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What do mystics experience?

For thousands of years, there have been mystics who describe an experience of a transcendent reality that most humans beings do not have.  In different cultures and religions, this experience takes various forms, but they all seem to revolve around a loss of a sense … Continue reading

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Is science worth bothering with?

The Decline Effect reveals a source of uncertainty, a reason why scientific facts might be wrong.  So is science so riddled with potential error that we should give it up?  Is it too biased to bother with? Only people who … Continue reading

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What is causing the Decline Effect?

The Decline Effect, which seems to have appeared in almost every area of science, is a phenomenon scientists have noticed only recently in which the results which seemed initially to be very strong get weaker and weaker as studies replicate … Continue reading

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The problem of the Decline Effect

Most scientists understand today that scientific fact is never absolutely certain.  One reason is that a new theory might always displace an earlier theory, which then puts everything we thought we “knew” into a different perspective.  And indeed this has … Continue reading

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Flying around the world isn’t correctly Euclidean

The Abel Prize – the “Nobel prize of mathematics” – was awarded this year to a man who proved that the shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line.   Most of us were taught in geometry that it … Continue reading

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What we see isn’t always there

One of the fundamentals of applying the scientific method is the principle that conclusions are based on empirical evidence.  Scientific proof, in other words, is supposed to be based on “facts” that we can, in some way, see, touch, feel, … Continue reading

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Life after death: is proof possible?

Until about 200 years ago, most human beings believed that some kind of life continued after death.  In fact, most people usually lived with a lively sense of the presence of the dead in their own lives. Then a change … Continue reading

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