I'm a man of science.
Science can debunk a lot of things. The paranormal being one. I've a theory about energy in general that could explain away a lot of what we call the paranormal. I think, since energy permeates almost everything that & their so many different kinds of energy, oftentimes people may confuse the effects of energy on their minds as bearing witness to the paranormal.
Latent psychic energy of an incredibly 'magnetic' or willful person can easily be confused for a ghost.
Plus people wanna believe so they'll spend any weirdo account way the fuck out of proportion...I've even done it. Now if you wanna really focus on the paranormal or supernatural...examine the details of your dreams more closely.
I don't believe in the physical existance of paranormal beings, but if someone convinces themselves something is real, or their brain tells them they saw it due to a condition, and they act on that belief, then that apparition is as good as real to that person. Heck, people can disprove the existence of the Christian God, but the mere idea of God has caused multiple wars, thousands of deaths, and many charitable acts, as well as the creation of architecture, literature, and musical compositions. Not bad for something that doesn't exist. Also, willing suspension of disbelief can be quite enjoyable and entertaining when there are no serious consequences for believing one way or the other.
I actually do believe in magic, however. We all have little moments of magic sprinkled within our lives. When you look an an image and know that even though you can describe it, you will never be able to describe precisely how it made you feel to anyone else, that image contains magic. When you recognize and accept that the sequence of events that has unfolded was, in the end, due to chance, yet your gut still tells you it that everything fell into (or out of) place for a predetermined reason, you've experienced magic.
There are a lot of weird going-ons that happen, but I do think it's more paranoia than actual "ghosts". Yeah, I have yet to see actual video footage that can't be explained by science, cool machinery, or tricks of the eye. All those ghost catcher shows can be easily planned out and edited; it's not like they're broadcasted live. It's easy to hallucinate sounds, images, and feelings (of being watched) when you're scared or extremely tired.
i'm kinda on the fence about this one.
one of the reasons i think people believe in spirits is so they can believe that death isn't the end.thinking that death won't be the end of there exsistence is simultaneously comforting and frightening.
if our conciousness does exsist after death, there would have to be a reasons for it. for most people there isn't one, but a particulatly strong emotion in the dying person could cause their conciousness to exist as an emotional energy manifestation of that person. i don't believ in apparartions and stuff though. and the spirts that do exist, i don't think they're vengeful. just sad.
Our consciousness cannot persist after death and it is absurd to assume otherwise. When you destroy a computer, are the programs on it still running?
Our body in general and our brain in particular is the hardware on which our minds run. When our hardware has ceased to function in any way, shape, or form, what reason is there assume that the software continues to run?
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The concept of the seeing things that you cannot explain as being magical is, and excuse me for my bluntness here, is a primitive & illogical way of thinking imo. Also, what you describe as chance being magic is just the randomness of chance itself.
It's similar to the discussion on sea monsters we had. Just because we can explain and classify a giant squid, does it really make it any less monstrous? Just because we can explain chi with science, make the fact that it works any less impressive or magical?