reply to post by Mondogiwa
Well that's a perfect post, as I cannot rightfully argue any of it. I can only offer some more to ponder.
I completely agree that our minds can really do some strange things to us and our creativity can sometimes be influenced by others to form a false
reality. That's an argument for any post on this forum. I minored in Sociology in college (didn't finish the minor if that matters) but we discussed
just such a tendency. I'll try for an example:
There are 100 people on the same city block. A man on that block walks up to a woman and begins beating her senseless. People will all look at each
other as if to say "should we help?". As a group, they most likely won't, as they will deceive each other to believe that it isn't possibly as bad
as each one of their own minds perceives it. When I lived in Philly, just such a thing happened to a woman for almost 5 minutes before she was beaten
to death in front of approx. 300 witnesses.
Sociology says that you are more likely to help if there are only 3 people on that street and the 2 other than you are the people involved in the
problem. You're given your own choice without having the privilege of being deceived by the people around you.
Point is, our objectivity, as human beings, has either been societally or biologically weakened. Or maybe it was never there. We don't think as
individuals if we are given the chance not to.
So yes, many many people saying the same thing does not make it true. But to me, I need to decide whether a person is trustworthy enough to let them
form a perception for me. Its all a very convoluted and I probably should think more on this myself, as my typing diarrhea here has made me wonder.
I would rather try to debunk actual "abductions," although it probably hurts my point, but its because I've experienced sleep paralysis and it is
VERY real to me. But I know it isn't, because no one else heard the sounds happening in my room, even my girlfriend in the bed with me. I see how
people can make themselves believe it, but it just is too familiar to me when I hear an account.
I'll wrap it up. In the end, I really think it might just be that if we want to believe, we will. That's why we have some of the fantastical claims
we have on here. Its like a snowball effect, each person fills the next one's head with more bulls***, until there are many people with tons of
bulls***. I guess the only reason I'd believe more is because I've got a few more scientists and field people behind my theory.
Again, thanks for the post, as I think more people should be posting here and ridding their heads of cobwebs and getting to actual evidence. For now,
sadly, its all like some science fiction novel slowly being written be all of us. S+F
EDIT: I's don't speel good
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