criticism of academia is that it does not always live up to it's faultless ideals, which in some respects is impossible.
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11 years ago
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It took me ages to work out how to post these things properly, anyway here is the highly informative article in a clickable link; At least I hope it works.
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11 years ago
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Warwick wrote: > what does the public mind have to do with mainstream > research??? > > > warwick > I am inclined to think it better that people in general know an accurate version of the world rather than a fantasy. I hate the fact for example that Captain Bligh is thought of as a tyrant. And we have argued together how unfair it is to build up conspiracy theories about Za
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11 years ago
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Perhaps we should ask instead why the later representations of sphinx were of different proportions? The Sphinx at Giza is agreed to be the oldest example.
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11 years ago
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Thank you for so clearly ripping some of Solenhofens arguments to bits.
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11 years ago
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Would you agree that such films are a problem for non-mainstream researchers as they can trivialise some of the issues in the public mind?
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11 years ago
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What I would love to have explained is how the sphinx at giza according to the OK carving theory managed to be so weathered in such a short time and under a layer of paint? Or did they strip and repaint it so often the paint caused the liquid erosion?
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11 years ago
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I might not be a geologist, but my first laymans thought is that it has undergone first wet conditions weathering, then dry conditions weathering.
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11 years ago
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I made the point that some academics can sometimes be wrong, and that ideas from outside undergo more scrutiny than conformists.
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