SOME SKEPTICS WILL NEVER ACCEPT THE AFTERLIFE EVIDENCE..
excellent mediums and psychics have given brilliant
demonstrations which would convince any open-minded skeptic
that the afterlife exists. Those who practice mediumship
know very well that it exists – no doubt about that.
But in my twenty-two years investigating the afterlife,
I have found that there is a class of closed-minded people
who will never accept the evidence for the afterlife –
no matter how clear, how convincing and persuasive, how
objective and repeatable the evidence is. We see these skeptics
on television denouncing the paranormal, the afterlife and
it’s time to organize a group of media specialists
to speak up for Spiritualism, mediums and psychics –
and promote the paranormal and the afterlife evidence.
I can relate to you there are at least seven very good reasons
why closed minded skeptics tend to remain stubborn about
their skeptical beliefs – and why some of them unreasonably
attack those who scientifically and empirically investigate
evidence for the paranormal.
experience with closed minded skeptics is that they do not
investigate the evidence. Basically, they completely reject
any information which is not consistent with their own deeply
entrenched skeptical cherished beliefs - even if the evidence
is scientifically supported.
experience also tells me that theses closed minded skeptics
do not have skills, competence and the ability to perceive
the paranormal with true empirical equanimity - in an objective,
scientific balanced way because of the following:
‘RATIONALIZATION THROUGH COGNITIVE DISSONANCE’:
‘Cognitive dissonance’ is a term used by psychologists
to describe the discomfort that arises when people are confronted
with information fundamentally inconsistent with their beliefs.
When a materialist is confronted with highly persuasive
evidence for the paranormal-afterlife the materialist will
deny it has any validity. This is because the evidence will
elicit anxiety, increase his blood pressure, sweat etc.
Denial will follow. The materialist will become angry, hostile
and even aggressive. He will try to reduce anxiety by rationalizing
his beliefs and going into extreme DENIAL.
‘CATHEXIS’: This is another term in psychology
which explains that some people may have a very powerful
– usually unconscious super-glue connection with an
idea or a thing. Applied to the skeptics this is where a
class of skeptics are ‘cathexed’ to closed minded
skepticism. Because the connection is powerful and unconscious,
they will attack their source of anxiety – the person
who puts forward the evidence for the paranormal. So, one
cannot use logic, science or repeatable and objective evidence
to try to reverse their cathexis.
NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP) states that when these
skeptics are confronted with information which is fundamentally
inconsistent with their own deeply cherished beliefs, the
mind of the skeptic will DELETE that information. This is
because the new information will give a great deal of anxiety
to the skeptic. As with ‘cognitive dissonance’
above, the skeptic will experience anxiety, disturbance
of his ‘comfort zone’. This accounts for the
skeptic going into complete DENIAL. The more aggressive
skeptics will even cheat, mislead and lie about the real
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMING – ‘environment determines
perception’: there is a saying that by and large,
the environment you were born in will shape how you will
see the world. If a Western skeptic from New York was born
in India, more likely than not the skeptic would be a Hindu.
If born to a radical, extremist Islamic family, the skeptic
would be a Moslem. If born to an orthodox Jewish family,
the skeptic would be an orthodox Jew. One needs to have
skills to rise above environmental conditioning and programming.
BRAIN-EXPLANATION FOR 'CLOSED SKEPTICISM': Here is another
explanation for the stubbornness of closed- minded skeptics.
It's the biological argument for closed-skepticism. When
you have a rigid belief system the neurons in the brain
fire in a certain defined network. So if information (e.g.
afterlife evidence) comes into the brain and contradicts
the rigid belief system (skepticism) those neural pathways
will fire in the same old way and will not de-code the new
information. It’s just like a filter. It's only when
the skeptic has a dramatic experience that a new neural
pathway is established and the old one gradually falls into
disuse. Belief systems are fundamental to filtering reality.
PRIMARY MOTIVATION: MONEY, POWER AND STATUS. There is also
a very tiny minority who choose to be closed minded skeptics
for career advancement and/ or to make money, to attain
influence and celebrity. For example, you may get a scientist
who will reject the paranormal because he/she can get funding
for opposing the paranormal. These people will never listen
to logic, to science, to rational reasoning, to common sense.
They can’t move from their position because they would
lose money, power and status.
THE 'SMORGASBORD ARGUMENT': Professor Stephen Hawking, the
astronomer, is most notorious for using this 'SMORGASBORD'
argument - picking and using only the information that substantiates
his own negative prejudices. This closed -minded skeptical
professor does not know that in a court-room situation his
'smorgasbord argument' would be torn to shreds. Why? Because
he would be cross-examined on the critical, most vital evidence
that he deletes - that fundamentally contradicts his deeply
entrenched negative prejudices. This closed-skeptical scientist
makes a huge error thinking that he is an expert in law
as well. Wrong! A litigation lawyer has exclusive technical
knowledge of what is relevant, what is evidentiary what
is essential admissible evidence - certainly not an astronomer!
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