[ExI] few bits per second

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Jun 27 03:00:37 UTC 2010

On 6/26/2010 9:36 PM, Ross Evans wrote:

> Of course I have not read either work...That said, I did take
> the time to read a synopsis and and detailed review (Why It's Time for
> the Paranormal to Come in From the Cold), these alone were enough to
> raise any eyebrow. The same goes for 'The Lotto Effect', and again to me
> it just seems like so much new age nonsense.

Where were these reviews? Urls, please.

If you mean those on Amazon, you must mean the long review by Ben 
Goertzel, among others. (Most people on this list know Ben as the genius 
behind Novamente, a promising AGI project.) Interesting case, there. 
Until he read my book, Ben was "curious but ambivalent" about the 
reality of psi. Now we're collaborating as co-editors on a technical 
book with the working title THE SCIENCE OF PSI. How did this happen? 
Why, he took the trouble to read the book, and followed that up by 
reading a number of the peer-reviewed papers I cited. Those who babble 
about "new age nonsense" in regard to my books about psi need to start 
by reading them.

> <snip> You seem to be conflating
> 'having an opinion on something', with being the peer of the person
> whose work on which you have opined.

This is genuinely hilarious. You probably don't see how you've just 
undercut yourself.

And of course anyone who cites Wikipedia as an authoritative source must 
have been born yesterday.

Damien Broderick

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