• Here’s the best lecture yet I’ve seen on how to respond to creationists. If you don’t want to watch the whole 80 minute video (which imo is good in every minute, by the way), we jump (below) into when Dr. Donald Prothero presents encyclopedic evidence for transitional species:

  • Hoping to keep a list here of the most unethical political practices, and how some states (whether in USA or other countries) mitigate them. Potential corruption in any institution with power is a given, and well thought out state constitutions are written to head it off. Constitutional amendments are after thoughts that are difficult to…[Read more]

  • [..] it does not jive with the original manuscript

    That was just a first draft.

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Special pleading. in the forum Theism 6 days, 6 hours ago

    David Philpot, welcome to AZ, and +1 on your first posts! (I rarely say that last part.)

  • Most non-scientists with an opinion on what consciousness is don’t seem to agree well on definitions, and scientists are still working out definitions at the same time as they accomplish empirical research. I just thought I’d keep a topic open for suggestions on agreeable terminology, and the latest definitions.

    Starting with a very interesting…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Dr. Bob in the forum Announcements 1 week, 1 day ago

    Never did answer a question directly but then again, how could he?

    Haha, well put. I wouldn’t say he was always respectful, because in fact he was so evasive, so often pretending he didn’t understand what was said to him. But evasive in an intelligent way, if not downright misleading at times, or even trollish on a bad day.

    I…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic consciousness in the forum Science 1 week, 4 days ago

    […] The consciousness podcast… https://theconsciousnesspodcast.com/

    He is on episode 13 but all the episodes are interesting

    I was going to mention Chopra too, as he is also “on the forefront”, or should we say “leading the fringe”.

    I’ll look into the podcast you suggest, and I’ll suggest some as well. Might I suggest, if any these put you to…[Read more]

  • Polymythism, as old as human language.

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Special pleading. in the forum Theism 1 week, 4 days ago

    Special pleading with special “secret” shared closely among glossy-eyed tribal members. Oh, and if only you would join us, you’d feel it, too!

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic consciousness in the forum Science 1 week, 5 days ago

    Perhaps the real you no longer exists at all, then, which is simply another way of being dead, isn’t it?

    LOL, I detect “tongue-in-cheek” on that comment, but it can still make people think.

    Naw, besides, we’ve been completely ignoring the probabilistic effects of quantum entanglement between these supposed perfect copies of each other.

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic consciousness in the forum Science 2 weeks ago

    As for duplicating consciousnesses, there’s still plenty of opportunity to learn how identical twins share the same kinds of thoughts and feelings. Even if their consciousnesses could be made and said to be exactly the same, we still know they’re two different people, right?!

    That’s what gets me about discussions about uploading your own…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic consciousness in the forum Science 2 weeks ago

    So let’s say one may experience life someday “exactly” like a butterfly. Apart from the problem of knowing when one has actually achieved the goal, would you, returned back to your human consciousness, really be able to remember exactly what it was like? I’m thinking we’d first have to experiment with simulations. And then it can only be up to wh…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 weeks ago

    My model suggest countless levels that go back to the original quantum particles that we are evolved from…and comes directly from states of awareness I recognize in myself, and these states are observable in other organisms. Can you deny that our white blood cell are not aware of the bacteria they engulf? How about the heart knowing w…

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  • PopeBeanie posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    You don’t believe in the CO2 measurements, or that CO2 and increased warmth aren’t related, or… ? You understand north pole ice is practically gone now, and USA and Russian Navies are implementing redeployment for open waters, right? Explain why you’re sounding so cocky!

  • This topic’s in quotes, because the term AI is currently defined by we humans in various ways. At least at this moment, let’s try to focus primarily on our shared human experiences, with less focus or speculation on how (e.g.) alien intelligence or AI itself might someday propose or enforce its own definitions on us; 🙂 lol haha I’ll be back, be…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic What is a right? in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Inalienable rights are a little like life after death. It’d be great if we had them but basically you can’t have them without something like a deity. And I don’t believe in deities so…

    It may be even more intertwined than that… the promise of life after death is sold as the great equalizer when those denied th…

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  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic What is a right? in the forum Politics 1 month, 1 week ago

    I think you’re alluding to something like this: The realest rights are those legislated, with judicial oversight of due process on a per-incident basis when contested, and then enforced by an enforcement authority.

    Unfortunately in past history and present, religion has played all these roles, and much of Islam in particular still employ very…[Read more]

  • Maybe start with this video first.

    Nicely thought-out/spelled-out video, covering biggest myths and providing best explanations. Most people like to simplify explanations, but “KISS” makes it too easy to avoid deeper understandings. “God did it, so why bother with scientific details?” is an easy cop out. OTOH, some…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Is Atheism a Religion? in the forum Theism 2 months ago

    1)religion as beliefs and meaning […]  2) Religion as Identity( group) […]  3) religion as structured social relations. ( power relations)

    I like that. I’ve never taken a course on religion, but if I did, I’d also be interested in how religion and politics relate (or not) to each other, especially those times when they’re kep…[Read more]

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