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No.

But would it surprise you at all to hear that somehow, most of my friends believe in ghosts? Including Mrs. scottydog?
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Has Mrs. scottydog ever seen a ghost?
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Yes, in our house. A civil was Confederate soldier. There were lots of battles around here.

She's even given him a name -- Beauregard :ghost:

What kind of proof would you need to believe that ghosts are real?
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Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:44 am
She's even given him a name -- Beauregard :ghost:
My Mother was convinced we had a ghost in the house in Weymouth-- she named him Seymour, because he could "see more" (although she thought it was the ghost of the former owner).
What kind of proof would you need to believe that ghosts are real?
Wouldn't there have to be verifiable proof, just as with any other scientific research?
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Does that mean the capture of an actual ghost? What would you say to it during interrogation?
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Well, you wouldn't have to capture it-- it could surrender voluntarily. You'd think that would have happened at least once, since the dead outnumber the living by about thirty to one. I'd probably ask it if there were any other ghosts in the room. :lol:

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My belief is that death is a mystery. Who knows? No one. It is as much speculation to say there is no afterlife as it is to say that there is.

And speaking of ghosts, I need to share in the check-in thread about the latest suspicious activity in our house. It really is bizarre. I'm not saying it's a ghost, but it is unexplainable -- as of right now. Perhaps more will be revealed.

If you had to guess, what would you say is going on in our house?
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I think a physical explanation is most likely, like a floorboard or something, especially since it seems like it's your footsteps that trigger it.

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Would it surprise you if I peed in my pants?

Would it be reasonable to put the house on the market?
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Have you seen Poltergeist?
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Oh yes. Probably three times.

For some reason, I rarely enjoy movies about haunted houses. There's usually not much of a hero's journey.

Did you know I co-authored an article reporting research showing that people believe that good-doers have “transcendent” immortality, with their souls persisting beyond space and time, whereas evil-doers have “trapped” immortality, with their souls persisting on Earth, bound to a physical location such as a house?
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Interesting. You'd think people would prefer good spirits to stick around and be helpful and for the bad spirits to float off somewhere. If this conception of the afterlife is true, do you think it's a sign of a badly designed universe?
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I kind of like the good guys' ghosts being transcendent. That way they can be with you any time and any place!

And it makes sense for the bad guys' ghosts to be trapped or imprisoned somewhere.

So what is some good evidence that the universe is badly designed? Hmmm. Let's start with our penis being the instrument of both peeing and procreating. :lol: I know it's efficient but jeez, isn't that gross?
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There was an SF story or novel, and I unfortunately forget which one, that had aliens who were basically human, but their reproductive and excretory systems did not evolve in tandem. Unfortunately, evolution and biology do not care about being gross. :lol:

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Is that the universe's way of discouraging interstellar travel?

Or is it the universe's way of encouraging us to get more inventive of warp speed?
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No. But it's interesting to metaphorically think of the universe as a living being that is born (the big bang), grows, gives birth to planets and people, etc.

Would you ever be willing to live on Mars?
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I'm a little old to be a frontiersman. It would depend on the living conditions and what I could bring. I'd be pretty reluctant to leave Massachusetts or New England.

Would you be willing to live in an orbital space habitat, such as an O'Neill Colony?
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I would say that an O'Neill cylinder would be a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there :lol:

Same with Mars. I'd come visit a friend there for a few days, but that's about it. Same with the moon or a space station. Now if they ever find an Earth-like planet that can be reached fairly quickly and is goldy-locks-zone habitable, I'd be happy to live there -- assuming there is chocolate :drool:

Have they figured out yet how much different a planet's gravity from earth can be to sustain healthy human life? I'm guessing a range of 80% to 120%. Maybe less gravity is better than more gravity, so perhaps the sustainable range is more like 70% to 100%.
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I would say that an O'Neill cylinder would be a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there :lol:
That would be my preferred habitat.
Same with Mars. I'd come visit a friend there for a few days, but that's about it. Same with the moon or a space station. Now if they ever find an Earth-like planet that can be reached fairly quickly and is goldy-locks-zone habitable, I'd be happy to live there -- assuming there is chocolate :drool:
The thing about the Moon or Mars or a space habitat is that the gravity would be significantly lower-- so it would be a great place to retire, because stress would be so much lower.
Have they figured out yet how much different a planet's gravity from earth can be to sustain healthy human life? I'm guessing a range of 80% to 120%. Maybe less gravity is better than more gravity, so perhaps the sustainable range is more like 70% to 100%.
I don't really know, but 80%-120% sounds like a reasonable guess.

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Yes. Because that thousand years will pass in the blink of an eye. Unless of course some cataclysmic event awakens me during year 758 or cuts off my air supply or something. I'd be willing to take that chance

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If the technology were proven and the destination was worth it, I sure would.

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I'm torn. Part of me would be okay with that, but another part of me thinks that death is an essential part of life. Old ideas need to die so that newer ideas can replace them.

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Oh, I'd do it in a New York second. :lol:

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No, death is essential. How else can evolution occur? New adaptations are needed for life to progress.
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