Originally Posted by ciderman9000000
KE7, if you're as 'massively into' psychology as you say you are, why don't you examine the well documented psychological explanation for people like you believing in the dumb crap that you invariably believe in? It's no coincidence that there exists a vast collective of suggestible chumps with firm beliefs in the paranormal, it simply stems from the inherent curiosity of the human mind and our inate cravings for explanations.
People like you are an unfortunate side-effect of our natural inclination for discovery.
I think I'll derive my own psychological explanations and not go off what conceivably flawed and vague studies say goes on in my mind, thank you very much.
These "well documented psychological explanations" and studies (like the one from that thread in the current events forum)...they are often so vague so as to be completely pointless. I'll trust the contents of my own mind more than other's judgements on a mind that they will never experience (mine, namely). Grouping together sets of people with different psychological make ups under single explanations is so ridiculously stupid and general at times that it's often worth paying very little notice to.
There are constants to the way everyone's mind works I should imagine (principles governing the relations of ideas, for example), but these studies so often negate the complexity of the human mind, and come off incredibly short as a result.
I'd say people like you are hindering us in terms of exploring outside of what we currently know (thinking outside of the box), and ultimately stunt us in our quest to progress and learn more. I've said it before but, should there be a fantastic discovery in the future in regards to anything that currently falls under the category of pseudo-science, you'll be somewhat comparable to those who would've denied Copernicus and Galileo of the publication of their findings. That's not to say people like me will be comparable to the aforementioned two great men, but I'm certainly not taking the risk of looking like the massive spastic that you would end up being.