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Let's start a special fund to pay for sending guys like this Chris Carter's book, Dean Radin's The Conscious Universe and a select bouquet of other volumes...

Well put Michael I hate it when someone writes about something they know nothing or very little about.

Two sides of the same coin: religion and ultra skeptics and neither has a clue they are on the same coin entitled "my truths are thee truths".

These ultra skeptics have totally destroyed the term skeptic as anything meaningful as l believe most Christians have almost totally destroyed the teachings of Jesus.

Maybe disbelieving can be as powerful of paradigm paralysis as believing. It appears that an open mind is an oxymoron. It was of interest to me that of the thousands of participants that I taught in seminars those that professed to have an open mind at the beginning of the seminar invariably had what appeared to be a very closed mind. And the very few and I mean very few that admitted at the beginning of the seminar of having a closed mind invariably had what appeared to me as having a very open and introspective minds.

Maybe a prerequisite for doing any type of research or study is to be able to admit to one’s mind being very closed and very conditioned. Keeping a crack in our mind’s door may be a difficult objective.

My communication with Dean Radin on the Internet suggests that even this very interesting scientist has his own paradigms when it comes to paranormal phenomena. This in no way is a put down of Dean Radin as I have read his book and spent many hours listening to his CD and was most impressed with his work and insights.

If one has not heard Dean Radin’s CD it is at least to me much more interesting to listen to than reading his book. Both are recommended.

I was going to email Mind Hacks today -- their discussion of the Phantom Limb illusion in the New Scientist feature on Mind Hacks (a couple issues ago) is also all too limited. I did hear back from Professor Michael Corballis -- asking me if birdsong was recursive because it resonated into ultrasonics. I replied but he did not.

Basically parapsychology relies on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle with position of information inversely proportional to momentum of information.

So something like the phantom limb illusion (or other Mind Hack conundrums) being caused by a vibrator on the arm tendon may be true but it doesn't explain away OBEs as well. What's missing is the transduction of energy based on the asymmetry in the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle which violates the commutative principle (momentum times position does not equal position times momentum). Dr. Henry Stapp makes this issue of Number and Order the focus of his parapsychology research.

Number and Order -- recursiveness -- it's what Professor Corballis claims makes us human. Fractals are recursive (yet nonlinear and thereby seemingly random) -- but analysis of language with math relies on symmetry whereby resonance transduction relies on asymmetry (violation of the commutative principle). So all these attempts for a "scientific" mathematical analysis will always already run up against this structural blind-spot. Kurt Godel also figured this out stating in his interview in Rudy Rucker's Infinity and the Mind that time travel worked because a person would not desire to change their future. Desire is inherent in the resonance transduction of information as momentum but for the desire to strengthen there is an inverse relation to knowledge of information position.

Remember that dancing lady that I could flip at will while sitting in full-lotus -- well here's a new quantum consciousness "empirical" study relying on such altered states that slow down nueronal firing (like LSD).

http://www.arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/0709/0709.4516v1.pdf

I'm convinced that drew hempel is a spambot.

Mind Hacks seems to put the unintended emphasis on "hacks" (not the computer variety). Another amazing example of people seeing only what they want to see, or willfully ignoring inconvenient data in order to retain their prejudices. An object lesson on the glacial pace of understanding.

I should note that I'm a regular reader of Mind Hacks, and think it's a great blog. I don't agree with Vaughan's take on a lot of things, but at least he presents a wide range of topics (including psi related).

The real problem here I think is that the BPS Digest blog does not make explicit that the Ganzfeld study was double-blind. Without that assertion, this new study appears to suggest a skeptical explanation for positive Ganzfeld tests. Crucially, once you know it is double-blind, it actually does the opposite...it in fact suggests why skeptics get negative results (because they might sow doubt in the receiver's mind with their approach).

Kind of an interesting case study itself in how people's preconceptions impact on their interpretation.

Kind regards,
Greg

Strange synchronicity that Mind Hacks reviews Sack's Musicophilia then the previous blog is a review of Poe while my review of Sack's Musicophilia argues that Poe understood music better than Sacks. Time to crank up the spambot....

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