Just out of curiosity.
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Just out of curiosity.
Ghost and psychic's yes, aliens mostly no but am open to hearing what other's think.
Aliens: Is there life on another planet somewhere in the universe? Of course its probable
Ghosts: Displaced seemingly sentient energies? Some people actually do experience these from time to time -- are they 'human souls'? No way to know that.
Psychic phenomena: Do others sometimes know things that 'there is no reasonable way they could know?' -- Yes, this happens.
OP -- Are you asking if NTs believe in the paranormal in general, and have a pile of assumptions about these beliefs, enough to lump them into one group? That is not the correct way to approach the paranormal.
There are things science hasn't yet explained -- known unknowns, and even unknown unknowns, and that is where we find the paranormal.
Also, supernatural =/= paranormal.
I am asking because I just want to know.
And yeah, maybe I should've wrote "paranormal" instead of "supernatural". Whatever.
I don't believe or disbelieve a thing a posteriori until I see rational empirical evidence for it one way or the other.
However, there are many things which can even be refuted rationally without the need for anything empirical, because they possess qualities that are necessarily contradictory a priori. Those things, I do not believe in, because they are not even rational. An example of this might be, a "square circle", or a being that is both omnipotent and benevolent.
I am inclined to recall that famous bit with one of my heros, Carl Sagan.
Aliens? I haven't been to every planet out there, so I can't say definitively, but I can't see them being intelligent...maybe flagellates at best...
Ghosts -- crock of shit and as I've mentioned before, I'm comfortable with the idea of being a soulless ball of meat and zap.
Don't even get me started on psychics. I have yet to fulfill my promise to myself that I will murder Sylvia Browne...(though it should be noted that I lack the brash nature required to exact such revenge...I'd probably write a long, threatening letter, pussy out half way through and rewrite it to be polite and only vaguely threatening, then rewrite it again and express that I am only suggesting she learn how to operate some heavy machinery because a career change is in order...but then I'd either pussy out and never send the damn thing, or one of my other friends would offer me chemical influence and I'd stick it in the mailbox, forget about it, pass out, and remember a week later that I had actually sent it and immediately become a paranoid bundle of frayed nerves, wondering how the hell am I going to explain to the cops the polite suggestions included in my letter? --and I'd go on the lam).
Aliens? Of course I believe in them, they walk amongst us daily. Most the ones around here come from Mexico. *ba-dum ching* As for extraterrestrials I think it's a probability. With as vast as our universe is there is a likelihood that there is some other planet out there that has life on it. Is that planet in our solar system? No. Is it in our galaxy? Probably not. Is that life as advanced as us, is it just some rudimentary primordial ooze, or is it somewhere in between? That's a good question. Do I think that extraterrestrials are amassing to invade earth or are already here abducting hillbillies and giving them anal probes? I highly doubt it.
Ghosts? Well, I think that our consciousness is more dependent on energy sources than it is on an actual physical body. When you think about it, what makes us, us is nothing more than a series of electrical pulses and chemical reactions. Thinking about that combined with the knowledge that there is electromagnetic, atomic, ultraviolet, and heat radiation, amongst numerous other energy sources, swirling all around us and flying across the universe all the time with little to no physical constraints, well who says that sentience is solely confined to a physical body as we know it? Is it implausible to think that there is sentience that exists out there without a physical body (aka spirits) or that our consciousness can continue to exist after the death of our physical bodies (aka ghosts)? I really don't foresee that as being outside the realm of possibilities.
Psychic Phenomena? Similar answer to ghosts. We have 5 basic senses that most people rely on, but we really have far more than that. Geese and other migrating birds have in innate sense of direction because they've developed their ability to sense fluxuations in electromagnetic and gravitational pulls. We have the sense of electromagnetic fluctuation we just don't use it as much so it's not as well developed. Instead we went and developed a sense of equilibrium which allows us to balance on two legs. Some people also have a bum joint which makes them more sensitive to barometric pressure changes which in turn allows them to sense the weather. So do I think that some people are more sensitive to the ebb and flow of matter and energy which gives them an indication as to events that have, are, or will happen without actually seeing or hearing them firsthand? Yes. Also with all the heat, friction/motion, chemical, sound, and electromagnetic energy that the human body produces I think it's totally plausible to believe that we can have an influence on the world around us without physically interacting with the world around us. Kind of like a remote control can direct electrical devices we might be able to "psychically influence" an event, except we're not exactly built like a remote control so any "influence" we might have would be about as effective as pushing a truck across an open field. So I guess I believe we can catch "psychic vibes", but no one can tell the future with absolute certainty and we can certainly bend the laws of physics, but you can't outright break them by doing something like moving objects with your mind or anything.
So I guess you could say I believe in the probability of the supernatural and the paranormal.
Psychic phenomena: No.
Aliens: Most likely. I find comfort thinking there isn't any, or they aren't intelligent/advanced enough to travel across galaxies, because I find the thought of a superior lifeform terrifying. I wouldn't be suprised if we found life in our own solar system though (microscopic, but life nonetheless).
Physic Phenomena: No
Aliens: I don't think that they live among us, but I have my mind open