What stuff do you believe in even though you dont have evidence and are atheist? I believe in aliens and some sort of afterlife. I also believe theres a 4th density that has different laws of physics. The 4th density im talking about is not about time. I believe theres alot of stuff the universe can do that would seem supernatural. I believe in magic and supernatural like powers that humans arent capable of.

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I believe in that which is reasonable, logical, and/or has evidence in it's favor. I try very hard not to muddle belief with that which I hope or want to be true.
You will never beat it.
Reality has to set in at some point.
Wouldn't those with density be prime candidates for The Dims?
I believe our potential knowledge is limited by our senses. We cannot know or conceive of anything outwith the parameters of our senses, though it's possible that senses could exist, though not for humans, which would allow more knowledge to be attainable.
i belive in ghosts and aliens and big foot and the loch nest monster and alternet universes!
I also believe in the Alternet universe, or at least... I know it exists.
Your silly girl! ;) I believe that aspeagus tastes good, tho I know a great many who dissagree...
"Loch Ness"
I believe in the possibility of aliens existing. Though, that is not to say that I believe they have visited our planet, or that they are even a form of life capable of doing so.

I don't believe that "universal" constants are quite that. I find it quite possible that, say, the speed of light, could be different elsewhere in our universe. Again, this does not mean that I think that the rules that hold true in our part of the universe can be broken elsewhere. Only bent a little.
While I eagerly entertain a great many speculations, hopes and thoughts on things, I have very little belief in many of them. For example, aliens, bigfoot, rogue plesiosaurs and magic.

Aliens? Well...I actually commit myself to a certain degree of belief on the topic of aliens, as the /observable/ universe is REALLY FARKING HUGE. Thousands (THOUSANDS!) of galaxies, each with tens upon tens of billions of stars.

Even if there were just one planet hosting life roughly comparable to ours in each of those galaxies (only one, mind you; one single, lonely little planet in the vastness of an entire galaxy), that's still thousands of worlds.

The probability of sentient life comparable unto our own, at least in terms of sophistication and relative development, is almost certain. The possibility of life far more sophisticated and long-developed than our own, also entirely possible and by no means too much of an illogical notion to invest some limited belief in the probability of.

Bigfoot? I can't help but feel that we'd have found bigfoot by now if there were any bigfeet to find, or at least evidence in the forms of remains or what-have-you for them. I can't entirely discount the possibility; there could be bigfeet in the world; but I'd have to peg it as being a remarkably slim chance that bigfoot is worth investing much belief in.

Loch Ness monster? Now, that's a rather believable and possible thing right there. Creatures of several varieties survived the eons on unto the present. Plesiosaurs very well might have as well, at least in certain places. I wouldn't rule out the possibility that there might very well be beasties from times never even remotely known by mankind still bobbing about on their merry ways in remote depths we landcrawlers cannot traverse with any ease at all.

Do I -believe- in Nessy? I can't really say that I do or that I don't; frankly, I don't really, actually care. The ruddy buggers would never let me ride the dang thing even if it were proven, captured and put in a zoo, so it's really not of any meaningful consequence to me.

Similarly, it wouldn't really alter much in the world if Nessy were 'proven'. Proving bigfoot would at least provide some fiery-edged contention to the notion that we're the only 'advanced' animals on earth, as the bigfoot species would have to be pretty damn clever, aware and cunning to have avoided positive identification and location for this long.

Deliberately clever, specifically aware of at least compelling reasons to avoid we humans and cunning enough to pull it off, that is to say. It almost defies credibility to consider, as it frequently proves difficult for even 'lost tribes' of humans to remain hidden in the face of determined searches, and we've found some pretty wild and archaic tribes off in South America.

But never Bigfoot.

So, onto 'magic'. Just what would magic be, anyway? I'm an avid RPG gamer, sci-fi/fiction reader and hobbyist author, as well as an autodidactic scholar of numerous philosophies and religions, including several that hinge on out-and-out 'magical' practices.

Fantasy-grade magic? Nah. I don't have even one vague reason to believe in anything like that, and honestly, very little desire to. I think of D&D wizards, and I think of what a world government would be able to do with spells like, oh...Mass Domination. Telepathy. Geas.

No. Just ...no. I don't believe in such powers as that, and I'm glad they don't (as far as I know) exist outside fanciful stories.

Magic as is (very loosely) defined by various religious bodies? It all looks like poetic, ritualized self-hypnosis, autosuggestion and psychological self-manipulation to me, as I can (and for some hypothetical testing purposes, have) replicate a great deal of it with none of their rituals or prescribed methods (where and as such are applicable).

Most such practices seem to hinge upon the power of suggestion and/or the suggestibility of another, which plays right back into the power of belief.

And upon that topic, I say that I firmly believe by merit of direct, frequently tested observation that belief holds power in the concerns of the individual. What you believe and why you believe it do matter, and are very important, for nearly innumerable and oft' unquantifiable reasons.

I have no particular reason to believe that any of these are not couched in the psyche, but it does lend some very valid consideration to the power of the psyche in regards to the self.

You can kill yourself by believing strongly enough that you are dying, for example. Seen it bloody happen in the case of a perfectly healthy woman who convinced herself that she was having a heart attack (incidentally, this was when I was a teenager and well before I was involved in any deliberately rigorous scientific practices).

The woman in question was the older sister of one of my close friends, who was a rather direly acute hypochondriac. Time and time again, she'd been diagnosed with a clean bill of health, and every other week, she'd conjure up a new, iron-clad certainty for why she was on the verge of dying.

She behaved in every instance as though it were all real. For her, I think it -was- real; real, and entirely self-inflicted through no overtly conscious decision of her own. In the end, she did in fact die on the way to the hospital during her final 'episode'.

The autopsy report, given some weeks later? Atrial fibrillation. She'd panicked to such a degree that she'd literally sent her own body into what appeared to be shock, and then into fibrillation.

I've since seen various animals do the exact same thing when sufficiently frightened or startled, most notably rabbits and the occasional bird.

So, I would attribute a very real and very observably interactive power to belief in respect to one's own state of being and health...though beyond this?

To attribute it with powers over others, or over events in the world around us without intermediary, manual actions to bring them about (such as 'willing' a fork to bend without grabbing the thing and bending it as one example)? Nah.

I've never seen anything to suggest that it goes so far as all that...nor, honestly, that it really needs to. We can bloody kill ourselves if we believe strongly and forcefully enough that we are dying.

What -else- might we accomplish within the confines of our own selves as such? Could we figure out how to believe ourselves into better health rather than simply antagonize our physiological functions into distress or even outright failure? As an aside, might the much-lauded (and never really proven) 'benefits of prayer' to the health of an individual find root in this potential phenomenon?

I prefer to invest my time and energy into exploring such things as that right there as opposed to trying to figure out if we can will a fireball into existence and fling it at the jerk driving 25 mph in front of us in a clearly posted 45 mph zone.

I believe in now.




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