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Monday, July 2, 2007

Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point

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I just stumbled across this interesting website by checking the newsreel on my own blog. (That’s the part you can look at if you scroll down, on the right sidebar, and look for “Newsreel”. There are a number of items you can search and you'll get news article results).

I’m always on the lookout for cutting-edge research, books, interviews, and other out-of-the- box material in order to keep expanding my own desire to continue learning. In a previous post (Keep Energy High! Watch How You Feed Your Brain, Heart & Spirit) I touched on the importance of feeding your brain with valuable material on a daily basis, and I suggested one of the ways of doing this is to listen to quality CD’s in your car as you drive about your daily business. What is offered on Skeptiko is one way of doing that.
Here's what a recent press release said about them:

Skeptiko is the first scientifically oriented Podcast exploring new research in controversial areas of science such as telepathy, psi, parapsychology, near-death-experience, reincarnation, and after-life encounters. Each episode features open, honest debate on new scientific discoveries. The show includes interviews with top research scientists and their critics. Source

Here are the titles of two of their last podcasts:

Consciousness Researchers of a Different Mind

During the 45-minute interview Dr. Emily Kelly explains why they wrote, Irreducible Mind: “One of our big motivations was watching this deepening polarization in our society between the two fundamentalists; religious fundamentalists on the one hand, and scientific fundamentalists on the other hand. What we’re trying to say is there’s a scientifically defensible middle course we can take, and not only that we can take, but we really have to take.”

Your Mind is More than Your Brain

During the 30-minute interview Dr. Almeder suggests human consciousness is more than just brain states: “…the good news is that we can show that human minds do exist and are of a different order than physical objects as we know them. And, that seems to suggest that the whole question of minds is not a question of metaphysics or religion, it’s a question of science…”

He also explains the logical fallacy some scientists fall into when trying to explain away consciousness research: “One of the objections you’ll often hear is that it can’t happen because we don’t know how it happens… I think what you have to say is that the evidence is very strong that it does happen… you can’t deny it happens simply because you don’t understand why, or how, or for what purpose…”


In case I have to drive the point home even more – remember: this is the best way to conscious aging. Keep your mind alive and flexible, have broad and distant horizons, be continuously curious and never stop learning.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, yes, some synchronicity indeed! + the themes explored here really interest me and I so agree that a middle way needs to be taken and encouraged. urthermore it's that one that really makes sense. It appears more and more clear to me that we are gradually moving towards greater consciousness.

    Cheers!

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