posted on Jun, 4 2008 @ 05:46 PM
After reviewing the video in all three parts, I feel there are a few points in the video which I have formulated certain views about.I would first
like to impress on the reader that the Original Posters initial statement about this video is a bit misleading.At first glance it seemed to me that
whatever this Dr.Radin was talking about was purely religious dogmatism bent solely on pushing a religious agenda and discrediting scientific
observations.Because of this, I originally avoided this topic.The views on this were actually the opinions of the Original Poster and not Dr.Radin
himself.Dr. Radin does not mention god or atheism in any of the parts of the video or that atheists and skeptics are themselves stupid.He
does,however, go on to say that science is limited in it's views on the "paranormal" chiefly by its calculations.Dr.Radin's statement actually
supports the validity of the possibility of the paranormal.I encourage people to actually view this video in all of it's parts.The original poster
does not do justice to Dr.Radin's views.Dr.Radian is a scientist himself, talking about the need for science in general to view the paranormal
In the beginning of the video Dr.Radin states initially that scientists of today are close-minded in the fact that what they have been taught stands
to debunk and refute alternative ideas and that because of this they are quick to judge something false without any real testing or scientific
observation.While this is true, it does not reflect the total sum of scientists.Not all scientists are close-minded in this capacity.I feel Dr.Radin
has unintentionally generalized this aspect.He goes on to say that scientists view people who believe in the paranormal as stupid.This is more opinion
than fact I feel.I don't think this is the case, it's not that scientists believe that people who believe in the paranormal are stupid, just rather
misinformed or uneducated in scientific principles.Which he does state later on.His words does,however, go on to reflect a facet of human nature by
which ignorance brought about by close-minded people will perpetuate stagnant and seemingly infallible ideas.This part of his video I feel is a valid
point which should be seriously considered.
The main part of his argument for paranormal reasonings, is that professional people of higher learning also believe in the paranormal which does not
make them stupid,as the "Stupidity Hypothesis" dictates that any belief in the paranormal is founded in lack of critical thinking necessary to
understand the principles that would debunk these kinds of phenomena.Dr.Radin goes on to say that scientists don't consider personal experiences as
evidence.This is true, scientists have learned that anecdotal evidence is unreliable, because our senses can be fooled.There is also evidence of this
through scientific testing and observations.Like the ideomotor response with ouija boards,optical illusions which can trick our brain into seeing
something differently than it is, magic eye illusions being the most commonly known.The argument that Dr.Radin presents is that scientists are
limiting themselves by view because of that.
In this there is a strange dichotomy. On one side we have scientists telling us that our experiences are something that is based on trickery and
misconceptions, while on the other side we have many people having these experiences which they feel are true and valid.To science its a matter of
uninformed observations, to the those who experience these aspects are real.Both have very valid points, which can only be clarified by understanding
through reliable testing.
The latter parts of the video are really observations, and his own opinions of the mind-matter relationship.In fact Dr.Radin supports the idea of the
possibility of the paranormal being real.In this I feel the video has more merit than what I had originally taken it is.Once again, don't let the OP
mislead you.Thank you for reading ^~^!