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Response to Logical (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 10:40 AM

42. Evidence comes in different forms.

There is documentary evidence. There is also testimonial evidence.

Paranormal events are occurrences that we cannot explain with our current knowledge and that were experienced or seen only by one or a few people. (If an event that we cannot explain occurs and many people observe it or experience it, then the fact that so many people report it makes it more believable.) They may be supported by testimonial evidence.

The idea that bacteria existed was considered just a myth until someone looked more carefully into a microscope. A new tool and a clever way of using it were required to provide the evidence that bacteria existed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microscope

So, the thing that makes a paranormal event different from other events is that it may be that only one person or a smaller group of people have experienced it. That may mean it didn't happen. The person experiencing it may have misinterpreted the experience or imagined it. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen. It definitely means that you don't have to believe it happened if it didn't happen to you and you didn't experience it.

WWI happened. Lots of people lived through it. There are lots of reports about it. That is the evidence that it happened. But I wasn't alive when it happened, and I don't remember it. I just accept that it happened because so many people lived through it and wrote about it.

Evolution supposedly happened. I wasn't there. But it happened, and I believe it happened even though I can't personally verify the evidence that it happened.

But many Fundamentalists do not believe that evolution happened. They prefer to believe a theory about creation that I consider to be just an allegory, as believable as someone else's paranormal experience. That's their choice.

To some, the idea that global warming has something to do with human activity is a sort of paranormal belief -- a conspiracy theory. I disagree with them, but they deny the scientific proof of the human factor because it is too complicated and requires a background in science that they don't have.

So we have to be aware that sometimes we don't believe things that are true because we don't have the knowledge or experience to assess them correctly.

Should a paranormal event happen to you, you will believe it. If it doesn't happen to you, you don't need to believe it.

Just relax.

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