One thing I notice about GD threads when they turn to ghosts, religious experiences, and other paranormal stuff: the demand that one produce scientifically reproducible evidence that doesn’t depend on individuals’ subjective experiences.
I wondered if there were any other common human experiences that couldn’t meet this test, and it occurred to me that dreams (i.e., while sleeping) might fit the bill.
I know that there is such as thing as REM and probably brain activity, but isn’t that kind of indirect? In no way does it prove that I had a dream of falling last night. And that many other people have the same dreams, and it likely has such and such significance.
And furthermore, how can you (if you’re a skeptic) accept that people have dreams, but pooh-pooh stories of prescient dreams? They both have the exact same lack of verifiable data and reliance on anecdote, so where do you draw the line?
[Koxinga throws down glove, sticks chin out] As far as you’re able to prove, you have never had a so-called “dream” in your life, and it doen’t do you any good to say, well, other people have them too–'cause other people say they see ghosts and the Virgin Mary, and we know that’s all anectodal hoo-ha. So what do you say now, buddy?