Is Belief in Supernatural or Paranormal Realistic or Reasonable?
If anything supernatural or paranormal was provable, the believers would have taken James Randi’s famous million-dollar challenge, or they would have gone and got their Nobel Prize in proving the supernatural or open up a 100% faith-based prayer and miracles hospital. Where the cure for anything and everything is guaranteed because “prayer and miracles works” and the only education was being a religious or spiritual leader.
Prove it or it is not really worthy for true belief and if there was actual scientific proof it would silence us rationalists, atheists, and skeptics forever.
However, nothing of the sort has ever happened. List of prizes for evidence of the paranormal or supernatural woo-woo go back to at least 1922 with Scientific American. But it did not stop there instead there has been many individuals and groups have offered similar monetary awards for proof of the paranormal or supernatural with some reaching over a million dollars yet as of February 2016, not one prizes have been claimed.
Therefore, belief in supernatural or paranormal are not realistic nor are they reasonable. And what’s even crazier its nonsense and they act like it is us rationalists, atheists, and skeptics that have to disprove something they have never proved.
Damien, the supernatural is as real as the natural, not because one cannot see or doesn’t believe, dose Not mean it doesn’t exist. The super natural is not of this dimension,…. Just like your soul is not from this dimension.. If one is smart enough and has a bit of science, they will understand that many things that exist .. Still cannot be explained or seen… Like the air, Gravity and consciousness … We cant see them but they exist. Regardless of none believers..
My response, ha ha and you know this even though no one can see it scientifically and no one has ever proven it ever? you don’t even know anything nor does anyone to say it could be real it’s just making stuff up, think otherwise prove it. And saying it is not of this dimension is more unfounded talk and yet more claims about things neither you or any one knows.
Now think if as claim there is another dimension that means you don’t have a way to know what is or is not or even what could be there in fact with all we do know if there are other dimensions we are reasonably sure it’s also only natural, and in no way can we nor should we think it must have magic. Beliefs in the supernatural is all talk with no valid anything and often not even offered with valid reasoning.
Damien, are you denying the soul? Consciousness??? Black matter? Air? Gravity?? The astral plane (the dream world)… Ever taken any psychedelics? Ever had an OBE? Ever seen shadow people with your own eyes? Seen auras or energy fields?? Are you denying the countless individuals who can literately see the supernatural???
My response, there is no soul. Consciousness is an emergent property of the brain. Dark matter is not magic is a label for a hypothetical substance that is believed by most astronomers to account for around five-sixths of the matter in the universe. Air, I assume you mean oxygen? Or air as the name given to the Earth’s atmosphere? If so both are testable. Gravity or gravitation is a natural phenomenon by which all things with energy are brought toward (or gravitate toward) one another, including stars, planets, galaxies and even light and sub-atomic particles. You state things that have nothing to do with supernaturalism and instead are known and testable in our nonmagical would.
And again why would I or any critical thinker believe in souls?
Soul Theory = Unjustified Untrue Faith Belief = Magical Thinking Beliefs as Knowledge = Unwarranted Psychological Certainty supportive of incorrectability. (arbitrary and unjustified way of coming to ideas or Idealism)
What Science Really Says About the Soul: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/13-03-20/
Soul Theory and Skepticism, Science Versus Spirituality: http://www.humantruth.info/index_souls.html
“Life after death” NO think again, Physics and the Immortality of the Soul: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/physics-and-the-immortality-of-the-soul/
I am all for free thinking, if the evidence is there great go down the rabbit hole but do not eat the rabbit shit offered as real; when its proof disappears like a mental mirage, gone in a poof magic as simple as the magical thinking that inspires all manner of flawed beliefs.
By Damien Marie AtHope