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For some patients, the thoughts are there, but the words can’t come. New mind-reading technology could help them speak.
On what grounds does one draw the line between quantum physics/mechanics and pseudoscientific claims about the powers of consciousness? I’m naturally skeptical of claims like the following that purport to be supported by quantum physics/mechanics:
– Healing yourself with your mind, etc.
I don’t know enough about quantum physics to understand where the reasoning goes south, though. When I read skeptical articles, they usually dismiss the claims by saying “they misunderstand the science,” but they don’t go into detail. That’s what I’m looking for.
If it’s helpful, these sort of things tend to take the idea that your consciousness acts on everything it observes and extrapolates from there.
Does it have something to do with the idea of a “conscious observer” not necessarily meaning “a human being with a conscious,” depending on your interpretation of quantum mechanics? Is it conflating superposition with observer effect? Something else?
Are these claims actually possible in some “legitimate” interpretations but we’re doubtful those interpretations are true? Or are all the claims based on misunderstanding?
I feel like I have a very vague grasp of these concepts, and whenever I try to pinpoint the flaw in reasoning my mind can’t process it.
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What are some well-written, readily-available books about, for want of a better term, ‘the unexplained:’ apparently psychic phenomena, apparitions, telepathy, and the like? I have a pen-pal who is at college studying electrical engineering in north-eastern Africa. He has a great curiosity about philosophy, literature, and the arts, but books of all kinds are hard to come by where he is, so I have been sending him some of my old volumes.
He’s expressed a particular interest in these ‘unexplained’ phenomena, but I am a skeptic, and haven’t anything that fits the bill. What are some good general works on these subjects? Ideally, I suppose, I’d prefer books that would allow him to draw his own conclusions, and are neither blindly credulous nor dogmatically skeptical.
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