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RogueScholar

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About RogueScholar

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    Health Care, Science, Education, Outdoors, Mountain Biking
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    I teach allied health sciences and I just completed graduate level studies that focus on pharmacological science in May of 2015.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
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  1. The Ganzfeld experiments that the author heavily relies on have been the target of much scrutiny. An honest assessment of the methods and potential pitfalls in these experiments should uncover concerns. A couple of abstracts of articles that point out some of the issues with these studies: https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fa0019457 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0153049 Additionally, other experiments have been done with null results. At this time, telepathy evidence is dodgy at best and not subject to replic
  2. Good day all. My apologies for the leave of absence. The college has been crazy and I've been working my way through the many committees that will approve or deny my application for tenure. Not to mention I've had a significant teaching load over the past year as our divisions transition and my direct management retires and is replaced by newer and less established folks. This is a tricky issue to discuss because it's so inherently subjective and very difficult to quantify. We've certainly been able to associate perfusion to areas of neuron cell bodies using contemporary imaging m
  3. Ninety+ posts, four+ pages, multiple attempts to take a qualitative but nuanced approach toward important concepts that stem from and revolve around probability and what some folks decide to take away is that BAA has a faith based belief system around the unsupported claim that science will reveal "all?" This is astonishing and I cannot help but think this is why those of us who are involved in doing actual science (albeit, a limited number of published papers with my name attached) have not really engaged in this discussion. Clearly, it would have been a waste of time IMHO.
  4. Pantheism may pertain to a spectrum of beliefs and you'll likely find individuals who identify with certain nuances. I am not sure about any "spiritual energy," but I can see how someone can hold beliefs that could be considered pantheistic and still have an intellectually honest overall world view. In in a certain sense, I could identify with a pantheistic type of view where the entire universe is "divine" without any specific, personal god that exists separate from the world and actively intervenes with the day to day affairs of said universe. In essence, I can see how someone c
  5. I was thirty and struggling through both a back injury and the early stages of deconversion. I gained a significant amount of weight and was absolutely miserable. Some years later, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took up endurance mountain biking. Now, I'm competing in races and consistently doing better than folks twenty years my junior. You can regroup and become a beast in your thirties and forties. You may need to be smarter about diet and workout routines but it's absolutely doable and this is anecdotal but extreme endurance feats seem to be associated with "older" f
  6. It was in the autumn of 1997 after completing some military training that I found my self driving home in my 1985 Impala. After tuning into the local late night radio station, an amazing song assaulted my ears. It went by the name of "Ain't Going to Goa." It would take a great deal of searching to find the name of the band but eventually I did. One of the greatest bands in existence, still putting out that sweet, pretty, country, acid, house music all night long with a new album "Blues" to tantilise our senses!
  7. I've been on a big Sturgill Simpson Kick for the past several months. Don't let the first line of the first video fool you. This is not your typical Jesus, America, guns and beer kind of country music.
  8. Wev'e been discussing heavy metal chemistry and bio-chemistry in class over the past week and I cannot keep this song out of my head:
  9. Forgive my nostalgic rambling. I saw the Iron Maiden post and it reminded me of how my love of Maiden began. As I remember, their first album Number of the Beast came out in 1979. I was fairly young and had no particular musical taste in the 70's, but remember the first music in my life as being Boston, Chicago and Jimmy Buffett. Then, in the 80's I remember coming across a vinyl record that was a metal compilation. It had a song from Number of the Beast called Run to the Hills. It grabbed me by the balls and Iron Maiden would become a guilty pleasure for me until deconversion. I still appreci
  10. http://youtu.be/PdHFA4sbKTs Always find my playlists going back to 90's. STP, Bush, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters...
  11. A little late to the game, but I'm not sure it was just one thing, but rather a collection of evidence looked at as objectively as possible. I certainly had experiences that left a profound and long lasting mark. One such involved work I did on a concept known as spectroscopy (A picture of some visible emission lines for Hydrogen is actually my current avatar.) where I looked at atomic emission lines. The emissions are exquisetly sharp and well defined and always emit at the same energies. It's really profound to realise that physical phenomena do things in a very consistent way and if some so
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