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The issue of evidence is particularly important in regard to the rule of parsimony (often referred to as Occam's razor). This maxim states that when interpreting a phenomenon, unnecessary assumptions should not be introduced.
Originally posted by granny smith
I see the parallels you draw with religion : faith based revelation etc. It's just such a shame that it also leads to much 'religiosity' also (yes, TSOL, I talking to *you*).
There is nothing worse than a hasty judgement, and nothing could be more unworthy of the dignity and integrity of a philosopher than uncritically to adopt a false opinion or to maintain as certain some theory which has not been fully explored and understood. (Cicero)
Clancy’s interviewees, as a group, exhibited the same general ranges of education, socio-economic status and religious upbringing as the population at large. Even more importantly, her sample of alien abductees were no more likely to be psychotic than the general population. This observation is an important counter-argument to the pat explanation that those who claim to have been abducted by aliens are simply crazy. Nor can abduction claims be explained in terms of publicity seeking, since many abductees are reluctant to share their experiences with the general public.
There is one aspect, though, in which abductees are different from the general population. On personality tests, they score higher on a characteristic called schizotypy. Schizotypic personalities are prone to fantasy and magical thinking. They also have more difficulty distinguishing real from imagined events than the general population, and they are more likely to hold paranormal beliefs.
It was clear that they had had some sort of traumatic experience, and that they were trying to find some “reasonable” explanation that fit their memories and the strong emotions they felt.
....since many abductees are reluctant to share their experiences with the general public.
Suddenly, these balls of light appeared (the "orbs" that so many people are photographing), they were the size of softballs and some were clear and some were opaque and many shades in between.
My next thought was that I was having some sort of brain aneurysm... I mean, the balls of light were everywhere and were swirling around... I thought that it was a hallucination. But then I saw that the balls of light were literally illuminating an outbuilding that I was about 25' from. Imagine a thousand unseen children playing with flashlights... That is what it looked like as the lights shown on the walls of the building.
but I swear on my soul that I am telling the truth. I was a practising attorney when this happened. I have given up the law, and given up most of what I owned (several homes, boats, other properties, etc..,) because this was the most important event of my life... And I want to understand it.
Suddenly, I knew that I was in the presence of..??????. I knew that ?????was just an invention, and that everything could be explained scientifically.
In that moment, I knew absolutely that I was wrong. I knew that I was in the presence of ??????... And I felt so ashamed. I also felt this INTENSE love, something so strong and pure that it is difficult to describe, emanating from the presence... Pure love. Pure compassion. Pure adoration.
This guy Knows what he Knows.www.spiritual-experiences.com...
In that moment, I knew absolutely that I was wrong. I knew that I was in the presence of god...
The following information will be taken one of three ways. It will seem to be utter nonsense, heresy or as profound wisdom. Allow your preconceived ideas about God to be challenged. This information is also by definition incomplete and is at best a rough approximation of inexpressible truths. The radical nature of these concepts does not allow for a position between nonsense or truth. The challenge to one's established views are so dramatic that one can only process it
Originally posted by atlasastro
Geez, i have to say that i thought that the many of the Alien Abduction Experiencers and contatctees could help shed a little more light on this subject. Are you guys seeking alternative answers or are you perscribing to just the one ideological explanation for your experiences. How do you guys feel about this interpretation as an explanation for what you have experienced. Does it give you comfort that there may be a more Known cause behing the phenomena, or angry that I may be holding up an unfair solution to this growing trend of AAEC.