This Week’s Mtg: Are Metaphysical Ideas Real?

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.

Links —

  • 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.

  Believe in
  %
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
Witches 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.

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