Placebo is incredibly powerful. I worked for Pharma once and trying to get a product to beat Placebo in Stage III trials is sometimes impossible, even when fiddling with the Excel spreadsheet calculations a little.

Placebo is incredibly powerful. I worked for Pharma once and trying to get a product to beat Placebo in Stage III trials is sometimes impossible, even when fiddling with the Excel spreadsheet calculations a little.

Our thoughts are within physical reality so it shouldn’t be too surprising but of course we’re trained to a duality from culture / language.

I tend towards Embodied Cognition as a workable model. Took a long time to find it, and it’s not perfect but it’s close to my thoughts on this stuff.

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Even from a purely physicalist / mechanical view (which is rare even from folks who think they think that way because most don’t take it far enough)…

… we’re in each others heads right now, moving pistons and gears and it can be traced from our head through computers through internet and tracked.

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Purely immaterial or purely material, I think it’s possible to reconcile both positions so they’re compatible. Still don’t know mine yet fully but I got time… or time’s got me. Or there is no time. Or time is all there is. Whatev.

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Good to hear. I’ve suffered through many a Hitchen’s devotee through the years.

All paradox is fixable but you have to go outside the boundaries of the question. It annoys ppl when one does that, but it does solve them

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I’ll give a real example: want to break highest level encryption? Forget math. Kidnap the family of someone with the info until they give it to you. Solves P vs NP but no one usually likes this answer.

Not really. My prob with him is he took Monty Python /George Carlin / Douglas Adams type anti-religious humor and got nasty with it. Stopped being funny.

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Hitchens to me was a one note Charlie who took some comedy and turned it into a social justice movement. Sign of the times I suppose but I couldn’t go where he was leading.

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That’s the line he crossed that I couldn’t follow. Poking at a bear vs trying to vaporize a bear are different things.

I was always semi-religious/semi-agnostic. Don’t go into the logic game of theist/atheist / what type of agnostic r u thing because it’s old hat.

There are things I think are important in this world. Skepticism, changing perspectives, laugh at yourself and also the insanity of the human condition as it is, trying to understand and make the world better.

But going on a war path without proper gear and weaponry isn’t one of them, and the way Hitchens and those that followed do so usually tends to miss on the targets most of the time.

It’ll grab the b+w logic folks, the Calvinist Bible Thumpers and other letter-of-the-law people. But that’s all it’ll catch because most of the rhetoric misses what most religions are doing entirely.

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Carlin post early 90s lost me. He got a little too warrior.

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