Originally posted by malcr
This same over protective fight or flight reaction is why a lot of people see things in clouds, rocks, ink blots. Why they believe in supernatural
beings etc. Like dwarves underground where it is dark and scary....whoooo.
When I first read about this human condition lights went on in my head, a eureka moment. Now this is entirely subjective but nonetheless an
observation. The most religious and/or superstitious people I know are also the most fearful of the dark, unstrusting of strangers and perceive
threat where there isn't any. I always wondered why that was the case.....fight or flight answered it. It's also very prevelant here on ATS.
I disagree with your statements here. Although our current
scientific community would certainly agree with you, I can guarantee millions of
folks now and in the past, some of the greatest minds we've been fortunate to have, would strongly disagree. First off, with the sight-fight-flight
To a certain extent I can say it seems logical. But it is an attempt at a one-off conclusion which doesn't address any kinds of variables which we
are yet to be aware of (the one thing that has been driving scientific study and exploration since it began).
If dangerous entities did have a means of affecting us in the dark, a lot of things would make sense. Perhaps you've never had a bone-chilling
moment, light or dark in the room.
I can say with certainty that my observation of "the most religious or spiritual people I know" runs a great spectrum of belief systems and ages,
genders, races, nationalities etc. I have not noticed much of a correlation between being afraid of the dark and believing in a higher power.
I for one would say that I am always trying to grow spiritually, so I would say I am something of a spiritual person if that is the term, but I'm not
at all afraid of the dark.
In fact, I enjoy seeing in the dark. Try it, not trying to make out objects which are now dark in your bedroom, but seeing more. Believe it or not,
there is more than our 3d reality of illusions, which our brain only processes.
Seriously, scientists already know that our perceptions are nothing more than illusions, which is almost to the point which you're describing. The
biggest difference is the understanding that
A. There is more than meets the eye, humans are not masters of the universe
B. There is a great amount of unknown and we are far from being at the pinnacle of consciousness. Far from it.
However, these debates can go on forever. I respect your opinion but must respectfully disagree.