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by Kles
Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: "The Data So Far" Discussion

For the brain as generator of consciousness argument, there were few interesting experiments. Phone / email telepathy: People were able to guess who's calling them before picking up the phone, with 45% accuracy on 4 persons calling them. http://www.skepticalinvestigations.org/currentresearch/calls_...
by Kles
Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: "The Data So Far" Discussion

I noticed you've also replied to some of the other things I said. I didn't notice this, and some of the things I've said in the reply to your first post were actually addressed in the second one. Anyways, I don't really feel like assessing them in detail at the moment. Anyways, just a quick run over...
by Kles
Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I decided to take a look back here. Consciousness could be described as a soul in a brain, but it shouldn't. Occam's Razor: consciousness is a brain. Occam's chainsaw, anyone? How do you explain veridical NDEs? What "veridical NDEs"? Is there any good evidence that there ever have been any...
by Kles
Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

What, exactly, are the flaws? I've read the so called flaws in the experimental results and the responses to the flaws. I don't see how the Ganzfeld is flawed. The Ganzfeld has been improved over and over and over. Hell, the current design was part Ray Hyman's doing, and yet the results still show ...
by Kles
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

It's posts like these that I really hate. Have you even looked at the parapsychological studies? No testing? What about the PEAR lab? What about the VERITAS/SOPHIA project at the University of Arizona? What about Rupert Sheldrake's tests? All "pseudoscience?" All "nonfalsifiable?&quo...
by Kles
Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I'm not sure what to believe in Blackmore. It's strange, because Blackmore's experiments were actually mathematically significant. However, I can't really believe her experiments, positive, or negative, because they were all rather sloppy. Blackmore herself doesn't even seem to know what she's talki...
by Kles
Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Science is succesful because it works, and it works because it's based on falsifiability, experiments, peer review, and scrutiny. It actively makes predictions, all the time. These are tested, all the time. Most come out true, and a tiny amount of tests come out false, we wonder why, usually, but n...
by Kles
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Consciousness could be described as a soul in a brain, but it shouldn't. Occam's Razor: consciousness is a brain. Occam's chainsaw, anyone? How do you explain veridical NDEs? How do you explain mediumistic communications that go far, far beyond cold reading and guessing? How do you explain the stat...
by Kles
Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42791

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I really, really, dislike this one.

I suppose the people here think the cumulative data collected by parapsychologists is just outright wrong?
by Kles
Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: You're 14.... Pick A Job
Replies: 41
Views: 6807

Horrific, horrific idea. I still don't know exactly what I'm going to do, no do most of my friends, and we're all almost 18.

This is going to fuck up a lot of students. Is this really the path of schools in America?
by Kles
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coming out
Replies: 131
Views: 16565

I'm gay, but not out. One of my best friends knows and doesn't mind, but another one of my friends claims to be homophobic (right - I don't think he's gay but he's definitely a feminine dude, so I'm not sure what of gay people he's afraid of). My mom knows, but my dad would kick me out if he knew. I...
by Kles
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nothing Short of A Miracle.
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Awww... that's so touching. I'm sorry to hear that about your cat. I have two cats that I love dearly who are always great company. I had a third... but my neighbour poisoned him. :( I feel really sad every time I see his grave.

I'm glad you've enjoyed your pet so much. :)
by Kles
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists break the speed of light?
Replies: 8
Views: 2354

Scientists break the speed of light?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/a ... ge_id=1965

If this is real... what do you think it means for, well, anything? Would "warp speed" actually be possible?
by Kles
Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep patterns
Replies: 207
Views: 14755

I slowly cycle it back to normal, but my issue is maintaining it. It just gets out of sync after a week anyways, and I've never been able to fix it. It's what, in part, caused me to quit school.
by Kles
Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Curse words
Replies: 65
Views: 5268

Cursing reminds me of Penn and Teller - they said something like "why should one series of sounds be considered any worse than any other series of sounds?"
by Kles
Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It's 3:14 AM! What's everyone up to?
Replies: 47
Views: 4086

At 3:14 AM, I was playing Civilization 4. I am SUCH a nerd.
by Kles
Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2142
Views: 721919

Jake Brown falls 50 feet & walks away !! X-Games 13 Big Air

Holy shit.

Dude, explain what you're linking to so we don't have to visit the link to find out it doesn't interest us.
by Kles
Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Conservapedia, awesome
Replies: 52
Views: 7889

that may be true for your experience, but anecdotal evidence is notoriously unreliable. Racial breakdown of athletes is easy to statistically demonstrate, intelligence of homosexuals less so. In other words, your claim is sufficiently doubtful that we want proof. I'm not even making a "claim&q...
by Kles
Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6420

I'll be brief:

I'd only try it when at a point that where I am really old and don't have much left anyways.
by Kles
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "That weird thing you do" thread
Replies: 200
Views: 17355

If I have a deck of cards near me I will shuffle it compulsively.
by Kles
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Conservapedia, awesome
Replies: 52
Views: 7889

Homosexuals, from what I have observed, tend to have a reasonably high IQ as a whole. Of course, there are, for lack of a better word, dumb homosexuals, and also smart heterosexuals, but what my point is that we tend to generally be smarter. As such, I've also observed that smarter people tend to h...
by Kles
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who Is More Attractive?
Replies: 67
Views: 6604

Whoa, we have a lot of narcissistic/bisexual/lesbian women here. (I know, I'll be shot for that.)

I'm a guy. I admit that the female form is more graceful than the male form, but you know what? I'm gay, and guys are what look best to me.
by Kles
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How serious is Serious Business?
Replies: 21
Views: 3280

In the "grand scheme of things" nothing really matters. I think it's important, however, that we increase our knowledge and understanding of things in the now. It's how we become better people, to help better each other's lives. I may be a sad person but at least I try to help people out. ...
by Kles
Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Alone
Replies: 17
Views: 2714

I read a story about a woman who was very introverted - she only went out with friends once or twice a month. I think it varies on the people. Some people need friend contact often and some rarely. I'm not sure, however, if it's really possible to live with no contact at all. I think someone might b...
by Kles
Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Unfortunate names
Replies: 136
Views: 14943

Wow. I must live in an overwhelmingly normal area. I seriously can't think of a single weird name.
by Kles
Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How many chances should you get?
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Two. Three if it has been a really long time.
by Kles
Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8120

Toeofdoom, I'm sorry, but I fucking hate you. Here I go again. It never fails. Slowly get sadder and sadder until I totally fucking break down, and then I feel upbeat and optimistic for two days until I get fucking sad again and begin the stupid descent back in to the sadness. I'm god damned sick of...
by Kles
Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Criss Angel
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

There are million dollar prizes skeptics are offering in the US for people who will prove their claims for actual superhuman powers, and yet no one claims them. How come? I can only hope that is't not random that this comes up in a thread also containing James Randi. :) Your hope has been crushed! ...
by Kles
Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Levitating
Replies: 56
Views: 7830

No one can truly levitate unassisted because humans are in no way, shape or form, capable of unassisted levitation.

It's just that simple. :)
by Kles
Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 2986381

mrcheesypants wrote:
aisling wrote:
Kles wrote:(picture of stupid teenage acne problem)


I have a spot just like that in the exact same place on my face right now. Strange.


I hate it when people complain about one stupid pimple.


One stupid pimple shows up worse than a generally reddy face.
by Kles
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Criss Angel
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

Thank you guys for mentioning Derren Brown. He's actually somewhat my inspiration to try to get in to that field.

Criss Angel is an amazing illusionist, but he simply has many actors to pass off lots of the stuff he does when really it's just a very simple angle trick or something.
by Kles
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Awesome pie receipt (Weebl stay out!)
Replies: 52
Views: 5322

Oh man.

This is too excellent.
by Kles
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 2986381

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I'm getting sick of this red bump.

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NO1 UNDERSTANDS ME. U CAN NEVER NO MY PANE.
by Kles
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 4channers are terrsts
Replies: 29
Views: 7291

I actually half way agree with this. I'm not a fan of "Anonymous" at all.
by Kles
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 2986381

Hey DR, how good are you at ITG2?
by Kles
Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mortality
Replies: 75
Views: 9764

I used to be afraid of death, but eventually I decided that I simply don't care. I'm not afraid of dying; but I am somewhat afraid of dying young. THAT is what I feel I need to work against. I have somewhat of a reincarnation view that I feel is in no way religious or spiritual (I am a skeptic) whic...
by Kles
Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rainy(y?) Stories
Replies: 77
Views: 7855

Sometimes when it's raining but not storming, I like to go outside and stand in it. I'm not sure why, but I find being rained on to be somewhat delightful.
by Kles
Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8120

I can't go to a religious leader, as the concept of organized religion is antithesis to my very nature, and I can't afford a psychiatrist. Can anyone help? Hi, Aeltar. Like I said to Kles, I might miss the mark here and there in my message.. You might not need a psychiatrist as long as you feel you...
by Kles
Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8120

have you ever been in a social situation where people found you *genuinely* funny and charismatic? Yep. How about an event where you saved the day? (i.e., you called off a jerk, and it felt natural and good). Yep. Have you ever impressed someone outside your circle of friends? Yep. How about those ...
by Kles
Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8120

I've been able to maintain good calmness today, so I've been working on reinforcing a positive image upon myself. Let's see if it works.

Also, I'm in Canada where marijuana laws are already lax; and around here, pretty much unenforced entirely.

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