The reality of religious or psychic experiences

The universe of professional sceptics and their associates, the scientific method-bound scholars, looks quite barren when compared with the vista offered by speculative scientists seeking to explain the Cosmos and the place of Mankind in it. What I find interesting is that the language used by these usually highly-respected experts in their respective fields looks familiar to me. The speculative concepts of these experts resonate with the language of the ancient Hindus (as translated into English).

For the moment, the origin of these ancient people is less important than how they reached their speculations; or who gave them this understanding. It has recently been claimed that the astronomical references contained in some of the ancient writings (ignoring the interpretations by some European racist scholars of a couple centuries ago) date these writing to about 7,500 to 8,000 BC. More objective colour- and culture-blind research is needed.
Against this agnostic approach, I offer more extracts from ‘Musings at Death’s Door’.

“Among the religious, there are those, whether believing because of brain-washing, cultural conditioning, or through some form of logic, who claim to have had religious experiences. Would these be any different from extra-sensory or psychic experiences or even hallucinations – all non-verifiable, non-repeatable? Yet, no matter what believers in the methodology of science might say, these are highly emotive but personal, and are therefore real, experiences. On what basis could these be rejected by fair-minded impartial people?

Yet, there are scientists who claim that, since an electric probe in a certain part of the human brain can result in a patient reporting an experience or feeling which could be described as religious, a claimed religious experience is therefore no more than an event caused within (that is, originating in) the brain; no external sources are therefore involved. What a fantastic claim this is! Unfortunately, such an assertion is akin to a belief that the picture and sound in a tv originates in the tv; or that the music from a radio originates in that radio! All that I need to do to see a picture or hear music is to press an appropriate button on the tv or radio, and twiddle a few other controls.

My problem with such scientists is this. If they cannot find a scientific explanation for an event which is not repeatable and thus verifiable, they tend to say that what happened could not have happened; that it was possibly an aberration. Could anyone intelligent reject a significant experience just because a scientific explanation of how it occurred is not available yet? I have had a number of psychic experiences which seriously challenged the frames of reference in my knowledge and belief structures.

… … On what basis could I reject these significant exposures to things so strange? Yet, it did take me two years before I was able to accept my chat with the spirit of my uncle, because of its implications. I can therefore sympathise, but only to a slight degree, with sceptical scientists.”

(When a scientist expects the methodology of science to deal with events far beyond the scope of that methodology, or who prefers to ‘die in the ditch’ defending his personal prejudices, then he is no different from a religious bigot. The latter is the one who claims not only to be on the only road to Heaven, but that his ‘church’ holds the only key to the only door to Heaven.)

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  1. Truly your posts seem to me to get better and better. I’m very grateful for them and to you.

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