"It's a bit frustrating that there was 0 fact checking in this article. There is really no evidence for this, and far more evidence for false memory implanting. Memory is not a video recording, it is malleable and changeable by the questioner... I really expect more from NPR." (edited for misspelling)
I read this and thought...What? Fact checking? Lucky, so did the next person and they wrote: ""Fact-checking" an interview with an author? The way it works is this: The author talks about his or her book. If you are interested in it, read it. If not, move on."
And to my surprise...The first man responded: "It doesn't become okay for NPR to spread falsehoods if those falsehoods are in a book. There are books that say you can cure disease with crystals or that wifi radiation threatens kids. I hope the for-profit trend of fake ghost and Bigfoot "documentaries" on the History, Discovery and Learning Channels isn't gong to start infecting NPR now, too." (edited for misspelling)
And then the games began.....Over 200 comments....Again the entire article was simply a "transcript" of an interview with a man who wrote a book. You can see the article here. And it turned into a spiritual war. And then, as par for the course, the people started clumping people together: If you are a christian fundamentalist you don't believe in Global Warming. If you believe in reincarnation you believe in Big Foot. IF you...If you...blah, blah, blah...blah...blah....
Can you tell I am sick of people "clumping" people together. I think this is a side-effect of the Two Party system. You as a person are only capable of deciding which side you are on...and that is it...no more independent thought.
Could it be possible that someone believes in both reincarnation and heaven? Or what if you believe in reincarnation and no heaven? I mean from what I know....Humans are capable of forming their own thoughts and beliefs and they don't fit neatly into categories. It is true that people who believe in "fringe" science are more prone to fantastical beliefs, but the man was trying to follow the scientific method...something that many pharmaceutical companies are ignoring (Look at me clumping people together). My favorite clumping together: Parents who don't spank let their children run a muck. Interestingly enough this last one came as a shock to me. My niece had surgery and so I took her out to eat dinner and she said to me: "So what does Deavan just get to do whatever she wants?" I kind of coughed, then asked her what she meant by the question. She had heard people talking about how I am against spanking so naturally I don't have any rules, I let my child run over the top of me, and I offer no guidelines. Really? Interesting. I explained to her my parenting style, my rules, and that each rule, if broken had a specific punishment. The rules are kept on the Fridge. She smiled, I think she was still confused, but she liked my system.
My thoughts: Comments offer us an insight on the trends of human behavior, but only to an extent. Just like any survey...their is something missing: The very people who choose not to comment or choose not to participate in the survey. Usually with Comments you have people who are really passionate...right? I mean there are many people who have an opinion, but keep it to themselves....they could be just as passionate, but decide...nope, not worth my time.
What are you trying to say Elicia? Okay...Okay...I am just trying to say that our society is full of different people, with different ideas, and we should not dismiss someone based on their belief in either Science or God or any other hot topic button. (Yes...science is a hot topic button...it is the very nature of science: Question everything.) Just because someone doesn't believe in vaccination, doesn't mean they are a religious nut....There are scientists who don't believe in them.
I see that I am rambling now. Caught in-between the idea of freedom of expression and stupid fighting over silly things. I mean just by me calling it silly...I am being dismissive and judgmental....Maybe for that person reincarnation is very disturbing and he is concerned about the children having "memories" implanted into their brains. In the end, I suppose the best thing to do is take each comment with a "grain of salt" ...... Remember: "Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." Reigler.
Well have a wonderful day my friends. Chin up!!! Smile...and try to live the three musketeer way: One for all, and all for one. :)