Sharon’s idea was to discuss human energy fields, and she’ll try to be there. I added “and other metaphysical ideas,” which might have been a philosophy rookie mistake because metaphysics is a technical term in philosophy with a long history and several, very abstract meanings (Plato wrote vast tracts on it). So, maybe we should focus on energy fields, energy-based medicine, and similar ideas. My wife Debbie will be there and can speak to some of this stuff with more knowledge.
- Wiki Metaphysics entry.
- A detailed, highly abstract discussion of the more philosophical aspects of metaphysics from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (I’d focus only on Parts 4 and 5, that deal with “modern” as opposes to Platonic, metaphysics.)
By the way, how common are non-traditional beliefs like this? According to Gallup, about three-quarters of Americans profess a belief in the paranormal.
|Extrasensory perception, or ESP||41|
|That houses can be haunted||37|
|Ghosts/that spirits of dead people can come back in certain places/situations||32|
|Telepathy/communication between minds without using traditional senses||31|
|Clairvoyance/the power of the mind to know the past and predict the future||26|
|Astrology, or that the position of the stars and planets can affect people’s lives||25|
|That people can communicate mentally with someone who has died||21|
|Reincarnation, that is, the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death||20|
|Channeling/allowing a ‘spirit-being’ to temporarily assume control of body||9|
And, this does not include belief that, for example, wine can turn into the blood of Christ, prayers get answered, etc.