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  1. Thanks for the reference, abaddon, but, after...

    I don't think I said anything that remotely suggests EM energy or pantheism or a "mysterious force". You have very different associations to the word, and somehow that overrode all my effort to say...
  2. I don't think that "fee will" is usually defined...

    (take your time on this bit)

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    I don't think that "fee will" is usually defined well enough to have a coherent discussion of the subject, and those who advocate for it seldom seem to...
  3. Because I'm juggling a lot of things at once...

    Because I'm juggling a lot of things at once right now--today being my 75th birthday--I don't have time to absorb all of the above posts yet, so I'll try to read more carefully and post some...
  4. Untermensche, that is roughly what I was saying,...

    Untermensche, that is roughly what I was saying, but the important point about emergence is that the functional entities that emerge from the substrate have properties that are not necessarily...
  5. Repo, my wife and I got both Pfizer vaccine shots...

    Repo, my wife and I got both Pfizer vaccine shots at the downtown Amazon supervax center in Seattle. Our shots were at the same time and from the same batch. So I can tell you how we reacted to the...
  6. Untermensche, I think that these discussions go...

    Untermensche, I think that these discussions go somewhere for those of us who are open to looking at the subject from different angles, but I'm not sure that you are. For example, you responded to a...
  7. This discussion is taking shape along the lines...

    This discussion is taking shape along the lines that it usually does, but I just wanted to focus on the main question that Nagel raised. He is really asking how it is possible to explain the way in...
  8. Repoman, you ask some good questions, but you...

    Repoman, you ask some good questions, but you should not really expect to get reasonable answers from an internet discussion board. It is true that the mRNA vaccines are new and that we have much to...
  9. I don't think that it's a good idea to reach such...

    An old school dead or attenuated virus is looking pretty good to me right now, but I may be just skittish.[/QUOTE]

    I don't think that it's a good idea to reach such a conclusion on a suspicion...
  10. I am thinking along the same lines that you are,...

    I hesitate to say much about subjective experience based on what philosophy has said. We need to open up the brain and understand the mechanics, then the mechanics are what can be said. It seems like...
  11. Nagel was writing at a time when computer...

    Nagel was writing at a time when computer technology was leading to a revolution in our understanding of chaos theory, although the concept of emergence was very old, going back at least to...
  12. Nagel's Batty Explanation of the Mind-Body Problem

    In 1974, Philosopher Thomas Nagel published his classic 17-page explanation of why it is so difficult to understand the physical basis of consciousness: What is it Like to Be a Bat?

    In internet...
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    After today's news that Navalny is ending his...

    Yeah, this GRU shit is not helping at all. Putin has to understand that at some point these operations are simply counterproductive to say the least.[/QUOTE]

    Well, I think the larger issue here is...
  14. The good news on Navalny today is that he has...

    The good news on Navalny today is that he has agreed to end his hunger strike, since he has seen doctors he trusts and his own physicians wrote him to advise him that he was on the brink of death. ...
  15. There is no excuse for the MSM in the Western...

    There is no excuse for the MSM in the Western world to be so atrocious when it comes to Russia, because they are quite simply very good. They can be relied on to print the truth, and the Russian MSM...
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    It may not be leisure time for him. You couldn't...

    Dude has some serious time on his hands. Two hours of CNN plus all the time posting here. Wish I had that luxury.[/QUOTE]

    It may not be leisure time for him. You couldn't pay me to spend 2 hours...
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    The good news today is that Putin has claimed he...

    The good news today is that Putin has claimed he will draw down his troops on the border, beginning tomorrow. It is difficult to see what he gained by this exercise, but he is declaring success and...
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    Things are really heating up now, as Putin...

    Things are really heating up now, as Putin appears poised to attack Ukraine. Of course, he will claim that he was provoked, but we've seen the build-up on his side coming for a couple of weeks now. ...
  19. I would say that most of the mainstream outlets...

    I would say that most of the mainstream outlets in Russia are fairly careful to slant their stories so as to favor government policies, but it is still possible to find opposition points of view. It...
  20. Generally speaking, they don't intentionally lie....

    My excuse is that I live in a part of the world where the MSM is not under government control. If you choose not to label the mainstream news outlets in Russia "MSM" because they are under...
  21. My excuse is that I live in a part of the world...

    My excuse is that I live in a part of the world where the MSM is not under government control. If you choose not to label the mainstream news outlets in Russia "MSM" because they are under...
  22. The US President set the record straight. Most...

    No, I am reporting that US intelligence finally admitted that their bounty data is of "low to medium" confidence. Not even "high confidence" and "high confidence" is not really that high actually if...
  23. Yes, those stories and the assassination campaign...

    I will give "assassination campaign". The rest is on MSM.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, those stories and the assassination campaign have all been "on MSM". That's actually what the MSM does--report the news. ...
  24. And you oppose putting lipstick on pigs because...

    I guess this means that you are entirely against the medical profession, which has egregiously interfered in life's processes. We all have an immune system, so that should suffice. Every mutation...
  25. I guess this means that you are entirely against...

    "natural" isn't a useful descriptor.

    It's perfectly reasonable to say that anything that happens is natural.

    Or that absolutely nothing that is influenced by life is natural.

    It's a...
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