The James Randi Million Dollar Challenge for proof of psychic phenomena has been terminated. The JREF page indicates that it is no longer accepting applications from the general public (celebrity psychics still welcome with TV crew). The foundation is going to be converted into a grant-making fund, however a review of the protocols will be… Read More The James Randi 1 Million Dollar Challenge Finally Terminated
A recent San Diego State University poll led by psychology professor Jean Twenge shows that Americans are five times less likely to pray as compared to the early 1980’s, and twice as many said they do not believe in God. The biggest decline is among 18-29 year olds, the so-called millennials. The study also shows that despite… Read More SDSU Study: Religion Down, Afterlife Belief Up Among Millennials; Reason? Feeling “Entitled” to get “Something for Nothing”
What does consciousness studies have to do with research about the afterlife? Everything. Before I continue my rant on the glaring problems of material science’s unsupported hypothesis of brain-based consciousness and the abhorrent suggestion that free will is an illusion (are we simply robots, or what?), I’d like to give you all the heads up… Read More New Documentary of Consciousness: “The Deeper You Go”, Limited Time Access through Skeptiko Blog
Humai is a technology company based out of Los Angeles that is making the rather presumptuous claim that within 30 years, they can provide the continuation of consciousness after you die by gathering data about your thoughts, speech patterns and behaviors, freezing your brain after you die, then loading the whole thing, plus data, into… Read More Company Promises ‘Life After Death’ by Transferring Consciousness To An Artificial Body
LiveScience put an article a little while back called Out-Of-Body Experience Is Traced In The Brain with the tagline: “What happens in the brain when a person has an out-of-body experience? A team of scientists may now have an answer.” Spoiler: They don’t have the answer. Not even close.
From the time that my spiritual beliefs coalesced when I was around 19 or so, with the reading of the book “Seth Speaks”, I began to understand that certain features of my life were more or less designed for my own soul progress. We do have free-will, of course, but I believe that we do… Read More A Lesson in Spiritual Humility
I, for one, love science. Science helps us understand the physical world around us, and regardless if you believe that it was sheer accident or the greatest creative construct, one has to be awed by the beautiful complexity of it all. I delight in learning about stars composed only of neutrons, and about creatures that… Read More The Contentious Idea that Free Will is an Illusion