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Hypnosis is a psychological procedure for entering an altered state of consciousness, most notably one that is unusually open to suggestion. Hypnotherapy is used for psychotherapy or performance enhancement, while stage hypnosis is used for entertainment. The theatrical nature of stage hypnosis - whereby a member of an audience will believe and do anything - such as walking around clucking like a chicken - has caused some skeptics to doubt whether hypnosis is a real phenomenon at all.
Religious people and even scientists sometimes claim that science is ultimately just a matter of faith, based on unproven assumptions. The argument is used to cast doubt on all scientific beliefs, as well as demonstrating that scientific attacks on religion are ultimately not only impotent but furthermore hypocritical.
A major limitation of renewable energy such as solar and wind is that the sun isn't always shining and the wind isn't always blowing. This has led some people to conclude that nuclear is the only major alternative to fossil fuel to meet base load demands. Some advocates of renewable energy argue that renewables can in fact meet base-load demands through a combination of energy storage technologies, less intermittent renewable energy such as geothermal, and distributed generation.
Presumably those who plan to have children believe the huge sacrifice to their time and energy will make them happy. However, some argue that this belief is an illusion.
Marriage is a certainly an idealized legal institute, with few entering the relationship expecting divorce statistics will one day apply to them. Of course this is not to say that there aren't long and happy marriages, but on the whole, does the evidence suggest that marriage is, at the risk of sounding wholly unromantic, rational?
Many societies enforce laws that favor monogamous relationships, such as marriage; laws partly predicated on the assumption that monogamous relationships are natural. However, looking at different cultures and even different species prompts the question as to whether monogamy is so natural after all.
The benefits of creative thinking are frequently espoused, but is there actually a shortage of creativity in the world? Would we actually be better off if we were more creative, or are we already creative enough, or perhaps even too creative?
Scientific theories must make predictions that not only bolster the theory if the predictions come true, but also falsify the theory if the predictions turn out to be wrong. Some climate skeptics believe that the AGW hypothesis is impervious to falsification, short of waiting several decades to directly it, and pending that test, climate scientists and in particular climate modelers have boundless latitude to massage their theories and models to match what has become their pet hypothesis.
Over the last million years, temperature and CO2 have been highly correlated, but with CO2 lagging behind temperature by several hundred years. The mainstream explanation amongst climate scientists is that Earth's orbital changes initiated warmings and coolings, and a positive feedback between temperature and CO2 amplified those changes. However, many climate skeptics interpret the lag during this period as evidence that CO2 can only be the effect rather than the cause of temperature change.
Many skeptics of Anthropogenic Global Warming argue that our difficulty in predicting weather even a week ahead, demonstrates that it's foolish to try to predict long term climatic changes. Climatologists respond by pointing out that predicting specific short term events is unlike predicting general long term trends.
Michio Kaku
Is free will an illusion? Mostly Disagree
... Einstein was wrong. God does play dice. Every time we look at an electron it moves. There is uncertainty with regards to the position of the electron. So what does that mean for free will? It means in some sense we do have some kind of free will. No one can determine your future events given your past history. There is always the wildcard. There is always the possibility of uncertainty in whatever we do.
Bill Maher
(Larry King interview) Maher: the defense against disease is to have a strong immune system. A flu shot just compromises your immune system. King: So you don't take any western medicine, don’t take an aspirin? Maher: Never, an aspirin no. Thousands of people die from aspirin every year.
The Catholic Church
The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God
Steven Novella
Does God exist? Disagree
First, to be clear I don’t believe in God or any supernatural being …
Kenneth Miller
Miller proposes that God set the world in motion and nature is evolving just as planned. "We cannot think of God as a part of nature. God is the reason for nature," he explained.
John Stewart Bell
So I believe that the many‐universes interpretation is a kind of heuristic, simplified theory, which people have done on the backs of envelopes but haven’t really thought through. When you do try to think it through it is not coherent
Benjamin Franklin
In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.
Massimo Pigliucci
The new ad says: “You KNOW they’re all SCAMS,” and it’s signed “American Atheists — Telling the truth since 1963.” “They” are at least five of the major religious traditions, as is made clear by a set of symbols accompanying the poster. … First, the ad is simply making a preposterous claim that cannot possibly be backed up by factual evidence, which means that, technically, it is lying (but see below for another interpretation). Not a good virtue for self-righteous critical thinkers.
James Randi
Does God exist? Disagree
To make sure that my blasphemy is thoroughly expressed, I hereby state my opinion that the notion of a god is a basic superstition, that there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s), that devils, demons, angels and saints are myths, that there is no life after death, heaven nor hell, that the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval dinosaur, and that the Holy Ghost is a comic‐book character worthy of laughter and derision.
Steven Novella
What if someone claims that there is a god that exists outside the confines of the material universe? This being is unknowable to us mortals, one can only have faith in his existence. A believer can also claim that the existence of the universe was the will of this being. These beliefs are all inherently untestable.

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0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Could a computer ever be conscious? Agree
Yes, we are one example.

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Can science prove or disprove the existence of God? Agree
Most definitions of god are incoherent, so we can dismiss them by pure logic.
Some other definitions of god, are testable in theory.
Maybe some are coherent and untestable, but i wait to see one of them which is conceptually useful, and not just a poetical way to say something almost tautological.

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Does God exist? Disagree
Nothing special to say. (just trying to have enough data to see who agree with me on other subjects)

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Is free will an illusion? Mostly Agree
The problem of the concept of free-will come down to the problem of the concept of possibility.
We make choices : A choice is the act to select one possibility between many. (it could easily be extended, but it is the main idea)

The problem is that a possibility is relative to knowledge : That something is a "possibility" only mean that we don’t know if this thing is true or false. (it is not a physical problem, the universe could be deterministic or not, it doesn’t change that, it is purely conceptual)

Some will not see the relativity of some possibilities, for them it will feel like the possibility is intrinsic, independent of their own knowledge.
So when they make a choice, it feel like they have selected a intrinsic possibility, so it is like a pure act of creation, something with at least a part which is "absolutely free".
So they have to create the concept of free-will to designate this very thing.

The compatibilists are only redefining the concept of free-will by removing what is fundamental in this concept.

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0 Points       Side Effect       08 May 2015     Does money make you happy? (specifically: absolute spending power) General Comment
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0 Points       Side Effect       21 Apr 2015     Does God exist? Neutral
yeah, God is invisible to the natural eye.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion) Disagree
I vehemently disagree.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection? Agree
Evolution is the truth, or at least the closest thing to truth.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Does God exist? Disagree
It's highly unlikely.

0 Points       Mahendra Trivedi       23 Jan 2015     Is genetically modified food safe to eat? General Comment
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Genetics research has revealed the cause why a person diagnosed with a gene for a particular disease does not develop any health hazards, while others affected with severity. Hence, it determines who will be susceptible to genetic disease that the doctors also cannot predict beforehand. Further, genetics research has helped people in other ways as well that general physiology fails to answer. Couples facing infertility problems are often referred to a genetic counselor. The counselor conducts test to check if the parents are carrying genes that increase the chance of genetic disease in the expecting child. Many couples go through this test before planning a pregnancy and ensure delivering a healthy baby.

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Science Question Index

Is free will an illusion?
Is global warming caused primarily by humans?
Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Are social networking sites good for society?
Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
Does God exist?
Is the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics correct?
Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Have aliens from outer space visited Earth?
Does obesity have a significant genetic component?
Are the causes of climate change well understood?
Are recent climatic changes consistent with the AGW hypothesis?
Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)
Is the Myers-Briggs personality test meaningful?
Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Is hypnosis real?
Can neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light?
Should robots always be used instead of humans for space exploration?
Is substantially reducing CO2 emissions worthwhile?
Do negative feedback loops mostly cushion the effect of atmospheric CO2 increases?
Is homosexuality natural?
Is science ultimately just a matter of faith?
Does cosmic radiation significantly affect earth's climate?
Should research on stem cells from human embryos be banned?
Can renewables meet base-load energy demands?
Do children make you happy?
Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?
Do we have an immaterial soul?
Is marriage a good thing?
Is a technological singularity likely?
Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
Is self-deception a fault?
Is there life after death?
Is creativity overrated?
Is monogamy natural for humans?
Does money make you happy? (specifically: absolute spending power)
Does atmospheric CO2 cause significant global warming?
Are humans responsible for ozone depletion?
Does ozone therapy work?
Is the Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis falsifiable?
Are climate records (of temperature, CO2, etc.) reliable?
Have climate models made good predictions so far?
Will IPCC climate models make accurate predictions?
Has CO2 passively lagged temperature in past climates?
Does unpredictable weather imply unpredictable climate?
Will solar be the biggest energy source of the future?
Are biofuels good?
Is the world explainable without God?
Is the model of human nature used by pickup artists accurate?
Should pickup artist strategies be considered good education?
Do pickup artists underestimate the diversity of women's personalities?
Are pickup artist strategies effective?
Is honesty the best policy in dating?
Does drug prohibition reduce drug usage?
Could a computer ever be conscious?
Can reductionist methods help explain consciousness?
Is the Earth at the center of the solar system?
Is rebirth/reincarnation plausible?
Is information-theoretic death the most real interpretation of death?
Does relative wealth make us happier than absolute wealth?
Is optimism rational?
Do ghosts exist?
Is the IPCC objective?
Are people who reject theories as unscientific closed minded?
Will science be able to halt aging within a few decades?
Do miracles happen?
Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics?
Is genetically modified food safe to eat?
Is humanity likely doomed to destroy itself?
Could a supercollider create a black hole that sucks up the earth?
Is intelligent extraterrestrial life common in our galaxy?
Are we prepared for a pandemic?
Is cryonics worthwhile?
Can the E-Meter measure "mental energy"?
Does nuclear energy require a significant amount of fossil fuel?
Does smoking cause cancer?
Does homosexuality threaten the stability of society?
Does homosexuality have a significant genetic component?
Was the moon landing a hoax?
Can modest marijuana use cause depression?
Does marijuana get more dangerous with its potency?
Was the collapse of the twin towers only physically possible by controlled demolition?
Does sun exposure cause skin cancer?
Is cryonic restoration technically feasible in the future?
Is deterioration of the brain after death slow enough for cryonics to be worthwhile?
Does cryonic preservation with today's best technology cause irreversible brain damage?
Are prediction markets the most accurate way to aggregate expert predictions?
Do hotter global climates have more extreme weather patterns?
Will the world's supply of indium run out within 20 years?
Is modest marijuana use detrimental to your health?
Should there be a ban on models that are too skinny?
Is fusion power feasible as the next major energy source?
Does belief in God have a significant genetic component?
Can a mental state such as stress cause baldness?
Do sunscreens work?
Is sunscreen toxic?
Is a tan healthy?
Have solar cycles significantly affected earth's recent climate?
Was there life on Mars?
Can life adapt to a warmer earth?
Would a rise in global temperature catastrophically increase sea levels?
Is radioactive dating accurate?
Have humans stopped evolving genetically?
Is time travel possible?
Is second hand smoke a significant safety concern?
Would a hurricane in New Orleans cause thousands of deaths?
Is a "Theory of Everything" that unifies quantum mechanics and general relativity possible?
Are there 500 Eskimo words for snow?
Is singing ability primarily a function of technique (as opposed to anatomy)?
Is labelling of "free range" chicken products misleading?
Are free range chickens happier than their caged cousins?
Does the Scared Straight program deter criminal behavior?
Is stretching either before or after exercise beneficial?
Does water dowsing work? (a.k.a water divining)
Does tooth whitening toothpaste work?
Is regular running bad for your joints long term?
Do all women have a G spot?
Are growth hormones in dairy cattle a human health risk?
Should debate on the relative genetic advantages and disadvantages of race be acceptable?
Does P = NP?