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To ask why people believe in ghosts and other supernatural nonsense?

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BowieFan Sun 23-Oct-16 14:25:42

I just don't get it, I really don't.

There has been no scientific evidence of any genuine psychics or people who can contact the dead (and trust me, people have poured millions into trying to find genuine ones) and yet people still believe this rubbish. How do mediums still make money when it's obvious all they're doing is cold reading?

There's never been a single clear sighting of a ghost or any photographic proof of one.

I really feel sorry for the people who believe this nonsense - they must be lacking something that they feel they have to rely on something that doesn't exist to get answers in their life.

EddieHitler Sun 23-Oct-16 14:33:52

I'm open to absolutely everything, although I remain sceptical on certain things.

Don't feel sorry for me though, I quite enjoy it all.

NameChangeyy Sun 23-Oct-16 14:34:02

Some of the things you say, I feel the same way about religious people. I wouldn't call their religion nonsense though or feel sorry for them.

In fact, I'd say its pretty closed minded and small thinking to put other people down for their beliefs or something they have faith in if its not harming anyone else.

I actually do believe in ghosts, primarily on the scientific law that energy can't be destroyed or created, only changed from one form to another. And it's a nice thought, it comforts me and I'm not afraid of dying. I almost did, and was afraid for my DCs but not myself. Hth

Gowgirl Sun 23-Oct-16 14:41:08

In times of economic struggle horror and ghost stories historically sell well, maybe believing in a ghost is comforting while we wait for the fallout.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 23-Oct-16 14:41:39

I'm not lacking in anything thanks.

I believe what I believe. Not like I go door to door handing out magazines or see it as an easy way to control people etc

I use the same reasoning as above. The conservation of energy law...

You don't have to worry about me

ScarletForYa Sun 23-Oct-16 14:43:40

They're not very intelligent perhaps?

Coconutty Sun 23-Oct-16 14:44:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EddieHitler Sun 23-Oct-16 14:46:27

Coconutty What's a GF?

YuckYuckEwwww Sun 23-Oct-16 14:46:50

I enjoy spooky stories and creepy coincidences, but I don't really believe in ghosts - its just fun

I don't know why what's around us isn't enough for some people? but I guess it's not, that's why they believe in ghosts and phychics and/or religion (same difference innit?)

bloodymaria Sun 23-Oct-16 14:49:11

I think people turn to mediums and their ilk for comfort don't they?

Apart from that, I don't know of anyone that relies on believing in ghosts (not sure what you mean by that).

BertrandRussell Sun 23-Oct-16 14:49:47

Because some people are just not very good at thinking.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Sun 23-Oct-16 14:50:14

Goady Fucker Eddie I am constantly amazed by how on these boards otherwise intelligent people will entertain this woo-woo and will claim thry are keeping an open mind on the topic.

So bloody open minded they've let their brain drop out.

roundandroundthehouses Sun 23-Oct-16 14:52:36

I don't believe in ghosts and the supernatural. I do think that there are aspects of space/time/human consciousness that we don't understand, and that this may sometimes cause experiences that we attribute to ghosts or whatever. In much the same way as our ancestors would have done with phenomena that we now understand.

But I don't look down on those who do believe - like religion, if it offers comfort to someone I won't knock it, as long as the person isn't trying to impose it on me. I find the belief in the supernatural fascinating for all sorts of social/psychological/philosophical reasons. And I love a good spooky story grin

myownprivateidaho Sun 23-Oct-16 14:53:08

Well, yes there's no scientific evidence, but why do people believe in science and the scientific method? Ultimately it's because they trust the authority of their teachers in school, university professors, mainstream media, the government, the establishment etc. And mostly people trust that authority because they do ok in the established order. If you don't have a reason to trust social authority, you're less likely to believe in the scientific method.

EddieHitler Sun 23-Oct-16 14:53:39

Like Dylan I know, it's fucking funny isn't it? grin

MidnightVelvetthe7th Sun 23-Oct-16 14:53:52

Eddie A GF is a goady fucker.

they must be lacking something that they feel they have to rely on something that doesn't exist to get answers in their life.

Like religion?

I bet its good to have all the answers & look down on people who believe different things to you, as deluded & weak, eh OP? Maybe when you become emperor of the universe you can outlaw all the beliefs that you class as rubbish & control what people are allowed to have faith in. Until then, everyone can believe in whatever they like & its nowt to do with you.

And no I don't believe in the supernatural personally , but I don't despise those who do, as you seem to.

Babyroobs Sun 23-Oct-16 14:54:19

I used to feel the same as you until I had a real experience of a ghostly moment. Then of course I changed my way of thinking.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 23-Oct-16 14:56:36

Because I've seen one. A recent mind blowing experience.

No need to feel sorry for me OP.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 23-Oct-16 14:58:29

Care to share? I love hearing the encounters smile

Hamiltoes Sun 23-Oct-16 14:58:43

Oh yes please do!

DustyMaiden Sun 23-Oct-16 14:58:48

I think it is ignorant to be 100% sure either way.

redannie118 Sun 23-Oct-16 14:58:52

Could be worse, you could be lacking something in your life that makes you feel the need to be superior to people and sneer down at those belief systems you view as "nonsense " . So there's no scientific proof , so whathat? There's no scientific proof that love exists either but that doesn't seem to matter. Belief systems shape people and give theme hope and comfort so what's the harm? I've looked at belief from a lot of angles, I was brought up Catholic then lost my faith in the system and after many years of soul searching I'm now a Wiccan.I've been called weird, deluded, devil worshiper, hippy, insane, you name it. I don't care, my spirtuality gives me comfort and I'm not forcing it on any one. Forcing non - belief on people ( or ridiculing them for that belief )is every bit as bad as forcing belief on them. Say you are curious and don't understand is fine , don't put people down or call them stupid !
Oh and for the record I've been on dozens of ghost hunts in some of UK most haunted locations over the last 10 years and I've never seen or experienced anything to give me concrete proof of ghosts either. Doesn't stop me being fascinated by it still !!

JenLindleyShitMom Sun 23-Oct-16 14:59:51

I think it's for comfort too. People need to believe there is more to life than living and dying. They need to believe there is a purpose to our existence (otherwise what's the point?) and of course we as a species have been controlled by the use of fictional "parents" throughout time. It will take a lot of time to undo all that indoctrination.

samecardoverandover Sun 23-Oct-16 15:01:08

I really feel sorry for the people who believe this nonsense I feel sorry for anyone who's mind is closed to anything that is at all 'alternative' or even considered vaguely 'out there'.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 23-Oct-16 15:01:16

Giles. - I don't think I can recount again, but I have written about it in detail on here before.

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