Over the past 20+ years of researching paranormal claims people willing to rewrite history to make profitable ghost stories have become one of the most upsetting discoveries we have made.
As long as we have had “haunted” locations this has been an issue. When people tell stories about Ghosts they tend to add their own twist to the stories.
The most common version of this is the house that none of the local kids would go in or they would take bets to see who was not afraid to knock on the door. This was usually an abandoned house that over time gained the reputation of being haunted. These stories started out as an abandoned house and through many telling are of the story it becomes the “Old haunted house” the “Witch house”, etc.… The story gets added to with each persons story telling.
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Often times when I am in a group, imploring critical thinking, I’m met with criticism of being a disbeliever. Sometimes I think that skepticism is confused with cynicism. Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, explained skepticism as not a position,
but a process.
Skepticism, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is, “the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain”. Rather than making the determination that something is untrue, it’s reserving judgement until all facts have presented. In the case that the facts are ascertained and insufficiently support that a claim is true, it’s then that “disbelief” takes place. When this disbelief is supported by fact, it’s then that is becomes knowledge.
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