by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
It goes both ways. What you ask? Predetermined bias.
One of the arguments I hear from debunkers and hard-core skeptics is that paranormal investigators enter a scene with a predetermined bias towards paranormal findings.
You know what? They are right. There are a number of investigators who do just that. There are just as many who don’t. They enter every single location with a skeptical eye and an open mind.
It seems that you could say the same thing about hard-core skeptics. Looking at evidence from a paranormal scene, they are looking with a predetermined bias as well. Only their bias resonates with them, so they don’t recognize it as such. Wanting and expecting to disprove the paranormal is just as much of a bias as wanting and expecting to prove it.
It goes both ways. What you ask? Dogmatic religion and dogmatic science.
One of the arguments I hear from hardcore scientist types is that religion is full of dogma. It is. But then, so is science. Sometimes science even seems more heavily dogmatic than religion.
Why is scientific dogma good and religious dogma bad – or vice versa? Thinking that current science is infallible and has all of the answers is just as short sighted as believing that all of the answers can be found in religion. After all, at one time, the science of the day said that the world was flat because anyone who sailed too far didn’t come back
What is it I am trying to say? If everyone spends so much time ego-invested and convinced of their own inherent rightness, then we’ll never get anywhere. We’ll be too busy judging one another and dismissing everyone else’s ideas to ever be able to fully recognize the good ones when they come along.
Perhaps discovery is best served from a place without ego. A wonderful and utopian world where everyone approaches everything with an open mind and a wait and see attitude. You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.
Just imagine where we could go if we opened our minds.