consciousness, near-death experience, Philosophy

Is Life a Dream?

Today's post on my Psychology Today blog, "Mysteries of Consciousness," explores a question that has bothered skeptical philosophers for centuries, if not millenia: How do we know that life is not just a dream? I argue that this is not just an idle question and that the answer to it stands to have important empirical… Continue reading Is Life a Dream?

coincidences, statistics

How Skeptics Misapply the Law of Truly Large Numbers

The fact that there are 7 billion people in this world means that some pretty mind-boggling coincidences are likely to happen to a lot of people just by chance. But does that mean that chance is necessarily the best explanation for ALL the coincidences and synchronicities we experience? It doesn't. I explain why in a… Continue reading How Skeptics Misapply the Law of Truly Large Numbers