Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
reply to post by SaturnFX
Frankly, I've had people insult my intelligence for even considering the idea of the paranormal. Anything paranormal. And more than once.
I don't really like the term "paranormal" (even though I do use it as a descriptive term now and then). Simply put, if something exists, it is
normal, just not understood yet. If people insult your intelligence because you consider "paranormal" ideas, you can safely insult back suggesting
they think they know everything.
I'm really confused as to why you're explaining what an Atheist is. Belief in the concept of a soul and so on does not automatically necessitate a
belief in a god, even though many of the Atheists that I run into that mock me for considering the paranormal seem to think that.
Many people (self proclaimed atheists included) have no understanding of what an atheist is. It is as you said, a simple non-belief in one or many
deities. There is no other stance relevant..be it not believing in ghosts, aliens, or that pizza is better with pepperoni.
What a lot of former religious people do is become a sort of anti-pararnormalist and call that atheist...aka, they substitute one system of beliefs
with another..this is not skepticism, this is not science, this is just them being jackasses and using any term they can to pretend they are
But they aren't a atheist..a atheist would never say matter of factly that there are no god(s), and certainly not there are no souls, ghosts,
Now, a skeptic (proper) has a predisposition to want proof before -believing- in it, but nothing keeps a skeptic or atheist from pondering and
considering tons of stuff (including deities).
I may simply be overexplaining myself to you, but perhaps more for some others benefits that seem a bit lost.
Thing is, it seems to be the popular thing amongst skeptics and a lot of outspoken scientists to be actively opposed to even the concept of
considering the idea of the paranormal.
I experienced a lot of vitriol and dogmatism from fundamentalist Christians growing up, I have found a similar mindset amongst some skeptics that I
have come across, and see a similar spirit in some scientists. This is where my skepticism comes from.
I am a agnostic-atheist whom is a bit of a spiritualist. I don't know the answers, I do want to find out, and the first people to ignore are people
that say they have the answers with nothing to back their claim up. I have experienced "paranormal" things also, and that made me wonder many
things..and reject a bunch of other things.
Skepticism flows both ways..but its usually a good idea to go with the most plausable until evidence proves or disproves otherwise.