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Thanks for the tip. Great blog.

The story about the half-million dollar scam was hair-raising. Barnum was right.

That's a coincidence, MP. Dean Radin rang me the other day to recommend the same blog! (note: that was a lie)

My attempt at humour, there. :-)

Seriously, MP. If you're in correspondence with Stephen Braude, feel free to share any insights you have gained.

Braude is one of the most important authors on the paranormal since William James and C.D. Broad. And a philosopher of extremely high calibre.

>If you're in correspondence with Stephen Braude, feel free to share any insights you have gained.

Steve told me he really enjoyed the Super Bowl this year.

Does that qualify?

:-)

What's the Super Bowl? A salad?

>Steve told me he really enjoyed the Super Bowl this year.

Does that qualify?

:-)

I'll take it! I guess that's all I'm getting. :-)

I do realize that authors are real people too. But I stand by my statements about his importance as a philosopher, football fan or not. ;-)

I'll add your inside info to my notes:

Braude is of the American pragmatist tradition and seems to draw on insights from the later Wittgenstein, Rorty and Davidson. As the novelist Michael Prescott stated, Braude 'really enjoyed the Super Bowl this year'.

"As the novelist Michael Prescott stated, Braude 'really enjoyed the Super Bowl this year'."

Can we get some detailed information here? Did his wife predict the Giants would score with less than a minute left, etc.?

His wife hasn't had time to follow sports lately, so there were no predictions.

Sorry!

Actually I am surprised (perhaps I shouldn't be) at how accessible people lke Braud and Radin are.Thank God/The Great Spirit/No-one for the internet - it's very refreshing as long as one doesn't abuse it. :)

Who cares any more about these peoples views, than the people who come here with their own! Come on guys grow up stop acting like crazy "fans" and remember what you "think" is as worthwhile as anybody else, they just decided to cash in on it, thats the difference. Your all parapsychologists minus the degree which equates for what!!

Despite all its worth people still don't take the science seriously and most can't get a job later, so books are the only route for an income for most, until it gets the respect it deserves.

If you want to make anyone a hero, look at yourself, what you've accomplished, where you've been and where your going and pat yourselves on the back, your all Hero's :-)

As much as I respect Braude, I think he gives too much credence to super-psi as an explanation for survival phenomena. I know his book was written before it, but thinking of explaining the Maróczy-Korchnoi match as super-psi is ludicrous, as is explaining reincarnation memories as super-psi (telepathy is an information channel and has never shown to be any more) which is utterly inexplicable in the sense of healing, and the fact that the children (or even regressed patients) would identify ("I was the one who was shot in the war" - I've never heard of anyone who telepathically received information as identifying with it and remembering it from a first person, "my conscious experience" perspective) with very specific information that they're receiving telepathically.

Perhaps telepathy can explain some simpler cases, but absolutely not the strongest.

@ Hope
There is no hero worship on my part. I'm just interested in the ideas.

I suppose I was a little surprised that Braude recommended a blog because he's always seemed (to me) less involved with the media and the online channel than other writers on the paranormal.

(PS - Hope, thanks for the Ode To Joy verses on your blog, I love Beethoven's 9th. And his 7th)

@ John
I'm not going to start a super-psi versus survival debate, as this thread might spiral out of control. I will just add that Braude's importance lies in the philosophical sophistication he brings to the issues.

Well, yes, I agree. The fact that someone as meticulous (perhaps too meticulous) sides on survival gives it more credence anyways.

I just wonder how he'd try to argue super-psi for the chess match, though. Any non-survivalist position for that seems untenable (within reason).

John -I'd like to see that chess game. Do you have a link? I've heard that Maroczy played a bit like a chess computer, and I could check that out. Also, presumably you know there is a Grandmaster called Mikhail Braude in the USA?

Ross W: Vernon Neppe did an analysis of the match and found it to be similar to the style of Maroczy. He also correctly noted that the majority of the game was played during a time where there were not chess computers capable of the play that "Maroczy" played at. He also noticed that the play style was with creativity that a computer of the time (and I could argue even today) would not be able to emulate. His analysis is very strong and he favours strongly a survivalist view.

Anyways, I have the files (of Neppe's analysis, but not the original report) but I don't know how I'd get them to you. Leave your email address and I'll get around to forwarding them some time this week.

Maybe off topic maybe not. I am reading a book now by medium Eileen Garrett (Awareness) and an entity (control) that came through while she was in a trance lived in the 12th century whose name was Abdul Latif and claimed to be a physician and astronomer and he claimed to have traveled extensively.

Well when Eileen had someone do research at the Bodleian library at Oxford there was a book written by Abdul Latif and the book confirms Abdul’s travels.

I thought it interesting that an entity that came thru a medium could be located several hundred years later. Of course there could be other reasons for this such as Eileen knew about this person before he came through in a trance and in her trance it was only her subconscious that came through.

But then there are always other possibilities if one wants to find them.

(PS - Hope, thanks for the Ode To Joy verses on your blog, I love Beethoven's 9th. And his 7th)

Hey Ryan have you heard Beethoven's 6th? I have the full version on my blog, I actually dreamt it once years back, the last part (3/4 into it) when the storm comes in was a bit full on but the transition towards a lighter more beautiful and heavenly melody is breathtaking, go have a listen, the only thing is you'll need a good 30 minutes and I recommend headphones if possible.

They call it the "Pastoral".

Beethoven was a solitary man who despised people, fund them annoying but he loved the countryside and would often spend time walking in the country, so this piece is his reflection of one of those many countryside experiences.

(PS - Hope, thanks for the Ode To Joy verses on your blog, I love Beethoven's 9th. And his 7th)

Hey Ryan have you heard Beethoven's 6th? I have the full version on my blog, I actually dreamt it once years back, the last part (3/4 into it) when the storm comes in was a bit full on but the transition towards a lighter more beautiful and heavenly melody is breathtaking, go have a listen, the only thing is you'll need a good 30 minutes and I recommend headphones if possible.

They call it the "Pastoral".

Beethoven was a solitary man who despised people, found them annoying but he loved the countryside and would often spend time walking and drawing his inspiration from nature, so this piece is his reflection of one of those many countryside experiences.

@ Hope
Thanks a lot, Hope! Your message kick started me into tidying my study in order to find Beethoven's 6th. I don't recall giving a it a careful listen before misplacing it. I'll give it a listen tonight.

I know a bit about Beethoven's character. This is what he told Elizabeth Brentano:

Those who understand my music must be freed from all the miseries which others drag around with them...Tell [Goethe] to hear my symphonies, and he will see that I am saying that music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher worlds of knowledge which comprehends mankind, but which mankind cannot comprehend.

And he told Court Secretary Von Zmeskall:

The devil take you. I don't want to know anything about your whole system of ethics. Power is the morality of men who stand out from the rest, and it is also mine.

Quoted from Colin Wilson's, Beyond The Occult, p324.

Go Beethoven!.......

He comes across proud and arrogant probably why he had a tough time with understanding and dealing with people. Easier to live in the fantasy world of creation than deal with real life, anyway shame, but I still like his music.

Interesting blog Michael thanks

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