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Robert Todd Carroll

Philosophy Professor

Robert Todd Carroll was a philosophy professor at Sacramento City College from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. He is the author of the Skepdic's dictionary, which is both a website and a book.

Robert Todd Carroll's Opinions

Mostly Disagree
Most of the perceived beneficial effects of acupuncture are probably due to the power of suggestion and the placebo effect.
05 Mar 2001    Source

We know that there is virtually no scientific evidence that homeopathic remedies are effective.
01 Jan 2008    Source

Most people are not likely to be too impressed when they realize that all Stevenson had to show for over forty years of research is that it is now false to claim that there is no evidence for reincarnation. It is still quite reasonable, however, to claim that there is no compelling evidence for reincarnation.
01 Jan 2007    Source

In the end, science can't decide the god question any more than philosophical concepts can determine what's real or not in biology or theology.
24 Mar 2010    Source

The Forer effect [a.k.a. Barnum effect] refers to the tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though the statements could apply to many people. Psychologist Bertram R. Forer (1914-2000) found that people tend to accept vague and general personality descriptions as uniquely applicable to themselves without realizing that the same description could be applied to just about anyone.
01 Jan 2009    Source

The main reasons for believing in UFOs are the questionable interpretations of visual experiences, the testimony of many people, the inability to distinguish science fiction from science, the willingness to trust incompetent men telling fantastic stories, the ability to distrust all contrary sources as being part of an evil conspiracy to withhold the truth, and a desire for contact with the world above. Belief in aliens and UFOs is akin to belief in supernatural beings.
04 Apr 2009    Source

Mostly Agree
[to avoid self-deception] non-scientists ought to try to imitate science whenever possible. ... Self-deception is not necessarily a weakness of will, but may be a matter of ignorance, laziness, or cognitive incompetence. On the other hand, self-deception may not always be a flaw and may even be beneficial at times. If we were too brutally honest and objective about our own abilities and about life in general, we might become debilitated by depression.
23 Feb 2009    Source

The people at CPP [who own the rights to MTBI] aren’t too concerned if the list doesn’t seem to match your type. They advise such persons to see the one who administered the test and ask for help in finding a more suitable list by changing a letter or two in your four-letter type. ... Furthermore, no matter what your preferences, your behavior will still sometimes indicate contrasting behavior. Thus, no behavior can ever be used to falsify the type, and any behavior can be used to verify it.
06 Jul 2009    Source

Mostly Disagree
[The subjects] know they have roles to play and they reinforce each other by their performances. The hypnotist provides suggestions and the subject responds to the suggestions. The rest of the behavior—the hypnotist’s repetition of sounds or gestures, his soft, relaxing voice, snapping of fingers, counting backward from 10 to 1, and the trance-like pose or sleep-like repose of the subject—are just window dressing, part of the drama that makes hypnosis seem mysterious.
05 Jul 2011    Source

Parapsychology is the search for evidence of paranormal phenomena, such as ESP and psychokinesis. Most scientists try to explain observed and observable phenomena. Parapsychologists try to observe unexplainable phenomena. All the other sciences have led us away from superstition and magical thinking, while parapsychology has tried to find a scientific basis for such things as divination and mediumship.
23 Feb 2009    Source

The technology to revivify a frozen body exists in the imagination. Nanotechnology, for example, is a technology that supporters of cryonics appeal to. Someday, they say, we'll be able to rebuild [the] diseased or damaged cells in the body, with nanobots. ... This seems like wishful thinking. A business based on little more than hope for developments that can be imagined by science is quackery. ... There is little reason to believe that the promises of cryonics will ever be fulfilled.
23 Feb 2009    Source

The simple fact is once you are dead, you are dead forever. This fact may seem horrifying, but it is not nearly as horrifying as the thought of living forever.
23 Feb 2009    Source

Even if a dead body is somehow preserved for a century or two and then repaired, whatever is animated by whatever process will not be the same person who died. The brain is the key to consciousness and to who a person is. There is no reason to believe that a brain preserved by whatever means and restored to whatever state by nanobots will result in a consciousness that is in any way connected to the consciousness of the person who died two centuries earlier.
23 Feb 2009    Source

We are here working out our sins, evolving our souls, burning off some karma. These are the same feeble reasons given for the existence of evil in a world allegedly created by an Omnipotent, All-Good God. ... Karma is a law for sheep. We should not wonder that the shepherds advocate it. It is a law for the passive, for those who will not disturb the status quo, who will accept whatever evil is done as "natural" and inevitable. Karma is a law for slaves, for the vanquished.
23 Feb 2009    Source

Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Robert Todd Carroll and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Robert Todd Carroll's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

World's Largest Encyclopedia
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
87% agreement / 2 opinions

Steven Novella
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Susan Blackmore
Psychology Lecturer, Former Parapsychologist
87% agreement / 2 opinions

Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
87% agreement / 2 opinions

Leon Kass
Doctor, Conservative Bioethicist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
66% agreement / 3 opinions

Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
66% agreement / 3 opinions

Austin Cline
66% agreement / 3 opinions

Derren Brown
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Richard Feynman
Nobel Laureate in Physics
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Bryan Caplan
Economics Professor
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Sigmund Freud
Famous Psychologist
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
35% agreement / 5 opinions

Gautama Buddha
Founder of Buddhism
37% agreement / 2 opinions

K. Eric Drexler
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
0% agreement / 4 opinions

Ralph Merkle
Computer Scientist, Nanotechnologist
12% agreement / 2 opinions

Ben Best
CEO of Cryonics Institute
0% agreement / 2 opinions

H. P. Lovecraft
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Dayne Rudhyar
Pioneer in Modern Astrology
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Liz Greene
Pioneer in Modern Astrology
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Robert Todd Carroll's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Robert Todd Carroll typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
High Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
High Disagree Are psychic powers real?
Medium Disagree Does homeopathy work?
Medium Disagree Is the Myers-Briggs personality test meaningful?
Low Disagree Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable?
Low Disagree Is cryonic restoration technically feasible in the future?

Nonconforming Opinions

Robert Todd Carroll's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers Robert Todd Carroll typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Expert Answer Question
Low Agree Mostly Agree Is self-deception a fault?

Projected Opinions

Robert Todd Carroll's projected opinions are opinions Robert Todd Carroll is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Mostly Disagree Does God exist?
High Neutral Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
High Mostly Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
High Mostly Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Medium Neutral Is God just?
Medium Disagree Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Low Neutral Does life have a meaning?
Low Neutral Can we handle the truth?
Low Neutral Is monogamy natural for humans?
Low Mostly Disagree Is hypocrisy acceptable?
Low Mostly Disagree Are people who reject theories as unscientific closed minded?
Low Mostly Disagree Is free will an illusion?
Low Disagree Can poor eyesight be improved with eye exercises?
Low Neutral Is there life after death?
Low Disagree Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)
Low Mostly Disagree Is homosexuality natural?
Low Disagree Should women have the right to vote?
Low Neutral Is marriage a good thing?
Low Mostly Agree Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Low Neutral Should abortion be legal?
Low Neutral Should psychoactive drugs be legal?
Low Disagree Should the Bible be interpreted literally?
Low Neutral Do miracles happen?