Why is a scientific mindset superior to competing epistemological frameworks? Science is far more than a body of knowledge and facts. It is far more than the myopic stereotype of donning lab coats, shaking beakers and peering through microscopes. It truly is a way of thinking about everything.
Sleep paralysis is a dysfunction of the process through which we change states between wakefulness and sleep, and constitutes a great example of a natural phenomenon that is explained by a different supernatural narrative in each culture.
Last night, SCTS was tagged in a post from a new age spiritual page. It's not clear why, but we ended up, unsurprisingly, disagreeing with the claims being made and had some interesting conversations.A subscriber on that page contacted me last night and asked me a few questions. I thought I would share our response. TLDR warning! Question: I really enjoyed the debate but you left me hanging without a response on several issues. The unanswered question I'm most curious about is: if everything must come from something, how does science explain initial creation? Maybe I'm wrong but you guys believe in the Big Bang right? Where did all of that energy come from in the beginning if there was no creator? I've never been able to ask an atheist this question. I'm honestly and sincerely curious of your response. Thanks! XXX
Why “Alternative” Medicine isn't medicine, misunderstood, cheap, or harmless. I know this is a polarized subject that makes most people uncomfortable. Apart from those who oppose “alternative” medicine, people either accept the validity of one or another practice, or feel that it is “bad manners” to “tell people how to live their lives”. It’s their money, their health, their choice; what moral and tolerant person would go about telling people they’re making bad choices? My answer is, the kind of person that actually cares about what’s good for people, both individually and collectively.
Self awareness is a function of our evolved conscious brain. But why the sensation of an "I" or a "self." Why are we not just a robot without an inner voice? Why do we have the impression of having a little homunculus sitting behind our eyes, with whom we can engage and even talk with?
The supposedly immaterial soul, we now know, can be bisected with a knife, altered by chemicals, started or stopped by electricity, and extinguished by a sharp blow or by insufficient oxygen.
“Why” is the question word that asks for the “reason” behind things. However, “reason” can mean both the cause that leads to a specific outcome (Why do objects fall? Because gravity pulls them towards the earth) and the purpose behind a specific outcome that will be fulfilled after its realization (Why did you turn on the oven? Because I want to bake something).