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Ian Wardell
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Philosopher, 1st class Hons degree in history of ideas including credit areas history and philosophy of science, the mind body problem, etc
Philosopher, 1st class Hons degree in history of ideas including credit areas history and philosophy of science, the mind body problem, etc

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Why haven't we detected any aliens?
I'd say we haven't detected any aliens because: 1) Life in the Universe will be very uncommon given that a suitable star and planet are required. 2) Even on those planets where there's life, life as intelligent as us will be rare. 3)  Yet rarer still will t...

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Why are we all so convinced the brain produces consciousness?
Most people seem to take it for granted that the brain produces consciousness and they surmise this because when the brain is damaged, the person’s mind is also damaged. Such damage not only can result in the diminishing of one’s mental capacities, it often...

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A member of parliament in the UK has called for the reintroduction of capital punishment.  See here .  Is this a good idea?   Before reaching any conclusions as to the desirability, or otherwise, of capital punishment, we need to be aware of a whole range o...

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More on Stephen Hawking
I'm sick of hearing in the past few days that Hawking said that there's no role for God since the Universe can be explained by physical laws alone. How is his reasoning different from the following. Let's suppose there were an experiment where a wad of £20 ...

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Stephen Hawking's last book
In his last book Brief Answers to the Big Questions Stephen Hawking said: "No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realisation: there is probably no heaven and afterlife either. I think belief in the afterlife is...

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Reincarnation Research and Myths of Scientific Practice
Reading this article regarding research into reincarnation it says: But what about the ‘scientific community’? Isn’t the fact that you probably never heard about this kind of research sufficient evidence that there must be something fundamentally wrong with...

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Reincarnation Research and Myths of Scientific Practice
Reading this article regarding research into reincarnation it says: But what about the ‘scientific community’? Isn’t the fact that you probably never heard about this kind of research sufficient evidence that there must be something fundamentally wrong with...

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Reincarnation Research and Myths of Scientific Practice
Reading  this article  regarding research into reincarnation it says: But what about the ‘scientific community’? Isn’t the fact that you probably never heard about this kind of research sufficient evidence that there must be something fundamentally wrong wi...

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What makes it so obvious that the brain creates consciousness?
Most people seem to take it for granted that the brain produces consciousness and they surmise this because when the brain is damaged, the person’s mind is also damaged. Such damage not only can result in the diminishing of one’s mental capacities, it often...

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