Houdini & promise to try to communicate after death.

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  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Harry Houdini was a stage magician & escape artist.

    He debunked various folks who ran seances & claimed to be able to communicate with departed folks.

    He promised to communicate with some friend or friends after death if it was possible. He provided them with some information or key words which would identify him.

    No person who ran seances was able to provide the information or keywords.

    The above is very strong evidence against the possibility of communication by deceased folks.
     
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  3. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Or at least Harry Houdini.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Disagree. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

    1]
    "I love you, and I will find you after the war."
    I haven't heard from him, therefore he does not love me.

    2]
    Stephen Hawking threw a "Welcome Time Travellers!" party, to lure any possible TTs to a specific time and place.
    No one arrived, therefore time travel doesn't exist.


    These are known as hasty conclusions. They might yet be true, but there's way too many other possibilities to confidently draw the conclusions.


    (To be clear: I agree. I think it is the correct explanation. I think the reason we haven;t heard from Houdini is because he's dead. I'm simply saying that silence is not a strong argument in favor of the conclusion.)
     
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  7. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Communication with the dearly departed is 1 of the most stupid superstitions. Assuming there is some kind of afterlife, it is reasonable to assume they are getting on with that life & not available for conversation.

    Wally! Wally, can you hear me?

    Martha! Is that you, Martha?

    Are you happy, Wally?

    No, Martha. I've come back as an insect in our garden.

    Oh, Wally! Wait there and I'll go to see you!

    No, Martha, don't! Our gardener is spraying me with poison. Goodby cruel world! Again.

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  8. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    One of my friends characterized seances as the original knock-knock jokes.
     
  9. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Knock knock!

    Who's there?

    God!

    God who?

    Godzilla! RAWR! BOOM CRASH. You are dead.

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  10. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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  11. Ludofl3x Registered Member

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    If communicating with the dead reincarnate were possible, wouldn't we always be getting inquiries from the beyond ourselves? Like shouldn't we constantly be hearing from someone?
     
  12. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    And would we not be communicating with those in previous lives to this 1.

    Tho I made a joke about reincarnation, my initial comment concerns nearly every possible afterlife situation.

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  13. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    The sum total of "possible afterlife" situations appears to be zero or less.
     
  14. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    As did very many things we now know to be true. Except for the or less part.

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  16. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Hold your breath until it's proven, then.

    j/k
     
  17. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I would expect a lot of nagging.
     

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