Articles and Links Arranged by Subject


(6/2014)

Contents

  • Evidence for the Afterlife, Non-physical Consciousness
  • Evidence of God (Also see the section on Intelligent Design below.)
  • Near-death Experiences
  • Ectoplasm and Physical Mediumship
  • What is it Like in the Afterlife?
  • Meditation & Enlightenment
  • Eastern Philosophies
  • Buddhism
  • Non-duality
  • Psychic Development / Spirit Communication
  • Intelligent Design
  • Charles Darwin
  • Human Origins
  • Sasquatch
  • UFOs and Aliens
  • Why Scientists are often Narrow-minded
  • Most Published Research Findings are False
  • Suicide
  • Scientific Evidence of Paranormal Phenomena
  • The Benefits of Religion and Meaning in Life
  • Super-psi cannot Explain the Evidence for the Afterlife
  • Politics Etc.
  • Economics



    Evidence for the Afterlife, Non-physical Consciousness

    There is extraordinary evidence for the afterlife.
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence (Includes links to free e-books on the evidence for the afterlife.)
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/near-death-experiences-and-afterlife.html#facts_evidence

    This evidence includes:

    • Mediumship: Proxy sittings, Drop-in communicators, Cross-correspondences.
    • Near-death experiences, veridical near-death experiences, and shared near-death experiences.
    • Death-bed visions, veridical death-bed visions, and shared death-bed visions.
    • Apparitions and multiple witness apparitions.
    • Children who remember past lives including those with an unusual type of birth mark on their body where an injury was sustained in the previous life.

    Neither ESP or Super-psi can explain the evidence for the afterlife:

    Nobel Prize winners Max Planck, Erwin Schrödinger, Brian Josephson, Sir John Eccles, Eugene Wigner, George Wald and other great scientists and philosophers such as John von Neumann, Kurt Gödel, Wernher von Braun, Karl Popper, and Carl Jung believed consciousness is non-physical because of the evidence:
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers

    Consciousness is not produced by the brain. Consciousness is not an illusion or an epiphenomenon or an emergent property of the brain. Objective measurable physical phenomena cannot produce unmeasurable subjective experience. Correlation does not prove causation, the brain does not produce consciousness it filters consciousness. Natural selection would not produce consciousness. The brain is not a conscious computer.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-materialist-explanation-of.html

    Why you should not automatically trust "skeptics" but should demand the same high level of proof from "skeptics" that they demand for claims of the paranormal: Skeptical Misdirection:
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/skeptical_misdirection

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    Evidence of God

    "Evidence That God Exists: People Who Have Near Death Experiences Meet God."
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/evidence-that-god-exists-people-who.html

    The beginning of the universe, the fine-tuning of the universe to support life, and the failure of multiverse theories to explain this, demonstrates the existence of a transcendent designer and creator of the universe.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/p/62014-contents-evidence-for-afterlife.html#articles_by_subject_cosmology

    Nobel Prize winning physicist Eugene Wigner believed that, according to quantum mechanics, an observer such as God or a cosmic consciousness is needed to explain how the physical universe could come into existence from a quantum probability wave.
    http://dailygrail.com/features/michio-kaku-impossible-science

    "The physical universe is like a simulation running in the mind of God."
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/p/occasionally-i-post-something-to.html#misc_universe_sim_god

    The Effectiveness of Prayer:
    http://www.deanradin.com/evidence/Leibovici2001.pdf

    "Nonlocal Mind, Distant Healing, And Prayer" by Larry Dossey, M.D.
    http://www.stephanaschwartz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/distant_healing_biblio.pdf

    "Atheists: 'Science shows there is no good reason to believe in God'. Nobel Prize Winning Scientists: 'The scientific evidence is best explained by the existence of God'".
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/atheists-science-shows-there-is-no-good.html

    "John Lennox Explains why Atheism is a Delusion Incompatible with Science"
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html

    "John Lennox Explains Some of the Scientific Evidence for God"
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains_23.html

    Nobel Prize winners Erwin Schrödinger, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Guglielmo Marconi, Brian Josephson, William Phillips, Richard Smalley, Arno Penzias, Charles Townes, Arthur Compton, Antony Hewish, Christian Anfinsen, Walter Kohn, Arthur Schawlow and scientists, Charles Darwin, Sir Fred Hoyle, John von Neumann, Wernher von Braun, and Louis Pasteur, believed the scientific evidence demonstrates the existence of God or that the universe was designed:
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers

    "Primer: Summary of Problems with Biological and Chemical Evolution"
    http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/1510
    More on Intelligent Design:
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/p/62014-contents-evidence-for-afterlife.html#articles_by_subject_id

    "What Spirits say about God.": Spirits communicating through evidential mediums believe in God.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2016/05/what-spirits-say-about-god.html

    "Realizing the Ultimate": God and oneness.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/realizing-ultimate.html

    "Who is God?"
    https://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/short_topics#short_topics_who_is_god

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    Near-death Experiences

    Veridical and Shared NDEs
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence#summary_evidence_nde

    None of the materialist attempts to explain NDEs can really explain them. NDEs cannot be explained by: a lack of oxygen, a dying brain, hallucinations, religious expectations, cultural expectations, hearing about medical procedures after the fact, hearing during resuscitation, brain dysfunction, inhibitory network failure, retinal dysfunction causing an image of a tunnel, brain chemicals such as ketamine, endogenous opioids, neurotransmitter imbalances, or hallucinogens including DMT, REM intrusions, epilepsy or seizures, psychopathology, unique personality traits, residual brain activity during unconsciousness, the experience occurring before or after brain activity stopped, brain activity during CPR, evolutionary adaptation, depersonalization, memory of birth, medication, naloxone, defense against dying, partial anesthesia, misuse of anecdotes, or selective reporting.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/07/materialist-explanations-of-ndes-fail.html

    NDE Anomalies. Nineteen Anomalies of near-death experiences that materialists cannot explain:
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/anomalous-characteristics-of-near-death.html

    Near-death Experiences and Afterlife Phenomena. The best explanation for near-death experiences is that the phenomenon represents out-of-the-body consciousness.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/near-death-experiences-and-afterlife.html

    Why doesn't everyone who survives a near fatal illness or injury have a near-death experience?
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-doesnt-everyone-who-survives-near.html

    Notable Near-death Experiencers Believe In Life After Death. The opinions of specially qualified NDE experiencers such as neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, psychologist Carl Jung, and military remote viewer Joe McMoneagle make a strong case the NDEs represent evidence for the afterlife.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/notable-near-death-experiencers-prove.html

    Interview with Near-Death Researcher Sam Parnia
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/03/interview-with-near-death-researcher.html

    Interview of NDE Researcher Dr. Pim van Lommel by Alex Tsakiris. Veridical NDEs prove consciousness occurs when there is no brain activity. Since consciousness is not produced by the brain, reports of heaven must be taken seriously.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/10/interview-of-nde-researcher-dr-pim-van.html

    Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander: Heaven is real and consciousness is not produced by the brain.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/10/neurosurgeon-dr-eben-alexander-heaven.html

    Skeptiko Interview with Dr. Melvin Morse
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/05/skeptiko-interview-with-dr-melvin-morse.html

    Mario Beauregard on Near Death Experiences
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/05/mario-beauregard-on-near-death.html


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    Ectoplasm and Physical Mediumship

    Jack Webber Photos
    http://www.survivalebooks.org/Webber/webberphotos.htm

    Medium Jack Webber Zerdini: "Leon Isaacs, who took the photographs at Webber’s circles, used two cameras placed at different angles…shots using this two-camera technique showed the disposition of trumpets and other objects, establishing that they were not held aloft by any material agency."
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/05/medium-jack-webber.html

    Photos of Seances taken by Sven Türck. "The Danish psychic researcher and photographer Sven Türck took many photos of Jonsson's psychokinetic powers, protected against any form of cheating through strict controls in his laboratory."
    http://mariondampier-jeans.com/%e2%97%8f-spiritism/personer/sven-turck/
    English Translation http://translate.google.se/translate?sl=da&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http://mariondampier-jeans.com/dansk/personer/sven-turck/

    Photos from MarionDampeier-Jeans.com take during seances.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20130117041901/http://mariondampier-jeans.com/english/library/pictures/

    The Physical Mediumship of Einer Nielsen "This tribute comes from a pastor of the Swedish State Church ... 'Twice I have sat in the cabinet and kept hold of the medium’s hands. The ectoplasm came directly through his clothes. One figure that of Rita, rose up from the ectoplasm grasped my arm, and we went out together to the sitters and talked with them.'"
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/12/last-may-i-posted-some-links-to.html

    Pierre Curie (Nobel Prize for Physics): "We have had a series of séances with Eusapia Palladino at the [Society for Psychical Research] It was very interesting, and really the phenomena that we saw appeared inexplicable as trickery—tables raised from all four legs, movement of objects from a distance, hands that pinch or caress you, luminous apparitions. All in a [setting] prepared by us with a small number of spectators all known to us and without a possible accomplice. The only trick possible is that which could result from an extraordinary facility of the medium as a magician. But how do you explain the phenomena when one is holding her hands and feet and when the light is sufficient so that one can see everything that happens?"
    https://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers#researchers_pierre_curie

    Ectoplasm and Materialization
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2009/11/ectoplasm-and-materialization.html

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    What is it Like in the Afterlife?

    What is it like in the afterlife?
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/07/what-is-it-like-in-afterlife.html

    NDErs meet God:
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/evidence-that-god-exists-people-who.html

    Direct Voice Medium Leslie Flint. What it is like in the Afterlife.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/06/direct-voice-medium-leslie-flint-what.html

    You can listen to recordings from seances with direct voice medium Leslie Flint and hear spirits speak in their own words about the afterlife:
    http://www.leslieflint.com/recordingsnew.html

    Death-bed Visions (how people are prepared for crossing over)
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence#summary_evidence_death_bed_visions

    "You Can Do No Wrong." What does that mean?
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/08/you-can-do-no-wrong-what-does-that-mean.html

    What happens when we die? A conversation about fear of death.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-happens-when-we-die-conversation.html

    Journalist Puts Questions To Silver Birch On Animal Survival at zerdinisworld.com
    http://zerdinisworld.com/?p=496
    A more complete version is here:
    http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=5252

    Free e-books about the afterlife here:
    http://www.spiritwritings.com/library.html (Scroll down to "Future Life in the Spirit World")

    Links to more on-line libraries of free e-books:
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/elibs

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    Meditation & Enlightenment

    Meditation
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/meditation-1

    I've meditated regularly for over 40 years. I've tried many techniques, been on retreats, and had many different types of experiences. I developed this meditation technique by combining components from different schools and it's the best form of meditation I've ever experienced. It relaxes you and quiets the mind and produces feelings of happiness, unconditional love, and a connectedness to all things. The instructions are written for beginners but this technique can take you as far as you want to go.
    https://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/meditation-1#meditation_serenity

    Why is it so hard to concentrate? Sources of distraction and obstacles to concentration during meditation.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/02/why-is-it-so-hard-to-concentrate.html

    Not-self Most people would consider the self to consist of their body and mental activity, thoughts and emotions. But if you have an unpleasant thought or emotion that you can't let go of, it is something you don't control, something you didn't ask for, it is not-self. When you realize it is not yours, it begins to fade and it is much easier to let go of.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2016/02/not-self.html

    Joy During Meditation
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/02/joy-during-meditation.html

    Realizing the Ultimate
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/realizing-ultimate.html

    Beyond Joy Lester Levenson's Enlightenment.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/06/beyond-joy.html

    Tuning in to Universal Love
    https://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/meditation-1#meditation_love

    A Healing Blessing from the Light of God
    https://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/spiritual_healing#healing_world

    Consciousness Beyond the Hypnogogic State
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/02/consciousness-beyond-hypnogogic-state.html

    Spiritual Practices and their Effectiveness
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/03/spiritual-practices-and-their.html

    Psychic Development
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/07/psychic-development.html

    21 Definitions of Enlightenment
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150321002731/http://www.dharmaoverground.org/web/guest/dharma-wiki/-/wiki/Main/MCTB+Models+of+the+Stages+of+Enlightenment

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    Eastern Philosophies

    Hindu

    112 techniques of meditation from the Ancient Indian text, Vigyan Bhairav Tantra
    http://home.primusonline.com.au/peony/112_meditations.htm
    With Commentaries:
    http://www.meditationiseasy.com/meditation-techniques/vigyan-bhairav-tantra/

    Yoga

    Traditional Yoga and Meditation of the Himalayan Masters. This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth.
    http://www.swamij.com/index.htm

    Yantra Yoga "The system of Yantra Yoga contains a wide range of movements that can be applied by everyone. ... Yantra Yoga is based on the ancient text Nyida Khajor, known in English as 'The Union of the Sun and Moon.' This text was written in the 8th century..."
    http://www.yantrayoga.net/

    Asanas in the Yoga Sutras
    http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-24648.htm

    Krishnamarcharya and those British gymnastics Yoga asanas are an ancient practice.
    http://lindasyoga.blogspot.com/2010/09/krishnamarcharya-and-those-british.html

    Yoga Meditation, Contemplation, and Devotion for Self-Realization
    http://tripurashakti.com/

    Contents

    Buddhism

    Buddhist References

    Tipitaka The Pali Canon at accesstoinsight.org
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/index.html

    TIPITAKA "The Three Baskets" at dharmafarer.org
    http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/sutta-titles-2

    Buddhism Free E-Books

    What the Buddha Taught (Revised edition) by Walpola Rahula. Where Buddha is quoted as saying, "When the Aggregates arise, decay and die, O bhikkhu, every moment you are born, decay and die."
    http://hermitmusic.tripod.com/rahula_buddha.pdf

    Mindfulness in Plain English By Ven. Henepola Gunaratana
    https://www.ucl.ac.uk/personal-development-workshops/mindfworkshop_resources/Mindfulness_in_plain_english

    The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau
    http://selfdefinition.org/zen/Philip-Kapleau-Three-Pillars-of-Zen.pdf

    The Dhammapada
    http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/scrndhamma.pdf

    The Jataka Volume I tr. Robert Chalmers ed. E. B. Cowell [1895]
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/j1/index.htm

    Shobogenzo The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching A Trainee’s Translation of Great Master Dogen’s Spiritual Masterpiece Rev. Hubert Nearman, O.B.C., translator
    http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/Shobogenzo.pdf

    In the Buddha's Words An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon Edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi
    http://www.pacificbuddha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/In-the-Buddhas-Words.pdf

    With Each & Every Breath A GUIDE TO MEDITATION by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
    http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/withEachAndEveryBreath_v160221.pdf

    Practical Vipassana Exercises by Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw
    http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/mahasit1.pdf

    Satipatthana The Direct Path to Realization Analayo
    https://ahandfulofleaves.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/satipatthana_direct-path_analayo_free-distribution-copy2.pdf

    Books at forestsangha.org
    https://forestsangha.org/teachings/books

    Buddhist Sutras Meditation Instruction

    Satipatthana Sutta : The Discourse on the Focuses of Mindfulness MN 10 Translated with notes by Piya Tan. Contains the instructions of Buddha to focus attention to the area around the mouth when meditating on the breath.
    http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/13.3-Satipatthana-S-m10-main-piya.pdf
    Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.010.than.html

    Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing MN 118 Translated and annotated by Piya Tan. Buddha's instructions for meditating on the breath.
    http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/7.13-Anapanasati-S-m118-piya.pdf
    Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.118.than.html

    Maha-satipatthana Sutta: The Great Frames of Reference DN 22 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Buddha's instructions for practicing mindfulness.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.22.0.than.html
    Translated with notes by Piya Tan:
    http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/13.2-Mahasatipatthana-S-d22-piya.pdf

    Buddhism: Selected Sutras and related articles.

    Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life DN 2 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This sutra contains a description of the siddhis, the supernormal powers that are obtained by perfecting the fourth jhana.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.02.0.than.html

    Maha-Saccaka Sutta: The Longer Discourse to Saccaka MN 36 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This sutra contains Buddha's description of his enlightenment, how he discovered that the practice of jhana could lead to nibbana, how he remembered his past lives, and where he mentions good and bad destinations in the afterlife: the heavenly world and the lower realms.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.036.than.html

    Tevijja Sutta : The Sutta (about those who have) the Knowledge of the Three (Vedas) DN 13 adapted by Leigh Brasington. In this sutra, Buddha teaches that the Brahma Viharas can lead to union with Brahma and he says he had a previous life in the Brahma world. Brasington believes that by "union with Brahma" Buddha really meant nibbana.
    http://www.leighb.com/dn13.htm
    Translated by Piya Tan:
    http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/1.8-Tevijja-S-d13-piya-proto11.pdf

    Ananda Sutta: To Ananda (On Self, No Self, and Not-self) SN 44.10 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Where Buddha remains silent when asked if there is a soul.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn44/sn44.010.than.html

    Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta: The Shorter Instructions to Malunkya MN 63 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Where Buddha refuses to say if a fully awakened one continues to exist after death.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.063.than.html

    The Pali word atta means soul and anatta means not-soul.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatta#Anatta_in_the_Nikayas

    Alagaddupama Sutta: The Water-Snake Simile MN 22 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. In which Buddha explains why it is wrong to believe the five aggregates of clinging or the cosmos are the eternal self or soul.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.022.than.html
    Translated with notes by Piya Tan:
    http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/3.13-Alagaddupama-S-m22-piya.pdf

    Not-self Most people would consider the self to consist of their body and mental activity, thoughts and emotions. But if you have an unpleasant thought or emotion that you can't let go of, it is something you don't control, something you didn't ask for, it is not-self. When you realize it is not yours, it begins to fade and it is much easier to let go of.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2016/02/not-self.html

    Dhamma and Non-duality by Bhikkhu Bodhi: "The teaching of the Buddha as found in the Pali canon does not endorse a philosophy of non-dualism of any variety, nor, I would add, can a non-dualistic perspective be found lying implicit within the Buddha's discourses." This essay also defines oneness as a form non-duality.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_27.html

    Nibbana by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Parinibbana is not the end of existence. "... one can have foretastes of the experience [of nibbana in the afterlife] in this lifetime, and ... it's the ultimate happiness, something truly worth knowing.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/nibbana.html

    Kalama Sutta: To the Kalamas AN 3.65 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. "... any view or belief must be tested by the results it yields when put into practice; and - to guard against the possibility of any bias or limitations in one's understanding of those results - they must further be checked against the experience of people who are wise."
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.than.html

    Soft jhanas / Smiling meditation.

    The Path of Concentration & Mindfulness by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/concmind.html

    A Practical Bare-Bones guide to Metta Meditation by Bhante Vimalaramsi
    http://www.dhammasukha.org/metta-barebones-booklet.html

    Accompanied by Lovingkindness SN 46:54 Dhamma Talk presented by Bhante Vimalaramsi in which meta is shown to take the meditator to the fouth jhana. The title in Pali is Bojjhangasamyutta Sutta which means "enlightenment factors accompanied by loving kindness".
    http://talks.dhammasukha.org/uploads/1/2/8/6/12865490/sn46-54-a07-070825.pdf
    Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn46/sn46.054.than.html
    Mettam Sutta: The Brahma-viharas SN 46.54 translated from the Pali by Maurice O'Connell Walshe
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn46/sn46.054x.wlsh.html

    Meditation as Taught by the BuddhaDhamma Talk by Bhante Vimalaramsi
    http://talks.dhammasukha.org/uploads/1/2/8/6/12865490/intro-indo-op-080127.pdf

    Instruction for Entering Jhana by Leigh Brasington
    http://www.leighb.com/jhana3.htm

    SHARPENING MANJUSHRI'S SWORD The Jhanas in Theravadan Buddhist Meditation by Leigh Brasington
    http://www.leighb.com/jhana2a.htm

    Breathe! You are Alive by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Samadhanga Sutta: The Factors of Concentration AN 5.28 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Which discusses the four jhanas.
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.028.than.html

    Reinterpreting the Jhanas RODERICK S. BUCKNELL Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies Volume 16, Number 2, Winter 1993
    https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/jiabs/article/download/8818/2725

    Jhana Wars! at Simplesuttas Blog.
    https://simplesuttas.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/jhana-wars-pt-1-what-the-heck-is-jhana-a-first-pass/

    Contents

    Non-duality

    Non-duality
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2016/02/non-duality.html

    Realizing the Ultimate
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/realizing-ultimate.html

    Beyond Joy
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/06/beyond-joy.html

    Bernadette Roberts Interview
    http://www.spiritualteachers.org/b_roberts_interview.htm at spiritualteachers.org.

    Thusness/PasserBy's Seven Stages of Enlightenment
    http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2007/03/thusnesss-six-stages-of-experience.html by Soh Wei Yu at awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com.

    Realizing the Nature of Mind
    http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.sg/2009/07/realizing-nature-of-mind.html by Soh Wei Yu at awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com. Transcript of "a talk by IMS (Insight Meditation Society) teacher Rob Burbea."

    Lester Levenson's story at releasetechnique.com
    http://www.releasetechnique.com/websitetwentyfourteen/wp-content/themes/releasetechnique2014/downloads/lester-levenson-story.pdf

    KEYS TO THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation By Lester Levenson at stillnessspeaks.com
    http://www.stillnessspeaks.com/sitehtml/llevenson/keystoultimate.pdf

    Who Am I? - (Nan Yar?) The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi Translation by Dr. T. M. P. MAHADEVAN from the original Tamil
    http://www.nonduality.com/ramana1.htm

    Be As You Are The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi Edited by David Godman at selfdefinition.org
    http://selfdefinition.org/ramana/Ramana%20Maharshi%20-%20Be%20As%20You%20Are--The%20Teachings%20of%20Sri%20Ramana%20Maharshi--Godman.pdf

    SELF-INQUIRY by Sri Sadhu Om
    https://selfdefinition.org/ramana/quotes/sadhu-om-self-inquiry.htm

    Self-enquiry
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2016/02/self-enquiry.html

    Contents

    Psychic Development / Spirit Communication

    Adventures of a Student Medium
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/psi_experience

    What is it like to communicate with spirits
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-is-it-like-to-communicate-with.html

    Communicating with Spirits
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-communicate-with-spirits.html

    A Natural Method of Communicating With Spirits
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/natural_mediumship

    Spiritual Healing
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/spiritual_healing

    Precognitive Dreaming
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/04/keeping-dream-log-as-means-of-having.html

    Spiritual Practices and their Effectiveness
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/03/spiritual-practices-and-their.html

    Psychic Development
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/07/psychic-development.html

    Coping with Being Psychic
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-to-do-if-you-start-developing.html

    Getting rid of spirits
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-to-do-about-unwanted-spirit-contact.html

    Psychic Self-Defense
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/09/psychic-self-defense.html

    What are Ghosts
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-are-ghosts.html

    Poltergeist
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-to-do-about-poltergeist.html

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    Intelligent Design

  • Overviews
  • FAQs
  • Origin of Life
  • Origin of Species ("Macro-Evolution")
  • Human Origins
  • Cosmology
  • The Politics of Intelligent Design

    Intelligent Design: Overviews

    Naturalism is an extraordinary claim. The laws of nature seem to be relatively simple mathematical relationships. How is it that just by chance simple natural laws working alone would include or produce all the factors necessary for life: the 20 or 30 cosmological fine tuning factors, at least 15 factors needed to produce habitable planets, at least 20 chemical factors needed for complex life? How is it possible that simple undesigned natural laws could produce the complex machinery of cells and the information needed for simple life and macroevolution? How could such finely-tuned complexity arise at every scale from the atomic to the cosmic from simple undesigned unguided natural laws? If you wanted to design such a complicated system from simple mathematical relationships, it would require a huge amount of intellectual effort. How could it happen just by chance? (A multiverse, for which there is no evidence, couldn't explain it.)
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/04/naturalism-is-extraordinary-claim.html

    Mainstream Scientists Admit the Evidence for the Natural Origin and Evolution of Life is Missing
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/08/mainstream-scientists-admit-evidence.html

    Results from mainstream biological research call into question the materialist narrative of the origin of life and macroevolution.
    DNA sequence data falsifies common descent. Homologous genes regulate analogous structures. There is no plausible materialist explanation for the origin of life. The fossil record shows stasis not change. Precambrian fossils of animal types that first appeared in the Cambrian explosion would have been found if they existed.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/results-from-mainstream-biological.html

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    Intelligent Design: FAQs

    Frequently raised but weak arguments against Intelligent Design Intelligent Design FAQ from Uncommondescent.com
    http://www.uncommondescent.com/faq/

    Intelligent Design FAQs & Primers from The Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center.

    http://www.ideacenter.org/resources/faq.php

    Intelligent Design: Skeptical Fallacies The truth is that theories of intelligent design are based on an analysis of scientific evidence and they try to show that intelligent design is a better explanation of the evidence than natural explanations. It is not necessary to identify the designer or explain how the designer arose. Just as the gravity of an unseen mass can be inferred as the cause of observed perturbations of the orbits of planets, an unknown intelligence can be inferred as a cause of of information, cybernetic systems, and mathematical fine-tuning in nature.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/08/intelligent-design-skeptical-fallacies.html

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    Intelligent Design: Origin of Life

    The Top Ten Scientific Problems with Biological and Chemical Evolution
    by Casey Luskin. No Viable Mechanism to Generate a Primordial Soup ... Unguided Chemical Processes Cannot Explain the Origin of the Genetic Code ... Random Mutations Cannot Generate the Genetic Information Required for Irreducibly Complex Structures ... Natural Selection Struggles to Fix Advantageous Traits into Populations ... Abrupt Appearance of Species in the Fossil Record Does Not Support Darwinian Evolution ... Molecular Biology has Failed to Yield a Grand "Tree of Life" ... Convergent Evolution Challenges Darwinism and Destroys the Logic Behind Common Ancestry ... Neo-Darwinism Struggles to Explain the Biogeographical Distribution of many Species ... Neo-Darwinism has a Long History of Inaccurate Darwinian Predictions about Vestigial Organs and "Junk DNA" ... Bonus Problem: Humans Display Many Behavioral and Cognitive Abilities that Offer No Apparent Survival Advantage
    http://www.discovery.org/a/24041

    Problems with the Natural Chemical "Origin of Life" (updated). There is no location where life could plausibly have originated naturally, not in deep sea thermal vents, tide pools, the ocean, volcanic ridges, clay surfaces or extraterrestrial locations. There is no good candidate for the first self-replicating molecule, not RNA, DNA, or protein.
    http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/838

    Information Theory: Chance and natural law cannot explain the origin of life.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/information-theory-chance-and-natural.html

    Video: Life could not have formed by natural means. Biomolecules naturally react to form tar.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/video-life-could-not-have-formed-by.html

    Video: The Origin of Life: An Inside Story 2016 Lectures with James Tour.
    A chemistry professor explains why everything we know about chemistry shows that life could not have arisen by natural means.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zQXgJ-dXM4

    Life did not Arise Through the Unguided Action of Natural Laws. The genetic code is finely tuned for efficiency (it is not random) and it is unlikely this efficiency could have arisen through evolution because any change in the code would affect every protein in the cell which would be catastrophically fatal.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/03/life-did-not-arise-through-unguided.html

    Materialism Cannot Explain the Origin of the Genetic Code.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/04/materialism-cannot-explain-origin-of.html

    Top Five Problems with Current Origin-of-Life Theories by Casey Luskin: 1) No Viable Mechanism to Generate a Primordial Soup. 2) Forming Polymers Requires Dehydration Synthesis. Dehydration synthesis does not occur spontaneously in water. 3) RNA World Hypothesis Lacks Confirming Evidence. 4) Unguided Chemical Processes Cannot Explain the Origin of the Genetic Code. 5) No Workable Model for the Origin of Life
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/03/top-five-problems-with-current-origin.html


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    Intelligent Design: Origin of Species ("Macro-Evolution")

    Primer: Summary of Problems with Biological and Chemical Evolution There is no good explanation for the origin of complex biochemical features. Molecular and anatomical homology fail to provide evidence for common descent. The fossil record does not show transition from one species to another. Developmental biology fails to support common descent. Genetics and chemistry cannot explain the origin of the genetic code. Neo-Darwinism does not explain the geographical distribution of species.
    http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/1510

    The Flawed Evidence for Evolution. Genetic analysis falsifies common descent. An evolutionary tree can be made by comparing the same gene in different organisms, but different genes produce widely divergent trees.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-flawed-evidence-for-evolution.html

    The Cambrian Explosion is Best Explained by Intelligent Design Neo-Darwinism cannot explain why during the Cambrian explosion: Many phyla appeared in a brief period of time. The phyla arose without ancestors. There were very few species at that time. No phylum has ever diversified enough to form another phylum. Yet all of these phenomenon are predicted by intelligent design.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-cambrian-explosion-is-best.html

    The Cambrian Explosion: Biology's Big Bang by Stephen C. Meyer, Marcus Ross, Paul Nelson, and Paul Chien
    http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/filesDB-download.php?command=download&id=639

    Intelligent Design: The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories, By: Stephen C. Meyer, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, August 4, 2004. The Cambrian explosion, where many new animal types appeared suddenly 530 million years ago cannot be explained by natural causes but is best explained by intelligent design, since intelligence is the only known cause that can create information and complex systems.
    http://www.discovery.org/a/2177

    Survival of the fakest. Many of the examples claimed to prove Darwinism (the Miller-Urey primordial soup experiment, the similarity of early embryos in different species, the evolutionary tree, homology in vertebrate limbs, peppered moths evolving a darker color as air pollution darkened tree trunks, Darwin's finches, evolution from apes to humans) are false or misleading.
    http://www.discovery.org/articleFiles/PDFs/survivalOfTheFakest.pdf

    Why Darwinism is False. The fossil record lacks examples of intermediate species; "early development in vertebrate embryos is more consistent with separate origins than with common ancestry; ... non-coding DNA is fully functional, contrary to neo-Darwinian predictions; ... natural selection can accomplish nothing more than artificial selection—which is to say, minor changes within existing species."
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/05/why-darwinism-is-false.html

    Video: A Critique of Darwinist Icons "Many of the pillars of Darwinian theory are either false or misleading." The evolutionary tree is false. Homology is not proof of common descent. The classic diagrams showing similarities in embryos of different species were faked. Peppered moths supposedly evolved darker colors because tree trunks were darkened by air pollution, but the moths don't rest on tree trunks. Temporary changes in beak morphology of Galapagos finches were due to changes in the frequency of existing genes and do not explain the formation of new genetic information needed to explain macroevolution.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/video-critique-of-darwinist-icons.html

    Newly discovered whale fossil, older than its supposed ancestor species, proves Darwinists rely on flawed logic.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/newly-discovered-whale-fossil-older.html

    Nature's best evidence for natural selection does not show that natural selection can cause macroevolution.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/natures-best-evidence-for-natural.html

    The missing ancestors of the Cambrian explosion would have been found if they existed.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-missing-ancestors-of-cambrian.html

    Video: Darwinism on Trial with University of California Berkley law professor Phillip E. Johnson
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/video-darwinism-on-trial-with.html

    Homologous genes that regulate the development of analogous structures are better explained by intelligent design than natural selection.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/homologous-genes-that-regulate.html

    Differences in early embryonic development provide evidence that the animal phyla did not share a multicellular common ancestor.

    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/differences-in-early-embryonic.html

    Lee Spetner explains why natural selection can't produce macroevolution.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/09/lee-spetner-explains-why-natural.html

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    Intelligent Design: Human Origins

    The evidence usually said to demonstrate that humans evolved from apes, does not demonstrate any such thing:

    Human/Ape Common Ancestry: Following the Evidence
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/06/following_the_evidence_where_i047161.html

    Does Genome Evidence Support Human-Ape Common Ancestry?
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/03/does_genome_evi083181.html

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    Intelligent Design: Cosmology

    The Cosmological Argument for a Transcendent Designer of the Universe. The discovery that the universe is expanding, the discovery that the universe came from nothing, and the discovery that natural laws are finely tuned to make life possible, all demonstrate that the universe was created and designed by an intelligence outside the universe. The evidence for intelligent design in the origin and evolution of life shows that the designer continued to play a role in the universe long after its creation.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-cosmological-argument-for.html

    Video: Doug Ell Discusses the Evidence for Intelligent Design
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/07/doug-ell-video-discusses-evidence-for.html

    The Fine-Tuning of the Universe to one part in 10^10^123 is best explained by an intelligent designer and creator, aka. God.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-fine-tuning-of-universe-to-one-part.html

    Multiverse Theories Fail to Explain Our Finely Tuned Universe. Intelligent Design is a Better Explanation.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/08/multiverse-theories-fail-to-explain-our.html

    Guillermo Gonzalez on the Fine-tuning of the Universe to Support Life
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/04/video-guillermo-gonzalez-on-fine-tuning.html

    Opposing the multiverse by George Ellis. "Martin Gardner (2003) puts it this way: 'There is not the slightest shred of reliable evidence that there is any universe other than the one we are in. No multiverse theory has so far provided a prediction that can be tested. As far as we can tell, universes are not as plentiful as even two blackberries.'"
    http://astrogeo.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/2/2.33.full

    The multiverse argument for the existence of paranormal phenomena. Proposing a multiverse does not help the materialist cause, it hurts it. If there are enough universes to explain the existence of our "improbable" universe as the result of chance, then there should be enough universes for one to exist with a God, spirits, Sasquatch, intelligent designer(s), UFOs, alien abductions, psi, etc, etc.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-multiverse-argument-for-existence.html

    The Privileged Planet: The rare confluence of conditions that allow Earth to support complex life also make the Earth the best location from which to make scientific discoveries. Those scientific discoveries reveal that the universe is understandable to humankind. All this indicates a purpose to the universe: to support intelligent life and to allow intelligent life to discover that the universe was created.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-privileged-planet-rare-confluence.html

    Privileged Species: How the Cosmos is Designed for Human Life:
    "The documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that make human life and the life of other organisms possible, and it explores some of the unique features of humans that make us a truly privileged species."


    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-privileged-species-how-cosmos-is.html


    Atheists: "Science shows there is no good reason to believe in God". Nobel Prize Winning Scientists: "The scientific evidence is best explained by the existence of God".
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/atheists-science-shows-there-is-no-good.html

    Many scientists believed the evidence that the universe was designed. These scientists include Nobel prize winners such as Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Guglielmo Marconi, Brian Josephson, William Phillips, Richard Smalley, Arno Penzias, Charles Townes, Arthur Compton, Antony Hewish, Christian Anfinsen, Walter Kohn, Arthur Schawlow, and other scientists, Charles Darwin, Sir Fred Hoyle, John von Neumann, Wernher von Braun, and Louis Pasteur.
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers

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    Intelligent Design: Politics

    The Politics of Suppression of Intelligent Design.
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/05/helping_an_inte085171.html

    Also see: http://www.discovery.org/a/2399

    Video: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. This video documents the persecution experienced by scientists who look for signs of intelligent design in nature.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5EPymcWp-g


    This video elicited a large number of bogus criticisms which is additional evidence of persecution. A response to these criticisms can be found at:

    http://www.ncseexposed.org/

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    Charles Darwin

    Darwin believed in intelligent design, he believed natural laws were designed.
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers#researchers_darwin

    Darwin believed that if human intelligence evolved, it is not reliable and this undermines materialism. If human reason is not reliable there are no grounds to believe anything including materialism.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/08/charles-darwin-refutes-materialism.html

    Darwin believed that working as a scientist can make a person narrow-minded. This explains why so many scientists are pseudo-skeptics and it supports the argument that scientists are not qualified to make decisions on public policy including how scientific research funds should be allocated.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/08/george-orwell-scientists-themselves.html

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    Human Origins

    It would take more than 100 million years for a small functional change involving two mutations to occur naturally in humans. The entire primate line has existed for less than that length of time and there are many more mutations that separate humans from apes.
    http://www.biologicinstitute.org/post/19308937461/bold-biology-for-2009

    The evidence usually said to demonstrate that humans evolved from apes, does not demonstrate any such thing:

    Human/Ape Common Ancestry: Following the Evidence
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/06/following_the_evidence_where_i047161.html

    Study Reports a Whopping "23% of Our Genome" Contradicts Standard Human-Ape Evolutionary Phylogeny
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/06/study_reports_a_whopping_23_of047041.html

    DNA Comparisons between Humans and Chimps: A Response to the Venema Critique of the RTB Human Origins Model, Part 2 "It is interesting that when evolutionary biologists discuss genetic comparisons between human and chimpanzee genomes, the fact that, again, as much as 25 percent of the two genomes won’t align receives no mention. Instead, the focus is only on the portions of the genome that display a high-degree of similarity. This distorted emphasis makes the case for the evolutionary connection between humans and chimps seem more compelling than it may actually be."
    http://www.reasons.org/articles/dna-comparisons-between-humans-and-chimps-a-response-to-the-venema-critique-of-the-rtb-human-origins-model-part-2

    Does Genome Evidence Support Human-Ape Common Ancestry?
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/03/does_genome_evi083181.html

    Humans are a hybrid of chimps and pigs. There are 90 characteristics of pigs that are also found in humans but are not found in any other primate species:
    http://www.macroevolution.net/human-origins.html

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    Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Are People DNA sequence studies by Dr. Melba Ketchum show that the Sasquatch are a hybrid of human and an unknown primate species:
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/09/sasquatch-are-people.html

    Wood Ape Sightings: Correlations to Annual Rainfall Totals, Waterways, Human Population Densities and Black Bear Habitat Zones by Daryl Colyer & Alton Higgins
    http://woodape.org/index.php/about-bigfoot/articles/67-ecological-patterns

    Using Biotic Taphonomy Signature Analysis and Neoichnology Profiling to determine the identity of the carnivore taxa responsible for the deposition and mechanical mastication of three independent prey bone assemblages in the Mount St. Helen’s ecosystem of the Cascade mountain range by Aaron Mills, Gerald Mills, M. N. Townsend
    https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=25BBCABF2DE517FF!108&ithint=file%2cpdf&app=WordPdf&authkey=!AOLzbmAVbvcVkIM

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    UFOs and Aliens

    Astronauts Say UFOs are Real
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/04/astronauts-say-ufos-are-real.html

    High Ranking Government and Military Officials Say UFOs are Extraterrestrial Craft Visiting the Earth
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/09/high-ranking-government-and-military.html

    UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For? The COMETA report produced by the Institute of Advanced Studies for National Defense in France. Part III concludes: "A single hypothesis sufficiently takes into account the facts and, for the most part, only calls for present-day science. It is the hypothesis of extraterrestrial visitors."
    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_cometareport01.htm

    Unidentified Flying Objects Briefing Document The Best Available Evidence by Don Berliner with Marie Galbraith Antonio Huneeus, Presented by CUFONS, FUFOR, MUFON December 1995
    http://www.openminds.tv/wp-content/uploads/Rockefeller-Briefing-Document.pdf

    Video: "Debunking the UFO Debunkers" in which Stanton Friedman explains why you cannot trust the "skeptics".
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crg67I276iU

    UFO Witness Testimony
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/02/ufo-witness-testimony-from-csetiweb.html

    UFO Experiencers Speak
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/03/video-highlights-of-ufo-experiencers.html

    Exopolitics Lectures from the 2010 X-Conference
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/03/exopolitics-lectures-from-2010-x.html

    Possible reasons for the UFO cover-up:

    • The existence of a more technologically advanced civilization that does not use money is a threat to the established order.
    • Alien technology could be used to produce dangerous weapons.
    • The government doesn't want to admit abductions are occurring that they cannot prevent.
    • The government doesn't want to admit there are aliens who look just like humans who have infiltrated the highest levels of government.
    • The aliens might tell the truth about the human soul driving both materialist and religious believers into conniptions.
    • The government doesn't want to admit the crimes they committed during the decades long cover-up.
    • The government doesn't want to admit that they turned over recovered alien technology to private enterprise that is now forming a breakaway civilization.
    • ...
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/07/ufo-secrecy-and-spirituality.html

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    Why Scientists are often Narrow-minded

    George Orwell: "... the scientists themselves would benefit by a little education." Darwin agrees.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/08/george-orwell-scientists-themselves.html

    Why are so Many Scientists Pseudo-skeptics?
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/01/someone-in-internet-discussion-forum.html

    Perceptual Bias in Parapsychology
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/perceptual-bias-in-parapsychology.html

    The History of Important Scientific Discoveries Initially Rejected and Ridiculed.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-history-of-scientific-discoveries.html

    The Brain Can't Empathize And Analyze At Same Time
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252241.php

    Why Don't Psychopaths Believe in Dualism?
    http://ncu9np.blogspot.com/2015/05/pl9-tsc-2012-anthony-jack-why-dont.html

    A scientific case for conceptual dualism: The problem of consciousness and the opposing domains hypothesis.
    http://tonyjack.org/files/2013%20Jack%20A%20scientific%20case%20for%20conceptual%20dualism%20(1).pdf

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    Most Published Research Findings are False

    Most published research findings are false:
    http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21598944-sloppy-researchers-beware-new-institute-has-you-its-sights-metaphysicians

    Bad Science Muckrakers Question the Big Science Status Quo: "... inherent biases and the flawed statistical analyses built into most 'hypothesis driven' research, resulting in publications that largely represent 'accurate measures of the prevailing bias.'"
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrezza/2014/07/13/bad-science-muckrakers-question-the-big-science-status-quo/

    Linus Pauling: "Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them." -Linus Pauling PhD (Two-time Nobel Prize winner)."
    http://nationalpress.org/images/uploads/programs/CAN2009_Marshall.pdf

    "The Lancet": The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness."
    http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(15)60696-1.pdf

    "Nature": "Ridding science of shoddy statistics will require scrutiny of every step, not merely the last one, say Jeffrey T. Leek and Roger D. Peng."
    http://www.nature.com/news/statistics-p-values-are-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-1.17412

    Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers: "The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense."
    http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763

    The New England Journal of Medicine: "In August 2015, the publisher Springer retracted 64 articles from 10 different subscription journals “after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports,” according to a statement on their website.1 The retractions came only months after BioMed Central, an open-access publisher also owned by Springer, retracted 43 articles for the same reason."
    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1512330

    realclearscience.com: "A study that surveyed all the published cosmological literature between the years 1996 and 2008 showed that the statistics of the results were too good to be true. In fact, the statistical spread of the results was not consistent with what would be expected mathematically, which means cosmologists were in agreement with each other – but to a worrying degree. This meant that either results were being tuned somehow to reflect the status-quo, or that there may be some selection effect where only those papers that agreed with the status-quo were being accepted by journals."
    http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/01/11/why_cosmology_is_in_crisis_109504.html

    University of Oxford: "Half the world's natural history specimens may have the wrong name."
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-11-17-half-worlds-natural-history-specimens-may-have-wrong-name

    NYTimes.com: "Dr. Prasad and Dr. Cifu extrapolate from past reversals to conclude that about 40 percent of what we consider state-of-the-art health care is likely to turn out to be unhelpful or actually harmful."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/science/book-review-ending-medical-reversal-laments-flip-flopping.html

    Retraction Watch
    http://retractionwatch.com/

    I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.
    http://io9.com/i-fooled-millions-into-thinking-chocolate-helps-weight-1707251800

    "Der Spiegel protested all of this discussion with the statement, that what they hear is that 'journalists want to earn money, whereas scientists are only seeking the truth.' This brought loud guffaws from all three [professors]. 'Scientists,' answered Dr. Fischer, 'want success; they want a wife, a hotel room, an invitation, or perhaps a car!'"
    http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/der-spiegel-discovers-the-truth-from-science/

    The History of Important Scientific Discoveries Initially Rejected and Ridiculed.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-history-of-scientific-discoveries.html

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    Suicide

    Suicide and the Afterlife.
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/suicide

    In the vast majority of cases, people kill themselves due to abnormal brain chemistry.

    Spirits who need healing or other types of help when they cross over get the help they need in the afterlife.

    Someone who is grieving for a suicide victim, or a suicide victim who has just crossed over, needs to understand there is no special punishment assigned to suicide victims in the afterlife.

    Someone who is contemplating suicide needs to understand that suicide won't solve anything because you are an immortal spirit and it is impossible to really kill yourself. Furthermore, you can't escape the consequences of your actions by killing yourself.

    Here are excerpts from someone who had an NDE after attempting suicide:
    http://www.near-death.com/experiences/suicide03.html
    "I came into the presence of a brilliant, wonderfully warm and loving Light. While I was in the presence of this Light I was shown a review of my life and all the events that brought me to that point."
    ...
    "I was given the choice of remaining with the light, provided I return later to the physical world and experience all that brought me to the point of shooting myself, or I could return now and pick up my life where it was. I was told that I would eventually have the family and love I so desperately yearned for."

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    Scientific Evidence of Paranormal Phenomena

    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles on Paranormal Phenomena (Healing at a Distance, Physiological Correlations at a Distance, Telepathy & ESP, General Overviews and Critiques, Survival of Consciousness, Precognition & Presentiment, Mind Matter Interaction)
    http://www.deanradin.com/evidence/evidence.htm

    Publications - School of Medicine at the University of Virginia (Ian Stevenson et. al.)
    http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/psychiatry/sections/cspp/dops/publications-page

    Past "Journal of Scientific Exploration" Research Articles from The Society for Scientific Exploration
    http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal-library

    Selected Scientific Papers - Campaign for Open Science
    http://www.opensciences.org/papers

    The Geller Papers
    http://www.uri-geller.com/books/geller-papers/gpap.htm

    Evidence of the Afterlife
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence

    Proof of ESP
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/04/proof-of-esp-1889-1997.html

    Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/p/occasionally-i-post-something-to.html#misc_evidence_13

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    The Benefits of Religion and Meaning in Life

    Materialism: Meaning is an illusion. Science: People need meaning to thrive.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/08/materialism-meaning-is-illusion-science.html

    Belief in religion and spirituality gives meaning to life in a way that atheism cannot.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/04/belief-in-religion-and-spirituality.html

    Christianity and religion have made an enormously positive contribution to civilization.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html#lennox_civilization

    Exploding the persistant myth that Christianity impeded the growth of science. by James Hannam in firstthings.com. "... the "scientific revolution" was a continuation of developments that started deep in the Middle Ages among people whose scientific work expressed their religious belief. ... Given the advantages Christianity provided, it is hardly surprising that modern science developed only in the West, within a Christian civilization."
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html#lennox_civilization

    Religion provides a solid foundation for ethics and morality in a way that atheism and materialism cannot.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/04/video-john-lennox-on-problem-of-evil_7.html

    Belief in religion and spirituality is enormously beneficial to the individual.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html#lennox_individual
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/skepticism-big-lie-activist-skeptics.html#well_being_references

    Andrew Sims, past president of Royal College of Psychiatrists: "The advantageous effect of religious belief and spirituality on mental and physical health is one of the best kept secrets in psychiatry and medicine generally. ... In the majority of studies, religious involvement is correlated with well-being, happiness and life satisfaction; hope and optimism; purpose and meaning in life; higher self-esteem; better adaptation to bereavement; greater social support and less loneliness; lower rates of depression and faster recovery from depression; lower rates of suicide and fewer positive attitudes towards suicide; less anxiety; less psychosis and fewer psychotic tendencies; lower rates of alcohol and drug use and abuse; less delinquency and criminal activity; greater marital stability and satisfaction… We concluded that for the vast majority of people the apparent benefits of devout belief and practice probably outweigh the risks.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html

    Research shows that belief in the paranormal and religion can be conducive to the health and well being of people. These beliefs can help people cope with grief, divorce, job loss, the fear of death, particularly in the terminally ill, and can deter suicide. Therefore, when skeptics and atheists try to convince people to stop believing in the paranormal and religion, they may be doing harm to other people. Furthermore, research also shows that having meaning in life is necessary for people to thrive but skeptics claim consciousness and meaning are illusions. When skeptics spread their philosophy of materialism they may cause harm by taking the meaning and purpose of life away from people.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/skepticism-big-lie-activist-skeptics.html

    Belief in religion and the afterlife eases grief and fear of death. It deters suicide, and helps people cope with adversity such as unemployment and divorce. People who find meaning in life are healthier, but pseudoskeptics espouse materialism which says that life is meaningless.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-harm-caused-by-pseudoskepticism.html

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    Super-psi cannot Explain the Evidence for the Afterlife

    There is a vast amount of evidence that is better explained by survival after death than by super-psi:

    ESP is not produced by the brain. ESP is not dependent on space or time and it cannot be produced by any physical process including quantum entanglement. The existence of psi is evidence that consciousness is non-physical. If consciousness is non-physical, then super-psi loses any advantage a materialist might attribute to parsimony.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/near-death-experiences-and-afterlife.html#facts_esp

    Drop in communicators are spirits unrelated the the medium and the sitters who communicate for purposes of their own. They show that spirits have initiative, purpose, and problem solving ability:
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence#summary_evidence_drop_ins

    Cross correspondences are cases where a message is given in parts through different mediums who don't know they are being used for in that way. The parts of the message only make sense when combined and contain highly specialized knowledge known by the spirit. This shows that spirits have initiative, problem solving ability, organizational ability, and retain highly specialized knowledge they had during life.
    http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence#summary_evidence_cross_correspondences

    Mrs. Piper: Evidence for Survival After Death Mrs Piper's mediumship shows that the characteristics of the communication varies with the spirit not the medium or sitters. For example some spirits are good communicators others are not, some communicate names easily others don't, most spirits have difficulty communicating shortly after death, most spirits become better communicators with practice.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2009/05/further-record-of-observations-of.html

    Super-psi does not Explain the Evidence for the Afterlife Guy Lyon Playfair, William Roll, and Ian Stevenson all thought poltergeist phenomenon that did not depend on the presence of any one individual were caused by spirits.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2009/06/survival-and-super-psi.html

    When a child remembers a past life, and has a birthmark at a location of an injury in the past life, it suggests the spirit body may carry information from one life to the next. It would be absurd to believe the fetus was psychic and was fulfilling a psychological need by unconsciously creating the birth mark.

    ...

    Shared Death Bed Visions, Shared Near-Death Experiences, and Multiple Witness Crisis Apparitions are not well explained by super-psi. You'd have to be a super-duper-psychic not just a super-psychic to induce hallucinations in other people.

    Para-Pseudo-Skeptics Highly skilled psychics who live with the phenomena every day and know many details of the phenomena that never get published in parapsychology journals can tell the difference between ESP and spirit communication. They are the experts on the phenomenon and know infinitely more about it that any parapsychologist.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/05/para-pseudo-skeptics.html

    Near-death Experiences and Afterlife Phenomena Near-death experiences are best explained as out-of-the-body consciousness because they occur when the brain is not capable of supporting lucid conscious experiences:
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2014/04/near-death-experiences-and-afterlife.html#facts_veridical

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    Politics

    "A Constructive Approach to the Conservative / Liberal Divide": The political polarization in the US is caused by journalists and politicians who are misleading the public. Research by sociologist Jonathan Haidt shows that all people throughout the world have the same five basic intuitions about morality. The differences between liberals and conservatives occur in slight preferences about which aspects of morality they think are most important. Liberals and conservatives have much more in common than they have differences. However, journalists and politicians gain personally by portraying these differences as a matter of smart vs. stupid or good vs evil. This is a scam. Good, intelligent people can disagree. Every scientific controversy shows that the interpretation of facts is only an opinion. If people will stop being fooled by this deception, the hate mongers will become powerless and our society will be able to solve problems through civil discussions based on mutual understanding and respect.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2016/01/jonathan-haidts-constructive-approach.html

    "What Someone Should Say at a Political Rally": "I could go through every issue that divided us in the last election and show that both sides have legitimate concerns."
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2017/02/what-someone-should-say-at-political.html

    "Most News Stories are Crafted to Misinform and Manipulate You": Problems can be identified and solutions found without experiencing anger, fear, and hate. But we are programmed by the media to react with those emotions every time we think of the other political party or hear their views expressed. It is a major cause of political polarization in the US.
    http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2017/03/most-news-stories-are-crafted-to.html

    "The Internet is controlling your brain with alert notifications."
    http://ncu9np.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-prophet-of-habit-forming-technology.html

    "Blame Rich, Overeducated Elites as Our Society Frays" by Peter Turchin
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2013-11-20/blame-rich-overeducated-elites-as-our-society-frays

    "Understanding Riots" by David D. Haddock and Daniel D. Poisby
    http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/cato-journal/1994/5/cj14n1-13.pdf

    "Why Civil Resistance Works" by Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth
    http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/IS3301_pp007-044_Stephan_Chenoweth.pdf

    "198 Methods of Nonviolent Action"
    http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/resources/nonviolent/methods.php

    "POTUS & Political Warfare May 2017" by Rich Higgins. This the memo that got Rich Higgins fired from the National Security Council.
    https://www.scribd.com/document/356073046/Political-Warfare-NSC-memo

    "How To Know You're In a Mass Hysteria Bubble" by Scott Adams
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/164297628606/how-to-know-youre-in-a-mass-hysteria-bubble

    "Jesus plus nothing: Undercover among America's secret theocrats" by Jeffrey Sharlet
    http://breakfornews.com/offsitearchive/JesusPlusNothing_UndercoverAmongAmericasSecretTheocrats_byJeffreySharlet.htm

    "The Scary Mental Health Risks of Going Meatless"
    http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/side-effects-of-vegetarianism

    "Dispelling Vaccination Myths, An Introduction to the Contradictions Between Medical Science and Immunization Policy" by Alan Phillips
    http://www.vaccinerights.com/pdf/DispellingVaccinationMythsx.pdf

    "False Flags Are Just a Conspiracy Theory ... Admitted Fact": "In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:..."
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-03/false-flags-are-just-conspiracy-theor-admitted-fact

    "To The Horror Of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here" by Peter Ferrara: "The CO2 greenhouse effect is weak and marginal compared to natural causes of global temperature changes." Natural causes such as ocean currents and solar cycles are a better explanation for the climate data than CO2 produced by human activity.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/05/26/to-the-horror-of-global-warming-alarmists-global-cooling-is-here

    "The Global Warming Fraud, Explained" by John Hinderaker: "The climate alarmists assert that various positive feedbacks, principally an increase in the main greenhouse gas, water vapor, will amplify that scientifically-defensible one degree increase into something like six degrees. EVERY SINGLE THING you have ever read about the supposedly baleful effects of CO2 is based on that unproven assumption. Actually, the net feedbacks–clouds are the great unknown–may be negative rather than positive."
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/12/the-global-warming-fraud-explained.php

    "Climate Change in 12 Minutes - The Skeptic's Case" by Stefan Molyneux
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gDErDwXqhc

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    Economics

    "A growing number of American companies are moving their manufacturing back to the United States. ... Jan 19th 2013" This is due to three trends, lower energy prices in the US due to fracking, higher wages overseas, and the use of automation in the US which reduces labor costs.
    http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21569570-growing-number-american-companies-are-moving-their-manufacturing-back-united

    "Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses" By Paul Wiseman, Nov. 2, 2016. "General Motors, for instance, now employs barely a third of the 600,000 workers it had in the 1970s. Yet it churns out more cars and trucks than ever. ... Or look at production of steel and other primary metals. Since 1997, the United States has lost 265,000 jobs in the production of primary metals -- a 42 percent plunge -- at a time when such production in the U.S. has surged 38 percent. Allan Collard-Wexler of Duke University and Jan De Loecker of Princeton University found last year that America didn't lose most steel jobs to foreign competition or faltering sales. Steel jobs vanished because of the rise of a new technology: Super-efficient mini-mills that make steel largely from scrap metal.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/265cd8fb02fb44a69cf0eaa2063e11d9/mexico-taking-us-factory-jobs-blame-robots-instead

    "U.S. manufacturing may depend on automation to survive and prosper": Martin Neil BailyMonday, December 21, 2015 "Germany, as noted, has seen manufacturing employment declines also, but the size of their manufacturing sector is larger than ours, running huge trade surplus.
    https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/u-s-manufacturing-may-depend-on-automation-to-survive-and-prosper/

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