The Scientific and Rationalist Case for Life After Death

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The philosopher Arthur Schoepenhauer wrote:

“Any unexplained phenomenon passes through three stages before the reality of it is accepted: During the first stage it is considered laughable. During the second stage, it is adamantly opposed. Finally, during the third stage, it is accepted as self-evident.”

So, where are we today with all things paranormal? I believe we are between the second and third stages. The paranormal, or many aspects of it are no longer an anomaly.

There is too much talk of paranormal phenomena on the tv, in the papers and certainly on the internet for people to consider the idea of unexplained phenomena as being laughable. I hope we would all agree that we have left the first stage behind.

So, are we seeing parapsychological experiences and more importantly, those who experience them, being laughed at? I don’t think so at least not in the public domain. That is to to say that experients are still not hiding their secrets away. I think that is still the sad fact of life for a lot of people – especially those who are not paranormal consultants.

Is the existence of the paranormal still upsetting “the establishment of the day”? So, is it true to say, as Adrian Berry, Science writer for the UK paper, The Daily Telegraph has put on record:

“Few subjects more infuriate scientists than claims of paranormal phenomena because, if confirmed, the whole fabric of science would be threatened.”

Of course it is true. Science is holding on by its finger nails to many of its long held, outdated facts that are fast becoming beliefs rather than truth.

Watch the video above of Michael Roll, director of the Campaign for Philosophical Freedom, as he talks more on the afterlife and life after death.

More from Michael Roll on Sir William Crookes and Sir Oliver Lodge can be found here at CFPF.

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  1. Awaken Your Psychic Powers

    True science and true religion are one and the same. Men of science and men of religion need not be threatened by progress so long as they are truth seekers. Those that want to obscure the truth for their own gain, are the ones that proactively hide and ridicule the true and in the end they are hindering the progress of all of humanity.

    Paranormal phenomenon is real, I have proven that to myself. I have given up on proving it to others. The human potential is unlimited. If only we could see this in ourselves.

    • Rosemary Breen

      I actually agree with you. Science and religion are two sides of the same coin and all that there is to fear is fear itself (paraphrasing there).

      Unfortunately, there in lies the problem. Many people become so attached to their side of the coin that they cling on too tight. They end up investing a lifetime of time and money and effort shoring up their own original positions and after doing so, who can blame them from refusing to even peek on the other side.

      Then there are the wiser minds – those who keep an open mind or at least are brave enough to admit, usually towards the end of their careers, that maybe, just maybe there is more to life than their science or their religion allows.

      Im also with you on the proof thing too. My survey does not include the word belief. To me, we need to move beyond belief and proof to exploring what is.



  2. Anita Peura

    As a scientist, and having experienced my own paranormal phenomena from early childhood, I’ve always been dismayed at the attitude of fellow scientists toward even looking at this issue, having already blocked their minds at the outset.

    My definition of science has always been an open-minded, open-ended clear observation of phenomena, without judgement.

    Once judgement kicks in, it’s no longer science but dogma, based on belief, not evidence. Scientists decry climate change deniers, who ignore the evidence under their noses saying it doesn’t exist. But many will do the same with the evidence for paranormal phenomena! Go figure…


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