ProfWag wrote: Craig Browning wrote:
I learned many years ago that there is a huge difference between "belief" and "knowing"... people can't change what they "know" and that is why I can't shift my position; far too many instances in which the views of science and rationalism fall short. As I've said in the past, too many things that cannot be replicated by them and as a result I become the target of ridicule and accusation... the one that gets bullied by those one's that can't step up to the proverbial plate. But the door is always opened just as it is for christianity; they day my questions are answered Bull Shit free, will be the day I change my views... I'm not holding my breath.
Sooooo does that make you a "pseudo-believer" when the subject is the paranormal?
I've never concealed this fact; I'm 93% skeptic with 7% believer for sake of keeping life interesting
I've shared many times on this forum in fact that as someone that "believes" I bend over backwards when teaching Metaphysics, to get the students to take off their pink shaded glasses and get the wool out of their ears so they can EXPERIENCE the greater reality vs. their fantasies about it all. I've pissed off numerous pagan groups and new age types time and again and yet, I've had literal "elders" from within either community take me out for coffee and assuring me that what I'm trying to get them to recognize is the truth... the "high mysteries" of the Occult, if you would.
Magick, as it was understood by our distant ancestors and is embraced by sooo many of today's desperate populace, WAS SCIENCE... the intelligent view as to what was what when the intelligent people of the day hadn't anything else to go by. Over the centuries much of this evolved and became augmented and as recently as 600 - 800 years ago, started becoming a new thing -- actual science; physics, optics, botany, chemistry and even psychology (human behavior) ALL evolved out of these mystical traditions, both high & low. This is one reason I'm guilty for some word play when it comes to the issue; seeing the idea of "Magick" as being another term for "Science" as it was used in times long, long ago.