Friday, March 27, 2009

My Response To Keith Augustine's Case Against Survival

keith,

Your side has been given many chances to present your case. Examples of scientists that have presented the case that mind is produced by the brain, and in their view their is no soul. Steve Pinker, Susan Blackmore, Steven Novella among others] They have been given plenty of media talks.

http://edge.org/3rd_culture/dawkins_pinker/dawkins_pinker_index.ht

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1580394,00.html

As far as Mrs Piper goes. Their is a godo critique on Martin Gardner's debunking of her mediumship.

http://michaelprescott.typepad.com/michael_prescotts_blog/2007/08/how-martin-gard.html

I wonder what you think of this direct test for survival which was proven.

Houdini's code

http://www.survivalafterdeath.org.uk/articles/ford/houdini.htm


Hi response was that Steven Pinker never presented many areas of evidence against survival. But the link of Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker titled " Is science killing the soul" Present lots of this supposed evidence.


Keith,



Anyone can point to weaknesses in particular evidence, for example; the Phineas Cage case that you mentioned before, new information suggests that the seriously maladapted Gage described by Harlow may have existed for only a limited number of years after the accident—that in later life Phineas may have been far more functional, and socially far better adapted, than has been thought.

Now the production theory would predict that his lost of functionality and social abilities would be lost forever especially with the state of his brain damage. But that ain't so.

Embellishment also appears the case in this case, with the uncertainty of Harlow's sources for the changes he describes in Phineas, combined with the fact that he waited almost twenty years (between his first and second papers) to communicate those changes, constitute one of the central puzzles of the case.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phineas_Gage

Another piece of evidence Keith to argue his case for extinction is the brain split experiments which are controversial. Many scientists among even Dr. Gazzaniga admitted to John Searle that he couldn't tell Searle if that showed two separate conscious selves or not.

True, Keith mainstream science often ignores parapsychological evidence because it is threatening to the precious naturalistic worldview. Their's a lot to lose.

I can go and on and on and continue to poke big holes in the cases against survival.

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