OpinionAn atheist who believes in paranormal superstitions is worse than a sincerely religious person
      – BorgClown, 2008-09-03 at 19:41:58   (14 comments)

On 2008-09-03 at 19:43:31, BorgClown wrote...
I believe the first is even more gullible than the latter.
On 2008-09-03 at 19:45:03, Lee J Haywood wrote...
My best friend says she sort-of believes in paranormal things, but I'd much rather that than have her be religious. Clearly I'm prejudiced against the religious. (-:
On 2008-09-03 at 19:48:45, BorgClown wrote...
But what about the paranormal fraudsters? Tarot readers, psychics, mediums, etc. They thrive on people's gullibility and their need for emotional support. At least you know what to expect from the popular religions.
On 2008-09-03 at 19:50:24, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I just think I'm more likely to be able to talk someone out of paranormal beliefs, one by one, than a religious belief. I kinda think they're less harmful, but having said that everyone I've asked say that they believe 'in something'.
On 2008-09-03 at 19:58:48, BorgClown wrote...
It's a pity paranormals have been a sore topic for science, mostly because of all the tricksters and charlatans who come with the field. Until psychology and neurology become sufficiently advanced to exhaustively explain all these weird 'sensations' almost all of us get, it will be a gold mine for fraudsters.
On 2008-09-03 at 20:01:56, BorgClown wrote...
I don't believe in ghosts, but that doesn't mean that ghost stories can't give me goose bumps. It's a very instinctive reaction. It must be a leftover instinct from when our ancestors were preys.
On 2008-09-03 at 20:05:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
People aren't built to be rational - it's something you have to impose upon yourself. Belief is actually rational in the sense that you compare new evidence with what you already know and use it to add to your knowledge / adjust your belief, but it's fundamentally irrational because there's no objective way to get an initial belief and people only accept evidence that fits with their current thinking.
On 2008-09-03 at 20:15:37, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
I don't see how it's "bad" to believe in the paranormal, just incorrect, because anything that exists in nature IS normal. and if the phenomena they have observed are real, all that remains is to ascertain the cause.
On 2008-09-03 at 20:21:12, BorgClown wrote...
@Scarletxstarlet: As long as the phenomena are investigated and proven real, I'm okay with it. My problem is when people believe in witchcraft, magic or psychics, and consequently fork out money to fraudsters.
On 2008-09-03 at 20:24:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
For me paranormal means that something isn't normal - it isn't a part of nature. The very word itself says that it's something that cannot be generally accepted, which to me is a big sign that it's not real either.
On 2008-09-03 at 22:38:34, TheLadiesMan wrote...
i just had this discussion on SB last nite.
On 2008-09-03 at 22:41:40, BorgClown wrote...
Mr. Ghecko!
On 2008-09-03 at 22:42:56, Korinthian wrote...
Wasn't he gay? In that case, big props on the screen name!
On 2008-09-03 at 22:47:27, BorgClown wrote...
I don't know if he was.