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  • Scientists may have found the consciousness on and off switch

    07/08/2014 7:51:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | July 8, 8:47 AM | Robert Lawson, Tech Times |
    The journal Epilepsy and Behavior published the findings of the accidental discovery. The evidence was found when scientists were studying an epilepsy patient. They used electrodes deep within a patient's brain to try to determine where her seizures were coming from. ... The scientists stimulated an area of the brain called the claustrum, an area of the brain that had never been stimulated. Once stimulated, the woman, who was reading, stopped responding to all visual and audible cues, as if she were a robot that had been shut down. The team was able to recreate the scenario several times to...
  • PET Scans Offer Clues on Vegetative States

    04/15/2014 7:55:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | Apr 15, 2014 | Denise Grady
    People who are vegetative for a year are thought to have little or no chance of recovering, and the condition can become grounds for withdrawing medical treatment. Terri Schiavo, in a vegetative state for 15 years, died in 2005 in Florida after courts allowed the removal of her feeding tube. Researchers say the findings support the idea that some patients who appear vegetative have some level of consciousness that they cannot show — perhaps low, but real — and the potential to recover.
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • The Consciousness Conundrum

    09/06/2008 10:27:19 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 8 replies · 223+ views
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | June 2008 | John Horgan
    I'm 54, with all that entails. Gray hair, trick knee, trickier memory. I still play a mean game of hockey, and my love life requires no pharmaceutical enhancement. But entropy looms ever larger. Suffice it to say, I would love to believe that we are rapidly approaching “the singularity.” Like paradise, technological singularity comes in many versions, but most involve bionic brain boosting. At first, we'll become cyborgs, as stupendously powerful brain chips soup up our perception, memory, and intelligence and maybe even eliminate the need for annoying TV remotes. Eventually, we will abandon our flesh-and-blood selves entirely and upload...
  • Get Out of Your Own Way

    06/29/2008 10:25:47 AM PDT · by Dysart · 17 replies · 163+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6-27-08 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ
    Fishing in the stream of consciousness, researchers now can detect our intentions and predict our choices before we are aware of them ourselves. The brain, they have found, appears to make up its mind 10 seconds before we become conscious of a decision -- an eternity at the speed of thought.Their findings challenge conventional notions of choice. "We think our decisions are conscious," said neuroscientist John-Dylan Haynes at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, who is pioneering this research. "But these data show that consciousness is just the tip of the iceberg. This doesn't rule out free...
  • Have Scientists Discovered a Way of Peering Into the Future?[Global Consciousness Project]

    02/20/2008 12:12:21 PM PST · by BGHater · 88 replies · 215+ views
    NewsMonster ^ | Danny Penman
    Deep in the basement of a dusty old library in Edinburgh lies a small black box that churns out random numbers. At first glance the box looks profoundly dull, but it is, in fact, the ‘eye' of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future. The machine apparently sensed the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre four hours before they happened, and appeared to forewarn of the Asian Tsunami. "It's Earth shattering stuff," says Dr Roger Nelson, Emeritus researcher at Princeton University in the USA. "But unfortunately we don't have a box for predicting the future...
  • Perception

    10/31/2007 4:40:38 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 2 replies · 141+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 10/31/07 | Reginald Firehammer
    Perception The Validity of Perceptual Evidence by Reginald Firehammer Knowledge begins with consciousness. I do not mean that consciousness is itself knowledge, but that if we are to know anything we must first be conscious of it. It is not enough just to be conscious, however, if it is to be capable of providing us knowledge. If what we are conscious of is not totally reliable and valid, no certain knowledge is possible. The validity of human consciousness, called perception, has been under continual assault throughout the history of philosophy. The first concerted assault is Plato's assertion that our consciousness...
  • Consciousness

    10/29/2007 6:22:17 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 11 replies · 151+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 10/29/07 | Reginald Firehammer
    Consciousness The Metaphysical Nature of Perception by Reginald Firehammer In philosophy, the study of the nature of knowledge is called epistemology. It is the most important branch of philosophy because it answers the most important question of all: what is knowledge? If that question is not answered correctly, all knowledge is in doubt, including all other philosophical knowledge. A better way to put the question, then, since knowledge must be assumed, is what do we know and how do we know it? The meaning of the word knowledge in epistemology is very specific. The words "knowledge" and "know" are used...
  • "Persistent Vegetative State" Diagnoses Too Often A Rush To Judgement

    08/06/2007 4:18:14 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 477+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | August 5, 2007 | The Stiletto
    A study by the Coma Science Group of the University of Ličge, Belgium, finds that up to half of patients in an acute vegetative state regain some level of consciousness.In the study, which analyzed data collected over a five-year period, researchers assessed and classified comatose patients according to the Coma Recovery Scale. The researchers determined that some 40 percent had been incorrectly diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state, when they were in fact in a minimally conscious state. And 10 percent of those diagnosed as being minimally conscious were communicating functionally.A patient who is minimally conscious shows periodic...
  • So, how much does a soul weigh?

    06/12/2007 7:41:12 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 6 replies · 513+ views
    Folks, I want to keep commenting on the article published in this month's Discover magazine by Jane Bosveld, titled Soul Search, which I began reviewing in One monk goes up over the rainbow. The article goes on to narrate a 1921 experiment perform by Duncan MacDougall, a physician, who claimed he was able to weigh a human soul. He accomplished this by measuring how much a person weighs before and immediately after death. After monitoring six deaths, he reported that people lost between 11 and 43 grams at death, which he attributed to the material weight of the soul. Others...
  • Judge: Consciousness is key to a painless execution

    09/29/2006 1:56:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,092+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/29/06 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN JOSE A judge weighing whether the state's lethal injection method is an unconstitutionally cruel punishment said Friday that the issue hinges on whether the condemned inmate is aware of what's happening. "The critical question, I guess, the court has to look at is what evidence there is of consciousness," U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel said at the conclusion of the four day hearing. Until a ruling, which Fogel expects to issue in November, executions in the state are on hold. Fogel halted the execution of rapist and murderer Michael Morales in February after his lawyers claimed inmates were suffering...
  • Study says unconscious consideration yields most satisfying results

    02/22/2006 5:57:28 AM PST · by S0122017 · 4 replies · 353+ views
    nature.com/news ^ | 16 February | Helen Pearson
    News Published online: 16 February 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060213-9 Why you should go with your gut Study says unconscious consideration yields most satisfying decisions. Helen Pearson Which would you choose? Studies say you should list the pros and cons, then sleep on it. © Punchstock The best way to make a tough decision is to put your feet up and think about something else. So says an investigation of people shopping for cars, clothes and furniture. Many people assume that the best way to tackle a difficult choice is to list the pros and cons and ponder them deeply. Others believe...
  • Is Consciousness Quantum?

    02/12/2006 9:37:11 PM PST · by TBP · 43 replies · 505+ views
    I AM Spirit ^ | February 14, 2006 | Tim Phares, RScP
    "Consciousness is the singular for which there is no plural," wrote the scientist Erwin Schroedinger. Schroedinger, famous for his theoretical disappearing cat, was one of the pioneers of quantum science. Lately, I've been contemplating the idea, if I understand it correctly (I am emphatically NOT a scientist), that things in a quantum Universe are essentially wavicles -- potentially, at least, in several places at once, achieving locality only when observed. Only when we focus on them do they show up in a specific place called here. The essential principle is that there is an observer consciousness that is the overriding...
  • Why Great Minds Can't Grasp Consciousness

    08/09/2005 5:17:08 PM PDT · by beavus · 98 replies · 1,363+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 8-8-05 | Ker Than
    At a physics meeting last October, Nobel laureate David Gross outlined 25 questions in science that he thought physics might help answer. Nestled among queries about black holes and the nature of dark matter and dark energy were questions that wandered beyond the traditional bounds of physics to venture into areas typically associated with the life sciences. One of the Gross's questions involved human consciousness. He wondered whether scientists would ever be able to measure the onset consciousness in infants and speculated that consciousness might be similar to what physicists call a "phase transition," an abrupt and sudden large-scale transformation...
  • Disengagement: A Tale of Two Israels?

    04/11/2005 5:32:07 PM PDT · by forty_years · 6 replies · 335+ views
    When reading some of the more right-leaning, pro-Israeli pundits, one would be led to believe that Israel is a nation completely divided over Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement plan,” whereby the Jewish state withdraws from Gaza and some of the West Bank in return for Palestinian promises of “peace.” I share the concerns of the anti-disengagement camp, but do not accept the premise of some of their lot that Israel is on the brink of “civil war.” Just looking at opinion polls of Israelis, one can see that there is momentum for the disengagement plan. The Tel Aviv University Peace Index of...
  • Inside the Injured Brain, Many Kinds of Awareness

    04/05/2005 4:12:38 AM PDT · by infocats · 7 replies · 491+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 5, 2005 | Benedict Carey
    The debate over Terri Schiavo's fate comes at a time when researchers are deepening their understanding of the unconscious brain. Neuroscientists now understand at least some of the physiology behind a wide range of unconscious states, from deep sleep to coma, from partially conscious conditions to a persistent vegetative state, the condition diagnosed in Ms. Schiavo. New research, by laboratories in New York and Europe, has allowed for much clearer distinctions to be made between the uncounted number of people who at some time become comatose, the 10,000 to 15,000 Americans who subsist in vegetative states and the estimated 100,000...
  • If a Tree Falls in the Forest...the indivisible link between consciousness and existence.

    04/04/2005 9:07:44 PM PDT · by Ronzo · 167 replies · 2,828+ views
    Theodicy ^ | 4/4/05 | Ronzo
    IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST The indivisible link between consciousness and existence. MAIN ARGUMENT: An old rhetorical question goes: "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" Well, the correct answer is "no." Since "sound" is only possible given the following conditions: 1.) That there is a listener who has the ability to hear…his ears function normally. 2.) The listener knows what the definition of "sound" is, and can correctly identify a "sound" when he hears one. If there is no "listener" then there is no...
  • Tsunami throws up India relics - The Tides of Spirituality

    02/12/2005 6:11:11 PM PST · by Red Sea Swimmer · 6 replies · 852+ views
    BBC News, Delhi ^ | Soutik Biswas
    The relics have been buried under the sand for centuries. The deadly tsunami could have uncovered the remains of an ancient port city off the coast in southern India. Archaeologists say they have discovered some stone remains from the coast close to India's famous beachfront Mahabalipuram temple in Tamil Nadu state following the 26 December tsunami. They believe that the "structures" could be the remains of an ancient and once-flourishing port city in the area housing the famous 1200-year-old rock-hewn temple. Three pieces of remains, which include a granite lion, were found buried in the sand after the coastline receded...
  • A Theory of God

    01/23/2005 12:39:01 PM PST · by traviskicks · 144 replies · 2,678+ views
    A metaphysical exploration of Religion, Consciousness, Free Will, Randomness, and, ultimately, the nature of God. Neuroscience, networking (of man, God, and governments), and AI computing are all discussed. A Theory of God God has never been defined to the satisfaction of rational man. Indeed, even His very existence has never been universally acknowledged. From Thomas Aquinas's famous '5 proofs of God' (3) and the writings of other great philosophers of the catholic church, to the tautological hierarchical constructions of modern philosophers (1), there has never been a logical argument strong enough to force all the atheists and agnostics of the...
  • An Interesting Read

    01/15/2005 2:49:04 PM PST · by TBP · 1 replies · 286+ views
    TBP | Right now! | TBP
    I got an extermely interesting book from my wife for Christmas. It's called The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World by Amit Goswami, Ph.D. The book combines quantum science, traditional mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality in a lively discussion of a scientific, monistic cosmology. A very interesting book for anyone interested in ideas. I recommend it highly.
  • Thinking about the mind - [review of John Searle's latest book]

    01/11/2005 12:24:10 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 6 replies · 675+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | December 19, 2004 | Troy Jollimore
    Thinking about the mind Cal philosopher takes a stab at explaining why we have consciousness - Reviewed by Troy Jollimore Sunday, December 19, 2004 Mind A Brief Introduction By John R. Searle OXFORD UNIVERSITY; 326 PAGES; $26 Self-knowledge is difficult, as Socrates and virtually every philosopher since Socrates has pointed out. Of all the subjects into which human beings have chosen to inquire, the most resistant to understanding has turned out to be human beings themselves. Indeed, that we researchers have turned out to be our own most recalcitrant subjects must surely constitute one of the leading ironies of post-Enlightenment...
  • UCLA Neuroscientist Gains Insights Into Human Brain From Study of Marine Snail

    12/15/2004 4:08:09 PM PST · by beavus · 5 replies · 526+ views
    UCLA News ^ | 12/7/2004 | Stuart Wolpert
    What can cellular neuroscientists learn about the human brain from studying a marine snail? Much more than one might suspect. "On a cell biological level, the mechanisms of learning and memory are identical, as far as we can tell," said David Glanzman, a UCLA professor of physiological science and neurobiology, whose research has strengthened the view that the human brain and that of a snail named Aplysia are surprisingly similar. "Human brains have many more neurons than the Aplysia's, but it doesn't look like there is any difference on a molecular or synaptic level. "When this animal learns," Glanzman said,...
  • The Global Consciousness Project: Introduction [Massive spike in global consciousness on 9/11!]

    11/19/2004 9:18:40 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 617+ views
    Introduction to GCP "We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner,what you actually did in order to get to do the work." -- Richard Feynman In his Nobel Lecture, 1966 This page was originally composed in early 1998 but it is still a good description of what the project is about. Since...
  • When class envy leads to hate

    08/07/2004 5:59:12 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 777+ views
    Pittsburg Live Online ^ | Monday, May 20, 2002 | Ralph Reilland
    David Brooks, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, calls it "bourgeoisophobia" - the hatred of success, most particularly the hatred of commercial achievement. In no small part, it's the kind of mind-set that pushed Mohamed Atta to smash a passenger plane into the World Trade Center, the kind of resentment that drives the Arab street to cheer when a 10-year-old blows himself up in a trendy Israeli discotheque. Brooks points to the anti-bourgeois stance of the French intelligentsia in the 19th century: "Around 1830, a group of French artists and intellectuals looked around and noticed that people who were...
  • Perception - A Mistake at the Heart of Objectivist Epistemology

    06/09/2004 5:38:00 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 15 replies · 431+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 6/08/04 | Reginald Firehammer
      PerceptionA Mistake at the Heart of Objectivist Epistemology Is Objectivism a closed or open system? The entire controversy over this question, which generates a lot of heat, but not so much light, seems a bit silly to me. I personally regard Objectivism to be the specific contribution to philosophy made by Ayn Rand, nothing more, and nothing less.The argument that philosophy is not a closed field is certainly correct but with regard to Objectivism, is irrelevant. Objectivism is not philosophy, it is a philosophy, it is not even a complete philosophy, it is only a contribution to the field....
  • The Power of 'Acting As If'

    05/14/2004 8:19:48 AM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | Ron Rubin and Stuart Avery Gold
    Act as if you will. Act as if you are serious about attaining your dream. Walk, talk, and act enthusiastically, creating a single-minded attitude of success toward the results you desire. One of America's pioneering psychologists, William James, said that the greatest discovery is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind. What he advocated was that if you act as if you are what you want to be, then you will become that. This "act as if" principle is a powerful method of converting your consciousness from conditioned habits into specific positive behaviors that...
  • Parrot's oratory stuns scientists

    01/26/2004 8:36:46 AM PST · by aculeus · 136 replies · 2,532+ views
    BBC News On Line ^ | 2004/01/26 | Alex Kirby
    The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short. The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour. He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope - just as a human child would do. N'kisi's remarkable abilities, which are said to include telepathy, feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine. N'kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language...
  • Parrot's oratory stuns scientists

    01/26/2004 10:48:01 PM PST · by unspun · 56 replies · 436+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/26/2004 | Alex Kirby
    Parrot's oratory stuns scientists By Alex Kirby BBC News Online environment correspondent The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short. The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour. He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope - just as a human child would do. N'kisi's remarkable abilities, which are said to include telepathy, feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine. N'kisi...
  • The Sermon by the Sea

    01/09/2004 9:00:50 PM PST · by TBP · 18 replies · 785+ views
    Religious Science (Science of Mind) | 1959 | Dr. Ernest Holmes
    In his final "Sermon By the Sea" given in 1959 at Asilomar, California, Ernest Holmes shared with us his vision of the outcome of global well-being, the human species and Earth transformed by the consciousness that he had articulated as Science of Mind. His Sermon is a prescription for planetary resurrection, a prophetic, millennial assertion of the role of Religious Science in bringing about the world's rebirth: [Science of Mind] is the most direct impartation of Divine Wisdom that has ever come to the world, because it incorporates the precepts of Jesus, and Emerson, and Buddha, and all the rest...
  • Bold Studies Consider Whether Animals Know What They Don't Know

    11/28/2003 1:03:58 PM PST · by PatrickHenry · 40 replies · 439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 28, 2003 | SHARON BEGLEY
    <p>The bottle-nose dolphin wasn't talking, but as he swam toward the two paddles dangling in the pool at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Fla., his body language spoke volumes.</p> <p>He had been trained to respond to musical tones piped into the water, pushing one paddle if the pitch was higher than 2,100 cycles per second and a second paddle if it was lower. At tones markedly below 2,100, he swam straight for the correct paddle, touched it, and enjoyed the herring that came his way. But when the scientists played a 2,087 tone, the dolphin slowed down, wavered, or shook its head from side to side.</p>
  • Abortion And the Right to Life

    11/21/2003 9:32:10 AM PST · by samvak · 7 replies · 535+ views
    Philosophical Musings ^ | 2002 | Sam Vaknin
    I. The Right to LifeIt is a fundamental principle of most moral theories that all human beings have a right to life. The existence of a right implies obligations or duties of third parties towards the right-holder. One has a right AGAINST other people. The fact that one possesses a certain right - prescribes to others certain obligatory behaviours and proscribes certain acts or omissions. This Janus-like nature of rights and duties as two sides of the same ethical coin - creates great confusion. People often and easily confuse rights and their attendant duties or obligations with the morally decent,...
  • How Does the Brain Work? [NYT says it's not "finger of God"]

    11/11/2003 6:53:38 PM PST · by Brilliant · 113 replies · 2,360+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 11, 2003 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    In the continuing effort to understand the human brain, the mysteries keep piling up. Consider what scientists are up against. Stretched flat, the human neocortex — the center of our higher mental functions — is about the size and thickness of a formal dinner napkin. With 100 billion cells, each with 1,000 to 10,000 synapses, the neocortex makes roughly 100 trillion connections and contains 300 million feet of wiring packed with other tissue into a one-and-a-half-quart volume in the brain. These cells are arranged in six very similar layers, inviting confusion. Within these layers, different regions carry out vision, hearing,...
  • Molecules of life come in waves

    09/06/2003 10:24:14 AM PDT · by AndrewC · 20 replies · 1,040+ views
    Nature Science Update ^ | 5 September 2003 | PHILIP BALL
    Molecules of life come in wavesCompounds found in cells show quantum behaviour.5 September 2003PHILIP BALL A wave-like particle can pass through both slots in a barrier. © SPL Physicists have watched biological molecules become waves in a dramatic demonstration of the effects of quantum mechanics1.It's not clear that biological molecules act like quantum waves in this way as they go about their business in living cells. However, physicist Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford, UK, and psychologist Stuart Hameroff of the University of Arizona in Tucson have proposed that consciousness might arise from wave-like quantum-mechanical effects involving protein...
  • ON A RESONANCE THEORY OF THOUGHT AND SPIRITUALITY

    08/02/2003 4:43:59 PM PDT · by betty boop · 618 replies · 1,067+ views
    Karl Jaspers Forum ^ | August 21, 2001 | Varadaraja V. Raman
    ON A RESONANCE THEORY OF THOUGHT AND SPIRITUALITY by Varadaraja V. Raman The following theory is proposed to explain the observed phenomena of thought and spiritual/mystical experience/creativity: PROBLEM: (a) Thought is the subtlest emergent entity from the human brain. As of now, though it is taken to arise from complex biochemical (neuronal) processes in the brain, we have no means of detecting any physical aspect of thought. (b) All sensory experiences (light, sound, smell, taste, sound) result from an interaction between an external agent (photon, phonon, etc.) and some aspect of the brain. HYPOTHESIS: (a) It is proposed that, like...
  • A Nietzschian and Foucaultian Critique of Psychology

    07/20/2003 8:20:07 PM PDT · by unspun · 70 replies · 637+ views
    A Nietzschian and Foucaultian Critique of Psychology Psychology and Nihilism: A genealogical critique of the computational model of mind by Fred J. Evans Albany: SUNY Press, 1993 ISBN 0-7914-1249-0 $49.95 hardcover ISBN 0-7914-1250-4 $16.95 softcover Critiques of psychology are and have been legion throughout its relatively short life as an institutionalized discipline. In fact, it has been frequently noted in recent years that psychology is in a "crisis" even though such claims go back to Karl Bühler's (1929) well known book or even to the very founding of the discipline in the closing decades of the nineteenth-century. Typically the...
  • "Integrative Science”: The Death-Knell of Scientific Materialism?

    07/05/2003 4:20:08 PM PDT · by betty boop · 719 replies · 2,227+ views
    various ^ | various | vanity with much help
    “Integrative Science”: The Death-Knell of Scientific Materialism?A Meditation Excerpting from: “Toward an Integrative Science,” Menas Kefatos and Mihai Drăgănescu; “The Fundamental Principles of the Universe and the Origin of Physical Laws,” Attila Grandpierre; “The Dynamics of Time and Timelessness: Philosophy, Physics and Prospects for Our Life,” Attila Grandpierre. Kafatos is University Professor of Interdisciplinary Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. Drăgănescu is affiliated with the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania. Grandpierre is chief research assistant of the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. BEFORE WE EMBARK ON THIS “MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR,” we need some clarifications: RE:...
  • The Absurdity of 'Thinking in Language'

    05/23/2003 3:59:51 PM PDT · by unspun · 1,292 replies · 1,085+ views
    the author's site ^ | 1972 | Dallas Willard
    The Absurdity of 'Thinking in Language' This paper has been read to the University of Southern California philosophy group and the Boston 1972 meeting of the American Philosophical Association, as well as to the Houston meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. Appeared in The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy, IV(1973), pp. 125-132. Numbers in "<>" refer to this journal. Among the principal assumptions of major portions of philosophy in recent decades have been: (1) That philosophy somehow consists of (some sort of) logic, and (2) that logic is a study of and theory about (some sort of) language. There, of...
  • Divinity without Dogma

    04/28/2003 7:25:13 AM PDT · by TBP · 18 replies · 347+ views
    Conscious Choice ^ | September 2001 | Jonn Salovaara
    Divinity without Dogma A Look at Progressive Churches by Jonn Salovaara Conscious Choice, September 2001 This article looks at groups associated to varying degrees with Christianity. Other articles have featured, and will feature, outposts of other religious traditions. For thousands of years, churches have formally stated and proclaimed "a body of doctrines concerning faith and morals" -- the dictionary definition of "dogma." Institutionalized belief tends to become dogmatic, even when the belief itself begins as an alternative to an earlier dogma. So it was with early Christianity, starting small and in contrast to Judaism and imperial Roman belief and eventually...
  • Can Prayer Really Heal?

    03/24/2003 7:53:03 AM PST · by TBP · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | March 23, 2003 | Dianne Hales
    Summary: • A nine-year study of the mortality rate among 21,000 adults found that those who attended religious services more than once a week lived up to seven years longer than those who did not. • In a study of 108 women with gynecological cancers, researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that 93% said religion bolstered their hopes for treatment. • Researchers at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan, studying self-esteem in seniors, found that religious faith was the most important factor linked to feelings of self-worth. The study of 1005 seniors over age 65, who...
  • The Moving Soul

    03/09/2003 2:28:36 PM PST · by betty boop · 54 replies · 665+ views
    What Is History? and Other Late Unpublished Writings | 1990 | Eric Voegelin
    The Moving Soul Eric VoegelinWhat Is History? and Other Late Unpublished Writings: The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Vol. 28. Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, 1990. Chapter 4, "The Moving Soul" was completed in 1969.   I. Margeneau's Fancy The theories of Einstein and Minkowski have brought new precision to the concept of simultaniety. In Henry Margeneau's Nature and Physical Reality (1950), we find on this point the following reflections: It is seen that the concept of simultaneity has lost its universal character; events simultaneous to one observer may not be simultaneous to another....Hard-boiled classicists sometimes insist...
  • Could a machine think?

    04/02/2002 10:56:05 AM PST · by Lev · 8 replies · 817+ views
    Royal Institute of Philosophy ^ | 04/01/2002 | Stephen Law
    Could a machine think? Stephen LawPublication Date: 04/01/2002The year is 2100. Geena is the proud new owner of Emit, a state-of-the-art robot. She has just unwrapped him, the packaging strewn across the dining room floor. Emit is designed to replicate the outward behaviour of a human being down to the last detail (except that he is rather more compliant and obedient). Emit responds to questions in much the same way humans do. Ask him how he feels and he will say he has had a tough day, has a slight headache, is sorry he broke that vase, and so on....