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Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 4th September 2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 587
Views: 35,355
Posted By ExMinister
This is a fairly comprehensive overview of NDEs...

This is a fairly comprehensive overview of NDEs from a more skeptical perspective:

http://infidels.org/library/modern/keith_augustine/HNDEs.html

There is an interesting section on...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th June 2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,941
Posted By ExMinister
Twenty some years ago when I was in Anatomy and...

Twenty some years ago when I was in Anatomy and Physiology in community college, we were told ours was a male (accident victim?) who had been unidentified/unclaimed.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 28th May 2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 19,007
Posted By ExMinister
Well, she must be the token old-timer. I totally...

Well, she must be the token old-timer. I totally fell for her act in my 20s. Let's just say that was a couple of years ago, maybe more than 5. :)



This is excellent. Thanks for doing this! ...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th April 2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,159
Posted By ExMinister
Quackwatch is good (medical). Interesting...

Quackwatch is good (medical). Interesting articles.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th April 2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,339
Posted By ExMinister
It is a good point. Who knows, maybe...

It is a good point.



Who knows, maybe so. My impression was that she was aging in a way that was impacting her lectures anyway: I hadn't gone to any of the shows but from videos I caught here...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 4th April 2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,339
Posted By ExMinister
I agree with this. My thoughts exactly. And...

I agree with this. My thoughts exactly.

And I wonder: Without the web site in place, would the Shawn Hornbeck story have impacted her at all? Would anyone even have made the connection? ...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 4th April 2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,339
Posted By ExMinister
I have said the above repeatedly. I take the...

I have said the above repeatedly. I take the time to re-state it once again because I believe wholeheartedly that any skeptic who has the time, talent and inclination to do his or her own version of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 4th April 2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,339
Posted By ExMinister
I don't dispute that Montel going off the air...

I don't dispute that Montel going off the air probably had a major impact on her career. I also agree that in the next several years, age may have had something to do with it too. But, as I have...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 1st April 2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,339
Posted By ExMinister
There is so much wrong with that person's email,...

There is so much wrong with that person's email, I wouldn't even know where to start.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 30th March 2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,893
Posted By ExMinister
Do you believe your experiences were caused by...

Do you believe your experiences were caused by ghosts?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd March 2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,893
Posted By ExMinister
I have had a lot of these weird experiences. ...

I have had a lot of these weird experiences. When I was New Age, I had no problem attributing them to ghosts. Now I have no problem attributing them to weird brain phenomena.

Speaking of not...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 26th February 2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,100
Posted By ExMinister
Eewww

Eewww
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 25th February 2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,411
Posted By ExMinister
Yes, thank you. Happy to say that is largely...

Yes, thank you. Happy to say that is largely what I got from reading it myself. :) My Bachelor's degree was in Psychology, but that was 20 some years ago.

And I realize this is slightly off...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 25th February 2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,411
Posted By ExMinister
As someone with a seizure disorder that involves...

As someone with a seizure disorder that involves OBEs, sleep paralysis, and lucid dreaming and some kind of weird wake/sleep element, I am interested in this study.

I read the paper and while I am...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd February 2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,246
Posted By ExMinister
That's awful.

That's awful.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd February 2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,246
Posted By ExMinister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_Freedom_Tec...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_Freedom_Techniques



I tend to agree with the part I bolded. I can see how people might be able to heal from emotional trauma or learn new financial...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd February 2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,246
Posted By ExMinister
What exactly is it? Can't believe I'm so out of...

What exactly is it? Can't believe I'm so out of touch with the New Age. Used to be up on all these things. Not that this is a bad thing. But this is the first I've heard of tapping.

Reminds me of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 21st February 2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,316
Posted By ExMinister
When i have the time and get curious about...

When i have the time and get curious about someone like this, i look at the claims that can be verified. If they are lying or otherwise misrepresenting themselves I think it can be used to call their...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 20th February 2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,194
Posted By ExMinister
I had forgotten that! That was classic. That...

I had forgotten that! That was classic.

That was Claus Larsen. He asked for his grandfather's name, she said Howard, and he said no and sat back down. His grandfather's name was Flodin.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 20th February 2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,316
Posted By ExMinister
Thanks. I spent far too much time trying to...

Thanks. I spent far too much time trying to research his background today!

Thanks for clarifying the First Nations part.

You said you don't have good answers to some important questions?...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 20th February 2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,194
Posted By ExMinister
At some point after Sylvia made me a minister for...

At some point after Sylvia made me a minister for her church (long story but I didn't go through any minister training, Sylvia just ordained me because I was something of an old friend, though I'd...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 20th February 2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,316
Posted By ExMinister
Funny, my mom gave me one of his books the other...

Funny, my mom gave me one of his books the other day. I had lent it to her years ago. Was wondering what ever happened to him but then forgot about it. I recall at the time his mom made him use...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 19th February 2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,194
Posted By ExMinister
Thanks for the links! Busy time at work but...

Thanks for the links!

Busy time at work but when I get a chance in the next day or so I'm happy to post about the trances and how I figured it out. I'm sure I've told the story more than once...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th February 2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,194
Posted By ExMinister
I agree, I used to write most skeptical material...

I agree, I used to write most skeptical material off as closed minded, or written by people who'd just never had a psychic experience of their own. It was the facts that did it for me too. ...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th February 2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,678
Posted By ExMinister
I wonder if he really hates it. Maybe so. Sylvia...

I wonder if he really hates it. Maybe so. Sylvia always said she hated it too.

I don't think he even had a high school diploma, iirc. And his mom had latched onto him tightly. She once told me she...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 6th February 2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 14,027
Posted By ExMinister
Well done.

Well done.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 5th February 2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 14,027
Posted By ExMinister
Ha, exactly. I always thought it would make...

Ha, exactly.

I always thought it would make a lot more sense this way. Alas, I was not the first to think of it, as I think this was a Gnostic belief, that a demigod created the world who was...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 5th February 2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,678
Posted By ExMinister
Nice to see a StopSylvia email thread! ...

Nice to see a StopSylvia email thread!

Sounds like Chris is carrying on, at least for now, though at $175 per reading. I wonder how well he's doing or if there's a real future for him in his...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th January 2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 30,630
Posted By ExMinister
You're right, I was just thinking that if the...

You're right, I was just thinking that if the idea caught on, and people agreed on a code word with their families in advance, if enough people did this, eventually it would put the psychics out of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th January 2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 30,630
Posted By ExMinister
No-go. Too bad. It would have been fun to...

No-go.

Too bad. It would have been fun to hear a medium come up with that one.

"I'm seeing a... I'm seeing... well, er, I'm getting a word that sounds like, uh...."

That would be worth the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th January 2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 30,630
Posted By ExMinister
Aw, now you've gone and said it on the internet,...

Aw, now you've gone and said it on the internet, you have to pick a different one!
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th January 2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 30,630
Posted By ExMinister
Actually, talk to your daughter about that too. ...

Actually, talk to your daughter about that too. No interference, no static, no excuses will be accepted. They either get it or they don't. Too much is at stake there.

That's a good point. I'll...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th January 2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,316
Posted By ExMinister
But still more dangerous than not. A person who...

But still more dangerous than not. A person who isn't trained as a therapist or counselor really runs the risk of doing more harm than good by playing the part of someone who is.

As far as who...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th January 2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 30,630
Posted By ExMinister
Speaking of Chris and charlatans in general, my...

Speaking of Chris and charlatans in general, my family and I all decided on a code word just in case one of us dies and the others get the crazy urge to go to a psychic or medium.

Everyone should...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 2nd January 2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 30,630
Posted By ExMinister
Great response, though. (I know, I know, an...

Great response, though.

(I know, I know, an acolyte WOULD say that) :)
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 1st January 2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 9,358
Posted By ExMinister
I never minded the term "woo," even as a woo. I...

I never minded the term "woo," even as a woo. I thought it was cute. I get that some people find it offensive, but I didn't mind it, personally. To each his own, I guess.



Agree.

It is...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd December 2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,225
Posted By ExMinister
It's interesting how rare the NDE part is in...

It's interesting how rare the NDE part is in people who come close to death.

I wonder how many fighter pilots?

The ones who do, I wonder if they are already somewhat TL prone, i.e. how they...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd December 2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,225
Posted By ExMinister
Thanks for posting the data. I wonder how...

Thanks for posting the data.

I wonder how many of the 37 of 152 actually had what would be considered an NDE.

It is interesting to me that so few people actually experience the NDEs. To listen...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd December 2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
Was her first name Peggy? Lol. Probably...

Was her first name Peggy? Lol.

Probably you're not that old but I grew up in the 1970s with a mom who loved that song. If a girl named Peggy walked in, she might have guessed Sue. Then again,...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th December 2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
I went back to add a smiley to that post and...

I went back to add a smiley to that post and accidentally deleted it.

No other suggestions on that one anyway, ha. It's not like "John Smith."

No idea how to explain lots of things in this...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th December 2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
Oops. Deleted.

Oops.

Deleted.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th December 2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,225
Posted By ExMinister
Will listen if I get some free time. Seems to me...

Will listen if I get some free time. Seems to me that Parnia is not being straightforward about the Aware study results, though. Either people saw the pictures or they didn't, right?

But I do...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th December 2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
An interesting book that discusses this kind of...

An interesting book that discusses this kind of thing is The Illusion of Conscious Will by Daniel Wegner. But I read about the experiences of the lady you mentioned, too. A belief in spirits and...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 17th December 2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
I thought so, too. That really would be...

I thought so, too. That really would be interesting. At one point I hoped using the board as a nonbeliever in the supernatural would lead to something creative like that, but for me it quickly...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th December 2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
I can understand that too. Sometimes what it...

I can understand that too.

Sometimes what it says is interesting, sometimes mundane. Usually it claims to be spirits talking, or demons. It always vehemently denies being me, which I think is...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th December 2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
I've never tried a wine glass, ha ha. By...

I've never tried a wine glass, ha ha.

By myself, the Ouija board planchette moves easily for me. It can sometimes take a few minutes to get started, though not always. It feels like my hands are...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th December 2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
By myself. If it was with a partner, I would...

By myself.

If it was with a partner, I would just think it was them. I'd probably secretly also wonder if they were moving it on purpose, even if they swore they weren't.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th December 2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 22,018
Posted By ExMinister
I still think the Ouija board is mysterious. ...

I still think the Ouija board is mysterious.

Most all of my other unanswered mysteries have turned out to have pretty mundane explanations, or at least I now understand the mundane possibilities....
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 15th December 2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 23,033
Posted By ExMinister
Even though he said he wasn't a doctor, the fact...

Even though he said he wasn't a doctor, the fact remains that he posed as someone with authoritative insight (as a psychic) into her problem.

He specifically claimed she would have good hearing...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th December 2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 23,033
Posted By ExMinister
He didn't have the people skills before, and from...

He didn't have the people skills before, and from the looks of things, he doesn't have them now.
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