Some More Thoughts on Skepticism…..

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Skepticism

You always doubt the first thing that is mentioned to you by some stranger, but if the source of the news is close to you its difficult to doubt the validity of the same. It is believed that about 65% of our characteristics are hereditary rest all is nurture, but there are still some doubts on that, so its always nature vs. nurture.

Questioning has always been human nature, irrespective of the age, sex, or ethnicity everybody questions which is the reason why we have came all the way from stone age to the age of computers. But advancing in science has not stopped our beliefs in superstitions and other pseudoscience to diminish at all in face they have gained a special place in peoples lives now due to increase in use of internet and other media sources. Everyday you can see various TV channels starting their day with general predictions for different birth signs & that’s not it now you can even subscribe them to get it daily on your mail. People claiming to predict the future, and past with great accuracy can be found everywhere, in every country and every city of that country. And each of these people have a different way of doing the same. Psychics use their energy to read people thoughts and tell about their past, or use a crystal ball to tell their future. Then you have astrologers who use the positions of stars and planets to tell predict the entire life cycle of a person. Then there are tarot card readers using playing cards to play with people future, and recently I learned about a new type of predictions where in it is said every persons future is already written in documents, all you have to do is go to that place and they will search for your document and read it from there all about your future. And there would so many more that I am not aware of, but all of them are doing more or less the same thing.

So seeing all this one question that comes to mind: why is it that despite being such an advanced race we are so easily lured to something which has got such a mundane explanation? What is it about the future that people are so interested in knowing or what is it about the miracles or magic that amuses people. Scientists have been working on the same question for years now. Studying human mind, doing various surveys and yet they are far from getting a definite conclusion on that. I remember a reading a quote which goes something like “If there were to be a river of wine somewhere people would pay huge amount and go in huge numbers to see the miracle, but a river of water is a miracle of same level and I enjoy it with same amount of joy”. We live in a world where miracles happen on a daily basis. Water evaporating and then coming down is a miracle in itself, it is not a easy process by which it happens and yet people ignore such a beauty and look for astrology, or faith healing. There may be several explanations available for this but none of them has got any strong scientific proof which is one of the reason people do not believe any of the scientific explanations for these phenomenon, and I ask them one question: If you can blindly believe something which does not give any conclusive result, then why is the belief on science not possible which is the reason why you are reading this in the first place?


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