posted on Sep, 5 2007 @ 10:55 AM
What is ‘Proof’?
Proof is evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth.
Evidence is something that makes the subject or object in question plain or clear.
If I take a picture of an airplane up in the sky and show it to you as proof that man can fly, you are likely to believe me based on your own past
experiences with airplanes. You have seen them, ridden in them and know that the photo is indeed evidence that helps support the premise that man can
indeed fly. It is proof.
Yet, if I take a picture of a flying saucer, this is not proof, because you can not make the mental connection between the evidence I have provided
and your lack of experience with such an object.
Remote Viewings are very personal experiences of extra-sensory insight, often, but not always, open to interpretation. It is basically a disciplined
use of Extra-Sensory Perception. Before one can offer up evidence of its effectiveness, one must provide evidence that ESP is a real and consistent
phenomenon, which has yet to be done to the public at large.
There is an underlying truth about evidence and proof that can be a touchy subject for some. The mental connections I mentioned earlier are wrapped
deeply in faith, a topic that is taboo in most scientific discussions. To have faith in any evidence, requires one to also have faith in he who
provides it, his integrity and motivations are always subject to question. ‘Seeing’ might be ‘believing’ for some, but hearsay is also a nice
way of calling someone ignorant at best, a liar at worst. Making things plain and clear is not so clear cut an objective when dealing with such
skepticism, it becomes completely relative upon the messenger, and that is because of faith and doubt, something we all have in varying amounts.
For instance: Cosmologists and Philosophers have theorized that we may not truly exist; that we might be simply a simulation in some other-universe
based computer program. In light of that statement, can you prove that either you or I exist?
This is not to make light of the subject of proof in anything ... just a statement that proof, like faith, is often a personal decision, especially
concerning such subjects as the paranormal, spirituality, ufology, and the unknown in general, based upon your experiences, knowledge and what you are
willing to accept.