After Mutants & Masterminds on Monday we sat around for over an hour talking about ghosts, UFOs, hypnotism, science and religion. Ken and Caleb believe (to some extent) in well lets call it the supernatural (lumping little grey almond eyed aliens in there) just to give it a grossly broad label while Joe and I do not. Kens told the story of his father experiencing a UFO, and why his dad would have no reason to make it up. We countered with that doesnt mean there are greys visiting Earth it could be weather balloons or secret govt experiments etc etc. That led to discussion on Occams razor, how we cant understand reality we can only observe it with the 5 senses given us, and how science is telling us that we change reality by our very observation. But on the subjects of ghosts and god and whatnot, my question was what is the value in believing in this that have no proof? to which Calebs reply was for the experience. And I cant deny that for some that would have value. However, it is a very short leap from that kind of thinking to anyone calling himself a doctor and conning sick people out of their money, and to people being burnt at the stake for witchcraft. Which, I will point out, still happens to this very day in many places.
Speaking of science, heres a very interesting article on the recently discovered bug that causes ulcers, and how it can help track the origins of mankind, and both cause and prevent cancer (yes, Im being deliberately imprecise, read the article) http://scienceblogs.com/loom/2005/10/03/a_prize_bug.php