'Just as I stated that the majority of the believers in Scientism don't believe in Lucid Dreams because they base their opinions on their prejudices and dogmas and not on investigation and science, Summerland demonstrates that they do the same thing in many areas.'
Again with the fallacious word 'scientism' which I have revealed to not represent science in any way as part of the refutation of your argument regarding Christianity. Ironically, 'scientistic
' would be a word that best describes your approach (although I prefer specious
) since you jumped to the conclusion, and made the affirmation, that Thomas Paine was an atheist when he was, in fact, a deist:http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=16543
'Summerland as I fall asleep quickly and usually look at clocks before going to sleep and after waking up I know with reasonable precision how long I was in a dream. I'm also not the only person whom has been trapped in Lucid Nightmares all night. The ability to quake out of them is an acquired ability.'
Looking at the clocks before going to sleep and after waking up does not prove your avouchment as it does not rule out the possibility of having been unconscious for most of that time, and, as we all know, the passage of time during unconsciousness cannot be experienced. It is more likely that you woke up, looked at the clock, and made the assumption that your conscious experience lasted for that long whilst disregarding the fact that two minutes of dreaming can seem like a couple of hours in retrospection. Your assumption is akin to those people who experience NDEs and believe them to have taken place while their brains were 'clinically dead' when it is more likely that they happened as they were gradually coming to and the brain thus active. Who subscribes to scientism?
'Magic is practicing reality control in the waking world and the Placebo Effect is certainly will altering reality, though a very crude form of magic as the change was not intentional. For that matter Lucid dreaming is itself magic as it's taking control of ones brain and intentionally altering it's state according to will.'
This statement is fallacious as lucid dreaming is explained here to not be an instance of free will at all (let alone magic
Placebo is analogously akin to someone smiling -- which can cause the brain to release 'happy' juices and reinforcing the immune system. But the act of smiling was, in turn, caused by something else (external). If fake medicine is believed
by patients to be the real deal (an antidote to their illness) they will smile; cerebral analgesics are released; they will start feeling better; and this state may aid a speedy recovery. Nothing magical, just cause and effect. I won't go too much into this topic as it pertains to the free will link above and those who are interested can look into it and see why Snaggle's statement is ludicrously false.
'This is you spouting some of the dogmas of your religion. Choosing to firing of neurons and control of the brain is exactly what one is doing in LD. It's also what one is doing in meditation and biofeedback.'
No, it's not. You only think
you decide and control the lucid dream. You don't because you don't always achieve your goals, both in lucid dreaming and meditation -- otherwise people wouldn't spend years in retreats working hard to get a particular mental state (which they heard about and were inspired by -- and cannot explain why they did not feel disinterested like some of their friends on hearing it for the first time); or stumble upon
epiphanies after taking psychedelics. You may decide what you decide but you cannot decide what you will decide.
(See Free Will
by Sam Harris.) Hence, you have will, but it is not free, it is contrived by urges that you have no control over. See now why your argument is a fallacy?
Consciousness is the last to know, so to speak.
About your link where Ken apparently stops his brainwaves at will, a commentator had this to say: 'Gang, this is an old Mind Mirror developed by Max Cade in England way back when, and it's use/research carried out by Anna Wise. It's a great machine, but this is totally out of context--which both Max and Anna would have said. That's the problem with all this tech these days--just because it's extremely scientific doesn't mean that it is being used scientifically. There's an attenuator that must be adjusted when someone is hooked up--deeper meditative states are almost always associated with less amplitude in the brainwaves--volume, you might say. on the Mind Mirror, it would display on the horizontals, i.e. how far out to the side they go. What he didn't do was adjust the attenuator. It doesn't mean he's not dropping into something deep, but he's not stopping his brainwaves.'
Wishful thinking again, Snaggle?
'This experiment only demonstrated muscle memory and demonstrated nothing for or against free will. If you attack me you'll automatically be countered and counter attacked without me deciding to do anything - I have programmed defenses that kick in automatically when attacked. I choose quite consciously to create them, but once created they stopped being volitional - there are lots of martial artists or street fighters with auto-defenses that kick in without any decision when attacked. Likely some are even members of our forum.'
See Peter Cave's 'Mary, Mary, Quite the Contrary' in his Can a Robot be Human?
and you will understand why this does not constitute free will. I think you will also find quite a coherent refutation in the link provided above which also demonstrates why the notion of free will is also absurd. You can't explain why on some instances you choose to reply when attacked (rather than not) other than to say that you 'felt like it' (caused by urges that you did not author).
Finally, I come to your scaremongering
regarding sleep hallucinations (which include dreams) where I still maintain that it is not dreams that kill you.
Granted, there are instances of neurovisceral damage to the heart, but, what happens when you have a strong, healthy heart? The problem is confined to the brain and it doesn't happen to everyone; and there is no evidence whatsoever -- none at all
-- that cerebral electrochemical imbalances are caused by conscious experiences in your sleep as though these where something external, or metaphysical!
And then we come to Walter Cannon's paper on 'Voodoo Death', which is about death from fright, where he postulates
(you must've read asserts
here) that death was caused by prolonged action by the sympathico-adrenal system in cases where people believed external, pernicious forces were at work -- where he ostensibly blames 'superstitious, ignorant' beliefs as the likely cause of psychosomatically induced cerebral strains that led to the death of some such adherents -- not
lucid dreams! It is quite apparent to me that it was the belief
, and it could never
be lucid dreaming -- seen as this one means that the dreamers are aware that what is being experienced is a product of their minds
(thus harmless); not something that is objectively real by contrast as hysterically believed by some.
If you don't recognise that what you experience is a dream, you are not lucid dreaming. If anything, their vivid
(should be the adjective here) nightmares were triggered by previously infused beliefs which, at bedtime, most likely had already got their adrenaline pumping and hence already scared of falling asleep. And there are other lethal external triggers besides a culture which promotes superstition. For instance, as indicated in your link, Snaggle, a huge intake of caffeine will stimulate certain cerebral regions -- such as the basal ganglia -- to the point of jeopardising the heart by triggering arrhythmias.
Dead people, or dead animals for that matter, with brain abnormalities and aneurysms does not constitute proof that they necessarily died from dreaming. The following is also quite telling from your link (I don't know if you missed it in your hurry to present it to me -- and note that you would not have presented it to me if I had not challenged your affirmations earlier, hence, no free will
):'The point is made that ECG changes seen in the context of neurological disease do not represent ischemic heart disease but are merely a manifestation of autonomic dysregulation, possibly caused by a lesion that affected the cortical representation of the autonomic nervous system.''...there is clear evidence that cardiac lesions can be produced as the result of nervous system disease.''It is likely that the increased tendency for life-threatening arrhythmias found in patients with acute neurological disease is a result of repolarisation change, which increases the vulnerable period during which an extrasystole would be likely to result in ventricular tachycardia and/or ventricular fibrillation.'
Whether the heart, or brain, or what have you, in the end the failure has corporeal causes (physicalism). To finally reiterate, abnormal fight-or-flight can have necrotic causes and not the other way around.