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FYI, there's a new interview with Chris Carter at the Skeptiko site:
February 14, 2013 | Permalink
I do like Chris Carter's approach to the subject, and the way he s prepared to engage on Amazon and the like.
February 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Chris is the man. I agree with how he sees NDE and deathbed visions as the true alternative to both materialism and religious dogma, neither of which comes close to explaining the true nature of existence in my opinion.
February 15, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Thanks for this link, Michael. I was moved by the host's concerns about acceptance of survival giving rise to a new religion, complete with all the horrors we dreamed we were free of. So maybe we owe those hard core materialists some gratitude. Be careful what you wish for and all that.
I dearly hope that the public would never allow the return of the inquisition's "auto de fe". But I fear at least a certain segment would relish it.
Psychopaths have a simply amazing ability to end up in control of all structures of power. Which explains a lot about our present state of affairs.
If you want to scare yourself silly on this front, read up on so-called Christian reconstruction or dominionism. Some of them admit out front that killing at least a quarter of the country is required to incur God's favor. And these folks seem to be taking over the military. I wonder how they would react if a new evidence-based spirituality starts to supplant Christianity?
Three cheers for materialism?
Perhaps the fundies of all stripes will fade away along with the materialists. That would be real progress.
Herb Solely |
February 15, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Maybe it is unfair of me and I'll come back to it, but when I got to the second paragraph of the interview transcript and Chris Carter mentioned Global Climate change,although he didn't mention the man made component,I thought 'gullible,hasn't researched the MMGW scam'. He lost me there, and I couldn't get motivated to read the rest of the interview
February 16, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Snorkler - read the books instead :)
February 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM
"He lost me there, and I couldn't get motivated to read the rest of the interview"
He does have considerable academic pride. He was insistent at the end of the interview that humans only have 2-4 reincarnarions, and when told that NDERF reports show an almost infinite variety of conflicting scenarios, he was dismissive, because NDERF is not stringently scientific enough for him. He takes his position from what he considers the most evidential cases.
"Psychopaths have a simply amazing ability to end up in control of all structures of power. Which explains a lot about our present state of affairs."
This suggests you never vote for anyone in the mainstream parties and think that those who do are just dupes?
February 16, 2013 at 04:04 PM
@ Barbara. This suggests you never vote for anyone in the mainstream parties and think that those that do are just dupes?
Unfortunately here in Australia voting is compulsory, and the mainstream parties consist of Tweedle Dee,Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber,so I vote for Tweedle Dee, the lesser of 3 evils and the party that just pays lip service to the MMGW scam.
February 16, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Two quotes from the interview:
The manner in which we live our lives, to a large extent, depends on what we believe comes after it.
...belief in an afterlife confers several practical benefits, such as for example, such a belief may help overcome the fear of death. If people are convinced they’re not ultimately subject to any earthly power, this can increase their courage to fight for freedom, ecologically sustainable policies, and social justice.
Perhaps, but what we believe matters, too. There's this little vexing faction of afterlife believers that incorporate Jihad into their dogma. Not good.
February 16, 2013 at 07:08 PM
To be clear, Alex deals with the "what" problem in the interview, but it can't be stressed enough. What kind of afterlife belief are we pushing here?
Hard line religious folks are ahead of the curve in social engineering, and New Age woo's are generating more noise right now than (what interpret as) rational believers, such as Alex and Chris.
February 16, 2013 at 07:18 PM
How belief in an afterlife would effect your behavior is entirely based on whether you think the moral contents of your action.
steve em |
February 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM
How belief in an afterlife would effect your behavior is entirely based on whether you think the moral contents of your action,effect that after life
steve em |
February 18, 2013 at 06:54 PM
To me the greatest threat posed by materialists and atheists militant is that so often they champion the idea of human unexceptionalism.
The universe? A random event resulting from, ah, something, ah, acting on something, over a great amount of, ah, time, all of which always existed of course, because, well because that's the way it was.
Our lives? Accidents. Mistakes. Random events. We are chemical and electrical processes, that is all.
And what the hell problem is there with ending something which was a mistake in the first place?
February 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Tonight at midnight Pacific time (3 AM Eastern) on Coast to Coast radio, Sam Parnia will be the guest:
2nd Half: Expert on the scientific study of death, and near-death experiences, Dr Sam Parnia, will discuss how contrary to popular belief, death is not a moment in time, but rather a process-- a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun.
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