I had a long post typed up, then scrapped it for assorted reasons. So I’m going to sum up.
Hardline, dogmatic skeptics amuse the hell out of me, and I find them even more stupid than your average New Ager going about dressed as a fairy, adjusting the color of their wardrobe to be “more in tune with the spirit realm” and joygasming over every little splotch of dust they find in a photograph, claiming it’s Great Aunt Myrtle back from the dead.
I know, funny things for someone who claims to believe in ghosts to say. But I count myself as skeptical… to a point. I’m also practical… to a point. I believe in spooks, as the Cowardly Lion says, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to other explanations, or that if science can definitively disprove them that I’m not willing to reconsider. Find another explanation that covers all the bases, and honestly, I’d be happy about it.
It’d mean I could do something about my bloody katana, for one thing. Because if it ain’t haunted, something is very wrong in Mudville.
But yes, I despise dogmatic skeptics, the kind who say “This isn’t true” and consider folks an idiot for even contemplating possibilities. I despise them almost as much as I do the “true believers.” Neither side is going to get anywhere, because neither side wants to ask questions or alter their mindsets in any way. The middle-of-the-road skeptics, that’s where it’s at. The ones who have beliefs, either pro or con, but are willing to discuss them, test them, and possibly change them if the evidence goes that way.
That was summed up by a conversation I had with someone in the wee hours of the morning, where they said “It takes a special kind of stupid to believe in ghosts.” What really amused me is this person is also a devout Catholic. Exercising more restraint than is my norm, I avoided jabbing him with the question of “What about the Holy Ghost?” Or pointing out any of the dozens of bible passages that discuss spirits, either by association or by flat out having one walk on the scene.
But the viewpoint… that’s the thing that bugs me, that keeps me gnawing at it for a long time after they’ve disappeared into the mists of other forums. You state that something does not exist, that it’s stupid to even consider the possibility, that it’s even stupider if you “waste time and dollars” attempting to prove or disprove an idea. (Meanwhile, it’s okay to study the effects of zero-G on ketchup. I mean, that’s some important research, right there.) Without people asking questions, in seemingly “stupid” areas of study, we’d probably all still be living in caves, bashing each other over the head, and wondering why Bob’s not moving anymore.
So what’s everyone else’s take? Is it stupid to ask questions, or to have a belief that is – as yet, anyway – not proven by scientific inquiry? Is it silly to even undertake such inquires? Let us know in the box below!