[ExI] Psi (but read it before you don't read it)

JOSHUA JOB nanite1018 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 21:31:55 UTC 2010

> I saw that Damien was talking about psi.  I don't know what most of  
> you think about it.  It is good to have a crowd that at least has an  
> opinion on it one way or the other though.
I reject all types of this stuff because there is no conceivable way  
in which they could operate. The information you would have to analyze  
in order to gain any information about things in the future, or in  
other regions, or that is actually happening in someone's mind would  
require a sensitivity and processing capacity so far beyond what our  
minds are capable of it is astonishing. Our senses are very limited in  
terms of their acuity.

Since I reject the very concept of an extra-body soul as meaningless  
and without ground in empirical evidence, I can see no way that any of  
this stuff could actually be real. Telepathy or empathy are likely a  
result of a Sherlock Holmesian attention to detail and an extremely  
good sense of body language analysis, etc. Other things, like  
precognition, are meaningless and are certainly the result of a  
combination of practical psychology (predicting what people will do  
based on knowledge about them), and of course luck and chance.

On a related note, the metaphysical studies (i.e. astrology, psychic,  
occult, new age; alternatively called "crap") section of my local  
Borders is now approximately equal in size to the philosophy (which is  
no longer labeled on any of the signs) and the science sections  
combined. I find that sad.

Joshua Job
nanite1018 at gmail.com

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