posted on Aug, 18 2008 @ 12:38 PM
reply to post by dave420
hey dave420, I hear you about scientific method - I have no qualms with doing formal study to try and learn something, with the caveat that science is
not foolproof no matter how reliable results seem to be at first. It is also not the only method to obtain knowledge that is useful.
Nevertheless, I think part of the Sigil phenomenon has indeed already been studied, namely the "placebo effect". I don't think there is any doubt
out there that there is such a thing as a placebo effect, and specifically that a person's beliefs affects results. The "thing" or "process"
that makes the placebo effect a reality is the same thing, in my opinion, that makes sigils work, and that makes every religion and spiritual practice
in the world effective for those who believe in it. There is a "power" to beliefs.
When you try and come up with an explanation for why belief has such power, then the discussion opens up to a whole arena of possibilities, many of
which might be considered religious, spiritual, or philosophical. I don't know how you could set up a scientific study to determine cause just yet.
I have my own leanings but does it really matter that much in the end to our daily lives? If it works, use it.
If learning the reason helps man to come to some more unified understanding of how things work, and we stop killing each other over differences of
religious rituals and routine, then by all means I am for it. But I don't think its crucial.
Just my thoughts.