Posted 25 April 2004 - 08:02 PM
Fair enough. The respect is mutual.
It seems that it is just as easy for some die-hard believers to dismiss all skeptics as "closed-minded grumps" as it is for some skeptics to write off believers here as woo-woos. This is especially the case when photos, evps, encounters, etc. are questioned by a skeptic, as opposed to a "believer." Just my observation from my own personal experience.
I realize that you're not referring to all skeptics, perhaps just those who have not even bothered to consider evidence. But, for some people, you don't need to eat a whole bowl of porridge to determine if it's hot. When the same type of evidence (orb photos/video, barely audible evps or evps that could just as easily be the voice of someone from the group as the "ghost", etc.) is presented over and over again, we begin to start looking like the boy who cried wolf. Understandably, then, many people stop taking the evidence seriously. When they stop taking evidence seriously, then they also begin to doubt the claims.
I firmly believe that if we are going to study this subject seriously, we need to take a long hard, critical look at our methods. If ghost hunters/researchers are not objective and refuse to raise standards with our own work, then we will only continue to flood and dilute this area with questionable evidence. This, in turn, further discredits ourselves and other researchers in the field.
Pointing fingers at skeptics and blaming them for refusing to see the "truth" is counterproductive and does nothing to further our goals.
Well, Akthra, I look forward to the results from your future research. You seem level-headed...and exhibit the same enthusiasm I had when I first started researching ghosts. I trust that you'll be in this for the long haul. :-X
"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite."Bertrand Russell"You're going to go to McDonald's... you'll order an Egg McMuffin and some coffee... WAIT! They're going to forget your extra salt! Remind them to give you salt, please!!"Ed Closser, Trivial Psychic