A skeptic wants to be a believer
Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:51 PM
Posted 22 March 2009 - 08:06 AM
Personally I'd find it pretty interesting if any of these things were true, but I'm not here out of hope that ghosts are real.
The reason that I'm here is because I find the psychology behind belief systems fascinating, from paranormal, religious belief systems to conspirational and extreme political belief systems. I don't have any deep seated hope of getting converted by any of these believers, but rather an increased understanding of the thought processes that go on in the minds of these people.
Edited by plindboe, 22 March 2009 - 08:07 AM.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:25 AM
Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:12 AM
That being said, some of the stuff on the early episodes of Ghost Hunters, before they were creating evidence left and right, was starting to make him take notice.
But then there are probably a lot of skeptics who are here not necessarily because they want to believe, but because they're interested in seeing what's out there.
Posted 23 March 2009 - 11:37 AM
Posted 23 March 2009 - 11:51 AM
It's a fine line between skepticism and cynicism for some, I suppose.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:24 PM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:05 PM
Think about it. If a skeptic didn't want to be a believer, they wouldn't be interested in the paranormal topic/s or any other topic they may be skeptical of. All they want is proof enough for them to become a believer. I believe this is why GV has so many skeptics here because they are looking for that proof to become a believer. JMO.
A skeptic who would like to believe is in fact a
"skeptical-believer"............. You are reading a post from one in the flesh.
I DO BELIEVE. Though I will not believe every story told to me.
I have had my encounters, I have herd family members encounters.
But I refuse to believe every "ghost story" I hear or read.
I need some grain of truth, some hard fact (inane as it may seem) some tangible evidence I can sift through myself.
I hope you are not put off by my answer....... Keep posting.
This is just my reply to your proposal.
take care, be well.
Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.*-- Scottish Proverb
Posted 26 March 2009 - 10:23 PM
The broomsticks are mounted. The ghosts are a-fright. Enchanting takes wing, On All Hallows’ Night.
Posted 27 March 2009 - 04:24 PM
Edited by yld1009, 27 March 2009 - 04:28 PM.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:52 AM
Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:11 PM
The skeptics on GV have helped me immensely by making me question myself and my own experiences; something I didn't do before I joined. Skepticism is healthy in all aspects of life, it keeps all of us balanced and is valuable in furthering scientific research in this field and all others.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 08:55 PM
Posted 30 March 2009 - 02:18 AM
I think it's good for any believer to have a healthy amount of skepticism. Just because someone has an experience that s/he believes is paranormal doesn't mean it is or isn't. There may be a possible normal explanation for it. I would advise someone who is a hard core believer to take everything that happens around them that is 'paranormal' with a grain of salt and to those that are hard core skeptics that there are things out there that we can't account for and that we must take in faith as being something from outside our boundaries of what is normal and what isn't. This is coming from a woman who has worked at a place that is supposed to be haunted, but I've yet to find any hard-core evidence of such except for personal experiences of other people, which I do not consider to be solid evidence. I consider it evidence in that if the people who run the place would let a paranormal investigation team in, the stories would give that team a starting place as to where the equipment should be placed.
Regarding your cat flushing: I beg to differ.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:09 AM
Edited by Mapsau, 01 April 2009 - 12:09 AM.
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