RE: HUMOR [was Re: JOIN: Norman Noman]

From: mike99 (
Date: Tue Sep 26 2006 - 15:20:22 MDT

Humans do seem to have some sort hard-wired propensity for imagining elves
and similar fanciful beings under the influence of psychedelic drugs. Since
these compounds are structurally similar to various neurotransmitters, minor
alterations of neurotransmitters inside the brain may explain many
paranormal experiences.

Clifford Pickover (with a PhD in biochemistry from Yale) speculates about
this in his books and online (see

Michael LaTorra

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of Robin Lee
> Powell
> Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 10:57 AM
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> Subject: Re: HUMOR [was Re: JOIN: Norman Noman]
> On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 07:50:27AM -0400, Ben Goertzel wrote:
> > I do find it fascinating the degree to which various people who
> > claim UFO abduction fairly consistently claim to see aliens with
> > the same shape of head, and other common characteristics.
> This seems to be part of deep human psychology; look at descriptions
> of fairies and brownies and other things that humans believed
> abducted them before we had aliens from other planets.
> ObOnTopic: Yet more evidence of why mimicing human psychology *too*
> closely is a bad idea; there's some messed up shit in there.
> -Robin
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