Originally posted by smyleegrl
But there are folks here who believe in the paranormal....and they have the right to that belief.
I've been researching the paranormal (among other supernatural/metaphysical interests) most of my life. I know there is something to the paranormal,
as I've had many 'strange' occurances of my own, although what that 'something' is I cannot tell you (and neither can anyone else, imo), so I
question all ideas and theories about the paranormal. I consider the way I approach the subject to be a healthy way of thinking and being a student,
and my own way of 'denying ignorance', I guess.
Where I differ from most people who are involved in the paranormal, is that I always try to keep my objectivity. I find, however, that many, many
others do not, and they instead choose to usually head straight down the highway of confirmation bias, where a flitting shadow becomes proof of
'ghosts' for them, or two or more people sharing a 'feeling' becomes proof of 'energies' abroad or whatever have you.
The paranormal field is teeming with people who unfortunately still believe audio and visual pareidolia, such as radio snippets and faces in the trees
and grass are 'spirits' communicating in some manner. So yes, in a field full of woo and total believers who aren't objective whatsoever, I
consider remaining rational, skeptical, and objective to any claims whatsoever to be absolutely necessary. Anything less certainly does not help the
paranormal field at all, in my opinion. And let me assure you, unlike Joe Nickell, my skeptisism has not curtailed any of the strange experiences I
have had so far. I've had everything from what you would call psychic experiences to poltergiest occurances to fantastic synchonicity. It's just I
remain open to interpretation and explanation, while others fall right into the old superstitions and dogmatic ways of thinking that I believe hold us
back from learning anything of any real substance.
The world is not static, and even a cursory knowledge of human history on the planet will show constant social strife, war, disasters and much
discontent. There has never been a utopian society on this planet. As I said in your thread, you could ask people if they 'feel something is going to
happen' at just about any time in human history and I would bet the bank you would have many nodding heads. Something is going to happen, I assure
you.. and we don't need 'feelings' or supernatural powers to see any of it coming. I could be wrong about this whole thing, of course, but I don't
see much into your thread besides social anxiety and lots and lots of confirmation bias. Just my opinion, and I know how unpopular any sort of
skeptical opinion is on ATS, so I'll just leave it at that.
You have a good day too!