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Postby Kevin Kane » 04 Feb 2010, 04:24

I've been searching for online polls and real world studies. All of them I found indicate that about 70% of respondents have experienced what they believe is a paranormal occurance. And it should be emphasized that these are experiences, or believed experiences, and not merely beliefs, ie, someone told them something and they believed it. If these polls are a indication of the entire population, most americans have personally experienced the paranormal, or what they believe to be paranormal.

But when those people search for answers as to what has occurred to them, they are told by experts and authorities that what they experienced wasn't real and didn't actually happen. They are told by skeptics that they are delusional, stupid, crazy, foolish, ignorant, superstitious, or deliberately fraudulent. They somehow misinterpreted events, misjudged phenomenal, or wanted to see something that wasn't real.

Despite these admonishments by experts and authorities, or the half-baked theories of skeptics, the majority of people continue to experience these phenomena, and continue to seek real answers.

Skeptics call these people "believers". Except the term is inaccurate, because they are "experiencers". Or they believe they experience the paranormal. And even if skeptics were right about most of the cases (doubtful), it would leave many cases that are real.

Because, they are real.

It can also be reasonably argued that most people who have ever lived on earth have had similar experiences. Most people experience the paranormal. And that a small percentage of the population don't experience the paranormal. Of if they do experience it, dismiss it.

People need better advisors. Better experts and authorities. Ones that don't rush to judgement or have a skeptical agenda, but use unbiased and impartial observation and sound logic. Ones that don't insult or condescend to those who have experienced the paranormal, but seek real explanations.

People are seeking answers. Science experts may not have the answers. And skeptics certainly don't. That's what this board should be about. Providing them with real answers.
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Re: Searching for Answers

Postby NinjaPuppy » 04 Feb 2010, 04:45

Kevin Kane wrote:Skeptics call these people "believers". Except the term is inaccurate, because they are "experiencers". Or they believe they experience the paranormal. And even if skeptics were right about most of the cases (doubtful), it would leave many cases that are real.....

.....People need better advisors. Better experts and authorities. Ones that don't rush to judgement or have a skeptical agenda, but use unbiased and impartial observation and sound logic. Ones that don't insult or condescend to those who have experienced the paranormal, but seek real explanations.

People are seeking answers. Science experts may not have the answers. And skeptics certainly don't. That's what this board should be about. Providing them with real answers.

Well put!
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Re: Searching for Answers

Postby ProfWag » 04 Feb 2010, 04:58

I don't necessarily disagree with you Kevin. Okay, let's get some answers. But first, we need a question! Sooooo, what's a question that we can start to find the answer to?
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Re: Searching for Answers

Postby ciscop » 04 Feb 2010, 07:59

:-D

Human experience and perception can be shaped and misjudged
memory also plays a big part on the recollection of the events and it isnt perfect

ask a question
go specific :-)
For every person who reads this valuable book there are hundreds of naïve souls who would prefer to have their spines tingled by a sensational but worthless potboiler by some hack journalist of the paranormal. You who now read these sentences join a small but wiser minority. Martin Gaardner (Psychology of the Psychic)
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Re: Searching for Answers

Postby NinjaPuppy » 04 Feb 2010, 20:32

ciscop wrote:Human experience and perception can be shaped and misjudged
memory also plays a big part on the recollection of the events and it isnt perfect.

Very true but it doesn't change the basic facts. If 10 people witnessed a single event, you would have 10 different accounts. Does the fact that those individual accounts and descriptions don't match, indicate that the event didn't happen?
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Re: Searching for Answers

Postby ProfWag » 04 Feb 2010, 23:17

NinjaPuppy wrote:Very true but it doesn't change the basic facts. If 10 people witnessed a single event, you would have 10 different accounts. Does the fact that those individual accounts and descriptions don't match, indicate that the event didn't happen?

Absolutely not!!! But it might call into question just what, exactly, the event was.
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