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  1. 19. Telepathy and Quantum Effects.

    Just over a decade ago distinguished British theoretical physicist Sir Roger Penrose hypothesized that consciousness may be the result of sophisticated quantum effects within the brain. The idea was not generally accepted as it was argued by others that such effects were too delicate to survive the relatively high bodily temperatures. Sir Roger was too highly respected and far too big a gun for lesser scientists to start baying at his heels as happened to the likes of Professors Robert Jahn of ...
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  2. 18. Pea-brained Pigeons

    Scientists have (again) discovered the secret of pigeons' remarkable ability to navigate perfectly over journeys of several hundred miles. They do it by smell. Research found that pigeons create 'odour' maps of their neighbourhoods and use these to orient themselves. This replaces the idea that they exploited subtle variations in the Earth's magnetic field to navigate. 'This is important because it is the first time that magnetic sensing and smell have been tested side by side,' said Anna Gagliardo, ...
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  3. 17. Whatís out there?

    Suppose there is another, possibly higher, form of life out there in the universe? - There could be, probably is. Would they be loved (by God) more than us? Would they regard
    us as we now regard chimps, dogs, porpoises or even insects? Itís a bit of a cheek to suppose that God would give preference to this planet.

    To borrow from Plato, I view God as "a rational essence, a free-floating, eternal intelligence". I cannot envisage God as a Caucasian man with a long ...
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  4. 16. Holograms

    I was talking to some friends about holograms - the sort that produce a three-dimensional image in space rather than those they put into credit cards etc. This connected up in my mind with what I was on about earlier - regarding energy forms, particles etc.

    Our brains pick up certain forms of energy, via receptors (i.e. eyes), namely straight-line light photons and our brains process the information and translate it into images that we understand.
    A hologram is the production ...
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  5. 15. Matters of Life and Death

    There are indications that organ transplants are metaphysically anathema, both for the donor and recipient. At issue is whether the consciousness actually leaves the body at the moment brain wave activity and vital functions cease or whether it lingers for hours or even days. Many hospital doctors and nurses are convinced that the spirit leaves an apparently dead body slowly, often hovering above the deceased for some time. They therefore leave further disturbance of the body for at least an hour ...
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