Disbelievers, skeptics and cynics differ and all exist . Do you mean a cynic? ???
Somewhere, I have a list of great quotes. But I can't find it so I don't remember who said this: "A Cynic is someone who looks at the world with a monacle in his mind's eye."
I consider myself a Cynic, as you will probably be able to tell if you read my posts or go to my website. In fact, if somebody asked me what my "superhero power" is, it would be cynicism. Yet, here I am, looking at ghost pictures and telling stories.
I'm reading Stephen King's "IT" right now, and I think he sheds some light on passionate disbelievers in the paranormal. It isn't that they simply find a thing unbelievable; it's that it upsets their entire balance of all things rational. It offends
them because they simply cannot reconcile these things with their own beliefs.
I think it's largely because they don't know enough about their own beliefs to see where things fit.
As to the purpose of this thread: I tend to be on the side of pure balance in investigation. I think we need to sort out the wheat from the chaff, as it were, in order to gain any sort of credibility.
It's people who walk into a situation and shout "Ghost" at the first sign of something a little less than normal who fuel disbelief.