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Posted: 21 October 2017 06:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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1.What do you think of the idea of cryogenics?Pseudoscience or not?
2.What do you think of the idea of meditation?Pseudoscience or not?

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Posted: 21 October 2017 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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batman lover - 21 October 2017 06:01 PM

1.What do you think of the idea of cryogenics?Pseudoscience or not?
2.What do you think of the idea of meditation?Pseudoscience or not?

1. Cryogenics exists. Nobody has been brought back to life after being frozen. It’s very expensive to keep a body (or a brain) frozen.

2. Basically, pseudoscience. It makes some people feel better. That’s all. Drugs and alcohol also make people feel better, and there is nothing supernatural about them.

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Posted: 22 October 2017 04:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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How is meditation pseudoscience? It’s a practice. It has been shown to have beneficial effects. Unless you believe you are soul travelling or something.

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Posted: 22 October 2017 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Lausten - 22 October 2017 04:24 AM

How is meditation pseudoscience? It’s a practice. It has been shown to have beneficial effects. Unless you believe you are soul travelling or something.

Yes, meditation is a cool exercise. It’s important to separate what a practice like meditation actually is good for from pseudoscience that people attach to it. Just because some claims about something are completely bonkers doesn’t mean that it has no benefits. Meditation is a great way to control stress and to improve one’s ability to focus.

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Posted: 22 October 2017 10:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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That said, I’ve never really heard any benefits to cryogenics besides being an extremely expensive way to preserve someone’s remains - essentially creating an ice mummy.

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Posted: 22 October 2017 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Lausten - 22 October 2017 04:24 AM

How is meditation pseudoscience? It’s a practice. It has been shown to have beneficial effects. Unless you believe you are soul travelling or something.

Please describe how, when and where it has been shown to have beneficial effects. Remember we are critical thinkers here and you will have to provide repeatable evidence, backed up by peer review. Claims without repeatable evidence will be rejected.

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Posted: 22 October 2017 01:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Do you trust Scientific American?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meditations-calming-effects-pinpointed-in-brain/

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Posted: 23 October 2017 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Lausten - 22 October 2017 04:24 AM

How is meditation pseudoscience? It’s a practice. It has been shown to have beneficial effects. Unless you believe you are soul travelling or something.

Please describe how, when and where it has been shown to have beneficial effects. Remember we are critical thinkers here and you will have to provide repeatable evidence, backed up by peer review. Claims without repeatable evidence will be rejected.

Sorry Lausten, I meant to direct my remarks to Batman lover.

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Posted: 24 October 2017 06:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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The basic practice of meditation is to sit in a lotus position and concentrate on not thinking.  Really.  You become aware of your body, the way the air comes in and out of your lungs, the way your heart beats.  You watch thoughts come and go like butterflies in a garden, without making any attempt to follow up on them or attach any importance to them.  As TA says, it’s a great way to relieve stress and learn mindfulness.  But if you expect to levitate or project your astral body like Dr. Strange, that’s pseudoscience.

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Advocatus - 24 October 2017 06:48 AM

The basic practice of meditation is to sit in a lotus position and concentrate on not thinking.  Really.  You become aware of your body, the way the air comes in and out of your lungs, the way your heart beats.  You watch thoughts come and go like butterflies in a garden, without making any attempt to follow up on them or attach any importance to them.  As TA says, it’s a great way to relieve stress and learn mindfulness.  But if you expect to levitate or project your astral body like Dr. Strange, that’s pseudoscience.

That’s a good description.  For that matter, you don’t even need a lotus or any other specific physical position; just sit comfortably and experience the present moment without consciously thinking about it.  I recommend Sam Harris’s book “Waking Up” as an excellent woo-free introduction, written from a neurobiological perspective.

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