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The Errors of Statistical Hypotheses and Scientific Theories

My latest paper:

http://vixra.org/abs/1111.0034

Abstract reads: The process of error recognition is explored first in statistics, and then in science. The Type II error found in statistical hypothesis testing is found analogous to Karl Popper’s “logical probability” that is intended to measure the likelihood that a scientific theory can avoid its refutation. Nevertheless, Popper’s reliance on deductive thinking is found detracting from his demarcation that separates science and metaphysics. An improved critical logic for science is presented that permits error recognition more broadly: for induction by Popper’s falsification principle; but also for deduction and emotionality. The reality of induction creates a limitation for a science that has not accommodated a fuller menu of error recognition. The reality of induction places limits of what can be known from empiricism, and this has philosophical implications.

Confirmation bias and art

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Article reads: By now, our overwhelming tendency to look for what confirms our beliefs and ignore what contradicts our beliefs is well documented. Psychologists refer to this as confirmation bias, and its ubiquity is observed in both academia and in our everyday lives: Republicans watch Fox while Democrats watch MSNB; creationists see fossils as evidence of God, evolutionary biologists see fossils as evidence of evolution; doomsayers see signs of the end of the world, and the rest of us see just another day. Simply put, our ideologies and personal dogmas dictate our realities.

In my writings, I refer to confirmation bias as preference-impacted interpretation. An ontological confrontation of confirmation bias begs for resolution, otherwise truth cannot be sought. This resolution is Trinitarian philosophy, in my view.

Landon points at Harris’s incoherence

See:

http://darwiniana.com/2011/06/21/harris-incoherence/

Landon writes: Harris is incoherent here as he mixes the image of a whirling dervish, a diatribe against Qutub, a swipe at Deepak Chopra, and a plug for his baseless moral landscape.

My Amazon book reviews

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SCIENCE

Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3HTWK4FL4Z25C/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Donald Austin’s Creative Evolution Revisted:http://www.amazon.com/review/R10ZD95TWLSXSV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell: http://www.amazon.com/review/R6BJXID51RGLD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Suzan Mazur’s The Altenberg 16: http://www.amazon.com/review/R35SK4L1W6ZU1T/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini’s What Darwin Got Wrong: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1Y4HNK7KLMCBJ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Robert Lanza’s Biocentrism: http://www.amazon.com/review/R56YU0VJVXA5N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: http://www.amazon.com/review/RCEGSYEZT4LEZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Palle Yourgrau’s A World without Time: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2CXKQZLRNGY20/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Duane Elgin’s The Living Universe: http://www.amazon.com/review/R9R1XLVP4SLY3/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Charles Tart’s The End of Materialism: http://www.amazon.com/review/RJ331J5AUSVKM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Amit Goswami’s God is Not Dead: http://www.amazon.com/review/R29GOXZ6JRNT8Y/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Amit Goswami’s Creative Evolution: http://www.amazon.com/review/R38PMOI3MBZ7X6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Stuart Kauffman’s Reinventing the Sacred: http://www.amazon.com/review/R27Q9V8NZN8CF8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Mike Gene’s The Design Matrix: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2HF02C41EDEWE/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Francis Collins’s The Language of God: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2U9BKCVC1A3G8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Bernard Haisch’s The God Theory: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1M95LLOLHFGEV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Manjir Samanta-Laughton’s Punk Science: http://www.amazon.com/review/R397RQVYGG4KIL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

William Tiller’s Psychoenergetic Science: http://www.amazon.com/review/RCCED0LCDU3HC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Michael Behe’s The Edge of Evolution: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1MSCOMT3ZME9N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Simon Conway Morris’s Life’s Solution: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2WQPCLB8JQXV2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YMETL7133Y24/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Alexandra Bruce’s Beyond the Bleep: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1S25VOOKJK7RZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Paul Davies’ Cosmic Jackpot: http://www.amazon.com/review/R274IZIGN4W7R2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Gary Schwarz’s The G.O.D. Experiments: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1C8TJ24L4FEZ6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

William Dembski’s Intelligent Design: http://www.amazon.com/review/RAYQUDA5CFTEH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Huw Price’s Time’s Arrow and the Archimededs’ Point: http://www.amazon.com/review/RFF0BVOAR7H0I/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Frank Ryan’s Darwins Blind Spot: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2N3UOJ34CRYE6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Harold Morowitz’s The Emergence of Everything: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2O6MPF6ZFWD6J/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

PHILOSOPHY

Jesus Sepulveda’s The Garden of Peculiarities: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2JYUQ6KG3BZNQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Ayn Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology: http://www.amazon.com/review/RST54P2F4PJO0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Damir Ibrisimovic’s My Stories: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3UH6IFVDQAV2R/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

George Shollenberger’s The First Scientific Proof of God: http://www.amazon.com/review/R13PDSUAYL7313/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Walter Haushalter’s Mrs. Eddy Purloins from Hegel: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1SSY2FTAMKHWK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Wallace and Hodel’s Embracing Mind: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1BGH92LKQ53DB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Steve McIntosh’s Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: http://www.amazon.com/review/R12ULWV0FXVKJA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

John Landon’s Word History and the Eonic Effect: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1CSZODTC3UGOP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Antony Flew’s There is a God: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1G8PIO3RN9DZB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

David Skrbina’s Panpsychism in the West: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3G04N7OB2VD8B/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Edmund Husserl’s The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: http://www.amazon.com/review/RC9H13WDHQTO7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Steve Fuller’s Kuhn vs. Popper: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2QKKG17QLCQ0C/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

David Stove’s Anything Goes: http://www.amazon.com/review/R17K4QTUWI7QQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

John Watson’s Schelling’s Transcendental Idealism: http://www.amazon.com/review/R22FSI3QX2UHXG/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Douglas Hofstadter’s I Am a Strange Loop: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2L8O0BV2B10V8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Jesper Hoffmeyer’s Signs of Meaning in the Universe: http://www.amazon.com/review/RA9IHCL0R9O6X/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

SPIRITUALITY

Gregg Braden’s The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: http://www.amazon.com/review/R320Y4Z98E7MM8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Demetry and Clonts’ Awakening Love: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1RQMP5AQXSGQW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Ursula King’s The Christian Mystics: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1394OTHVSX5M3/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Deepak Chopra’s The Book of Secrets: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DEEPLA3LW2KB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Deborah Blum’s Ghost Hunters: http://www.amazon.com/review/RT7AK1SIXERWF/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Ken Wilber’s Integral Spirituality: http://www.amazon.com/review/R39ER6XF1OP1CR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

ON THE LITE SIDE

Josephine Baxter’s The Fairytale of Josephine Star: http://www.amazon.com/review/RFZ8NX08HVVLT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Stephen Duclos’s 39 Months in Siberia: http://www.amazon.com/review/RQXRPN8C78D7C/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

ESP in healthcare

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http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/233847

Article reads: Brennan had been in a coma, unresponsive to medical staff and his family. Petraeus paid his respects and tried saying a few words of support to the comatose 101st lieutenant, also with no response from Brennan. As Petraeus began to leave, a thought struck him. He thought of the motto, battle cry and touchstone concept of the 101st Airborne: “Currahee.” This is a Cherokee word that means “We stand alone together.”

Scientism tries to explain altruism

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Article reads: Richard Dawkins has declared that humans are “nicer than is good for our selfish genes.” Emory University primatologist Frans de Waal argues against this popular picture of evolution as a Hobbesian wilderness of selfishly competing individuals, where life is “nasty, brutish, and short.” De Waal focuses his research on the social behavior of primates, studying questions of culture, altruism, morality, and empathy.

But from the point of view of vitalism the answer is easy: we are selfish because we love ourselves, but because this love sources God there is more love to be given to others that are an extended self. The question returns to the meaning of self, while noting that the idea of an authentic self has escaped present science. The authentic self is God, and therefore, God is love.

Quantum cognition

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Article reads: What we dismiss as “irrationality” from a logical perspective, is on many occasions our “intuition”, which may access a much higher level of awareness. Where time bound logic points in one direction, the human mind can often go into non-timebound “intuition” that makes perfect sense from a “Quantum Cognition” perspective. This is what advanced artificial intelligence has to emulate to begin to come close to the complexity and so called “intuition” of the perfectly synchronised grand orchestra of the human mind.

Who is watching the simulation?

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Opinion reads: I find myself in the end with a theory that does not fit neatly into anyone’s political bunker. It is decidedly materialistic and atheistic. Yet according to the theory, spirits exist — deities, ghosts, souls, the consciousness of other people, one’s own consciousness — as rich perceptual simulations run on the hardware of the brain. That perceptual world has psychological reality and genuine importance to human existence.

Did something come from nothing?

We have heard it said that something came from nothing. But what is really said is that something came from nothing,” where the word nothing is in quotations thereby hiding the libertine equivocation that freely oscillates between something and nothing depending on expediency. The honest statement that something came from something is unimpressive, and this disclosure would defeat the enterprise of science that sees itself explaining how something can come from nothing. Therefore, instead of full disclosure we find deception in its place, and the deception is so entrapping that it can fool even the scientist that claims a truth in the bolder utterance.

The universal grammar hearing that, something came from nothing, will translate this bold claim as a strong deception that veils the truth. This veiling is a difference, while what is said becomes the untruth that difference came from indifference. The fact is that difference can only come from difference, and so the presumed “indifference” has confused itself with the grounding difference. This does not stop scientism from imposing its difference on the dumbed-down populace, a difference now derived from the collective body of highly paid scientists and governmental committees said to be otherwise indifferent. If such governing bodies could provide useful information, then it must be that committees work in the negative by stripping away the pre-given differences until they arrive at the ontic difference that arises in the pure state. Only in this negative activity of dialectic can science-aided inquiry provide utility, otherwise it corrupts its self with its own difference said to be indifferent.

Difference implies a preference to select one among several options. This hypothetical selection must be a free expression of will, otherwise the activity is not a preference but a dictate that confounds freewill. The conflict between freewill and universal causation takes us to Kant`s third antinomy, where the conflict finds resolution with the help of Trinitarian philosophy. This resolution must be carried all the way to the ground of being, otherwise the work of committees will be unproductive. Threeness must emerge from the ground of being, coming with a free middle-term that holds the sides of the antinomy together and permitting full articulation and expression.

Evolutionary psychology would have us believe that human difference came from the indifference offered by natural selection. But this holds an equivocation that science conceals, where the vital difference within natural selection hides behind competition (so-called survival of the fittest) and cooperation (noted in ecology and symbiosis). This equivocation depends on the whims of the scientists. This veiled difference cannot be acknowledge because acknowledgment defeats the claims of natural selection and turns biology into vitalism, yet science has the responsibility to study evolution the way it is rather than the way it ought to be for scientists.

Teleseminars in noetic sciences

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/29/prweb8247974.DTL

Article reads: Dr. Dean Radin, IONS’ senior scientist and one of the world’s most acclaimed parapsychologists, will host many of the teleseminars in this series. The series also will feature spiritual scientist Deepak Chopra, futurist Stephan Swartz, and transpersonal psychology pioneer Frances Vaugn. Other speakers include Amit Goswami, Stan Groff, Azim Khamisa Christopher deQuincey, Susan Blackmore, William Bengston, Andrew Newberg, and Howard Hall. Free access to the teleseminars is available to the public the first Wednesday of every month, beginning April 2.