Mind, senses, science and the spiritual

August 16, 2009

“Saying there’s no soul because the brain has consciousness structures is like saying there’s no light because a lightbulb has filaments.” John Shirley “Saying there’s no soul because the brain has consciousness structures is like saying there’s no light because a lightbulb has filaments.” - John Shirley A thought which needs further development… It’s a common […]

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Absent brain matter – a follow-up

February 23, 2009

Some commentators took issue with an earlier post of mine in which I referred to people whose brains are all-but nonexistant, but who are still functional people. Here’s a clear example of the phenomenon I described, complete with CT/MRI pictures.  And links to the article about the case in New Scientist and the original story […]

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The Woo, the How and the Why

January 13, 2009

‘ I’ve long been interested in “Occam’s Razor” — the scientific maxim that maintains that all things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the correct one. But who gets the honor of defining “simple”? It’s a lot like Carl Sagan’s “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” What, exactly, is “extraordinary”? “Extraordinary” to who? Are […]

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Knowledge makes the brain grow better

September 17, 2008

I’m lucky to live with people who not only have good brains and use them well, but are also tolerant enough to both provide me with thoughts I wouldn’t otherwise have and to listen to the mad ideas that pop in my transom. Case in point: Seeing the recent study on the change in brain […]

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