Psi balls, and all psionic constructs, are imaginary unless correlated with a real entity outside your mind. That correlation is a change, so you can determine if your imagined construct has a real influence by looking at changes in things that are not your mind. For example, if you intend to shift temperature or influence something, it should do work. Technically, psi balls are unrealistic conceptual abstractions that can model real influences. There is technically no ball of psychic energy between your hands because energy is an abstraction for how objects can change. My recommendation is to loop back veridical Read More
BunnyGunz wrote: …Some would consider magic as an extension/expansion of psionics or energy workk/manipulation in general, using various tools and modalities depending on discipline/school. Some may consider magic itself as a subset within Psionics as a whole, adjacent perhaps to something like Reiki… I wrote: …how you guys abuse the word “energy” drives me bonkers. Energy is a scalar that describes the degree of how one variable, thing, object, category, and symbol can rotate in a vector space with respect to a frame of reference such that something is displaced. The wave properties of energy emerge from periodic functions, where Read More
Modal discourse concerns alternative ways things can be, e.g., what might be true, what isn’t true but could have been, what should be done. This entry focuses on counterfactual modality which concerns what is not, but could or would have been.
kaosraven10 (Forest_Horns#7383) wrote: …Most people’s opinion on anything is made by experience not facts and such unless they are taking special effort not to do so, when they talk it’s an opinion… …Some one elses subjective opinion about something that cannot be proven in any way… I wrote: Perception and the empirical context of falsifiability is not necessary to denote a fact. In a logical sense, every entity has an identity and a negation of its identity, so it is possible to mathematically and logically disprove most statements practically. That is not taking into consideration Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem or paradoxes. Read More
Several philosophical problems arising from the physics of consciousness, including identity, duplication, teleportation, simulation, self-location, and the Boltzmann Brain problem, hinge on one of the most deeply held but unnecessary convictions of physicalism: the assumption that brain states and their corresponding conscious states can in principle be copied. In this paper I will argue against this assumption by attempting to prove the Unique History Theorem, which states, essentially, that conscious correlations to underlying quantum mechanical measurement events must increase with time and that every conscious state uniquely determines its history from an earlier conscious state.
One of the most startling possibilities is that our 3+1 dimensional universe may better described as resulting from a spacetime one dimension lower – like a hologram projected from a surface infinitely far away.
This is the story of the Global Consciousness Project, a unique 20-year scientific collaboration of researchers recording the effects of mass consciousness in response to major global events. Its findings are consistent with the wisdom traditions of many cultures and speak of humanity’s unity and deep connections through love, compassion, and the creative impulse.
In order to dive deeper into an exciting topic, we’re mixing up the format. Over the next three days, we’ll spend the next three episodes exploring an incredible application of seemingly purely-abstract mathematics: how algebraic topology can help us decode the connections among neurons in our brains, to help us understand their function.
Last episode we saw that your neural network can be modeled as a graph, which — we’ll show in this episode — can be viewed as a higher-dimensional simplicial complex. So… what is a simplicial complex??
This work was the first sustained philosophical study of psychic phenomena to follow C.D. Broad’s LECTURES ON PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, written nearly twenty years earlier. The author clearly defines the categories of psychic phenomena, surveys the most compelling experimental data, and traces their implications for the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind. He considers carefully the abstract presuppositions underlying leading theories of psychic phenomena, and he offers bold criticisms of both mechanistic analyses of communication and psychophysical identity theories.
Science really is everywhere. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, we bring you the first part of StarTalk at BAM – Science is Everywhere. Back in March, we had a great time at the Brooklyn Academy of Music highlighting the shows under the StarTalk Podcast Network banner. In Part 1, you’ll hear StarTalk Radio and StarTalk All-Stars. To start, Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and theoretical physicist and author Brian Greene to discuss the early universe. You’ll hear about the “Cosmic Dark Ages” and what we know about the first stars born in the universe. Read More
“We must consider this question, can machines think?” Alan Turing asked that question many years ago, but these days that question is taking on a whole new dimension. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and neuroscientist Gary Marcus answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the intersection of minds and machines. You’ll learn what distinguishes the human mind from the minds of other mammals. Explore the mysteries of memory and the future of memory storage. You’ll also learn how humans have “context addressable memory” whereas computers have “location addressable memory.” Find out more about human Read More
Stephen E. Braude