This digital realm masks the offending stench, but the telling smears are still visible for those who don’t see everything as an accident involving chocolate.
Energies, dimensions, and, as of late, Quantum Physics are just some of the terms used to thrill and bewilder those who slant towards new-age spiritualism—or rather merely age-old bullshit.
The willingness of people to believe that which has no basis in reality is the worst capability of our species and may very well one day bring about our demise.
The inspiration for this latest in an endless series of rants from me comes after I saw a woman on YouTube demonstrating the art of reading the future in a bowl of asparagus. It would be comedy if only there weren’t millions of people who actually believe in this nonsense. It vividly shows the millions of people who benefitted nothing from their education, and who surrendered their minds to superstition and wish thinking.
To heal the psychological scars I bore after 16 years spent as a christian, I briefly became a spiritualist (for about two years). As I was still in school at the time, I dedicated my copious quantities of free time to studying all aspects of spiritualism—particularly the scientific evidence for the supernatural spectacle surrounding certain spiritualistic pastimes.
I was particularly intrigued by séances and the paranormal events that were said to occur at such clandestine gatherings. Looking back at that period in my life, there is hardly an avenue of this new-age spiritualist hoo ha that I did not research, the list of which includes astral traveling, higher (and lower) dimensions, spirit healing, crystal waving, dowsing, demon possession, aliens, spirits, ghosts, automatic writing, hauntings, horoscopes, exorcisms, meditation, lucid dreaming, dream deciphering, image streaming, prophesizing, tarot cards, auras, remote viewing, séances, materializations, etc. As impressive as this list of my past research is, it is not even complete, and hardly as thorough as research I conduct today.
All these topics fell from my interest like dominos toppling over as none of them had any proof on offer, only a hell of a lot of theory. Of course, it got really discourage when I learned that séances need to be conducted in the absence of light, the better to help the spirits draw ectoplasm (a substance that can produce hard-as-metal objects, but which supposedly evaporates in the merest of light) from the medium
I obsessively read every book I could find on séances and materializations. (I was convinced that this is where the proof of the matter could be observed and studied.) Unfortunately, as I evaluated séances more and more, not one elaborately depicted case gave me any indication that any supernatural mechanisms were employed. Sure, numerous books and individual witnesses claimed it, but even then I was not the bored housewife and impressionable town dentist whose coin these charlatans could milk with a bunch of fantastical claims and ‘witness testimonies.’
I now only wish I had spent that time learning skills that could earn me more money. What a waste of time those two years were, but at least it sowed the seeds of critical thinking that would fortify my mind against any future attempts to lead me down the rabbit hole of someone else’s supernatural infatuations. Believe this bullshit if you dare, but exclude me from it.
Skepticism is the only form of sanity that an insane species such as our own can use to protect itself from exploitation from others more deceptive and fluent in the art if lying than we are. And the most thorough and damaging attack ever attempted against skepticism is the imploration that we ‘keep an open mind.’
And is it not ironic that when cornered, the advocates, evangelists, and practitioners of these trans-dimensional con jobs quickly run for the refuge of that outmoded form of unreasonable reasoning: We must keep an open mind.
In light of my extensive studies I’ve done to free myself from one Abrahamic religion and the New-Age spiritual movement, I’ve come to appreciate that ‘keeping an open mind’ really means ‘don’t ask for proof!’ Another favourite perversion of language is ‘can’t be seen with the naked eye,’ which means ‘merely a product of imagination.’
To think critically and to evaluate things critically is perhaps the only skill a modern Homo Sapien needs to develop. I can see no side effect of telling people, “convince me with proof,” and it often seems that those who take offence to this intellectual stance are those who never have any proof backing up any of their claims; they simply have a conviction, a hope, or a desire and want others to partake in their illusion.
So next time someone wants to crack open an egg and tell you about your love life, just stop and think for a second … perhaps even ask the question: How it is that those with such exquisite knowledge of the universe are not the ones curing diseases, inventing new technologies, discovering new planets, exploring space, or advancing society in any tangible way? Why is it that we have to wait for stupid, boring, useless scientists and their tools of science to do the really impressive work our species is capable of?
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