If you take a look around, you can’t help but see that our world is full of strange things both scary and awesome. Unexplained phenomenon happens all around us. Every culture has stories of invisible entities, psychic powers, and magic. Whether in rural or urban areas, you’re sure to find sorcerers, healers, and the like. Even sightings of vampires and nature spirits make the local news at times. One can’t ignore the fact that even some of the experience’s of these events are skeptical of what’s happening. While hardcore proof of the nature of the phenomenon remains elusive, the fact remains. . . these events are taking place on a daily basis. But the question is, what is the truth of the nature of these phenomenon? If someone can answer this, then they’d have the “Holy Grail” of the paranormal in their hands.
The scientific skeptics propose using critical reasoning to the claims. That is, investigating them from a purely rational method. The believers say you have to go beyond the current ability of mankind in order to arrive at any truth about the matters at hand. The skeptics say Occam’s Razor is best for investigating all paranormal claims since so many turn out to either misunderstandings, misinterpretation of natural events, or down right hoaxes. And while there are some on the believing side that share the use of Occam’s Razor, most are willing to “jump” on board if there seems to be the slightest hint of possibility that their beliefs will be confirmed by an event. Is there (or maybe a better way of phrasing would be “Can there be”) a middle ground for both camps? Couldn’t the Ufology community benefit from more scientists gathering data and sharing it in a rational manner? Wouldn’t that keep more people that are into the paranormal more grounded? Couldn’t the scientific community benefit from Ufologists pushing them to think “outside the box” more? Wouldn’t that enable them to make more discoveries?
Years ago, esoteric studies had distinct categories: UFO’s, Cryptozoology, Paranormal (i.e. ghosts) and so on. Now those lines are more blurred than they once were. Bigfoot, Nessie, demons, ghosts, UFO’s, alien abductions, etc., are all beginning to come under the umbrella of ‘The Paranormal.’ It’s an effort by some to try and connect the dots and say they’re all related. Whether or not they’re related, it’s a fact that the subject matter is considered pseudoscience by the mainstream. And that doesn’t look like it’s going to change in the near future. The topics don’t find any support even in scientific literature much less in academic “table talk”. But there is strong evidence that more is going on than just anomalies in natural occurring events. The only thing that doesn’t create a controversy is by stating that UFO’s are controversial. Anything past that into the nature and reality of them generally only spurs ridicule and/or heated arguments. So we have a bit of a dilemma. We have thousands of reports each year of the paranormal which we could include as UFO’s, strange creatures, and invisible entities or psychic occurrences. These reports come from people from all walks of life and the whole range, it would seem, of demographics. But, we don’t have one scrap of evidence that would hold up in any court. Thus is the paradox of the paranormal. So we keep looking and keep investigating, but never do we find the actual “smoking gun”. At the end of the day we’re left with a question. The question. Do we believe, or do we not believe?
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