Debunkers, Faith, and Proof

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“Debunkers misunderstand such stories as the soon-to-be-dead brother, the appearance of the fatal-car-accident victim, and the advancing fire—all of which happened under extreme circumstances—when they ask, with a sneer, why all psychics do not get rich on the stock market, or why robust psychic phenomena cannot be made to appear in the controlled laboratory.

Putting aside for the moment the fact that psychics sometimes do get rich, and that statistically significant but humble forms of psychic phenomena do in fact appear in laboratories, the answer to why robust events like those of Twain, the widowed wife, and the Stockholm fire do not appear in the lab is simple: There is no trauma, love, or loss there. No one is in danger or dying. Your neighborhood is not on fire. The professional debunker’s insistence, then, that the phenomena play by his rules and appear for all to see in a safe and sterile laboratory is little more than a mark of his own ignorance of the nature of the phenomena in question. To play by those rules is like trying to study the stars at midday. It is like going to the North Pole to study those legendary beasts called zebras. No doubt just anecdotes.”

–Mark Twain

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4 thoughts on “Debunkers, Faith, and Proof

    • I had to go off and to locate what exactly a color study was. I keep coming back and thinking on it. I wonder if I unconsciously seek these out and it explains my taste in what I choose to photograph.

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    • I think that he was always analytical, which some perceive as comical, even when he meant, by using an extreme, to have people notice and to think about how they think and how they act.

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