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How about a quick experiment? Ask 10 closest people to you if such things as telepathy and clairvoyance are real, then note their responses. I can bet that there’ll be no consensus with their answers. While some would give you an irritated eye-roll and continue with what they were doing, others might brighten up, as they begin to reel out testimonies of its truth.
If someone says there’s a portal to hell under some rocks, you bet your ass I’m going to move them.
Last studies have revealed that 1 in 4 people believe in paranormal, with the rest being sceptics. But isn’t it amazing that with the wealth of knowledge and technology presently available to mankind, we’re still generally unsure of the veracity of psychic phenomena? I’d say it is.
But why do some people believe strongly in parapsychological abilities even in spite of contrary reports from mainstream science? Let’s take a look at the evidence psychic believers have put forward over the years… There isn’t much by way of solid, irrefutable evidence. As a matter of fact most of the so-called testimonies are anecdotal in nature.
It reminds me of the little boy who was convinced he saw ghosts at night, only for the day to break and a keen eye recognized that it was shadows of the bedroom curtain, billowing in the wind. Just because someone believes something doesn’t mean it’s true. He just could be seeing ‘curtain-ghosts’.
And this brings me to the unique question: should believers in psychic abilities be hustling and jostling to prove themselves to the rest of the world? Perhaps, they’re self-satisfied and don’t care whether others believe or not. I mean, who’s got the time to prove themselves to a bunch of sceptics, when they could be busy reading people’s minds or talking with ghosts of ancient scholars? The mere fact that so many people still believe in its truth shows that perhaps, it’s here to stay. There will always be believers and sceptics, whether we get ‘evidence’ or not.
Very young children often accept the paranormal as “normal” until adults squeeze it out them.
But let’s take this from another angle. Beyond the surface question of whether or not these phenomena exist, do humans have an innate fear of unexplainable things – a fear of the unknown? Remember the golden statement, ‘man fears what he cannot explain’? Could it also be at play here, such that science is being willfully blind to the reality of supernatural things? Take quantum physics for example. It proposes that any psychic power is 100% impossible, and if it did, then our view of the world is absolutely wrong.
How true is this?
Science! Are you scared of something?
There’s something about psychic abilities and supernatural events that must make pure scientists feel uncomfortable at a primal level. Scientists preach that every occurrence can be explained by scientific laws, so you can understand why accommodating a belief in the possibility of psychic phenomena can be a proverbial stone in their shoe. But does it make rubbish of all the hard work that science has done, if paranormal events are indeed true? I think not. A healthy sense of respect for contrary beliefs is always welcome as we strive to understand the world better.
#GUESTPOST by Laolu Ogundele
Quote of the day:
There are no differences but differences of degree between different degrees of difference and no difference.
Updates about my novel Dulcinea and The Death Code (adventure, fantasy YA): everything goes as planned ✌️😁🕺💃 publishing date – 3d June.
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