a.k.a Philip Deane
Rich i think people such as your friend think that way because in their world or reality there is no need for such things to exist. There's more important things for them to do. Pay the mortgage, put their kids through school, their jobs, relationships etc. Mundane problem solving dominates their day to day life. Everything else is just an uneccessary distraction from the path that they have mapped out. In their minds they have already assigned the paranormal and associated subjects to fantasy land and those who dabble in it, time wasters. And why research something that they already consider poppycock when there are so many authors or pseudo researchers who can say it so much better than they can without any thinking or pondering.Because IT DOESN'T EXIST. Frankly, I cannot understand why you waste your time on this stuff.
Having said all of that i must say that i don't consider any of it to be a critisism, just an observation. People are (and should be) free to believe in whatever they want as long as it harms no other.
The journey of self discovery is such a personal one as i believe is the journey into the realms of the paranormal or metaphysical. What you discover there is usually so intensley personal and the language used to describe, to others, the nature of the same is usually woefully inadequate.