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by Thoughtful
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

I was not suggesting that the placebo effect was paranormal, but that the things we consider paranormal are really neurological. Our brain is more powerful than we give it credit for, kind of thinking. My point is that if the placebo effect can be explained totally as neurologically (which I believ...
by Thoughtful
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Some thoughts on life...
Replies: 13
Views: 284

Re: Some thoughts on life...

When I go through phases of existential woe, I'm comforted by the idea that for angst to exist, hope must also exist.
by Thoughtful
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

Actually, the reason they run trials with a placebo is that the placebo effect can help some 40% of patients treated. for some medication in use today, the placebo is just as effective, so with a medication that helps 40% of patients, you have to run against a placebo, and usually against a "standa...
by Thoughtful
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

The placebo effect is real, but very small statistical power. So I'm not sure its a great example of a paranormal phenomenon. The reason a placebo is useful in a trial is the fact that it's not actually effective. Actually, the reason they run trials with a placebo is that the placebo effect can he...
by Thoughtful
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple
Replies: 43
Views: 474

Re: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple

Yes, there will also be jockeying to hide His Majesty, and it will be glorious. Many young men will exit the pond hunched over, turned sideways, or just very quickly. Some poor guys just can't stay in contact with a female without um, reacting. (Source: Myself, at my first dance, nearly bent over d...
by Thoughtful
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: A Simple World View
Replies: 16
Views: 221

Re: A Simple World View

I took my 6yo to the Smithsonian. She saw the human evolution exhibit and watched the video. She thought it was "beautiful". She loved seeing the primate "grandmothers" and asked questions about their lives.

It is so logical and simple.

Carl Sagan was definitely gone before his time.
by Thoughtful
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple
Replies: 43
Views: 474

Re: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple

I've been trying to stay engaged with the church, but this has caused me to not be interested in allowing my kids to attend the temple for several reasons that mofem bloggers are covering well, as well as my spouseman finally seeing the gender disparities are getting worse rather than better. Maybe...
by Thoughtful
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple
Replies: 43
Views: 474

Re: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple

Wow, I see them really doubling down on the youth in any way they can. They must be worried about loosing them. Well, they're about to lose my 3, based on this policy change. Could you clarify? I've been trying to stay engaged with the church, but this has caused me to not be interested in allowing...
by Thoughtful
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple
Replies: 43
Views: 474

Re: Aaronic priesthood boys can now baptize in the temple

slavereeno wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:45 am
Wow, I see them really doubling down on the youth in any way they can. They must be worried about loosing them.

Well, they're about to lose my 3, based on this policy change.
by Thoughtful
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

The placebo effect is real, but very small statistical power. So I'm not sure its a great example of a paranormal phenomenon. The reason a placebo is useful in a trial is the fact that it's not actually effective.
by Thoughtful
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: John Hyde Jun...."Mormonism"
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Re: John Hyde Jun...."Mormonism"

Polygamy alone is enough of an elephant in the room to create this. But add in all the other lying for the Lord, private sex interviews with children, on and on. Our handbooks set policy to protect all leadership from accountability, from ever being questioned, and prevent personal autonomy.
by Thoughtful
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

What if consciousness can travel back in time, and there's only one of them? Then we are all the same consciousness, and I am a part of everyone else, including Hitler, Ghandi, and Beyonce? We contend with ourselves, and against ourselves and in the end we really need to embrace total and unconditi...
by Thoughtful
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Support
Topic: My sister has taken her own life
Replies: 35
Views: 630

Re: My sister has taken her own life

I am so very sorry for what you're going through. I hope that you have access to some real grief support--I think grief is about the worst of the human emotions, the most painful, and unfortunately the most neglected among LDS families. Please look for a grief worker or a grief group to support you....
by Thoughtful
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Support
Topic: The True Meaning of (the war on) Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: The True Meaning of (the war on) Christmas

What I think is interesting is that older stories--like pioneer stories about Christmas, little house on the prairie, and the ones they tell at the Christmas devotional--all feature Santa (as a non literal figure representing love). Small, homemade, meaningful gifts to express love to others. Not a ...
by Thoughtful
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

My grandpa had a NDE. My SIL is from a south American country and can tell some crazy possession stories from vudu. I have seen ghosts -- some relatives, some strangers. Some poltergeist activity. I'm the kid that blows out lightbulbs and wristwatches. Some clairvoyant experiences, some seeing the ...
by Thoughtful
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Brushes with "the other side"?
Replies: 93
Views: 1277

Re: Brushes with "the other side"?

My grandpa had a NDE. My SIL is from a south American country and can tell some crazy possession stories from vudu. I have seen ghosts -- some relatives, some strangers. Some poltergeist activity. I'm the kid that blows out lightbulbs and wristwatches. Some clairvoyant experiences, some seeing the f...
by Thoughtful
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: To out or not to out-- thinking out loud
Replies: 15
Views: 447

Re: To out or not to out-- thinking out loud

I commiserate with the in-laws thing. I would be far more open about where I stand if it were not for my in-laws. It's interesting; we live close to them, but they aren't interested in spending much time with the grandchildren (not when there's RS activities to plan! Stake priesthood to go to!) but...
by Thoughtful
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: To out or not to out-- thinking out loud
Replies: 15
Views: 447

To out or not to out-- thinking out loud

The missionaries texted for a visit. I said we're busy, but if its about the BOM challenge, we're already doing it. They said they just want to get to know the ward. So I invited them over for yard work. Im paying tithing via bill pay, so I imagine the ward may notice it's dropped off. I'm not weari...
by Thoughtful
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: I/She will be destroyed
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: I/She will be destroyed

I don't know that Emma needs to be defended from my comments. Certainly I'm not defending Joseph. Just voting for accurate reporting. ;) In my opinion, it's likely that Emma did cast girls out, and also that she had more social capital in the situation than they did, but that JS had more than Emma. ...