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Can Metaphysical Realities Be Proved?

  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago

    I think they can be proved but one must be open to the reality of intuitive perceptions and spiritually based practices.
    For instance, mediums open themselves up to spirits from beyond the physical plane. However, one must not be skeptical and proclaim that the medium
    is just acting.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Of course, they can be authenticated.  However, most people exist within the physical plane and have a prove it consciousness and mentality.  Many people are ruled by the logical and scientific method in which there must be some type of verifiable evidence or it is not authentic.  Well, there are things that cannot be proven yet they are real.  Good post, Kathryn, but you are going to have some very strong distractors who will vehemently disagree with this position. Good luck!  I might add that this premise was very logically presented!
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      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Nice pics, gm.
        - as far as distractors, they won't bother... believe me.

        1. gmwilliams profile image82
          gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Oh YES, THEY will..........THEY will bother, THEY....will....trust me 1,2.....3......

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
            Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            456789101112 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20...
            NOPE. I could bet you a Hamilton I am right.
            And You of all posters should know!
            How many forum posts do you have that no one responded to.
            (Many, from my peeks.) Yet you consistently forge forth with new and improved (or not) posts. smile

            1. gmwilliams profile image82
              gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              No betting.  In the Religious forums, there are ALWAYS going to be distractors, negaters, and other  types of haters. It is PAR for the course! What Religious forum DOESN'T have the haters and negaters in addition to the infamous distractors participate? None, THEY are going to come.  THEY ALWAYS do!

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
                Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                I still say no one will bother. On the horizon the crickets chirp...
                because the medium is not acting...He is channeling...He actually allowed an entity to utilize his body for the supposed purpose of enlightening people. He could read auras. Mine was green  Was he acting? I was 14 at the time and quite frightened by the whole experience. He told me I was shy and asked me why. It made me cry. How did he know? I didn't know what to say ... I had no idea why I was so shy! still don't. Something bad must've happened in my last life. l'll Never know though because those braincells are gone gone gone. When we lose our bodies we also loose our memories. Thank goodness. Clean starts are a good thing. Can you imagine if we could remember all our lifetimes? Ill stop keyboarding now.

                1. gmwilliams profile image82
                  gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  A lot of my posts have been responded to.  Posts are like lotteries; some have responses and some do not.  However THIS post will have lots of responses-there are PEOPLE out there who doubt and disbelieve in the spiritual.

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Naw... They'll steer clear. Trust

                2. Paraglider profile image88
                  Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  A few points come to mind: to a 14 year old, being told you have a green aura and are shy could easily engender the sort of confusion and discomfort that would manifest itself as extreme shyness - a self-fulfilling prophecy, maybe?
                  To jump from that to the conclusion that "something bad must've happened in my last life" seems a bit extreme. Who says you had a last life? You say yourself that all memories from it are erased and clean starts are good. That seems to be saying that your last life/lives are, for you, an article of faith, wholly unverifiable.
                  I'm seeing plenty evidence of faith in your position, but none of proof, as yet.

                  Let me offer something: at certain times, I have experienced highly intense emotional responses to particular passages of music or sometimes of poetry. It would be possible to attribute this as evidence for something supernatural. Many people do. But it is equally possible and, I'd say, a lot more likely that it is a wholly natural and fortuitous coming together of excellent art with an unusually receptive frame of mind (which can't be willed into existence to order, as it depends on too many factors).

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      Rad Manposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      To be proven you must supply evidence, one doesn't need to be open to the possibility if presented with solid evidence. There are however many people making a living off of others gullibility. Don't be taken.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        what about un-solid evidence?
        guess not...

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          Rad Manposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I'll take any evidence you've got. You word or anyone else's word however doesn't count.

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      Motown2Chitownposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Kathryn, I respect your position.  The problem I see with the post as it is worded in regard to the title is that you present your quuestion and then give your own definitive answer without really allowing that oyher points of view might be valid.  You dismiss the participation of others by basically saying thaat if they are not "open" to the supernatural or open to anything beyond "this" plane of existence,  then they are wrong.  Can the metaphysical be proven?  Perhaps to your satisfaction it can,  but to those who only accept "proof" as something of a physical nature,  it cannot. 

      If you feel that it can, why pretend to invite dissenting viewpoints while at the same time dismissing them so neatly?

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I have had supernatural experiences that I cannot prove to others. Shall we vote? who else has?
        1 vote for yes, I have had supernatural experiences that were real to me, but I cannot expect others to believe.

    4. Don W profile image81
      Don Wposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      If you have a genuine apparent experience, i.e. there is no reason for you to think you are dreaming, hallucinating etc. and you attribute that experience to something supernatural, then you are perfectly entitled to hold that belief without having to 'prove' it to anyone.

      All basic beliefs are grounded in experience. They are not founded on evidence. Someone does not believe they had orange juice with their breakfast because they saw CCTV footage of themselves drinking it. Their belief is grounded in their experience of it. Even if there was no evidence available they would still believe it, because they experienced it. So evidence is irrelevant to whether they believe it or not, or indeed whether they are entitled to believe it.

      Evidence only comes into play when you are trying to convince someone else who, by definition, cannot share your personal experience. In that case you have to find some way of sharing that experience. For those who value scientific method as the only valid source of knowledge, simply sharing such experience will not suffice.

      However the fact that someone cannot scientifically prove something does not mean they are not entitled to believe it. Something does not even have to be scientifically provable for you to be entitled to believe it. It is perfectly rational to believe something you have genuinely, apparently experienced. In fact it would be irrational not to.

      Trusting our senses helps us survive. So we are inclined to do so. Not trusting our senses is counter-intuitive. That's why we are more likely to believe something we see/hear/smell/taste/touch in person than something we are told. And we are entitled to continue in that belief until someone/something categorically proves either that our senses were faulty, or that we are incorrect in our attribution of that experience.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        This is great writing!

        1. Don W profile image81
          Don Wposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          That's kind of you to say.

  2. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Kathryn, TOLD YA!   THEY WILL COME.  THEY HAVE ARRIVED! THEY'RE HEEEERE.

    1. Paraglider profile image88
      Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      This is your idea of a welcoming environment?

      1. gmwilliams profile image82
        gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I was not addressing you but those who make fun and disrespect those who have a more spiritual and metaphysical bent on life.  Wasn't not thinking of you at all. Paraglider, you know how the Religion and Philosophy Forums operate.  There are those contenders who go into attack mode at the slightest hint of disagreement.  Atheists make fun of and attack religionists and vice versa.

        Ms. Hill has presented an intelligent and thought provoking post with some great insights and there was someone who discounted what she has eloquently elucidated. Ms. Hill indicated that there will not be discounters so no one will come to her thread, I elected to disagree because on the Religion and Philosophy Forums, SOMEONE is BOUND to disagree and SOME will be QUITE VENOMOUS and VITUPERATIVE in their disagreements.  There are THOSE who have such reputations, you and Ms. Hill excluded.

        You and Ms. Hill have always conducted yourselves with the ulitmate and utmost class, maturity, and professionalism.  I have witnessed some of the Religion and Philosophy Forums and it can be quite viperishly contentious.  A king cobra, black mamba, and an inland taipan would not be able to survive and endure the environment in many of such religious forums.  Wish many posters in the Religion and Philosophy Forums were like you two. God Bless and Have a Lovely Day!

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          The only one I see being VENOMOUS and VITUPERATIVE is you. wink

          1. Paraglider profile image88
            Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Mark - I suspect we are having the good cop / bad cop roles thrust upon us wink

            1. Mark Knowles profile image61
              Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Well - that is what Christianity is all about - isn't it? big_smile

              1. Paraglider profile image88
                Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Anyway, I seem to have killed the Islamic thread as well, this morning wink

                1. Mark Knowles profile image61
                  Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Oh dear. Or - maybe it is Sunday and their religious beliefs don't allow them to post on Sundays? Oh wait - that can't be right........ big_smile

  3. Paraglider profile image88
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    gmwilliams: "No betting.  In the Religious forums, there are ALWAYS going to be distractors, negaters, and other  types of haters. It is PAR for the course!"

    hmmm. . .

    Where I would have a problem is with the idea that 'proof' appears to require a noncritical attitude of predisposition to believe.  Have you ever noticed that if you invite a damp-course technician to survey your house for rising damp, he'll invariably find evidence of it? Something like that.

  4. Nicholas Fiorito profile image89
    Nicholas Fioritoposted 3 years ago

    It seems that "to be proven" experientially, and "to be proven" scientifically are different.  I think it is obvious that any open-minded person would have to accept at least the possibility of other planes of existence, due to the fact that others claim to have experiential knowledge and familiarity with them.

    The second is more tricky.  Something like Kirlian photography is a great tool for the scientific endeavor to prove the existence of others planes of existence.  However, it seems that we haven't developed the technology yet to "prove" as much as we know or can experience to be true....yet.

    I'm certain technology will eventually catch up and these aspects of human existence and reality can be confirmed scientifically.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I am thinking that is because you don't understand that these "planes of existence" are wholly internal and subjective. We have already confirmed them scientifically. wink

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Who has Never had a supernatural experience?

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          You.

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
            Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I shall ignore this comment, for non-obvious reasons.

  5. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 3 years ago

    Whether or not one can prove "metaphysical" experiences (let's not call them realities until proven) will depend on your definition of "proof".

    If a "feeling" of truth is sufficient for you the of course it can.  Anything can be "proven" with such a low level of proof - all it takes, as you note, is to suspend skepticism and declare whatever you want to be true as proven.  This level of proof is more accurately termed "belief".

    If testable, verifiable, falsifiable and repeatable actions/observations are required, probably not.  People have tried to prove such things for millennia and not one has passed this higher level of proof.  And, of course, skepticism is absolutely necessary at this level.

    Of course, you will also have to clearly define such terms as "metaphysical" and "spiritual" as nearly everyone has a different concept of what is being discussed.  For instance, intuition comes to conclusions without normal amounts of evidence, but it is not a "perception"; it is a conclusion arrived at by reason.  Nothing has been "perceived".

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
      Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well, there you have it. Most people have never had a supernatural experience.

      So far, the vote results are more than a billion to two: Me and Jesus. Well, and Krishna, and Buddha, and saints of various religions,    hmmm... ok so a handful (who think they have) had supernatural experiences to more than a billion who haven't....
      Conclusion at this point: metaphysical realities aren't provable.
      Darn.
      You know what this means, right?
      - we all have to become atheists.
      Would that make wilderness, et al happy?

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Overall, no.  While it would of course prevent the rabid right from trying to force their religious view on everyone else, that seems to be a defect in the person, not the religion.  They will just find something else to control others with - maybe the size of the soda they can purchase.

        There is nothing innately wrong with believing whatever you wish to believe, whether proven or not, as long as it does not become a controlling factor in your everyday life and you do not insist that everyone else believe it as well.  Yes, some believers in the supernatural DO let it control their lives, but there will always be a handful of people that march to a very, very different drum.

  6. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago

    Related question: Is love provable?

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      Rad Manposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It's already been proven to be the very same chemical reaction as addiction.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        ...interesting.
        Maybe what people get addicted to is a substitute for love. Which came first. Can the scientists determine that?

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          Rad Manposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Chemically what happens in the brain during a breakup is identical to what happens in the brain during a drug withdrawal. Love is simply a part of human evolution. No God required.

      2. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        ...which God through evolution created within their little brains. And I can't prove that. I just believe it...GASP.
        It is provable only to myself...
        And that is provable enough
        to me.

        1. profile image0
          Rad Manposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I know you can't prove that, because it's wishful thinking.

  7. psycheskinner profile image79
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    When metaphysics gets proved it stops being metaphysics.  People used to think pigeons came home by using psychic abilities, then we worked out how they really do it.

 
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