Not Just Another Psychic Reality Show

Meet Shirley Ghostman. The UK’s premier psychic who is mounting a search for the world’s next psychic superstar (for those of you who “may not be into” this sort of thing — especially you — please, watch through to the end):

And if you liked that, there’s plenty more here!

Science Hat Time!

Thanks to Tyson I now have the opportunity to share my thoughts in a more direct manner. Some of you might have noticed me from the comment sections of this blog (check out my “About Roger” page for more information). I hope to supply both new and old stuff about, but not limited to, religion.

For my first post please put on your amateur science hat, it is time for the “layman’s hypothesis quarter”. [Disclamer: The following is purely speculative and the author probably has no clue what he is talking about]

I came to think of the phenomenon of the human mind the other day. It is no doubt that the function of the brain is a complex process, but does consciousness itself really have to be that complex? Reading Daniel Dennett gave me a insight, which I would like to share and hear your opinions on.

Dennett’s term “free floating rationale” might describe what consciousness really is. The term describes behaviors or events that are caused without agents knowing the reasons behind its creation and perpetuation. For example, “How clever it was of sheep to acquire shepherds”; sheep have increased their survivability tremendously through the protection of stewards, but this was of course not a conscious decision on the part of the sheep. Continue reading

Are You Racist Like Me?

I was shocked… nay, appalled at the results when I took the Project Implicit “Race” test last night. This test exposes prejudices one may have on a variety of things that one can be prejudiced about (Race, Religion, Gender, Sexuality, etc). It may be the result of social imprinting… or you might just be prejudiced.   Continue reading

Color Blind

Watch this one to the end…

PZ’s Mailbag

I wasn’t planning to write more about this after my previous post on it, but having read through some of the letters that PZ has received, I wanted to share one that reveals, on a couple levels, the kind of view that many with a “religious mind” seem to have: Continue reading

Wheatgrass and Autism

Michael Shermer has a short article over at Scietnific American titled “How Anecdotal Evidence Can Undermine Scientific Result.” It touches on both my posts over the last two days. He’s a smart guy. You may know him as the “skeptic” on several History Channel programs; he is also a former Evangelical Christian. I reccomend his books Why Darwin Matters and How We Believe. The first one is short, the second one is longer, but better…

That is all.

The Alternative Medicine of Genocide

Radovan Karadzic has been caught. The leader of an area of Bosnia dominated by “Serbs” (that is to say Orthodox Christians) — he was in control during the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995 and the 43-month siege of Sarajevowhere 11,000 people died from sniper fire, mortar attacks, starvation, and illness.

I am writing about this event for one key reason, Karadzic was living out his life openly and publicly as a practitioner of “Alternative Medicine”… here is a link to his website, http://dragandabic.com/

For me, the curious thing about alternative medicine is not the large number of programs out there, many sponsored by well known and reputable universities, nor is it that such therapies, stripped bare of other external/internal stimuli fail to show efficacy — what interests me is that somehow, in some fashion, at least some people are benefiting from it. Continue reading