reply to post by NarcolepticBuddha
I didn't miss the point of your response at all. We understand what causes sleep paralysis, and why it happens. So what you believe is irrelevant. For
example, if you believed that God was bowling to cause thunder, it wouldn't matter, because we know that's not what causes thunder. The same applies
Now, if we don't scientifically understand why something occurs, a spiritual or supernatural explanation can definitely be presented. This is not one
of those times though. The scents and sounds, the locking up of joints, the visuals, and sensations, we understand them all to be hallucinations due
to the brain's chemical reactions during your body's paralysis.
So yes, I am well aware that your belief was what you espoused. I am also aware that you said anyone who thought otherwise, had not experienced enough
sleep paralysis. Which paints you as someone who does not think science understands it. Here's your quotes:
Those who deny the possible demonic aspect of sleep paralysis haven't really experienced it much
Now, I had sleep paralysis for eight years. Right during my high school and college years even. I experienced it plenty, and got to observe the way it
effected me during my formative years. Your opinion, like your belief, should both be put aside when the science of a thing is understood.
Your ad-hominem doesn't bother me either. I know that people fall back on insults of the character when they're run out of arguments to support their
position. But, by all means, carry on insulting me.
As for consciousness and chemical reactions. They're not reflections. Consciousness is the product of chemical reactions. When the chemical reactions
stop occurring, consciousness goes away (see any case of anesthesia).
However, it does not work in the opposing direction. When you lose consciousness from fainting, going to sleep, or some kind of knock on the head,
your brain does not stop causing chemical reactions. Some studies actually seem to think it is more
active when you're naturally
Consciousness is clearly a product of the chemical reactions occurring in the brain, not the other way around.
I do apologize if my tone comes off harsh, but I believe the world is harsh. And that we do not grow as people if we soften everything we encounter.
You're welcome to your beliefs, I'd love to hear them. But when we understand something, your beliefs, and mine, have no place in the discussion.
For the record, I believe in spiritual things too.
~ Wandering Scribe
edit on 11/9/12 by Wandering Scribe because: fleshed out some concepts