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Science shouldn't fear ghosts

Posted on Friday, 29 September, 2006 | Comment icon 43 comments


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"'Either I or the scientist is a fool with our opposing views of probability,' William James wrote."

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Comment icon #34 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 3 October, 2006, 17:46
You believe anythinng without any proof. Yes, and at one point in time, people believed the world was flat. Anyone who dared claim the Earth was round were executed for saying such blasphemy. Who knew they were right all the long. My point is, just because there's not evidence found yet on the subject of spirits, doesn't mean they don't exist. Not all facts, proof, and evidence falls on one's lap. That's why researchers are born. If everyone were skeptics, the world would still be flat.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Bella-Angelique on 3 October, 2006, 17:58
The lighthouse of St. Augustine is fully open to any qualified scientist to study. Multiple eye witnesses and camera footage to make it worth the investigation. At this point it would be up to the scientist to prove nothing is there, as all evidence points to the fact that something is indeed "living" there and it is not human. The fact that no scientist has taken up the challenge is "proof" to me that they know something we call spirits are real and they have no intention of confronting "it".
Comment icon #36 Posted by Zero of Deism on 3 October, 2006, 18:12
Bella, you nailed it. I think science is too biased against this type of research. So much so, that even the scientists that may WANT to investigate this phenomena won't, because they're scared their reputation goes down the drain.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Raptor X7 on 3 October, 2006, 18:24
And what is there to suggest that ghosts, spirits, and demons aren't real by science? I said: "What is there to suggest that ghosts are real, which science can't explain?". Huh? What's that? 'Nothing' you say? Well then, there's no reason to believe that they exist, scientists might aswell be going out of there way to prove that there's no 53ft troll eating cars behind my house, seeing as there's no reason to believe that exists either. The afterlife could exist, but it's impossible to do any investigations to see one way or the other. However ghosts, in my opinion, exist only in the minds of ... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Zero of Deism on 3 October, 2006, 18:27
No reason to believe they exist, if you are a person who's never seen one. I'd agree on that. If you didn't see one for yourself, of course you shouldn't believe it! Unless you trust your family members/close friends enough to beleive their stories that is. I think you see things in black and white. Either it has to be proven 99% before you accept the possability, or else it does NOT exist. I havn't seen anything as of yet to convince me that all of these sightings, videos, etc.. are false, invalid, or halucinations. Like I said, maybe someone should try to get more than one person to have the... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Anvil on 4 October, 2006, 1:08
Zero you've held strong in this thread well done I think the problem is because ghost manifestations are firstly rare occurrances, secondly they're not predictable, and thirdly we haven't really got the right tools yet... My thought also is working out what exactly the right conditions are for a manifestation. One ghostly manifestation that I witnessed along with several others (mixed believers and skeptics) happened, there is nothing that can take that experience away from me or the others that expereinced the same thing. An experience like this has nothing to do with faith, hallucination, li... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Zero of Deism on 4 October, 2006, 1:20
An experience like this has nothing to do with faith, hallucination, lies or drugs, it's just something that can just randomly happen and if you see it, you see it. I agree completely. The cynics need to put themselves in the experiencer's shoes for a moment. And think about how they'd react if they knew they were not on drugs, drunk or had any reason to halucinate and saw a ghost.
Comment icon #41 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 4 October, 2006, 18:22
I said: "What is there to suggest that ghosts are real, which science can't explain?". Huh? What's that? 'Nothing' you say? Well then, there's no reason to believe that they exist, scientists might aswell be going out of there way to prove that there's no 53ft troll eating cars behind my house, seeing as there's no reason to believe that exists either. The afterlife could exist, but it's impossible to do any investigations to see one way or the other. However ghosts, in my opinion, exist only in the minds of people. If they were real there would be something to suggest so other than farfetched... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Shady Raptor on 19 February, 2007, 16:09
I said: "What is there to suggest that ghosts are real, which science can't explain?". Huh? What's that? 'Nothing' you say? Well then, there's no reason to believe that they exist, scientists might aswell be going out of there way to prove that there's no 53ft troll eating cars behind my house, seeing as there's no reason to believe that exists either. The afterlife could exist, but it's impossible to do any investigations to see one way or the other. However ghosts, in my opinion, exist only in the minds of people. If they were real there would be something to suggest so other than farfetched... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Shady Raptor on 19 February, 2007, 16:16
Oh yeah and I didnt find my firearm until two weeks later coming home from dinner and it happened to be laying on the floor in the exact spot the "hallucination" was with no bullets in it. We dont live in that apartment anymore. You can take my story and believe it, or not believe it. I know what I saw and so does my wife. Im just saying that maybe we should open our minds to possibilities that science cant explain. Because if I am right scientists still dog over the whole stupid evolution theory even though its father, Charles Darwin renouced everything he wrote on his death bed. Maybe scienc... [More]


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