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  1. How depressing to find the people you talk to outside your home are not as smart by some measure of your own expectation. Smart people say and do what appears to be thoughtless and dumb things but that doesn't necessarily suggest low intelligence, IMO. What Watson says and believes regarding the ethnic basis of intelligence doesn't suggests he's dumb, just misinformed by his personal bias and interpretation of what he perceives as evidence. IDK, perhaps what may be true for Watson might be true for you. As to whether I'm insane, that seems to be a discussion best suited for our Speculation Forum rather than here in Science News.
  2. Either that or he's trolling.. Trolling.
  3. What people and by what measure? What is the basis your opinion?
  4. Watson's clearly racist theories, supposedly based on his genetics and intelligence test perspective, is a prime example of how a scientist's social bias--perhaps a product of his era many decades ago--influences and hinders his investigation and acceptance of thoroughly researched and generally accepted evidence in science contrary to whatever support he endorses. Humanity, regardless of skin pigmentation or geographical origin, share an equal capacity to learn, anticipate, and innovate, which I believe are truer measures of intelligence.
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    NDE, OBE & Dreaming

    Hello All, I'm going to open a can of worms here with what the science suggests about the dreaming brain and how it might relate to near-death (NDE) and out-of-body (OBE) experiences. If I recall correctly, it was Michel Jouvet's decerebration experiments in the late 1960s that suggested no activity occurs cortically without a subcortical neural connection. Although the goal of his experiments were to determine the neurophysiological mechanisms of dreaming, the lack of spontaneous neural activity in the cortex without a subcortical neural link was significant in that it suggests all brain activity is a result of subcortical stimuli, which appears to confirm and conform to the suggested hierarchal nature of brain evolution, wherein, the functionality of relatively recent brain and neural developments are dependent on the function of earlier developments in our brain's evolution. Now, if I've laid the proper foundation for this speculation correctly, Jouvet's experiments appear to suggest that, at the very least, cortical activity is a response to subcortical stimuli, which suggests the possibility that hallucinatory aberrations such as NDE and OBE are indeed responses to stimuli. As I understand the dreaming brain, dreams are how our waking brain interprets what it believes it experienced during its sleep process and amid those occurrences of cognition and perception arising from our brain's metabolic activities and processes in sleep. Both NDE and OBE occur amid an unconscious state we might equate with dreaming and, if true, then both NDE and OBE are interpretations of what our unconscious brain believes it is experiencing. Consider, could NDE, for example, be how our dying brain interprets subcortical stimuli suggesting that it's experiencing death...as proceeding to a place or state where other deceased individuals have gone or, possibly, reside?
  6. When humans develop a means or method that is more efficient at filtering or removing interstitial cell waste from our brain than that provided by millions of years of brain evolution. By relative volume of our total body weight (about 5%), our brain is the largest consumer of our overall energy uptake (about 20%). That sizable uptake produces cell waste that must be removed from the brain for it to function efficiently. Sleep, as the least active state of brain function, has evolved as the most efficient state for cell waste removal. NREM, specifically, is that state when our brain produces little to no cell waste. During NREM, our brain volume shrinks about 6% as its ventricles widen to facilitate the process of extracellular waste removal (Glypmhatic System). If we think more clearly, have better concentration and memory after a good sleep, it's because our brain functions better when unobstructed by the byproducts of its metabolic processes. Therefore, insomnia and lack of proper sleep is very much like physical constipation and all the deleterious connotations and brain effects that implies.
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    dreams

    Apologies for this delayed response. Although our dreams may seem profoundly significant, dreaming isn't the most significant aspect of the sleep process. Actually, what occurs before and after each cycle of dreaming is more important to brain health and mental acuity than understanding what your dream experience or content may signify. Wakeful brain activity, which is both consciousness and dreaming, requires energy that produces cell waste. For our brain to function efficiently that waste must be removed, which is what occurs more efficiently during the sleep process when the brain is not dreaming. We experience several cycles of dreaming that increase in length as the sleep process progresses. During the earlier cycles of this process, we experience longer stages of non-dreaming (NREM) sleep as our brain works to remove the extracellular waste produced by wakeful brain activity. Dreaming cycles are shorter during this period as sort of a neural test of our brain's sustain connectivity after each period of waste removal. This connectivity test effectively increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which arouses our brain's cognitive and perceptual centers. Our dreams are a narrative of what our brain believes it is perceiving during these periods of cognition and perception. Although you do not believe you were stressed when you were experiencing your lucid dreams, your dreams suggest that you were. Understand that dreams are unconscious interpretations of experience; therefore, they are interpretation of experiences that may not have reached your conscious awareness...like being stressed and not being consciously aware that you were.
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    dreams

    If I'm not too late to this discussion, definitively a lucid dream wherein you experienced an awareness of being within a dream. To understand your experience it's best to know that all dreams arise from activations in the brain associated it's metabolic needs during sleep. Our brain consumes about 20% of our total energy uptake, which is a continuous process even while we sleep. These brain activations in sleep involve the same cognitive centers we use to navigate our conscious experience of physical/material reality. Therefore, dreaming is a type of wakefulness or altered state of consciousness amid sleep. The distinction in the brain between dreaming and true consciousness involves a distinction between the sort of stimuli or sensory information our brain receives and processes while in its divergent states of consciousness. All dreams, including lucid dreaming, are a response to stimuli our wakeful brain amid sleep seek to interpret. Therefore, dreams and everything you experience within them are interpretations of stimuli that you perceive when your brain arouses amid sleep to service its metabolic needs. In understanding what your lucid dream experience may signify, you should consider what sort of stimuli your sleep brain appears to be interpreting. Focusing on the overall context of your dream, you were trying to escape a state or condition that you knew wasn't real or reality. Was it, perhaps, a reflection of some social or mental state or condition you were experiencing around that time a year ago?
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    Racism at the Athens, GA, library

    You won't find the support or insight, you obviously want or need, at this or any science discussion website or, for that matter, any website. You should discuss your concerns in person with a qualified professional who can identify, understand, and address your very apparent--to me at least--needs. I hope this helps.
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    Can science prove God ?

    Science can't prove anything; however, with clearly defined and approved parameters and references in science, I think it can provide a methodology whereby evidence can be investigated or found for the existence of "God or afterlife". Wouldn't a more interesting question be what experiment would we personally designed to provide definitive evidence in science for the existence of god(s)? Then we might at least be aware at which point in our own experience we would begin to suspect or accept the existence of some omnipotent intelligence.
  11. I couldn't agree more, consciousness "is only 'uniquely human' if we define it by criteria which only humans can attain." It isn't unique, consciousness is merely the quality or level of awareness suggested or expressed by the behavioral responses of a species to stimuli.
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    John McCain

    Sen. John McCain was one of only two Republicans in recent memory whom I felt showed an uncommon measure of integrity for an American politician. The other was Sen. Arlen Specter. Sadly, I fear, we shall not see the likes of such men in American politics ever again, which is probably why I have such great hope for those women who have shown tremendous courage in choosing to serve our government. This is not to suggest that women are incorruptible, it's just time for a major social shift in our governing given the status of our current male leadership, which is extraordinarily disgraceful--IMO.
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    First discovery of an ancient-human hybrid.

    I read that article and a fascinating find it was indeed!
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    Dreams causing real injuries?

    Perhaps this will assist your inquiry: Somatic illness, hypnotic suggestion, psychogalvanic reflexes, pseudocyesis, and the placebo effect are just some of the myriad of evidence in science for our powerful mind/body connection. I recall a video in my youth where a person under hypnosis experienced skin redness and blistering when given the suggestion that her hand was emersed in boiling water instead of water that was actually room temperature. I've mentioned all this so that you might not jump to supernatural conclusions, as DrP suggests, and consider or investigate more rational causes for your injuries amid sleep. Barring causes within your sleep environment, consider the possibility that your injuries were a somatic response to your dream experiences.
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    What is faith?

    As it concerns faith, I think science has a firm grasp on what's happening. As it may concern the paranormal, the evidence provided through real scientific methodology has, IMO, shown the paranormal or supernatural to be quite normal and not so super. The evidence for what "is happening" has been consistently ordinary and explainable. Regardless, some of us still cling to the child-like hope for something more magical to our existence that just being alive.