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Thursday, August 23, 2007

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 Scientists induce out-of-body sensation

Science deals the supernatural yet another body blow:

Using virtual reality goggles, a camera and a stick, scientists have induced out-of-body experiences — the sensation of drifting outside of one’s own body....

The research reveals that "the sense of having a body, of being in a bodily self," is actually constructed from multiple sensory streams....

The research provides a physical explanation for phenomena usually ascribed to other-worldly influences.... After severe and sudden injuries, people often report the sensation of floating over their body, looking down, hearing what is said, and then, just as suddenly, find themselves back inside their body.

The new research is a first step in figuring out exactly how the brain creates this sensation, he said.

Out-of-Body experiences are sometimes called "lucid dreaming," and there appears to be a whole cottage industry of gullible people out there (just Google "Out-of-Body"...) willing to buy into it. I am not convinced that they are the ones who read scientific journals though....

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Blogger libhom said...

If you meditate, you can fake an out of body experience. The only drawback is that if anyone or anything snaps you out of that meditative state, you suddenly are back in your body, so to speak.

Human imagination is capable of all sorts of things.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Makifat said...

I've had plenty of out of body moments. Usually while drunk, during management seminars, or both simultaneously. I also saw the devil once after polishing off a bottle of rum on the beach. I've sworn off rum and haven't seen any devils since, except the kind with human faces.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

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 Welcome Atheist Blogroll


I have added a new feature to the sidebar: the Atheist Blogroll.

There are a lot more sites on this topic than I imagined, and I won't have time to check them all out. So please leave me a comment if you find any gems.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

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 My liberal identity

How to Win a Fight With a Conservative is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Liberal Identity:

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

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 Why does faith deserve respect?

This is awesome on so many levels:

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Blogger John said...

After watching this, I think that there is a great deal of validity to many of the man's points. The part that resonated the most with me is when he said “if God exists, I don’t think much of his attitude” (and I assume he is referring to Christianity here). The point he makes is one of my biggest problems with Christianity. I personally feel that it is too much to ask of human beings (or at least THIS human being) who inhabit this rather severe planet for the span of 70 or 80 years to “believe;” have “faith," unconditionally, in a deity that has never personally shown himself or touched my life in ANY way, for as long as I have been here. God doesn’t listen to me and never has. God has never received me (at least not to my knowledge), and I have asked many times. I don’t ask anymore, because I don’t believe anyone is listening. Has this completely extinguished the Christian faith that I was raised in and tried so hard to believe for 40 years? Not completely, but IF God does exist, I’m plenty pissed off at him after all this time. That is not so say that I am not a spiritual person, I am very much a spiritual person. But IF God exists, I just don’t get it (him). I have pretty much made peace with that. That said —

The reason that faith deserves respect is because people need to believe in something bigger and more benevolent than ourselves, whatever one’s idea of “God” may be. To attempt to take that away, by ANY form of dogma (including this man’s), is to inflict cruelty on your fellow man. Perhaps the worst kind of cruelty.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The reason that faith deserves respect is because people need to believe in something bigger and more benevolent than ourselves"


Says who? I don't have any such belief and I'm doing just fine. The only thing that is bigger and more important than me is my family or my community, both of which are just groups of people. People are what's important, not some fantasy in the sky. A little bit of empathy can completely replace all religion and help the world rather than harm it (the way religion does)

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching this guy I think he has a problem with people who don't believe the way he does.

Kinda ironic.....dontcha think?

I bet he yells at kids to get off his lawn too. :)

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