Skepticism in psychic research The concept of skepticism in psychic research is one which I personally believe to be quite important. The nature of reality is revealed to us by our senses, and by our preconceived notions of what reality is. There is a story of a European explorer who was about to land on the shores of South America, a shore inhabited by Native Americans who had never experienced any contact with the white man before, and had no notion of their technology. The sum of the story goes as such: since the natives were unaware of the concept of ships floating on water, as the ships approached harbor, no natives were aware of their presence. This elder sat and meditated, concentrating on the water that was out of place. This story was described to me in a modern popular documentary about quantum physics and the nature of reality entitled 'what the bleep do we know' - which comes highly recommended and delves deep into the topic I'm discussing.
Dark-Matter Galaxy Detected: Hidden Dwarf Lurks Nearby? Richard A. Lovett in Seattle, Washington An entire galaxy may be lurking, unseen, just outside our own, scientists announced Thursday. The invisibility of "Galaxy X"—as the purported body has been dubbed—may be due less to its apparent status as a dwarf galaxy than to its murky location and its overwhelming amount of dark matter, astronomer Sukanya Chakrabarti speculates. Detectable only by the effects of its gravitational pull, dark matter is an invisible material that scientists think makes up more than 80 percent of the mass in the universe. (See "Dark Matter Detected for First Time.") Chakrabarti, of the University of California, Berkeley, devised a technique similar to that used 160 years ago to predict the existence of Neptune, which was given away by the wobbles its gravity induced in Uranus's orbit. With an estimated mass equal to only one percent the mass of the Milky Way, Galaxy X is still the third largest of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies, Chakrabarti predicts.
Dreams of Autarky by Robin Hanson Sept 2001, First version Sept 1999 Genie nanotech, space colonies, Turing-test A.I., a local singularity, crypto credentials, and private law are all dreams of a future where some parts of the world economy and society have an unusually low level of dependence on the rest of the world. But it is the worldwide division of labor that has made us humans rich, and I suspect we won't let it go for a long time to come. Introduction Many of us expect humanity to encounter enormous changes in the next century, changes that we would do well to consider seriously now. How can we come to terms with this disagreement? One favorite response to this predicament is to invoke common biases in human reasoning. Since we are human, we must acknowledge that we too suffer from any common human biases. Which brings me to the topic of this paper. Expecting Autarky The cells in our bodies are largely-autonomous devices and manufacturing plants, producing most of what they need internally.
Skeptical Investigations - Investigating Skeptics - Anomalistics - The Pathology of Organized Skepticism Home > Investigating Skeptics > Anomalistics > The Pathology of Organized Skepticism The Pathology of Organized Skepticism by Guy Lyon Playfair Skeptical about Skeptics Back to... L. Organised skepticism, or what the late Marcello Truzzi called pseudoskepticism, is another matter, as Leiter found when he infiltrated a group in his area called the "Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking" or PhACT. He found some of them not only to be ignorant about the subjects they were claiming to debunk,but to have something of a phobia about even reading anything containing views opposed to theirs, as if afraid of contamination. Then, after getting to know some of the members quite well, he made an interesting discovery: "Each one who has disclosed personal details of their formative years... has had an unfortunate experience with a faith-based philosophy, most often a conventional major religion." Organised skeptics, he concludes, are "scientifically inclined but psychologically scarred".
The Disclosure Project Why Is 98.6 F Our 'Normal' Body Temperature? | Fighting Fungal Infections, Body Temperature & Fungus | Life's Little Mysteries For most folks, a thermometer reading around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) means their body temperature is normal. Now, two scientists have an idea why our bodies, as well as those of most other mammals, consistently run at that temperature : A toasty body temperature helps keep nasty fungal infections at bay. "One of the mysteries about humans and other advanced mammals has been why they are so hot compared with other animals," said study co-author Arturo Casadevall, professor and chair of microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva. Casdevall's previous work showed that the number of fungal species that can thrive and, therefore, infect an animal declines by 6 percent for every 1.8 degree F (1 C) rise in temperature. One downside of a higher body temperature is of the amount of food it takes to keep the fire burning. The asteroid reset things by killing off dinosaurs and large animals, Casadevall said. Got a question?
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Welcome to the Possibilium Why Do We See in 3-D? | Life's Little Mysteries When it comes to seeing in 3-D, two eyes are better than one. To see how 3-D vision works, hold a finger at arm's length and look at it through one eye, then through the other. See how the image seems to jump? That's because of binocular disparity, the slight difference between the images seen by each eye. Binocular disparity is one of the most important pieces of information the visual centers of the brain use to reconstruct the depth of a scene. If the object you're trying to view is close to you, the brain uses another clue: convergence, or the angle of your eyes as you focus on an object. But even without binocular vision, it's possible to judge depth. Other means of perceiving depth using just one eye involve cues including object size, parallel lines that appear to converge, sharper textures in closer objects, and the way objects overlap. Even with all these cues at its disposal, the brain makes mistakes. Why Do We See in Color?
Mystery Skulls The Mystery Skull Skull suturing and baby teeth in a detached piece of maxilla (upper jaw and palate) indicate death around 5 years of age. The face is missing from the upper bridge of the nose to the foramen magnum (the hole where the spine enters the skull), but the cranium and most of both eye orbits (the external parts of the sockets) are intact. This skull's degree of humanity is at issue because several aspects of its morphology defy categorizing as genetic defect (inherited), congenital deformation (birth defect), or inflicted deformity (cranial binding). The Human Skull A human skull assumed to be Amerindian (an Indian from North or South America) because the rear of its cranium exhibits the flattening that results from being carried in infancy on a cradle board. Binding Experts suggest the child's high degree of occipital (rear-skull) deformity would most likely have resulted from the cranial binding practiced by primitive cultures around the world. Brain Volume Weight Symmetry
Rod Stryker: Spiritual vs. Material Fulfillment: Who Says You Can't Have Both? (Part II) Part I of this article looked at the two different kinds of fulfillment: material and spiritual. In this part, we look at the importance of resolving all conflict between the two and fully celebrating both. The very first time I did yoga, I discovered a greater sense of peace than I had ever known. It was confusing to feel drawn to the promise of physical, mental and spiritual enrichment that my experiences in yoga were providing me with, while knowing that I desired a family, a vital creative life, a way to express my talents and capacities and of course have the money to take care of myself and my future family. The answer to both questions, I would later discover, was no. About the time I concluded that the yoga tradition held little promise in helping me achieve the life I truly aspired to, I met my first teacher, Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger. This path teaches that the objects of the world are outward expressions of the Divine. Excerpt adapted from The Four Desires by Rod Stryker.