J. Randall Murphy
I totally agree, but at the same time, having a "100% final answer" depends a lot on the nature and expectations of the question. We touched on this during this week's recording with Morgan Knudsen ( one of my favorite guests ). She investigates hauntings, and when the topic of theoretical explanations came up, we both agreed that there is a hierarchy of reasonableness where some opinions really do carry more weight than others, and if we can eliminate weaker ones, and replace them with stronger ones, then we're headed in the right direction. Makes sense right?I keep a very open mind on the UFO and Alien topic simply because I know enough to know I know nothing at all... I also have issues with absolutes and people who say they have the 100% final answer on it ****Spoiler**** they don't.
So we did the above in a couple of big steps and landed on an argument many of us have heard before. To paraphrase:
"We can't know whether or not there are afterlives because we don't have enough information, and we can never really know unless we die and have some sort of afterlife experience. Therefore nobody can say for sure that it's not real."
It usually ends there. But then I say something like:
We don't actually need more information because there are two ways to answer the question of whether or not afterlives are real.
Then I claim, for all intent and purpose, to have proven that case. You may have already perused it here.
I am staying away from the consciousness thread as circular arguments just irritate me no end and that is just the sort of topic that breeds that sort of thinking.
You're not kidding about that discussion being circular. It's like one big circular whirlpool that sucks everything down into a black hole, but at the same time has a whole bunch of other little tiny whirlpools inside it that also go off into some alternate dimension ( figuratively ). And if you go down any one of them, ultimately you come out of another one someplace else. A couple of the latest posts don't even use words, just icons.
Sometimes that can be cool, but it's a long, dry, slow, ride. Sometimes it's also bumpy, followed by some cool jazz. Hey I've been digging the way we've been taking turns in the What Have You Been Listening To ? thread ????