Discussions about the James Randi Educational Foundation and its Million Dollar Challenge.
24 Jun 2013, 02:22
Perhaps Arouet needs more information relating to our little agreement. This video pretty much covers it:
I have to thank a very good friend for letting me know that this little ditty even existed.
24 Jun 2013, 11:21
They may be fascinating but I'll be darned if I can understand a word of what they are saying.
24 Jun 2013, 23:12
I'm no expert either - the gist of it though, as I can make out, is that they hooked people up doing things like meditating and were to identify certain areas of the brain that were active when they got into certain meditative states. The god helmet is about stimulating certain parts of the brain to trigger spiritual experiences (the god helmet as I understand it has faced difficulty with repetition).
They leave open the question of whether the fact that spiritual experiences have particualar neurological corelates tells us anything about whether there is any external reality to the experience.
Still very interestings stuff. We're still far from understanding how all of this works, but progress is being made steadily.
24 Jun 2013, 23:22
Well, presumably the external reality could simply trigger certain parts of the brain - but they weren't looking at that part.
25 Jun 2013, 01:08
Thank you. I now understand.
25 Jun 2013, 20:29
Very well put!
30 Jun 2013, 20:32
What's hypocritcal about that post is that we are all skeptics to some degree. If I said that I could turn the sky red and fly like superman, would you not be skeptical of my claims? Just where does the skeptical analysis end for those of you who do not consider yourselves skeptical?
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