Heresy to the establishment

Discussion in 'Parapsychology' started by birch, May 13, 2017.

  1. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

    Science is ALWAYS ready to accommodate new phenomenon

    Scientists attempt to determine the temperatures of distant objects in space by observing their blackbody radiation. The calculations are made by assuming that celestial objects behave as perfect blackbodies. A blackbody is a theoretical ideal, but many astronomical objects come reasonably close to this ideal.

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  3. Yazata Valued Senior Member

    Evidence needs to be interpreted and assigned a weight. A report of some extraordinary event might indeed be evidence of some new class of phenomenon that would turn our whole existing worldview on its head. Or on the other hand it might be a misinterpretation of something more prosaic, a hallucination, a lie or over-active imagination. (You believe that the Bible IS true and Jesus Christ IS your lord and savior, because there have been so many reports of religious miracles, right?)

    If we don't want to put ourselves in the credulous position of believing everything we're told, we need to assign reports credibility weights.

    As for me, I grade reports according to how I believe the universe functions and give reports that are in accordance with that understanding higher weights than I give reports that don't seemingly conform with my understanding of the universe. I don't give the latter zero scores since my understanding of the universe is a work-in-progress and might very well be incomplete or flat-out wrong. Lots of unexpected and counter-intuitive things ultimately turn out to be true and surprise me. But out-of-the-gate I don't initially consider those kind of things to be as plausible as more familiar and understandable events.

    It's like David Hume's famous argument about miracles. The familiar order of nature describes how nature typically seems to behave. So a violation of the natural order is going to be atypical and less likely by its nature. That doesn't mean that a violation of the natural order is impossible, but it does suggest that there might be alternative explanations that will be more likely.

    The importance of theory in these considerations arises in the case of new and unique sorts of events. It's hard to grade these events based on past frequency of their occurring, since they are new and unique. But if they do fit comfortably into an explanatory scheme based on previous experience, they they just seem inherently more likely to me than something that violates explanatory schemes that are based on previous experience.
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  5. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    I assure you I do not need to feign obtuseness. I can do it for real.

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    You certainly seem to be alleging something paranormal with your vague phrase "energetic interplay". That certainly sounds like woo all right.
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  7. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

    When thousands of unrelated people report the same phenomenon over and over again exhibiting the same properties and traits, the credibility weight is huge. That's true whether the phenomenon fits our personal scheme of reality or not. Such factors are more influential in my decision to believe than whether it can be explained by extant scientific theories. Particularly when mainstream science does its darnedness to ignore or scoff at such reports. As if science somehow knows in advance what is a real phenomenon and what is a fictional one.
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  8. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

    The bible

    oops sorry the Dictionary tells me so

    1. denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.
      "a mystic who can prove he has paranormal powers"
    1. 1.
      complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
      "this restores one's faith in politicians"
      synonyms:trust, belief, confidence, conviction, credence, reliance, dependence;More

    2. 2.
      strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.
      "bereaved people who have shown supreme faith"
      synonyms:religion, church, sect, denomination, persuasion, religious persuasion, religious belief, belief, code of belief, ideology, creed, teaching, dogma, doctrine
      "she gave her life for her faith"
    Both Google

    By your definetion

    I know it's true but I don't really know

    Would you care to elaborate?

    I think the evidence for the phenomenon is the sole basis for believing it.

    Except there is no evidence

    Explaining something with evidence is the ONLY basis for belief

    No evidence

    No belief

    The fact that we can't explain it yet has no bearing on its reality

    Except you can't explain it BECAUSE it is not real

    In fact theory presupposes the ontic status of the phenomenon itself

    Except ONTIC relates to reality

    1. relating to entities and the facts about them; relating to real as opposed to phenomenal existence

    NOT to phenomenal existence

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  9. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

    So your credibility weight is governed by numbers?

    Thousands of people believe in god hence it must be true

    But when thousands do NOT believe in god those people are ignored

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  10. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

    Yet none of them ever see said God. Not much evidence now is it?
  11. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member


    I would put it (evidence) at a zero level

    Thesis have NEVER produced EVIDENCE while insisting it exist

    I have no problem with anybody believing anything their hearts desire

    If for some reason you wish me to share your beliefs show evidence

    Otherwise it can be possible to be friends with different views on the world

    EXCEPT I do find in many cases those of a religious persuasion push the issue and in that process push me away

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  12. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

    I don't care what you believe. I just cited to Yazata the evidence of thousands of unrelated people reporting the same phenomenon with the same properties and traits as the reason I believe in the phenomenon. If you don't like it buzz off and go troll someone else for a change.
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