This week’s Psychic Phriday will be a little bit shorter than most. I have some familial obligations this week that are cutting into my foolin’ around time.
I’m pretty happy with the traffic I’ve been getting so far, and I think the move to WordPress was the right one. Sadly, I didn’t get the 10 comments I needed to release/create the fork-bending video, but maybe I’ll give you all another chance this week. 😉 In any event, it seems that I do have some regular readers and I’m entirely thankful for you all.
That being established, I’d like to give you all a chance to get involved. I have some topics that I plan on covering in the future (dowsing, ufo’s, homeopathy, etc.) but I want this to be useful to you. Otherwise I’m just another random guy ranting on the web. As gratifying as that may be, I’d rather spend my time doing something useful to the community at large. So here are a few questions that will help me shape the future of “Things that Never Happened”
Are there any paranormal topics you want discussed? Any experiences that you’ve had (or heard of) that you can’t explain? What are the areas that you want to explore?
Are there any topics that you think should be “hands off” I’m very interested in discussing religion, and I’d really like to talk about my recent experiences with it, but should that be taboo? How about politics?
How about tone? More factual? More humorous? Sarcastic and snarky? Dry and to the point? Whatever the meds make me say?
I’m also really interested in the tech world, how about Tech Tuesdays and Psychic Phridays? Or are there other topics that you want an ill-informed blowhard to write about on a semi-regular basis? (I’d suggest Fox news if that’s really your thing)
Finally, I’ll leave you with a few of the “rules” I set up in my first “Psychic Phriday” post on Xanga. I think they’re a pretty good guide to where I’m coming from and for critical thinking in general. (you can find the post, in its entirety at The Phirst Psychic Phriday )
Rule number 1: No appeals to authority. Whether it’s me, your professor, or the guys from TAPS, just because someone claims to be an authority a) doesn’t mean they are and more importantly b) does not raise their opinion above questioning. Everyone can be wrong
Rule number 2: Anecdotal evidence is not good enough to prove something is real. Just because some guy said they saw it once, it is not good enough. (Even if that guy is me, or even you.) Does that mean I think that everyone who disagrees with me is lying or stupid? NO! It’s just that we’ve learned that no matter how trustworthy or experienced, people are not good witnesses. The human brain is a marvelous thing, but it is not flawless. We often see things that can’t be real, yet our brain convinces us that they are. What am I talking about? Just crack open any kid’s book of optical illusions. Every single one of them is taking advantage of a flaw in the brain’s methods of discerning reality. (This is a big topic, we’ll cover it fully in another entry) Simply put, our legal system doesn’t allow hearsay when trying to find out the facts, so why should we?
Rule number 3: The most important. Just because we don’t know the explanation, doesn’t mean it can’t be explained. In logic this is called the argument from ignorance. Example: I don’t know that that weird, flashy light in the sky is, therefore it must be a spaceship full of tiny creatures with big black eyes and an penchant for cattle mutilation and orifice probing. Get it? You can’t say “I don’t know what it is, so it’s X” You can’t both know and not know what something is. The difference between a true skeptic and a true believer is that “I don’t know” is a good enough answer for the skeptic. Some people need to have an answer, no matter what, and they’ll take whatever they’re given (if it fits in with what they already believe, or if it feels good to believe it)
Okay I think that’s enough for today. We only got halfway to my goal of 10 comments last week, but with actual questions for you to answer I think we have a good shot this week. So my challenge remains: 10 comments (with answers to today’s questions) by next Phriday, and I’ll share my AWESOME FORK BENDING POWERS with the world!
Or you can just come see me at the 99. 😉