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Free will and paranormal beliefs

Posted June 4, 2014 by dustproduction in Open

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commented on Oct. 22, 2014
by dustproduction



"Free will is one of the fundamental aspects of human cognition. In the context of cognitive neuroscience, various experiments on time perception, sensorimotor coordination, and agency suggest the possibility that it is a robust illusion (a feeling independent of actual causal relationship with actions) constructed by neural mechanisms. Humans are known to suffer from various cognitive biases and failures, and the sense of free will might be one of them. Here I report a positive correlation between the belief in free will and paranormal beliefs (UFO, reincarnation, astrology, and psi). Web questionnaires involving 2076 subjects (978 males, 1087 females, and 11 other genders) were conducted, which revealed significant positive correlations between belief in free will (theory and practice) and paranormal beliefs. There was no significant correlation between belief in free will and knowledge in paranormal phenomena. Paranormal belief scores for females were significantly higher than those for males, with corresponding significant (albeit weaker) difference in belief in free will. These results are consistent with the view that free will is an illusion which shares common cognitive elements with paranormal beliefs."


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    dustproduction Oct 22, 2014

    "More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising."

    "Angels don't just sing at Christmastime. For most Americans, they're a year-round presence. A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 77 percent of adults believe these ethereal beings are real."

    "Nearly one-in-five U.S. adults (18%) say they’ve seen or been in the presence of a ghost, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center survey. An even greater share – 29% – say they have felt in touch with someone who has already died."

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    dustproduction Jun 04, 2014

    Hauntings, homeopathy, and the Hopkinsville Goblins: using pseudoscience to teach scientific thinking

    "With access to information ever increasing, it is essential that students acquire the skills to distinguish fact from fiction. By incorporating examples of pseudoscience into lectures, instructors can provide students with the tools needed to understand the difference between scientific and pseudoscientific or paranormal claims. We discuss examples involving psychics, ghosts, aliens, and other phenomena in relation to scientific thinking. In light of research literature demonstrating that presenting and dispelling scientific misconceptions in the classroom is an effective means of countering non-scientific or pseudoscientific beliefs, we provide examples of pseudoscience that can be used to help students acquire healthy skepticism while avoiding cynicism."


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    RealityOverScience Jun 04, 2014

    Relative to Consciousness...

    The Universe is using *One* consistent, observable, measurable physics dynamic throughout, with everything and everybody SHARING that physics at the *Core.*

    Sentients are basically receivers and transmitters of that physics.

    Without awareness of one's own, and reflectively the Universe's, own inherent physics, one truly is a domino falling with the rest, as those Core energies flow through everything and everybody.

    However, if one/*One* becomes Awake to/Conscious of the Core Process (realizably able to reflect the reflection), the mathematics change, measurably, observedly, and the Awakened person is attentively ...aligned... with that Process, and therefore has enough free will to alter the outcome, whereas others, unaware, remain its falling dominos.

    The martial art Aikido is a benevolent martial art founded upon Taoism (which realizes and applies this earned free will), and its "moves" use this Awakened free will to benevolently accomplish its goals. In other words, Aikido dynamically manifests Consciousness.

    (I used to train in Aikido. Tao Te Ching's Lao Tze was always Present and honored in the dojo!)

    Animals attentive to imminent EQs, etc., are likewise using these same realized math/energy physics to detect such events.

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