Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Which Aspect of the Paranormal is the Most Unbelievable?

Each week in this space I explore the world of the paranormal. Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot and Shadow People; these topics are all mysterious, frightening and usually dismissed by science.

Since these topics are unproven, I recently I asked this question on my blog (from-the-shadows.blogspot.com), “Which aspect of the paranormal is the most unbelievable?” My loyal readers answered the question, and here’s what they said:

The most unbelievable: Nineteen percent; faked Moon landing. There are people, and I know a few, who believe the Apollo missions never went to the Moon – the landings, they say, were faked by the United States government. Regardless of the fact that the U.S. government can’t hide its incompetence on a daily basis, the evidence purported by hoax theorists (humans can’t survive the Van Allen Radiation Belt, the American flag flapping in the breeze, stars missing from photographs, etc.) has all been dismissed by scientists.

However, researcher Keith Mayes, who addresses “theories with problems” on his Web site www.thekeyboard.org.uk, doesn’t think people who believe the hoax will ever be convinced.

“The thing is, (the moon landing) wasn’t a hoax, it actually happened,” Mayes said. “Those that think it was a hoax will continue to ignore all the evidence no matter what is put before them, which makes it all a bit of a waste of time.”

Ten percent; Werewolves. Traditional Hollywood werewolves … unbelievable. An undiscovered canine … eh, maybe.

Eight percent; Time travel. Ignoring the fact that physicists – including Albert Einstein – have said time travel, in some respect, is theoretically possible, readers ranked it as the third most unbelievable paranormal topic.

Seven percent; Vampires and Bigfoot. Although the evidence for vampires is limited to first-person accounts, the amount of evidence for an unidentified ape tramping through the forests of North America (hair samples, eyewitness testimony, footprints and, in one case, a butt print) is enough for a conviction in a court of law.

Six percent; Ghosts. Although every culture on the planet has ghosts as part of its belief system, these spectral visitors ranked fifth on the most unbelievable list.

Four percent; UFOs, Alien abduction, Artifacts on Mars. Sure, the evidence is sketchy. First-person accounts – some acquired through hypnosis – photographs, strange marks in a wheat field. But, much like the evidence for Bigfoot, people have gone to prison for less.

Three percent; Shadow people (two-dimensional human-shaped, blacker-than-night entities that wander your house at night), Chupacabra (the three-feet-tall, red-eyed creature from Puerto Rico that sucks the blood from livestock), Demonology (the study of demons). All these rank as more believable than ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot and, most probably, unbiased news reporting.

Two percent; Remote viewing, Lake monsters, Psychics, the conspiracy of the Knights Templar, Near death experiences.

One percent; Lost civilizations, Astral projection.


Of course, 10 percent of readers agreed, “it’s all crap.” Do you have an opinion about these paranormal topics? I’d love to hear it.

Copyright 2008 by Jason Offutt

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6 comments:

Jum said...

Well, just as there is no use arguing taste, I suppose there is little to be gained from agreeing/disagreeing with rankings of paranormal credibility.But FWIW, I'd say, from least credible to most:

Lunar landings faked
Artifacts on Mars
Werewolves
Lake Monsters
Shadow people
Vampires
Chupacabra
Astral Projection
Psychics
Remote viewing
Templar conspiracies
Time travel (as already done)
Bigfoot
(For me, to this point it's all pretty much just complete fantasy)
Demonology
Lost civilizations (but not superior ancient culture)
Ghosts
(Demonology to Ghosts is maybe yes, maybe no)
Alien abductions
UFOs
NDEs
(Last three IMO are virtual certainties)

Yokel (TKS) said...

Wow, this is a fascinating list. I find the order of things equally unbelievable, such as the placement of ghosts in the overall standings. Me, I'd put Hollywood werewolves at the very top of the unbelievability scale and the Moon Walk hoax at the very bottom. Of course we went to the moon!

Yokel (TKS) said...

Whoops, I meant to say that I think the lunar landing hoax is most unbelievable (I interpreted the list incorrectly). And what about the Flat Earth Society? Those who believe the world is not round?

AwareWare said...

In my opinion, the most unbelievable aspect of paranormal theories is the "Lucifer is God" argument that crops up in certain fringe-masonic and church of satan movements.

gbpkrfan said...

Here is my list from least credible to most credible.

Not much credibility
Lunar landings faked
Vampires
Werewolves
Demonology
Lake Monsters
Chupacabra
Templar conspiracies
Very credible
Time travel
Bigfoot
Artifacts on Mars
Shadow people
Lost civilizations
Alien abductions
UFOs
Psychics
Astral Projection
Remote viewing
NDEs
Ghosts

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