As for the mirage question; here lies the problem. First, your response reveals your bias. Seocond, it depends on whom is experiencing the mirage and what their inherent biases are. A seer, a Yogi, a meteorologist, a psychologist, an atheist, a neurologist, all would have different interpretations of what this event is. Just because the worldview of one or more of these experiencers happens to be more widely accepted doesn't make it more valid than any of the rest.
Only if you ignore the hard and demonstrable evidence that a mirage is caused by light rays passing through an atmospheric temperature boundary. Only then.
What you are talking about are "interpretations" of perceiving the end result of light bending and producing images of the sky on the ground. That isn't a "worldview" question.